A line from Corkscrew’s previous post stuck out like a sore thumb and looked to me like it was screaming for attention and needed to be addressed. No, he did not write anything wrong. If anything, everything Corkscrew said was right (and I’m luffing at the compass analogy lol).
It’s true that the COH community has thinned considerably in 2008. I haven’t been around long enough to remember the dark days of pre-1.5 when the wehr army was getting stuffed left, right and center from american-loving Relic patching team. But I do know the game’s visiblity and popularity increased exponentially in 2007. The golden age of COH has imho, definitely gone us by.
A computer game, like a commodity in the stock market or a jar of peanut butter in the supermarket, experiences high and low sales. Like a seasonal reflection of buyer’s attitude towards 2007’s Hugo Boss collection, staunch haute couture fans would only be seen in this year’s Hugo Boss outfits. It’s up to the non-purists or new fans of Hugo Boss to keep the designers happy.
I still log on and play COH as often as I can but I find the attitude and enthusiasm that made the COH community and gaming experience enjoyable has waned. The purists have lost interest in the game as the designers are no longer coming up with something avant-garde or distinctive enough to keep them happy. Instead, now we have newbies, old farts and try hards attempting to take the game to another level when the state of play has not changed for a good six months.
Many skilled veterans of the game have echoed my sentiments as we muster another boring Allied AT win over Axis efforts. It no longer takes skill or effort to win with Allies. It’s been a year and several patches but nothing has changed. This has sufficiently dulled the senses of many COH players and of course, when the shit hits the fan, people start looking elsewhere for their gaming fix.
This time last year I can easily count in excess of ten friends I regularly AT with. Now, with the depressing state of COH affairs and the inept ability of the patching/beta team to come up with anything worth blinking for, I have only one friend I AT with. And we AT twice a week. And that’s saying something.
The enthusiasm is no longer there. The heart is willing but the will is weak. Many players I have spoken to tell me they find it refreshing to learn a new faction and interest in the game increases marginally for a few weeks. After awhile it degenerates into another piss fart contest in the gr.org forums as disgruntled players complain about the incompetence of the patching/beta team.
Nobody is ever happy. Nobody cares. New patch, old habits. It’s the same vicious cycle that plagues this wonderful game. What pisses me off most is the non-communication between the big entity that sits atop the food chain and us underlings as we scrounge for some scraps of food. All we need is a ray of light. A glimmer of hope. That things will be better. But we keep getting mooned in the face with a big FUCK YOU.
Is this what we, as paying customers and friendly, motivated forum trolls want? What is keeping you from throwing the COH disc into the fires of Mount Doom?