I quit on Wednesday, the day before weekly reset last week. I didn’t intend on quitting, and I had the weekly mats to look forward to, but I have not logged on to even claim them.
I realised there really is only so much you can do and learn in the game, there is a cap of how much you can do that is gated by ilvl, not only to enter the fights to begin with, but also just in the fights themselves. I feel like I got pretty good (compared to what I used to be), but I don’t feel like I’m doing a whole lot more.
I realised the only reason I was logging on everyday was to get ‘work’ done before daily reset. The only reason I wanted to play after the weeklies were done, was to get everything I could before next weeklies so I could try and upgrade to do the better and more exciting content.
The only reason I kept up this cycle is because I am showered with a bunch of pretty much free mats every weekly reset that basically equals the 30 hours I farmed doing dailies and other things that week.
Hard hours mean close to nothing, get terrible farm for time compared to any other way to play the game. I think the only reason people are ok with it is because they have you psychologically hooked, completely on purpose. They want to slowly wear you down until you have nothing left so you spend for that little push up to the content you want to first clear.
I believe every system in this game is crafted meticulously by behavioural psychologists to try to get you addicted to it, and to try to get you to spend a lot of money on it. Not to make it a good game. Which is a shame, because Lost Ark is a good game. Just not here, not now, not like this.
You can say “that’s all KMMO” but that just makes the statement sound even worse, doesn’t it? That just means the game industry is ripe with it. Every game, it’s slowly creeping in all around, so much that we’re completely desensitized and willing to accept it. This was meant to be a westernized F2P friendly version of the game, but AGS and SG have continuously backflipped on promises and now it’s the most P2P.
It’s just sad.