Edit : As there seems to be a lot of confusion, this post is suggesting that events be re-designed to encourage people to play instead of simply afking then logging out, because you could have a million more afkers and it wouldnt help the game in any way at all.
This post is not suggesting that the events or rewards be completely removed.
This event has once again proven that afk events dont encourage people to actually play the game. All servers have the same problem now : Masses of people sitting in town doing nothing and logging off once they get the 100 hour reward. Then they only login daily for the free gifts in the mail. Some people dont even bother to login for the daily gifts, they only login for the weekend ones. Because "ceebs".
(Yes i am aware that people still play, this is about the masses of afkers, who are afking in town while they play other games like BDO)
You need to design events to actually encourage people to play the game. Think of a store that gives out free samples. 95% of the people will come in, eat the free samples and walk right back out. This is the problem with afk events. People login, afk, get free stuff, log out. They dont play the game.
The theory with afk events is that people will login and figure that they "may as well play the game while getting free stuff since I already logged in". This theory underestimates how lazy people are. Most people will login then afk because that is the easiest thing to do. Clicking buttons to go into a dungeon and then actually killing a boss actually requires more effort than most of these people are willing to do. And god forbid if they have to talk to people to form a raid party. They are too "ceebs" to do this.
To put it another way, people who only afk for free stuff will never spend a single cent on NX for a game they don't play so Nexon is losing money as well.
Events need to actually reward players for playing the game. For example, the +2 cores/+2 departures we had last week? That encouraged people to play. More cores and more raids also increases the odds of people spending nx on things like enchant runes.
Word of caution : Before anyone says "enchant scroll shop event", I will remind everyone that the scroll shop event actually made it HARDER to find parties to do end game content. Again, people are lazy. Since the easiest way to get ancient coin was to do easy s1 raids, people only logged in to do the easy raids. There were many level 90s who refused to do any s2 or s3 content at all even though they had 21k+ attack until the scroll shop event was over simply because it was easier to spam s1 raids and then log off.
People who were attack capped for s3 content wouldn't touch s3 content because they were soloing rocheste raids while carrying their alts. Or people refused to play their fully geared mains during the event because the coins/scrolls were not tradeable within the same account, so they were encouraged to play their undergear alts which could only do easy raids for the event.
So bringing back an event like the scroll shop isnt an answer because while that made more people play the game, they were only doing the easy stuff because again, people are lazy.
Every event designed has to take into account that people are lazy and will do the minimum required to get free stuff. So you need to design events so that people will still do end game content.
People who sit in town afking to get free runes and wings will never spend a single dime on this game. They will stockpile things for 6 months or however long it takes for Dullahan or whatever new content comes out next. They will then play it for about a week and then quit again because "ceebs". They wont spend a single dime during this period either. Then they go right back to BDO, Tera or whatever other MMORPG is making Vindictus look like a joke currently. I saw more than a dozen people do exactly this when Abomination came out. Most of them didnt bother to try Neamhain because "too hard" and "ceebs".
You need to break this cycle and find a way to keep people interested in the long term. You need to get people playing this game for more than a week instead of going "ceebs" and going back to BDO, Tera, etc. Afk events are not helping.
- Should events encourage players to actually play the game instead of simply afking?12 votes
Yes 67% (8 votes)
No 17% (2 votes)
Other 17% (2 votes)