I don’t know how, but seeing another one of these “Deca vs Kabam” replies finally made something click inside my head and now I think I can articulate on the key difference between the two:
Kabam made me hate Kabam, but Deca made me hate RotMG.
the Kabam era towards the end was pretty much a nonstop hamfisted mismanagement of the game. no one in their right mind is going to argue that Kabam did a better job of maintaining the game, Deca would never dream of letting an entire year go by where nothing happens. yet, I felt compelled to push through it anyway because I enjoyed the game. even if there weren’t patches or updates or fixes, I liked the game as-is enough to put up with all the negatives. in fact, I think a major compelling reason for this attitude was that under Kabam’s negligence, there was no pressure or fear of missing out because there wasn’t anything new to miss out on. this meant that there was no hardcore grind or addictive force pushing me to keep playing if I wanted to do something else.
Deca on the other hand has been blessing the game with nonstop bug fixes, content updates, and regular events that rewarded playing during certain times. it’s pretty clear Deca’s been doing a much better job of keeping the game alive compared to Kabam who literally abandoned it. over time, Deca’s approach has kinda morphed into the polar opposite of Kabam’s: sheer relentlessness with trying to keep players engaged and online as much as possible, because players not being online is bad for the game, right? The issue is that no one should really be compelled to play something constantly, because no matter how much you enjoy something you still need a breath of fresh air and a break every now and then.
if you don’t let yourself rest, you get burnt out. and I don’t mean physical rest here, I mean mental rest. those of you who haven’t abandoned the game in disgust yet, how much time do you spend thinking about the game? figuring out when you can next get online? thinking about what you’ll do in the game when you can get back on? thinking about what events are coming up that you need to schedule time for to attend? stewing on how much you want a particular rare item that’s not dropping? thinking about how much progress you’re missing out on by not playing right now while in the middle of something else? some of you probably have a healthier relationship with the game but I’m willing to bet that for many of you it’s a very powerful controlling force in your life.
this pressure switch from “idc I’ll just play whenever it’s not like anything’s going on” to “I HAVE to play because I’ll miss out on the event which drops midnight stars and I really want one” pushed me into playing the game a lot more than anything else I’d ever gotten invested in, which accelerated certain revelations about the experience that ended up ruining the game for me forever, including but not limited to: “what’s really the point of slaving away at this game any more?”, “does it actually matter whether I’m using this super high-level gear compared to some cheap trash I quickly threw together?”, “if I actually got the item I’m looking for, would I really stop for today?”, “does my class choice actually matter at this point?”, and “if I’m not using my nigh-impossible-to-recover items for fear of losing them, what’s the point of having them in the first place?”
I think whether you prefer Deca or Kabam will come down to whether Deca’s hyper-activity based model has pushed you into hating the thing you used to love yet. never forget that too much of anything is bad for you, and I think Deca’s approach to never letting active player counts dip even for a moment with all their constant events and such isn’t going to account for this.
maybe all of that was obvious to you and you think I’ve got my head so far up my own ass that I think any of you actually want to read all of that, in which case congratulations on being smarter and more humble than me at 1 AM. I should probably sleep instead of continuing to type but my brain keeps producing more and more words to type and I’m having a difficult time stopping it. like, I only intended this reply to be like 2-3 paragraphs and I’ve already written more than some of you have to do for your homework assignments at school. I think just between you and me, this Xaklor person is a bit of a weirdo, you should probably avoid her before she starts telling you about how much of an asshole you are for actually enjoying RotMG at this point. wow! I’ve heard about RotMG! I don’t know much about it because I opened it up once my screen was flooded with bots trying to take my money so I gave them bitcoin and I got banned instantly for RWD or something, I wasn’t sure. but enough about that, have you heard about this game called among us? it’s super popular but I don’t really see the appeal to be honest. I just can’t get immersed in a game where I don’t have all 9 of my limbs on my character. it’s kind of ableist to only use characters with 3 limbs, isn’t it? like sure I can melt into a very exhausted puddle right now but not everyone has the- * collapses onto the ground and snores VERY loudly *
I don’t know whether I’m more sorry you had to read all that or sorry that I decided to leave it in the reply. I’m too tired to be on the forum right now