I am making a dangerous assumption here so please correct me if I am wrong and I mean no offense against anyone here.
I remember that I have seen this statement on a random post of this forum: PTCGO is a platform for attracting new players into the real card game.
I have started playing the online game since 2016 and after a few years of playing, encountering a lot of problems as well as weird decisions made by the devs I felt that what if: the online game is deliberately made this way so that it will ONLY serve as a place for attracting new players and for casual deck testing?
Think it this way: the aim of the pokemon company is to make profit, what will happen if the online game becomes as or more popular than the real card game? They will lose money.
It can possibly happen due to the following reasons: (1) people can collect cards online and virtual cards are way cheaper (2) players can play matches against each other regardless of geographic barrier, time zones, etc. (3) Players can play against a wider variety of decks and players (larger population).
I have been a serious collector since the release of base set in 1999. While I loved to play this game, I still collected MORE than I played because not a lot of people played the game and sometimes playing against the same group of people can be quite boring. However, this is not the case when I started to play the online game two years ago as I came across a wide range of decks and people with different mindsets and skills. A lot of my friends had the same opinion and while we still played in real life, we also enjoyed playing online.
However, if the online game can actually be extremely similar to the real life game, newer player who gets introduced to the online game first may stick to the online game instead. Pokemon may not want this to happen.
This may be the reason for why many interesting features of the game have been removed, why many problematic changes were implemented, despite facing the opposition of many players. For example, the chat. Since the removal of chat, the game became really boring for me and I only logged online to complete daily challenges and to get versus rewards. My incentive of playing online changed. I began to play more in real life again. Pokemon removed one of the most important factors of games: interaction. (I won’t go into details of this since this is off-topic).
Now, the worsened tournament rewards, and the seemingly easier methods the obtain the cards you want. While it is great to get better rewards, I do not know what will happen to the trade market (I saw a post online saying that the trade market will die more, do not know if this will be true). Personally, compared to those big traders, I do little trading online myself as I have excessive amounts of codes. However, I wonder what will happen to those online collectors if the market dies and with the increased difficulty to obtain tradable packs. With collecting and interaction being removed, little is left.
I never would think that the devs are stupid or dumb. I believe that they are intelligent and know what they are doing. However, the decisions they make seem to improve the game but actually destroys it more and this makes me wonder if they are deliberately doing this.
It is common to see that when 10 people oppose one thing in a thread, the devs usually do not reply OR give an extremely ambiguous or dodgy explanation (e.g. I have forwarded your suggestion to the team). However, once in a while, when someone agrees, they will immediately reply in detail, stating how logical their decision is and keep on referring to a ‘representative group’ that probably does not exist.
I feel really sad about this. Of course, I may be completely wrong and I hope in the end, the best will happen.
I really wish the devs could bring back the following:
1. Bring back the interesting features of the game (tournament rewards, chat , etc.)
2. Do not destroy the trade market.
Edited by Sadra, 11 March 2018 - 10:08 PM.