Being permabanned has given me a lot of time to think about this.
The game itself, is a gigantic cash cow, there's hardly any way to advance and progress without spending money.
Even a level 200 character with gear that an average player would get through playing the game, hunting, fusing, and crafting, would not be able to fight a decent portion of the bosses in this game without lots of trouble!
And now that we're in our own version of unlimited, the gap's even larger between the paid players and the free ones, simply because of the fact that you need to have a ridonk amount of %PDR and %BOSS in order to even scratch some of these guys.
But for some, even that's not enough! Fighting a lot of these bosses needs a range that's insanely high!
An entire party of regular players, hell, an entire full expedition of regular players would not be able to deal the damage that one optimized NX coated character could do!
I spent over three thousand dollars on this game, have a backlog of closed tickets in which I reported exacting details of various exploits and hackers, and for what?
To get randomly banned one day, and have my ticket ignored for a month?
I... this does not fly! It boggles my mind that companies like nexon are allowed to do things like this!
I'm honestly in the belief that the only reason they're allowed to act this way is because the free to pay model has been so optimized around America's current legal system that the things they do are only barely passing by as it is.
As someone who works in customer service for a company as huge as Home Depot, it makes me think that Nexon doesn't even believe in customer service.
And as a matter of fact, I dare say that we could go so far as to call their entire Terms of Service, Terms of Disservice instead!
I... if I don't get unbanned, I might be relieved, because I'll finally be out of my addiction of spending money on my imaginary pixel warrior.
I had fun over the years, but then I became obsessed with becoming stronger, better... heh, better.
I wasn't even close.
I apologize to everyone if I've been a bit vitriolic over the past few weeks, but I'm pissed as hell at Nexon for this whole debacle.
But, lemme put things in perspective for a minute.
I put my estimate a bit low, I've actually spent around five thousand dollars on this game.
Kinda' makes you think, doesn't it?
I've been needing a better computer for the past three years, but I couldn't control myself enough to save my money up, because of how addicted I was to playing this game.
I... it didn't really hit me that that money was gone forever, until the moment Nexon shut the door on me. And then I realized what a damn fool I was for getting suckered into their scheme. Hell, even them raising the level cap was another gamble on their part for selling more NX because after a certain point you /need/ 2x exp cards to even come close to progressing!
I understand that they're a corporation, but literally everything they do, everything they release, is calculated and worded to get the most money possible out of the playerbase.
And... I find that to be a bit morally wrong! We have a game that's targeted towards players in the middle to high school age bracket, and it's the single most pay to win game on the market! Everything this company does, has one of three goals.
Increased Profits, Increased Playerbase, or the Decreased Decline of their Playerbase.
More players? More Profits!
Less players? Less Profits!
Exploit ruins the game for a while?
Compensation so folks don't leave the sinking ship!
Think of maplestory as the titanic, the iceberg tore a hole in the side a long long time ago, and the only reason the ship is still afloat is because the passengers are plugging up the hole with as much money as they can shove into the cargo hold.
In conclusion, RIP MuscleWizard.
These were all the characters I had on windia alone, and all of them except for little Nuke and Singulo were fourth jobbers, a majority of them were around level 13x, to 14x. Years of work, all gone. I'm just going to go play Terraria, because at least Redigit won't ban me.