The Secret World’s subscriber badge reward unwittingly provokes dismay

    
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The Secret World’s recent membership status tweaks have more than a few players up in arms. A 450+ post thread on the official forums chronicles the argument: Funcom has added in-game badges as a reward for subscribers. Seems like a nice perk, right?

The trouble is, some players argue, that displaying the badge isn’t optional, which means that players are being forced to display their contribution and status to everyone in the game and cannot keep their finances private. “Having a permanent name plate is counter productive, discriminatory and crass,” writes one player. “It segregates players into haves and have-nots [and] breaks immersion by dragging a little bit of the real world into my escape from the real world.” Players also suggest that they aren’t thrilled being turned into walking advertisements for the subscription. Affected subbers have requested that the badge be toggleable, though Funcom hasn’t yet responded.

It’s not quite a RealID fiasco in the making, but it’s evidently a concern. What do you think about MMO studios implementing “rewards” like this?

Source: Official forums. Thanks, ThreeSpeed.
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Rozyn
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neserbohy Rozyn Ew, okay I have to reply because I absolutely do not want to be put into a camp that defines people with gender identity differences as “kooks and creeps.” I’m talking people in TSW, not genuine issues that are far more nuanced than how you described them.

neserbohy
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neserbohy

Rozyn Those words turned into emptied cliché a long time ago, anyway. I’ve seen a man complaining about “segregation” because he was not allowed to use ladies bathroom even though he was wearing women’s clothing. I’ve seen a woman complaining about “discrimination” because she was identified as a “she” instead of “xhe”. All sorts of kooks and creeps claim they are being “discriminated” and “segregated” nowadays – so TSW players should be able to complain as well. They certainly make much stronger case than those other two I mentioned earlier. ;)

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500to225

AilsaN10 An incredible lack of personal responsibility is being sold as a way of life in today’s culture.  The government is even getting in on the craze.

It is mind-blowing that there is a mindset out there that is shared by so many who will think that it is a legitimate concern to try and make this level of an argument over an in-game tag.  Tossing around words like “segregation” like they are social-justice freedom fighters.  How many posted their complaint about being financially segregated from their iphone or other mobile device?  

The entitlement and hurt-feelings attitude has reached asinine levels.

500to225
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500to225

Haves and have-nots?  What a load of crap. If you have an internet connection and a computer that is capable of playing a game you are in NO WAY WHATSOEVER a “have-not”.  Get over yourself if for some reason that public recognition of players that financially support your free ride hurts your feelings.

neserbohy
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neserbohy

Feydakin LordOfBread It depends whether we understand the term in the classic Cold War “East vs. West vs. the rest” sense, or rather in the Maoist sense (superpowers, lesser powers, oppressed nations) ;)

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A Dad Supreme How dare you have spent money! It’s ok to have money but you have to spend it in shameful secrecy. You should cry for no less than 1 hour after you do, and lay awake for no less than 30 minutes before you sleep, replaying the guilt of it in your mind. Unless you are doing that, spending money is just profane. To top it off, you sit there with your gloaty badge, not crying yourself to sleep but reveling in your priviledge of having earned money to spend on things you enjoy. FOR SHAME!

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Lord Zorvan Loopstah Polyanna Well, damn, I guess in Sub only games the fact you are playing is giving away personal info in game too? This is an absurd argument.

Vardalaka
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Vardalaka

RagnarTheDrunk cromahr Where’s that character from?

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

blackcat7k One thing you miss in your five long paragraphs is exactly how it is that the devs are supposed to make money? All this stuff about game balance and equality in games (when usually, real money spent does almost nothing for or against game equality, but rather, how much time one has to waste on “in game” cash generation) – and nothing about why it is that devs incentivize cash contributions to begin with.
People are acting like there’s something wrong with paying for devs for the game they create. 
The devs are using these banners to show other players that, “hey, ya know what? There are  some folks who actually want us to both code your game so you can have fun and care that we actually feed our kids and stuff.”
It’s not a huge surprise that Funcom only started these changes to their sub model after they decided the previous one didn’t work, and hoped to make it more attractive to those who subscribe.

Lord Zorvan
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Lord Zorvan

Loopstah Polyanna If you’re a hacker looking for accounts to attempt to strip, you gonna go after a free player or a subscriber?