RIFT’s ‘Three Kings’ event riles up the community

    
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RIFT’s ‘Three Kings’ event riles up the community

A community event to find “three kings” and photograph them in RIFT in the post-holiday season apparently sparked a degree of criticism and controversy over the last week. While some players happily went on the scavenger hunt, others felt that this was taking too much of the biblical Christmas story and injecting it into a fictional setting.

In a response to the pushback against the forum event, Gamigo’s community manager defended the use of real world icons and concepts while pushing back against the controversy.

“If we were to leave out all real life events that happen, the pool of ideas for not only events but also game content would shrink a millionfold,” CM Samaxa said. “I honestly think you are all blowing up something for no real reason other than to blow it up.”

The team did say that it would “try to incorporate more of the RIFT lore into [its] events in the future.” The MMO is currently running a Budgie Madness event.

Source: RIFT. Thanks Anon and Anon!

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Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

That LCM needs to go back to CM school lol

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Roger Melly

I thought the bible lifted a lot of elements of the Nativity story from the birth of Mithras anyway . Not sure about the Magi though but I know there are lots of similarities .

Also wasn’t it three wise men ( Magi ) rather than three kings which if I recall was a mistranslation from the original scripture into English .

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Neurotic

Kudos to the team for pushing back against that, although that line about ‘blowing things up’ was quite antagonistic.

Leo
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Leo

Well my thing would be, is there not enough lore with-in the game to create an event? Or can there not be more lore created? There are seasonal events in games these days, quite the norm, but I like when they use them to bring out some lore.

Also asking people to send in their lore ideas (not bad in a vacuum, but here..), like isn’t that what the game is there for? Isn’t that the job of the team?

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Solaris

I actually can’t stand holiday events in my MMOs. However, I would not want to ruin other people’s enjoyment. Solution is simple: Do your own thing.

EDIT: Ok I lied. The Secret World holiday events were fantastic.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“If we were to leave out all real life events that happen, the pool of ideas for not only events but also game content would shrink a millionfold”

Lie. It would actually open up a millionfold because you can do ANYTHING. We LIMIT ourselves to trying to fit the most normal of real world events.

Truth is that they just don’t know the lore, and don’t care, so they prefer to be IRL adjacent instead of only vaguely gesturing to it like Trion did.

Here I thought it’d be at least themed on the Three Kings of Freemarch, but then I saw the contest images.. lol.

In any case, they should be happy at any attention because they sure aren’t getting any for releasing new playable content.

Money. Just give them money. Shh. Give them money. Give them, they money. Money, give to them. Content? No, give money. MONEY. GIVE.

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Mallus

People still play this game? I might have to download it and give it another go!

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camren_rooke

I mean I love so many things about Rift from its character models, its costuming, the artifact hunting system, the Rifts, the puzzles, the multi-multi classing.

It really has a lot going for it but for some reason it just didn’t mesh well.

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Leyaa

I recently came back to the game and re-exploring everything Rift has to offer truly is a joy. The soul system and dimensions (housing) is one of the best i’ve seen in a themepark MMORPG and there is plenty to do no matter your preferences. Sadly, it got abandoned by Trion and Rift lacks actual fresh content, but in my humble opinion it is a hidden gem among classic themepark MMORPGs (and sadly, a forsaken gem).
So, by any means, give it another go!It’s worth it :-)

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Mallus

I am giving it a go, I re-rolled a fresh character and I’m having fun so far!

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Holyroller12

Not sure who fed you this story, but a few facts that you got wrong:

– This event only started yesterday, not over the holidays and not last week.

– Despite some push back of the event on discord, there’s more people participating in said event vs people complaining so it’s not as if everyone unanimously decided against it. http://forums.riftgame.com/general-discussions/events/forum-events/514020-looking-three-kings-rift.html

The developers did say that they would
– Everyone you listed in those screenshots are Community managers, not developers.

That being said, the CMs and the people above them at Gamigo are completely out of touch with the community, something that was heavily discussed with mods of the discord in private yesterday. The few actual developers they do have, including a couple left over from Trion are the only ones who put in the effort on behalf when they’re able to.

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Bruno Brito

Terrible reason to be riled up, and honestly, terrible answer from the company.

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EmberStar

Yeah, to me it sounds like people looking for stuff to be upset about. “I’m offended that you aren’t more offended by this!” “And I’m offended that you are so offended by it!” >.<

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, but that’s not how you respond to criticism. That CM was way out of line.

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HawkeWar

Everything riles up the RIFT community.

All eight of them

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Roger Melly

I gather its actually unbelievably still quite busy ( more so on the NA servers than the EU ) . I don’t play the game myself anymore but I am still in touch with my friends from my Rift guild each day on discord. They run raids several nights a week without any problem finding people . We were talking about this the other night because its surprising how many new players the guild is picking up considering the content drought . I think the reason is because there isn’t aren’t any major new mmo releases on the horizon so people are going to older games they always wanted to try but never got around to it. Its the very reason I am trying DDO at the moment .