RIFT’s 10th birthday is here, but it ignores the elephant in the room

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With the desperate, frenzied actions of a parent trying to redirect a kid’s attention away from tragedy, Gamigo invites one and all to RIFT’s 10th anniversary events this week.

The fantasy MMORPG, which launched on March 1st, 2011, is marking the occasion belatedly with a bartender scavenger hunt that involves making a QR code from clues, scanning it, and using the ensuing information to find a specific in-game character, taking a picture of said character, and posting that screenshot on the forums to win a birthday gift pack. It’s creative, if convoluted.

Of course, this doesn’t quite distract players from the shadow hanging over RIFT these days. In February, Gamigo announced the sunset of Defiance, leading us to wonder whether RIFT might be next on the chopping block. March brought sad tidings that RIFT did suffer developer layoffs, although the studio insists that the MMO is “contributing a great deal” to the operations of the overall company.

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Turing fail

After reading the linked-to event description, I can honestly say it’s the most tedious, un-fun sounding “activity” I’ve ever seen in a game.

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jimthomasUS

Games have lifespans. I spent 2 great years in Rift after launch. Great community, pvp, dungeons, raids, class and gear progression in a great guild. The systems were well thought out and meshed well in rewarding group play and substantive open world and instanced end game.

Maybe they needed a real IP. I used to joke with my guildees, “Imagine if this were Star Wars!”

The world was too vanilla to capture much attention so nobody played. Next thing, Rift is selling raid gear in the cash shop.

Note to every mmorpg dev ever (like they need the note, devs must’ve laughed when it happened) DO NOT SELL RAID GEAR IN A CASH SHOP EVER.

RIP Rift. I hope your system designers are doing well but don’t let the Red Door hit you on the way out.

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Brinto Sfj

What a tragedy the game has become. Trion ruined the game when they allowed the reselling of REX. REX should not have been allowed to be resold. Resellers ruined the economy and destroyed the actual purpose of REX, keeping the f2p constantly grind platinum so that they could buy REX and having whales constantly sell REX.

Overpricing the REX also created inflation on all items and many people who would help new players complete dungeons and raids just to be friendly, completely stopped doing that and started ‘selling’ dungeon and raid runs. Game already had low population as well as low number of new players and inflation of economy became the 2nd last nail on the coffin.

Then they tried to sell expansions and what not which became the final nail on the coffin. What a tragedy. My first post on MOP after a long while and this is the post I write. Ahhh Rift…..

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Kanbe

Glad to see Rift hit the 10 year mark. It really is a great game with one of my all time favorite class systems. Here’s hoping they make it to year 11.

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squid

Never scan QR codes.

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Bruno Brito

Do explain please.

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Greaterdivinity

I hope it’s not the, “THE GUBMINT GONNA TRACK YOU!”, posted by someone’s GPS enabled phone connected to a public internet connection.

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treehuggerhannah

There is a risk from scanning QR codes, but the risk is that it may carry malicious code or direct you to a malicious site. The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t scan unknown QR codes, not that you shouldn’t scan them at all. A QR code from a trusted developer is not inherently more dangerous than any other way of linking to content. You just shouldn’t scan a QR code from a sketchy source.

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Soy

They should have scheduled the 10th anniversary for a time more convenient for everyone’s indignation.

Companies lay off employees. Maybe we could frame it as they employed more than they needed for a long time and can’t afford to anymore.

Rift is long in the tooth. The fact it has lasted as long as it has is a gift for whoever enjoys it and whoever gets paid to work on it.

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Bruno Brito

It also ignores the whales and fish in the pond.