Quote from Rosy Dumplings »Quote from buffntuff »So what is to be done? Just kill the whole game? Or maybe we could just kill the profit motive that spurs these inventions. Re-establish the game as a co-operative enterprise whose first responsibility is to the people who play it, rather than the people who own it.
What is to be done?
In this case, either spread out the drops over a greater period (likely making a similar amount of money in the long run) or spoil the contents in advance (making the product seem less predatory). In the long run, maybe hire a single psychologist as a part-time consultant to aid with maintaining a customer engagement while avoiding these problems.
If a company is incapable of turning a profit while maintaining basic ethical standards to avoid the blatant exploitation of compulsive behaviors... then yeah, cancel it.
In most cases, though, there are ways to make profit without such exploitation. I do not question that MTG’s ultimate responsibility is to make its owners money but that does not mean that all means of doing so are equally acceptable.
Quote from buffntuff »So what is to be done? Just kill the whole game? Or maybe we could just kill the profit motive that spurs these inventions. Re-establish the game as a co-operative enterprise whose first responsibility is to the people who play it, rather than the people who own it.
Quote from user_938036 »Quote from Mishotem »If they put it in a Secret Lair, that's a clear sign they're just completely divorced from reality.Would it? Isn't it exactly the type of card for secret lair? Quirky and useful, lacking wide appeal but very wanted by a small subset of individuals. That sounds like exactly the kind of thing to be put in secret lair.
What 'should' be put in secret lairs if not this kind of card?
Quote from Mishotem »If they put it in a Secret Lair, that's a clear sign they're just completely divorced from reality.
Quote from Darkling Fairy »True horror from any game publishing company starts when the audience just rolls with the changes.
Its how loot boxes, pay-or-wait, duplicate leveling, and other insidious tactics got started.
The secret lairs is just an evolution of the exclusive buy-a-box promos.
People rationalizing in their heads why its a good purchase, why its not as bad as it appears.
If it proves such a profitable venture, why not extend that to putting never before seen cards in secret lairs?
All the while people ask themselves how we got to this point.
Quote from Creedmoor »At the end of the day it's just another interesting product people will buy until they don't, and WotC is always changing their Magic products, so does it really matter? They like to keep things fresh.
Quote from OblivionedOne »They don’t care about ‘buyer fatigue’ because it’s print to demand. 5 people could order it and they’ll keep making these. It’s got to be their safest product for that reason.
Quote from ForgottenPlaneswalker »Zendikar vs Rath, Zendikar winning with 74%. I don't know why Mark put Dominaria twice in this poll.