The Playfish forum’s Pet Society Cash Shop comment topic exploded with anger, frustration and unhappiness for the past day. Check out the thousands of comments!
Personally, I’m very insulted with the new addition. Being able to win more hurdle races, walk through town faster, do your visits faster, and walk through and receive more coins from the trees are all ways to save time, increase the game speed, and make more money in the game. People have posted requesting variations of these features for months, but now only those who pay will benefit. There have been plenty of topics saying “visits take too long,” “There should be more coins in the trees,” and “hurdle races are unfair.”
I guess that’s how beta game development works? The developers experiment on you, watching your comments and suggestions, and then they use your ideas to cash in. Meanwhile, the true fan, who was devoted to helping the game and coming up with ideas never necessarily benefits at all. It feels like backstabbing when you contribute to the generation of ideas of your own volition, completely uncredited, and you are excluded from the fruits of the success. Forum members are being asked to pay for ideas they came up with the improve the game.
Now we know that Playfish does listen, but their priority is not to make all players happy; instead, Playfish’s goal in listening to us has been to make money. This new shop makes that perfectly clear.
Watching how this has all played out makes me far less likely to share suggestions for game improvements. What if I post a good idea, and it’s just used to benefit the pay-only players? Why should I bother to help improve the game, particularly if I don’t feel I am benefiting from the relationship anymore?
So many members feel that Playfish has played us, treating us as though we are braindead dunces, undeserving of respect. I appreciate straightforwardness and above all honestly. It would have been easy to make an announcement that the exciting new store was a cash only shop for paying users.
It’s quite simple to see why everyone is so unhappy.