2018: A new hope? or another year of suffering?
As we approach 2018, we looked back on the best and worst things that have happened in ROPH.
Furthermore, we'll be weighing the magnitude and effect of the said topics on the overall state of the game, and a solution that may help prevent history from repeating itself.
So stay tuned! This is gonna be one wild ride!
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During these past 6 months, from closed beta up to present, is ROPH still worth playing?
Bringing ROPH back
Let's all admit it, we love Ragnarok Online and we're happy to hear the return of the biggest mmorpg in the Philippines
United once again
friends and family gathered once again to venture into the world of rune midgard, tightening friendships and bonds that everyone once had.
We're all grown up!
The return of the game is perfect for those who played the game at a young age. Now, we're all grown ups who can decide for themselves! Hooray!
We manage our own finances!
No need to ask for money from mommy and daddy! We know you can relate to this! As young adults, we now have a source of income of some sort to support ourselves from playing the game.
To die hard fans, it's like a fire that ignited their love and passion for the game. To hear and see the level up animation, the BGM of the login screen and Prontera, and who would forget the 99porings in novice training grounds!
FAQ link here
To some, bots are like a virus that's slowly destroying the game. For others, it's an opportunity to take advantage of. ROPH was advertised as bot-free, thus encouraging tons of players to play. Few days later, some players managed to have a working bot, and a month later, bots are already for sale and their numbers are growing rapidly.
This leaves a lot of players disappointed to the publishers since the game was advertised as bot free.
As we all know, bots are an inevitable part of the game and the only way to eradicate them is by actively patrolling in-game.
The game should've been advertised as 'Bots are kept under control'
But we all know that this will also result in false advertising.
RO's engine, AEGIS
, is an old technology, and as the time goes by, software technology is improving rapidly while AEGIS remains the same. This creates an age gap between the two technologies, and in the right hands, the game is easy to penetrate with third party programs.
The solution? Implement an in-game Captcha
credits to Elven Jun for the image
In addition to advertising a bot-free game, It is also advertised that the game will not allow unlimited clients, at least will only allow 2-3 clients. Come 6 months and unlimited clients are still allowed.
This creates an imbalance and the game economy inflated rapidly. The value of zeny decreased while item prices increased. This proved troublesome to players who are just starting out.
The solution? Limit client count to what was initially advertised. This will greatly decrease the number of bots whom disrupts the game's economy, which in turn will stabilize the market.
Lag / Delay
Old problem, Still a problem
With today's technology, connection speeds shouldn't be a problem even if you have a crappy ISP. Remember when pRO first came out? 32kbps was already sufficient that time.
Ragnarok Online is more than a decade old and it witnessed the evolution of technology. But without any new features, one will just wonder how can a decade old game still underperforms with our current technology.
This is probably one of the reasons why disconnections are frequent
Always remember that distance will affect your connection to the server. The farther you are, the higher the chance to experience latency.
It is known that ROPH servers are not hosted locally that's why most of the players are experiencing connectivity issues of some sort.
IP restrictions and VPN promotion
Announcement link here
Here's the thing: if only these 4 countries can access RO revo-classic, then why open it to countries outside of the 4 mentioned during CBT?
During CBT, the game was open to most countries, and everyone, especially OFWs were delighted. After CBT, all regions except TH, MY, PH, and SG were blocked and the solution that was given to players was to use WTFast.
WTFast partners page
It only means one thing, subscribing to WTFast will net profit for both companies.
It is also proven that using VPN will improve your connection to the game. So, some local players started subscribing.
The problem lies when local players still need to rely on VPNs just to play a local game smoothly.
The solution? Migrate the servers locally
Solution for players: VPNs offer free trials to new accounts. Create a new account when free trial expires.
Lack of quality testing
Quality testing is a common practice among developers to ensure that updates will work as intended. Negligence on quality testing will ensure failure not just on the system but also everyone involved.. just like what ROPH is facing right now.
20,000 Free cash points
Players became furious after hearing about the 20,000 free cash compensation to those who were able to get items that shouldn't be implemented yet.
the real winner here are the bots
This is a very bad move made by ROPH since it just tells us that paying players aren't that important to them.
here's another item that got removed
Here's the link
Did you see that difference? In comparison, the difference between the two amounts are astronomically high. Just so you know, 20,000 freecash points is around $40