Obsidian Ant video - ARX: Thoughts On The New Currency And What It Means

If the exchange rate is a concern can you not just buy in a different currency?
Bizarre question.

We do purchase in different currencies, we have no choice since FD only sells in EUR, USD or Rubles (of all things).

But that 3.5 EUR Asp skin is $5.32 CAD
Same skin that costs 4USD is $5.44 CAD
Same skin @ 225 rubles is $~5.40CAD <=guesstimate, my bank wouldn't give me an exchange rate for ruble.

So today, I'd buy in EUR.
Tomorrow, or whenever FD decides to update their FX rates, it will be a different story.
 
We do purchase in different currencies, we have no choice since FD only sells in EUR, USD or Rubles (of all things).
Rubles probably because there's a large community of mostly Russian players centered around https://www.elite-games.ru/. (For a long while The biggest place to go to for Elite stuff, before ED happened.) At least, they used to be very active earlier (they won the contest to add their own PowerPlay leader too), I have no idea how active they are these days. But Frontier knows where their buyers are coming from, and I assume that enough of them came from Russia that it was worth it for Frontier to accept rubles in their store.

I forgot to ask why he actually comes here after his bullet pointed list of reddits virtues and our failures [...]
Oh hey, do you have a link for that? I'm curious, although I don't expect much.
 
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Is it a game changer? yes. I've multiples of thousands of hours in Elite across 5 accounts. I've spent literally hundreds of Euro on paint jobs and kits etc, and now, anyone can get all that just by playing, which is what I was doing.

Does it add a new game feature? yes. You can now play more and earn more arx.

Am I going to be refunded the hundreds of Euro I spent? In all fairness, with the hours I put in, I'd have earned enough Arx!
To be fair... I'm going to make a logical guess that to earn what you've purchased for hundreds of Euros is going to take many thousands of hours of gameplay. FDev have stated that there will be a maximum amount of ARX you can earn per week. In order to not cannibalize the sale of ARX gift cards, they won't allow you to earn very many points over a short period of time.
 
I wonder (suspect), given ARX has been written into lore via the Bank of Zaonce, if we'll see in game offers of increased ARX for doing specific activities for a limited amount of time?

So a week of mining low temperature diamonds will make you double the ARX value over doing any other activity.
 
Yeah, there also often seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding about how stock market investors (such as Tencent here) “make money from their investments”.
So if I understand you correctly, you're paranoid about "watching the same thing occur again" without knowledge nor examples of it happening previously, yet such information is easy to obtain via Google?

"I don't like this because of some imaginary perceived slight based on my paranoid speculation" appears to be the scenario here :ROFLMAO:

Also: Arx can be earned in-game - those that actually play the game will get cosmetics for free.

Speculation: are the ones complaining about Arx (earnable non-the-less) those that don't actually play the game (therefore won't earn Arx)? Only FDev have the answer.

P.S. you still haven't answered my question:
I have watched enough games over the years to see the influence of various monetization processes change....none of them made the game play better. They added new currencies, changed how rewards were paid out, basically, most increase the grind...or you can certainly pay real money to get your goodies. What I have seen is that most changes show up through the in game advertising, conversion rates, etc. homogenized the experience towards a Free to play feeling....

I'm not saying this is a certainty towards the outcome...but games, and gameplay, do change in ways that support the monetization scheme. And any game I have played has had the play experience changed more to a Free to Play feeling...than the original pay to play game.

I am not paranoid...but have watched this occur before...and will watch it occur again.
 
I have watched enough games over the years to see the influence of various monetization processes change....none of them made the game play better. They added new currencies, changed how rewards were paid out, basically, most increase the grind...or you can certainly pay real money to get your goodies. What I have seen is that most changes show up through the in game advertising, conversion rates, etc. homogenized the experience towards a Free to play feeling....

I'm not saying this is a certainty towards the outcome...but games, and gameplay, do change in ways that support the monetization scheme. And any game I have played has had the play experience changed more to a Free to Play feeling...than the original pay to play game.

I am not paranoid...but have watched this occur before...and will watch it occur again.
Did you bring up these concerns when practically the same virtual currency (Frontier Points as opposed to Arx) was implemented in 2015 for Elite on Xbox, or in 2017 on PS4?

Do you feel the game and/or gameplay has changed since Frontier Points were implemented?

Elite Dangerous' virtual currency usage is 4 years old. Is Elite Dangerous more Free2Play now than it was in 2015?
 
Did you bring up these concerns when practically the same virtual currency (Frontier Points as opposed to Arx) was implemented in 2015 for Elite on Xbox, or in 2017 on PS4?

Do you feel the game and/or gameplay has changed since Frontier Points were implemented?

Elite Dangerous' virtual currency usage is 4 years old. Is Elite Dangerous more Free2Play now than it was in 2015?
I play on PC & hadn't heard of Frontier Points before the ARX FAQ thread, they just weren't on my radar. My wife says she has a similar intermediary currency on her Nintendo account & it appears to be a more or less standard part of the console experience, like itunes for an Apple device. My son has something similar with steam vouchers - he doesn't have a credit card of his own (he's 12 ;)). Paypal is another example, there's always a little bit of unspent cash in the account.
 
Oh hey, do you have a link for that? I'm curious, although I don't expect much.
It was in one of the recent fss threads. They are way too long to look though, and it would be naming and shaming. If you must see it by all means. Search for his posts and the word 'reddit' maybe.
My forum submissions can be found here, and no, i don't consider it "naming and shaming" to link and/or discuss my submissions to this forum. Please feel free to link any content that you feel supports your earlier assertion :)
 
I play on PC & hadn't heard of Frontier Points before the ARX FAQ thread, they just weren't on my radar. My wife says she has a similar intermediary currency on her Nintendo account & it appears to be a more or less standard part of the console experience, like itunes for an Apple device. My son has something similar with steam vouchers - he doesn't have a credit card of his own (he's 12 ;)).
Considering your regular activity on this forum and with the Elite community for many years, I'm surprised you haven't heard of Frontier Points. They have been regularly mentioned and discussed on these forums since their introduction, especially during sales and special discount events.
 
Considering your regular activity on this forum and with the Elite community for many years, I'm surprised you haven't heard of Frontier Points. They have been regularly mentioned and discussed on these forums since their introduction, especially during sales and special discount events.
Apparently a lot of things surprise you.

I address your point in the first sentence of the post you quoted - I play on PC & it's just not on my radar. If it helps you to more fully understand my ignorance I'm not a habitual purchaser of cosmetics either, although I used to be. I'm looking forward to being able to use ARX as a motivational aid for setting myself in-game goals, and don't plan to buy ARX packs.
 
... dammit can't hold my tongue/fingers still... Why does FDev use dev time on this ARX nonsense while stuff like planet surfaces and the unlandables have had no update in YEARS?!??!!!


How bout some actual content FDev??!!!!!!!!!! Not this money grabbing garbage.
 
This is what we get for feeding the devs easy money.
They will continue to exclusively develop cheap trash to sell.
They want more, more, more money. For less work.
This is why microtransactions is poison for gaming.
 
... dammit can't hold my tongue/fingers still... Why does FDev use dev time on this ARX nonsense while stuff like planet surfaces and the unlandables have had no update in YEARS?!??!!!


How bout some actual content FDev??!!!!!!!!!! Not this money grabbing garbage.
I share your view. However we have been told that there is a large team working on the Next Big Thing, and a smaller team working on the rest of the game. So presumably one is not slowing down the other by much, and I'd rather have something than just NOTHING OF ANY REAL VALUE FOR SEVERAL YEARS.
 
I won't be spending a penny in the store anymore. (and I advise all to do the same if you want to see the game evolve in other parts than cosmetics)
And my break from this game will be indefinite.. until I see some actual content developed.
 
I share your view. However we have been told that there is a large team working on the Next Big Thing, and a smaller team working on the rest of the game. So presumably one is not slowing down the other by much, and I'd rather have something than just NOTHING OF ANY REAL VALUE FOR SEVERAL YEARS.
I simply don't trust them anymore.
That next big thing could very well be Elite Battleroyale mode for all we know ;) (with microtransactions of course)

Recent history in the gaming world show that throwing "easy money"(buying skins etc) on a developer does not equal a great product in return.
As a wise man once said.. Fool me once... sham on.. I mean .. Fool me twice... errr.. I won't spend a dime more!
 
Considering your regular activity on this forum and with the Elite community for many years, I'm surprised you haven't heard of Frontier Points. They have been regularly mentioned and discussed on these forums since their introduction, especially during sales and special discount events.
I also haven't heard of them until brought up recently with the ARX stuff. Could have been that I never bothered paying attention to it before. I've bought many cosmetics from the Frontier Store.
 
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