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  1. Funny to see how in other threads WC is defended with frases like "ARK made billions so WC is doing a good job" but meanwhile is too cheap to hire a full support staff and leave the forum to "volunteers".
  2. Of course the first option is most realistic [TrollMode=off] We kind of tried the second option but you need a 3rd device to act as server or join another server. So we joined official servers but that killed our couch coop game completely and playing official servers introduced us to the world of rubbebanding and lag like even our worst nightmares are getting scared of. I'm afraid with all the focus to ARK 2 we will never see this fixed anymore.
  3. What made you think they would not release an early acces? Look at ARK, never left eraly acces.
  4. Some people gave me advice after that update how and where (not magma pitt) to go to farm shards. They all complained the spawn was broken. My experience however was that with just an Anky there was more to farm than what they told me to expect while the magma in the same area did not do anything and the doedi was rather dissapointing.
  5. MMaas

    Price Ark 2

    Depends on the platform I gues? Steam, Epic, Xbox//Gamepass, and maybe someday in the distant future PS, all have their own policies.
  6. Thanks to the desmodus I can skip 7 imprints on my Giga's, feels like a permanent event As does the incubator for taking away the timer on eggs, as does the maewing for not handfeeding babies anymore... It actualy sucks: Mass breeding "difficult" babies is not an accomplishment anymore. (Wonder what the next lemmon will be...)
  7. No. You need a Unicorn! Your chem bench won't lasso those dodobunnies in to your egg dispensor and neither will your morter and pestel
  8. No one is stopping you from making direct donations instead of through organised charities that are mostly tax deduction constructions.
  9. That is your opinion. In all fairness, the poor performance of the game is for quite a few people a reason to give up on ARK. Several tribe mates did, I've put ARK on hold a few times for that as well but kept comming back. I did not come back for the colours, I gave up on Farmville long ago and never liked My Little Pony or the Carebears. I never came back for the boosted rates and people claiming they only can breed during events just breed either too much or to dumb. In my opinion ARK took away it's own meaning by replacing specific dino abilities by simple tech, unlimitted server hopping and overpowered dino's. Dimetrodons are useless now, who need argies when you just can teleport yourself all over the place or drag a magma all over the place with a skiff? Who needs smart planning if you can do minibosses with just one half decent Giga and most Alpha bosses with only 20 top rexes and no support? ARK has been catering to mass breeders and speedrunners more and more, trading has taken over the actual gameplay and that is just getting boring. Even base building is simplified with ocean platforms and huge flat area's on new maps. Every idiot and his granny can build a mega base within no time now. New maps with closed servers are the best part of the game to me and many others and the moment servers are open first there's a boom in imported topstat dino's and then people start spreading thin when there is not enough dealing going on. (Note: This is all said with official PvE in mind as It seemed to me OP is not even considering PvP for competitive purpose.)
  10. I know by now you are about as stubburn as I am, but you are kind of loosing what this discussion was about and are just spamming replies. The numbers you throw around now have not much to do with the ammount of people playing ARK. Do the math: Grossed revenue diveded by the cost of 1 copy... It is just not relevant. This discussion was intended about how transparency could improve the game experience. A positive experience should be reflected in a consistent growth of players, not the rollercoaster the graph is now. Steamcharts and personal experience on the PS platform indicate the current player numbers are boosted by freeloaders that drop the game as soon as next months giveaway is announced. Whatever the busines model may be, it does not depend sold copies and returning players.
  11. BS and you know it. Point is not broke or rich, point is that sales in the past do not reflect the current loyal playerbase.
  12. History. That's not realy relevant to the current playerbase See Steamcharts: Almost 100k higher peak than at a paid new map launch, 60% of the growth is already lost...
  13. Several people on our PS server got DC'ed and could not come back, that was how we were warned about an upcomming update. After the update there was the server maintenance, it was very ARK to get the "... 15 minutes..." warning when just back in the middle of giga hatching...
  14. What sales? It's been a giveaway game on most platforms recently.
  15. I share the hope but am afraid that is a leadership issue. Also the announcement of partnering with a studio that recently showed a huge lack of quality assurance by releasing the GTA trilogy in the state it was is a sign nothing will change for the better.
  16. It does matter. It can make the difference between giving up reporting bugs or trying to make an accurate report, between another false cheater claim or a valid one. "Need to know" is a sign of weakness and arrogance. Maybe transparency is wasted on the masses or abused by a few but is that a valid reason to treat the interested users that are of good will like they are the wrongdoers?
  17. Als ik deze discussie in mijn eigen taal ga voeren hou jij het ook niet bij, bijdehandje No use even trying to keep up with your assumptions about me not having paid attention to certain discussions. Clearly you did not read what I said there: Good information will reduce the ammount of false reports. We see things just very different and it is a waste of my time to edit that wall of text point by point. So I'll admit defeat, overlord of twisting words.
  18. CE-108255-1 or CE-105799-1? Those are so common since a few months I don't even bother to report. Dismounting and inventory check is the most common crash on our PS5. Right after the update it happened "only" 3 times in 4 hours. The issue could be hardware or software related, local or server, but ARK is the only game that has these crashes so frequent. Even Warthunder, Fallout 4 or 76 and a bugfest like Cyberpunk 2077 do not crash so often as ARK does and it is getting fairly annoying to get so little response on bug reports. A so called indy FPS shooter like Hell Let Loose is giving a far more stable gameplay, never chrashed. Official PS server performance is also very random, there used to be a 20~40 ping on EU servers (while playing from EU) with a low even as good as 9 on launch of Fjordur! Every afternoon (or morning in USA) the ping rises to 70~90 with an absolute dissaterous high of 130~180 last evening (or afternoon in USA of course)! This is kind of weird given the fact that player numbers have dropped roughly 30% on average during the day and barely reach the cap lately. (And no, not expecting any response of WC to this remark... Why would they care. I'm an ARK addict, I will play no matter how crappy the game delivers.)
  19. I might, I just don't care if it has to be full lawsuit style.
  20. If there are multiple ways, then don't report it as "fixed" until all is fixed. There is a healthy middleground between the generic "several" and full details.
  21. Tl;dr Sure you touched on ever word yet?
  22. Excactly: WAS possible but no longer is. This discussion is kind of the difference between MS an Apple in the ancient days. Where Apple tended to announce every possible hack even before it was fixed, MS was not even acknowledging issues untill they fixed it. Things have changed by now, I know, but in those very same days Mac OS was the platform with the least issues. It never hurted me to know there were certain security risks in some programs, awareness helps to be more secure when needed. In my opinion hackers are not all stupid idiots, more the opposite. The (ab)use of flaws in programs can be a fun and creative process, most of the people involved in this don't need to get more ideas. Hackers are in fact the people with the ideas. There is more to gain in making the other users aware so at least they recognize hacks: Less false reports, more (timely?) accurate reports. And the trust of the community that Wildcard is not taking us for dumb cashcows only that are happy when you feed them just enough to not starve. And for the people that have no clue or just don't care? That's not the group you are doing it for, it is for all the other people it should be done.Also, pointing to other games does not make sense. Some (actualy most) companies are more communicative, others are worse. But that does not matter since we are just discussing ARK and how to improve the experience.
  23. Trust. Trust that making reports is not a waste of time. As well as not wasting time on reporting the same over and over again. Trust that GM's do enforce in a structured way and not all on their own.
  24. They do. Compared to the actual staff they are hero's!
  25. Fair point, given the toxic behaviour of some players. (I try to be not one of them but it's hard sometimes ) It is indeed more the job of a community manager. Oh, wait... Community managers here do not communicate either
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