I am currently a Silver Threat Level, and I like where I am placed. Other Silver Threat Level opponents are not too easy (bronze) but not too hard (gold). However, this comfort/privilege is often "threatened" (bad pun, I know) by gold players that play on silver districts. You see, I will have a group of three silvers (including me) and we will get matched against gold + premium (premium is not always relevant, I understand) that are in the same quantities as us: three. At that point, I basically want to exit APB and restart it, and start a new mission. Why? Well, when my team has 5 kills total, and their team has 16 kills... from one guy, then that sort of agitates me.
Now, I politely asked some gold people why they play on lower servers (they also go on bronze sometimes...). Here are the common responses I got, and my own opinion on it.
"I am helping a new friend play" - Perfectly understandable, given they are not lying.
"There are no gold servers" - Again, perfectly understandable.
"There are too many hackers on the gold servers" - Eh, true, but that happens on all servers. However, this excuse is understandable.
"There are no gold servers" - Yes, this is a repeat. But a lot of golds say this when there are actually 2-3 gold servers for each district/city.
"There is nobody on the gold server" - Well, to answer that: they are empty because the golds do not go on them. There are at least 10-15 golds in each silver server usually, and if they all got together, they could easily fill the 2-3 gold servers and keep the silver server exclusive to silvers.
"I didn't choose this district" - Then simply go to District Select - >>> (Arrows) - and find a gold district.
My goal is not to insult nor severely criticize gold players. They contribute to the better good of the game by paying money to support All Points Bulletin and they set really nice standards for playing. All my respect goes to them. However, some of them... I don't want to say they are selfish, but they act selfishly by playing on lower threat servers. Why? Well, it's all fun and games for the golds, but think about the opposition that is silver, bronze, or green. They are experiencing hardship and have slim chances of winning, or even getting a kill. And when golds play on a silver district, it affects the whole food chain. Silvers migrate to bronze servers, bronzes migrate to green, etc. just to avoid players that have superior skills. Then of course, the bronzes and greens get upset about how unfair the game is.
My solution is, APB should restrict players from joining different threat districts, except for a few circumstances: (1) The gold district has less than 8 people on both sides and (2) you are helping a new player. For the "helping a new player" part, maybe allocate 1.5 hours max a day for a person to play on a different district than theirs. 1.5 hours is enough for helping a friend with basics, right?
However, if my suggestion were taken to account, and implemented into the game, then there would be the problem of groups getting split up based upon threat and what not, so this topic is very sensitive in nature due to all the aspects that can be argued. However, I hope GamersFirst integrates a way to prevent golds "farming" on lower servers.
Now, to my second issue...
OSMAW and Whisper
I know you are thinking "these guns are not even that great, stop complaining you little kid" and such, but the OCA Whisper has good medium-low effective range, minimal recoil, and a pretty hefty firing rate. Take two equally-good players. Give one a STAR 556, and another an OCA Whisper. The Whisper will take the majority of the kills in my opinion (this is based on experience/situations, not on fact). The OSMAW is basically a sniper rifle for a 5x5x5 meter radius, destroying anything, even vehicles, in its path.
To fix this idea, I propose a weapon-matchmaking system, where if one player has a Whisper/OSMAW in their inventory, then the other player has the option to equip his. If they both have it ready-to-be-equipped, then the game will equip them automatically so the game is fair in terms of those two weapons.
Please share your thoughts, ideas, constructive criticisms, etc. and no arguments/rants please.
Edited by Beolex, 11 April 2012 - 05:20 PM.