IRE Asks: Is it "unfair" to call for raid assistance over Skype?
MMOs are entertainment, something we play for fun in our spare time, right? And the beauty of Iron Realms games is that there are so many avenues to explore – you can fight, roleplay, participate in politics, explore, or even become a famous merchant. You can essentially pick and choose your fun.
One complaint your often hear, however – usually from people defending or attacking a city – is that when a largescale battle occurs, lots of players mysteriously jump into the game out of nowhere. Some players argue that while this is not against any game rules, it’s unfair to the players who are already in the game when the fight begins because it’s misleading. Imagine attacking a city with ten soldiers at the ready, and then as soon as you breach the walls, twenty more appear.
On the flip side, what about those players who play the text game just because they like the combat? They can’t be blamed for that, and it would be unrealistic to expect them to sit in the game idly for hours on end, waiting for some skirmish to occur.
Do you think it’s unethical for players to log in just for raids? On one hand, it’s frustrating to their opponents – but on the other hand, a major selling point of IRE text games is the freedom to participate in whatever aspects of gameplay you like best. Where do you stand?