- DM Charlie
- Noble Member
Posted by: dln16429
Why would they do something-for the fans, all of them-that is, by your definition, stupid? Because, they love their community. If it weren't for us, they wouldn't even have made the nameplates in the first place. I'm sorry that you feel cheated because Bungie decided to let everyone share in the glory of a virtual trinket, while you've been a fan for 20 years. Why does this one little thing matter? Bungie is still making games, and they still will love their community, and reward them when they see fit.
And consider this. It may not seem like such a huge feat to you (and indeed, it isn't by my standards either), but do you realize how much the Reach community has shrunk in the past 9 months? This is a reward for dedication, so obviously they aren't going to twist our arms for being here throughout.
And if the star nameplate is meaningless to you now, then use the Mk V np. Helluva lot less people have those than will the stars.
[First, let me correct you on a couple things:
- I have only been a part of the Bungie community for the last ten years, not twenty.
- I do not have the star nameplate.
Now, back to business.]
The star nameplate has lost its original meaning, not meaning entirely. That is what I'm pissed off about. That is what confuses me: the fact that Bungie created this nameplate to award those in the community who displayed the greatest artistic talent (or similarly awesome skills), and now it's become a 'thank-you' for sticking with the company over the past twenty years. And I'm left here wondering why. Why did they go for the star nameplate? Why, when Bungie revealed they were going to make their employee nameplate and Eternal armor effect available to the public, did they feel that wasn't enough? Why, if that was the case, did Bungie not come up with a different nameplate to celebrate "the greatest community on the planet"?
The star nameplate has lost its purpose, its uniqueness. Before this week I ran into maybe one or two All-Stars competition winners. Total. It was fun (in a small way) being able to sit there in the Matchmaking lobby and think to myself, "You know, that guy probably took one of the screenshots I downloaded." Now I'm running into between two and four players per game with the star nameplate proudly displayed next to their gamertags. I'm betting the greatest artistic achievement for 90% of those people was a doodle of Mickey Mouse with a hard-on they made on the bottom of a coaster at the local bar, and they are merely on the Friends List of someone who owns a glorified Game Boy. Come this Friday everyone and their hamster will have a star nameplate thanks to the "Have an Hour? Win a Prize!" challenge that started early last week.
If these are considered achievements worthy of special recognition - knowing someone with an expensive toy and suffering through six games of Halo: Reach - I can honestly say I've never been so disappointed before in my adult life.
I'm not saying that the idea of a gift to commemorate Bungie's 20th anniversary is bad, I'm saying the gift is.