Since LOTRO has come out we have seen changes that show turbine has been trying different methods of increasing its profit. No matter if its a fast food joint on the corner, grocery store down the street, car dealership, computer game or computer software company. The name of the game is to achieve the biggest profits possible. But its of my opinion in many of these same aspects quality of the product is often sacrificed to that same bigger profit goal. I have personally seen this method in different markets. when i was fresh out of high school a fast food restaurant changed burger patty suppliers and also went with a cheaper lower quality pre sliced pickle company. When this place of business first started customers enjoyed the product but after the changes to cut costs in the name of profit the customers, me as both a customer and a employee did not care for the changes. thus this quick expanding restaurant soon went out of business due to lack of customers. Automotive, again an injection molding company i worked for put in a bid for a contract to 1 of the big 3 auto makers.. The product was expected to be of specific quality at a certain price. But unbeknownst to the auto maker the company i worked for already had a plan set in motion for not only that contract but many of the other contracts. The parts we were contracted to build at the facility in the USA, were not all produced there. 75% of the parts that were shipped was outsourced to a sister company in canada. then repackaged at our facility with the auto makers non the wiser at the time. Me and my fellow co workers constantly worried about layoffs while the company claimed it needed cut costs. Which confused us considering the amount of orders and scheduled parts needing to be shipped. 1 part i ran was a buick front grill component. it cost the company i worked for about $3.78 in plastic and electricity to make each part. Buick was paying the company $80.00 for those same parts finished. which had just 4 mounting clips added to each part. I was earning $7.25 an hour at the time. the machine produced 37 parts per hour and we were running the machines around the clock. yes, sometimes the Office folks did not properly dispose of their old documents and we had a lot of nosy dumpster diving janitors looking for recyclables that came across the documents. who then showed the workers running the machines.
I can imagine the computer software industry is no different. Like LOTRO, some say the game is going great while other say its degrading. Each person on the forums has and is entitled to their own opinion. But its of my opinion that warner bros and turbine need to take a step back and take a look at the big picture. There is a lot of lotro fans that enjoy the story, not to mention gamers who always look for a game to put their money into. with the release of past expansions its obvious that they are trying different ways to increase the customers playing the game and thus increasing their profit. While i do feel that some of the costs in the turbine store are a tad high, constantly just adding new items or old items (horses with new skins) will keep the customers happy and wanting to keep playing or to come back. I also do not feel changing the perks for Lifers, vips, premium or f2p players will make a difference, well it might a little bit but not to the level of profit the investors and yes men ((bean counters) accountants) are looking for..
If Warner Bros and Turbine want to see their profit margin increased they need to alter the game. No I dont mean deviate from the story line. I mean take a step back and look at all the changes that were attempted with lotro since its release. Have the Bean counters figure out how many customers / profit the investors lost due to a change. Should be able to get rough estimate of which changes were worst by comparing the monthly financial statements with the months the changes came out. Example: i can imagine a lot of customers closed their accounts or stoped paying when the class changes came out. Its not a bad thing to want to try different things to improve a product, but if a change makes more customers not want it then i would say the change was bad and needs to be removed or have a 2nd look taken at the said change and change it again until customers are once again happy.
In the world of products no matter if its something physicaly held in your hands or digital on your electronic device its all a vicious circle. Without happy customers their is no company, without happy people to make and produce a product their is no company.
So as long as their is a product we can all enjoy and want to spend our money on their will be a need for a company to make and produce the product and the owners/investors all get a profit. but alas sadly this formula is all to often altered and or destroyed in the name of greed.
Nothing wrong with wanting a profit, but the bean counters need to figure out that invisible line a company is not supposed to cross that sacrifices quality for profit.
Plus, personally i am still enjoying LOTRO and DDO. I might agree that some players might be leaving thus reducing their profit but i think it is counter acted by players returning and new players. I have 3 friends that spend money buying Turbine points and 2 are lifers and 3rd is a vip..
just fix the product so people will want to spend their money and if people like and are happy they will be glad to spend their money and the company will make the profits. No i do not consider the lottery or turbine store as part of the actual product. those are after market side features added.
This has been my opinion and thoughts about the issues. relevant or not.
Last edited by Gagmuk; Feb 27 2014 at 07:09 PM.
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