Now hear me out before castrating me, my friends. I may appear cruel or judgemental but I personally expect more when things get bad in the feh community. When IS acts the fool I would like an act of defiance. The whales won’t do it, but the whales are not the majority. Although, they probably don’t enjoy the power creep any more than you do. For the past two years now balance and fun have been tossed out the window.
I’ve watched time and time again as the best we do is say “Well, it’s just how it is.” or “What can we do about it?”
Instead of trying to take these questions as something that can be answered we lay back and fall into a state of compliance and leave them without one.
This compliance has lead to a community that supports the destruction of our games integrity, and ultimately our own integrity.
Now, I understand that some will argue that “It’s a gatcha. What integrity could it possibly have.”
Well, Fire Emblem Heros is a bit more than that for me and as such, I believe it’s more than that for you. The state of the game is the fault of numbers. And guess what, whales are not the majority. It is you, the player base who have built the game and allowed it to be as it is.
Every new unit you abuse, every broken strategy you support, and every poor business act you let fly by results in what we have now.
Intelligent systems of course are not without blame themselves, but as you all know Intelligent systems is a business at the end of the day. And they move by what will best make profits, not by will best suit the community. And it is the player base, even the free to plays, that allow the profits.
You the player base are fire emblem heroes. You the player base are the community. Not all are toxic towards the balance of the game, but many have given into bad gameplay mechanics and poor business practices, and sadly many now support the actions of this game fully while gutting the few who despise it.
There are many examples that we all know well enough at this point that I won’t regurgitate it here and now. Instead, I’ll point back to a meme from a past that we all know equally well.
This meme was born upon the opening of a banner that clearly didn’t have what’s best for us, the player base, in mind. It was an act of defiance to use the Reinhardt. Don’t say we don’t have any ftp units now that can act and defy against the current practices of IS, we very much do. One of them is the man, the myth, and the legend hismelf.
We the player base can move against and hopefully, possibly, and theoretically change our game. There are other forms of gatcha that have through their own form of backlash. Specifically in a game called “Magic The Gathering”. Because yes, card games are gatcha. They often turn against wizards of the coast when and if a mechanic is released that hurts the game.
We can and have done it in our own little phone app.
We used the Reinhardt.
But that doesn’t mean you have to. You can use whoever you please to eliminate ignore the meta and the desire our community has to simplify and destroy what makes our game fun, strategy. You can use a TA lex to murder hector, you can use a wind sweep to widdle down Fallen Eldie.
You the player base can say, “I no money for you, I now use the Reinhardt, the Kempf, the Hana, the anyone”
It’s up to you to change our game. Because the moment we stop pulling, even with our daily free-to-play orbs, the game will change. The moment we spam Intelligent systems with suggestions for change the game will change. An example is the arena bug, after all. And if it doesn’t, it will when we leave it to be a game of the few. Don’t let the majority be the ones who tolerate what’s happening to the game. Don’t let the majority be the ones who are compliant. Let it be the few.
Because the few don’t build what the community is.