((Dark Ages and Nexon))
((Let's say you've got a bunch
of lemonade stands. You call your little bitter empire Lemon. Lemon
has lemonade stands up all over town. There's this one little dinky
lemonade stand, and it sits in the little district of Roleplayeria,
You start checking your notes, and figure out that
you're making no money off this stand. Thanks to the costs of supplying
it, you're losing money. Most of the customers aren't even from Roleplayeria
-- They're from bigger districts, just passing through.
So, what do you do? Do you ditch the stand? Or do
you give it some time, hoping it'll straighten itself out? Let's say
you chose to give it time. Well, it's been a long time now, and you're
not selling much more lemonade.
So, do you close off the lemonade stand? Or do you
open up another lemonade stand only a little ways off, on a busy street
near your customers in Roleplayeria? You could call it Shadows of Lemonuair.
You start giving Shadows of Lemonuair all your new recipes and good
lemonade, and fade your Roleplayeria stand out of the picture.
That's my thinking on why Nexon keeps it around.
As a whole, they might be making money. But any project that doesn't
make money is just a burden. They gave it a chance to straighten itself
out by making it more mainstream -- Notice the fact that you can say
'u' and 'tnx' now. Even after that, it's still not profitible, so they'll
want to move it somewhere more mainstream.
As for UO, cruise around their forums for a bit.
Here's a game you can play. Do a search/replace for OSI and replace
it with Nexon. Then post it over here, and see if it reads eerily like
all the other posts here. Their support and development times suck,
too. The reason they live a little happier is because for every server
they have, they have a few thousand players backing it up with their
The fact of the matter is that if Nexon gave any
body parts whatsoever about these posts, we would have seen something
different by now. But they don't.
No one is going to post some beautiful, poetic post
about the failures of Nexon that will draw a tear from Mark's eye and
make him pull out the pixie dust he keeps in a brown paper back taped
under his desk, wave it around, and magically fix all the bugs.
The fact of the matter is that DA has roughly 1,000
accounts pulling in $15/month. That's $180,000 a year. That sounds like
a lot, but by the time you pay Mark, Emma, Uncle Sam, the hosting costs,
rent, and all the little expenses, it's all gone.
Thanks to a bug on Nexon's side, my account was
inactive for 4 days, with no days creditted to my account. I'm not too
upset. In the grand scheme of things, that's about a buck. I could write
angry letters to them about it, or I could check my couch for change.
The point is, Nexon doesn't care because they don't
pay their team to care. Because after all else, they have no money left.
It's cold, but hey, it's business. As a consumer, you have the right
to leave. And they get away with it, because people don't exercise that
So you really want to teach Nexon a lesson? Get
your friends together and leave.))