ArcheAge Subreddit Bans Pay-To-Win Talk

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor May 18, 2015


"Moderate based on quality, not opinion. Well written and interesting content can be worthwhile, even if you disagree with it."

That's copied direct from Reddit's "rediquette" FAQ and yet this week we've got another mod who believes he/she can control conversation that might be viewed as unflattering toward the game covered in a subreddit. Last week, it was WildStar, and this week it's ArcheAge.

A mod going by the name NSA-SURVEILLANCE -- yes, all caps -- has posted a "New changes, new rules" thread on the ArcheAge subreddit banning any talk of the game being pay-to-win and even utilizing a bot to help with moderation. As with the WildStar situation, it's understandable to take action if these types of conversations are taking over the subreddit, especially if they veer into nastiness, as such things are wont to do. But making a sweeping edit like this, even to "well written and interesting content," seems rather against Reddit's overall open policy and stifles legitimate discussion.

The thread itself has already been locked down, with several comments deleted. NSA-SURVEILLANCE promises that "Fixes can be made if you think we've done it the wrong way." The WildStar mod who banned F2P/B2P talk was removed from his position, so it'll be interesting to see how things go here. Grab your popcorn, folks.

(Hat-tip to MassivelyOP for the link!)

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In this article: Trion Worlds, ArcheAge, Reddit.

About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (26)

Drium 7 years ago
A Skyforge moderator on the Skyforge forums tried to do the same thing.

Threatened to ban anyone who talked about the game being Pay 2 Win because they can't deal with bad press when the game isn't even released yet.

Usually that's what we call a sign your game is going to crash.

Todoran 7 years ago
Ugly looking clone of existing mmos,pay to win, very bad controls, all good ppl left Trion.

Razer 7 years ago
When a company goes out of it's way to stifle criticism, it's because they know their product is a sham and they are trying to hide that fact from potential customers. Also because they are blissfully unaware of how the Streisand Effect works.

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archeAIDS 7 years ago
I hate this game, I hate the makers, I hate the moderators, everything about it is trash. It is a pile of crap I played for a bit, wasted life.... PAY TO WIN big time, that is why they banned talk of it.

unmarked 7 years ago
its reddit... what do you expect?

Cloak 7 years ago
Reddit should be called garbage bin. Cause that's all its filled with. The community, garbage! The posts, garbage! The mods, garbage! So AA should get over its self because it's garbage. But not just garbage its garbage, its "pay-to-play" garbage! And even if you're a founder you will be spending most of your time crafting and gathering. I really hope this is the last of its kind. Sandbox MMORPG's do not work. AA is a example of that failure in that genre.

bvsbdvabbb 7 years ago
that is false,
you can go in the subreddit and talk about the game being p2w
you just cannot use that word or similar.

basically if you want to say archeage is p2w in their subreddit now you have actually to argument
because troll don't play the game they can't argument
and because the game isn't really p2w there no argument
a genial move

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Annonymouse 7 years ago
The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.

The moderator must be stupid.

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xspamwsas 7 years ago
I spammed their posts and made new threads saying it's p2w, thuglife for me :D

Merkadis 7 years ago
Shutting up mouths never ends well.

Bloodmyth 7 years ago
This was one of the few games that really had potential, on paper it has everything a mmo should have and it was fun to play but very quickly became obvious that it was a blatant money grab. Trion had a fairly good reputation prior to this, especially for a f2p company, that has gone now.

MMOGirl 7 years ago
ITS PAY TO WIN !!!!!!!!! Full of bots and a seriouslly TRASH GAME ! Do not try it or never go back to it ! IT SUX.

PandaStick 7 years ago
Game's dead. Ignore it.

zxc 7 years ago
Pay to win is pay to win , they cant hide it and not even that, u need to pay for subscription also to be something there, they better fight tonns of bots and gold sellers and countless bugs, support there is useless, u never get back anything and will be banned for no reason, soon to be dead game, trion wuined reputation with this undone game!

The Internet 7 years ago
Reddit which is supposed to be the most open place for good discussion that sometimes goes as far as to replace a games ACTUAL forums is not something to be patrolled by a single mods personal choice of what people can and cannot talk about. It shouldn't be long before he is removed from his position and that ban is lifted, his abuse of power is about as tragic as AA's abuse of its cash shop and players.

KainDarkfire 7 years ago
I had a little hype for this game when it was still closed beta, but after playing it once, well, I'm just glad I didn't get hooked, especially with all these great questionable practices involved.

Welp 7 years ago
Welp that's what happens when you publish a game where the only way to get ahead or progress in the game involves money.

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Player 1 7 years ago
mmm they're starting to look like infestation: survivor stories, banning everyone who's asking for a refound due to an awfull administration haha

Kek 7 years ago
Kek, they are offended. Most top guilds in AA buy gold, Ironfist being one them.

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