• As explained in Your Video Limit Concerns: Rail Nation Team Response thread, there are several reasons why there is a limit introduced on the videos.
    As we explained, we are open to suggestions and therefore, we will include the question about the limit into our March Global Survey.
    We will be more than happy to read your feedback in our survey so we can take it into account to make decisions.

    Regarding discord.
    We wanted to provide a tool that is more up-to-date and allows us to talk to the community directly.
    Discord is one of the most used communication channels in today's gaming industry, allowing us to create more and more interactive content for you, our players, but also to get faster feedback on possible technical problems and allow the communities to discuss all kinds of topics in one place.

  • Why are you having a survey? You've already told us it's unhealthy to watch more than 56 videos a day.


    We aren't as qualified as the people who gave you evidence of this fact so we can't comment.


    The fact that you are now surveying people for their opinions on a feature which is detrimental to their health shows that this is nothing other than a money making exercise.

  • The fact that you are now surveying people for their opinions on a feature which is detrimental to their health shows that this is nothing other than a money making exercise.

    This is a concern for players!

    Restricting video is protecting against the addiction of low-income players!


  • Ask the question now that you've change your Official Announcement to no longer include the mention that watching more than 56 videos a day is bad for people's health. And made sure it's still got the original date on the announcement.


    So Answer 2 wins then.

  • As explained in Your Video Limit Concerns: Rail Nation Team Response thread, there are several reasons why there is a limit introduced on the videos.
    As we explained, we are open to suggestions and therefore, we will include the question about the limit into our March Global Survey.
    We will be more than happy to read your feedback in our survey so we can take it into account to make decisions.

    Well, there are some explanations that answer questions, that were put, several times, since videos were introduced to the game. Which lets - though I appreciate those answers - a little bad guy in my ear ask: "Why are we allowed to know that now, why not already years ago?" One very interesting answer (never given before) is, that your ad partner values (and pays?) 100 customers watching 1 vid per day much more than 1 customer watching 100.


    The other one ist idea of surveys. Especially when the number 56 is discussed. There is no need to test and try, if 56 is the best limit thinkable. That could have been surveyed long before you planned the upgrade. You tested it on PTR, where vids are not really needed, cause they get some gold to test ... so not only a small target audience, but also the wrong one. But to ask for a limit, there is no try needed, experienced players could have answered immediately - according to their objectives in the game - where their pain threshold is if a limit is discussed.


    And as for a later survey ... there is a big group, who hate ads and their trackers and tracers (they would vote for: take them out of the game), there is another big group, that give their time and allow to be tracked to help their friends in the association to have more income (they would vote for a limit of 1000), there might be bots (their owner will vote for: unlimited) and there are groups that watch a vid now and then ... and don't care about a limit. And many more groups.

    The groups of target audiences are so different, that a survey that wants a vote, aims on a majority ... the max count of votes will not give you an answer.


    And another point: Waiting 4-8 weeks in the internet is a very long time. People often decided much quicker for a different game. In my perception there are two big unhappy groups right now: a) those who collect vids, because they want to increase the income of their friends, and b) those who watch vids, because of the bonusses and gimmicks they can get, no matter if they love them or if they cannot afford to invest much real money to play.

    Waiting weeks, will not make all of those 2 groups to go away, but part of them ... and they will be lost, no matter what the survey will tell us.


    Just some thoughts about the explanations ...


    Regarding discord.
    We wanted to provide a tool that is more up-to-date and allows us to talk to the community directly.
    Discord is one of the most used communication channels in today's gaming industry, allowing us to create more and more interactive content for you, our players, but also to get faster feedback on possible technical problems and allow the communities to discuss all kinds of topics in one place.

    I guess, the central word is: "directly".

    However, the community also is HERE, in the forum. You can talk (write) to us directly here, you just do that.

    And you can get direct answers here.


    I love Discord very much.


    But if it comes to directly, there are some cons and pros.

    - Yes, we can talk, by voice. Will it happen? Should it be scheduled when you are available for answers? Will there be times, when experts of your staff will be available for a voice discussion?

    - Another aspect of "directly" ... imagine I want to bring a suggestion. Here in the forum I can search if there is a thread already about the idea. In Discord I have to scroll back hundreds of short posts, to find same or similar ideas ...

    ---> so this brings up the question: Will you CMs pick out suggestions, creative posts, questions, ideas, messages that are good enough to be repeated here in the forum, in a special unique thread, there they can be honored, discussed, worked on, where more creativity can be added and alternatives can be addressed ...


    So, I like the idea to use Discord, but for the real meaning of "directly" Discord and forum should be a combination, which means: there is a new part of the CM job to bring Discord content into the forum, where it can be put in searchable threads and discussions.

    Drei Gruppen sagen immer die Wahrheit:

    1. Kinder 2. Betrunkene 3. Jeder, der verdammt noch mal stinksauer ist.

  • Ask the question now that you've change your Official Announcement to no longer include the mention that watching more than 56 videos a day is bad for people's health. And made sure it's still got the original date on the announcement.


    So Answer 2 wins then.

    Thank you for your answer. It seems to a rumor, which someone started, as you can´t point me to any direct link, and non of my colleague knows about a statement like that.
    The only official RN statement is here: Your Video Limit Concerns: Rail Nation Team Response


    Thank you for your really long reply.

    I´m not able to go point by point with you.
    The patch is not released to most of the servers (only RU and DE were patched ) and there is no new date appointed to the launch for the other servers.

    Firstly, players should test the new feature before they make an opinion on it.

    About discord just in short point.
    Forum is good for threads like suggestions as you mentioned, and we never said we will cancel the forum.
    We added a discord to add extra features that the forum cannot provide.

    Keep the constructive feedback coming. It is vital for us, CM´s to do our job properly.

  • Can you point me to a thread where an RN employee stated that?
    We have made an official post here, no mentions on your unhealthy part there.


    Your Video Limit Concerns: Rail Nation Team Response

    First update of 2021: A new feature is coming! - Free browser-based online strategy game - Rail Nation


    Article "Video Watch Limit", first paragraph, let me citate:


    "As we introduce the incredible Pollux, we need to make sure that we keep video watching fair for all, whilst discouraging unhealthy behaviour like watching several hundreds or even more than a thousand videos per day."

  • Thank you for your answer. It seems to a rumor, which someone started, as you can´t point me to any direct link, and non of my colleague knows about a statement like that.

    Mal ganz abgesehen davon, dass es auch den Suchtfaktor der Videos einschränkt und verhindert, dass einige Spieler die Gewohnheit entwickeln, Tag und Nacht Videos zu schauen und dabei den Schlaf vernachlässigen.

    Translation by DeepL: Not to mention that it also limits the addictiveness of the videos and prevents some players from developing the habit of watching videos day and night, neglecting sleep.

  • the same is mentioned also in the Dutch forum



    translated:

    Remember that the new video limit is intended to do something about some players' unpleasant habits of constantly watching videos. Some even go so far as to barely sleep. This is a serious problem that certainly does not benefit the health of these players. As a game, we have a responsibility to safeguard the health of these players.

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  • First update of 2021: A new feature is coming! - Free browser-based online strategy game - Rail Nation


    Article "Video Watch Limit", first paragraph, let me citate:


    "As we introduce the incredible Pollux, we need to make sure that we keep video watching fair for all, whilst discouraging unhealthy behaviour like watching several hundreds or even more than a thousand videos per day."


    Thanks for the quote.
    The original post talks about the unhealthy part of watching hours and hours of ads, not that anything above 56 is unhealthy.
    As said in the official announcement, we are open to changes, which will be decided via the feedback we receive in March Global Survey.


  • ...
    As said in the official announcement, we are open to changes, which will be decided via the feedback we receive in March Global Survey.

    In that survey, will there be any questions how we players think about RN's LACK OF BUG FIXING ???

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  • The original post talks about the unhealthy part of watching hours and hours of ads, not that anything above 56 is unhealthy.

    I apologize.

    I do not want to contradict.

    But how many hours of watching an ad is unhealthy?

    Is just watching an ad unhealthy or other activities too?

    Is it healthy to play RN these hours without watching commercials?

    Can we expect other limitations in the game due to concerns about our health?

    For example, time limit online.

  • Thank you for your constructive feedback.
    As you know, I'm new at RN, not only my name is nEwW.

    I checked internally, and there are no plans at the moment to limit other game functions due to health risks.
    Please try to look at the change as a whole, with the additional information provided in our statement included, not only information released in one of the early blogs.

  • The good thing here is: we got translations of the original intended message to the customers in 3 languages. So those, who are familiar to those languages, can realize those little differences between them.

    Of course, people ... customers ... think about the arguments. And they all contained health, some mentioned sleep, some mentiones hours and nights of watching ads ...


    So, customers of the gaming industry want to have fun. They ARE funny, they got a sense of humor, some know irony, some even sarcasm.

    I was not surprized (knowing the above) so read somewhere "more than 56 vids are unhealthy".

    Not surprizing though - yes - there were several lines between "health" and "56", but the customers got the connection anyway ... and made a joke of it.


    Bringing in the argument of health (and was there even that of pathological gaming?) might not have been the brightest idea of Bright Future company 8) :D :evil: as I said, I was not surprized to see customers joking about that. Why not let them enjoy that joke? Health was mentioned as a good (?) reason - is it that good in times of covid19? - and 56 in a later paragraph ... I love customers who put those 2 arguments together and create something new from it.

    Also, I made up a survey and a scientific study in my brain, and it tells, that the magic number is 68 ads in a row. That is, when the earwax starts to melt and gives way directly to the brain, so the ads have an brain washing effect. So we can talk about "health", when it's ad no. 69 8o :D :P


    Also: yes there are customers, who watch hundreds and maybe even 1000 videos on one day (or night) ... but does anybody really think, they WATCH them?

    See, when I "watch" ads, latest at the 3rd miramagia or travian legens or aldi I do no longer watch, and I even switch off audio from my bluetooth connection. I clean my desk instead.

    Drei Gruppen sagen immer die Wahrheit:

    1. Kinder 2. Betrunkene 3. Jeder, der verdammt noch mal stinksauer ist.

  • I think the best idea is that RN provides the contact details of their (inter)national regulators and we ask them what their opinion is.


    This will now end one of 2 ways. Either RN provides the details of their regulators. Or I go to my Bank Card issuers and reclaim all money paid to RN over the last few years and my Bank will then recover the money from RN if they are not properly regulated.