Mojang, please be strong and firm with your upcoming EULA clarification. (self.Minecraft)
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I beg of you. Minecraft servers have become nothing more than money machines and it's ridiculous. I love original servers that try to go for something unusual, but they are always outdone by the generic servers that offer donation perks where you literally pay to win, and this is largely done through offering fully enchanted gear through means of a kit.
You need to be strong with this one. Don't talk about it then not do it. Once you get this EULA thing going, be serious about it. This game, in terms of multiplayer, has mostly gone to shit because of everyone making servers with the sole purpose of making a quick buck. Minecraft servers have become a business and it's disgusting.
Don't get me wrong, I recognize that some servers are popular for a good reason and that, indeed, some people actually want and desire the same ol' same ol', but these donation-centric servers have got to go. Servers NEED donations to run, yes I get this! Running a server can be VERY time-consuming AND expensive if it gets big! Yep, I understand completely, but Minecraft is such a game where you can come up with a thousand and one different ways to compensate the players. You can make your own plugins and offer custom, original features, for instance. This shit of "donate $100 and get /kit pvp4 which contains prot4 gear and sharpness 5 swords on a 24 hour cooldown" is fucking retarded. It's nothing more than money-grubbing. I've seen servers offer perks in excess of $300 and some people have bought them. By all means, use your money any way you like, but nothing justifies that price tag. It's just greed, cut and dry.
If Mojang is strong and firm with this EULA clarification, it can breathe new life back into Minecraft multiplayer.
Bold statement, right? Hear me out on this one. There's currently so many servers that are made with the absolute intent of making money that the "market" (lack of better words, here, excuse me on that) is over-flooded. You have thousands upon thousands of trash servers that only want you to donate $200 and fuck off. If the EULA clarification is a serious gig from Mojang, then we will see these servers drop off the map, and you'll be left with the servers that're ran for the love of the game, and not the love of the money.
I've seen server owners make over $70,000/yr off of donations because they run servers where donating eventually becomes a necessity, and all these kids do it eventually.
We need this.
Mojang, please be as serious as a heart attack with this. You've made a good decision, now see it through.
Okay, this is getting a lot more attention a lot more quickly than I originally anticipated, and some of the comments I'm seeing are concerning.
I want Mojang to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk. Yes. That's the whole point of this post. However, if Mojang includes custom plugins in this EULA, custom plugins that add in fairly unique features and not just some bullshit workaround where through a custom plugin you type in a custom command to get fully enchanted gear and god apples, then servers are going to be outright fucked.
They will be skating on thin ice with this decision, and I support the concept of removing built-in features from being donation perks, however this should not include custom plugins. I can think of, for example, mini-game mods. These mods change the way the game behaves, so they should be able to donate to them for mod-specific perks.
If Mojang says "no" to absolutely everything even remotely pertaining the game, then servers are done. One by one, you're going to be seeing them shut down. This, I guarantee.
So no, I don't support Mojang adding in plugins to the list, but I do support them saying "Hey, diamond gear is our property, you can't sell that shit". I recognize anything in the game is their property, but they need to be lax in certain areas to allow for server growth and prosperity.
Very few people will run a server, considering how stressful and time-consuming they can be, AND foot the bill which can sometimes be in excess of $400/mo with everything (for the bigger servers).
I think we can all agree that Mojang needs to focus on the servers that're specifically offering in-game items directly through perks at outrageous prices, and not any and all servers trying to make enough money to run things through any means.
People won't donate just for the love of the server. I mean, they will, but not enough will consistently do it to keep a server up for good. There needs to be peace of mind, and you simply do not get that from a "donate to help keep the server going" button.
87 comments submitted at 14:08:28 on Jun 6, 2014 by Narrowminded