*dusts off pom-poms* To begin, this post is not an attack on stratics or the stratics establishment. I think forums that allow discussions about a game and provide help to new players is and has always been a great idea. These are just my opinions, and of course I know you have the right to yours. I'm just saying it now, before somebody else does. You can say what you want about me, but I have been and will remain a gamer. Even as I became an adult, I am still a product of my generation. i love games. And as such I happen to enjoy TSO. When the more recent issues started coming up, some people left, some people got rage, others stayed hopeful. I have and am still hopeful for the outcome of the game. I don't want to see it die. I am very glad most TSO players do not come to this forum. Because luckily, most people still playing this game, do not carry the same negativity and disdain many people here have for the game. I make this post, not to bash the people here, but more so for the people that sign up new, that they see the negativity and complaining is not all there is. Now I'm sure someone will say that Stratics isn't affiliated with EA so it doesn't matter. But because stratics is probably the most popular forum that discusses this game, I think it does. What my main dislike is the thought of a new player coming here and being turned off of the game by what they see. In City Hall, there are a handful of posters that post regularly. Take a look through page one, you might find a few people who post once or twice a week, the rest are a small group of repetitive posters. Including myself, at times. I asked around, and most people said between 25-50 different users regularly post here, but I'll take into account the semi-regulars, and I'll give a generous 100 different posters. I'm sure somebody can tell me something different, but go back and look from january 1st on, and take a look for yourself. Now, 100 regular posters approx.... well, the amount of current TSO paying subscribers is currently more than 100x that. Not to mention the very large amount of people who have signed up for free trials. Now of course, some of these are certainly duplicate accounts, but the ratio is very significant. If you dispute that information, please seek it out for yourself. Also, do remember, Stratics is not officially affiliated with EA. I know they do not claim to be, but I think a lot of people forget. EA Devs CHOOSE to be involved here not just at the official places like the blog. But they certainly aren't obligated to do so. This is a cheerleader thread I guess... I've made one before, and I'll probably make another in the future. Btw... i just think it's sad when people think 9.99 entitles them to anything but the ability to play a game. Look, there are changes that I haven't been thrilled with. But I know, that EA doesn't owe me anything but a game for my 9.99. I'm glad EA is more open than a lot of other companies, many online games do not give the players the time of day except if they are reporting a bug. I just wish more people would remember, you have free will, no one is asking you to play this game. in closing... this is just another one of those rare threads that is hopeful, and supportive of the future of TSO. And unfortunately, I'm thrilled that a lot of the minority mentality that can be found here, hasn't translated to all of the over 10k paying subscribers the game still has. If it had... we might as well start preparing our TSO eulogies now.