Goodbye, dear readers!

This blog started on Sept 6, 2008 with the goal to give goldmaking advice to World of Warcraft players. Back in the day people were farming gold, aka killing monsters in large numbers for their drops. Their income was ridiculous. I could make much more money on the AH and I wanted to share my ideas.

Later, I realized that the reason people were poor wasn’t simply being unaware of techniques but having a wrong mindset. They spent too much time helping bad players. They knew nothing of opportunity cost. They considered “buying low, selling high” evil. I coached them for the better. The blog thrived, new readers were picked up by the hour.

Then I took this idea to raiding and did what most players considered impossible: raided current content in blue (low item level) gear. That was a definitive answer for those who carried morons and slackers, blaming their gear, not their low performance.

But times started to change. Game companies realized that money comes from bad players too, so they started to nerf their games. First, the developers and the community despised this way dictated by the suits. “welfare epics” was the name of the easy-to-get gear. Then the old guard died out and the new people considered this “right”. It happened together with the rise of the “social justice” crazies in real life, who preached that all kind of failure is the product of some weird imaginary oppression.

World of Warcraft, the most popular game was spearheading this pathetic change. In the meantime I played some World of Tanks and found that their “random battles” were anything but random. They set everyone’s win chance to 50% to keep the baddies play – therefore pay. Finding this was a huge traffic spike and wide recognition for my blog.

As WoW becamse worse and worse, I left for EVE Online, then Black Desert Online, then Playerunknown’s Battleground, finally World of Warships. But it was like the Indians moving west to escape from the growing civilization. It kept coming and I’ve reached the western ocean coast. All games became like this. Easy rewards are now celebrated. Strike that, they are sold. In gambling boxes. “Rigged” matchmakers are now advertised as vehicles for “more fun”.

Players no longer need to be any good to progress. They just have to log in and open their wallets. The morons and slackers who couldn’t clear Karhazan back in the day, now clear all the content, because it’s tailored for their pathetic performance. They don’t have to learn anything to succeed, so learning became “tryhard”. They became the dominant culture in gaming. Being any good became “elitism”. “Gamers are dead” is the new slogan among developers. And don’t even get me started about mobile crap.

As a result, any kind of good information is rejected and actively hated. When I found how to get to the toplist of PUBG, all I got were downvotes and hate from the “community”, for ruining their “fun” of mindlessly killing each other. When I disproved the bizarre conspiracy theory that baddies made up in World of Warships to explain their defeats, I got banned from the game’s subreddit. And let’s not even mention CCP Falcon and his antics.

There is no more point in trying to play well, so there is no point writing about it. So people stopped doing so. There were no one left for inspiration. The remaining gaming blogs are personal adventures and maybe game reviews, but not teaching anything about games. Blogging in general went nosedive, giving way to “streamers”, acting in clown (or slut) costumes for money.

I tried longer than most. I hoped that the tide will turn. But it’s time for me to accept that my hobby went the way of television: once an intelligent entertainment, now targeted to the lowest common denominator.

There is no point continuing this blog, so I stop. I will keep playing games, for my own entertainment, using self-imposed (scrub) limits to challenge myself, but there is no value writing about it.

Take care, dear readers!

bye

Author: Gevlon

My blog: https://greedygoblinblog.wordpress.com/

98 thoughts on “Goodbye, dear readers!”

  1. Thank you for everything you posted throughout the years. It was insightful.
    Still hoping we might see future posts.

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  2. While our political differences are vast and irreconcilable, I’ve always respected your scientific approach to video game strategy. Good luck in your personal life and keep searching for those far-off maxima while everyone else climbs the local peaks.

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  3. Gevlon,

    Thanks for your writings.
    While we don’t agree on everything, I learned a lot about real world concepts and your writings helped improve my life in more ways than one.

    Also how to be better at videogames without spending your life on them.

    I will reread your blogs every now and then.

    Say, do you have a downloadable anthology? I’d like to keep reading them if the site ever go offline.

    Thank you for these amazing years

    Your reader, Jack The Maniac

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  4. I started reading back in the WoW days. Have enjoyed your content immensely. Thanks for spending your time (time is money) to educate and entertain. Will have to get out of the habit of checking this blog every lunch time.

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  5. Sad to hear you go. Reading your blog has been a lunchtime ritual for me since about 2009. Blue raiding was a highlight. I don’t know how you put up with the Eve saga to be honest. I hope you find fun in other games. My only recommendation is to get into modding, that has been the way for me to turn back the tide of scrub pandering.

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  6. I’ve been a reader since you were playing WoW. Never played the other games you’ve tried, but I’ve always enjoyed reading the way you think about things. Good luck in whatever comes next.

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  7. @Gevlon:
    Why blog about niche games? Because other people don’t know them. There may be people who would like a challenge but only p2w and “for fun” games are shoveled in their face and they are not good in finding challenging games.

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  8. Dear Gevlon,

    I have been reading your blog daily, since the early WoW posts. I can say that reading and thinking about your posts changed my views on many topics, and I thank you for that.

    I have a suggestion: what about going through all your posts once more (at least where it makes sense, e.g. skipping purely game-related posts), and commenting on your past topics and views from today’s perspective?

    I might do this anyways (because by now I simply need a daily Gevlon post), but of course it would be amazing to see if you have changed your views, if your predictions were accurate and why, etc.

    In any case, please do inform us if you produce anything in the future. I wish you all the best!

    Cheers,
    anon

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  9. Ahh dam it 😦 Im really gonna miss you. Good luck man. Lifes gonna be a little bit poorer without your latest adventures to look forward to reading about.

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  10. Sad to see the blog is coming to an end. I really enjoyed reading your posts on politics, WOW, and EVE. You had many insightful views that I would adopt for myself. Cheers, Gevlon!

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  11. Damn, I’ve been dreading this day ever since Albion Online failed. It’s sad what gaming has become in this day and age, but the world changes, wherever we like those changes or not.

    Your writing has inspired me a lot, both in games and in real life. And I’m pretty damn sure I’ve become a better person following some of the advice you gave us all.

    What more is left to say? Thank you for your hard work over all those years, you’ll be missed dearly.

    Take care, dear Gevlon.

    PS: While I agree that there isn’t much to write about you playing niche games, I’d still really like to see posts introducing them, like you did with Northgard. I bought that game after you wrote about it and it has been a blast.

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  12. I’m conflicted.

    On one hand, you’ve been a mainstay of my browser for years. On another hand, reading your content has mostly been a chore ever since you started doing … LoL? Yeah, that’s about it.

    Well, best of luck to you in your future endeavors.

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  13. “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”

    I’ll miss your musings and original way in which you approach gaming. I wish you all the best.

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  14. Hey Gevlon,

    Thanks for all the good posts these last years. Been following you since the EVE era.

    Interest in reading you clearly fell since you started playing LoL, as said Maxim.
    I think you have to accept that no AAA or mainstream game today (except Eve maybe) fit your requirements.

    You are right about a lot of thing in your post, including twitch clowns and their detrimental effect to games qualities.

    Thinking during a game is not something marketable and will not bring people to watch these kind of games, meaning the game will never reach mass success and the billions coming with it, which leads to the sad state of the game industry we see today.

    But still! There is a crowd out there not appealed by no-scope headshots action. A crowd that prefer well though-out plans to hand-eye coordination. That crowd is often not very vocal but It exists, and I think you kind of capted a part of it through your blog, until you entered those mainstream games.

    You could have expanded the blog, posted about it’s existence on quality indy titles forums, matching your requirements (there’s a lot!), vastly increasing your readers count, and become the leader of the resistance.
    Instead you tried to teach lessons to monkeys and got burned in the process.

    You can’t save everyone, but you could have guided the one’s willing to follow.

    Oh well… Thank you anyway Austrian man.

    Regards,

    A French reader.

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  15. First Elitist Jerks, then Arena Junkies, and now Greedy Goblin. It’s strange to see websites that were a part of my life for such a long time close down. I still haven’t gotten used to it.

    Gevlon, I’ve been reading your blog since WotLK days. It helped me understand that I don’t have to be a part of the M&S, and that I, too, can succed – both in game and real life. It has also inspired me to start my own blogging project, which is still a work in progress, but I’ll definitely link to your blog on more than one occasion.

    Apart form your insights, I respect your resolve to face the morons & slackers and stick to your guns in spite of being (falsely) accused of being wrong and insulted. If more people were able to do that, our societies would look a lot different.

    You will forever have a unique place in WoW’s history, and as anyone can tell by the comments, you made the experience more enjoyable and more meaningful for many of us. If blogging is a game, and I think it is, you’ve definitely won.

    Thank you, and I wish you all the best!

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  16. All was said above me, so just this last word: thank you for this blog, it’s been giving me so much to get better in life.

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  17. What a sad day.

    I would not be in life where I am today without your writings about philosophy and picking up Atlas Shrugged was the single best thing I did.

    Take care Gevlon, you will be missed.

    Camo

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  18. Gevlon, you have rightly pointed out for years that the games, like the global tendencies of our modern societies, are dumbed down to cater to their lowest common denominator, instead of inspiring people to rise up and get better individually. Pack and mob mentalities are encouraged, supported by easy to digest “how-to” that leaves people unable to find out stuff by themselves.
    Any effort to make people work for a result is railed by the cynics and the trolls, both the useful idiots or the active propagandists of those benefiting the most from global dumbed down systems.

    I started followed you since I found your blog while playing eve, and your posts against the slow decay that makes hoarders out of gamers in that game have inspired me to run for to defend a play style of micro corps and small PvP play style, against the influence of the mega alliances led by PloonS protected by the anonymity of accounts. My main regret was to not recognize what Falcon did to you immediately and publicly condemn it while I was putting myself out there. A community manager railing against an active member of his own community for their philosophical differences is inexcusable, and has made what is supposed to be a sand box game just a less diverse economic space simulator.

    I have participated to your PubG intiative, which matched my usual play style very well.

    I have followed your posts on the world of warship game, and I am among those that thank you for voicing your unpopular opinions loudly, and encouraging efforts and thinking over mass dumbing down and slacking.

    The internet has become a little less diverse today.

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  19. Please don’t stop. I love your blog and read it every day. I love what your write and enjoy all your posts. I have learned many things from your posts that I would not have realized or thought about previously. I am sure I am not the only one reading that has taken away a lot from your blog. Please continue!

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  20. This is sad. It makes it feel like the M&S have won, which may be true.

    Thank you for years of amazing content. Your insight is something I will have forever. Maybe one day you’ll return to fight the good fight.

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  21. It is sad to see you go – I discovered your blog in the EVE times and I followed since: it was always a pleasure to read and to look at the many topics from your point of view.

    I couldn’t agree more about the current gaming situation tho – Being a gamer since many many years, since the very beginnings of UO, this is the saddest part. In the past years especially, it feels like I have to push myself to enjoy mmorpg and online competitive gaming whilst gaming industry was going into this horrible direction (not to mention pre-orders, kickstarters and the Alpha/Beta horror stories).

    See you in game, hopefully.

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  22. I hope you will reconsider ending your blog. Perhaps you could continue to write your feelings about the game design of singleplayer experiences (like you did Subnautica). Your blog changed the way I look at all games in a positive and productive way, so thank you for that. Also, for what it’s worth, I also enjoyed your political posts, and was sad to see them end when they stopped, though I don’t think I ever commented on them. Best of luck to you Gevlon.

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  23. Gevlon,
    I have quite enjoyed your posts for the last 4 years. I think I met you in EVE, you gave me a list of ice belts. Very much appreciated. Didn’t agree with most of your political posts, but it was good to have your out-there posts sloshing around.

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  24. Never gave a rats ass about any of your game posts, but I always enjoyed your political views. If you decide to continue in that vein, I’ll definitely be looking. Best of luck in all and any future ventures.

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  25. Been following your blog since WoW-Which helped me get gold capped and keep our guild free of M and S.
    Started playing Eve because of you and enjoyed that for years. Referencing your trading strategy often which allowed me to have enough isk to build Caps and be comfortable in a harsh world.

    Referenced your political posts often in real life conversation. Which is pretty amazing as it is an example of your influence reaching outside of your blog, and into the world and lives of people who do not internet. I would be being dishonest if I said you have not had a real and lasting effect on my life. That is real.

    I feel we are losing a leader and an ally in a battle that few even know has been being waged, against the decline of a way of life.

    Thank you for everything.
    /Salute

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  26. ive read your blog for a long time, and valued your insights into things i couldn’t find the words for. i stole quite a bit of your WoW stratagies during hard times to get some income when times were hard doing RMT, and followed you ever since. i rarely agree with your politcal positions but nearly always agree with your game insights. i will greatly miss your blog.

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  27. Well now seems a shame I rather enjoyed reading your blog off and no but I understand your reasoning. Have fun who knows history is just one big circle maybe we will see things return to what they used to be.

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  28. This comment section feels like a broken record already, but I’ll do my part: I didn’t always agree with your approach or conclusions but the fact remains that this is the only blog I’ve ever followed.

    >I will keep playing games, for my own entertainment, using self-imposed (scrub) limits to challenge myself.

    This is definitely the way to go. Self-imposed limitations can elevate even the most casual shitshow games.

    Stay rational, bro.

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  29. @pmichalek

    I think it would be interesting to hear some about of these self imposed challenges and how they get overcome. There may be some lesson to learn.

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  30. Thanks for your consistent ad free blog I enjoyed playing with you and your GF during WOW Wrath – as Fubuar.( I do not play anymore due to selling my gold for £ and getting banned) Your teachings about the Auction house allowed me to apply the same principles IRL for commodity trading.

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  31. “Their income was ridiculous. I could make much more money on the AH and I wanted to share my ideas.

    Later, I realized that the reason people were poor wasn’t simply being unaware of techniques but having a wrong mindset. They spent too much time helping bad players. They knew nothing of opportunity cost. They considered “buying low, selling high” evil. I coached them for the better. The blog thrived, new readers were picked up by the hour.”

    Guess what? Blizzard is now looking back at Vanilla and thinking the same things you thought when you saw players who cared more about farming money in a way they found fun, rather than only going for profits.
    Now they share your attitude, and they are making the best game they can while having that mindset, why are you not admiring them? They are getting higher returns on their investments than ever before, I would think you considered that “good” and the old ways “evil”?

    In the old days they didn’t care if people quit the game because it was too hard, or because they didn’t have the time to play it. That’s just missed opportunities, customers you aren’t extracting the maximum amount of profit out of. Isn’t this evil to you? Appearently not, you say this “But times started to change. Game companies realized that money comes from bad players too, so they started to nerf their games.”

    You are being incredibly hypocritical in talking down their practices, they just using tools straight from the same toolbox you used to educate players about how wrong they were to not consider profits the #1 priority.

    If you condemn the actions of game publishers, you are condemning everything you’ve ever done with this blog, teaching people that profits > everything. Time to reap, buddy.

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  32. Best wishes in your future endeavors. Frankly, always enjoyed your political posts far more then your gaming ones.

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  33. Sad day. I haven’t kept up with this blog since you stopped playing Eve Online but you got me playing the game for years after I had stopped playing as a newb. I learned how to fit and gank with a catalyst. And how to make crazy ISK playing the trading game. I agree. Games should be challenging and rewarding and force you to play better. There are games that still do that you just have to look a little harder now. Where it seemed like WoW was based on that idea at the start it has now changed into something very different (sadly). You say that now they just want you to open your wallets (yes this is true) but I still think gamers crave that challenge to get better. It’s why WoW is suffering so much now and why the Mage Tower challenges were so popular. I could go on and on anyway: Thanks for the insights! Take care.

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  34. Thank you for all the time you investet in this blog, it is/was the first site i read every workday since 2011.
    I will miss the power you put in your posts.

    take care…and never stop ask yourself questions, only the M&S will tell you all answers are already found and the rest is for “fun” 😉

    a silent reader

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  35. I was finding most of what you were writing about the world outside of games myopic and misguided (and no, I am not a socialist by far), but I did like what you were writing about games. This doesn’t mean I was always agreeing or even agreeing much, but the perspective was interesting and you did have really good pieces from time to time. I wish you well in your life. Thanks for your blog, it was worth reading.

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  36. Farewell, Gevlon. I’ve really enjoyed your ideas over the years. I hope you find some reason to write again. Or perhaps a blog. Anyway thank you for all your work on this site and wish you all the best!

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  37. I keep coming back to see if you’ve changed your mind or if this was some kind of cruel joke. Sadly, it seems not. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts, ideas, and outlook on games. I’ll remember you fondly.

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  38. Never knew my habit was this deply engrained to visit your blog, I’m still visiting daily to get some food for my brain, just to see that there is nothing new. Your content is unique so I don’t really have an alternative, my brain will eventually stop doing this but this will take some time.
    Just to let you know, that you are missed!

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  39. If you ever revive writing somewhere other than here, could you post a link here too? Miss your blogging and would be interested in anything you write.

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