Let's enjoy the final days! Check out what changes and events started this March here: http://maplestory2.nexon.net/en/news/article/56485/sunset-in-maple-world
MapleStory 2's servers will be officially closing on May 27th: http://maplestory2.nexon.net/en/news/article/56486/service-discontinuation
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The thing is... MS1 was out during the golden age of MMORPG. We are currently living in the dying stages of MMORPG. The viewers on MS1 are probably the veterans that stuck around since then.
I'm almost positive that if MS2 was released first and MS1 was released 2018, the situation would be reversed.
I don't understand why people think B4 is Nexon's job to ban. It's almost equivalent to trading someone who says they're selling you something but you have to give the mesos first. If you agreed to that and got scammed, it's really not anyone else fault but yours. If you're willing to roll the dice for it, be willing to accept the outcome of the roll.
As for the RNG... I do think it may be a bit rough but I just have to say that I have never in my life played an MMO that didn't have RNG when it came to upgrading your gear. Heck, some MMORPG requires you to buy an item to boost the chances because they fall as low as 5% chance to upgrade.
As for being lied to about the dungeon requirement, I haven't checked it out yet so I wouldn't know. However if that's true then that's all on Nexon and that's not good practice.
I'm not here to defend Nexon if anyone wonders because this is literally the only game I've given Nexon another chance after 7+ years.