Lol, after watching Aeria's managerial choices, I couldn't keep silent.
1. EU taking over Grand Fantasia and various other games to come.
It's really not a secret that the California Aeria offices are doing terribly. Horrible promotions, poor managerial choices and quite obviously not listening to your community is your hugest downfall. Grand Fantasia was kept alive by those who extremely cared for it. While as a GameSage, I went through various ups and downs. 2 GM's "left Aeria" during that time, you only replaced one. This GM knew the game inside and out better than most GM's do about their own games. She worked her butt off and accomplished quite a bit in her time at Grand Fantasia. Now that the three GM's are no longer with Grand Fantasia, you put it on the EU offices: a trade of which few knew about before it actually happened. Even while you had CA GM's still "on staff" they weren't really in control of Grand Fantasia. Way to let the community know that the current GM staff couldn't even HELP their old community because the EU office complained. The EU office has NO idea what they are doing, they are rude, and ban happy. I've seen the promotions, how the state of the game truly is: It's CA's offices basically saying "We don't want anything to do with this game so we're going to fling it at this other office."
Or was it because you're financially unstable?
While I admit, my year and a half on the Grand Fantasia Game Sage team was incredible, management is terrible. We had one GM who hardly cared and played off that he cared a lot, and one who cared more than anything. There were times where we've had GameSages not log in, afk, be rude to the community, and there were heavy favorites. There was a PM who gave out free stuff to some GameSages and it was really uncalled for. I believe that PM was moved to a different team. The current state between GF GS's and their GM's is beyond intolerable. I know you have NO control over Grand Fantasia now, so why lie to them and encourage them to apply.
The game is simply abandoned...don't apply.
There's a point when inflation simply becomes too much. You want to know why your sales absolutely suck? You are NOT listening to your communities. Grand Fantasia called for fortification items to be placed in the tables and in the item mall. They were priced ridiculously in the mall, for the tiers, way too high to really make any sort of profit. Further, the actual chance of the live gambling system was demolished. Nothing that was actually needed was ever given for a fair price. You targetted the high AP spenders, who while they may give you a little business here and there, you can't depend on them. Vanity items are NOT the hugest thing you can sell. They are good every once and a while, but consistently fairly pricing just those? Listen to your community.
4. Aeria's Layoffs
I'm with Alice. You got rid of some of the best GM's: the ones who literally sweat, cried, and bled for your company and have been utterly devoted since walking into Aeria. I'm highly offended that you chose to turn away the few that have worked for you loyally, when others have bad mouthed you constantly. So your numbers suck, lay off the ones responsible for it, not the ones who kept a game and a community alive. Might I mention that with your numbers and an upcoming release (we all know LO isn't coming out any time soon) that you might've kept the BEST GM's for the new games?
5. Web Issues
I hate seeing the fact that we still get pretty animations while we still see the same issues that have been here for over two years now. It's pretty ridiculous that they can program animations flawlessly, but can't fix a **** bug that everybody complains about. Priorities?
6. Aeria's Lack of Change
You put up these polls EVERY month. You do nothing to change. What is the purpose of these? Seriously. I've been with your company since 2009. Spent hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, only to get more and more pissed off with how Aeria is run. You listen to nobody but your wallets. So what happens when you finally piss off the ones who loyally spent money for your company? How about Ajani or Elesh, who we all know could probably buy 8 or 9 houses with their AP spending...and they're just gone? Stop continuing to focus solely on just the High AP Spenders preferences. You target one audience, you'll receive only a bare minimum, target everybody and your sales might actually do better. Try going back to college to business and marketing to understand what I mean. You're apparently all apes.
I have defended Aeria multiple times, and honestly with the current events and Grand Fantasia's state, I see no more reason to spend my money here, not even on Aura Kingdom. Are you just going to continue doing the same bull crap, or actually make the difference that the community has been ASKING and BEGGING you for? Unlikely. Very unlikely. These polls are absolutely pointless except for giving everybody here the false likelihood that things might actually change. Stop giving your communities false hope, man up, and tell everybody the truth about things rather than forcing GM's to lie to your communities.
I'd also like to mention the various disappearing helpful posts (one of which, I personally worked on weeks for) in the GF forums. GG.