Have you noticed it? Maybe not, but I certainly have. Over the past few months the Power to the Player polls have been very sparse and far between.
Over the past months the new polls mostly consist of update feedback, while there isn’t anything wrong with that, its the fact that reaction polls are the only polls being put out. Lets take a look, the last poll which wasn’t a reaction poll was on whether or not Ironman accounts should have access to bonus weekends or not. I can’t remember the exact date which it was released but I know it was shortly after the bonus experience weekend–at the beginning of November. So its been about a month and a week since a poll which wasn’t a reaction survey has been released.
To put it in more perspective, over the last 10 polls:
7 of them were reaction surveys
3 of them were ‘diamond’ polls (one of which was a reaction survey)
and only 1 of them was a ‘dragonstone’ poll
There’s been so many reaction surveys lately that the polling section is starting to feel like a feedback section. Do players really have that much power when their only poll options are survey related? Not really. So what happened to polls? Why are we stuck with reaction surveys? The fact that we are stuck with reaction surveys doesn’t mean Jagex is dumping the whole ‘Power to the Players’ deal. In fact, they are improving it.
At RuneFest 2014 Jagex stated their new addition to Power to the Players, RuneLabs, all the close details haven’t been released on it yet and it could be another few months until we hear more about it. However, RuneLabs looks to be a new section on the forums where players can post their ideas for RuneScape improvements or additions and other players can vote on these ideas. If an idea receives a large amount of votes it will be sent to the RuneScape team where they will review it before implementing it in the game. Its an interesting process and I’m excited to see how its going to work. Interestingly enough, if you trace the polls back they suddenly lost content (and more surveys were released) right around the time of RuneFest (when they released new information about RuneLabs). It seems like Jagex has wrapped up the Power to the Players for 2014, however, there’s something much bigger coming in 2015. So though the polls may seem to be a bit useless lately Jagex is far from ditching the idea of a more player driven game.