Someone asked with the Help tag at Bungie’s Destiny site where one can get etheric light. Since the Trials of Osiris started today, we found that there is NO way of getting etheric light – a requirement for upgrading new game gear – if you don’t have your own play team. In other words, you can’t get it as a single player and there is no in-game matchmaking for the activities where etheric light can be found. Regulation of the gaming industry is needed at this point. Consumers should not be deceived into buying a product that they have little or no chance of getting a refund for.
We preordered the game and the season pass, based on what we knew of the game pre-release. Well, the game has changed a lot since then. The amount of play time a single player can get out of the game is less and less, and the latest dlc makes single player useless. With the House of Wolves you CAN get new gear that is as high or higher than the previous gear, but if you don’t have your own teams to play the meat of the dlc, what’s the point? To just play the old stuff that happens to have matchmaking over and over again?
Below is what I wrote at Bungie’s forums. I need to gather information regarding game developer’s deceptive shenanigans, which of our representatives are major investors (yes, some are) or have other interests in gaming companies, what laws (if any) exist that regulate the gaming industry, etc. I’m tired, now, of gamers (including myself) complaining all the time but not doing anything about these game companies. If you know of examples of game makers’ deceptions (like Sony putting out trailers that they claim is one of their games, when they aren’t), or of applicable laws or legal actions, please let me know!
Since the Trials of Osiris started today, we found the only way to get it is if you do your own matchmaking, make your own teams. We thought with the Trials we’d at least have an option for getting this necessary material without having to have other friends have the game, schedule all our time, etc. This dlc, in fact, the whole game of Destiny at this point, was/is a waste of money and time. If a material in a game is required, then there should be at least one option for players to get it fully in-game! Lol. Since the only way to get it is by your own arrangement of players, which normally takes place OUT of game (and it seems that a microphone is required, another $60 investment), it makes the game absurd. We will be writing to Bungie, Activision, and Microsoft about this with the hopes of at least getting some of our money back (we preordered the game and pass); but if we don’t get any money back, at least we will have said what we wanted to say. After that, I’m going to see about regulating the gaming industry (the co.s and corp.s need their hands held by congress, apparently) since with other products you can get your money back. Bungie has continually changed the game, making it playable for those without avid Destiny friends, to one where that’s a requirement.
Even this site got weird. I had an account here that I can’t access any longer since I had to sign in with XBOX live, which is my son’s account. He’d very much approve of this message, though. He can’t believe he can’t do anything to get etheric light without an out-of-game made team. He was actually excited for the Trials, so wow, yeah, a new level of hate for a gamemaker: Bungie.
On top of that, I signed in with the “knowledge” Bungie gave me, saying I could change the app linkage to XBOX in settings. Well, I can’t. So what does that make Bungie . . . again? Bungie is the most unethical game company I’m aware of. The only way to get on this game space is through that app that you can’t unlink to your XBOX acct? Wow. No more of our business will be with Bungie.
Note (June 5, 2015): If you do the player-vs-player Iron Banner, a one week only event, and reach level 3, you can buy an etheric light.
If you like YouTube videos and listening to game commentary, you might like the following (House of Wolves, E3 Hopes, Fallout 4, Doom: Lingering Trees Talk Show 003). These guys are pretty funny (warning – they can be raunchy):
You might also enjoy: House of Wolves is [Really] Only for those Who have Their Own Teams or the much longer analytical article, Destiny’s Story: The Nature of Evil and Its Corrupting Influence. Other Destiny articles are listed in the Table of Contents (see tab bar), too.