Recently announced in Aion is a new reward system. A player distributed reward system. Taken off the announcement:
“3) The most recent patch notes for 1.5.1 show that defending legions can now gain medals for successfully holding a fortress but many people feel this will not be enough incentive for fortress defense. Can you clarify if only the controlling legion gains medals for defense, or is it the entire race? How can one legion be expected to defend against an entire race?
- For the medals, once a fortress has been successfully defended, the Brigade General of the fortress will receive the medals via in game mail, and will be responsible for distributing accordingly. This allows the Brigade General the ability to award those who actively participated in defending the fortress, both inside and out of his/her own legion.”
I’ve bolded the important parts. After a successful fortress defence, medals are sent to one player to distribute to other players based on their contribution. How does anyone not see the potential abuse of this mechanic? Of Brigade Generals distributing medals based on guild affiliation and personal favouritism rather than actual participation?
Obviously any kind of reward system can be gamed, but a system that actively hands the rewards to one single player and then tasks them with handing them out ‘fairly’ seems to ignore everything game designers should know about how players behave: with self-interest.