pbenjaminn – Exhibit A on how Wargaming Survives

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Original Author: Thing 1
September 15th, 2019

Well folks, it’s that time again. It’s time to take a look at the typical World of Tanks player and wonder, “Why the flying hell does this guy STILL play this game?”

Today, we’ll be looking at pbenjaminn, an epic exhibit A on how Wargaming manages to survive.

Most of us with brains either don’t play the game at all anymore or at best play very sparingly because we realized long ago that there’s really just no fucking point in it. If you’re not power platooned up in whatever the OP tank of the month is spamming non-stop gold rounds with 5 skill crews, you’re just fucked. End of story.

But not good old pbenjaminn. This guy is, and I say this with not only full sincerity but with a sense of awe, the ULTIMATE glutton for punishment.

So let’s take a look at a few basic stats on pbenjaminn:

  • Sign up date: 6-28-2013 (he’s been playing for 6 years, 2 months and 14 days as of this writing)
  • Number of games played: 37,991 (an average of 17 games per day)
  • Win rate: 49.9%
  • Wn8: 1297
So, he’s not a bad player. He’s not a particularly good one either. He falls right in the middle of the average, rank and file World of Tanks player.

So what does he actually think about this game he has played for so long? Well, folks, he hates it. What’s more, he’s hated it for a very, very long time. In fact, he’s hated it pretty much since he started playing it. Hold on to your ass and don’t drink anything, because his rants agaisnt the game are long and extensive.

March 1st, 2015: This guy is just sad. They nerf the foch 155 into oblivion and then introduce the op waffle. Everybody spends money to free xp to it, then they nerf it and plan to replace it. Typical wg practice to milk the players and then complain about people playing it. This company is horrible at doing anything about gameplay, because enough people just accept this garbage.
http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index...-wt-auf-e-100/page__pid__8632590#entry8632590
That’s as far back as his posting history goes. It’s the first in his history on the forum as of this writing. Now, we all know that Wargaming purged the NA forums of a LOT of shit back in 2015, so odds are pbenjaminn was bitching long before this.

But lets give Wargaming a bit of benefit of the doubt even though the worthless bastards don’t deserve it. Let’s assume that’s his first post, some 4 years, 6 months and 14 days ago.

From this point on, he does absolutely NOTHING but incessantly bitch. I’m not about to bog down my fucking server with the sheer biblical volume of his bitching, so I’m just going to cherry pick some of his post over that span of time.

March 7th, 2015: People have been caught using warpack and wg does nothing. It requires a premium account to run, so what do they care. Absolutely no way for them to know your using it, its a cheat and I advise against it……but wg only cares about money. Gameplay, cheats, balance issues….none of it matters…only money.
http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index...o-use/page__st__40__pid__8660655#entry8660655
May 7th, 2015: It is a little better than a cromwell, but we are missing the point. When has it become acceptable that premium tanks are as good OR better than regular elited vehicles? Wargaming has always stated that would not happen. Of course they said NEVER any arty past tier 8, NEVER any tier 10 tds, NEVER any tier 10 mediums…..argh…I guess NEVER trust this company.
http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index...ll-be-removed/page__pid__8945192#entry8945192
November 20th, 2016: Does it really matter….they allowed EVERYONE to cheat and get the t-22….yet did nothing….just a garbage company pretending to do something. Because all those people run premium accounts and many were from South American clans they didn’t want to alienate, wg na decided to do nothing. Its about money……not gameplay, happy customers, just bottom line.
http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index...llegal-mods/page__pid__10573127#entry10573127
July 11th, 2017: Tier 8 is now bottom tier almost every battle, difficult to make credits, need to spam premium ammo and EVERYONE now shoots premium ammo – add the arty splash changes so u always use your consumables and this economy is a joke. Its bad when even quicybaby starts to criticize these thieves that have made him comfortable. I know they have to make money, but every change simply gouges the consumer, gameplay consideration has nothing to do with wargaming decisions….game has become a scam…glad its free, i guess
http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index...come-a-scam/page__pid__11110375#entry11110375
October 22nd, 2018: Almost three arty per side every battle, insane power creep and tier 8 is unplayable. Game was fun once, dont waste your money on this garbage product. Play for free and you will feel better….this company is pathetic.
http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index...into-a-joke/page__pid__11848805#entry11848805
March 14th, 2019: Of course we need artillery, wheeled vehicles racing around like gocarts with magical auto-aim, artillery bombarment and air strikes which are broken and of course extra time, overtime, etc…..save your money this company is pathetic and does nothing to improve the game for the enjoyment of the players. Playing for free is such a better experience…oh ya crazy premium ammo spam……these moron s couldnt have broken the game worse if they tried.
http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index...telines-fun/page__pid__12041769#entry12041769
You get the idea. And it got worse and worse and worse until eventually he completely OWNED the locked thread archive until his perma-ban from the forums on September 4th:

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Now folks, I cropped out the stickies and the announcement threads at the top of that forum just to show you the actual locked threads. It’s fucking unreal. The guy owns 90% of them.

So if he hates the game that god damned much, why keep playing it, right? I mean, we’ve all been there. We’ve all struggled to quit. It’s like fucking smoking – hard as hell to finally let it go.

But this isn’t about game play. It’s about gambling. People keep on thinking if they pay a little more, get a little more invested, it will FINALLY start to pay off.

Las Vegas makes its billions the same exact fucking way. They get people like this who are actually sick. They’re fucking addicted. And they milk them dry for every single fucking penny they can get.

Don’t think so? Check out pbenjaminn’s hardware:

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https://worldoftanks.com/en/community/accounts/1005211220-pbenjaminn/

Folks, that is some serious fucking cheddar. Samolians. Cisterci. Drachmas. Deutschmarks. Dollars. Greenbacks. Pounds Sterling, Franks, Rubles, Lira, Yen, Clams. What-the-fuck-ever.

Know what else? The fucking guy is STILL playing.

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pbenjaminn, buddy, pal…you need help. Seriously. If you don’t get help at Charter, get help somewhere.

Footnote 6/3/2021: He is STILL playing.

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Top Comment: Zeedox

Wow. Of all the threads he created I haven’t found one in which he returns.
 

Hugo Stiglitz

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Two things get me about that article. One is that take a look at how many of those high dollar premiums he never really even played. Second is he makes some good points. I mean he's not wrong in most of his posts at all. He's just bitching about the same things most of us bitched about.

But man why the fuck do you shell out all kinds of cash for a tank you never play? I don't get that at all.
 

Gomez Adams

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But man why the fuck do you shell out all kinds of cash for a tank you never play? I don't get that at all.
I've done that a couple times in War Thunder: bought a premium I thought was going to be fun to play and have it turn out to be absolutely abysmal to the point I stopped playing it.

But you are right. He does have some he never even gave a chance. For instance, he only played the JT88 9 times. I played mine nearly 500 times I think. It was a great premium and made good money. He only played the T54 first prototype one time. I had always wanted to try that tank.

He's got a few T8 premiums he played only 2 or 3 times. That's insane as expensive as they are. The only two premiums I remember not really playing in WoT were the free ones I got for logging in or during an anniversary giveaway.
 

Grimhogun

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He only played the FCM 50 twice? He's got issues. That thing was great!