Just to put my two cents in to this.
Im actually cool with the cooking skilltree, as long as all the other problems and issues are looked at aswell.
The cooking tree can give the no-lifers something to do, i can give people more immersion and if done right i could be a nice thing to grind.
If the food works better than the normal food u buy. So a nice gudgeon soup will give more comfort, id be ok with that.
Or eating ur caviar with a glas of champagne will keep ur mood and energy so high that fishing big fish will be a bit easier.
ill say Bring it!!
But, we are closing in on 9 months without a progression lake. And what is in my opinion a horribly launched "mid-level" (low level) lake.
Where the fun fish are as rare to catch as a golden tench and the rest of the catches in Belaya are very underwhelming for higherlevel players.
So the agression and unhappyness from the people in this thread are understandable.
I took a break, i stopped streaming the game, so i didnt get frustrated by catching nothing for hours.. because i literally had weeks where i caught 75 silver an hour.
And now im catching a bit again, and im having fun with my team.
I must say, at the moment the official competitions are ruined for me. Most of the time, they seem to either have been made up on the spot or the streamers creating them, dont have any comprehension of how fishing works.
Also it seems that some of the "highlevel" competitions gets put on low level lakes to cater to the viewers of that particular streamer.
I have made my feelings about this clear to both Levo and Gene, and i hope they will do something to correct it.
unluckily im stuck in a timezone (CET) where most comps are low level or mid level. so when im able to join a comp, i get quite pissed when its burbot for the 5th time in a row. Or breams in old burg.
I feel that this could be one of the reasons why the numbers on twitch are falling, there arent any entertainment. I was watching earlier today, and all english streamers was sitting catching breams, no one pushing big fish. Just breams.
SO to get back to the topic. I understand the unhappyness. I dont mind more content. And cooking can be really shit or it can be good.
But if the main content of the game: THE FISHING isnt getting better, it really dosent matter what nice features we get on the side.