Let's be honest, no matter what event they pick people are going to complain about it.
AFK Event: We wanna do something fun, wtc Nexon actually put some effort into it!
Active Event: This is way too much work for a stupid event, people have lives outside this game Nexon!!
Attendance Event: This is outdated and unfair Nexon, I couldn't get on because of ____ so I don't get a prize?!
That said, this is a social game and people shouldn't require an event to be social. It's only an AFK event if you're a lone wolf.
Exactly this. (Also on "Active Event: These rewards aren't even worth it! I wont bother!")
All my original point was, was that you DO NOT HAVE TO AFK. It's YOUR choice. You CAN do something productive or fun WHILE receiving FREE STUFF. You don't even HAVE to deliver bouquets if you don't want to. It's YOUR choice. Nexon does NOT force you to do anything, ESPECIALLY, AFK. The game was MADE to play, not made to AFK.
And that "inconsequential flavor-text" was translated by our localization team, and created by a developer or story writer, whomever. So yes, someone DID put SOME sort of time and effort into the so-called "AFK" events that many get so upset by. Look at how many events we HAVE going on. I can't imagine actually thinking that most events are "a special occasion". However, that doesn't change the fact that someone is putting thought and effort into something, but apparently for many, it will never be enough.