Thats very interesting. It does seem like a lot of the game is outdated with new gear and things coming in. Definitely agree with poster. OSRS gold
has a great deal of dead material that you can jump past on a non ironman simply because it is not efficient. Ironman accounts may find a good deal of usage in matters that those accounts skip. It is an excellent mode for anyone who likes always setting new objectives and finding the best way to achieve them rather than sweating over money farming.
At this stage I think most osrs gamers are fine using rs3. They won't play it but they pretty much respect it's distance and the people who play with it.
I believe that it's more likely to acquire review bombed by rs3 lovers when Jagex necessarily comes out with another update that screws up the entire match in some way.
Yes there are secrets you can use to open chests for worthless makeup and some XP, however in the long run once you get into bossing you are going to forget all about it.
I recently got back into the Cheap Runescape gold
match and it's basically a non issue. I really really like rs3. Same just came back after rebuilding my accounts on osrs and I'm having a terrific time playing. So much new things and everything is so convenient now.
Jagex do not release any useful data on this, so it is difficult to say. There certainly still are bots (always have been, always will be), however the amount of bots is significantly lower than it has been previously, also if you take under account the lower player count.