Age of Conan
's beta test has concluded, and the retail launch is only a few days away, so it's a perfect time for Funcom
to start (or rather, continue) hyping the game to the Nth degree. What better way to convince people to play it that than to make the argument: "everyone else is doing it!" Funcom announced on the AoC
community website that the AoC
beta has surpassed 1,000,000 sign-ups.
A little over a month ago we reported
that Warhammer Online
had hit the same landmark, and our readers had some interesting comments
about how much this landmark really matters. Now is an especially good time to ask that question -- some players might not be buying AoC
because of performance and stability issues
in the IGN open beta event. It's not a stretch to bring into question the true function
of a beta (is it marketing, or technical testing?), as well.
Does it matter? We don't know, but we'll find out soon enough.