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Posted: Sep 29th 2008 6:46PM Softserve said

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They might want to update their site in that case... it kind of implies otherwise.

Posted: Sep 29th 2008 6:48PM Softserve said

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Actually, the Acclaim site says otherwise... but the source of the actual update doesn't mention Acclaim at all that I can see.

Confused.

Posted: Sep 29th 2008 9:50PM (Unverified) said

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It certainly isn't clear who is speaking, exactly. We are inclined to think that the PR manager represents Acclaim -- although they *could* be a part of Spellborn International too. It's quite hard to tell.

Posted: Sep 29th 2008 10:36PM Softserve said

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Yeah, I couldn't pick up on it (obviously lol). I noticed that the Acclaim hosted version of the site does not have any news or a working link to the beta, though.

Posted: Sep 29th 2008 11:27PM (Unverified) said

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And with that, Acclaim lost any interest they would have garnered from fans.

Posted: Sep 29th 2008 11:31PM (Unverified) said

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Acclaim doesn't give away anything for free. It goes against the corporate model of hating your customers.

Free games and free to play one's, or one's you give away for free and then charge for other things... ya, those are horrible business models that are the future of PC gaming and will make PC gaming even more popular. How dare any one suggest they do something smart and good for business and the industry.

Ah, poor Mythos, would have taught so many.

Posted: Sep 30th 2008 1:26AM (Unverified) said

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More from angry PR man
Furthermore you're all fat, and I mean sloppy fat!

Posted: Sep 30th 2008 9:57AM (Unverified) said

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Free 2 play does carry a stigma. Before the CM had to make this announcement I've seen people on four different messageboards (one of them SB's beta questioning the devs in teaming up with Acclaim)

Some of them were even nasty about it saying they won't play the game now because it would be another Free2play trash game. So the fustration on the CM's part is understandable especially since this particular CM was already notorious for this type of behavior before she was hired by the Devs to represent them.

Bottom line is that Acclaim is partnering with Spellborn because they don't want to follow the same business models of past games with item mails and all that other crap people look down on. THey see SB as a subscription based game to work with.


Posted: Sep 30th 2008 10:48AM cokey said

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The game Dofus has been using that way to demo their game for quite some time now.

Posted: Oct 7th 2008 12:23PM (Unverified) said

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Saga of Ryzom used a free-trial area for a while as well, unlimited time, no level cap (you were limited in how much xp you could get based on the fact that the lower level creatures in the area only get you so far)... and they opened that up in June/July 2006.

Using a free-to-play region, with unlimited time is NOT a new concept.

Making a whole game F2P makes a lot of gamers cringe because the pay model filters out a lot of jacktards.
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Posted: Oct 28th 2008 12:31PM (Unverified) said

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f2p carry that stigma because most of the f2p games use item malls are korean based games that are straight grindfests with pretty graphics. The stigma will stay unless businesses like Blizzard and Mythic start using the same type of model. However, it's not as steady and reliable as a subscription based MMO. Item mall f2p might not make a whole lot of money at the start so they can't improve as fast. Also, Since it also has a "korean" bias the game play is always lacking towards the middle of content possible from not enough founds. The game stays in the state for so long because it doesn't have the steady 15 dollars from their consumers. Some fail over and over like Ryzom. I hear it's a great game and the people who play it love it, but it keeps going bankrupt. Conquer Online just got it's first major content updrage with a new class some months ago. And i was playing that game when i was around 12 or so, I'm turning twenty soon. WoW would of had three or so. It's a hard road and a hard choice.

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