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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 11:18AM Mr Angry said

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My prediction : "The XBox 360 version of Age of Conan will never happen. FunCom will quote their desire to concentrate on their core business which up till now has been the PC market, and for them to push exciting updates to players more effectively this way"

Age of Conan will then be canceled May 2009

Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 11:31AM postman said

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Im not going to comment on if its going to happen or not, my biggest question is whether its really worth it or not. really as a whole, i think console-only gamers have an even shorter attention span than a lot of PC gamers do, so is FC going to put all this work into converting it for XBox and end up with a FOTM game that ends up with some marginal number of subscribers after all is said and done?

really is the console market ready for an MMO?

Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 11:40AM (Unverified) said

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"really is the console market ready for an MMO?"

FFXI has been on console since 2002.

Other then that I don't see AoC going anywhere with console either.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 5:27PM phobic99 said

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SOE released a PS2 version of Everquest (aka Everquest Online Adventures) in 2003.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 5:34PM postman said

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Ahh my apologies then, my question then is have either really succeeded? im pretty much solely a PC gamer, and both of those games where released for console before i really started getting heavy into MMOs.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 11:36AM (Unverified) said

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Wait, wait, wait....hold on a minute.

Didn't NCSoft reaffirm their customers after they had the Texas layoffs and Richard Garriott left? Only then to announce two months later that Tabula Rasa is being shut down?


And now, Funcom is reaffirming their customers after their developer Gaute Gaudger (sp?) left and their US team was layedoff?

Can anyone, anyone at all see the pattern?

FEAR FOR THE WORSE!, FEAR FOR THE WORSE!

Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 11:39AM (Unverified) said

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So then the real question is....Should I buy this for $9.99 on clearance at Target, play for the free month then cancel, or is it not even worth the effort?

Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 12:16PM (Unverified) said

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Despite what the whiners here say, AoC is a decent game and is definitely worth $10. After the free month it sup to you whether its worth subscribing or not. If you choose a server like Cimmeria (RP-PvP) the population is still good and Cimmeria has a great community on it.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 12:06PM Holgranth said

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No no its really not worth it go buy a hamburger or two with your ten bucks
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 12:21PM Idle said

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It's worth the effort. You may be suprised to find that you hang on for a few months. It's honestly a rather fun game with some unique concepts.

The people you see crying 'FAIL!' are the ones who beat down on every game that isn't their current favorite. Look at their past posts to see what they're generally like. Funcom did pull a big fail, but it's not nearly as bad as those who scream at the top of their lungs at every opportunity make it out to be.

The game had a bad launch and has had some hefty issues. It's getting better, though. It's worth a try if you're an MMO fan.

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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 3:21PM Nadril said

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I would say that even getting 10 double cheeseburgers from McDonalds would be better, and McD's sucks.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 12:05PM (Unverified) said

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This game has already failed. It will NEVER go to any console... Failcom has already failed its customers with AOC... If they ever went to the consoles, it would fail miserably also because they wouldn't be able to do "good" updates...

Funcom = Fail
AOC = Fail

Not going to work... sorry fanboys...

Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 12:33PM postman said

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really give it up already, take you hate somewhere that people may care. seriously
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 1:24PM Mr Angry said

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Everyone is entitled to their view, and a negative reaction to AoC is very much expected, so I don't feel that david is far off the mark here. At the same time I appreciate your positive outlook on the game. Probably best just to live with all comments and stimulate some sort of conversation which does interest you rather than resorting to GTFO! type remarks. Remember it's not a AoC chat channel here, it's Massively!
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 1:39PM TwistedBishop said

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There is no conversation to be had with a troll. The AoC haters either blatantly lie (really, Mr. Angry, no quests after 45?) or their sole contribution to the comment section is screaming "FAILCOM" and beating their fists against the computer screen when each day passes without AoC being shut down.

Neither approach lends them credibility or encourages discussion.

Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 1:50PM Mr Angry said

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Because opinions differ, it's easy to dismiss criticism by claiming trolling. I didn't once mention Failcom in my posts. I'd like to ensure that if you would like to quote me, that you had all the facts at your disposal.

I'd like to correct you on a couple of points here Bishop, firstly, I don't believe I lied. I mentioned there were very few quest, so please reread that post for further clarification. It is common knowledge that players had to just grind mobs for many levels just so they met the requirements of the next quest hub.

http://vnboards.ign.com/age_of_conan_general_board/b22995/107482108/p1/?8

This was in direct contrast to the experience prior to this where there was a story and multiple zones available. The journey from here on in, involved meeting the requirement for the next set of quests, followed by a lot of grinding, and this wasn't indicative of a particular playstyle, it was universal because there just wasn't any quests available. So my assertion that there were very few quests in contrast to the pre level 45 experience is accurate.

While you may feel I paint a negative view of AoC, I do have good reason to want to share my experiences given I feel that it didn't come up to the basic standard that all gamers should expect (enjoyment).

I'd like for you to outline why you feel the game is a such a positive experience now in detail so we can continue discussion. If put the case against, so now time for you to give people a reason to continue to play in light of a poor track record and the recent mass lay offs?

Thank you.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 2:01PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, not a good time for a struggling MMO. People are seeing a repeat of what happened a few weeks ago, and what happened a few weeks before that. Developers, either lying through their teeth, or being misinformed by their CEO's, reassuring a commitment to a game that was virtually canned from the get go.

I gave Conan 3 months, and it wasn't that they weren't improving fast enough for me, but that if what I was going to get was the quality of what was in game already, I just wasn't going to be satisfied. If one thing in game actually worked in a fun and unique way, and less of a Rube Goldberg machine, then I would've stayed.

Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 2:11PM TwistedBishop said

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"there was absolutely no content after level 45 other than very few missions"

"poor track record"

"recent mass layoffs"

Can you even spot your own attempts to deceive anymore?

The occasional dead zone in leveling where people had to grind to reach the new hub? In no way, shape or form "absolutely no content other than a few missions".

Poor track record according to who? The people who have an axe to grind and continue to misrepresent the state of the game?

Mass layoffs? True that people were fired (in one area in one country), and yet ambiguously phrased, as usual, to spin the facts into something that suits your argument, while ignoring those that don't (oh, people were also hired? Well, we can skip that information).

In one comment you even claimed that the server merges would be of no benefit to the playerbase, then stated in another that zones were desolate. You can't even keep your slander straight. Why should anyone trust your opinion again?

Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 2:50PM Mr Angry said

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That's great and all, but you have failed to promote your argument, just to counter mine, and when debating a point, that's seen to be a failure.

As for slander, you know what, just go ahead and sue me. What I have said is accurate and reflects my thoughts. I feel you are probably a little quick to anger as you've not really defended your position at all, just cherry picked my comments (which is really flattering as I didn't realize people read everything I have written)

Occassional deadzone vs no quests available - I've already said the experience changed drastically pre and post level 45 and that the content as a result was a whole lot less. Rather than attack my point, let's hear about all the great content that was available? And you know what, I've never run out of quest in an MMO before, AoC was the first....

Poor track record - hmm maybe the lead producer left, maybe the fact that retention rate was so bad that servers now need merging, maybe it was the promised features that are still not present in the game. As track records go, AoC is performing pretty damn badly. Let's hear why you feel it has a good track record given such a strong start?

Mass layoffs are mass layoffs, I'm sure the people who were laid off would be somewhat heartened by the fact that a few new folk were hired.... Seriously, I don't get your response here, the overall size of the team was down and that's a good thing?

Server merges are a band aid on a rotten game. It's as much about reducing running costs as increasing player population. And given the inexcusable instancing system (that was only actually announced after people bought the game) players will struggle to see a benefit.

Again, I would ask you to carefully outline the positives here as I feel I've done a good job in explaining the cons here.

I really appreciate your need to address my posts and express your feelings, so let's take that as read and now over to you on the positive elements of AoC that will ensure a new player will have a immersive and fun time in virtual world with plenty of content and a sense of character development and community. And let's then consider all the other products which directly compete on this level and how AoC trumps them too.

Finally I think it would be big headed of anyone to ascertain that just by posing on an internet forum that their opinion because a trusted source of information, let's put things into perspective a little bit here, it's just the good ol' anonymous internet.
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Posted: Dec 2nd 2008 3:19PM Nadril said

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Ocasional down time, right. That's why I had to grind my way 55-80 with enough quests in between all that to MAYBE grant 4 or 5 levels worth of experience.


Fucking fanboys, yada yada fanboys are pointless to argue with.
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