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Posted: Apr 27th 2009 3:09PM Snow Leopard said

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I took one look at that character and instantly thought “Pedophile”. I then looked at the title and was even more creeped out…

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 5:56PM (Unverified) said

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If that's the gutter your mind runs in, I'd be more worried about you!
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Posted: Apr 27th 2009 3:15PM Pingles said

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I'm adult++ (40+) and found FreeRealms a lot of fun. I look forward to playing the game with my daughter as well, but am enjoying this game for ME right now.

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 3:26PM (Unverified) said

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I checked out the beta, and liked it way more then I expected. Many of the mini games are fun, the cooking mini game is really well done, and the game's got a high level of polish. It's nice that it's downloads and pops up from a browser, you can stay online all the time. I''d alt tab and play for a little while, do a mini game or a quest then go back to what I'm doing. It's a fun casual game.

I'm surprised that the beta was extremely short, and that they didn't let any of the testers have full access so it'll be interesting to see how much work their internal testing team did.

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 3:26PM Anatidae said

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Seriously? Another Free Realms article? But this one with the message that adult men should be playing a teen-targeted game?

That's the message you want to lead with Massively.com?

Meanwhile, your competition: http://www.mmorpg.com/newsroom.cfm seems to have a lot of articles today covering a range of other games. At the very least you guys could go and report on what they are reporting to mix up your site a bit.


Ok, so how much is SOE paying you guys to post articles like this one? Then again, it can't be much if your trying to pitch older men to play online with teenagers. Seriously creepy.

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 3:33PM (Unverified) said

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There aren't very many truly casual mmo games out on the market. Maybe they are just excited about this one?
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Posted: Apr 27th 2009 5:05PM MrGutts said

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Careful Brian, you don't want to feel the wrath of the Sony folks... They can be just as bad as those WarHammer loonies.

Plus they are giving Kyle lots of cookies and free hot pockets for a year.. :)
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Posted: Apr 27th 2009 6:30PM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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I have to agree Brian and I'm a little surprised you were modded down for your reasonable comment.

There is something creepy about trying to get adult men involved in a game targeted towards children. One really does have to wonder and worry about the segment of our population who might find putting in the effort to play an MMO with tweens that interesting.

Massively are also very much victims of the symptoms from drinking the SOE kool-aid. This game and Eve seeming to dominate the blog.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2009 8:26AM LaughingTarget said

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I don't see the creepy. The game us marketed at families, which typically have an adult male as a member. So the downvote is appropriate as the poster assumed kids don't have fathers apparently.
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Posted: Apr 27th 2009 3:43PM (Unverified) said

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I found Free Realms to be a refreshing alternative to the grind of WoW, and as Kyle said- if you like Popcap-type games, you'll get a greater sense of achievement from playing the gathering mini-games than playing the games on the web where the only thing you get is a high score.

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 3:52PM mszv said

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I an adult, and I'm certainly going to give it a try - the casual, fun, lots to do nature of the game - I find it appealing.

I'm interested in all kinds of MMOs, not just your standard hardcore MMORPG. Good for Massively for giving us some coverage on this.

TenTonHamemr has good coverage on this too - haven't checked out mmorpg yet.

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 4:02PM AlamoeJones said

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i read the title, looked at the image, and immediately thought "surely they are joking by putting up the most pedophile-esq character design they could find"

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 4:18PM Anatidae said

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That's just the thing. There *are* truly casual MMO games out there. Lets see, off the top of my head: Runescape, Mapestory, Puzzle Pirates, Adventure Quest, Mabinogi (tons of developed jobs here), and lots of other ones like these.

THEN you have some clearly overlooked MMOs... like WoW for instance. The leveling in WoW is extremely casual. Sure, once you reach the end-raid crap WoW becomes suddenly non-casual, but leading up to it...

CoX is very casual these days. for their new big patch I logged in and played for a while checking out player missions. These AE missions can powerlevel your toon so fast if you choose to do so - making it a very casual combat based game. I leveled to 40 in 6 game sessions of 3 hours each. Of course, CoX has almost no end-game. The fun in that game is the leveling, so I suggest limiting your powerleveling to the mid/late 20s. That is enough to get a good selection of cool powers to play with. Then hook up with non AE farming teams and enjoy!

You can also go old school and check out Ultima Online and other early MMOs. They are all casual as it is the only way to attract players. Some of them are actually still fun - even if the graphics are painfully old.


All that said. Free Realms seems to be a fine game. I love MMOs and always wish the best to the developers. As someone who worked in the field, I know what an accomplishment it is to launch a game. Ironically though, I don't expose my own daughter to video games at all. I don't stop her or make them bad, but when I spend time with her it is out doing physical activities, learning adventures, or just exploring the (real) world. I just don't want to encourage sitting in front of a computer/tv for hours on end.


Outside of all this - the point of my post was to, again, point out how much Massively seems to be pouring articles about Free Realms - many of them editorials which isn't even news. Just some guy who thinks that the teen game should have combat. Then another who things older men should play too. I'd rather see more journalist work. More interviews with game developers. More scoops on the upcoming features for other MMOs.



Posted: Apr 27th 2009 5:56PM postman said

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Brian
"Outside of all this - the point of my post was to, again, point out how much Massively seems to be pouring articles about Free Realms - many of them editorials which isn't even news. Just some guy who thinks that the teen game should have combat. Then another who things older men should play too. I'd rather see more journalist work. More interviews with game developers. More scoops on the upcoming features for other MMOs."

^this
same thing when WAR was launching though. every 2 articles was about WAR. yeah great you guys are excited but really, more content, less stroking. i agree there needs to be some expansion here as far as reporting goes.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2009 12:02AM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for the feedback. We always appreciate opinions on how we're doing, and if the maximum coverage is appreciated for new games when they're set to launch.

Of course we're not getting paid by any developer, that's not what we're about. In fact, the entire Joystiq network has a pretty strict policy against accepting developer gifts (http://www.joystiq.com/2009/04/21/editors-note-joystiq-not-live-from-captivate09/) while most other game journalism sites out there do not have that policy.

With Free Realms, it's a free game and the beta keys were plentiful. This allowed us all access to the game, and we had our fun with it. Contrary to popular belief, we don't all get free access to any game we'd like, so we indulged in the "free-ness" of this game. At Massively, we like to combine current gaming news with our own true experiences, so that's exactly what Free Realms represented this week. Many of us (but not all) enjoyed our time in the beta, and we simply wanted to share that with our readers. There's still plenty of other news on the site, updated hourly (at a minimum), so there's bound to be something for you.

Again, thanks for the feedback, we do appreciate it!
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Posted: Apr 28th 2009 1:30AM (Unverified) said

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Opinion pieces, I think is the word, not editorials. And yes, as Shawn pointed out, entry into the beta was nicely plentiful, and almost all of us got a chance to try it - which left us bursting with our impressions (good and bad/positive things and flaws) - I myself reported what I felt were a truly *inordinate* number of bugs on the final day of the beta, but my experience was quite good in many other respects, and I'm personally keen to keep playing.

The NDA just lifted the other day, leaving a lot of us keen to talk about our various experiences with it. I still haven't written about mine, as it happens. I'm guessing you'd rather I didn't? :)
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Posted: Apr 28th 2009 2:03AM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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You can Tateru, if Massively gives us an "Eve and Free Realms" free feed to match your unique Second Life free feed :P

Or, how about a piece that exposes the warts of the game? The bugs and very real potential for grooming? (This is a creepy game, to think you can have fun amongst the inane crud tweens go on about... unless you plan to show them your bedroom)

Maybe you can write the first Massively article that wasn't blowing smoke up SOE's bottom?

Then again, maybe Massively should start doing a few more Brown-nose free articles, like you used to do with grid faults and discussions of server mass-instability.
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Posted: Sep 5th 2011 5:53AM (Unverified) said

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I think a lot of older folks who played this game were surprised at just how entertaining it is.

This game while it does fit in the 'casual' category is unique. I've played a lot of games and I haven't seen anything like this. Thanks for the posts guys I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to this game.

Posted: Apr 27th 2009 8:51PM Halldorr said

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I don't understand everyone commenting about pedos and getting adults into the game - where are your heads at? Sony has stated the game is meant for all ages. I know I plan on playing it with my son but some of you are way out there with your thinking.

I, for one, appreciate the coverage of a new MMO coming out.

Posted: May 1st 2009 12:08AM Ozmodan said

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Tried the beta and found it far too juvenile for my tastes. Can't imagine an adult enjoying this game. I tried to give it a chance, but this game is for kids, not adults.

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