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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 10:43AM (Unverified) said

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Looking sweet. Can't wait.

Posted: Sep 6th 2009 10:54AM Valdur said

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Can't wait for launch on Sept 25th :)

Posted: Sep 7th 2009 5:46AM fatpanda said

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how many times do I have to post this about "open betas"?
You obviously have the internet, please Google open beta and you will see this:
"Developers release either a closed beta or an open beta; closed beta versions are released to a select group of individuals for a user test, while open betas are to a larger community group, usually the general public."
Note the USUALLY. As in "not always". There is no bait and switch...you should probably Google that too.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 10:57AM (Unverified) said

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It's NOT an Open Beta. It's a closed beta available only to FilePlanet subscribers, pre-orderers, previous closed beta testers, and perhaps some other select moneygrabbing promotions. NCSoft is allowing everybody to download the client for free though in an attempt to lure them in and then get them to pay since they already downloaded the client not realizing it was actually a "more open" closed beta. It's bait and switch advertising -- very cheap and very unethical of NCSoft. I can only hope Richard Garriott wins his $25 million lawsuit against them.

Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:03AM DarthCheese said

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There were quite a few sites that were giving away open beta keys for absolutely FREE.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:09AM (Unverified) said

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Which ones? How many? Surely not unlimited like OPEN BETA would imply. No matter how you try to spin it. Open Beta by de facto usage in the industry implies that anybody can jump in and test the game. Not just 1,000, not just subscribers to some service. It's still tantamount to bait and switch.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:42AM Halldorr said

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"open beta" does not mean "free beta", it never has. Sure some developers will offer the client up from their sites/torrents but this isn't always the case. It generally means that it has been opened to more people and generally the NDA has been dropped. In this case, it HAS been opened to more.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 7:36PM Cendres said

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Fileplanet has released two sets of open beta keys to ALL members, not just the subscribed ones, one batch was just sent out this morning......

It might help if some of you quit crying outrage and actually pay attention.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:00AM (Unverified) said

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Also before you buy the game read some of the info about how the Abyss works and how death in city battles works. You stand a chance of getting ported clear across the world if you die in a city battle and the Abyss is a laughable attempt at something repetitive to do in the endgame. Basically, you fight other players and the environment at the same time, so all the boss kills will end up going to elite guilds who make pacts with each other a'la the original EverQuest. This game is a beautiful piece of junk if you're not willing to put 30+ hours a week into it.

Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:29PM (Unverified) said

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go play outside
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:20AM (Unverified) said

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bohoo you didn`t get a key I mean really nearly all games are the same even WoW needed keys for open beta at one stage.

Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:31AM Boruk said

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WoW most definitely did not limit access to their open beta....it was insane how many people were on their servers and how they crashed from the loads.

The only beta (besides closed) that had a limit was the stress test they did BEFORE the open beta.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:33AM (Unverified) said

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Mcg why are you continuing with this idea that WoW was the same?

When I posted you evidence in a previous thread set about Aion that you were wrong? That WoW's open Beta was entirely open and was only restricted by server capacity?

Why come in to ANOTHER thread and make the same claim even though you been proved wrong once already.

NCSoft has angered a lot of customers by putting an invite to the open beta and a link to the beta on their website and not mentioning the fact that you need a key to play in the open beta.

So people are downloading 9gb files only to find out that they can't play in the Aion open beta anyway.

If you are in the UK and you suffer at the hands of an ISP that has a 'Fair use Policy' (go look it up if you think I am joking) that could be almost 50% of your bandwidth for a MONTH. Which you have now spent on the 6th of September.

I hope these people are angered enough not to buy Aion.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:37AM (Unverified) said

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Needing a key isnt the problem... making it so most of the keys requires some form of payment to whomever is... for the WoW open beta you just went to the website and said you wanted to participate and they gave you a key right there.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:42AM (Unverified) said

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Blizzard is one of those respectable companies that understands the meaning of Open Beta and doesn't try to trick people into impulse buys. NC is probably going to have to fork over that 25 million to Garriott because they're liars. I absolutely implore everybody to not contribute any influence to a company who rehashes the same old grindy low-quality product plaguing the MMO scene and feels like they need to prey on weak consumers with bait and switch advertising tactics in order to sell an inferior product.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:42AM (Unverified) said

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Exactly, Dravi! For those who have monthly caps it's an even more appalling tactic by this company of borderline con-artists.
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:41AM (Unverified) said

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Or they can wait a few weeks ( like everyone that hasn't bought the game or hunted down the keys) and try the demo accounts once they are out. Then the download isnt wasted!

Really, a certain group of you bicker about the most inane things. Complaining about the non existant OP ness of assassins, complaining about gameguard (warden is the same lol!) and limited beta access. Whats next?
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 11:41AM (Unverified) said

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You didnt prove me wrong you ignored what I said and hence why I said "at one stage" but yes it was "open" untill the servers was capped but it required a key before that in order to play is that hard to understand for you?

Posted: Sep 6th 2009 12:51PM (Unverified) said

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How did I ignore what you said, when I posted up a message from the time of WoW, 9th Nov 2004, that specifically stated that WoW's open beta was restricted ONLY by the server capacity.

Something that directly contradicted YOUR message that you posted up as evidence, 10th Nov 2004, claiming that you needed keys?
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Posted: Sep 6th 2009 12:58PM Van said

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@Dravvi: So you're really just admitting to being a WoW fanboy at heart and ragging on Aion because you're feeling left out/betrayed that another game might take it's place? God, you people are insanely idiotic.
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