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Posted: Nov 25th 2009 2:24PM (Unverified) said

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Actually, I didn't have any issues during the last free weekend.

I know some people had issues patching, if they downloaded the client from Steam. It seems Steam had a completely out of date client loaded.

Posted: Nov 25th 2009 3:17PM (Unverified) said

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Pfft. Who cares - this game is rubbish. Seriously.

Posted: Nov 25th 2009 4:09PM Aganazer said

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No, its not rubbish. Its just not worth a monthly sub.

If they keep offering these free days then there would never be any point in subscribing. You could easily see everything that is new during those days.
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Posted: Nov 25th 2009 4:41PM (Unverified) said

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I tried it during the Bloodmoon weekend - completely bored. Most of the time, healthy disagreement is just great - all part of thinking and acting critically - and there are times when something is obvious trash, appealing only to small children and people who love the concept of a superhero MMO and are willing to settle for this sub-par crap because it doesn't have any real competition yet.

The gameplay is a dumbed-down version of World of Warcraft's own mechanics, the artwork is something out of an 80's Fisher-Price catalogue and the people I met in-game were all teenagers.

I almost ended up doing support for this game. The fact that the company was only willing to pay me $15.00 says something about their general ethics and sensibilities. Before they even brought me in for an interview, one whole city away from me (knowing I had to travel over an hour on public transport to get there) I gave them my salary expectations. I went through the entire interview process and only after all of that I was told that they were only willing to take me on for $15.00 an hour. I am a professional with 6 years of experience and a degree with an average salary of $60K.

There was also the small issue of Cryptic trying to steal customers away from their competition by posting in their game's forums - adding insult to injury, they were proud and rude and only apologized after causing serious community disdain.

Disgusting. Tasteless. Stupid.
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Posted: Nov 25th 2009 6:05PM (Unverified) said

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@Teloch:

You have a degree with 6 years experience, and you wanted to go do tech support? What's the matter, couldn't find a real job?

You wanted to do tech support for a MMO and get paid 60k for it?

LOL.... I've seen some moronic posts on here, but yours takes the cake.

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Posted: Nov 25th 2009 6:25PM (Unverified) said

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@MrBounce

Your insensitivity and complete disregard for critical assessment is alarming. Are you not aware that the average salary for technical support in the Bay Area is around $45K? Are you aware that my last support position paid $52K? Do you realize that someone of my calibre is taking on support roles because the market has dried up due to a recession? Do you not think it's odd that I was brought into an interview when I made it plain to Cryptic what my salary expectations are?

I did not expect $60K, I expected at least $40K. Have something substantive to say?
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Posted: Nov 25th 2009 6:35PM (Unverified) said

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@MrBounce Haha! Served!
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Posted: Nov 25th 2009 7:32PM Angelworks said

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I had a job supporting Adobe apps for (almost) 80k a year, but that was at a tier 3 level (basically the last stop for issues before I enlist engineering's help). It took 8 years of some seriously awful work to get to that level. I made that much I figured because I ran accounts who paid in some cases half a million a year for support and maintainence - several enterprises every single one of you has heard of and used their products in one way or another.

Sadly I got riffed in the round of layoffs last year, but no - you won't make 60k a year entry level doing anything in this economy with only 6 years experience.
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Posted: Nov 25th 2009 7:39PM (Unverified) said

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@Veritt

I had made it more than clear that support is not my primary function. I'm a Unix Network Admin. I'm done wasting my time here - all I wanted to do was make it clear to any passers-by that Champions is a terrible game and that the company that produces it has some serious issues. Reiterating further is really pointless.
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Posted: Nov 25th 2009 4:41PM CCon99 said

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Ouch, they must really be desperate for subs. Didn't they just have a free weekend 2 or 3 weeks ago? Sheesh, the game's only been out for 2 months.

Posted: Nov 25th 2009 7:01PM (Unverified) said

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Or they might just be trying to keep CO in the news and buyers interested. It is smart to market the game this way and let more and more people touch it and get interested in it.

Or I guess they could wait until a year later like Warhammer when people have already given up on the game.
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Posted: Nov 25th 2009 7:10PM (Unverified) said

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@Wolfgang

Apparently, it is against Cryptic's employee NDA to release subscriber information so we will never truly know how many subscribers it has. We can however speculate that this marketing decision was made for a reason and that efforts like this are a sign of desperation as CCon99 suggested.

At present, Champions Online is Cryptic's sole product - if that is doing poorly they have every reason to be desperate. If I were Cryptic I would put posters up at elementary schools and offer anyone under the age of 14 a free month with parental consent.

Posted: Nov 25th 2009 8:37PM (Unverified) said

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This is the second free weekend they have done. Both free weekends have come at the sametime as a major content patch.

They have lost subscribers just like all new MMOs and probably wish they had more. But it is much smarter to start getting more people to play the game now than a year from now when people have already given up on the game. DDO is one of the few games that has been able to reach back from the grave -- WAR waited to long to shake things up.

I guess Cryptic is damned for trying to have a new approach to marketing.
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Posted: Nov 26th 2009 9:32PM Arcadian said

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Interesting. Very interesting.

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