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Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 11:16PM Suplyndmnd said

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The only games I knew about were Darkfall, Aion, and Champions Online and all 3 failed. I don't know how bad Darkfall and Champions Online failed but im WELL aware of the numerous failures of Aion so no way it could be the best launch. Just not possible.
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Posted: Dec 31st 2009 2:19PM (Unverified) said

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Some one has taken over the polling because Runes of Magic has won every category except Most Anticpated & Frogster won best Studio.

I find it curious that Runes of Magic is in second place for Biggest Disappointment with 7484 when Champions Online and AION were by far the Biggest Disappointment of 2009.

Both of the later games also had horrible launches.

This poll sucks and is a discredit to the gaming community.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 1:45PM (Unverified) said

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This poll shows just how crappy 2009 was for MMO's

Is there a "razzy" poll that has all the same games listed?



Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 1:51PM (Unverified) said

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Gyah! Looking back through it all, I wouldn't waste a vote in any category on any of these games with the exception of most anticipated!
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Posted: Dec 4th 2009 9:22AM Tom in VA said

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Same here, jm. The poll choices just highlight what an abysmal year 2009 has been for new MMOs, imo.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 1:49PM (Unverified) said

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Shouldn't Second Life be listed? It seems a bit odd you give the platform coverage nearly ever other day and it isn't even listed? Was this an oversight?

Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 1:48PM (Unverified) said

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queues are excusable (see what happened to WAR with too many servers) and honestly i didn't have much issue with aion queues due to my play time. crashing/poor performance are not excusable and Aion was VERY polished in this respect, it had been out for a year in Asia so i guess it should be expected to be in better shape than these other "first launch" games.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 1:57PM (Unverified) said

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Yeh, Aion hopefully doesn't get best of the year. I play Fallen Earth, but come on, Aion?!

Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 1:59PM karnisov said

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your selection in the f2p category is a bit narrow, where is puzzle pirates? :P

Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 2:03PM karnisov said

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ok i suppose the category should be renamed "best f2p RELEASED in 2009", because you can interpret "best f2p of 2009" in multiple ways.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 2:04PM (Unverified) said

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I'm having a really hard time picking "Biggest Disappointment". There are so many options to choose from!

Do I pick Aion for being crammed full of goldspammers and botters?
Do I pick Alganon for being the biggest WoW clone and still sucking?
Do I pick Champions Online for a horrible launch and mind-numblingly bad gameplay?
Do I pick CrimeCraft for being a total joke?

I guess I could remove Alganon as a choice; I expected it to be terrible, so it wasn't actually a disappointment.

I understand they're working on the botting and gold farming issue in Aion, but they've got a long way to go.

Champions Online IS slowly improving, but I was really horribly disappointed in it during bet and launch.

I guess CrimeCraft is the real stinker of the bunch.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 2:19PM CCon99 said

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I went with Champions Online as biggest disappointment. CrimeCraft might be the worst of the games you listed, but did anyone really have expectations for it to be even semi decent? Many expected CO to be an alright gaem and were greatly disappointed, many who supported the game turned on it on launch day because of their sweeping last second changes that drastically changed the game.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 2:16PM Daelen said

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How did Aion get best launch? RoM launch was flawless. CO launch despite beta player cries for the patch notes also clean. Aion was queue hell. Sigh.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 2:25PM (Unverified) said

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You know, if RoM had had the same playerbase at launch that Aion had, it would have seen a far rockier start.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 2:33PM jmerriex said

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I'm shocked Aion is winning for best Crafting, RP and PvP versus Champions Online, DarkFall and Fallen Earth. That's shocking. I guess though people haven't actually played all these games like I have so they are voting what they know and Aion did a great job with getting everyone to buy a copy.

I just don't think it had best Crafting, RP and PvP . Not even close.

Also Aion's getting best launch? Bot, spam, lag and can't play for a week much? That was totally Fallen Earth's category there. I've never seen so smooth a launch.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 3:16PM (Unverified) said

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Just wondering as u played all this games wich do u still play and enjoy then?

From the list i only played Aion. got to level 50 and done little after.
So are bored with it now.
Didnt vote here as like said only played Aion
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 6:13PM jmerriex said

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I'm actually playing LotRO right now since Siege of Mirkwood just went live this week. I am keeping a close eye on Fallen Earth. I think that game has a lot of potential, but I am a BIG sandbox fan.

Champions Online was a lot of fun this weekend and I'll be heading back there as soon as I get my Minstrel to 65 in LotRO.

DDO has actually gotten a LOT better after going F2P. There are always people to group with and level up with. I just don't particular care for their character models so I don't play it much.
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Posted: Dec 4th 2009 3:24PM (Unverified) said

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I have played Champions, Fallen Earth, DFO and Aion. Fallen Earth definetly has the better crafting. Aion Second. DFO and Champions both don't even make the list for me, both crafting systems are just to beyond fail to be seriously considered.

Best launch I would give to Aion. CO while stable at first had many more issue's that while are minor things in other MMO's became major issue's due to there severity in CO. DFO had Queue issue's like Aion did, but didn't have the following or popularity to justify it. Fallen Earth had many stability issue's among other problems. Then only launch issue I've come across for Aion was that to many people wanted to play lol.


As far as why Aion is in the lead for best game of 2009 and biggest dissapointment of 2009, kind of expected. You got many that will vote for Aion being the biggest dissapointment simply because it's the better game this year and beating out there current favorite. Another reason for the lead in biggest dissapointment of 2009 is that it had far more people interested in it this year than any other MMO that came out this year. Where many games were garnering the interest of 200k-500k Aion was garnering the interest of millions.

Having that many more players interested in your game leads to having that many more dissapointed. Granted it's going to be basically about the same percentage of any other MMO, but 10% of 100k is much less than 10% of 1mil.
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Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 2:44PM spamero said

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Aion seems to be wining because that's the mmo most people have played.
(I think) Aion had the biggest launch, which would translate to the most people played it.

For example, I played only Aion and The Chronicles of Spellborn, as these games were my only options and I couldn't comment on others, I didn't vote at all.

Posted: Dec 3rd 2009 3:02PM Miffy said

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I don't care who wins cause all the MMOs this year were crap. That 2010 list looks like another crap year as well :\

no one is making challenging MMOs anymore :( All geared towards retards who can't use a keyboard and mouse at the same time.

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