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Posted: Jan 14th 2010 9:36PM DrewIW said

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"Oddly enough, the price of the LS is $40 higher than Champions Online's "

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted: Jan 14th 2010 9:38PM Teppotastic said

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wow.....a rockin' £180GBP almost after VAT. To think, Lotro only cost half that for beta players :P

Posted: Jan 14th 2010 10:24PM (Unverified) said

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See fine print "This offer ends February 1st, 2010 11:59PM PST. While supplies last."

Posted: Jan 14th 2010 9:58PM (Unverified) said

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It's $239.99 for the LS

Posted: Jan 14th 2010 9:59PM (Unverified) said

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Do you really want to say that the lifetime subscription ends on February 1st. Because that is one really short lifetime it it ends before the game launches.

Posted: Jan 14th 2010 9:59PM phobic99 said

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So uhh... anyone gonna take the plunge? Does anyone here have a lifetime Champions Online account and regret buying it?

Just curious.

Posted: Jan 15th 2010 12:06AM xero8p said

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I regret it more then I can say. After doing lifetime and jumping into CO and trying the STO beta there is no way I am playing it. I have had enough cryptic to last me. I didn't think I would ever dislike a game company more then SOE but they managed it.
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Posted: Jan 15th 2010 10:41AM Ninevah said

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I agree with Kevin Gee.
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Posted: Jan 15th 2010 12:56PM ZenJitsu said

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A lifer on CO here, I've played it maybe a total of two months; I'm hoping it'll pay for itself in a year or so when they finish the game and it gets interesting to play again.

I'm an ardent ST fan, but after beta-testing STO for a few months, I'd say that the gameplay is lackluster at best. The starship combat is well-done, as is the art assets for it, but that's about it. Add in the fact that they're only giving you two character slots + one unlockable to start with, and that certainly brings down the value. Lifetime will nab you two more character slots, though; however, this is nowhere near the value added by CO's lifetime. I helped fund their CO venture, but STO is even less complete, and I'm not rewarding bad behavior.

You might be better off using the $240 (lifetime) + $50 (box) and just get yourself a set of Star Trek DVDs, you'll enjoy it more. Look for the price drops that will happen, say, when STO drops to $10-20+subscription, and you can get a few months out of it for much less. In all honesty, I had an order of magnitude more fun replaying Mass Effect than playing STO (beta bugs aside, yes, I've beta tested several games and know that it's a work-in-progress; I just wish they'd launch a somewhat finished game for once).
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Posted: Jan 14th 2010 10:01PM eggmanjr said

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what really grinds my gears is that they wanna charge canucks an outrageous conversion fee. they are charging $274.99 Canadian. At today's conversion rate $239 only equals $245.30. Just charge us the darn $239 and let our CC company's do the conversion. That's what almost all US company's do, why they soaking us poor Canadians an extra $30!!!! Very odd.

Posted: Jan 14th 2010 10:07PM (Unverified) said

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i bought it and im canadian and it only cost me 251$ cad with visa
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Posted: Jan 15th 2010 7:24AM (Unverified) said

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$251 on paypal for me. Used my $50 cash back reward from Christmas.
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Posted: Jan 15th 2010 12:05PM eggmanjr said

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Hmm odd that they charged me $274.99, I have a ticket open, we shall see what happens. Thanks for the comments guys, have used it in my ticket.
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Posted: Jan 14th 2010 10:33PM Lionhearted said

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Hrm, that's a bit of a bummer that you have to pre-order. I'm almost certainly going to buy the game, but I'm not going to pre-order because my computer right now is pretty crappy and I just don't feel like buying a new one quite yet (I'm not one of those Americans who don't think twice about charging thousands and thousands and leaving it to sit on my credit card for a decade to come).

I wish they got the console version of the game out to begin with, too, because I'd love for nothing more than to not have to game on my computer anymore. I understand that MMO companies run into trouble with console versions of the game, but console MMOs have been made before... I don't understand why MMOs aren't getting their act together yet on that front.

Posted: Jan 17th 2010 2:31AM Callagan said

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MMO development takes long enough as is when it's trying to aim for one platform. I don't even want to know how long it'd take for them to do it for consoles, too. There are very few examples of console MMOs for a good reason.
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Posted: Jan 14th 2010 10:51PM myr said

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Mostly because Microsoft/Sony want to charge extra for the MMO data going through XBL/PSN, and the game developers don't want to pay extra / won't get away with charging a higher monthly fee for the game.
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Posted: Jan 15th 2010 12:19AM Lionhearted said

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Hmm. Interesting, Myr. I would wonder how much extra per costumer it would cost. I think I'd be willing to pay an extra dollar or two so I could play it on a xbox 360 or ps3 (even though I honestly don't even own one of them), rather than continually having to buy new computers and upgrade them. I would have to think that even if the extra dollar or two didn't completely cover the costs, the fact that the MMO companies would have access to tens of thousands of more costumers would be well worth maybe having to eat another dollar or two a month of their profits from monthly fees, too.

I have to think there's a market for this -- heck, after all these years, the EQ MMO prequel is still online with tens of thousands of users from the ps2 platform... so I can't see how it would cost more to split the profits than it would to offer the games. Seems to be they're just fighting over who gets to be the greediest. Given that Cryptic wouldn't have to make a new game for this to work, since they designed it to run on platform systems to begin with, I should think this would be a no brainer... but I do thank you for your insight into this matter, because I wasn't aware of why they didn't do it.
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Posted: Jan 14th 2010 10:05PM (Unverified) said

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So in order to play as the borg, its going to cost me $290? Are you fucking serious? You people that played Champions Online found out that you could actually beat the game in less than a month, why would you spend this much money to get a game that will end fast also? Why?!

I don't understand you nerds sometimes...

Posted: Jan 14th 2010 10:31PM (Unverified) said

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"So in order to play as the borg, its going to cost me $290?"

Nope. The $290 is for a lifetime subscription, the playable borg is an add-in.

"Are you fucking serious?"

Yes.

"You people that played Champions Online found out that you could actually beat the game in less than a month, why would you spend this much money to get a game that will end fast also?"

This offer is for fans of Star Trek online, not fans of Champions Online.
You could get into open beta with a 99 cent purchase from Target or one
of the thousands of keys being given away online. You can then decide
after playing if you enjoy it enough to make the lifetime purchase. Pretty straightforward.

"Why?!"

You care how others spend their money? Didn't think so.

"I don't understand you nerds sometimes..."

Your lack of understanding is more widespread. Also, up the valium.
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Posted: Jan 15th 2010 9:53AM (Unverified) said

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Actually, it's not the nerds...

Think of this promotion as a giant idiot net.

This offer is for the people who go buy used cars without looking at any prior history or any research on the vehicle what-so-ever.

Not to mention that Cryptic is banking on the fact that there are so many hard-core ST fans that will blindly sign up for this promotion as well as others who think this is really a terrific deal.

And the sad truth of it is, THEY WILL SELL OUT OF THEM.

Well, if they who but it are happy, then who am I to judge.

But make no mistake, Cryptic is not making this offer out of the kindness of their heart.
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