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Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 9:06PM DevilSei said

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Didn't you hear the idea of the next expansion? To equip gear you need to pay 1 cryptic point, to remove it, you pay 2. To switch it with another piece, thats 3. To loot a boss, thats 5pts.

And to fight the boss? Thats 50 points to pay for the key needed to possibly unlock the chest, and you only get once chance at trying.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 8:44PM (Unverified) said

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Sigh, Cryptic. You're on the verge of flabbergasting me more than Activision/Infinity Ward and all the MW2 crap they pulled. Get a reality check or quit making games altogether ... or keep making games. I don't really care; I won't buy them anyway.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 9:10PM (Unverified) said

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I wish Daeke the best of luck in finding a new job. Let's hope this time around the company that hires him gives him the respect he is due.

Regardless if the reasion he was fired was for telling the truth on the expansion or not he did the right thing. I imagine its more then likely the reasion he was let go, but thats just speculating.

Even with that said it goes along ways to show just how much Cryptic has fallen as a company to fire a community manager for doing his job and answering questions from the community. I am glad that all the talent of Cryptic stayed at Paragon studios working for NCSoft. Atleast we see CoX making headway and improving where we see games like CO and STO just setting there trying to milk out there player base before they release there next MMO in the cash crop.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 9:22PM starka1 said

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Good luck Daeke and sorry to see you go. :( I don't know what happened but I hope Cryptic gives you a good reference(or maybe the nice folks here at Massively can...*nudge *nudge Seraphina). You earned it.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 9:28PM Mr Angry said

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I'm vocal in my disdain for poor quality MMO's. I believe that the buck stops at the top, however, and that is Senior Management, the people who make themselves the figure head of an organization, who create the inaccurate soundbites, who pose awkwardly for photo's, who want to be the 'rock star' of operations, and these same people are the very last to be held accountable.

What I do like is people who attempt to do the best fucking job they could possibly do in the face of such overwhelming adversity and obvious customer satisfaction issues.

It's obvious to me that Daeke did just that, it takes an incredible pair of balls to come into work day in day out and deal with that type of feedback, deal with a company which to be frank are the current red headed step child of the MMO world and still keep trying. If he decided that was just too much, who could blame that individual. I do sincerely hope that it wasn't to do with pressure or workload, as it's just a job. I'd hate to come into work to face the previous evening's lot of stoned and drunk teenagers being as nasty and vocal as they could be on the internet, making my life just nasty all round.

I sincerely hope that someone who has to put up with all this, get's an easier ride next time round, and I'm sure other companies who have seen what he has to put up with on all sides would consider an employee such as that as an asset.

On the other hand if he pooped in the watercooler..... then I don't think I could say the same, I'm assuming a lot here, but I don't think it's rocket science to put two and two together.

Mr Angry is not often nice, but I hope Daeke goes over to something which is just a whole lot better set up, more fun, more rewarding and a really good game next time!

https://jobs.ea.com/jobs/jobposting.aspx?refresh=1&postid=a0z50000000ITAr

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 9:33PM UnSub said

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It's interesting that players are coming to Daeke's support now given how happy they were yelling at him recently.

If he flubbed the release of information then he deserves to be raked over the coals. If he was put in front of a firing squad for doing what he was told to do then yeah, that would certainly be unfair.

No joy in losing his job though in either case. Best of luck Daeke in your next position!

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 9:52PM Anatidae said

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Of course he was yelled at. He was the hired face for Cryptic right? If you want to complain at Cryptic, he was the guy to do so. What a hard job that is.

I think Cryptic is really unwise in releasing paid content when their current content is lacking - but I actually respect Daeke for saying something. Even more-so if the intention of Cryptic was to keep it secret until the last moment. Communication is a good thing!
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Posted: Feb 4th 2010 6:04AM (Unverified) said

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I'll admit, I've complained at Daeke (I'd like to think nothing I did or said came across as yelling). As the community manager for CO, it seemed he was the best way of getting the mood of the community through to the devs.

That doesn't mean I have anything against Daeke as a person, though. Frankly, I think the guy did an incredible job with what he was given by Cryptic, and I sincerely hope he finds a better/easier job in the future.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 9:43PM Tizmah said

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Pssssst......


Sakura Park.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 11:11PM (Unverified) said

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God damn you, Tizmah. That's my line.

There should be a Cryptic contest to name his severance package.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 11:13PM (Unverified) said

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Come to think of it, I wonder how many Cryptic points said severance package cost.
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Posted: Feb 4th 2010 3:40AM (Unverified) said

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Sakura Park?
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 10:16PM (Unverified) said

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http://www.massively.com/2009/07/31/anti-aliased-microtransaction-mayhem/

yup i remember seraphine and the um non biased "sarcasm" journalist view...

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 9:55PM Vundal said

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i feel so bad for Daeke...as a member of CO from beta-2 months into the game, i can tell u this guys has had his hands full.

daeke, good luck mate. hope you can find a job dealing with less bullshit then you had to for Craptic. God knows that was enough for a lifetime.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 10:32PM TheGreatMachine said

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I'd say it has less to do with anouncing VB's microtransaction status and more about how Cryptic thought the fallout was handled from a CM pov. Either way, tough gig. Good luck Daeke

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 10:33PM (Unverified) said

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None of us players from CO blame Daeke infact most of us are all incredibly sad if not completely upset that he's gone. Daeke is / was one of the few people that community members generally trusted even if the news of the paid content was a complete surprise.

To Daeke, from us. Good luck we'll miss you and none of us ever blamed you!! You were a great community manager to us.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 10:47PM TheJackman said

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Cryptic_Daeke this is for you... Do not let this get you down, you was too good for Cryptic in the first place! Good luck getting a new job I am sure it will not be long like I known you good at what you do!

And Cryptic please stop trying to milk your games for every penny look at blizzard they did not have to ask money for content... they did only bring out two content packs in 5 yeah!

Posted: Feb 3rd 2010 11:06PM (Unverified) said

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Maybe he should have picked "Star Trek Online" instead of Lost as the most wanted to see... gotta love Facebook.

Posted: Feb 4th 2010 12:04AM (Unverified) said

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You mean bloggers aren't accredited journalists with the AP? Are you suggesting that just any asshole with an internet connection could start a blog and say anything they want without any form of oversight, context or perspective?

Posted: Feb 4th 2010 12:46AM (Unverified) said

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Although i wouldn't put it so blatantly... i think wjowski clearly has a point. I've been a reader of this site for quite some time now, and i can't ignore the fact that people seem to be taking this MMO "thing" waaaaaaayyyy too seriously. Regarding the latest Cryptic activity, i obviously understand how people can not agree with their business model, but comon... there's no "shady business" or conspiracy here folks... they just want you to pay for stuff you don't think you should have to... these are just games, and game-developers it's not Watergate...
Really can't we just treat video games as... games? just games?
And no kdolo, i dont think he meant that... again, chill out no-one is saying massively's writers are dumb or untalented, he wasn't even referring to them but to the people demanding "real journalism", and "get to the truth!"... like he said, this isn't the New York fucking Times, it's a blog about video games... see a difference?
So much serious and important stuff going on in the world, please leave games out of it and have some fun with them... if you think Cryptic is charging too much for their games to the right thing, don't pay for it. No need to start a holy crusade, it's getting old.


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