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Posted: Feb 8th 2010 1:03PM (Unverified) said

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It was busy due to the gold spammers, not the players.

Seriously, I was blasted by gold spammers for the hour I played on the average once every 3 minutes. That is bad.

Jim
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Posted: Feb 8th 2010 9:50AM nomoredroids said

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I'm slowly coming to hate Cryptic.

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 10:03AM (Unverified) said

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I didn't realise Cryptic were holding a gun to your head and forcing you to play. :/

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 10:58AM sandwiches said

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I didn't realize anyone had said that.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2010 9:59AM Sephirah said

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So my CO is included, even if it has been inactive for months?

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 10:01AM (Unverified) said

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This is the kind of straightforward honesty we've come to expect from Cryptic.

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 12:31PM SgtBaker said

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Ha! That was perfect! Thank you sir.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2010 10:12AM SkyStreak said

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How much did they charge for this clirification?

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 10:16AM (Unverified) said

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One million spacebucks!

Oh wait, wrong parody.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2010 10:40AM (Unverified) said

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They should be sued for not delivering what everyone expected - a mmo game. Companies take around 5 years to develop a good mmo game and charge us the same price as Cryptic charge people for proto games. This is ridiculous and I feel lied and fooled.... I will never buy a game with their brand on it.

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 10:42AM (Unverified) said

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If those are concurrent numbers, it's actually commendable. The games fall beneath the Cryptic umbrella.

Hell, I doubt Sony has that many cumulative customers within their Station Pass.

Still doesn't excuse the dodgy business practices of late.

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 10:49AM (Unverified) said

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I just want to clarify: it's commendable that they as a company garnered that many total accounts, at any given time, for only two games while in the shadow of almighty WoW.

I figure only about half of that value represents active subscriptions, the vast majority belonging to STO.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2010 11:06AM sandwiches said

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I don't know if you realize that they're not subscriptions; They're WEBSITE ACCOUNTS. They are just the accounts anyone has to make to get into beta, post on the forums or just get the newsletter.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2010 11:14AM (Unverified) said

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@sandwiches: no, I did not realize that. Eeesh.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2010 11:40AM sandwiches said

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Yea, they're pretty sneaky and that's why they were called out by everyone.
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Posted: Feb 8th 2010 10:59AM Lateris said

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From my stints in the software world I always find that the working class of a company are always overshadowed by lower and upper management decisions. And usually upper management is out of touch. Clearly Cryptic has some issues to work out with how the community reacts to these decisions that we as gamers and customers have to endure. But I feel someone is not listening who makes the uber decisions.

The MMORPG community is full of knee jerk reactions (like my post) on message boards while other reactions are justified. Online Game studios need to manage and take input from the community and then demonstrate that they do listen and implement it. CCP is an example of listening to the community, then implementing it. I am not saying hand the game over to the community, I am saying that if the community is making a statement in a massive thread then that studio needs to listen and talk to the community. That is one hell of a job. Can you imagine the frustration of being a community manager when upper management laughs at the community and they don't even play the game? Anyways- this has all been said before for years on end.

I am just tired of all the bitching that is directed to this blog. And I think so are the writers. So Cryptic has one million registered accounts. The fact is that is pretty cool. But the business will say how does that translate into subscriptions and how do we keep those subscriptions. It is a pipe dream to chase the WoW.

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 12:44PM (Unverified) said

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Sony just announced they have 8 million registered accounts for Free Realms which has been around only a little longer than Champions Online does that mean Free Realms is 8 times as cool as CO and STO combined?Oh wait....that probably is true...carry on!
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Posted: Feb 8th 2010 11:29AM (Unverified) said

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I've learned from Second Life that these proclaimations of millions and millions served are worthless.

I would be more impressed with a post detailing how many bugs they have worked out of this game or how many more bait-and-switch ploys they have coming down the pike.

As for the earlier comments about Massively log rolling for Cryptic; this may be new media but it is media all the same. Massively is an industry publication so don't be too hard on them for focusing on promoting the industry they help to keep alive. Thankfully, they provide these threads for us to comment and question. Without them, it would be strictly propaganda and useless.

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 11:39AM (Unverified) said

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It's finally catching up with them.
http://sanjose.bbb.org/Business-Report/Cryptic-Studios-221613

Better Business Bureau Reliability Report for Cryptic Studios
Rating: 'F'

Quote:
"Company Rating F - What this rating means:
We strongly question the company’s reliability for reasons such as that they have failed to respond to complaints, their advertising is grossly misleading, they are not in compliance with the law’s licensing or registration requirements, their complaints contain especially serious allegations."

As opposed to, say, Blizzard:
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Blizzard-Entertainment-13050668

Posted: Feb 8th 2010 12:36PM Anatidae said

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This is awesome. Although, will this affect them in any way? It isn't like stores are going to not carry their product because they have an "F" review.

Sad thing is, I love the idea of Champions. I like the open class system a LOT. I only wish there were no levels and a different advancement system. And, of course, something like WAR where Villians and Heroes work to control areas of the world making PvP more meaningful. (assuming, of course, that Cryptic had the ability to balance powers).

Which, by the way. WTF is up with Teleport in PvP? So many great suggestions on how to make the power balanced and Cryptic never does a thing. *sigh*
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