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Posted: Feb 9th 2010 10:43PM (Unverified) said

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I find this news . . . fascinating. It appears Cryptic is fighting hard to save face.

Posted: Feb 9th 2010 10:43PM CCon99 said

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Wow, they must have had a lot of people canceling subs to get that kind of reaction so quickly.

Posted: Feb 9th 2010 10:45PM (Unverified) said

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Talking with your Wallet. It worked. Hell yes. Now, I hope Cryptic learns a lesson from this. Fat Chance.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2010 1:27PM BIZKeT said

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They have been doing a decent job of listening to their fans. Maybe not always following through but definately listening and acknowledging. I suspect that part of the reson they are making this free is they are worried about losing players, but I don't think that is a very large part.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2010 10:43PM Psychotic Storm said

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good damage control, probably unnecessary if Daeke hadn't stated so bluntly it would be pay for.

that probably validates some of my assumptions there.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 1:10AM Its Utakata stupid said

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It was a stupid idea that should of never left the board room to begin with...let alone anyone having to announce it. There's no way of breaking stupidity gently.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2010 7:26AM Renko said

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Classic case of shooting the messenger. This would have been a decision made way above Daeke's head and maybe he stated it so bluntly on purpose to ensure the decision got reversed and this whistle blowing subsequently cost him his job.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2010 12:43PM Psychotic Storm said

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Problem here is PR is not a messenger, but much much more.

he should have let it evolve and report back the feedback and not make it evolve in a PR disaster.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2010 10:51PM wonderwyrm said

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Step in the right direction.

So what there saying is that all other released content they develop is sub par on purpose so we dont have to pay? Hmmmm?

hehe

Posted: Feb 9th 2010 10:58PM Russell Clarke said

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Hopefully they can back pedal sufficiently to get out of this particular PR disaster. Seems a shame to cause more grief than is strictly necessary, although such a volte face isn't exactly inspiring, for other reasons.

Posted: Feb 9th 2010 10:59PM Russell Clarke said

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Jesus, that made me sound like a Cryptic fanboy. Better qualify that I'm not really for or against them, and what I'm saying is just that the less angst that their (or any other) player community has to put up with, the better.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2010 11:10PM Anatidae said

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Wow. Who do we have to fire/convince to quit to get the other outstanding problems solved?

My sympathies go out to Daeke for loosing his job, of course. Maybe he might find some comfort in that the waves around his exit seemed to have caused a change. Maybe it will be enough to keep Champions in orbit a while longer. As it was burning up in the atmosphere there.

Posted: Feb 9th 2010 11:51PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, I'm sure those waves make him feel fucking great in the face of losing his job.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2010 12:12AM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, I bet he can add that to his resume:

"-Spearheaded a change in the corporate and development structure within the offices of a second-rate game development company.

-Upon my departure they changed the fundamentals of how they do business, their interactions with players and quality assurance. Cryptic Studios, upon my departure, made a commitment to the players that this time they'd listen to player input and be much more in touch with the player base as a whole. This is not to be confused with the other times they have promised this, including before and up to the launch of Champions Online and on several more occasions during their time developing City of Heroes.

-In the time since these events, which are now legend, every copy of Champions Online now comes with real unicorn poop, a puppy, a finished product and the home telephone number of Jack Emmert.

-In closing, my time at Champions Online transformed Cryptic Studios from a place that would shitcan someone because they needed a scapegoat to a place that will now offer an 'expansion' for free when that is what they should have done in the first place".


Yeah, his resume would look great with that. Rather than offer the content for free like they should have in the first place, Cryptic had to instead fire someone and look like even greedier jackasses than they did before. Oh, and if you really believe them when they talk about increased developer presence and the developers will really listen this time!...well, good luck with that. They've been going back to that well for awhile now, and you can see how far that has gotten everyone.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2010 11:13PM (Unverified) said

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This is the best news to come out of Champions since launch. I am very happy to see that Cryptic has listened to its player base.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 12:01PM Lateris said

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Agreed
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Posted: Feb 9th 2010 11:21PM (Unverified) said

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Well, it's a start.

It would've been smarter just to make the expansion free in the first place, but hey, progress is progress.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 12:39AM Its Utakata stupid said

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Agree, It's a start.

But I want to see them moving in a clear direction away from their C-Store model before I start getting interested in that game again.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2010 11:38PM ShockerX said

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What? Free? It must be a scam coming from Cryptic since they have the reputation of money hogging. Might as well make Klingons and Ferengi free as well in STO, otherwise it doesn't make sense.

Posted: Feb 9th 2010 11:55PM Tanek said

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Cryptic: the coming update will be a paid expansion to the game

Players: paid?! it should be free!

Cryptic: the coming update is now free

Players: free?! it must be crap!

:)
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