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Posted: Feb 9th 2010 11:42PM toychristopher said

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Kind of makes me wonder why they were going to charge for it in the first place? I still feel very wary of Cryptic.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 1:44PM BIZKeT said

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Did Cryptic ever announce that they where going to charge for it, or was it just Deake? I never read an official announcement as to it costing or not.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2010 7:59PM sandwiches said

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@BIZKeT
Daeke WAS the official announcement. He was representing Cryptic as head CM.
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Posted: Feb 9th 2010 11:57PM ShockerX said

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Ya know Tanek, that must very true. Haha.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 12:03AM (Unverified) said

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This is simple backpedaling in the face of negative public opinion. I saw nothing in that State of the Game that apologized for or explained anything, only the quick fix band aids they intend to implement and, as ever, the hollow claim to re-commit to customer service that comes with every one of these debacles.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 12:14AM (Unverified) said

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Be Thankful that people didn't bow down to the fan boys here and other forums who said folks should shut up and take it coz Cryptic are Gods and can make money anyway they want etc or you would still be paying for this "expansion".Only customer pressure can counter Cryptic's shady practices.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 12:59AM (Unverified) said

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God, Cryptic is such a bad company. Damage control at its finest here, folks. Here is what they really meant to say during the AskCryptic segment:

http://corpserun.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/ask-cryptic-excuse-me-while-sit-in-the-corner-and-laugh/

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 2:00AM Eamil said

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You know, blatant plugging would be slightly less shameless if you at least PRETENDED to be someone other than the person who wrote that blog post.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2010 8:32AM Wulf said

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That's pretty impressive.

I, personally, would not have the balls to write something so obviously juvenile and utterly devoid of any merit, (comedic or otherwise) accuracy or substance, and then direct people to read it.

Look mate, you seem like a good kid. When you grow up and have a real job, you might be able to grasp how business models work. It may even sink in that hobbies cost more than their initial outlay of cash.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2010 1:23PM Its Utakata stupid said

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I dunno...Mr. Brannagar always comes across brutally blunt on his blogs. And that may or may not be a reflection on his age or employment status (like that really matters). It's not my cup of tea either, it's just the way he is. /shrug
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Posted: Feb 10th 2010 2:02AM Lionhearted said

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Let's hope they can learn that they'll earn more with these sorts of tactics, over the long run, than by nickel-and-dimeing people. When people pay $15 a month, they expect a complete game and patches that add new content every once in a while. I don't think people care if a game is 100% finished when it's done, so long as it's running smooth and the parts that aren't finished is the endgame -- I'll point to World of Warcraft on that front, because they've always put out good expansions... but left the last few raiding zones until after launch, sometimes not even released until a year or more after. You've just got to give people enough quality content to keep them happy, which Cryptic seems to have trouble doing. Charging for an expansion off an unfinished game is NOT going to keep your customer base happy -- and that $15/month earns far more over the long run than the box-price of some mini expansion to an unfinished game.

I'm hopeful Cryptic learns its lessons.... because it really does some things very well, but not so well that it makes up for its seedier practices and tendency to rush things, leaving much unfinished and unpolished in technical respects.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 3:45AM (Unverified) said

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Good for them for taking a step in the right direction. It will be interesting to see if they actually start communicating more... They've said that so many times since launch, it's hard to take it seriously.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 6:14AM (Unverified) said

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They only had two choices, really: stay the course and lose, or make an effort to be sensible and maybe save face.

One of the developers is active on PA (Akinos): http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=104890&page=41

It's sad to see that fanboyish sentiment found its way onto the PA boards, but hey, nobody is perfect right?

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 7:36AM Itanius said

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This is a good sign for Cryptic's future potential. It's too bad Daeke had to take the proverbial bullet in the heart to get them to this point.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 8:14AM Damn Dirty Ape said

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This is a good announcement from Cryptic, but I won't give them too much credit until I actually see them follow up on it. I don't even play Champions, but after seeing the way they handled the STO beta and launch everything about Cryptic has screamed 'cash grab, stay away!'.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 9:17AM swarmofcats said

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Everyone cancel your WoW account and maybe we can get Cataclysm for free!

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 9:25AM (Unverified) said

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If it was free i might actually try Cataclysm... WoW got old a long time ago.
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Posted: Feb 10th 2010 12:47PM Celestian said

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They made it free and yet some folks still can't be pleased. Go figure.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 12:53PM (Unverified) said

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FFS - They saw the err of their ways, but it seems they're damned no matter what!

I'm just done reading the comments on cryptic articles. There is absolutely NO pleasing people here.

Posted: Feb 10th 2010 1:12PM Its Utakata stupid said

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That's likely because the game and it's proprietors still have a lot of outstanding issues. This about turn is a good step, but it certainly doesn't solve all problems. Thus the players remain skeptical and burnt, as they should. Also this is an environment that Cryptic help foster. They made this bed, they'll just have to learn to sleep in it...until they can make a better bed. /shug
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