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Posted: May 31st 2010 12:29PM Laren said

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If you take these changes at face value, they are obviously good.

If you start to consider how long it has taken them to admit the need for them, and how long it has taken them to add these small tweaks, it is a bit depressing. I still have a faint glimmer of hope that I'll return to Aion... but it won't be on the back of 1.9.

Posted: May 31st 2010 12:38PM (Unverified) said

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Serious question. I keep seeing a lot of people claiming how terrible Aion is, however today I discovered that it is the second-most played MMO on Xfire (http://www.xfire.com/genre/mmo/massively_multiplayer_online/).

Is the negativity just from a vocal minority, does xfire not give an accurate indication or is that played time being clocked up by Koreans who like grinding?

Posted: May 31st 2010 12:45PM Jef Reahard said

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That's hard to answer.

I tend to ignore Xfire stats, as I know a lot of gamers and most of them have never heard of it, let alone make use of it. If it has any statistical value at all, it's an extremely small sample.

To your other point, most negativity regarding MMOs is from a vocal minority. The majority of people are either playing the game, or unsubbing and going elsewhere without making a fuss. Aion has a lot of problems, of that there's no doubt. But there's also no doubt that it's profitable, otherwise it would've gone the way of Tabula Rasa, MXO, or any number of other games that have actually failed (as opposed to being labeled 'fail' by people who don't enjoy them).
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Posted: May 31st 2010 12:55PM MattJG said

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The negativity is from a very vocal minority, or by people who are fanboys of other MMOs and will trash anything that isn't their holy grail.

Aion has problems, like any other MMO. I think that with 1.9 coming Wednesday, and 2.0 by the end of the year, this game is finally getting the attention it has deserved since day one. Personally, I love Aion.

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Posted: May 31st 2010 2:23PM Enikuo said

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It's like any other product or service - people bad mouth companies when they have had a very negative experience. People don't tend to go out of their way to give feedback when their experience is middling - they just move on.
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Posted: Jun 1st 2010 12:44AM Langx2 said

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Vocal minority my ass. Ncsoft announced server MERGERS coming in june. This game is hemorrhaging unhappy players.

Go to http://na.aiononline.com/board/updates/list. Notice the complete LACK of updates this game has had? This game is bad and ncsoft refuses to fix anything. 1.9 is a PREPATCH for 2.0, which korea already has but WE WON'T GET for 4-6 more months!

Aion was voted biggest failure of 2009 on another mmorpg fansite.

It's fine to fanboy all week for this game, but don't outright lie and blame it all on a fringe group of crazies. The game is losing more people than it's gaining, and for good reason.
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Posted: Jun 1st 2010 1:56AM (Unverified) said

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@John Smith: It's comments like yours that I am talking about.

I dismissed Aion as being a terrible grind-fest, and then I found that it's the second-most played MMO according to Xfire.

So if it is as terrible as you say, why is it so highly ranked on Xfire?
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Posted: Jun 1st 2010 4:07AM Dblade said

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People just log more hours into it. The population doesn't seem that large per server: I see plenty of the same faces. But the sheer amount of time the grind takes will influence xfire. It's a game the few people left will play a lot of hours on because it takes so incredibly long to get anywhere in once you start getting levels.
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Posted: Jun 1st 2010 4:14AM Dblade said

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Here's an example:

They have things called "coin quests" in game. They are repeatable quests you do to kill monsters and get coins. Redeem coins for armor.

The one I did required me to kill 24 of one type of mob, with an additional 17 of another, for one coin. That's 41 mobs.

Guess how many coins it takes to get one piece of basic armor? 8.

thats roughly 320 mobs killed, for one piece. the advanced piece is 16.

If you are hardcore, you are looking at killing 4800 mobs to get a set of that armor. The quest can be done up to 200 times.

By the way, this armor is level 31. I think the level 36 was base 12 coins but i forget.
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Posted: May 31st 2010 1:30PM (Unverified) said

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I like aion, I still play the game. But I believe when other well designed games come out. What i mean is, if other western or well localized games come out aion will probably loose a lot of customers. Aion is a game with great potential, but that potential doesn't mean much if the game is being run by a company like ncsoft. looking at how they handle 1.9, which was meant to be a temp patch till 2.0 you can see that ncsoft doesn't really care about the other markets.

In this day and age companies as big as ncsoft should be able to simultaneously release content. Like i said in another post once guild wars 2, swtor, ff14 and tera, aion will probably lose a significant amount of players.

Posted: May 31st 2010 1:38PM Chambers said

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Aion is a really quality MMO, i do not subscribe to it anymore, but i also do not sub to any MMO. If i had the same amount of time to devout to a MMO that i did to wow during my student years (i have a family on the way so cant spend so much time at the pc!) I would have loves aion, the opening 20 levels were absolute bliss and easily IMHO compare to anything blizzard have done so far. After that the grind which IS in the game starts to ramp up and the fun factor starts to diminish. The game is quality all over though you can tell from playing, the mechanics are solid and movement as well as flying all feels great.

Perhaps when the baby is born 2.0 will be out and i can try it again to see what i think ;)

Posted: May 31st 2010 2:13PM Dblade said

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I don't think the changes to level correction is good. The problem is that some of the rifters at 30 are twinked out: giving people like me at 31 with greens more power to fight will wind up empowering those twinks, who currently can only be reined in by higher level players.

The problem with rifting is that there is too much imbalance on both sides. Not all, but a lot of incoming rifters are sporting full sets of daeva gear and golds, which will let them roll over people in those zones actually leveling. This also leads to 40-50 level players mercilessly killing any inbound rifter instead of letting PvP happen naturally between similarily leveled players.

The whole system is just a mess, and server merges may help. But given the Elyos dominance in numbers, I worry it may just get worse.

As for Aion, it's a beautifully designed game graphically, but a LOT of people are just biding time there till something better comes. I have mixed feelings about it myself.

Posted: May 31st 2010 2:45PM BubleFett said

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It looks like 2.0 will have housing, mounts, swimming and bigger monsters.
The graphic will get even better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WweshrMA5wY

Posted: May 31st 2010 3:37PM Laren said

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What you posted is not 2.0. They call that a "vision trailer". That is a 'dream' for what they might do with Aion someday. They aren't even close to fulfilling that dream.

More bluntly... it is a load of BS.
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Posted: May 31st 2010 3:53PM Deadalon said

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Im still waiting for free trial.

Posted: May 31st 2010 5:10PM (Unverified) said

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Aion has free trials. They must be given by an existing player, so you'll have to find somebody willing to share one. Aionsource.com has a thread dedicated to this, and I'm sure the official forums have the same. Searching for "Free Trial" should get you what you want.

The trial is limited to three days, five hours of play, or level 7, whichever comes first.

If you upgrade from trial to full version, the referrer gets a free month of game time, so many folks are eager to share their trial codes.

-SirNiko
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Posted: May 31st 2010 5:11PM (Unverified) said

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Aion has a refer a friend program where the referred friend gets a demo.
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Posted: Jun 1st 2010 3:43PM Deadalon said

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That is not free trial...
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Posted: May 31st 2010 5:14PM (Unverified) said

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I love Aion. I am really looking forward to see how TERA is, and I am eager to get my hands on Blade and Soul, but I don't feel like those MMOs would tear me away from Aion, especially as Aion will continue to move itself closer to it's dream goals.

Tera and Blade and Soul look more a keen to playing a console action game like God of War or some such game. I don't really take well to games like those too much.

I might just end up playing Aion and All Points Bulletin.

Posted: May 31st 2010 7:31PM spamero said

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"It's like any other product or service - people bad mouth companies when they have had a very negative experience. People don't tend to go out of their way to give feedback when their experience is middling - they just move on."


I agree, but doesn't the amount of whiners out there (me included) say something to you?

Then look what happen with the subscription numbers... all the way down from the release...

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