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Posted: Jul 18th 2010 8:12PM (Unverified) said

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OMG first and I can see where this is going (beating the dead tribble).

Posted: Jul 18th 2010 10:44PM Aquaryon said

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Sorry bud, we don't do that first crap here :P
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Posted: Jul 18th 2010 8:21PM Verus said

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bestest game evah!

Posted: Jul 18th 2010 9:38PM Pojoh said

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I have the same problem with Fallen Earth. All my 'special items' are only allowed on one character. That sucks even more .. in my opinion.

On STO, I don't really care as much, as a) I don't care about their items in the store and b) I don't have altitis in STO, and I'm just sticking to one character. (helps when you can customize the crew!!) But that's me personally.

It seems like every week there's some controversy on micro management, whether its on DDO, STO, WOW, FE etc.

There's a trend happening that I think game companies need to learn from, and that is that either your 'free to play' or your a paid per month game. This whole , a bit here, a bit there .. just seems overly selfish, even for a company.

What happened to not having to buy special stuff, but getting it in 'in-game' festivals ... contests stuff like that?

Posted: Jul 18th 2010 9:59PM Itanius said

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Sometimes I wonder if Cryptic does these things JUST for the drama. "There's no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary", right? :-\

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 7:20AM Renko said

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It certainly seems like their Lead Controversy Developer is always hard at work.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2010 3:59PM Daemodand said

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My theory, as I've said on Massively before, is that this isn't the Cryptic that everyone loved as the indie developer making City of Heroes, but rather a goatee wearing mirror universe Cryptic. The real Cryptic is lost somewhere in that other reality, probably being held prisoner in some techno-fortress. I hope they make it back someday.
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Posted: Jul 18th 2010 10:00PM (Unverified) said

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game had such potential....then they dicided on the "looy-pop_ map system.....& now theyre just whoring the franchise out imo...

utter failure

-true ST fan-

Posted: Jul 18th 2010 10:40PM DevilSei said

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Ehhh... I'd say the IP has potential, but this game...? In Cryptics hands I doubt it will ever get within ear-shot of its potential.
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Posted: Jul 18th 2010 10:01PM (Unverified) said

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*lolly-pop map system

Posted: Jul 18th 2010 10:21PM (Unverified) said

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It's not so much this one specific update as it is the problems it will breed down the line. I want to have faith in Cryptic's judgment, but I can only ignore the truth for so long. When every update is a new C-Store item rather than actual game play functions being addressed/added/reviewed it starts to get very taxing. The game hasn't even been out a year and it is far from peak condition. That said, dropping new additions to the C-Store and advertising them with 20ft spotlights seems to be insulting the player base rather than distracting them like Cryptic may be hoping.

The main problem lies in that making these types of purchases per character will start small, but grow to more, larger things. It will only be a matter of time before things like specific ships or character races become needlessly expensive due to having to purchase the same things multiple times. Even though STO is the type of game that seems to favor picking one character and sticking with it, the general style of MMO game play will inevitably lead to players making more characters at some point. Having the option of "knowing that one purchase effects all" is a lot easier on the play since they will be able to start up a new character and have the bonuses of their old ones. Tapping into these bonuses usually makes for a quicker jump back to the level of their previous character in one way or another; For example, having access to the veteran powers Sands of Mu or Nemesis Staff in CoH makes the early grind much more bearable since the players are given a free power right from the start. While these current C-Store updates are not of that level, it will only be a matter of time before they will be.

The player base, for the most part, knows what it wants. Having new novelty items in the trinket store is far from the top of the list. Now while Cryptic has delivered with additions to STO, and Champions as well, those additions were delayed by unnecessary things. It is understandable that Cryptic needs to make money; more money equals a better game, however what Cryptic needs and what the player base needs are two different things. Ultimately, Cryptic is a company and their passion for their product will have to take second seat to their economic status. Apparently, their solution to keeping the cash flow coming is to focus on heavy updates for the C-Store, that way, players will constantly be feeding them money in order for them to have steady income for fueling the rest of the game. Unfortunately, this does not work in reality as the items for sale are, as stated above, novelty and are not necessary for progressing the game.

Solving a problem like this is not entirely easy to do. Previously, Cryptic tried to take another route for gaining funds in Champions Online with their Vibora Bay expansion. This was met with massive backlash by the fans who refused to pay since, in their opinions, Champions Online itself was not worth paying anything for. This ultimately leads to people wanting new content without having to pay for it, however serious changes, like hiring better programmers, developers, or story board artists, can not occur unless Cryptic has the funds to do so. Creating an expansion that the majority of the player base may want experience at a price will cause some griping, but will definitely rake in better revenue than C-Store trinkets. People need to be willing to take a bullet and realize that Cryptic isn't as heavily backed as it used to be, so shelling out for their, and the game's, success might just be worth it. That is extra content however, adding functions to enhance the basic game, like social hubs and mini games, are not worth paying for. They are not extended adventures, but rather core game play elements that everyone should have access to since they lengthen the life of the standard game and give players who choose not to pay for the expansion pack something to do aside from the main quest.

Ultimately, the suggestion being made here is that heavy expansion pack should come with a price. Now that is not the reality and since Cryptic has been handing out free content and they also caved to player backlash with their planned Champions expansion. This puts them in a bind since they need the income, but are now pressed for how to obtain it. Their answer seems to lie in the C-Store, but that is not a very reliable option. In the end, Cryptic will have to rally their resources together and start from the beginning; In other words, fixing what is broken within the current product to create a higher appeal for it. This is no easy task, however by working with the player base and accepting that things are far from perfect, it is possible for them to accomplish this. If the game becomes very fun and interesting, more players will come and that alone will increase their profits enough to take a break and start worrying about what to stock the C-Store with and how they should go about selling it's contents.

Posted: Jul 18th 2010 11:04PM Daverator said

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Bravo on name
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Posted: Jul 20th 2010 7:39AM (Unverified) said

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TL DR
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Posted: Jul 24th 2010 1:30AM Lionhearted said

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You forget, it's not "free content."

MMOs have the reputation that they'll come out not quite ready to be a full game, because more content will be added on later, as paid for by the subscribers. When a company doesn't create a full game, then makes people may for subscriptions anyway, there's going to be a backlash. Hence Vibora Bay, and hence Cryptic putting out free content in STO instead of facing the same backlash of Vibora Bay.

The bottom line is if Cryptic isn't capable of creating full-scale MMO's, they shouldn't be charging $15 a month for them. Their games wouldn't be bad as purely cash-shop games, marketed like DDO, but not much more at this point. STO and Champions have a long, long way to go before they're polished, Sub-worthy games for the bulk of MMO players.
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Posted: Jul 18th 2010 11:03PM (Unverified) said

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I like how they try to spin it like its some technological problem that stops them from doing it when they do the same thing on there other hack job game.

And people on there forum keep on buying it and fighing Cryptics corner (although there doesnt seem many of them left now and most are blue names).

Its not like they even try and hide all the nickle and diming anymore, its like they dont care at all, just keep on milking it before it dies lol.

Posted: Jul 18th 2010 11:13PM Deryk said

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Per GMDestra on the forums:

"Hey All,

That's right, you heard it here first!

Costume Slots have been temporarily removed from the C-Store while the developers modify the functionality to be Account Wide Purchases.

This change was made based on your feedback. We're very thankful to our users who took the time to post their thoughts on this topic, and definitely appreciate the passion that you have all shown!

Note: We will have a resolution for players who had already purchased Costume Slots on multiple characters. More details on that will be provided around the time that Costume Slots are re-launched in the C-Store."

So, this should make this article's point moot. At least Cryptic is listening when there's an outcry. Yes, it shouldn't happen in the first place, but at least it changed quickly!

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 1:21AM Its Utakata stupid said

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Well...so they didn't let their threads pass #49896; is that what your saying? :)
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Posted: Jul 19th 2010 12:02AM (Unverified) said

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Clearly a company that cares not for their community.

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 1:44AM (Unverified) said

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The lack of consistency is valid point, how is it more expensive on the game that doesnt put an emphasis or a massive variety on costumes more expensive... and the inconsistency in not only this items value, but the inconsistency in most items is a joke.

One ship costume is worth more than another ships costume ???
Rarely used emotes being sold (wtf!)
One race more expensive than another ?
Recycling pre-purchase awards on C-Store at a later date ?

Its hard to tell if Cryptic are working for the C-Store money or are just mocking the gamers. I have bought things from the C-Store and think it was good money, and there are other items on the C-Store that make me go wtf!

Also it is always a controversy hard sell to add micro-transaction items to a subscription game. Sparkling Flying Pony anyone ?

Posted: Jul 19th 2010 2:25AM VioletArrows said

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Jeez, every story I read about this game makes me so sad. I love Star Trek, it doesn't need this. ;_;

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