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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 11:15AM Dril said

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Perhaps they should've said something like "if you show us a receipt, we'll give you the game for a really low price," not "we're just lowering the price a bit and happily this coincides with APB's closure." Just saying.

I mean, it's not like they're HELPING APB players in any way, they're just getting them to spend more money.

Posted: Sep 19th 2010 11:34AM (Unverified) said

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Over paying even MORE money on the game's original price.

A deal is a deal, no?
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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 3:47PM Anticrawl said

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I think what we are all missing here is a chronically ill MMO is welcoming players from a dying MMO.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 4:02PM Psychotic Storm said

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Player base is always expanding and there is quite a good conversion rate from demo to full players.

I don't see the chronically ill comment fitting.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 11:34AM (Unverified) said

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Good move on their part. I mean, most of the APB players were going to end up somewhere else anyways, might as well give them a little more incentive to play your game as opposed to someone elses.

Posted: Sep 19th 2010 11:36AM Keen and Graev said

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An interesting way to essentially present yourself as a circling vulture.

Posted: Sep 19th 2010 12:23PM Dril said

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I never thought I'd say this:

I agree.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 12:25PM Darkdust said

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It's business, baby, business. That's all.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 3:34PM Fakeassname said

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Two PvP centric online shooter games competing in the same market.

one of them goes down ... did you actually expect the other one to not tea bag the first one?

GA is just staying true to the genre.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 11:53AM (Unverified) said

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Heh I laughed a little when I got this Email. Todd Harris is the man, I hope GA gets some new users out of this offer!

Posted: Sep 19th 2010 11:54AM Unverfied B said

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As someone coming from "classic" MMO background (and didn't play much any other shooters in the last decade) that actualy loved APB and had a great time playing it....

I doubt i will be trying another shooter MMO so soon after my forst one exploded :(

Posted: Sep 19th 2010 12:15PM (Unverified) said

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Global Agenda has a free unlimited trial through Steam.

You can get to level 15, test out all the PvE, test out some of the PvP (meat of the action, super good PvP team based, and the maps are fun, pretty and some are HUGE), and you can test out every class in the trial... FOR FREEEEEE!
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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 11:54AM Avick said

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Now that's smart business.

Posted: Sep 19th 2010 3:40PM Interitus said

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Sounding like an ambulance chaser who is desperate for any customers isn't good business.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 12:29PM static07 said

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Shame APB is still up and running and I'll be sticking to it as long it lasts...

Oh and btw, I didn't choose APB cus its a shooter but for all the reasons GA looks boring to me ;) just saying...

Posted: Sep 19th 2010 1:02PM (Unverified) said

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Gave GA one chance and it locked up on the confirmation page for the free trial.

*waves goodbye*

Posted: Sep 19th 2010 1:14PM (Unverified) said

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I went to Global Agenda's focus test. They had me bring an NDA I had to sign and everything. I walk in the room and I'm the only one of legal driving age. I was not surprised when they struggled with their release.

Posted: Sep 19th 2010 2:23PM karnisov said

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lol
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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 7:44PM (Unverified) said

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I have to strongly confirm this. I was in Alpha & (after some frustration, infrequently) in Beta. All the core advice taken was from quite young players, and their weekly in-house testers were all students from Alpharetta High School (a nice Atlanta suburb where they are located).

It's a great company and good game, and I bought it in a show of support, don't get me wrong. But, if they'd had listened more closely to some of us hard-core MMO PvP veterans more closely regarding the agency battles, they might not have launched with the structure or pricing scheme that they did....subsequently and significantly changing them to their detriment.

They chose their primary audience, and that's completely fine, but, as a businessman, I believe they focused too closely on a too-fickle, fad-focused audience that moves from "bright & shiny" shooter to "the latest thing" shooter. They're not Valve, and they can't afford to keep up with the substantial development money that Valve's thrown at TF2 (as essentially an extended market test).

If you want quick, jump-in jump-out online action for a very reasonable price, this is a really good game to check out. If you want persistent, meaningful PvP that generates stories you'll be talking about months to years later, skip it.

P.S. I think it's fine that they're respectfully offering an alternative to the APB players. It's not they'll have anything to log into in a few days.
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Posted: Sep 19th 2010 7:48PM (Unverified) said

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I should add that I was also formerly a top COD2 CTF player...that's why I was in Alpha, i.e. no bias against either MMO or multiplayer shooter PvP.
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