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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 11:15AM RogueJedi86 said

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"The market is leaning away from expansions"? Someone forgot to tell WoW and EQ. STO clearly knows better on this, what with its huge success.

Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 11:37AM Its Utakata stupid said

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...not to mention there have been many F2P's that have had expansions. It appears they don't even know the MT market which they've sited..

...perhaps something else is going on. Such as, they have no funds for an expansion, because likely the budget for it is going into another game they are developing. Just a thought.
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 1:41PM TheGreatMachine said

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The only MMO I can think of that has 'moved away' from expansions is Lotro. If this is their model I hope cryptic remembers that that's a free mmo and doesn't try selling a mini expansion (like they planned to with Vibora Bay in CO).
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 1:48PM RogueJedi86 said

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SWG moved away from expansions too, but only because the NGE killed most of their subscriber base, forcing them to rely on a card game for new stuff, with them advertising new expansions.........for the card game.
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 3:14PM DevilSei said

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Uta, if memory serves, they are working on several games all at once. I wouldn't be surprised if they actually tried another "Vibro Bay" deals, making you pay $10-15 for a new zone right about now. I also wouldn't be surprised if they charged you per leg for the Tholian race.
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 8:09PM Its Utakata stupid said

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*Visualizes devilsei's one legged Tholian on the Cryptic cheap*

...I suppose you could ride around on it like a pogo stick. :)
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 11:15AM Dril said

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Your comment:


I couldn't hep but laugh at the expansion answer.

They're so out of touch with the MMO community it's not even funny.
Not to mention the elephant in the room that'll probably sell the most
copies of any PC game when it releases.

(For reference, the question is "will there be a paid expansion?" The
answe is "the market is moving away from this and is rather leaning
towards more microtransaction-based content.)

Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 11:16AM Dril said

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Ooops, the your comment bit isn't meant to be there. Poor copypasta on mai part :/
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 11:34AM CCon99 said

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"It is unclear if we will ever produce a paid expansion as the market is leaning away from expansions and more towards smaller microtransactions."

Uh huh, let your incompetent marketing team keep telling you that. The Vibora Bay route is clearly the way to go while everyone else is still successfully breathing new life into their games with bigger expansion packs. Oh that's right, that VB microtransaction worked out so well, you were forced to give it away for free because more people were willing to leave over it, then bring new players back. In the mean time even 6 year old CoH has breathed new life into their game and server loads there are heavy again, while CO and STO's global servers are both ghost towns for its remaining few players. While your scheming on how to possibly charge for future seasons, Cataclysm is being pre-ordered by 2 million people just in NA.

Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 4:25PM pcgneurotic said

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@CCon99

Actually, it's pretty funny when you put it like that.
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 11:50AM yeppers said

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Granted, I haven't played this game from beta so a lot may have changed and maybe fans of the IP who still play it are liking the direction it's going -- but those have got to be 29 of the most dislocated questions anyone could ask about this game.

Who was pressing them for the answers? George Lucas?

Do they have a lore-explanation for a Federation where most everyone is ranked Admiral? When is sector space going to meet it's demise? Blah blah blah.

This is so NOT Star Trek. Someone please buy the rights of this game from Cryptic/Atari, bury it in the deepest coal mine somewhere in West Virginia, and start over from scratch.

Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 1:06PM pcgneurotic said

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Granted, I've played this game since beta, and I've been a Trekker for 31 years, and us fans of the IP are liking the direction it's going in. And man, are those 29 interesting questions! It's all the nitty-gritty stuff we're chewing over in /sector chat.

Who was pressing dstahl for the answers? The players!

The lore-explanation [sic] for some people being Admiral is that in Trek, some people are Admiral. Sector space is pretty cool in some poeples' opinions; it'll be even cooler when they join it all together into one giant map. Yadda yadda yadda.

This is SO a kind of Star Trek, and one that's 80 billion times better than that MTV 'kool kids' eleventh film some total morons made. Someone please stop whining about Cryptic, about STO, bury themselves in the deepest coal mine in North Carolina, and start to scratch their eyes out.
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 1:49PM TheGreatMachine said

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I hope when they update sector space they do something about making it feel like you're traveling at warp speed and not trying to swim through molasses.
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 1:49PM TheGreatMachine said

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er that wasn't meant for a reply.

As for the disjointed nature of the questions, they are from 29 different people so why not?
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 2:48PM Eamil said

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"When is sector space going to meet it's demise?"

That does get a mention. Not much of one, just that they want to do it but they're a ways off from being able to. But it's there.
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 3:54PM CCon99 said

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"This is SO a kind of Star Trek, and one that's 80 billion times better than that MTV 'kool kids' eleventh film some total morons made."

Neurotic, I find your comment pretty ironic since everyone but the Craptic Fanboys sees STO as a watered down MMO created for the 'kool little kids', that some incompetent morons developed.

Only difference is that eleventh ST film went on to rake in a few hundred million, where STO went on to earn barely enough to keep the bills paid month to month, before it got put on the backburner in favor of their next hopeful cash grab with the D&D license.
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 5:07PM Skyydragonn said

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29 Most pressing questions? Surely those must be Quetions 2 through 29, with question number one being "when is the game not going to suck?"

Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 1:12PM Ryukan said

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The last staetment in that article is crap, the market is not 'leaning' away from expansions it is being FORCED in that direction by greedy, idiotic developers and publishers like Cryptic, Turbine and every other moronic company that embraces microtransactions as the next big method to nickel and dime customers. The fact that some companies like Cryptic will charge the montoly sub and then add an item shop on top of that is shameful and greedy; I actually somewhat enjoyed playing STO (waaaaay more than FFXIV) but their business practices killed the game for me.

A good analogy would be buying a car. Say you go to the car dealership and you want to buy a car. You get the frame of the car for free and maybe get the engine at a discount, but you find you have to pay individually for everything else. The tires, the transmission, the heater, seats, suspension, drive train, radio, etc you all have to pay for individually.

Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 2:23PM pcgneurotic said

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That's a lousy analogy, because you don't get games incomplete like you do that car you're describing. Games, as well as cars, come usable from the start - that's what you pay for, a usable product. The analogy works if you say, 'You buy a car and then pay for a better radio, faster engine, tinted windows, just like you buy extra potions, classes and pets in MT mmogs.' But then, it falls apart because everything on both sides of the analogy is entirely optional. So where's the problem?
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Posted: Oct 2nd 2010 2:24PM MikeWard1701 said

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Your analogy is flawed.

It implies that purchasing the game and a sbscription does not give you the required components to play the game, this is simply not true.

None of the items currently in the C Store are required to play the game. Their purchase is optional.

Some items allow you to experience the game in a different way (playing as a different race, flying a different ship), some items give minor boosts or bonuses which can help with game-play aspects (Tribbles for example), but the majority of items are cosmetic in nature. "None" of them are required, you buy at your own discretion.
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