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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 10:10AM zorovriend said

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omg finaly, It was to be expected.

They did keep the old people on board as far as i can read, wich is not bad, and they will be much more financialy secure so people might invest without woriing MA going bankrupt.


Posted: Jan 27th 2011 10:29AM ElfLove said

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I've been really tempted to give this...Game? Theme park? MMO type thing? A try but I really haven't heard any solid reviews on how the world and environment actually look and play. I know I can read the website but I'd rather hear it from real members of the game.

Is this sort of like second life? Does it have any of those 'anti cheat' programs on it like Game Guard and the like?

How does it play? What do you do?

Anyone here a member? Can you fill me in?

I'm very curious.

Thanks.

^_^

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 11:18AM zorovriend said

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@ElfLove Well i played this a lot a couple of months ago.
the point is that the entire game is made to take your money away from you. so if you invest 80$ you will eventualy run out, depending on how you play it can be in 10 minutes or a couple of months.

There are people who make money by playing this game, but they invested over 2000 in some cases and all started playing around 2006-07 and could benefit from price changes

The game has amasing graphics (if you comp can run them)

There is no sub btw you just pay them an amount of money and it is inserted to the game at a fixed rate of 1$ for 10 PED.

It is NOTHING like second life, it is much more gameplay oriantated, you have a lot of crafting, hunting, mining and exploring.

It is a bit like a MMOFPS in the way you control it.

I am not an elite player or anything so if anyone thinks I am wrong please let me hear.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 10:47AM Yukon Sam said

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I played it a few years back. At that time, it felt a lot like a slot machine. You kept shoveling in nickels and dimes, hoping to hit the jackpot that would make it pay off, and not realizing how much that spare change was adding up.

In short, it was one of the grindiest grinds I've ever experienced, and I was paying through the nose for the privilege.

On top of that, the whole business with the "record-setting" sale of virtual property to someone who turned out to be a contractor for the company put me off. That was one of the skeeviest moments in the history of the industry, in my book.

They may have gotten better since then. I don't know, since I have absolutely no intention of ever letting them anywhere near my wallet again.

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 11:21AM zorovriend said

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@Yukon Sam That "record-setting" sale you are talking about is Club Neverdie right?

If so i dont believe he was already a contractor before he bought it, he just became so much of an icon that they asked(I dont know if he was in paid duty) to be some kind of a PR person.

Thats all I know.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 1:05PM Yukon Sam said

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@zorovriend -- Apparently nobody in the gaming press found it especially skeevy. I can't find any reference to it online, and I don't remember which record-breaking sale it was -- they've had a string of them.

The game had its strong points, but if you can't make bank, you're nothing. And that being the case, you might as well play real life instead.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 1:52PM pid said

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@Yukon Sam

I remember two sales: the mall-asteroid where people could set up shops but had to pay monthly upkeep costs in PED (say, real money) and an "egg" that should have hatched somehow, yielding a kind of uber-pet.
I don't really know how it all turned out, but I played it a month or two in 2006 or so.

All I can say is "you get what you give". If you pay for free you will *NEVER* loot or find anything of value. You can get about 0.1 PED per hour (that is 1 cent or something like that).

If you invest more (say, 15 USD) you can buy gear for those 150 PED. During play you "ruin" the gear because everything you do consumes something (even weapons and armor degrade). As I understand it, you consume your moneyt as you play, but the rate at which you burn through is not fixed. If you consume much, you get more loot, if you consume less, you get less loot. So it's all proportional, but there is always an amount that "evaporates" (the "entropy" thing in the title). You never get your worth of money at 100%, there's always that wear and tear involved.

In the end, everything boils down to counting those dimes... quite boring to be honest.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 12:40PM Averice said

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It sounds kind of like pumping quarters into the arcade machine to me. From what I understand that can be really addictive.

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 1:37PM zorovriend said

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@Averice It is and can be realy fun if you can afford to add 20-30 a month but when you advance it starts to get to little and you need more and more, in theory thats the perfect arcade machine one that demands more exponantionaly.
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Posted: Jan 27th 2011 4:49PM kaelidancer said

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I was in Calypso back when it was still called Project Entropia, from the first beta all the way to a year or so past launch, and never spent a single dime, so it's possible - but to be honest I was mostly there for the social aspects, back when there was actually a social scene.

I've since moved on to other things, haven't seen any of the shiny new engine or even logged in since the name change, but I gather the game has evolved a great deal.

Posted: Jan 27th 2011 6:56PM mortslha said

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Been playing for almost 7 years now and still love to play. It takes a certain kind of person to understand it and love it for what it is and trying to make your way in the world. Its more oriented to more experienced gamers, you just won't find many people under 18 playing. Takes time, patience, research and resource management. I wanted to play a game where after years of playing I'd have something to show for it and my avatar would have real world value i could sell if i wanted or just keep playing for ever. even after all my years, i'd still consider myself a newb in skills. Now, if you want to put a lot of money in a go crazy and skill up fast, so be it, you might get lucky along the way or not, depends how much you know what you're doing.

So many people think its a way to get rich or make money, just not so, its more about the challenge to make your investment last as long as possible, and maybe make some nice returns.

I've never invested a dollar, but i have invested a lot of time, if you start small and just half/way manage well what you do, you'll be fine and have lots of fun. the social part is a fun part and the gaming experience and virtual world is unlike anything else. I love the feeling of really been in a virtual world that functions a lot like the 'real' world. Of course its a challenge, but that's what drives me. When i have a good day it really feels good, when you don't it really feels bad :)

Graphics are ridiculous nice, gameplay fun, you can play and explore for free, most players are helpful and will really help out a soc mate.

Give it a try, if you like it cool, good luck.

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