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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 9:38AM PaperSpeaks said

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that's some nice editing skills there.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 11:33AM GaaaaaH said

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@PaperSpeaks
can you tell from the pixels?
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 9:47AM Temko said

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am i the only one chanting "pull the plug on cryptic" "pull the plug on cryptic" "pull the plug on cryptic" "pull the plug on cryptic" over and over?

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 9:55AM UnSub said

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@Temko Perfect World didn't just pay US$50m to pull the plug on Cryptic.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 10:08AM Ogged said

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@Temko

that's just a nasty attitude there.

If Cryptic could frequently deliver more content like the Devidian, Breen and Romulan featured episodes in STO, they would be on a good course.

I fear MMO producers need to realize they need to be more like television and need a framework to deliver fresh content each week, maybe each day - General Hospital is on the air for something like 50 years, with a new episode every weekday !
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 11:07AM Mainer1982 said

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@Temko Yes, most likely.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 9:49AM LA1111 said

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I hope it works out for them.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 9:56AM Carolina said

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"your-despair-feeds-my-power" is an interesting tag for the article. Glad the studio was bought instead of extinct, had some fun in Champions Online.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 10:06AM Khalus said

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You can bet that every Cryptic MMO will become F2P, freemium, cash shopped{whatever you wanna call it} by the end of the year or spring 2012 in hopes to recoup that $30.7mil debt they paid off!

I won't help, cause I hate cryptic due to every IP they touched was ruined, especially STO. I grew up watching Star Trek ~ sneaking into my father's den after my mother tucked me in, to watch hrs of ST & ST:TNG. I was so excited when I heard about STO to explore the galaxy I knew so fondly, but then, well you all know what happened...le sigh

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 10:51AM Lombardus said

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@Khalus That's just unkind and also not very true. Sure there may have been a couple bumps in the road early on (reeeeally early on) but its been growing, and growing better, ever since.

I hope this trend continues and I wish them the best. :)

Side note: I haven't heard the terms "den" and "tucked in" in ages. Judging by the fact you're sneaking out to see ST:TNG, you can't be THAT old, yet here are those words. Kinda funny to me. :)
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 1:40PM Scarecrowe said

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@Lombardus
I played for the first few months and agree that Cryptic pretty much ruined it. MMOs are usually judged by their launch and the first couple of months immediately thereafter. Fair? Maybe not. But first impressions are important. And Cryptic ignored their beta testers and rushed a very unfinished product out the door.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 10:10AM Harley Dude said

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I guess there really is a sucker born every minute.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 10:27AM dudes said

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Lol the Chinese are buying everything American, country included.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 12:01PM Space Cobra said

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@dudes (and everyone who may think too deeply into this)

And??

The Japanese bought everything American in the 1980's, when their economy was doing well, including Rockefeller Plaza, but it was eventually sold.

History repeating itself with yet a different company. Just make your money off the sale; world-dynamics continue to change. Adapt and change, don't complain about "when America was big..."
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 10:40AM MarvoDaMighty said

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Funny, the people that complain about how bad STO is , or How bad Cryptic is, really makes one wonder just what were they expecting? Were you expecting a Holodeck, or a seemingly endless universe to buzz around and explore? It's an MMO, so It needed to have the usual MMO Plotlines and interactions of, "Go to location, Interact , so X and repeat". The difference is Storyline, and that is limited by writing staff, Sadly it cannot accomodate the A.D.D. and Basement dwelling Purists that think Trek should only exist in 1960's style and that it's a sacred text that should not evolove. If allowed to Evolve STO could have loads of content like Champions Finally has , and some intersting Writing could appear "IF" the new owners invest in Writing Staff. Patience people , to wish failure just because YOU were not satified is indicative of the petulant attitude that prevails in society. Look at the Results of that in Washington D.C. and London.

Posted: Aug 10th 2011 10:57AM (Unverified) said

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@MarvoDaMighty

I was expecting a game that captured the flavor of ST with big battles, PVP, Crafting and plenty of things to do like a lot of MMos give you. What we got was single player, rushed out, double dipping no content game. Scratch that, make your own content so we can still double dip.

If it was just called space on line, it would have lasted a month however because of the gullible ST fans (of which I was one), it has keept the game on life support.

The sooner this game goes to F2P the better.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 11:27AM Harley Dude said

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@MarvoDaMighty

EVE reskinned with Star Trek ships would have been 100x the Star Trek game Cryptic crapped out with their shoebox engine.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 12:19PM Wensbane said

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@MarvoDaMighty

Yeah, I wonder the same thing. I really don't want another EVE - especially not one with Star Trek ships - because, quite simply, I already play EVE on a regular basis.

I wanted something different to complement what I already had, more like a casual theme-park sci-fi MMO - of which there aren't many - and that's exactly what I got with STO. No more, no less.

I can't help but laugh a little when I look at the MMOs that I'm currently playing: EVE, Star Trek Online and Final Fantasy XIV.
The truth is that I'm enjoying the heck out of those three, because they all offer different things - sandbox, theme-park and group-grinding, respectively.

If I were to listen to all of the naysayers, chances are I wouldn't have bothered with ANY of those games. Because they all get lambasted around here, on a regular basis.
Never with any specific complaints, mind you, it's more about beating down a certain company because they had a rough launch - even after directors/producers/designers have been fired left and right.

So all I can say is that I'm happy that Cryptic will survive a while longer, thanks to PWE. Because I have no intention of dropping STO anytime soon.

If it ends up going F2P... so be it.
I actually think it's one of the few current games that would work perfectly with a cash-shop system. I mean, it's Star Trek, it's a given that people would pay to customize their ship/crew/uniform.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 1:04PM fallwind said

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@(Unverified) how many big battles did you actually see in ST? Wolf 359, Battle for Cardassia... maybe a few others in the Dominion War... but the vast majority of the combat you see on the shows were 1on1.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2011 1:56PM Ironraptor said

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@fallwind

Of course it was 1 to 1 this was a budget issue. Their budget limited what they can show especially when they had to make physical models during TNG and the first few years of DS9. CGI during the later half o fDS9 and Voyager were very expensive at the time that's way a few episodes had large battles they planed those scenes by sacrificing having cgi and other effects in other episodes.
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