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Posted: Oct 5th 2011 8:12PM blackcat7k said

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The Good:

Street Justice
Beam Rifle
Time Manipulation

The Bad:

Having the suspicion that Cryptic had these sets finished a while a go and waited until F2P to cash them out.

Posted: Oct 5th 2011 8:34PM JuliusSeizure said

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@blackcat7k

Cryptic? You mean Paragon Studios.
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Posted: Oct 5th 2011 8:35PM blackcat7k said

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@JuliusSeizure

Sorry, having flashbacks.
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Posted: Oct 5th 2011 8:37PM Utakata said

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@blackcat7k

Time Manipulation came with Issue 21 for free with subscription. The other two you have to pay for...or subscribe for 2 months of CoX for each so you can claim them, if you don't spend the monthly pocket money points elsewhere.
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Posted: Oct 5th 2011 8:38PM Utakata said

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@blackcat7k

No...more like a Freudian slip. :)
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Posted: Oct 5th 2011 8:33PM (Unverified) said

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and to continue with the bad -
They probably had street justice completely ready for release at the same time as beam rifle and time manip.

but they released beam and time together as well as all the other cash shop goodies so that all the VIP players would spend all the points they earned over the last couple months.
Then they waited a couple weeks and released Street Justice after everyone spent their points.
So now those same VIP have no points left and either have to pay money for more or wait two months.
Very smart (and low) marketing tactic.

Posted: Oct 5th 2011 9:04PM smartstep said

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Well that's whole concept of free-to-play / freemium model based on microtransactions / item shop.
Monetarize as much as you can , but not enough to lose too much players.

Tools to do that include: evolutionary expanding cash shops + heavy marketting and community menagment in order to 'convince' people that selling in-game items and expanding monetarization is alright and actually in players interest (lol).

They are as low , with their behaviour as most companies running f2p models nowadays...
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Posted: Oct 5th 2011 9:31PM Ehra said

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VIPs knew Street Justice was coming. If people wasted their points knowing a powerset that they were interested in was coming then maybe they should work on a little impulse control.
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Posted: Oct 5th 2011 10:55PM (Unverified) said

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They were very open about StJ not coming out at the same time as I21 and that it was intended to be one of the weekly updates to the store 'soon' after release. So people should generally have had an idea that it would be coming out sometime this month or the next.

From a player's perspective I do have to say that it 'looks' better to me when a company has a steady stream of things going into the market than when they release a lot of things at once and then have a long drought. Even if it ends up being the same amount of stuff added to the store over time it's just more satisfying to see it spread out than lumped together for me.
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Posted: Oct 6th 2011 12:07AM Sente said

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Of course it was ready at the same time pretty much. It was available in closed beta, probably the powerset I played most in beta.
And that is the thing - new stuff like powersets is different from costumes in that you want to betatest to get feedback on it, which you schedule in a good time slot.

For a game like this I am quite sure they have planned months ahead what is going to be released each week and with a decent time margin in case there are issues to deal with. Do not think for a second that they just look on Monday morning what seems to be ready and decide to release that without further planning - that would be a stupid way to run a business.

It was also clearly said this was a paid for powerset that would be released after the Issue 21 release - no surprises at all, if you follow the information they have provided.
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Posted: Oct 6th 2011 2:38AM Stormwalker said

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@(Unverified) Gotta love the conspiracy theories here.
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Posted: Oct 6th 2011 8:29AM Ehra said

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@Stormwalker

So what if they DID have it ready and kept it back a few weeks?

Christ, this entitlement that gamers feel they have when it comes to content they haven't even purchased is absolutely ridiculous. You knew if was coming soon, if you spent all of your points on other stuff then it's your own fault for having absolutely no sense of the value of a dollar (or the things your dollars get you). This lack of any sense of personal responsibility and the constant shifting of blame on developers for players' on inabilities to reign themselves in ("I spent all of my points already and now I need to either spend more money or wait two months longer for a set I already knew ahead of time I wanted to buy, waaaaaah.") is pathetic.
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Posted: Oct 6th 2011 8:31AM Ehra said

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@Stormwalker

Meant to reply to the person above you, sorry aboot that.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 12:04AM Graill440 said

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I assume the picture is from an Apple 2C graphics wise or from your archive files back in 1979?

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