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Posted: Nov 16th 2011 9:50PM Oyjord said

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It's a shame, I'd love to sign up for the contest and maybe kindle an interest in a new game, but I refuse to use Facebook. Way to go, Burning Dog Media.

Posted: Nov 16th 2011 11:58PM SlasherZet said

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@Oyjord
Same here, never gonna use Facebook...
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 4:36AM pid said

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@Oyjord +1 because it's the same for me
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 8:09AM mmogaddict said

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@Oyjord

Add me to the not going to signup for Crapbook brigade.

Twitter can go jump too.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 10:23AM (Unverified) said

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@Oyjord

It's nice to see that I'm not the only one who rejects Facebook, Twitter, and the like.



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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 1:03AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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You must "LIKE US" on facebook

Heh, no thanks, that made me HATE YOU off facebook

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 1:59AM Borick said

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You lost me at Facebook. $^%*& Facebook.

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 3:36AM (Unverified) said

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Yeah...although a new Alienware laptop sounds nice I'm not gonna like another childish looking cookie-cutter MMO....

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 3:50AM smartstep said

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Facebook?

lol no thanks
I am never using facebook & similar for such contests and similar thngs

Especially that it is only one laptop and there will be s**tloads of contesters

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 4:32AM dasfunboy said

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You would think that they would at least spring for a M17X ;)

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 4:42AM drunkingamebar said

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Ah, facebook marketing scam...

GTFO

Posted: Nov 17th 2011 6:42AM Loopy said

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@drunkingamebar Companies using contests to promote a product? BLASPHEMY! Somebody must alert the church elders!
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 7:12AM smartstep said

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@Loopy

Contest is welcomed, facebook is not.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 7:28AM Braiks said

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@smartstep No shit, maybe you'd like it deliver to your house with a hot cup of coffee? It's a marketing thing they are not doing it out of their kindness of their heart.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 10:49AM potaco said

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@Braiks

Exactly... It just goes to show that people will ALWAYS find something to complain about.

"What? You expect me to give you my email address in exchange for $6 million?? No thanks!"

"What? You want to give me a chance at a free laptop? No thanks!"

Oh well, less competition for those of us who aren't quite as offended by this contest.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 1:01PM ephesym said

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@potaco

I agree...as if its hard to make a seperate FB acct only for these types of things. I personally just use my real FB because I don't care.
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Posted: Nov 18th 2011 8:02PM drunkingamebar said

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Lol, really?

"Exactly... It just goes to show that people will ALWAYS find something to complain about."

Well then, you will fit in here eh?
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Posted: Nov 17th 2011 7:54PM alimantando said

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it's really cheap, you get a budget, think up a prize, then use it as bait to get 5000 likes.

Posted: Nov 19th 2011 12:21AM kwark said

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Everyone is so quick to victimise - calling SCAM/BAIT and hating on facebook is pretty childish - especially considering the origins product ( a community developed mmo) and the prestige/rep of the guys behind the promotion. Lets think about this for a minute.

Burning Dog/Origns are a startup company building an _INDY_ product.

They have no marketing budget, but they do have a kickass alienware pc and want to make people aware of their brand. What are the FREE marketing avenues open to them? Social media.

Im sure someone is going to mention reddit, but reddit is a pretty fickle way of generating publicity and generally its a gamble if a thread becomes a popular or not. While it may reach potentially more people, bceause of the nature of reddit the advertisement fill usually dissapear like a fart in the wind ( especially with all the huge hyped game launches recently).

Facebook and twitter are the biggest, cheapest and easiest ways of generating publicity short of paid advertising. If you like the origins link, chances are your friends (whom possibly share common interests with you) will see it and like it too - and as for people that dont necessarily instantly love indy mmos, theres still the laptop promotion.

Im sure being gamers themselves the devs are just as happy about the facebook situation, they are guys just like us (and made that pretty obvious in the interview). But really, this is an effective way of reach people with limited funding. The feeling seems to be that what's really important to the team is the forum participation and building the community pre-beta. If you dont like it on facebook but you still want to have a say on the game ( which seems likes a kickass title if you havent read the interview) id definetly recommend signing up. Who knows, they may even drop the facebook requirement - these are indy champions, not coorporate douchebags.

Posted: Nov 19th 2011 1:07PM psycros said

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Right, this is really wonderful because those cash-strapped "indy champions" would never even consider making your FB name and possibly those of all your FB friends available to spammers. And its just technologically impossible for them to provide a simple sign-up form on their website for a contest. FB is obviously the ONLY way to do this.
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