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Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 10:36AM Sephirah said

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What was the price tag?
€1.000 (1K almost everywhere in EU), €1,000 (€ ONE , almost everywhere in EU) or a simple €1000?

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 10:40AM RockSauron said

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What's worse: this or the EVE monocle?

I mean, this is infinity more expensive, but EVE used to be thought of as more of a cashgrab, whereas I never heard anyone hear of Bigpoint as a maker of good games. Plus, while the monocle had the downside of doing nothing.. it simultaneously had the upside of doing nothing. Huh.

So yeah, what's worse: 1000 euros for a pay-to-win ship in a useless game, or 70 dollars for a useless monocle in a game people actually like?

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 10:44AM (Unverified) said

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Okay, W T F???

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:10AM djdigsut said

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Not sure if this was noticed or intended, but based at the current conversion rate, 1000 Euros is 1337 US Dollars.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:14AM smartstep said

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Hahaahahahaaha, some people are idiots. Even having millions on your account, spending 1000 $ of couple pixels is stupid beyond imagination imho.


Not to mention that most of big spenders aren't rich. They jsut addicted enough to blow most of their money on game.


Anyway I really hope that comapnies like Bigpoint, will make drain as much of idiots off their moeny or make them play their games so they don't pollute my gameplay in other titles.



Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:14AM (Unverified) said

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I love it, 1000 Euros for an item in a game I have never even heard of. The world is FULL of idiots.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:15AM GrendelKhan said

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No way. Not in that game. You can imagine something like WoW inspiring that kind of insanity. This seems impossible.

If it's not, it's the biggest news in gaming in years.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:16AM Neryk said

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Proving Ze Germanz are coming for your MMO profit margin.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:38AM Beau Hindman said

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I love how upfront BigPoint has always been with their pricing and with their models. This game has always sold "power" and has been very successful for years. Would I pay the money for the item? No way. That's the beauty of free to play gaming...you can skip a title if you want.

They can keep selling power, and I wish them nothing but the best. After all, the choice is yours. I play Dark Orbit and enjoy it, but I certainly am no power gamer. I've yet to be ganked over and over and still have had a good time. Of course, I am not attempting to run with the thousandaires.


Beau

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 3:07PM (Unverified) said

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@Beau Hindman

*Obligatory "F2P is Better than Sex" Plug Here*
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 5:31PM Samael said

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@Beau Hindman

Beau, I know that you love F2P more than any other business model. But you can choose not to play a sub game as well. You can choose not to play MMOs. That is not unique to F2Ps.
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:38AM Scuffles said

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Congratulations to those 2k people, they are everything that is wrong with F2P and shame, SHAME on dark orbit.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:39AM xilr said

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Welcome to the F2P Revolution! You thought $15 a month was "too much"?

Dark Orbit was fun until I saw how much it would cost me. Another otherwise good game DOA due to F2P gouging!

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:58AM Ceridith said

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As the saying goes, "there's a sucker born every minute."

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:58AM Space Cobra said

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Yeah, I think we all noticed!

(At least, I know I googled up a currency converter!)

Yikes!

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 11:59AM Space Cobra said

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@Space Cobra

Okay, that was supposed to be in response for noticing this thing cost $1,335.80 in US bills.
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 12:03PM Space Cobra said

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I dunno. This is pretty bad.

On the one hand, "whatever floats people's boat", but on the other...

IMO, this really does not seem much, from my limited understanding of the game. It seems one is limited to 9 drones/modules/satellites/MU-relays whatever that help out your ship (basically, extra orbital platforms). So, this is a tenth?

I mean, I can see some benefit to that, but it's not an "insta-win" button.

Basically, IMO, you get so LITTLE improvement for so MUCH money expenditure!

Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 12:51PM Braiks said

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@Space Cobra Imo, if you get little improvement for this then it's not that terrible of a situation. Ok, let those who are swimming in money buy this but still have a chance of losing against regular players.
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 1:11PM Beau Hindman said

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@Braiks You should really look at the game. It's not really an insta-win, but paying players do have an advantage. Always have. Of course, they have an advantage in all sorts of games, so you just have to investigate the game and see what you think. BigPoint has talked openly about the advantages they sell, and they make tons from it.

I personally have never had an issue with these "high rollers" but I haven't reached their level yet.

Beau
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2011 2:10PM Space Cobra said

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@Beau Hindman

I always do a cost/benefit/enjoyment analysis.

Of course, there is a bit of the "special snowflake" ("showing off") or even wanting a certain reaction (like Eve's monocle gets).

I mean, I could potentially afford such a thing, but I'd have to figure out how much I like the game, how much I play it, and how much an advantage or how different it is. Given that I am a bit old-fashioned and would want "something extra" like maybe a real physical mock-up or even a private masseuse attached, I would probably most likely talk myself out of it (and have in the past with slightly similar cases).

Maybe I should try the game, but just looking at the screenshots, I am still sorta scratching my head, trying to put myself in "their shoes".

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