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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 8:33AM Joaquin Crowe said

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Oh hell no.

Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 1:51PM Rhazes said

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@Joaquin Crowe

I agree just what we need in video games a raid boss and every time he kills someone he asks them, Do you ever feel, you know, not-so-fresh? then try Massengil douches.

or perhaps the raid before he goes into enrage runs to a oversized box of Extenze cleverly placed on a desk or something and takes them. Then if he wipes raid he says "and that increase in size well that was kinda fun to"
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 4:18PM NeverDeath said

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@Rhazes

LMAO. Oh god, that was good.

Blactivision is the devil.
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 6:58PM DancingCow said

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@Joaquin Crowe

In the right setting it could make a game more realistic, and cheaper for players.

Eg. I'm really stunned that The Secret World isn't doing it. Forget the cash shop. They could make so much more money from advertising and product placement.
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 7:31PM Joaquin Crowe said

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@DancingCow Really, you think corporations are jsut going to lower the player price because they found something else to monetize? When has that happened in recent memory? Costs are passed on. Savings aren't. Just like the ads on that $30 blu rays can't be skipped.
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Posted: Jan 24th 2012 6:34AM Aelon said

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Yeah but do you expect ActiBlizz to pass on those savings to us?
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 8:35AM Rialle said

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Do not want.

Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 8:38AM (Unverified) said

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As if ActiBlizz wasn't bad enough with the money grabbing, now they want to shove advertisements down our throat in a game that we pay for the box and pay a sub fee? Oh, and pay them for blizz store purchases and the real money auction house.... Never touching one of their games ever again.

Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 11:05AM SnarlingWolf said

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As much as I hate Blizzard these days and think their products are crap, this could simply mean that they are making a modern time MMO. That would mean that there would be modern products in the modern world which isn't really bad in my view. It could even be a future version of Earth where many of the products would still make sense.

Of course it could certainly mean what everyone is fearing in that players were bombarded with in-game ads everywhere they looked because Blizzard is an awful company that only cares about the next dollar.
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 1:05PM corpusc said

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hey, i hate what WoW did to the MMO scene too, but....

probably what this means is that the game will be F2P.

also, probably that its a modern day or futuristic setting. if they are talking about in-world, in-3d-space advertisements. settings where FAKE advertisements would have to be created if they didn't use real ones. can't have a city without billboards in those settings.
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 1:15PM Utakata said

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@SnarlingWolf

They maybe making a morden game, but their business approach is heading more to the dark ages. Just saying.
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 1:57PM Lethality said

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@(Unverified) You certainly seem to know a lot, about something you know nothing about.
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 4:21PM NeverDeath said

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Yeah, I'm already absolutely not buying their next MMO thanks to how they handled WoW, and I'm not buying WC4 because they've said it will have a similar sold-separately campaign style to SC2, and I'm not buying D3 because of the RMAH. So they've pretty much lost me as a customer for the foreseeable future, and it's all because of their money-grabbing ways.
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 6:32PM SgtBaker1234556 said

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@NeverDeath

And on the contrary, I'll be absolutely buying all of the above products because I like what they're doing with WoW and D3.

Anectodal eveidence is the sh**z
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 8:00PM Space Cobra said

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@corpusc

"probably what this means is that the game will be F2P."

Possibly, but that's not the only option.

Already they see enough money from Marketplace items. It could just become like Cable TV; the selling point was paid-TV without commercials and...well, now look: You pay for Cable AND still get commercials (and they tend to repeat the same commercials).
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 8:09PM (Unverified) said

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@NeverDeath I'm not buying WC4 because they've said it will have a similar sold-separately campaign style to SC2.

I thought they weren't making WC4, what's your source of it being in separate campaigns like SC2?

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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 8:22PM (Unverified) said

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@SgtBaker1234556
What is it you like about WoW? The fact that they have removed the story of Warcraft from the game? Is it the fact that in each of the past 2 expansions they have delivered less than half of the content they promised during each expansions beta? Or perhaps its the lieing they do to customers by telling them one thing then telling their investors another (a group of people they are bound by law to be truthful to, unlike the customer group)?
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 11:37PM SgtBaker1234556 said

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It's fun.
The mechanics are better than any other game out there.
End-game is wide and varied.

Like said, anecdotal evidence rules.
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Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 8:40AM crainey92 said

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I think they simply mean product placement in advertisements like they already have on TV, I mean they're pretty successful right? I can't imagine they'll go as far as to put billboards with ads in-game but I'd say they could easily put products in the game for advertising purposes, they know what they're doing so I'll leave it to them :)
It seems as though I've been guessing what Blizzard is doing with it's next-gen MMO for a long time now and all we've seemed to figure out is that it's called Titan and it's a "casual" MMO (in contrast to what?). I think it's important to remember that this is mostly Activisions show no matter what Blizzard says and they will have a large influence on that game. Given the success of first person titles I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this go that direction, maybe I'm wrong but then who's right when we know nothing of it so far?

Posted: Jan 23rd 2012 8:48AM Joaquin Crowe said

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@crainey92 "product placement and licensing within the world of Blizzard Entertainment's next-gen MMO"

No, the wording is pretty clear.

sub + microtransactions + advertising income = Kotick's wet dream
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