Apr 4th 2012 1:40PM The 20-24 battleground is the first battleground where you will find good and consistent action and should have no problem finding a group while you are there. Curious to see how you like it. While the real fun isn't had till you are max level and have a template for your character I wouldn't expect a column like this to put that much time into one game. I'd even argue almost pointless to anyone who hasn't already played DAoC since it is very late in its life cycle.
The new player experience has gotten a lot better but yeah there is a lot that it doesn't tell you about that you can only really find out by playing and learning from vets. Which in such a small population game like DAoC is in its current state is not an easy task.
Apr 3rd 2012 6:07PM I actually think this is a good move whether it is just to get more people in or to try and keep the current people playing. Most MMOs tend to not offer free trials/weekends or decent recruitment programs until they are already bleeding a massive amount of subs.
Might totally be the case here but if it isn't it is great to see a MMO try to bring in new people/keep players playing this early after release. Either reason I think these and the free weekends are great for both retention and recruitment.
Mar 27th 2012 3:53AM @Marchosias
Pretty much, screwed up people like this guy are only sorry when they get caught. CCP needs to make a statement with this guy and get him out of a position of power and hopefully out of the game. Eve for the longest time has only made news when bad things happen where as other games tend to get a free pass on scams/harassment.
CCP could change this if they start to come down hard on these type people and maybe the games reputation will improve.
Mar 27th 2012 3:49AM @Sean D
I am in no way defending this guy I'd love CCP to perma ban him and auction off his loots for charity.
That being said if people knew that the guy was gonna be like this I would doubt he would even be considered for an election to a position like he is in. Just like politicians he probably got elected from covering his true self up in a cloud of lies or blackmailed his way up. Only an ignorant fool would think the action of a few people show an accurate picture or the entire playerbase, just like every MMO just Eves scams always make headline where other games do not.
Mar 26th 2012 5:28PM @PhelimReagh
I don't even play Eve but that is a pretty moronic thing to say. WoW is also home to tons of jackoffs but that a large part of the player base is completely normal and would never do something like this story.
His position as elected CSM or w/e doesn't mean anything about the player base a whole either, on most WoW servers I have played often the most geared, respected, well known players are complete aholes that I could see doing stuff like this.
If you truly think you can judge a majority of the player base by a story like this or the fact he was an elected CSM then you are pretty damn ignorant.
Eves biggest problem seems to be the little press it gets is always because something bad has happened. Where as most other MMOs the scam and harrasment stories usually don't see the light of day.
DAoCs community is ripe with scamming anything from false gold xfers to account being sold and then taken back (legal to sell you accounts for DAoC). Then the community which mostly lives on Vnboards laugh at the stories when people post about it happening to them. Even some of the better known and liked people on the boards are scammers and aholes and yet they are liked by most and get a free pass on crap like that.
Not to mention WoW how many times entire guild or groups get in on harassing, ninja looting, scamming.
I have experienced it all personally and more frequently than I would like but I still know that these people are the minority in MMOs and not a good example of the majority player base.
Jan 31st 2012 7:22PM @xiLeShadow
When I say junk I'm not referring to shovelware or a game that is perceived as poor by most. I'm talking about things like ad ridden products, inappropriate/illegal themes and things like that which have no reason to be on a system mostly aimed at kids/teens/young adults. And they won't as long as there is a multi-billion $ corporations public image at stake.
Without a submission and evaluation process so much bad stuff would slip through into the service. Anything from in-game links to a my little ponies game that half way through go San Andreas Hot Coffee on its young audience.
The process in place is fine for first time games and having all kinds of criteria to be met, what needs to be changed is the ability for established companies and games to get DLC or addons out a lot more easily than they currently do so we don't have issues like the ones pointed out in the article.
Jan 31st 2012 6:34PM @arucious
That is why "cancel" is in parenthesis. The people canceling claim they were preordering and going to buy it new but they are somehow massively upset by this "online pass" type program which has no affect on them if they bought it new anyway.
There are a legitimate few that would cancel an actual preorder to send a message but it is usually just used game buyers raging and claiming they are canceling what they didn't have anyway.
Jan 31st 2012 6:25PM @Deadalon
Massivley isn't asking if threatening someone with a knife is a crime. They are asking if virtual items should be treated like real life goods even if they don't have a dollar value. This story isn't a very good example as a knife was involved but the question is still up there to be asked if you read carefully.
"Is stealing a virtual good deserving of a real-world criminal sentence?"
stolen goods "were neither tangible nor material and, unlike for example electricity, had no economic value."
That question itself is directly related to mmorpgs.
Jan 31st 2012 6:11PM @Brett from Atlanta
Bullsalt doesn't sound very appetizing.
Jan 31st 2012 6:10PM Summary of comments. Used game buyers rage and "cancel" their orders. New game buyers don't care, all the Activision haters(myself included) will still buy the game.