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2005-02-27 02:30:31 PM  
That game isn't becoming free of charge, they're just now serving advertisements to players who signed up during the free promotion a few months back.
2005-02-27 02:57:29 PM  
I would try it but I haven't heard a good thing about it yet.
2005-02-27 03:03:28 PM  
I think it's a good idea, I don't play MMORPGs because paying for it makes me feel like I HAVE to be playing it.
2005-02-27 03:04:01 PM  
man, i played AO for hours and hours upon end a few years ago. It's a lot of fun when you get over the whole, "How the fark do I do anything or get anywhere?" thing.
2005-02-27 03:06:53 PM  
I don't agree with free MMORPGs, because if you complain about something, people just go "Well it's free, so STFU" and you're stuck with a crappy game.
2005-02-27 03:15:36 PM  
That's massive.
2005-02-27 03:18:05 PM  
Boobies: That's massive.

and multiplayer!
2005-02-27 03:19:26 PM  
"Anarchy Online," brought to you by Microsoft?
2005-02-27 03:21:28 PM  
HaywoodJablonski: "Anarchy Online," brought to you by Microsoft?

Presented by Pepsi Co., for those who think outside the box, and Subaru- when you want to go eXtreme do it in style.
2005-02-27 03:31:55 PM  
Didnt we already try this in the dot.com world once? I love marketing folks.. they sit around a jerk each other off so much they cant even remember what failed the first time.

Groupthink anyone?
2005-02-27 03:32:46 PM  
They extended the free offer upto the end of 2005. Pleyed it for 3 years off and on myself. Great game.
2005-02-27 03:34:22 PM  
The moment I see that sort of thing in World of Warcraft, i'm quitting. lvl 42 warrior or not, i'm outta there!
2005-02-27 05:40:25 PM  
"Through our own research we know that most gamers want in-game advertisement to heighten the sense of realism," according to Funcom CEO Trond Aas.

I wonder if he said this with a straight face or if he was giggling the whole time?
2005-02-27 05:55:38 PM  
phear my Pepsi Sniper Rifle!!!

/back go gaming
2005-02-27 05:58:14 PM  
Free massively multiplayer games are FULL of corruption and lame players. I think that there needs to be that barrier of people willing to pay to play the game, that way there usually is less griefers. I hate playing a game online with people who just want to dominate, instead of having fun. I don't need to know about the fellating ability of my mother, nor do I deserve the incredible amount of racial and homophobic epithets thrown at me.
2005-02-27 05:58:34 PM  
For once I agree with Weaver95, though my withdrawal symptoms would last for weeks..
2005-02-27 05:59:30 PM  
I play it, and it has been much less problematic than WoW. I've always been one to say you get what you pay for, but AO is quite a steal right now.
2005-02-27 06:03:09 PM  
ummm cool....i think i just got a boner..

/just kiddin' relax relax.
2005-02-27 06:04:10 PM  
AO is a scifi mmo and has had billboards and such (yea even some with the rotating flaps you sometimes see to show ads) with fake advertisments all over since the game started, so it's not a huge jump to stick real ads on them. I wonder what the ads will wind up looking like and how closely they will mesh with the game world.
2005-02-27 06:04:24 PM  
I suggested this months ago for City of Heros.
2005-02-27 06:04:42 PM  
I would actually agree in this method. If a gamer wants to pay for a non-ad game then let them. Yet if another gamer doesn't want to pay the subscription fee and have ads all over the place then let them. Looks like a win-win situation for all parties invloved. Although this looks like it would work for AO how about games like WoW. Advertising in those types of games seem out of place.

/guild wars is the way to go
2005-02-27 06:06:39 PM  
Cause thats what you want to see when your battling through the dungeons of doom, a giant Viagra billboard.

Or the magical quarter pounder with cheese of greater stamina.
2005-02-27 06:09:44 PM  
Anarchy Online sucks though. Really. It's about two generations behind the curve of MMPORGs and it feels it for every damned tedious minute you play it. It's like EQ 1 was when it came out - lo res graphics, quirky UI and an aimless nature.

That's not to say all modern MMPORGs are great - Star Wars Galaxies stinks for example - but AO never had it to begin with and I don't see how being free is going to change that.
2005-02-27 06:15:26 PM  
My only experience with an MMORPG was SWG, and boy did that suck. In the end, I cared so little for Sony that I duped and mouse macroed my way to incredible riches until I could no longer make money on e-bay with it.

Some very strange people play those games.

We were going to have kids, but that would have severely drained my power crystal.
2005-02-27 06:16:13 PM  
I just ebayed my AO account ($325 for a 217 MA with awesome gearz) and I don't have any hard feelings. I loved the in-game billboards advertising the vehicles or other stuff :-)

The game is really cool once you get past the very steep learning curve, the graphics look excellent even 3 years after release. The only problem is nobody plays it anymore :-(
2005-02-27 06:24:02 PM  
No, the basic game itself is free for a year. There are addons you can pay for.
The dilema is ...the game sucks big time. The graphics suck, the game play sucks, every thing about it sucks.
2005-02-27 06:24:21 PM  
I sensed this trend way back when Freeport got a new Taco Bell. I was KOS until I completed the quest to gain faction by visiting their website. I got a cool looking LOTR shield, but the stats sucked and it was no drop so I deleted it.
2005-02-27 06:26:17 PM  
2005-02-27 06:06:39 PM mister13
Or the magical quarter pounder with cheese of greater stamina.

2005-02-27 06:26:52 PM  
frodoelf - give Puzzle Pirates a try.
2005-02-27 06:29:45 PM  
My only experience with an MMORPG was SWG, and boy did that suck.

I tried really, really hard to like that game. I really did. Sony made Star Wars BORING for me! Gah! It lagged, the PvP faction conflicts were stupid, the character classes not even CLOSE to balanced and the Jedi ruined the game.

Mind you, shooting jedi in the head with my sniper rifle was kinda fun. Even if I did sort of have to stay out of mos eisley for a while after one success too many.
2005-02-27 06:33:07 PM  
"Related Articles

* More staff cutbacks at Funcom"

How's that workin' for ya?
2005-02-27 06:33:25 PM  
What! No photoshops!
2005-02-27 06:33:46 PM  
Ive been playing since the free year trial period started in January and Im rather happy with the game. I think the reason this game gets alot of hate is due to the fact its hard as fark to get into at first. But if your willing to put the time into learning the game dynamics it is quite rewarding.

So if you have time to kill and an above average patience factor then I do advise you try this game out.

So any farkers playing on Rubi-Ka 1 and you run into Lamanama (thats me) feel free to drop me a line. You'll more then likely find me at Temple of Three Wind kicking some Cultist arse.
2005-02-27 06:35:09 PM  

Anarchy Online sucks though. Really. It's about two generations behind the curve of MMPORGs and it feels it for every damned tedious minute you play it. It's like EQ 1 was when it came out - lo res graphics, quirky UI and an aimless nature.

Hmm I signed up for te free AO in Dec and its still chilling on my HD waiting to be played..Funny thing is they have offered people who signed up for AO the Shadowlands expansion twice...looks lkike they are desperate..
2005-02-27 06:56:30 PM  
they need to do this shiat with final fantasy 11
2005-02-27 06:58:55 PM  
i thought the headline said..
"paid for by in game billiards "

which i thought was redundant
/was redundant
2005-02-27 07:06:42 PM  
It's about two generations behind the curve of MMPORGs and it feels it for every damned tedious minute you play it. It's like EQ 1 was when it came out - lo res graphics, quirky UI and an aimless nature.
Well, the graphic engine is outdated, and the UI isn't the best you can find around.

However, althought I played it and enjoyed it for roughly three years, I can't stand it anymore. That said, I can't stand any of the new MMORPGs either, including WoW that everyone is raving about.

Seriously, there hasn't been much evolution of the genre in years, and the notion of "new" and "old" generation MMORPGs is kinda fuzzy as they basically all have the same gameplay.
2005-02-27 07:12:23 PM  
I'm in! Downloading the thing right now. Giggity!
2005-02-27 07:27:00 PM  
anarchy online is worth every penny i paid for it.

oh yea, its THAT good.

/didnt pay anything for it
2005-02-27 07:30:49 PM  
Y'know, I would have played it, if it weren't

Damn my strong sense of ethics!
2005-02-27 07:30:52 PM  
Downloaded and played it a few months ago. Still on my computer, but WoW kinda took my time from it

Wonder if they'll accept adverts from competitors...I could imagine a SWG advert in the game...
2005-02-27 07:33:18 PM  
all I gotta say is ....

2005-02-27 07:34:32 PM  
You know, it's cool to come in here and say you've experienced the topic and explain your feelings for it one way or another, but it's something else to simply state "it sucks" and leave it at that.

And that's what makes a Farker a Dumbass. You know, in, like, my opinion. Man.
2005-02-27 07:53:55 PM  
I suggested this months ago for City of Heros.

The suggestion actually seems to crop up on the CoH boards every six weeks like clockwork. Ive seen lots of people suggest it since last year when I started playing. It always gets met with a bad reaction though, because:

1) If the game is being paid for by Pepsi or someone, rather than the players, who will the developers and producers work to satisfy? They're going to chase the money. I'd rather pay for the play and know that their going to be trying to work to keep the players staying instead.

2) You can only really do this for certain games. It obviously can't work in WoW or EQ because it would be so incredibly out of place it would drive people off. You can probably fit it into AO alright. Most people feel like it would be badly out of place in CoH.

At any rate, I signed up for the AO free year some time ago, and I really can't bring myself to play it. It just doesn't interest me.
2005-02-27 07:54:59 PM  
I played it when it first came out and really enjoyed it. It has a really interesting art style and I liked the way they had randomized dungeons. When you start out though it's a bit daunting because you feel so in the dark about everything. I think in the case of Anarchy Online the in game billboard advertising system actually makes some sense because of the way the game is based around a galaxy spanning corporation and stuff. Now if it were WoW or something I'd find it really stupid.
2005-02-27 08:01:11 PM  
and broaden our reach with their hundreds of thousands of gamers,

Hundreds of thousands? Isn't that a little optimistic? We're talking about Anarchy Online here after all.
2005-02-27 08:05:06 PM  
this game and my rampant add did not get along... however, i can watch final fantasy until my eyes bleed. it bugs me that a game tricks you with a first person mode that's so damn tedious that one requires sedation after using it for more than twenty minutes, due to the rising urge to kill its creators. "but hey, it's free... so stop biatching." w/e. i feel bad for the people that actually pay for it.... No, No, wait... I don't. thought i did there for a second though.
2005-02-27 08:18:16 PM  

Y'know, I would have played it, if it weren't

Damn my strong sense of ethics!

It isn't Windows-only; it's not that hard to get the client running under Linux. They have support in the forums, under the "Tech Help" section.
2005-02-27 08:19:56 PM  
AO is running because of all the expansions they've made - they cost money. The free year is a recruiting drive to lure them into getting an expansion. I'm sure the ads really don't do that much, they hang on walls as welcome decorations, not your screen like banner ads.

I still don't think that players are really being neglected if they play the free version. They are still updating it regularly, and the flood of new players makes it more "multiplayer." I'm personally thrilled, but free crack can be really bad for people's social lives.
2005-02-27 08:27:54 PM  
I played AO a bunch back when it came out, took a 'break' for a year or so, played it for another few months, and haven't been back since.

It's a cool game, and I like the developer's ideas for the game, and how the system works, but it can't keep my attention for very long. But then again maybe I'm just ADD :D

I might have to check it out again sometime when I get bored of world of warcraft, and the whole 'not paying' thing would certainly help.

I think this is a great idea, either you pay for the game and see ads, or pay for it and don't. However I'm not sure how they're going to pull off the whole 'advertising 20th century product X in the 294th century'...

On the other hand, free subscriptions to an MMO would really dredge up the scum at the bottom of the barrel o'players...
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