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on: March 18, 2004, 07:16:25 PM

http://www.gamespot.com/news/2004/03/18/news_6091762.html

If you are an Earth&Beyond's player you can send your nice box to Netdevil and they'll give you a free account (30 days trial) for Jumpgate.

"We are troubled to see the small online space genre losing another excellent game. At NetDevil, we're hoping that players are still looking for something different in a market saturated with fantasy games. If players want to fly a spaceship, we obviously welcome them to check out Jumpgate,"

Translation: If you paid that horrible mmorpg you surely are able to pay ours.

At least it's fun to see another company to jump on the dead body and launch a party.

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Reply #1 on: March 18, 2004, 08:33:20 PM

Meanwhile, those of us who want to play Privateer Online are left to shake our heads and wonder what the fuck EA was thinking.

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Reply #2 on: March 18, 2004, 10:33:10 PM

X2, the threat, looks decent.  I've played a bit so far.

Yeah, it's not online.  Online is overrated IMO.

Also, I've heard that Eve is trying to poach EnB players through an affiliate program with EnB fansites.

Continuing the fine mmog tradition of poaching/cannibalizing the subscribers.
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Reply #3 on: March 18, 2004, 10:44:18 PM

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X2, the threat, looks decent.  I've played a bit so far.


I've read only good things about it. I also read voices about an online verion in the work.

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Reply #4 on: March 19, 2004, 12:21:19 AM

Eve Online is also a good replacement.
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Reply #5 on: March 19, 2004, 01:22:47 AM

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Eve Online is also a good replacement.


... but a completely different game.

Jumpgate and E&B are more near the "sim" idea, where you flight the ship.
Eve is a political-commercial environment based on spreadsheets.

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Reply #6 on: March 19, 2004, 04:38:01 AM

But spreadsheets are dead sexy.  Why go seaching all over the internet for porn when I can open up excel and make my own?

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Reply #7 on: March 19, 2004, 06:21:38 AM

One of the things I liked best about JG was the space physics.  I didn't find is solo-friendly though, but then I quit after the first six months.  No clue what it's like now.
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Reply #8 on: March 19, 2004, 03:24:14 PM

X2 does have an online component coming soonTM.  Should be fun, if they actually ever release it.

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Reply #9 on: March 19, 2004, 04:08:22 PM

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One of the things I liked best about JG was the space physics.  I didn't find is solo-friendly though, but then I quit after the first six months.  No clue what it's like now.

After about 10 minutes in the JG tutorial, I wanted to punch my fist through the monitor.

Is the flight any less aggravating if you use a joystick?
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Reply #10 on: March 19, 2004, 05:05:58 PM

iirc, X2 has had an online version in the works since X.  It's also awful; I had been looking forward to a joystick controlled space sim coming out for months, and really wanted to like the game.  If you can get past 10 minute cut scenes every 10 minutes and a total lack of physics, you might enjoy the game.  I couldn't.

As far as Jumpgate goes, you really need a joystick to get the feel for flying.  JG is best as a pvp flight sim; E&B and Eve didn't pull too many players away from the game when they launched because those games lacked the joystick controlled 'twitch' gamplay.  For the same reason, I'm not sure how many E&B players Jumpgate will be able to catch and keep.

The players are hopefull though.  I know some pvpers are planning a "E&B Refugee Flight Class" to get people over the hurdle.
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Reply #11 on: March 20, 2004, 03:53:25 AM

Jumpgate is best as a pvp flight sim, in the same way that DAOC is best as a large-scale team-based pvp game. Either way you spend a hell of a lot of time leveling...and dying in Jumpgate can get very costly, very quickly.

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Reply #12 on: March 20, 2004, 08:59:13 PM

I read that piece of crap press release and it made me feel all validated for insisting all these years that NetDevil's management was a bunch of creeps.

Its no different than ambulance chasing. "hey buddy? Need a lawyer? wow that looks bad, you should call a doctor. I can wait."


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