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Hellgate London Beta Signups Begin 52

Posted by Zonk
from the little-fps-with-your-arr-pee-gee dept.
Via Eurogamer comes the news that Beta signups for Hellgate: London have begun. Folks looking forward to the unique blend of FPS/RPG/MMOG can sign up at the official site. From Eurogamer's blurb: "If you're one of the lucky ones pulled out of the gruesome sorting hat, you'll have a chance to get to grips with the ambitious multiplayer part of the game. You might remember that there are two tiers for this; one is a limited and free version, the other asks for a monthly subscription of [about $14] in return for bundles of exciting bits and pieces - player housing, extensive guild options, enormous raid encounters, loads of items to collect, and more. It forms an integral part of the package developer Flagship Studios will be offering when the full game launches on 2nd November."
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Hellgate London Beta Signups Begin

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  • by sam_paris (919837)
    Available for mac?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      It's a game, not a graphics suite.
    • No plans for Mac or Linux or BSD or Solaris or Amiga.
    • by Onan (25162)
      I have this suspicion that some of the developers who left Blizzard to found their own companies wanted to be free of having to worry about portable development, and thus gleefully shackled their products to Windows only.

      I do hope that they enjoy the respite from having to worry about product viability. But it turns out that good, synchronous mac versions have been a huge contributor to the success of Blizzard's products. And the lack of them probably a contributor to the fact that none of these Blizzard-
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        Wrong.

        I guess you've never heard of Guild Wars, which is a game created by some people who left Blizzard. It has sold more than 2 million copies...

        Face it bud, the Mac gaming market is an afterthought for most developers. This is for a reason, not because they hate you, but because it's just not worth their time to port the game over.

        I'd be really interested to see you backup your numbers to show that Mac WoW has been a 'huge contributor' to the success of WoW. Especially so, because I play WoW, and NOBO
        • by Onan (25162)
          Guild Wars is in fact one of the titles I'd been thinking of as being far less successful than it should have been. Between the combination of being what sounds like a relatively fun game, and being free of subscription fees, it should have had a much more substantial impact on the market. I suppose the most damning way of phrasing it is that Guild Wars can only give away about a quarter as many subscriptions for free as World of Warcraft can charge fifteen dollars a month for.

          I also play WoW, and most peop
          • By all rights Guild Wars is a successful game, and has been very profitable. ArenaNet runs on more than just the initial game cost you know. They use a campaign and expansion pack based subscription model vs. a monthly model. So far there have been: Factions, Nightfall, and now Eyes of the North.

            For a game that has no Z-axis it has done very well. For me, not being able to jump over objects was a deal breaker. Nevertheless, I did buy it and the Nightfall campaign. So they got their money from me.. I
        • by Yvan256 (722131)
          And nobody that I know is playing Metroid Prime 3 on their Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. Or even Windows. Or OS X.

          People can't play games on a Mac BECAUSE THERE IS ALMOST NONE.

          It's a chicken-egg problem, mostly. But developers should take note that people with Macs tend to pay for their software, instead of pirating it.

          • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

            Really the pirating factor has nothing to do with subscription based games, because they cannot be pirated.

            One thing I am wondering... It *is* possible to get a two+ button mouse on a Mac now, right? Using a one-button mouse would kill games dead imho.

            That probably shows you how little I know about Macs.
            • by Onan (25162)

              That probably shows you how little I know about Macs.

              I'm afraid that it does, yes. While I don't mean to be insulting, you may want to be slightly less willing to denounce people as wrong regarding a topic about which you have very little information.

              (And yes, it has been possible to use multiple-button mice with macs since os8, which was released in 1997. Multi-button mouse support has in fact traditionally been far better for macs than for Windows; the OS itself is quite capable of handling 5+ butt

              • Well, you were wrong about the pirating in the context of these games.

                The rest, I admit I was wrong, for the most part. Might want to read the replies back and forth on this thread with the other guy who hates me now because I talked shit about Macs ;p
              • "Multi-button mouse support has in fact traditionally been far better for macs than for Windows; the OS itself is quite capable of handling 5+ buttons, scrollwheels, and so on automatically, without any third-party software or special drivers needed."

                You mean because it is a Mac mouse with driver support already built in? My logitech mouse has 7 buttons and a scroll wheel an I can use all of them in windows without a "special driver", i just can't program them for alternate uses in the OS without a driver..
                • by Onan (25162)
                  No, not Apple mice in particular, just any mice. I'm currently using a an 8-button logitech mouse, with the additional buttons controlling things like Expose, without any software installed other than the base OS.

                  I had the idea that Windows tends to want drivers for anything so outre as even mice, printers, scanners, cameras, and so on. But I'll be the first to say that my knowledge of Windows is negligible, so I'll take your word for it if you say that's not the case these days.

        • Especially so, because I play WoW, and NOBODY I KNOW PLAYS ON A MAC.

          So you know exactly what percentage of the 8 MILLION people playing WoW to back up your assertion that the Mac has not, in fact, made an impact on the game? Around .0000375% or something like that? In other words, around 300 people or so. If that. Even if you extend that an order of magnitude, your sample size is woefully small.

          Even if you could say you knew 30,000 WoW players this does not make you any more of an authority than the ori

    • by mehip (198267)
      Can most macs handle this game? My mac's hardware pretty much sucks at games.
  • Smart move (Score:4, Funny)

    by Eudial (590661) on Monday September 17, 2007 @12:45PM (#20639473)
    Smooth move posting the beta signup link on slashdot. Now, the hordes upon hordes upon hordes upon hordes of slashdot users that will sign up for the beta will ensure that the likelihood of actually getting accepted are rapidly approaching zero ;-)
    • by Sefi915 (580027)
      Then again, if the Slashdot crowd were testing it, they might be able to figure out things better than "the average tester."


      After all, after posting the link on Slashdot, look at the website now?


      Getting a whole bunch of "drupal" errors and a weird login screen.

      /. effect? Script kiddies? Who knows? Certainly not the beta testers.

    • But if the avg. Slashdotter wasn't a cheap bastard they might buy the pre-order and get a beta invite from that!

      But you didn't hear that from me.
  • I remember when I first heard about the game I think in like early 2006 or late 2005 maybe - it was like "Holy crap this is gonna be good." And then EA bought 'em out, and I started thinking "Shit, this is gonna be just like every other action MMO." Then when I heard about the "optional" subscription, I knew there wasn't a chance in hell I'd play the game - personally I think its gonna end up being a situation like "Sure you can play without subscribing - but you'll never get any of the good items you'll ne
    • by penp (1072374)

      "Sure you can play without subscribing - but you'll never get any of the good items you'll need to kick ass or even beat the game."
      You'll never "beat" any MMO, because they never end. They're traps designed to keep you playing until you're 30 years old, living in mummy's basement doing dungeon raids all hours of your conscious existence, and draining you of your life and wallet in the process.

      But boy, I sure can't wait for the next 4 pokemon games to come out!
    • by fireduck (197000) on Monday September 17, 2007 @01:30PM (#20640285)
      personally I think its gonna end up being a situation like "Sure you can play without subscribing - but you'll never get any of the good items you'll need to kick ass or even beat the game."

      Based on the last Hellgate story [slashdot.org] we had (the interview with Roper), this doesn't sound to be the case. The free online play is the exact same game you get if you play single player. The only difference between free and pay, is that the monthly subscribers get a "bonus", which at launch is a slightly larger stash, an extra character slot, and what sounds like the ability to acquire vanity items (slightly better or differently colored items).

      Also based on that interview, it sounds like some of the things the submitter suggested were pay-only aren't. To quote Roper [newsweek.com]: "It's for free having that same experience online with your friends. And then we also give you access to a bunch of stuff. Like community things like being able to join guilds, trading items, auction houses; all those kinds of things that we never even had with Diablo 2." Stuff above and beyond that is for the monthly subscribers.

      • I've done some reading, and it seems like a bit more than that. Only subscribers can found guilds and serve as officers, but anybody can be a member of a guild. Subscribers also get a larger stash (don't know how much bigger), many extra character slots (3 vs. 12 or something along those lines) and "ongoing content", whatever that means. Monthly content updates instead of waiting a year and a half for the expansion pack - a lesson learned from D2, it seems. The subscriber-only items aren't supposed to b
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Personally, I wish there was an even higher tier, Tier 3, for which you had to pay $30 per month. And I would only want it to have one extra thing: You whiners who can't pony up $15/month can't play on my server.

      This would filter out the 8-12 year old group pretty effectively.

      It would also filter out the 12-17 year old group very well. You know the type. The ones who think they know everything. The ones who love to grief other players. The ones who act immature. From Diablo they were known as "B.net
      • by AuMatar (183847)
        Actually, it wouldn't- their parents would just pay. And from my experience, the biggest morons tend to be the ones old enough to have a job.
        • Their parents would certainly NOT. At least not all of them, after the website informed them that the game has 3 tiers, one of which is free.

          I disagree 100% with the remark that the older players are the biggest morons. They may cause drama at times, but they are far more enjoyable to play with than a 12 year old who can't spell and uses all caps.
          • by AuMatar (183847)
            Most of their parents would- parents are more than willing to pay a small fee per month for their kids entertainment.

            And you missed my point- the people who can't spell and use all caps aren't generally the 12 year olds. Most of those are in their 30s. The 12 year olds tend to be a bit immature, but most of them know how to type.
            • If only there was a server that only granted you access on the successful submission and review of a written Hellgate: London essay or short fictional work.

              I would play on that server in a second.

  • by gblfxt (931709)
    shoulda checked if site directed to right spot, was FAST beta signup, just enter email address and GO! it coulda been redirected to windows vista sp1 beta signup site for all i knew....
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