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Archived Post 08-30-2011 12:28 PM

A hint at yet an other reason for the content drought, with screenshot & video
 
The term F2P has been floating around for quite some time. Many have agreed that it is only a question of 'when' rather than 'if' the conversion takes place.
Less often discussed was the possibility of the developers already working on such a conversion, effectively contributing to the content drought.

There are many many indicators that have been pointing towards the conversion being already in progress and there is no point in going into those. People would not understand the logic behind them, refuse to consider the facts and so on. So let's just skip to the most recent story:

I know of someone who has essentially been playing a free to play account for roughly a month now, only with few (and so far unseen) restrictions to his gameplay.
He has not bought any retail box and/or paid for a subscription, or for anything STO related for that matter. He seems to be able to play missions and progress through the ranks just like everyone, including featured episodes. He can only send /tells to people who have him on their friend list though, and he has no access to the foundry mission creation tool.
Without much further delay, a screenshot of what happens when he does try to access the foundry in the login screen.


http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/6397/sto30082011.jpg

This picture was taken today, the 30th August 2011.

"Gold Account", "Silver Account" (he mentioned to me that at some other point it says that he would be holding a silver account), almost full access to the game without paying anything, a combination of certain restrictions not seen with any currently official account versions, in what context have we seen that before...?

Draw your own conclusions about what the devs have been spending their time on lately (or maybe not only just lately), feel free to agree or disagree with my thoughts on it, or claim the screenshot was faked. It's not like I have or want to convince anyone.
Let me point this out again though: my friend who took the above screenshot did not buy any type of retail version of the game and has never paid for any form of subscription. I do not want to go into details as to how his account became the way it is now. For one neither me nor him know exactly how/why it happened. On top of that, although none of us did anything out of the ordinary, let alone deliberately attempt to get it working this way, disclosing more details would give Cryptic even more reasons to quickly remove this thread. They will probably do so anyway though.

For anyone interested in getting the truth out to more people: feel free to spread the information (and screenshot) presented here as you see fit. Cryptic is likely to get rid of this topic quickly, one way or the other.

edit: by popular demand and thanks to a test by myself on reproducing this account-conversion bug, here is a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_2RbFSt4Lw

Archived Post 08-30-2011 12:32 PM

I dont really see the point in speculating further about this.

If its going to happen, its going to happen, there is nothing we can do about it.

Archived Post 08-30-2011 12:36 PM

Hmm... you should have your friend FRAPs it and put it on youtube... otherwise I would have to be skeptical about this picture.

I mean that doesn't look like the orange foundry screen... I think more proof is needed OP. just Fraps 30 seconds of it with the free version and upload it to youtube.

Archived Post 08-30-2011 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by CaptPeacemaker
I dont really see the point in speculating further about this.

If its going to happen, its going to happen, there is nothing we can do about it.

Absolutely.
My reason for posting it is just to make it more obvious that Cryptic has been working on this conversion for some time already and that it is much closer than many would think.
Plus I like to point out the rather plausible theory that the f2p conversion is to a significant extent part of the cause of the content drought (even though it is by far not the only reason for thinking this, but Champions Online experienced the very same right before the switch to f2p happened there).

Archived Post 08-30-2011 12:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Admiral-Flint (Post 3726430)
Absolutely.
My reason for posting it is just to make it more obvious that Cryptic has been working on this conversion for some time already and that it is much closer than many would think.
Plus I like to point out the rather plausible theory that the f2p conversion is to a significant extent part of the cause of the content drought (even though it is by far not the only reason for thinking this, but Champions Online experienced the very same right before the switch to f2p happened there).

I agree that that is a possible cause.

Archived Post 08-30-2011 12:45 PM

Flint: your signature violates the sigy policy in that it has too many lines also.
Just to let you know. 5 lines, not 7. Blank lines are considered lines

Edit: there much better

Archived Post 08-30-2011 12:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Zodi-emish
Hmm... you should have your friend FRAPs it and put it on youtube... otherwise I would have to be skeptical about this picture.

I mean that doesn't look like the orange foundry screen... I think more proof is needed OP. just Fraps 30 seconds of it with the free version and upload it to youtube.

I agree. That could have easily been edited.

Archived Post 08-30-2011 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zodi-emish
Hmm... you should have your friend FRAPs it and put it on youtube... otherwise I would have to be skeptical about this picture.

I mean that doesn't look like the orange foundry screen... I think more proof is needed OP. just Fraps 30 seconds of it with the free version and upload it to youtube.

I could ask him to do that, in fact the screenshot was taken with fraps, he told me. And while I fully understand the scepticism about the picture (it doesn't show all that much after all indeed), I don't want to bother him with more "work".
I sent him the link to this topic (he made the screenshot specifically for this), and if he wants to do the fraps, i am more than happy to edit in the link for him (I want to keep him annonymous for obvious reasons).
But either way, and with no offence intended, I have no interest in "proving" things. I am pointing out the findings for those who are interested. Doubters will doubt no matter what and others won't.

We will see if my friend is interested in pursuing this further though.

Archived Post 08-30-2011 12:48 PM

Sadly, "Pics or it didn't happen" is not valid, since Photoshop exists. And I can't buy this, BECAUSE photoshop exists.

Even so, a lot of people believe F2P is on the way, and personally, I hope not. But, that's just me, and my own personal opinions. Not going to go into heavy detail like I have before... as I'm sure Grand Nagus will come in here with his copy-paste post to counter my arguments, and people will agree with him, and it will go nowhere.

Indeed, Doubters will doubt. Quite true. Sorry I have to be one of those doubters, but I just can't buy into it. Yes, there are a lot of 'clues' as to F2P coming. Most of them are, honestly, insubstantial, and can easily be explained with something else. People just jump from conclusion A to conclusion B.

But yes... if this screenshot is real, then by all means, you have made a believer out of me for Free to Play Star Trek Online. But I find it hard to believe as real.

Archived Post 08-30-2011 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by -GEN-Alaris
Sadly, "Pics or it didn't happen" is not valid, since Photoshop exists. And I can't buy this, BECAUSE photoshop exists.

Even so, a lot of people believe F2P is on the way, and personally, I hope not. But, that's just me, and my own personal opinions. Not going to go into heavy detail like I have before... as I'm sure Grand Nagus will come in here with his copy-paste post to counter my arguments, and people will agree with him, and it will go nowhere.

Alaris, this may be off topic, but I have to ask. -GEN- is that a clan tag? Wouldn't happen to be The Generals from Elite Force, would it?


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