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# 21
05-31-2013, 12:27 PM
I'd like this better if it incorporated a game updater, it's a bit pointless using it when you still have separate launchers for each game. Why would I go in to Arc to launch the game just to have another launcher pop up when I could just use my desktop icon to go straight to the game?

If it automatically updated the game, thereby skipping need for a launcher altogether, I'd like it a LOT more.
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# 22
05-31-2013, 12:28 PM
Originally Posted by pwebranflakes View Post
Nothing is changing at this point. Feel free to continue launching directly from the launcher If that changes, we'll be sure to communicate it.


Brandon =/\=
Brandon please I'm begging you do NOT let them make this mandatory. Launch platforms like this take years to develop and even then the best developed ones are much easier to breach than a standard single game launcher.
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# 23
05-31-2013, 12:31 PM
Originally Posted by pwebranflakes View Post
Nothing is changing at this point. Feel free to continue launching directly from the launcher If that changes, we'll be sure to communicate it.


Brandon =/\=
"At this point"? "If that changes"?

I'm not exactly pleased to read this. The forced transition to a PWE account and the loss of our forums were bad enough. This "launcher" could be perceived by many as a barrier to entry in a game that already has more than its fair share of them.

Consider very carefully before making this mandatory.

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# 24
05-31-2013, 12:34 PM
Originally Posted by pwebranflakes View Post
Please do! We'd love to hear your feedback.

Also, please note that most features are not available for STO yet, but we hope to be able to offer them in the future!


Brandon =/\=
Sounds good. I just took a quick look at it so here's some initial/first impression feedback.


-First thought is that it look nice and clean. Not all flashy and right to the point.

-Color scheme is nice and easy on the eyes. I'm shadeblind so colors are always a big deal to me. I have no problems here.

-Being able to change the order of games in my Library is nice. I set STO to the top and now I always see STO related news upon opening Arc.

-The in-game overlay is nice and clean as well. The color scheme for me is a little bit difficult. Having a lighter background with dark text is a bit taxing on my eyes. I prefer a darker background with lighter text. This isn't a major deal though, I can make do with it just fine. Perhaps at some point maybe an option to switch between those two schemes?

-Allows me to clean out my desktop of all the launcher shortcuts to various PWE games. Rather than having one for STO and one for CO, I now just have the single Arc shortcut.


- Upon launching a game through the Arc launcher it opens up the original game launcher and although it automatically logs me in, I still have to press the Engage button on the old launcher to actually launch the game. This makes Arc seem rather redundant since I have to go through the old launcher anyway. I would remove this step by seeing if you could somehow integrate the launch process into Arc itself rather then just being a portal to the original launcher. As it is now, it really isn't a launcher. It's really just a portal to the other launchers.

-Clicking the "X" makes it minimize to my tray instead of exiting Arc. To close it I have to click on the X and then go down to my tray, right click it, and then select Exit. I find this to be unnecessary and rather irritating as I would like my programs to close with just one step instead of 3.

Since STO isn't hooked up to the other features like Core Connect and the like as you mentioned in your post, I can't comment on those for the time being. I think this can work out very nicely, it just needs a little bit of tweaking.

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It's time for STO to get a complete UI overhaul.
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# 25
05-31-2013, 12:35 PM
Im gonna stick with Steam, more convenient, has my other games in it and over ll makes the Arc service obsolete. For those without steam this might be handy but for those that already have steam its already upstaged by steam.
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# 26
05-31-2013, 12:40 PM
So how long until this becomes mandatory/the only way to launch STO?
If it does thats the day i'm out of here for good. I don't want this kind of crap on my system, period.

Nothing is changing at this point. Feel free to continue launching directly from the launcher If that changes, we'll be sure to communicate it.
Gee, that was a concrete statement. I'm not stupid and neither are the people reading this - In other words its most likely going to change at some point. Sooner rather than later I would think
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# 27
05-31-2013, 12:40 PM

But here's hoping this doesn't become mandatory.
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# 28
05-31-2013, 12:46 PM
Originally Posted by pwebranflakes View Post
Arc brings together the best online gaming experiences from Perfect World Entertainment onto one easy-to-use platform.

Learn more about Arc here.
I do not want yet another steam-alike piece of spyware garbage. Why does every game company now feel they should have an always running background process running on my machine?
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# 29
05-31-2013, 12:46 PM
Glad to see time that could have been spent fixing LoR bugs was wasted with this Steam knock-off.

Woe betide you if this becomes mandatory. I have always, and will continue to, launch via Steam due to it's usefulness in both gaming and transactions. I'm very glad you've got something similar. But don't try to force it onto me, or i'm outta here.
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# 30
05-31-2013, 12:47 PM
Wow. No. No thank you. Honestly, no. I do not need yet another meaningless framework on my computer. I already play multiple PWE games, all from Cryptic, and I tell you right now if I ever need to use ARC to get to them I will play them less and be less inclined to spend money on any of them. This is not spite, mind. This is my reacting with annoyance to a framework that's unnecessary to my gameplay causing my predisposition to go from 'hey, I like this. Let's buy armor dye' to 'this game? It's okay I guess.'

I know this, at least in part, because all of the places where it is required to go through such a gateway to get to the game I spend less money, even if I like the game. It's not a conscious decision. It's just what it is. Hell, I don't even spend a lot of money on Steam (much less Origin) because I've had seven too many times when I just wanted to play the game on my computer but Steam wanted to be opened and updated before I could dare play Mass Effect 2, and God help me if there was some issue with my password. DLC feels like a chore to me.

And for the record, I like Steam.

(Cue all the folks telling me what a moron I am because I've had trouble with Steam in my life. C'est la vie.)

Seriously. Keep this ridiculous thing optional. Please. Pretty please.

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