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# 11
06-25-2012, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by redricky View Post
Checking forums at other PWE games does not reveal happy customers. Lots of threads about people not receiving promo Zen. I don't think it's worth it but if anybody tries it, please post your experience, especially with the Netflix promo.
Well, I haven't used the Netflix offer, but here's a write up I did in another thread about my experience with the free ZEN offers:

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Originally Posted by lan451 View Post
I've actually tried those free ZEN things in the past. Back when the PWE take over was first announced, I made an account over there and messed around in a few of their games to see how the new overlords handled things. I decided to give the free ZEN thing a shot because, well, why not? It was free ZEN, how bad could it be? ..... :frown:

I first tried the featured surveys. A few questions in I got a message saying that I didn't qualify for any of the surveys. Oh cool. I then went to the Free Offers section and tried my luck there. I found the free surveys and gave those ones a shot. They take you to these really long surveys about random products you use or TV shows you watch, etc. Those only give you like 30 ZEN or so, not even a dollars worth. Turns out that people in PWE games that do those surveys call it "Survey Grinding." Saw one guy in world chat talk about how he couldn't play the game that day because he had to go grind surveys for potions. What the?

Oh and the ZEN is actually credited to you by a third party host (I forget their name) and not PWE. I figured that out when one of the surveys I did didn't give me any ZEN, which apparently happens quite often. I had to go through this insane process with these other people to prove that I did the survey and all this other jazz. For 30 ZEN I decided it wasn't worth it and dropped it.

Oh and for the love of all that is holy, don't use your real email for them. Make one up, they don't check to see if it's real. I woke up the next morning to find 580 spam mails in my inbox. This was my mistake for thinking that it was a legit thing run by PWE. I ended up changing emails. Or you could just not bother doing them and save yourself a massive headache.

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# 12
06-25-2012, 03:38 PM
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Oh and for the love of all that is holy, don't use your real email for them. Make one up, they don't check to see if it's real. I woke up the next morning to find 580 spam mails in my inbox. This was my mistake for thinking that it was a legit thing run by PWE. I ended up changing emails. Or you could just not bother doing them and save yourself a massive headache.
This. Although linked to off of the PWE site, they're about as reputable as any other money-punching banner data-mining deal.

I went through one of the surveys. When it started asking for RL info I closed the tab and haven't looked back. Not really worth it for the piddly amount of Zen some of them offer.
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# 13
06-25-2012, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by beezle23 View Post
This. Although linked to off of the PWE site, they're about as reputable as any other money-punching banner data-mining deal.

I went through one of the surveys. When it started asking for RL info I closed the tab and haven't looked back. Not really worth it for the piddly amount of Zen some of them offer.
Wise decision. I wish I did that myself back then. But hey, lesson learned, no long lasting damage done, and I won't be making that mistake ever again.

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# 14
06-25-2012, 04:43 PM
How many of these threads are we going to have?
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# 15
06-25-2012, 05:49 PM
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How many of these threads are we going to have?
Not quite as many as the "exchange rates are a rip-off because I can't do math" threads, but more than the "Cruiser vs Escort" threads.
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# 16
06-25-2012, 06:11 PM
I was curious. I clicked on one. Got told:

"This feature is inaccessible at this time.
Your account needs to be at least one week old and have
a character at least level 10 in order for you to take
advantage of this feature.

Thanks,

Perfect World Entertainment"

I have 3 level 50 characters (that were lvl 51!) and I've been a lifer since beta.
Ummm...??

Wasn't planning on actually signing up or filling anything out. But really? How bad can PWE be at this? Or how dumb of a player base did they have prior to acquiring STO?

It would be worth getting censored if I knew anyone that made a difference actually read this stuff and got upset when I called them worthless, useless, and stupid.
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# 17
06-25-2012, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by mikec1013 View Post
I have 3 level 50 characters (that were lvl 51!) and I've been a lifer since beta.
No offense but a quick search for the error message should have turned up quite a lot of discussion on how it's your PW account that it's being counted again, not your Cryptic or STO one and how the devs are looking into it.

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Originally Posted by mikec1013 View Post
Or how dumb of a player base did they have prior to acquiring STO?

It would be worth getting censored if I knew anyone that made a difference actually read this stuff and got upset when I called them worthless, useless, and stupid.
Talk about irony.
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# 18
06-25-2012, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by eiledon View Post
also lots of threads of people just playing the game. just so happens complainers love complaining and post first when their blood is boiling.

personally i avoid the free zen offers (has some bad spam when i tried it when it first came out a couple of years ago). As for the ads. A decent browser that has addons will prevent you ever having to see them again.
Umm what? This is the first time I've been on this new version of the forums. It's very sad to see Zen spam everywhere on this site.

And normally, yes I have addons to block advertisements, but this was another Free Zen spam, not actually a random [insert promotion here] advertisement, just more Zen.

I love how I'm painted as being a complete complainer who doesn't like the game...sorry for make this one observation.. I love STO, sorry for showing how the website isn't all bells and whistles.
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# 19
06-25-2012, 09:58 PM
I see exactly 1 728x90 banner ad, just above the fold. That's it. Turn ABP on. Done.
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# 20
06-25-2012, 10:02 PM
i dont know if you quoted the wrong post nyiad, but my comment wasn't even aimed at you but at the poster directly above me and how forums will always be full of people complaining in general because thats what some people like to do. Fact of life. I was just saying there are plenty of other threads from people just playing the games too.


the next paragraph is a general comment about how to avoid the 1 spam advert box on the forum and the floaty Facebook box. if help offends you i am sorry.

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