I have been a Fileplanet subscriber for years and have always thought it was a great service. I enjoy being able to grab the demos of new games when they become available and getting the patches and updates I need without the creeping download speeds and hassle.
I applied for the Age of Conan beta shortly after they put up the original sign-up page but I was not lucky enough to get in. This certainly isn't the first time that FP has come to my rescue and got me into a pre-release beta of a game I was dieing to try and there are a few things that need to be said about this $5 cryfest going on regarding this event.
A) Get a job and then re-address your gaming endeavours B) Recognize that there are people lining up to pay the $5 to get in and the fact that you are not willing to do so only states that it's not that important to you.
Thanks to Funcom and Fileplanet for hooking us up with the keys that we could not otherwise get and letting us try the game we have been waiting so long for. We are all looking forward to the Fileplanet Age of Conan Open Beta Event, and by all I mean the community of disappointed, primarily PVP oriented, gamers that I associate with through various affiliations. Here's the bottom line: The percentage of people willing to shell out $5 to try the game, that end up buying the game, will be much higher than if the $5 crybabies got the same group of keys. The "gimme free gimme" groups always consist primarily of the beta hoppers that we all know and love, they rarely continue playing any game after retail release.