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Paragus Rants

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Author: Paragus1

Rant: Codemasters

Posted by Paragus1 Tuesday February 12 2008 at 1:47PM
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Rant: Codemasters

For the first time in writing this blog, I am going to dedicate an entire entry to a single company.   Every now and then as a gamer, you cross paths with a company that is pure ass.   This one is for all the members of the community who have been burned by this giant asshole of company who can only seem to produce hot steaming shit. 


RF Online

Once upon a time, I had quit World of Warcraft and was scouring around looking for something interesting to play.  I stumble across RF Online, which at the time was about to be released.   So I do what any good gamer would do, and I wander over to their website.   OK, let's try to find out about the game.....lets check classes.   Sorry, this information isn't available at this time.  Are you kidding me?    This game is on the verge of release and you can't even tell me any of the fundamental aspects of your game?   WTF do you have a website for if it contains nothing but a bullshit video in the corner showing a movie clip from the game of a scenario that will never happen.

Like most who quit WoW, I was desperate, and the lure of a non-fantasy MMO with a focus on PvP seemed like it might be worth the gamble.  Upon logging into the game I seem to notice something wrong with the text box.  Suddenly I realize that this game is lacking something vital that even the most rudimentary word processing programs have.... WORD WRAP!  How the hell did someone at Codemasters know that this game didn't have word wrap, and give it the stamp of approval to ship?!  How long could it possibly take to code that?!  It doesn't get much better from there folks, this game actually expects you to stay logged in while being AFK when your done for the day in order to make money.  What a piping hot steaming pile of shit.  This game is now free to play, but honestly unless you like masterbating with a cheese grater, I'd stay away from this.



You would think their second attempt in the MMO genre would be a chance to really try to make a better impression, but alas, this game is epic amounts of fail sprinkled on top of turd.  So the theme about this game is your supposed to be able to become Archlord, and that there can only be one.   It sounds good in theory so you buy the game.  Then you realize that there is one minor thing missing from the game....the ability for anyone to become the Archlord!  Sweet!   That's like buying Auto Assault and not finding any cars in the game, buying World of Warcraft and not finding any war, or Star Wars without the Jedi.   WTF is the point?!  The website was a 100% exact copy and paste from the RF online website, complete with links missing critical information, and a bullshit movie in the corner.


Here's a shocker, this game went free to play as well!  No shit?  Really?   It only took them 6 months or so to finally put the Archlord feature into the game.   So in their divine wisdom they realize they need to find a way to get people to actually want to play this game AND want to be the Archlord.   I know, its a tough sell, its like trying to convince someone to get prostate cancer so they can get a colonoscopy.   So they decide the have a contest.  The first guy to become the Archlord wins a free suit of real life armor.   Some soul, far braver then most of us, actually plays this game, and gets his guild to help him achieve the unthinkable.   He becomes the Archlord, which I guess is a lot like being the plant manager at a sewage treatment plant.  It's been months and this poor guy has yet to receive his reward.   All he has received is a bunch of double speak and bullshit about the logistics of getting the armor to him.

Finally most recently, Codemasters suddenly bans thousands of accounts.  In an address to its loyal players, they have released this bulletin:


Dear players,

As part of our on-going work to stamp out fake accounts, fraudsters, gold farmers and other unwanted cheaters, we have, over the last few days banned several thousand accounts.


The result has led to the ban of many accounts of loyal customers as seen by the complete chaos on their own forums:


Is this how you reward the few loyal people that are willing to brave the unethical business practices and incomplete games?

I hope those of you have you have been burned by Codemaster will find some comfort in this post.  Hopefully by spreading the word, we can start to hold scumbag companies like this accountable and steer far away from their products.   If you have yet to purchase a game associated with Codemasters, I hope you will take this post to heart from one avid gamer to another, and stay away.   Between releasing incomplete games, unethical business practices, false promises, doublespeak, and a complete lack of respect for the brave who play their garbage, don't give these guys a dollar of your money.   Quite frankly, they haven't earned it, and chances are whatever game they stamp their logo on will be free to play.  I guess it goes to show you that the only thing that can come from an ass is shit.



Co-Leader of Inquisition

Jahala writes:

Wow, First Impressions can be tough even when starting a new game. But when they have to take away players freedom to make the game safer, thats when I would say Good Bye.

Tue Feb 12 2008 2:42PM Report
Meltdown writes:

Doesn't Codemasters just port the games over? Meaning they can only deal with language conversions (ok they should have fixed word-wrap too). And I guess the compulsive banstick is a little silly as well. I personally laughed when I first played RFO, and for those who knew about the REALLY bad implementation of their login server (infinite free accounts anyone?)

My favorite, which they did end up fixing from Beta... was the Chink Cave over where the Bellato started... haha the what?

Tue Feb 12 2008 4:11PM Report
Munkyman1 writes:

Codemasters is awful, i played RF and Archlord for a long time. Never once did they do anything right, and it was rediculous praying that the one good GM or moderator would be there to help.  Then they dropped Alchemic Dream and it went even further down hill...Jumpgate shouldnt have signed on will ruin them...worst and i mean worst game host ever.

Tue Feb 12 2008 6:54PM Report
Alchem1st writes:

Thank You thats all I can say, I love when people rant before me, RF was trash i never bothered to play and AL was just another korean grind game with not even one person coming close to max lvl after 2 years, Codemaster go emmm lets make this PG turn emo? yeah that will do ty again.

Tue Feb 12 2008 8:01PM Report
tygreen101 writes:

Just so you know..  I went to about 9pm EST on 12 feb and about halfway down the page was the "your character" section that includes classes: Accretia, Bellato and Cora.  It also speaks of "cross-classing" or "non-pure classes"   and class redefining.

Tue Feb 12 2008 8:18PM Report
Cursedsei writes:

tygreen101,  actually read the rant. He checked the site before the game was released, not just now. Honestly, I have to agree, I've seen private servers do better than CM, and even the private servers are crap. I cant even register for one, and there is no reason, it exists, but it just doesnt like lettin people register.

Other than that, the best you'll ever get out of the game is the opening scinema and thats it, sorry.   :\

Tue Feb 12 2008 10:47PM Report
Paragus1 writes:

I'm glad to be able to speak on behalf of so many fellow gamer who have had bad experiences with this outfit.   Keep it coming.  Developers have and do read this blog, and have sent me PMs here in the past.   I hope the poor guy who became the Archlord gets his armor someday.

Tue Feb 12 2008 11:31PM Report
Cursedsei writes:

Heh, yeah I hope he does too. This is why I dont enter these kind of contests... hell... if I remember correctly, this game also offered a nice bit of cash for someone to do the same thing here... was in one of my magazines.

Made me laugh my arse off, there isnt any way you can get me to waste money for a pay-2play game, in the rare chance i could do what they ask

Wed Feb 13 2008 12:36AM Report
hellspit writes:

    Neither RF Online or Archlord requires monthly payment. If you thanks servers can run on without costs if game can be patched without developers and admins and other ppl without a single cent payed for their trouble.... think about it. You don't pay for it - you expect too much of it. Banning all above is cool - next time don't buy gold online and you won't be banned :)

Wed Feb 13 2008 8:44AM Report
Paragus1 writes:

I was smart enough to stay clear of Archlord after my RF experiences.  Free or not, it does not justify such a horrible treatment of your installed user base.  Also you need to remember that even though these games are currently free to play, it doesn't mean that all of the players got it for free.   Both of these were originally $50 games, so in theory some of the people still playing it did pay a premium price for this crap.

Wed Feb 13 2008 9:06AM Report
Ahnilator writes:

You are pretty focused on shit, aren't you?

Wed Feb 13 2008 3:44PM Report
redcap036 writes:

If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!


Wed Feb 13 2008 8:32PM Report
grimfall writes:

I think 'Banned Skill Macro?' pretty much says it all.  People are so lazy, greedy and stupid that they copy and use macros which are clearly against the UA and can't figure out why they get banned. 

WoW and EQ2 would benefit greatly if Codemasters took their banning stick to those games.

Thu Feb 14 2008 7:57AM Report
binary_0011 writes:

i dont know what codemaster is thinking. If they banned accounts for no reason, player will not play their games again.

I am one of the victim.....bye codemaster....let's see when you going bankrupt.



Mon Feb 18 2008 9:52AM Report
ivan50265 writes:

Amen Paragus Codemasters suck ass! I am so suprised you left out their role in LOTRO in Europe, but either way you made your point.

Sun Mar 02 2008 10:11PM Report writes:
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