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New Zealand Home-Dweller

A New Zealand take on all things gamely.

Author: Roleplaying

Clerk Warns Off AoC Purchase

Posted by Roleplaying Monday June 1 2009 at 2:48AM
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I went out of the house today ("yeeeyah!") to purchase Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (PC).

I walked straight up to the counter and was greeted by a friendly store-clerk whom I have never met before. I say friendly because I'm giving that whole 'benefit of the doubt' thing a go this week. So I say to the guy, "Hi, do you have a copy of Age of Conan for sale?". After a quick check of what I was after, he then gave me his personal hard-word on the game. I reached out for the box, but he insisted he get his message through to me first:

"This game's got no future. In a year from now, the server won't exist. You see, they've (Funcom, I assume) merged all the servers together - and still, you'll be playing with 12 people at any one time... tops. I don't recommend you buy this game, but of course (here's the kicker!) it's up to you."

Obviously I had researched Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures during several weeks of window-shopping around on such 'sites as this and had seen the rants about bugs and imbalance in the early stages of it's released life. However, this was the first time I had been confronted with a warning of low population and seemingly inevitable closure. It kind-of shocked me, coming from someone you vendors games, all-be-it as a pawn in a much larger retail chess-board. The store was EB Games, though I don't feel it matters greatly. What may be of immense importance is the fact that I hail from and am currently living in New Zealand. Is this issue commonly felt in my own Oceanic/Pacific gaming community, or is it a reflection of the over-all Age of Conan experience?

In the end, I did not purchase the game. Though in the near-future, I may (regardless of this new-found web of worry). Oh - as to downloading the client to play the fabulous 7-day trial, my "cap" would not allow the speedy completion of such a task. Hey, this is Aotearoa I'm talking about.

I would love to hear your feedback, my apologies in advance for gramatical and unforced errors on my mortal behalf.

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