APB Charging to Remove Ads from Voice Chat

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APB Charging to Remove Ads from Voice Chat

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APB users are faced with a choice: Listen to the occasional advert on the game's voice chat, or pay a small fee to remove them.

Earlier today, posters on the forums for crime MMOG APB noticed a button on the accounts page which gave players to pay a small fee to remove VOIP ads for periods of 30, 90 and 180 days. This seemed to be first that the APB community had heard about the ads, and was obviously a source of some concern.

A few hours later, a community officer for Realtime Worlds posted on the forums and outlined exactly the extent of the advertising. Players will only hear an ad when then enter a new zone, and then only once every three hours, even if the player changes zones during that period. The community officer seemed to imply that the ads, and the charge to remove them, were because the VOIP was being provided by third party Vivox.

Reactions to the news have been mixed. Some have accepted is as a fairly minor intrusion, while others feel that in-game advertising in a game that carries a monthly fee is unacceptable, regardless of how unobtrusive it is. Others are upset that this was kept secret until so close to the game's launch, as many have already pre-ordered it.

APB is released on June 29th in North America, July 1st in Europe, and July 2nd in the UK.

Source: Massively

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Ooooooooor use the very nice sounding Teamspeak 3? or the slightly older Ventrilo?

Not impressed, APB.

But meh, its only once every 3 hours. I suppose its fine as long as your not doing the equivalent of raiding.

"Deo I need a heal-Head on, Apply Directly to the forehead"

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

I can see Blizzard doing a similar move after launching Cataclysm.
I really see this thing as a new(bad) level for MMO's. In-game advertising.
Edit: Friend of mine predicted this would happen sooner or later.

This would bee acceptable in a free-to-play game. Not so in a pay-to-play.

I won't be trying this.

Would in Game ads, like virtual Billboards, Car Radios, cars themeselves, Get the adds across just as well without pissing off alot of people?

Mumble is your friend

If it's subscription based, then there's not excuse for in-game advertising. There's even less of an excuse to CHARGE even MORE money to turn it off. The whole thing about using 3rd party VOIP simply means that you couldn't be arsed to make your own. Fortunately, I'm sure that most players will just turn off the in-game VOIP and use their own (Ventrilo, TS, etc.).

Wait... so this is a fee added on top of the normal subscription rates? Wtf, how does that make sense? Basically just means that they're pillaging our wallets beyond belief. I do not approve.

It's not a bad idea, but honestly, the Adverts don't sound that bad. 3 hours is a pretty long time and you'll probably not even notice them. Plus, I'm not the kind of player to play an MMO for 3 hours.

Use Mumble.

There problem solved.

Jandau:
If it's subscription based, then there's not excuse for in-game advertising. There's even less of an excuse to CHARGE even MORE money to turn it off. The whole thing about using 3rd party VOIP simply means that you couldn't be arsed to make your own. Fortunately, I'm sure that most players will just turn off the in-game VOIP and use their own (Ventrilo, TS, etc.).

Yes, but what happens if you just want to play a random game with people you don't know? Use voice chat and get a lovely ad every 5 mins or so?
This is by far the worst idea of ingame ads I have ever come across. Billboards, fine. Vending machines, fine. Posters, fine. Annoying ad that come out of nowhere, immersion breaking and bullshit.
Sorry, not wasting my money on APB if it does stuff like this.

Subliminal messaging... clever.

Suit #1: "Gamers are in a trance when playings these games, I argue that we can control their need to purchase things if we send an advertisement whilst their playing!"

Big Boss: "Genius! You sir just earned yourself a promotion!"

Rational Person: "Of course there are other companies that are free, we can just team up with them an--"

Big Boss: "You, however, earned yourself a pink slip! Clear out your desk by Friday!"

Subscriptions + purchasable things making your gameplay experience much better/less annoying?

Hyperventilation... I mean, hyperfail.

Maybe in the non-action districts I could see it working since you don't need to pay to access time in those districts but in Action Zones its completely unacceptable. You have to pay for time in those districts AND a small fee so you're not given ads?

It's probably not game breaking, but it seems like a bad start for a game trying to compete in the MMO marketplace. In one article I've gone from never hearing about a game to being quite sure I'll never buy it. Not the best publicity.

Or just turn off voice chat. I always have in every online game I've ever played. I have yet to encounter an in-game voice channel not seemingly populated by whiny teenagers.

/getting old blog

So, they are getting money for the ads, and getting more money from the people who don't want to hear the ads... And I'm assuming you also have to pay to play in like with WoW? Damn developers are getting greedy now days...

Big effing deal. Just like anything involving money, except maybe taxes, you have a choice whether to pay it or not. This is the same as people complaining that they have to use Cryptic Points to play as a Ferengi in Star Trek Online. Until your computer comes with a claw that strangles you until you feed it $10, these arguments have no leg to stand on.

you could just not play the game. \o.O/ haven't seen much of the hype train on my end so... yeah. sucks for you suckas who pre-ordered :P

I was like: Okay, who cares? Until I saw that there's already a monthly fee. Up yours APB

Nimbus:
This would bee acceptable in a free-to-play game. Not so in a pay-to-play.

I won't be trying this.

SAme...thats really killed it for me. Shameless in all aspects of the word

Ditto. Sounds like a good reason not to buy the game.

In movies when they did that I would boo and yell "[advertised product] sucks!" at the end of it. Haven't seen a movie add for a while (except before the previews which I can handle)... so hopefully consumers will send computer game advertising a similar message.

I don't care if it's WoW, I'm not putting up with that.

They're rare, and they'll never happen during combat, and on top of which you have an option to remove them if you want. I really don't see the problem with this.

"But I'm already paying, this isn't fair."

Yeah, because you never get ads on things you pay for...
I've never once seen an ad at the cinema nor on a paid for TV channel...

If an ad once every three hours is really that game breaking for you, don't buy the game.

The only problem with this at all is for the few people who pre-ordered and wouldn't have if they knew about this beforehand.

thethingthatlurks:
Use voice chat and get a lovely ad every 5 mins or so?

Did you even read the article?

The ads are only every three hours and even then they only happen when you travel from one area to another.

Wow, that could only be more annoying if they decided to put in a Vuvuzela advert while they were there.

Calumon: So you pay one bit, then some more every month, then again every now and again so no-one trys to sell you Double Glazing?

I mean, what they could have done instead is not had the ads at all and added the cost directly to the subscriptions.

But how would that have been better? All that would have done is taken the choice away from the player. It would have stopped all the complaining though, which makes absolutely no sense.
Why do people complain when they're given more freedom?

Maze1125:
Why do people complain when they're given more freedom?

Because it's obvious.

It's like the boiling pot and the frogs, if you do it slowly they'll never notice... but if you do it abruptly they all jump out real quick.

A sub fee and you still have to deal with in game advertising? No, sorry, never touching your game.

Mr. Grey:

Maze1125:
Why do people complain when they're given more freedom?

Because it's obvious.

It's like the boiling pot and the frogs, if you do it slowly they'll never notice... but if you do it abruptly they all jump out real quick.

Yes, but I thought humans were meant to be more intelligent than frogs...

Well...good thing the game looks like nothing special then, isn't it?

That, and Vent, TS, etc...as others have said.

Also, as others have said, this is fine in a free to play, but NOT in a pay to play.

The game is on pc right? Just use Skype then, problem solved.

I wonder if people are aware that most mmos cost more per month than apb...

Maze1125:

Mr. Grey:

Maze1125:
Why do people complain when they're given more freedom?

Because it's obvious.

It's like the boiling pot and the frogs, if you do it slowly they'll never notice... but if you do it abruptly they all jump out real quick.

Yes, but I thought humans were meant to be more intelligent than frogs...

What would ever give you that idea?

Ah well, if it helps, chess is often played the same way. Realtime Studios and EA just happened to make the mistake of making a move that alerted the customers to their plan to take the king.

Swarley:
I wonder if people are aware that most mmos cost more per month than apb...

yeah, $10/month isn't bad. In fact I plan on trying the $7/20 hours first and see if I use them all up before the end of the month

Good thing I don't play MMOs, I hate to be inundated with advertising in my sports, racing, and sandbox games...

/sarcasm

Woah.

Advertising EVEN when you pay for that MMORPG that will drain your life anyways. It's intrusive, fake advertising because it wasn't mentioned and you pay to listen to this crap.

Are devs trolling us nowadays?

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