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#1 Apr 29 2012 at 8:16 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm curious, how hard would it be to to make a portion of Zam restricted? Many times I've noticed unreleased games and some expansions have websites popping up that ignore the NDAs, especially for new games this puts established sites like Zam at a disadvantage as they obey the NDA.

Star Trek Online and The Old Republic are good examples of games where we struggled to compete once the NDA was lifted as we had to pretty much build everything from the ground up. The Old Republic wasn't as bad since Torhead swooped in somewhat ready, but there was still many things that could have been added if people in the beta could have posted (especially datacron and companion info). It is so much easier to update the information than to create it from scratch.

While NDAs say you can't talk about the games in public, they do allow other testers to talk. So a fix for this would be to get a beta section for Zam, (ie mop.betazam.com for for mists of pandaria). So if Zam could get a mod into future betas (or a willing user if Zam can't get anyone in) and have the testers send them a tell with their Zam username they could allow them access to that portion of the site while obeying the NDA. When the game lifts its NDA you move the files to the the live version, giving you a little headstart.

#2 Apr 29 2012 at 9:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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From a programming standpoint, not hard. Thats basically how the Administrative forums work. From a maintenance standpoint though, you would be talking alot of man hours to add and remove names and manage access.
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#3 May 01 2012 at 3:51 PM Rating: Good
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On a completely unrelated note, I find it funny that you have that avatar, Sarcin, and Kao is the admin responding.

On topic, I can imagine a lot of legal complications as well. Unless there's a way to find out if a member is really in the beta. All it would take is for one person to sneak in and then blow the whistle. That said, I think it's an interesting idea. Would definitely help with pre-launch data collection and all that.

Unless ZAM plans on launching a new 'head' website every time there's a new major MMO being released. Titanhead.com in the works? Smiley: sly

Edited, May 1st 2012 11:52pm by Mazra
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#4 May 01 2012 at 8:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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I voted for torpedo instead of torhead anyways. Hopefully some developer will launch a MMO entitled Heroes Exist And Destroy and then we'll get headhead and they'll think the whole idea has gone silly.
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#5 May 02 2012 at 3:55 PM Rating: Excellent
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Maybe you'll get lucky and they will make a second TERA game. Golden Era TERA, though I'm sure gethead.com is already taken.
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#7 May 08 2012 at 2:01 AM Rating: Excellent
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insert joke about more head here.

Stupid iPhone. More message followed, but it eated it.

Edited, May 8th 2012 3:01am by acprog
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