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Hullbreach: Give it time, child. It’s only a beta

October 24, 2007

If you can’t wait for Animal Crossing — and who can, really — how would you like to try a free, browser-based MMORPG for Wii? 🙂

Trying is about all you’re gonna do with this one, actually. Hullbreach is currently in beta, and you know what that means… It definitely aint Animal Crossing. You start out by making an account, then you create your character: you name him, you can upload a pic (via PC) that’ll represent him, choose his class (android, mercenary), and you’re off your rocker if you find this game to have even a modicum of appeal to it. Into space. Where no one can hear you reachforthepowerbuttonasifalllivinglifedependedonit.

I have it on now, it’s terrible. Can’t do much besides zoom in and out. Like i said, it’s free. You can play it on the Internet Channel and pretend it’s online gaming. You’re weird like that, right?

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2007 5:21 pm

    Errr…

    I’ll wait for Animal Crossing on Wii.

  2. October 26, 2007 1:57 am

    At least someone is trying. Wii and iPhone could be the start of a Web App revolution. These crappy games are the future. Soon we will not even need an OS…in most cases.

  3. October 31, 2007 12:18 am

    I’m glad to see this reputable and professional website has given a mature and unbiased review of the game. Did you even read the directions for it in the Wiki like the other 1300 players over the past week have? Please do so before passing judgment. Either that or make something better so that you can stand ground on your words.

  4. October 31, 2007 12:02 pm

    It was unbiased!

    Hey Hullbreach, i barely have the time some days to even post on this blog. There’s no way in hell i’m gonna be reading any FAQs at length in order to play some passable browser-based MMO beta for 5 minutes. Exactly how will reading the Wiki enhance the experience? That’s great that you got 1300 people you read your wiki, but what are the stats on how many people stuck with the game and enjoyed it?

    Here’s some things about your beta that i picked up on without having to read your wiki: it’s static-y, unintuitive, and not instantly engaging. That’s my opinion, and i blogged about it so other people can form their own. Your welcome.

  5. November 2, 2007 12:52 pm

    I challenge you to try it again and see what you think now that the early beta has matured. The reason I opened the game so early to the general public is because there was a high demand for it after a few dozen alpha testers spreaded the word and got others excited. You do realize that beta testing is done on early unfinished products, right? I’ve been using the beta testing as a large focus group.

    In the past two weeks, the following has been added: space combat, text chatting, ship purchasing, location scanning, in-game help, more locations, and more missions.

    I don’t know how old you are, but your opinion of being unbiased is very immature. Try taking a few PR and journalism classes in college to learn more about bias viewpoints. They are very enlightening classes, and when I took them several years ago, I learned a great deal about the flaws in worldwide media. Striking out and italicizing text in an attempt to comically mask it just blatantly exposes the unprofessionality of this blog. Yet, rathering than going into a diatribe of my opinions of this blog in general, I will abstain because I am better than that.

  6. November 2, 2007 1:09 pm

    Is there such a thing as a professional blog??

  7. November 2, 2007 3:39 pm

    I’m a twenty-something blogger who, in all honesty, comes away unscathed from your verbal barrage because you’re just being defensive as a reaction to what i said off the cuff about your beta. I don’t know why the hell you’ve gone off into some tangent about biases, the opener in my last comment was very clearly (to the regulars, anyway) a joke. I gave my opinion of your beta at the point in which i tried it, yet you’re talking about these new things you’ve added since then like that proves i had some predetermined attitude against your project, which i didn’t, because i overlooked those things which weren’t there at the time. Wouldn’t have tried it if that were the case.

    Had you presented these new additions without trying to belittle our blog in general for me coming away unimpressed, i would have checked it out again, regardless of your “challenge”, since i did create an account and all. But you had to be professional and berate us, and what better way to get the word out on your product than insulting an outlet who gave your pet game the time of day. (You’re doing some ace PR, by the way.) I actually gave you a plug even though i didn’t like what i played at all. That’s my only self-imposed obligation here, to opine on these things related to our little gaming bubble that you happened to be inside of for a split second on a particular day.

    Please, do not talk to me about the “worldwide media”, or professional journalism, or any of that other nonsense. That is not what we’re about, we’re a fucking videogame blog for crying out loud. We don’t even have a proper domain. We’re just people who like to play and talk about games, and have no journalistic duties to anyone. But i applaud your efforts to unnerve us. At least they were fervent, if a little misguided. When i get an A in my journalism class and CNN buys us out, i’ll give your game a proper review live via satellite from the Iraqi border. If it ever lurks out of the beta phase i mean.

  8. November 7, 2007 7:38 pm

    You know what… Maybe you should actually TRY OUT THE GAME with the right controls before you say that.

  9. November 8, 2007 1:28 am

    Also I am making tutorials for the game @ forum.hullbreachonline.com under the gameplay section.

  10. November 8, 2007 1:43 am

    I did, actually.

  11. November 8, 2007 12:37 pm

    You guys are going to make me wanna play it now…

  12. November 8, 2007 9:14 pm

    Hullbreach is sending out press releases left and right to let blogs know that his game has a few users (literally, that’s the language they used). Here’s WiiFanboy, with their comments being the most interesting part considering the tongue-lashing he gave me here the other day.

  13. November 10, 2007 12:49 am

    Since Rollin and others have seemed to be so interested in the game lately, here’s a copy of the press release from a few days ago:

    —start—

    It has been two weeks since the open beta launch of HullBreach, and there are now 1175 members. Much has happened since the alpha became an early open beta. Players can now text chat, buy ships, complete missions, trade goods, engage in combat, scan planets, dock at numerous locations, hyperjump between 576 sectors, and more! By December, the full release will be coming with NPC interaction, ship upgrades, more content, asteroid mining, and bartering between players.

    HullBreach can be played on a Wii in any region (formatted for NTSC, PAL, and SECAM) with a Wii Remote and, optionally, a USB keyboard. It can also be played on a computer with Opera 9.0+, Safari 1.3+, and FireFox 1.5+ (not the Windows version due to Gecko bugs). Graphics are created using the canvas object, placing them at roughly SuperNES-quality. Until this point, most Internet Channel games have been nothing more than mini-games, generally in Adobe Flash. Hopefully HullBreach will influence a change and lead the trend toward more full-length products.

    Try HullBreach for free at http://hullbreachonline.com.

    —end—

    Since this press release hit 3 days ago, roughly 200 more gamers joined ranks, and many features have been added including more ships, locations, and missions. Remember that this is still the beta release, so graphics, scope, and features, will continue to grow and improve, leading to the December full release. If you haven’t played it already or tried is right after the initial early beta release, go ahead and check it out, and leave constructive comments for improvements and ideas in the forum.

  14. November 10, 2007 8:59 pm

    Well, he did say to give it some time right? Let’s not get too sensitive hullbreach. Please understand that rollin is a giant prick, and you should never, EVER listen to what he says. EVER.

  15. November 11, 2007 12:21 am

    “I’m a twenty-something blogger”

    I don’t think you get to say “twenty-something” until you’re actually twenty SOMETHING. Them’s the rules, Rollin. For now you’re just a plain old “blogger, twenty.”

  16. November 11, 2007 7:00 pm

    I actually enjoy a good debate. I grew up with relatives that would yell at each other for fun. 😀

    I just updated hullbreachonline.com today to have more of a Smash Bros. Dojo look to it. I figure it will be more fun for both myself and viewers to have updates done that way. Plus, it makes the play mechanics and content much easier to browse than having to go to a separate wiki to find it. I will be updating it every day with more content, both old and new.

  17. November 11, 2007 8:48 pm

    I was twenty-zero! 😀

    As of last Monday, i am twenty-something. So i cheated a little, so wah.

  18. drewmg permalink
    November 12, 2007 9:38 am

    Gotta say, I applaud HullBreach for coming on here to defend his game. I have no interest in the game, it’s not my thing, but good on ya for defending your shit.

  19. November 12, 2007 12:19 pm

    Yea, very grassroots. I might try the game out again one day (no promises).

    Oh and Rye-rye, why ya gotta be a douchenozzle?

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