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MAG Live Chat with Zipper Interactive

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on May 06, 2009 // Sr. Social Media Manager

After a slight hiatus, PlayStation.Blog live chats are back on with a vengeance. Joining us today: Zipper Interactive welcomes your questions about MAG.

This isn’t the first time Zipper has held a Q&A; click here to view the session from the pre-E3 MAG event.

We’ll get underway at 2pm Pacific/5pm Eastern, right here on this very page. See you soon!

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+ katsuo7171 on May 6th, 2009 at 3:54 pm said:

We need an edit button I don’t like posting twice. Also to 77, Jeff’s friends. If it were Jeff’s friends don’t you think all of our question would have been posted? We’re all part of the Playstation community. People need to learn to suck it up and not be ignorant.

Ignoracne will be the end of the world. Learn maturity guys.


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+ Knight0011 on May 6th, 2009 at 3:55 pm said:

I guess comments such as:
“How long has MAG been in development for?”
“Is MAG multi-player only?”
“Do you want Pokemon cards?”

Are the best ones to ask really? They have been answered in previous interviews. Why are such comments being asked to the Dev’s again when they can be looked at previous blogs!

Some questions that were passed on were totally bogus.


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+ Worm- on May 6th, 2009 at 3:57 pm said:

Just seemed like a waste to have questions like Do some of the factions stand for something. What tag is on his shoulder, questions already answered in previous videos. Would of been nice to have all new questions that weren’t already covered somewhere else, or something completly pointless about a wolf on a badge. Why couldn’t we get some questions about hows the lobby going to work, open mics in lobby, text chat in lobby.


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on May 6th, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

    Do you have any idea how many people asked that question? it came up over a dozen times before we put it through.

    Everyone thinks their question is the most important. For you, it was about the lobby (which I\’m sure we\’ll cover before the game is released). For others today, it was about the background of the factions. Those people aren\’t complaining that their question was answered.


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+ evildude683 on May 6th, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

@101
Man forget you!!!


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+ commedieu on May 6th, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

Jeff, can we start voting on questions?

DO yOu WANT POKEMON CARSD? really? every question session goes this way. Nothing new is ever answered. Just a pedestrian q&a.

Every opportunity to ask some serious game related question burns up in the atmosphere every single time.

Pokemon cards.


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on May 6th, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

    That was a loose comment when there were already 2 questions that they were working on answering.


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+ jipmg on May 6th, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

I know this is offtopic but..

Id love a pokemon PSP game.. every ds gamer would jump to PSP if pokemon was on it..


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+ F1man87 on May 6th, 2009 at 4:08 pm said:

too much extraneous talk (keyboards,pokemon cards,etc) when that time could have been spent on answering questions.


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+ TwinDad on May 6th, 2009 at 4:20 pm said:

Jeff I know how hard it is to moderate these. I think you did a fine job, the last one was 90% fan service, that was kept to a minimum. I know developers like the praise and they should hear it, so I don’t mind once or twice. So I think it was a good job done.

The amount of people hurt because their question wasn’t answered need to take a few steps back and look in the mirror. They did the best they could, see Jeff’s comment about 5000 questions and having to select the ones that are asked most. It seems important to somebody if multiple people asked that question.

While not on the blog per-se, I’m willing to bet that more Q&A sessions appear and the questions are answered.


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+ ArPhaXad124 on May 6th, 2009 at 4:20 pm said:

calm down people.. It’s not rigged and Jeff is not biased. There’s no way two people could possibly answer 5000 detailed questions in one hour, plus we would all have to sift through all of the stupid questions some people ask. Just be glad you had the chance.


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+ Prem-aka-Prince on May 6th, 2009 at 4:32 pm said:

Hey Jeff, I read all the comments you replied to and some are pretty mean. I believe you and all (I asked a question once in one before, but it was sooo busy), but I think it’s the unfortunate truth that people will keep complaining about this. I hope it doesn’t put you guys off doing these. Just a thought, perhaps one day it would be amusing to see a behind-the-scenes video. Maybe too unprofessional for you guys, but a video view of all those comments popping up on screen whilst you hurry to try and choose some? Priceless, haha^^


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on May 6th, 2009 at 6:04 pm said:

    Nah, we\’ll keep doing them. Already lining up next week\’s.


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+ Bloody_Marcel on May 6th, 2009 at 4:33 pm said:

How about having a waiting time between Qs submitted by the same person (like 30 secs) in order to avoid going crazy on your end? Probably not enough, but might help. Asking for people to spam doesn’t really help you Jeff.


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on May 6th, 2009 at 6:03 pm said:

    Really, it\’s not necessarily the same person asking multiple questions that\’s an issue, we had ~1800 individual people asking questions (divide by 60 minutes, that\’s an average of 30 unique per minute, or 1 every 2 seconds).

    Nice suggestion, but it really wouldn\’t stop the flow…


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+ cell989 on May 6th, 2009 at 4:35 pm said:

All i want to make sure is that it supports a party system and a simplified UI to join a game. Just like in call of Duty 4.


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+ TheGuardianFID on May 6th, 2009 at 4:50 pm said:

I missed the chat today but I just finished reading the recap of it and it was awesome!!! Ed come on admit it, it was an MS keyboard wasn’t it lol, JK,:P I’ve been looking forward to the game since it was announced, consider it SOLD, great job guys!!!:D


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+ mckg123456789 on May 6th, 2009 at 4:50 pm said:

good job on the chat i know it must of been hard to answer the question, im happy that u guy had the time to answer theme thax!


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+ ShadowTalyis on May 6th, 2009 at 4:52 pm said:

@101 Dont call people ignorant but how many times do you post stuff and get a reply? me once and that was today and it wasnt even a question it was venting! stop acting like your trying to calm everyone down like Jeff said earlier we post the questions that came up the most that must have been alot of people asking about pokemon cards, a logitech keyboard and other things like that maybe its because ur question popped up that ur not upset about it but some people are tired of wasting time for something that wont happen!


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+ SolduNuts on May 6th, 2009 at 4:53 pm said:

Jeff and everyone else at Sony who make this blog happen thank you. If it was not for you guy’s all these people wouldn’t even have a place to complain about their questions not getting answered. Let’s all take a moment and acknowledge their hard work.

Thank you. Anyways, MAG is going to be sick and everything will be revealed in time. I am sure their are many things that they wanted to talk about, but seriously thousands of people all spamming their one question to a handful of people who have to read threw it and approve, then to get answered. Of course only the most popular questions are going to get answered because that is the question that is being sent in the most by people who signed in for the live chat. So the only people to complain to are all the ones that asked those questions, don’t complain to Jeff and the rest of the staff.

Sold for short.


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+ Draicus on May 6th, 2009 at 4:56 pm said:

Thanks for putting all of the time and effort into making these chats a) possible in the first place and b) structured enough that we actually get to see what the devs say rather than an onslaught of questions moving at a blistering pace.

I know I give you a hard time during the chats, but it’s mostly joking. Mostly!

Finally got a question in too! I was excited. I think I asked about 12-20 in all, but hey; they don’t have all day.


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+ starBlinky01 on May 6th, 2009 at 5:07 pm said:

great job on this one jeff! Some really good questions were asked, too bad I was at work and missed the chat. But this one was a really good chat, looking forward to more like this one! :) :) :)

:D :D :D
Thanks again


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+ saunderswan on May 6th, 2009 at 5:12 pm said:

Lol busted sony keyboard, 512 player games hehehe.

great info zipper dudes thx.

cant wait to get in an kill some zipper guys.

IT’S ON!!!


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+ spunnups on May 6th, 2009 at 5:17 pm said:

Awesome interview with the group, I just got through reading all the responses. It sounds like it’s going to be a smash hit!


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+ JuanDHexen on May 6th, 2009 at 5:21 pm said:

These Live chats are great but a bunch of babies ruin it.You don’t understand that Jeff is on person and is handling over 5000 questions a time.Show some appreciation for the guy(and Zipper).


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+ saunderswan on May 6th, 2009 at 5:26 pm said:

Danm still no edit button JEFF???

Anyway i was just goin to add a film quote i am quite fond of when playin FPS.

I COME HERE TO CHEW GUM AND KICK SOME ASS & AM ALL OUT OF GUM!!!!


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+ jimmy903 on May 6th, 2009 at 5:26 pm said:

I pre-ordered this today along with Heavy Rain.

All of you a Zipper seem to be doing a great job with this one, I cant wait.


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+ mafecto on May 6th, 2009 at 5:32 pm said:

You guys sound like a bunch of children. Didn’t you realize there would be THOUSANDS of questions coming in at once? Stop crying because your question didn’t show up on the screen.


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+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on May 6th, 2009 at 5:40 pm said:

THIS GAME IS GONNA SUUCK!!…NO SPLITSCREEN..NO TPS ..NO AIRPLANE PILOTING..OR CAMPAIGN OR CO-OP CAMPAIGN..MAN THIS GAME IS JUST LIKE SOCOM..JUS IN FPS!..ZIPPER FELL OFF THE WALL! AND NOTHING CAN PUT THEM BACK TOGETHER..AT ALL!..EPIC FAIL!!!..COD IS GONNA PUT ZIPPER OUT OF BUSINESS!..AND THEY DESERVE IT!!..FOR THIER LACK OF GAME FEATURES! >:P


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on May 6th, 2009 at 6:06 pm said:

    Your caps lock is stuck.


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+ commedieu on May 6th, 2009 at 5:54 pm said:

Jeff,

No one is saying others questions AREN’T important. Or that others are more important than others. Its that people ask the exact SAME questions that have been covered by the blog.

The people that participate on the blog and have really supported it have questions that haven’t already been answered.

You tell us all to tune in to read the same exact things that were covered in the video that we all cared enough to watch/comment on.

This happens every single time, and its the same complaint. One that would be solved with some non-faq questions that you pick to go through. “Is mag online only?” could be you responding “hi 420man, that question was discussed already and can be found here: url”

I’m a nerd, I bite at the bit for opportunities like this. I’m the guy spending tons on PSN, and buying every single ps3 game ever made. I participate on the blog, and I’d love to see some non FAQ questions posed to the developers of one of the most interesting new games this generation. What is the point of getting the opportunity when the same questions are answered? The guy asking if its online will more than likely not even buy the thing in the first place because his bud has halo.


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on May 6th, 2009 at 6:09 pm said:

    It\’s a good point, and that\’s why we try to answer a broad array of questions. And yes, that means we\’ll get some in there that you obviously know the answer to.

    But if 50 people are asking it – then we should answer it, as opposed to the 1 or 2 people asking, for instance, how many frames of animation are used in the reload with the rocket launcher.

    We\’ll probably do another Q&A like the video we did earlier this week, and we\’ll make it hard core questions only. Deal?


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+ JKC31 on May 6th, 2009 at 5:55 pm said:

Frankensandwich


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+ Borkil on May 6th, 2009 at 5:57 pm said:

thank god its free to play!!! i’ll pick it up now


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+ Drackir on May 6th, 2009 at 6:17 pm said:

Oh man! This is going to be great! I hope I can get in on some beta action.


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+ gooch-getta on May 6th, 2009 at 6:27 pm said:

well, Instead of following my favorite game (socom). Im going to follow my favorite developer (Zipper).

They got me into video games and the PS3. Its sad that Sony let socom fail, but hopefully i can forget about those losers making socom now and have MAG be my new game.

The chat was good, i give it a 8 out of 10. Some stupid/already answered questions but all in all at least we were not talking to idiots (slant six).


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+ woz3323 on May 6th, 2009 at 6:36 pm said:

Thanks for the chat/info. It was informative and to me summed up most questions people would have. Obviously every question that the community is thinking cannot be answered – it is funny how some people think their quewstion is the most important one and get insulted when it doesn’t get asked.


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+ woz3323 on May 6th, 2009 at 6:39 pm said:

By the way, for people that complain that the questions posed were already asked elsewhere, remember that some people don’t hunt for info on every game on every site, so the information most likely is new to the general public – just not you. Be satisfied that there was the forum to ask questions on the fly and have them answered real-time.


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+ Wardogleader on May 6th, 2009 at 6:50 pm said:

Hi
What about Europe, we got many different Languages here, is there a “Textcommand” Feature or something?
Or will there be Lobbys for each Language(like in Socom:Confrontation)?
I mean, a Squad/Platoon-leader OIC cant command if nobody understands him.


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+ X_-SPARTAN-_X on May 6th, 2009 at 7:38 pm said:

HEY!!!
I couldn’t make it to the chat because i was aat school LEARNING.PSHHH! I was going to ask if there would be any gun silencers or supressors in MAG? that is the only way to go in any game for me. go up behind someone and shoot half there squad from the back! SO EXCITING!


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+ Kenshin71 on May 6th, 2009 at 7:47 pm said:

Really looking forward to this game but was a bit disappointed to read this:

“Ed Byrne – Creative Director @Zipper:
silentscope101 – if your friends are already on your PSN friends list and they are the same army as you (so, you’ll only be able to join friends playing for Raven, if you’re a member of Raven), then you’ll be able to quickly join them in their game.”

Like I mentioned before, I hope they can add a mercenary mode where your friend can play on your side but maybe with some kind of penalty.


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+ ADR143 on May 6th, 2009 at 7:57 pm said:

whoa!


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+ packy17 on May 6th, 2009 at 8:04 pm said:

Jeff… I for one understand the process you guys go through on the back end. Come on people… don’t be selfish. They only have a certain amount of time. With so many people entering questions, it’s hard to get everything through.

BTW, great job Jeff and team. Looking forward to more of this


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+ Drake1416 on May 6th, 2009 at 8:13 pm said:

One of may favorite questions didn’t get answered =(. “Will there be any sort of destructible environment?


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+ jBat17 on May 6th, 2009 at 8:54 pm said:

good job, jeff, keep these live chats coming! i’m guessing sucker punch is lined up for next week.. if they refuse a Q&A with us, tell them you’ll change your avatar to nathan drake..


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+ Obi_Al_Kenobi on May 6th, 2009 at 9:01 pm said:

So at the end, the guy asking if the game is going to need a fee ala WoW, they dont answered very well.

I ask again: This game will need a monthly fee or something sort of?


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+ digplans on May 6th, 2009 at 9:41 pm said:

Some lame questions get through, yeah. Most of the questions weren’t so bad. I’d say you all did a good job. It’s certainly a tough situation, though I hate seeing someone ask a question that’s already been covered by previous posts (eg. “will there be a pay subscription for MAG?”) man that question pisses me off.

However, i’m totally aware of the fact that i’m a part of the small majority of PS3 owners that knows practically every news bit about the next exclusive. I’m just so shocked at how well developed some of these games are; exclusives tend to really be worth my 60$.

So, which game are we covering in next week’s live chat?


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+ Darkos87 on May 6th, 2009 at 11:19 pm said:

You should give Jeff and the guys moderating a chat a break. You think you’re the only ones who are logged in at the time, but the reality is that if even 100 of us are logged in at the same time, Jeff and Chris (probably couple others I don’t know) has about 100 messages to read per minute and has to validate one message per minute, and allow the developer 1 min to reply.

Now when people are asking WILL MAG HAVE DLC OR NOT? those are stupid questions, why should we care whether it has or not. The game does not even have a release date!

I agree that there are questions I posted which didn’t get published, but it doesn’t matter, you should at least acknowledge that Jeff is trying his best and the devs are taking time off to try to communicate to their fans and we should be thankful for that.

Imagine what would happen if there were moderation, most of the posts would be sth like ‘ZOMG!!!!’ or ‘PS3 SUCKS’ or ‘XBOX 360 SUCKS’ Just go in any gaming related chat room to see for yourself.

(now jeff…. about this uncharted MP voucher… )

lol


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+ Stinkinmushroom on May 7th, 2009 at 12:58 am said:

Stop being angry you stupids… It’s neat that they are doing this , and even if they didn’t answered your question, well they did answer others… So stfu and enjoy what you receive


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+ Stinkinmushroom on May 7th, 2009 at 12:59 am said:

@ 140 > They answered that in an interview and the answer is No, it will be free to play


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+ saunderswan on May 7th, 2009 at 2:46 am said:

@140 they answered good enough you aint asked the question very well.

“This game will need a monthly fee or something sort of?”

sort of?????

lolz


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+ wallhugger on May 7th, 2009 at 4:22 am said:

well Jeff I’ve got a lot of respect for you how you keep your cool while a lot of guys here were rather mean.

Anyway about the chat I missed it… I didn’t even known that you guys were going to do it and even if I knew I wouldn’t be able to see it live due to the fact that I usually sleep around that time (I live in europe) XD.

cheers mate.


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+ remanutd5 on May 7th, 2009 at 5:00 am said:

good job jeff , it would be better if it was a video chat lol , i really love all your interviews , i really do


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+ Axecution on May 7th, 2009 at 5:32 am said:

lmao. Damn, Jeff seems kinda annoyed. >.>

Oh well… I like these chats. I never really participate in them cause… you know… your question rarely gets asked (if ever).
I’d rather leave it up to true MAG enthusiasts to ask questions, since im sure a bunch of the retards here asked stuff like “Why did you name it MAG? thats supid”. or “What’s your favorite color?”
But anyway – Thanks alot Jeff. Next time though, try to… stay out of the comment section. :D If you keep arguing with the morons, then chances are you’ll slowly get put off doing this. >.>


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+ marcindpol on May 7th, 2009 at 5:35 am said:

latest rumours says its gonna be out in November, if true i am gonna purchase MW2 instead of MAG.

Sony do not release this game too close to MW2 release, many people will skip MAG for sure, at least buying MW2 people will know what to expect…


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+ GodDamnDevil on May 7th, 2009 at 6:23 am said:

Yet another FPS I won’t buy. Why do they insist on using the inferior controller over the mouse?


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