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I'm going to post this here in full in case they decide to delete it on their own forums. I did not write a shred of this, to clear any confusion.
The author is quoting others often, other then editing out the intro I posted it all as he had it.
Also the word scam is cencored on the mourning forum so if you see a **** its most likely scam.
After one of my clan members pre-ordered the game, it triggered a thought in his mind of how a spurios vaporware game could be "developed" and sold in advance to get people's credit card details.
The idea was developed on our boards, i present to you a summary of that discussion:
I just had a great idea for a ****
Create a false MMO claiming to be the MMO's player's wet dream. Get someone to make some 3D renders, fake some screenshots etc. Put up a website, forums, etc. Put up beta-applications, followed by some fake accounts saying that they've been accepted in the typical "I'm not allowed to say anything way *hint hint*" way.
Leave it a few months, adding some more screenshots even faked movies here and there and obviously the obligatory progress news reports.
Then you stick up a pre-order option on the website and let the cash roll in. Then "slip" a bit. Maybe put up some fake magazine's review results (though this could give the game away). When the cash has stopped flowing in announce one final slip to be able to deliver a polished product, gather up all the money, leave the website going and dissappear.
You'd have at least a couple of months to vanish before anyone even started looking (and let's not forget about the option of selling the credit card numbers to certain members of the darker side of society).
Almost perfect, no?
It seemed far fetched and Mourning just seemed to good a concept:
This game does indeed sound too good too be true, and I prefer to think of it as a **** - and nurture a tiny hope that my cynicism will be put to shame. A push-back of 4 months really isn't a problem for me personally, as there is WoW to be enjoyed first - and there's even City of Heroes to go back to when the PvP expansion comes out. So it suits me just fine that Mourning most likely won't be out for a while. They should issue a comment on the release date, though.
If Mourning is for real... then getting it would be akin to getting married. It would sorta prevent me from having short-lived flings with varius moderately interesting games, as I do now. Mourning sounds like it would have real long-term appeal.
So - if Mourning is for real, I will marry the game. But - I am still enjoying my status as a gaming "bachelor", and I have some more wild oats to sow before settling down with Mourning.
Of course, there is also Darkfall somewhere on the horizon... which I, in my garbled metaphors, refer to as my childhood sweetheart and future second wife