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Old October 31st, 2008, 06:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Word up guys, first post so - hi!

Anyone been following Parallel kingdom? It was released today and it turns out its US only for "legal reasons". The fact that they do not elaborate any further or that its the first time they have mentioned this is mind bogglingly frustrating to me and the entire world apart from the US i'm sure, however that's not why i'm posting. 2 questions:

1. Americans - Is it any good?
2. Developers - What could be the legal reasons?

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Old October 31st, 2008, 12:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just downloaded it and tried it out. It's very cool. The screens are gorgeous.

Gameplay is so-so, I think more needs to happen though. I also think there was an issue with losing connection occasionally which eventually made me put it down out of frustration.

I think the release is based on their rights to use a map maybe. That would be my only guess. They probably have US map rights but maybe not global rights yet for the mapping data.
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Old October 31st, 2008, 12:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Been playing this game all morning. Heading down to pick up lunch with my G1 open right now. This might convince me to walk to more places for lunch!

If you're not from the US and want to see what the actual gameplay is like, check out this review:

http://www.androidapps.com/t/parallel-kingdom

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I kind of hate all the emails you receive.

But its a interesting thing.
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Old October 31st, 2008, 01:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I kind of hate all the emails you receive.

But its a interesting thing.
What emails? I haven't gotten any.

BTW - I am currently 11th overall of 758! But I have no more monsters in my area. And I am not going anywhere anytime soon. So now what?
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I kept getting emails everytime I got attacked... Even when I wasn't in the game.
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Yea,
Talked to Justin Beck over at PerBlue. Looks like you're gonna get emails whenever you're NOT in the game if you get attacked or die. There is no way to shut them off yet, nor is there a sleep timer for it. Hopefully they'll add one soon.
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Old October 31st, 2008, 02:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Weird that I haven't gotten one yet at all...I did turn of GPS when I wasn't playing though. Also there are no monsters on my screen, so only the "random chance" another player walks by me I guess.
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Sounds like its pretty cool. Needs to come to the uk asap!
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I got an email from the CEO! I made a few comments to them via email and the CEO himself wrote back.

I complimented them but also explained that it was frustrating to kill everything in my area and have nothing left to do since I was not leaving my desk that afternoon. I also explained that the constant loss of connection to the GPS despite my device still showing my location and GPS working find in Google Maps was a bit frustrating.
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I'd like them to make the map that overlays the US. Something to fancy it up a bit, walking around on a grey map isn't the best. Turning the roads into dirt roads, making it look a little different and give it variety.
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Old November 1st, 2008, 03:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i got up to 3rd place in gold last night, but havent played since.
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I like this game its pretty cool. I wish that I could see more human players online. How would I accomplish that I don't know. What If we have a bunch of people in one town play the game. Also, I don't know if its my connection or the fact that I don't get 3G I keep getting disconnected. I don't have wifi router at home so I have yet to find out. Overall, I would like to see this game evolve.
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Old November 7th, 2008, 05:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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dubb - same issues as you, disconnects and no other people around
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I haven't been able to get passed the "downloading data" bit yet, even while on wifi. How long is that supposed to take? I've let it run for at least an hour
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Old November 9th, 2008, 08:39 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Sounds like its pretty cool. Needs to come to the uk asap!
Agreed. Though I've got a feeling it'd be pretty boring as I doubt there will be many other people playing over here.
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Agreed. Though I've got a feeling it'd be pretty boring as I doubt there will be many other people playing over here.
Even so i will probably still get it!

Won't playing it mean you have to keep gps on....bye bye battery life...
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Even so i will probably still get it!

Won't playing it mean you have to keep gps on....bye bye battery life...
Yeah I can see it being a battery killer.

Haha, it's just gonna be me & you playing. Awesome.
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well i know with the iphone version you can use the cell towers to triangulate your position and move around there, not as accurate but still playable if you are worried about battery life
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That would be good if it could do that too
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Once it understands where you are, you get a radius of a few miles from the tower (cell tower) that you can move and explore. When you are done killing the monsters you can shut the gps down again to preserve battery life.
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BlackOctober from the parallel kingdom forums reckons

"...The issue is, they don't have privelages to use Australian GPS maps yet, due to privacy reasons. Justin and his crew are hoping to get rights to use these maps so people outside of the United States can play..."

Does that mean that every other GPS using application has had applied for the priveleges in each individual country? or does that question make me sound like a complete ******?
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Well i am pretty sure they would need to ask area 51 to use it haha!

But yeah i think you do need some kind of permission to use a countrys layout?
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Thanks for the heads up on the e-mails. I'm not going to download/try it just because of that. I get enough junk emails as it is. I'll be following this thread however and give it a whirl when there is a "sleep" mode.
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Thanks for the heads up on the e-mails. I'm not going to download/try it just because of that. I get enough junk emails as it is. I'll be following this thread however and give it a whirl when there is a "sleep" mode.
Rob I haven't seen a single email from this application.
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I've been playing for a few days now, and it's really interesting to find clusters of enemies in open fields and the like.
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I haven't been able to get passed the "downloading data" bit yet, even while on wifi. How long is that supposed to take? I've let it run for at least an hour

Same problem here.
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I live in Canada and can't seem to see some of the apps like Parallel Kingdom, or the whitepages caller id app. Also, I can't install Pacman.

I guess android uses my cell provider to filter what I can see or download in the android market?
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I don't have my g1 right now and the other day got an email that I was attacked. Pretty cool since I didn't know anyone around here had a g1.

Interesting news about different carriers managing the market. Not something I thought about..but I think it will get more interesting as carriers and company's have different android hardware. Bound to be an android without a keyboard and maybe some apps won't work or no rollerball or accelerometer, etc.
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Parallel Kingdoms is a good MMO, and it keeps improving. The most recent change is a big one, "Age of Ascent", adding the ability to fly all over in an airship, battling in the sky. There's a short FAQ for Age of Ascension at the ravensgift website. Search the main page for "Parallel Kingdom".
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