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So, I got the link to the download for the music, and I'm kind of... disappointed.

It's like a collaboration of games and anime I've never watched or played or generally cared about. But here's the list, for those of you curious:

* 01 - Chrono Cross - Scars of Time
* 02 - Cowboy Bebop - TANK!
* 03 - Super Mario World - The Athlete's Rag
* 04 - Evangelion - Cruel Angels Thesis
* 05 - Chrono Trigger - Frog's Theme
* 06 - Chrono Trigger - Decisive Battle With Magus
* 07 - Naruto - Sadness And Sorrow
* 08 - Final Fantasy IX - Vamo Alla Flamenco
* 09 - Tetris - Korobeiniki
* 10 - Full Metal Alchemist - Bratja
* 11 - MegaMan 2 - Dr. Wily Stage 1
* 12 - InuYasha - Every Heart
* 13 - Final Fantasy X-2 - 1000 Words
* 14 - Final Fantasy XII - Kiss Me Goodbye
* 15 - Final Fantasy - Prelude
* 16 - Final Fantasy - Ending
* 17 - Final Fantasy Battle Medley
* 18 - Bonus Track - Boss Battle (Composed by Piano Squall)

That's... nice, I guess... For anyone who enjoys those sorts of things. They're all just piano covers of the songs which, although they are performed very well, just... aren't my cup of tea due to the lack of variation.

I'm sure someone here might appreciate them more.

I got my e-mail for my CD download.

What a waste of time (For me, at least). I care not for JRPGs nor Japanese games (Nor those inspired by Japanese games). Sigh.

Well I got my music. Whilst I'm not a big fan of a lot of the music on there... it's free... I live by a 'don't turn down free stuff' motto.

EDIT: I will say that the Cowboy Bebop intro is fucking sweet :D

I signed up, filled all my details and got all the "Completion Bars" to 100% and I still havent received any invites to surveys yet.

Does anyone know how much you actually get per survey? Though the nature of the questions have been covered above, I still dont see how knowing my cell phone provider or which bank I use, what year and model of car I drive etc will help clarify a target demographic for gaming.

Going by the range of polls you see along the bottom of the section, it seems to be asking me questions based on all the info Ive entered, right down to what products I use to wash my face with.

This is starting to seem like some whole big dodgy marketing scam to gather information to provide targeted advertising as opposed to get our honest reviews on games but Ill give it a chance for a few days (or to see if I actually get any survey invites!)

Is this for Subscribers only, or can any Escapist partake?

Also, when I click on the banner I get a "403 Access-Denied" Server-Error ...what gives? :(

Neferius:
Is this for Subscribers only, or can any Escapist partake?

Also, when I click on the banner I get a "403 Access-Denied" Server-Error ...what gives? :(

Anyone can. Sometime it does that to me, but I just give it a few mins and try again later.

dududf:

lacktheknack:

dududf:
My scam senses are tingling.
*Edit

It's a scam. Not big surprise.

Proof?

Please hurry, I wanna know if I should unsign.

It says it will delete all your information when you close your account.

Yet when you close your account it essentially says it will hold onto all of your information in case you want to join again.

Secondly, you only get the money by telling them everything about you, in alarming detail. We're talking illnesses, to type of car, to where you live, if certain members in your family have medical conditions e.t.c.

Even when you do fill out everything 100% you still do not get the survey that gives you money.

Fourthly, if you magically get the survey, they don't pay you cash, merely credits.

Also the free offer of music seems to be bullshit.

Is that enough information for you? I can go on.

Well... shit. Oh well.

VanityGirl:

Shihoudani:
$1.10 pending from only doing three surveys during my free time in less the 24 hours. That's not bad at all. Waiting the 2 or 4 weeks isn't that big of a deal, considering how much pending I COULD have by then... that's if the surveys come at a steady pace.

I haven't gotten any surveys to take thus far, how have you been able to take so many?

:(

Well once I signed up, there were four surveys. One is the buggy survey everyone has mentioned here, the other three I was able to finish. One only got a partial payment because I wasn't the type of person they wanted for the survey. Finished the other two, and I received another survey yesterday. Only thing I can think of on how I got them is that I filled out the additional information they wanted. My profile is 99% complete (Because I won't give them my phone number until I'm satisfied it's all completely legitimate.)

On a positive note I also received my free music CD so everything The Escapist has said is true.

Herman Zindler:
I'm going to hang in there and see what happens...at this point they already have my info anyway, so it isn't like I have anything to lose now.

Still, I have been signed up well over the 48 hour requirement and still no melodic joy.

Got an email with a link for the music today, as others did as well. So even though I haven't already earned the equivalent of my yearly salary in survey money ($1.10 so far, woot.), I'm satisfied.

I got the free music, but no surveys yet. I don't see why I wouldn't be eligible for any. I mean, if they're video game surveys and all.

stranamente:
It appears that my account is currently suspended on suspicion of fraud, even though my profile is complete and I didn't do anything else beside it.

You too? I did like 75% of one survey, was told I wasn't right for it and here's a $.10 consolation prize, and then when I logged in today even THAT was gone because of suspected fraud! And have yet to see any music appear either.

When The Escapist tells me to jam a fork into my eye I ain't doing that either. You won't see a cent from a survey site.

Its been 3 days now since I fully filled out the profiles (except my mobile number), and still havent got a single survey invite.

Waste of time.

Eh, I think I'm deleting my account, The amount of info I had to give is ridiculous and I still haven't gotten surveys to fill out. Maybe it isn't a scam, but I refuse to trust this anymore.

Formica Archonis:

stranamente:
It appears that my account is currently suspended on suspicion of fraud, even though my profile is complete and I didn't do anything else beside it.

You too? I did like 75% of one survey, was told I wasn't right for it and here's a $.10 consolation prize, and then when I logged in today even THAT was gone because of suspected fraud! And have yet to see any music appear either.

It could be that you entered info in the survey that doesn't match your profile. Surveys often times will ask you for info you gave in your profile to verify you're the right person. If you give any info that doesn't match, the survey will probably drop you and flag the account.

Shihoudani:

Formica Archonis:

stranamente:
It appears that my account is currently suspended on suspicion of fraud, even though my profile is complete and I didn't do anything else beside it.

You too? I did like 75% of one survey, was told I wasn't right for it and here's a $.10 consolation prize, and then when I logged in today even THAT was gone because of suspected fraud! And have yet to see any music appear either.

It could be that you entered info in the survey that doesn't match your profile. Surveys often times will ask you for info you gave in your profile to verify you're the right person. If you give any info that doesn't match, the survey will probably drop you and flag the account.

It'd be nice if they said that on the screen.:/

Formica Archonis:

Shihoudani:

Formica Archonis:

stranamente:
It appears that my account is currently suspended on suspicion of fraud, even though my profile is complete and I didn't do anything else beside it.

You too? I did like 75% of one survey, was told I wasn't right for it and here's a $.10 consolation prize, and then when I logged in today even THAT was gone because of suspected fraud! And have yet to see any music appear either.

It could be that you entered info in the survey that doesn't match your profile. Surveys often times will ask you for info you gave in your profile to verify you're the right person. If you give any info that doesn't match, the survey will probably drop you and flag the account.

It'd be nice if they said that on the screen.:/

Hehe.. yeah it doesn't look like they generally say it in such a direct fashion, though it seems like it's hinted at. It's the only reason I could see why you'd be suspended like that.
So far everything has been decent. In a couple days I'll give a follow up post on here with some results maybe. How much pending, are survey's plentiful... etc. :)

Spinwhiz:

You don't need a credit card. They give you a pre-paid debit card with money on it so you can spend it wherever you like.

Thanks for the info!
Now that I've got my drivers licence and no money for gas I guess I have nothing better to do than check this survey stuff properly. Sweet!

Pfffft! No!!

Sorry, Escapist, but, as a consumer psychologist, you have just plummeted in my estimation. Games companies know who we are - they know full well the demographic their individual titles are appealing to. They don't need to know where we work, how much we earn, etc.

GAMERS IN PREDOMINANTLY 16-25 YEAR OLD MALES SHOCKER!!

Sure, EA may might buy the odd bit of info every 3 years, but this information is also sold to other companies - companies with nothing to do with the gaming industry - companies like the one that keeps ringing my friend to sell him speedboat insurance (he has never owned a water-craft of any description).

My information is my information. You ain't having it. Shame on you for tarnishing your years of good work and exploiting your loyal fans.

ThatJagoGuy:
Pfffft! No!!

Sorry, Escapist, but, as a consumer psychologist, you have just plummeted in my estimation. Games companies know who we are - they know full well the demographic their individual titles are appealing to. They don't need to know where we work, how much we earn, etc.

GAMERS IN PREDOMINANTLY 16-25 YEAR OLD MALES SHOCKER!!

Sure, EA may might buy the odd bit of info every 3 years, but this information is also sold to other companies - companies with nothing to do with the gaming industry - companies like the one that keeps ringing my friend to sell him speedboat insurance (he has never owned a water-craft of any description).

My information is my information. You ain't having it. Shame on you for tarnishing your years of good work and exploiting your loyal fans.

As a "consumer psychologist" you also know that game companies use more than a general demographic when creating and promoting their games. Much like focus groups, this is a way for different publishers to also find trends with their data, which allows them to innovate gameplay, forecast sales and make sure the consumers are getting the games they like. Also, different publishers are looking for different information, so a broad sweep of assumed demographic consumer behaviors does not work.

Also, advertisers are more likely to go after the 18-34 demographic than the 16-25 demographic you have mentioned.

As an added note, VGMarkets does not sell your information to anyone else. So, you won't be getting phone calls, emails or anything else from any outside company. We wouldn't group up with someone who would sell your information.

lacktheknack:

Well... shit. Oh well.

The information that you read from a member on this site was skewed towards opinion and not fact, in which I had posted my rebuttal to it. We would not put any of our members and this is a complete safe Survey partnership between us and VGMarkets. If you have any questions, please PM me. Some people on this thread are believing others' OPINIONS instead of actual fact.

I just got the music, and I'm kinda disappointed, but I guess I got my money's worth.

On a related note, I still haven't gotten invited to a survey.

Spinwhiz:

As a "consumer psychologist" you also know that game companies use more than a general demographic when creating and promoting their games. Much like focus groups, this is a way for different publishers to also find trends with their data, which allows them to innovate gameplay, forecast sales and make sure the consumers are getting the games they like. Also, different publishers are looking for different information, so a broad sweep of assumed demographic consumer behaviors does not work.

Also, advertisers are more likely to go after the 18-34 demographic than the 16-25 demographic you have mentioned.

As an added note, VGMarkets does not sell your information to anyone else. So, you won't be getting phone calls, emails or anything else from any outside company. We wouldn't group up with someone who would sell your information.

Yes, as a consumer psychologist [I realise how prone to hyperbolic BS the forums may be, but this is genuinely my field of expertise - your nescient quotation marks are not required, thanks] I haven't worked with the games sector yet so couldn't attest to your claims. I *do* know that online data collection has a somewhat marked history of keeping data secure. Admittedly, I know little of this particular group, but I'd be genuinely surprised if they're not under the umbrella of another, larger data-marketing company (to whom they'd be entitled to 'share' information). Admittedly, the claim that data would be overtly 'sold' is erroneous and rash.

I have no question of its legitimacy, but I'd assume that The Escapist's powers-that-be would have realised that spamming the email accounts of your patrons, trying to push survey participation as though it's in their interests, is going to disenchant a good many people. Look up how mixing up Social Economies and Monetary Economies can damage relationships and brand-image...

I fear I may not have adequately addressed all points... but regardless - I'm done. I shall hold my tongue in future... and dismay quietly.

@Spinwhiz: what's up with the country limitations? why i can't access the site yet the site registration has my country on the list ?

just a question, will the be asking for bank account information and stuff? or have i understood it correctly that they will send pree-paid cards in your mail? and the games we might get, are they for download or are they sent by mail?

...The Escapist directing its users to a Market Research company? I think the suspicion and resentment towards this move from near every other user says it all.

Word it however you like, you're linking us all to a site where we give out personal information* for peanuts, which is seems most people don't even get. But hell, use fake info and you'll be fine, if you're desperate for copyright infringing Piano covers of anime theme tunes and 60p a year.

*If you give legitimate personal information out on the internet, you should just give up using the internet completely. And yes, they WILL keep hold of all information forever/for several years at least.

Why is the survey asking me if I own a GAMEBOY DS (which is listed twice)? Why is the NES listed as just "Nintendo" and why isn't the Super Nintendo listed at all?

Mistakes like this just make the whole thing seem fishy.

The music's not very good, unfortunately. They completely butchered Tank!, which is a kick-ass track, and the only one I really know of all these covers. I feel a bit cheated, but then again, it was free and we shouldn't be asking for too much.

On a lighter note, I got my first survey, and though it wasn't exactly well tailored to me, I now have 60 pence pending on my account. Nice. Waiting for more.

Figured I'd try it... filled in all the profiles and was invited to do two surveys in 3 days, whereupon both times I was told that my answers didn't qualify me to complete them, and both times only received a .10 credit, where each survey initially appeared to to offer a much larger credit.

I didn't expect to get rich doing this, of course... but I think that when they invite you to take a survey that they say could be worth up to "X" amount, it's sort of peculiar to be rapidly told that you don't qualify to finish it, and get a tenth of that amount, or even less. I mean, why bother "inviting" me to take the survey at all? Since invitations are based on what information I've filled out in my profiles, it doesn't make any sense. I'm almost starting to figure that this whole thing may be some sort of scam of some sort.

[edit: actually, on second thought what it actually sounds more like is those stupid timeshare offers that we get on the phone every so often, where they tell me that I've already won a free weekend vacation someplace, with the caveat that I must agree to attend a 2 hour seminar, but when they find out my household's income level, they tell me that we don't qualify. In fact, it sounds identical to that sort of thing, actually. Those types of phone calls are annoying already, but this vgmarket surveys is even more so because they ought to already have enough information from the profile information I've filled out to know whether or not I qualify to take the survey in the first place (since they explicitly claim that filling out the profiles is how to get invited to take the surveys), and if I don't qualify, then why bother sending me an invitation in the first place? If it's not a scam, it's definitely seeming like a waste of time.]

Shihoudani:
Hehe.. yeah it doesn't look like they generally say it in such a direct fashion, though it seems like it's hinted at. It's the only reason I could see why you'd be suspended like that.

There is one "Your profile answers are mutually exclusive", but if it was just based on my profile answers I should've been pegged right away, not after I'd started getting surveys (and yet before I got any hint of the music). I mean, I wasn't expecting much out of this, but the promised music would be nice as opposed to "you're probably a conman, have a nice day", which is all I have to show for my work right now. Oh, well, I guess I'll give them another business day before I get really angry.

I completed the General Interest Survey and it's not showing the $1.00 pending for my reward balance. The survey didn't say I didn't qualify for anything. I just completed it... then I was sent to another survey site that looks a lot like VGMarket Surveys.

ThatJagoGuy:

Spinwhiz:

As a "consumer psychologist" you also know that game companies use more than a general demographic when creating and promoting their games. Much like focus groups, this is a way for different publishers to also find trends with their data, which allows them to innovate gameplay, forecast sales and make sure the consumers are getting the games they like. Also, different publishers are looking for different information, so a broad sweep of assumed demographic consumer behaviors does not work.

Also, advertisers are more likely to go after the 18-34 demographic than the 16-25 demographic you have mentioned.

As an added note, VGMarkets does not sell your information to anyone else. So, you won't be getting phone calls, emails or anything else from any outside company. We wouldn't group up with someone who would sell your information.

Yes, as a consumer psychologist [I realise how prone to hyperbolic BS the forums may be, but this is genuinely my field of expertise - your nescient quotation marks are not required, thanks] I haven't worked with the games sector yet so couldn't attest to your claims. I *do* know that online data collection has a somewhat marked history of keeping data secure. Admittedly, I know little of this particular group, but I'd be genuinely surprised if they're not under the umbrella of another, larger data-marketing company (to whom they'd be entitled to 'share' information). Admittedly, the claim that data would be overtly 'sold' is erroneous and rash.

I have no question of its legitimacy, but I'd assume that The Escapist's powers-that-be would have realised that spamming the email accounts of your patrons, trying to push survey participation as though it's in their interests, is going to disenchant a good many people. Look up how mixing up Social Economies and Monetary Economies can damage relationships and brand-image...

I fear I may not have adequately addressed all points... but regardless - I'm done. I shall hold my tongue in future... and dismay quietly.

Your profile says Psychology Student.. Perhaps by consumer psychologist you meant student-taking-a-consumer-psychology-course. Just how my Industrial Organizational Psychology courses don't make me an I/O psychologist, simply a student taking those courses. I may, one day, actually be an I/O psychologist. But, for now, I'm just a student working towards a Bachelors of Science and perhaps a Masters.

I'm curious if this company will only accept a "limited" amount of people to do further surveys? I'm not saying they will do this, I'm just saying I'm familiar with how some survey sites exploit peoples willingness to get free stuff by doing surveys. I've personally never heard of this company but willing to give it a shot since Escapist is involved.

I've personally had good experiences with 2 survey sites I've been members of, both were recommended to me by Gamestop because Gamestop gift cards were one of the rewards you could choose. The old one years ago was u.talk.back, I think they went out of business but I did get a few $25 gift cards from them so they were legit.

The second site (which I still currently use) is erewards. Gamestop sent me an email to sign up for erewards about 4-5 months ago and I have already gotten enough credit for three $25 Gamestop cards. I've gotten 2 of them already and about to exchange my survey dollars for the third card soon. The fine print says you're only allowed to get a Gamestop card every quarter so I'm trying to wait a little longer.

I hope I have as good as an experience with this company as I did with the 2 Gamestop affiliated sites!

My advice, try to do game testing with game companies and publishers instead of possibly phony web surveys. I do Microsoft Game Testing and it is a lot of fun, plus I know that it isnt possibly a scam. They don't pay in money, but they give you a free video game of your choice as thanks. I got Gears of War 2 GOTY edition for free last time (yeah its no great shakes, but hey I didn't have to pay for it). So look up a game company in your area and see if they need some game testers. :)

Honestly, these surveys suck, they ask me one question and then say I don't qualify and give me 10 cents, so I've made 30 cents. Just because no one in my family is in advertising or the financial market doesn't mean I don't have an opinion on it.

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