This page is to help explain the pros
and cons of membership, and what might be free
alternatives. Many people aren't very keen on spending
$50 for a video game, but that's what most games cost
anyway. Other online multiplayer games cost much more,
like The Sims
Wars Galaxies, are at least
TWICE as much as There, plus you have to go to a store and
buy the game in a box, and that's another $30+! There
are cheaper games like Second
Life which is a very similar
game to There you might want to check out. But it
requires a credit card, age limit of 18, and it's not as
user friendly as There.
There is offering a charter membership, and time is running
out. There has not announced when this deal will end,
most believe it will be at the end of this summer, which was
when the public beta ended last year. Prices for
membership will go up after this promotion is over.
However if you get charter membership now, you will continue
to pay the current monthly/annual fees even after the prices
go up later this year.
There is also WAVING the monthly
charge for voice chat due to the current bugs that keep
breaking your ability to chat after getting an IM or
teleporting. So for a short time you'll only pay the
$10 start up fee for voice chat, and there won't be any
monthly charges for at least three months from now, or
whenever they get the problem fixed.
Currenty if you supply a credit card #
with your trail account you can also sign up for the voice
chat for you 14 day trail for free.
Read below for a users perspective of
the current charter membership deals.
Then click on the "Sign up today!" image at your right, if
you're ready to sign up.
The monthly plan will get you
10,000t and an allowance of 3,000t every month. You first
pay $20 for set up, and then $5 a month, and you'll pay this
$5 monthly fee for life. This is good if you want to
commit short term, and want to continue trying out There,
before you invest any large amounts of money.
Voice Chat ($10,
Lets you voice communicate
with other avatars who are also enabled. You could use
other 3rd party voice chat like TeamSpeak, or Yahoo, but the
people you want to talk to would also have to be using this
same software. There's voice chat is much more
convenient to use than some 3rd party application. However
the system requirements are more than that Yahoo or
The system requirements for this are
- Pentium 3 class computer or
better, with SSE instruction support in your CPU.
If you're using an Athlon type possessor, you must make
sure it supports SSE instructions, as well as your
motherboard. Older sub 1ghz Athlon or Duron CPUs
may not support SSE. All Athlon XP CPUs do support
SSE instructions, but make sure your mother board
supports it also. Any PC built in the past year+
should support SSE with out any problems.
- Broadband internet connection.
Rather self explanatory, but it is possible to use this
over dialup, but not with more than one other person. Or
in large outdoor areas with many people.
- Direct X 9 compatible sound
card. Any soundcard that has can record sound, and
play back sound at the same time (full duplex) is
perfectly fine. Most onboard sound systems (AC'97)
work perfectly fine. Sound Blaster "Live!" cards or
newer seem to work best, just double check on current
drivers for your sound device.
There's very little drawback to this
feature other than the monthly fee (that fee has been waved until they fix the
bugs), and the current bugs we
have now. Broadband users who's ISP "cap" how much data you
can download in a month might want to reconsider getting
voice chat, however voice chat doesn't use much
bandwidth. It's not as bad as music systems that
Some users like to play music over
their voice chat, which can get REALLY annoying. Plus
you might hear people in the distance using vulgar language,
or other annoying sounds ('burp). If you're shy you might
not like the idea, but if you do get voice chat support,
you'll be able to hear other people even if you don't want
to talk back, or don't have a microphone.
Music Systems ($5 one time fee)
This feature lets you purchase
and drop sound systems so you can listen to shout cast
servers. These are objects that look like a loud
speaker on a pole, antique radios, Juke Boxes from the 50's,
small boom boxes, and small home stereo systems. These
systems simply play shoutcast servers over the
internet. Which is no different than just running
Winamp in the background anyway. Broadband users who's
ISP "cap" how much data you can download in a month might
want to reconsider this feature since you may be downloading
an audio stream with out knowing it if your volumes is too
low. So please be warned.
During beta testing last
year when we started using these, some ISPs cut users
service because the streaming music used up their
One cool thing about this is you'll
hear the sound system from the perspective of your
avatar. So if the sound system is at your avatars left
(not your camera perspective), you'll hear it coming out of
your left PC speaker, or headphones. However with
winamp you'll hear the music in full stereo, and you can
still play local music files on your hard drive. You
can't play your own music from your collection with these
sound systems, unless you have your own shoutcast
Matter of fact there's hundreds of
"There DJs" and dozens of There Shoutcast stations that play
requests, and have There advertisements about a developers
new line of clothing or vehicles, or other in-world service
you might hear about. Just like the real world!
And, yes you can even get a job as a DJ.
The drawback is a lot of people like
to litter an area with these sounds systems every 20 feet,
which can cause "noise pollution." You are able to
mute these systems individually, but there's always another
one near by blaring the same shoutcast station. You
can turn down the music volume all the way if you get
annoyed by it.
Explorer Pack ($10 one time
This add on gives you the
ability to save places in your favorite list so you can
visit them again later. It also lets you summon
people, use the compass, and it gives you more points on the
map to teleport too. This feature is already activated when
you're on your trial membership, so make sure you get this
feature, or you'll realize you won't be able to do certain
things after you get membership.
There will take Credit Cards (also debit checking cards if
it has a credit card number on it), for VERY fast
registration and you'll get your therebucks quickly, and
access to the Auctions in mere seconds. You can also
pay by PayPal which may take a few days depending on how
soon you can send the money via paypal. You can also
pay by Check or money order, which takes longer since they
won't do anything until they get in it the mail.