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Saturday, Jan 04, 2014

  

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Revealed

Brad McQuaid's Twitter feed offers first details on Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, a new MMORPG that was revealed before planned when fans discovered its Twitter account. In a series of tweets following the discovery, Brad shows off the game's logo, says it will be a minimum of three years and a long beta period before it will be released, promises a more open world, with quests and stuff to do (but you don't have to do them all), promises more soon on the PantheonRotF Twitter feed (which he specifies is not owned by Sony Online Entertainment), and confirms the "plan" to "Bring us back to the great days of MMOs." Thanks Ten Ton Hammer.

SOE Premium Membership Changes

Sony Online Entertainment announces some changes to how premium memberships are handled in a couple of their MMOGs, replacing players' monthly Station Cash allowance with a choice of premium items (thanks Massively). There is a 2014 Membership Benefit Update on the EverQuest 2 Forums and a Customer Service Announcement: Premium Membership on the PlanetSide 2 Forums which outline similar programs for each game. Here's the explanation for PlanetSide 2, their MMOFPS:

The week of February 3rd, 2014 we will be making a very important change to the Premium Membership level in PlanetSide 2. The current benefit of receiving 500 Station Cash (SC) monthly will be replaced with a new program that allows you to select one single item valued up to 2000 SC each month. Nearly all items within the games’ Marketplace will be available for this selection. Players Studio, bundles and additional exclusions may apply. This new benefit must be claimed each month that you are a member as it will not carry over to subsequent months.

We appreciate our customers, especially our valued members, and therefore are excited to bring you this additional value.

Op Ed

Polygon - Battlefield 4 spotlights EA's inability to launch games, treat players with dignity.
Is there any possible reality where EA and DICE didn’t know that the game was non-functional when they shipped it? Can you imagine any other industry that allows products this hobbled to be knowingly sold months after release?

There are no recalls, no refunds being offered. Instead we’re given strained acknowledgements that a problem may exist, and the promise that it will be fixed. DICE may enjoy taking little jabs at the more popular Call of Duty series from time to time, but maybe it’s time for them to grow up a bit and realize releasing a game that works will lead to stronger competition than cheap shots on Reddit.

The reaction of EA and DICE hasn’t just been inadequate, it has been infuriating. The attempts to hide behind corporate speak and mealy-mouthed pseudo-apologies completely fail to address their customers, who have spent $60 or more on the product, as human beings. You can argue about the validity of EA being the worst company in the world, but it’s clear that their marketing department has a tin ear when it comes to owning up to its own mistakes.

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Out of the Blue

My eyeball estimate that we had a foot of snowfall yesterday was pretty exaggerated, we probably got about half that much. It also warmed up a bit by the time I got to it, so while it was still no pleasure to shovel, it was not the ordeal I anticipated. I'm going to celebrate the cold weather by making a Bolognese sauce today. This will go well with the NFL playoffs that kick off today, and here's a reminder that those who are interested can head over to this page to enter picks for an NFL playoff pool for some extra bragging rights.

R.I.P.: Phil Everly Dead: Everly Brothers Co-Founder Was 74. The influence of the Everlys is enormous.

Pooled Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Electropede 2 - Neopede Games.
Fire Catcher.
Link: This Man Chased A Nazi Fighter Plane Under The Eiffel Tower. Thanks nin.
Story: Flights cancelled at Paris airport after Lufthansa staff don't show up.
Science: Original Cheerios to Go GMO-Free. Thanks Slashdot.
Gecko inspires wall climbing robot for future space missions.
Active ingredient in pot sets off a feedback that reduces intoxication.
Images: Poster: "Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist".
Every Futurama Character Collected In One Massive Image.
Media: Racism Is Way Better Than Astrology. NSFW.
500 Foot Moving Goal Shot from 561 foot tower.
Dog and Bird Playing.
Follow-up: Elite Hacker Barnaby Jack 'overdosed on drugs'.
Paul Walker’s Character Will Be “Retired” in FAST & FURIOUS 7.



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