Bribery! Scandal! Shenanigans!
Well, OK, those last two might be stretching it a bit, but NCsoft
is clearly engaging in a bit of customer coercion when it comes to its game launcher
and the long-running City of Heroes
MMORPG. You see, in order to get your superhero's hands on a shiny new Wisp Aura (which, for the uninitiated, is a type of cosmetic costume upgrade), you'll need to switch to the new -- and preferred -- way to download and patch CoX
While the launcher application isn't new (Aion
and Lineage II
have been using it for many moons), NCsoft's
desire to pair it up with City of Heroes
is new, as the game has heretofore used its original stand-alone launchpad. The NCsoft launcher allows each of the Korean firm's games to update and start from a single application, and it can also be set to run in the background.