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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 2:08PM (Unverified) said

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@JohnD212

Japan isn't MAKING S-E shut the servers down; they're doing it because it's:
1) A smart thing to do from a business perspective and
2) More importantly, they're trying to help their nation.

S-E's offices are in Tokyo. They were not affected by the earthquake nearly as much as the northern areas. Game service has NOT been down or affected since the earthquake. I'm certain they could continue to keep the servers up right now.

Thing is, the power officials in Japan have just decided to conserve what energy is being produced, since at least 5 individual nuclear reactors are shut down/being shut down. Nuclear reactors provide power to a regional power grid that interconnects with the national grid, this providing a stable, constant source of power. Now this grid has lost a certain percentage of that. This grid has also been partially destroyed with the tsunami's damage to the c ... More
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 3:34PM Fakeassname said

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"He brought up the fact that all SoE is doing is putting a nice spin on the fact that they are made to shut down. Would they have kept it up if they had the choice? Of course. They had the servers up until they were MADE to take them down."

SQUARE-ENIX (SE) is the ones shutting down for a week, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has got all their serves in the US and isn't shutting down at all. their inclusion on this article is because they have stopped automatically billing people who log in from japan.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 6:11PM Utakata said

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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 6:16PM Utakata said

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*Edit: Well that bugger'd up....

...I was going to say, there always those chiming idjit incentivities whenever Massivley posts somehting about disasters and/or releif. As I am told, there has to be one on every bus. :(
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 2:03PM Slayblaze said

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Another game unfortunately affected by the Japan quakes is the international version of Dynasty Warriors Online which is hosted by Aeria in North America but goes through a Koei authentication/update server in Japan. This has hit the community very hard with especially bad timing as DWO was getting its first international major content update tomorrow (Monday March 14). Even though DWO has had several smaller content updates since Aeria's launch this is the first major one which more than doubles the online content and begins a brand new Scenario timeline. Major disappointment to have the deployment delayed until who knows when..?

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 2:10PM Syesta said

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Please take this opportunity to take whatever your fees were (or a greater amount) and donate to the relief efforts.

We are all praying for safety and a speedy recovery to the people of Japan.
We are with you.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 2:24PM Tizmah said

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Glad SoE suspended billing there. Hope other companies follow suite, which I'm sure they will. Can't really cancel your service if your PC is below water.

Japan will pick there selves up in no time flat. They are strong people and won't let this get them down. They'll be back up in no time flat :) Praying for you Japan!

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 3:11PM Yog said

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Another reason why they should have followed the lead of other MMOs and spread out their servers.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 3:36PM Fakeassname said

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@Khalus

uhhh ... I see no one complaining.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 8:25PM (Unverified) said

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@Fakeassname I'm sure one of the 15 Americans that play those games may care!
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Posted: Mar 14th 2011 9:12PM Fakeassname said

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@(Unverified)

I play FFXIV and I don't mind, same goes for the many players who regularly post over at "FFXIV Core".
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Posted: Mar 13th 2011 3:40PM Bewoulf said

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@Khalus
Yeah, don't group us all. I'm a NA FFXI player and I will GLADLY give up a week or more of my play time so that a hospital can continue shining operating lights, so that heaters can heat up stranded and homeless people, and that Japanese people can continue to have light.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 4:38PM Bwelchka said

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*The service is expected to be down for at least a week from today, and players will receive no bills for the month due to the interruption*

You might want to add more clarification. Players will receive no subscription fee for April not this month.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 5:04PM pid said

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Despite the power problem it might also be that the servers or offices are located somewhere north in Japan, where evacuation is enforced because of the nuclear threat.
Servers are not just machines, there are always people operating them, too.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 6:19PM Suplyndmnd said

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First, i want to say, the only thing worse then trolls are the idiots who quote him and keep up troll dialogue with him. Just leave him alone and shut up.

It's good that Sony has suspended billing in this time of tragedy. Though I think a MMO bill is the least of these peoples issues it's good that they are helping out by redirecting people to Red Cross too. I play no SOE games but them doing this, for free publicity or not, makes me want to support them in the future and certainly will give their games a harder look in the future. I've been debating DC Universe Online as i did get to beta test it a bit and it was fairly fun. Maybe this is enough to get me to purchase it.

Many well wishes to those who have family there. The Japanese have the full support of the US and I hope that pettiness aside that we do everything in our power to help in their time of need. Also, next time you see a structural engineer, give them a hug. It's their minds that stopped this from destroying a superb nation with their ingenious earthquake ideas for buildings.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 6:44PM Jade Effect said

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It says "The service is expected to be down for at least a week".

I don't know about the rest of you, but it seems to me bunch of people here are thinking "It's only a week" when the sentence clearly says "at least a week" It could be a month, or even two months. At this point in time, nobody can reliably say when everything can go back to normal.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 7:07PM Morningstar said

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Before anyone else posts I would like to remind everyone just how SERIOUS this tragedy is. Japan got hit by one of the biggest earthquakes in recorded history. The earthquake was so powerful that it not only shifted some parts of Japan's coast by as much as 8 feet, but it also SHIFTED THE WORLD'S AXIS! And if that wasn't bad enough Japan has to deal with the tsunamis caused by the quake, PLUS two nuclear reactors that are in a stat of "partial meltdown". Over 10,000 are dead and there are hundreds of thousands of people without food, water, and electricity. So please, PLEASE keep all of this in mind when you decide to post. And if you're using this thread as a means to express your individual opinion on the corporate policies of Square Enix then allow to be the first to tell you that you are a poor, miserable excuse of a human being.

Posted: Mar 13th 2011 7:48PM Fakeassname said

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@Morningstar

+1
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Posted: Mar 14th 2011 3:34AM Addfwyn said

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As somebody living in Japan, I appreciate the positive comments from folks here and the outreach of

Of course, nobody here is really concerned about playing an MMO, but at the same time, some people are trying to go about their daily lives too. In areas like Tokyo, we were less affected by the disaster, and have done everything we can to help (most food is being diverted to the north, power being saved for hospitals, everyone is donating food and money and blood). SE is in a part of Tokyo that isn't affected by the rolling blackouts, so they willingly chose to shut down their servers.

Sure, a company is out there for the money, but do we really have to be so cynical to think that a country isn't going to reach out a little bit to help their nation, even if it doesn't immediately profit them? Myself, I commend them, even if they do have some cynical underhanded reason, they are helping people regardless.

Posted: Mar 14th 2011 4:45AM Anatidae said

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It would be awesome if Blizzard donated a month worth of subscriptions to the relief efforts in Japan. I mean, really, how much money does Blizzard really need anyway? Their profit margins must be outstanding.

It is crazy bad in Japan. When I see shots of the water rushing in and cars driving along the road just swept away... Just horrible.

Of course, more than the MMO world is going to be affected by this. It seemed that Japan was one of the superpowers doing marginally better during the global recession and this will hurt everyone on that front.

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