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Posted: Mar 19th 2011 6:14PM Bramen said

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Our prayers go out to Japan. I'm hopeful life will return to normal soon for them.

Posted: Mar 19th 2011 6:15PM Netu said

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I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DIDN'T TELL US ABOUT YOUR THAUMATURGE, MY GOSH!

...I can't wait the actual cynicism and awful brats to say something akin to this.

I am glad Square is making the efforts it is; I am a bit...disheartened seeing the Crysta benefits, but that's a drop in the bucket, really.

I am just glad that the Square offices are safe, as well as their people; I am sure some, if not many, of the developers know and potentially lost loved ones in this incident. Thus, like you, I am amazed they still go to work and so diligently at that. Bravo, indeed.

Elephant downed!

Posted: Mar 20th 2011 4:16PM Abriael said

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@Netu Notice how notorious SE bashers like Kotaku and their agenda-driven brian ashcraft are strangely silent nowadays. They have nothing bad to say against SE, so they don't talk about it at all, or just throw some passing mentions.

They will restart bashing them again as soon as the emotional wave of the disaster has passed, of course.
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Posted: Mar 19th 2011 6:28PM Emyrs said

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"There's the very real possibility of the plant's suffering a meltdown, resulting in a disaster some people are likening to the explosion at Chernobyl."

this is complete and utter nonsense. if you believe any source that relates fukushima to chernobyl, you have been dupped beyond belief. please read some of the actual facts about the reactor and what will happen if a melt down occurs. yes the situation is bad. yes there might be a meltdown. NO it will no resemble chernobyl.

it is inappropriate to worsen fears by spreading these kinds of ignorant statements.

Posted: Mar 19th 2011 7:28PM Nenene said

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@Emyrs
I stopped reading the moment I saw 'Chernobyl'.
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Posted: Mar 19th 2011 7:49PM correllis said

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@Emyrs I agree
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Posted: Mar 19th 2011 9:22PM Jack Kevorkian said

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@Nenene I avoid references to it to because I really don't want that to happen.
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Posted: Mar 20th 2011 3:45AM Addfwyn said

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@Emyrs Exactly, please please don't spread these false cases of fearmongering OP. Western news has picked this up, and it is creating nothing but more hardship for those of us in Japan.

Something like Chernobyl here is entirely impossible, and even in the case of a full meltdown at the plant (which is increasingly unlikely), the effect to places like Tokyo will be almost nonexistant.

Please don't spread false fear like this, when there are thousands dying from the real crisis in Miyagi. I understand Eliot meant well, but this kind of fearmongering has gotten so prevalent lately that it is getting really frustrating .
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Posted: Mar 20th 2011 2:44PM Rialle said

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@Emyrs

My biggest fear is that this is going to set back use of nuclear power even further because of the ridiculous media fear-mongering.

I wish people would think about it this way:

A 40+ year old plant (using an outdated active cooling design) was hit by a 9.0 earthquake and then a massive tsunami, and still there is no possibility that anything similar to Chernobyl will happen. The worst case scenario for this reactor design, wouldn't be even remotely as bad.
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Posted: Mar 19th 2011 7:29PM Fakeassname said

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yeah the reactor thing is not that bad at all, well it's bad, but it's not Piece of shit soviet engineered and criminally mismanaged "Chernobyl" bad ... also, one of the producers letters (I think the one that said they were shutting down the servers) did confirm that there were SE employees with missing family members, so *tear* thats no bueno.

I can live with out FFXIV for a while longer, kinda sucks that this happened just a few weeks after I got into it, but thats neither here no there.

Posted: Mar 19th 2011 8:30PM (Unverified) said

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I was recently linked a post that describes how power is produced at these nuclear plants, what sort of safety measures they have in place, and why something like Chernobyl wouldn't happen again. It was quite informative. I would recommend it for anybody who might be uneasy about what's going on at these plants right now, or even anybody who has an interest in how stuff works.

http://mitnse.com/2011/03/13/modified-version-of-original-post/

Even if the plants do meltdown, there is still containment in place to prevent environmental disaster. The media just needs to make a big deal out of everything. "Explosion at nuclear plant, meltdown possible!" gets more hits than "Everything fine at nuclear plant."

Posted: Mar 19th 2011 9:23PM Jack Kevorkian said

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@(Unverified) At the same time they might be downplaying it to contain fear in japan. You don't mess with that stuff.
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Posted: Mar 20th 2011 3:51AM Addfwyn said

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@Jack Kevorkian Possible, but no matter how much it is downplayed, the basic fact is the construction of these reactors make an incident like Chernobyl impossible, and even if the Japanese media was hiding everything from us (and just once, I'd like to not be cynical and assume they are being honest) there isn't honestly that much to worry about, unless you have friends and/or family working on the reactor themselves (because while levels are still low, they are still getting actually potentially harmful levels within the reactor themselves)
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Posted: Mar 19th 2011 8:43PM Space Cobra said

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Yeah, going to work, even in many places in Tokyo, is not mandatory at the moment, but many workers do. It part of a way to take your mind off things and continue doing things. However, there are still food shortages, even in Tokyo, and many workers who try to come home and then buy food on the way back, find the shelves have been emptied by people who spent the day searching for food/water, even if the prices have gone up. The largest fish market has bare walls and not much to sell.

And that's only Tokyo.

Really, I don't want to put you down, but you are only getting half the picture if you compare this to Sept. 11th. It seems many more people are dead, there is much more devastation and many more people are personally affected. A whole area with towns are affected and many outlying ones are feeling the brunt. If you want an analogy, the pictures I've seen remind me of the ones I've seen of Hiroshima in terms of devastation and destruction. Sure, not much radiation (although they are starting to find some minute traces in water, but more in the milk and food grown near the plant; I know- It is a no-brainer, but food is food when you are hungry. And when your child is starving, you will do anything to get it.)

I am glad to see the world responding and wish them well. I hope people take a moment to reflect that, while we all enjoy our hobbies (games), there are still real-life issues out in the world. Games take us away from the stress of everyday life, but people, as a result, should not stress over games, when they can help it. While we care about games, games are just fabrications. People are real.

Posted: Mar 20th 2011 3:49AM Addfwyn said

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@Space Cobra ...what? Food is plentiful everywhere I've gone here, the only food shortages were the first couple of days when there was people stockpiling food. Tsukiji (the market you are probably mentioning) had so much excess that they were having to throw some away, cause not as many people were shopping (so they probably cut back on the amount of fishing) and they can't really be shipped long distances. Prices on food haven't changed at all.

We're certainly trying to keep power usage down a bit, and some train lines have a bit more limited service, but Tokyo is almost downright normal. Where in Tokyo are you that it's so bad, because Nerima and the west side of Tokyo is absolutely fine.
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Posted: Mar 19th 2011 9:37PM koehler83 said

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10000 Crysta there for the taking. They just have to give me the option.

Posted: Mar 19th 2011 9:55PM Khalus said

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@Eliot ~ "There's also talk of allowing people to donate money to relief funds via the Crysta service"


Where is this being talked about, cause I havn't heard anything yet?

I have 10,000 Crysta I mistakenly bought on launch day thinking XIV was gonna be 'the' MMO with which to call home for the next few years. I've been supporting it heavily up until a few weeks ago, and then it just hit me ~ I don't really care about it anymore, or waiting for it to get properly updated, which is going to be set back ever more now.

I'd like to do something for Japan cause I love the people and their culture very much, but I have no extra funds to donate right now, though I do have that Crysta worth $100 I'd be more than willing to donate. I honestly don't have any use for in the foreseeable future, so I might as well forward it to a great cause!

Posted: Mar 20th 2011 10:12AM Blancmanche said

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@(Unverified)

Another great piece is this lecture explaining radioactivity, nuclear reactors, and what's going on in Japan in layman's terms:

http://online.itp.ucsb.edu/online/plecture/bmonreal11/rm/flashtv.html

The video is about 80 minutes long, but very informative. (Careful with pausing it - I paused it around the 60 minute mark but wasn't able to unpause it.)

The short of it is that that what is going on in Fukushima will be in no way as bad as Chernobyl. Chernobyl's reactors had no containment, the fuel itself was on fire, and they kept the thing producing power up until the very end. Add to that, they didn't start evacuating people until they knew they were screwed, and didn't really bother to explain what was going on to anyone.

Although I can't really blame the general public for not understanding what is going on. Unless you are proactive in digging up the facts, you need to rely on the news media, and the media is doing a piss-poor job of explaining things; it's much easier to sell papers/airtime with alarmist nonsense than careful explanations of the science involved.

Posted: Mar 20th 2011 10:49AM Abriael said

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@Eliot I can confirm that the shibuya area is exempt from the rolling blackouts. Despite that, most of the companies having their activities there, like Square Enix, are doing their best to save energy. All the famous neon lights and big screens (like the ones at the popular shibuya crossing everyone has seen at least on pictures) are turned off most of the time.
It sure is a sad and depressing sight, but it's great to see companies doing whatever they can in a concerted effort to save as much energy as possible.
It probably wouldn't be much better if they were actually ordered to.

Posted: Mar 20th 2011 12:47PM Suhaira said

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Saving power so they can use out elsewhere in Japan during this time of crisis is truly a move that proves SE cares for its country. I would hope if that happened in my country that everyone would put national interests> their own.

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