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Items from the Mail Bag – Press Releases and Special Offers Edition April 8, 2013

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in Blizzard, entertainment, Mail Bag, World of Tanks, World of Warcraft.
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Digging into the mail bag, another reminder that I haven’t felt inspired to write about much new of late.

Darkfall: Unholy Wait

Aventurine sent me the press release announcing that Darkfall: Unholy Wars would finally launch on April 16th, after a five month delay.

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Back in September of 2012 they announced that the original Darkfall would shut down on November 15th to make room for Unholy Wars, which was slated to launch on the 20th of the same month.  And then… well… the Aventurine reputation needed to be maintain.  So here we are, seven months after that announcement, and the game should launch next week.

Now, the press release points out that this time was well spent, that much was learned from the beta.  We shall see next week.  Maybe.

Blizzard Remains Steadfast

After running out my seven free days of World of Warcraft, I remained on the fence about whether it would be worthwhile to subscribe or not.  And then, ten days later, I received an email from Blizz with a subject line asking me to resubscribe to the game.

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I was intrigued.  I wondered if Blizz might sweeten the deal now that they had me thinking about the game.  A special offer might have been enough to tip the balance.

But there was no special offer.  It was just a link to the standard subscription page.  Blizz isn’t at a point right now where it feels the need to anything special to get people to come back.

Twitter Pushes Advertising

Twitter has decided that I am a small business and, as such, I need to advertise on their service.  So I received a whole stream of messages from them offering me a free $50 advance on my advertising.

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I have not taken them up on their offer, having no idea what I would even promote.

Mega Wars IV

Crimson Leaf Games, which recreated the classic CompuServe game Mega Wars III that I poked my nose into ages ago, has taken the idea a step further and created Mega Wars IV which includes a full graphical client done in Microsoft Silverlight.

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Interestingly, Stellar Emperor, the version of the game that ran on GEnie, which I have also covered, went this route in the early 90s, adding on a graphical client and updating the game, thus diverging it from what stated off as its twin, Mega Wars III.

Populist Wish Fulfillment

I keep getting press releases around a film titled Assault on Wall Street.  The synopsis for the picture is:

Jim is an average New Yorker living a peaceful life with a well paying job and a loving family. Suddenly, everything changes when the economy crashes causing Jim to lose his job, home and wife. Filled with anger and rage, Jim snaps and goes to extreme lengths to seek revenge for the life taken from him.

The poster shows the star, Dominic Purcell a pistol in one hand, a combat rifle in the other, with bullet riddled NYPD cars and SWAT teams deploying in the background.

So, yeah, gun violence.  I guess that takes Occupy Wall Street up a notch.  Let’s go kill the 1%!

Given that the only name I recognize in the cast is Eric Roberts, and that they are sending press releases to random gaming blogs, I am going to guess they couldn’t get any funding from those in the 1%.

World of Tanks Rolls On

Wargaming.net is very good about sending out regular press releases.  Two big things they have coming up are the World of Tanks 8.5 update, which includes more German tanks, redone maps, and changes to what non-premium accounts can do.  There is a preview over at The Mittani.

And then there is World of Tanks Blitz.

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This is Wargaming.net’s attempt to bring World of Tanks to mobile platforms.  Featuring 7 vs. 7 battles, I will be interested to see how they translate their Windows shooter to that mobile world.

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1. Tesh - April 8, 2013

I did the 7 day thing in WoW, too, only to find that patch 5.2 now crashes my computer. Didn’t get more than 10 minutes of play over a handful of attempts. The “Resubscribe now” with no sweetener kinda rubbed me the wrong way when it showed up. I still like the idea of puttering around on occasion in the game, but subscribing is such poor value that it’s just not going to happen.

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2. avatarsofsteel - April 8, 2013

What Tesh said ! (ps I got it stable by reverting to directx9). But still.

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3. Tesh - April 8, 2013

DX9, huh? I might have to try that, thanks, Av! ‘Tis a bit annoying to need to roll the tech back to make things work, but at least it’s not making a new config.sys file and a boot disk like I had to for Privateer back in the day.

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4. bhagpuss - April 8, 2013

Hang on..haven’t I already seen “Assault on Wall Street”?
Oh wait, no, that was “Falling Down”.

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5. Wilhelm Arcturus - April 8, 2013

@Bhagpuss – Except this time, the guy with the gun shooting people because he lost his job is on the side of the angels… or something.

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6. Brian 'Psychochild' Green - April 8, 2013

For Assault on Wall Street, I think there’s another name you’ll recognize. Take a look at the director on the IMDB page. :)

That might explain the, uh… expected quality level of that movie.

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7. Wilhelm Arcturus - April 9, 2013

@Brian – Oh yeah, that fits the mold.

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8. SynCaine - April 9, 2013

Edward Furlong doesn’t count?

DF:UW launch will be interesting. It could go in so many ways, but most likely will go just like DF1 launch.

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9. Wilhelm Arcturus - April 9, 2013

@SynCaine – For my specific definition of recognize… I see the name and can name at least one other thing they were in… no. He is more in the, “Oh yeah! Now I remember!” category.

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