I was listening to the 11/13 Gaming For Windows podcast (GFW Radio) on the way home from the office last night and one of the hosts mentioned that the previous weekend he had spent time back in EverQuest. For this he was razzed for playing such an outdated game. There was then a short discussion about the game that ended up with a call for listeners who still play EverQuest to go to the GFW forums and post a message about why they still play EverQuest.
Since the search engine terms for the blog indicate that, after EVE-Online, EverQuest related topics are most likely to bring people here, I thought I would mention this request, point you at their forums, and then stand back and try to act innocent.
I have not yet formulated my own posting for their forum, but I will say that I do enjoy listening to their podcast and I have had it linked on the site for a while now.
More server problems at Sony last night. I am sure you know this if you tried to log in. (Maybe not. Maybe people were luckier on servers other than Crushbone.)
I did get on long enough last night to roll up a Fae swashbuckler named Blintz. I finished the first quest and was roaming around the zone when Sony had to bring down Crushbone (8:20pm PST) and I wasn’t able to get on again. As long as they get things going by Thanksgiving, when I plan on having some time to dig into the game, I will be happy.
I do want to grumble about the EverQuest II server status page. Having grown used to the data you can get from Blizzard about WoW servers (go look at the server status page on Warcraft Realms, you can even see if your server has a queue) I am still surprised that Sony does not have something at least as good, if not better. Accurate and timely information goes a long way towards putting out customer service nightmares. With less servers and, I’m sorry, many less customers, superior customer service is a way Sony could differentiate EQ2 from WoW.
You are always going to get complainers on the official forums no matter how good your customer service is, but you can turn a stream of angry agreement with the complainer into support for the company if people have the perception that you are doing your best. Providing accurate and timely information is the first step towards that.
And, in the bigger picture, that means keeping your support team in the loop with accurate and timely information that they can pass on. More often than not, the poor support person in the front line knows little more than the customer. (So be nice to the support reps.)