It is even a bit chilly here in Silicon Valley. I put on a jacket last night. And there has been some rain this week, breaking up the run of warm and sunny days we have been experiencing of late. Not enough to end the drought, but enough to keep the lawn watered.
It is Friday and I have a bunch of little, half-started posts and other tidbits that I am going to roll up into a single entry.
It Is Just Landmark
SOE, in a good move, decided that their Minecraft-like building game, with a promise of things like science fiction areas, wasn’t Norrathian enough to be considered an EverQuest title. So it is now just Landmark.
This is not only how I have been referring to the game for a while now, but something that was part of my 2014 predictions. Go me.
Now SOE just has to do something about the whole EverQuest Next name, something I brought up in another Friday post. That is a cute name for development, but not so good as a shipping title. Unless it is also going to be EverQuest Last, the name could become an albatross around their neck at some point. Fortunately, we now have precedent for a name change.
Thank you Landmark!
The Gamification of Texting
A friend sent this link to the Android version a keyboard addon for mobile devices. As you master the Fleksy keyboard and its various functions and features, you will earn achievements!
Apple product owners may get a chance to join in as well, as Fleksy is updating the iOS version for achievements as well. To use the Fleksy keyboard, your app must be “Fleksy enabled.”
How Old is Your Hardware?
Pasduil wants to know. He’s taking a survey. You can find it here.
Bully Bullied by Bullies?
Erotica 1, the pilot behind the EVE Online controversy du jour, the Bonus Round recording (I could not recommend that you follow that link), has chosen to withdraw his name from the Council of Stellar Management elections scheduled for next month. In his statement, after opening with a paragraph that included the line, “Some people just can’t be reasonable…”, he complained about Goons and “white knight carebear moral highground people” and threats to his physical safety (but no reference to this), then said he was withdrawing because his passport had expired.
This is where we all shout, “Didn’t want that seat on the CSM anyway!”
That CSM Election
It is coming up. Should you care.
Candy Crush IPO
King, maker of the game everbody loves to hate, Candy Crush Saga, and one-time trademark troll, went public this week. According to some, the IPO failed. It failed because the opening price… the price King got for its shares… was $22.50, but afterwards the price dropped down to around $19.
In a way, this seems like a perfectly fitting IPO for the company. King got the maximum value they could for their stock, filling company coffers, the founders and early investors who were in for a tiny fraction the IPO price still got their big cash-out opportunity, and the people and institutions who jumped on the stock at the IPO price got told they could sell now if they wanted to buy a $3 per share unlock or they could wait until whenever the price went up again.
A Farewell to Runic Games?
I was already wondering what was going to become of Runic Games. We haven’t heard much from them, except about what they are not going to do. They are not going to make a Torchlight MMO. They are not going to work on anything new for Torchlight II. They are not going to have a Mac OS version of Torchlight II.
So when two key founders leave to form a new studio, one might not seem rash wondering aloud if Runic Games is not going to be shipping anything else ever again.
Did burnout from Torchlight II kill the company, or was it Perfect World Entertainment buying in that did it?