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Monday, September 05, 2005

Well Done

Since I'm always quick to blast SOE when they screw up, it's only fair that I applaud them when they do something well.

Regarding Hurricane Katrina, SOE was able to quickly release this statement. "Additionally, for our 13,000+ players actually in the affected areas, we will be suspending billing until such time as they are able to play again. In addition, any items or structures in any of our games, which decay over time, will be preserved until the user's next login."

We all know this is so minor in the grand scope of things but it is a very nice gesture and a well-handled one. I have to say I am more than a little impressed that SOE has the organization and technical flexibility required to identify a subset of users and modify game mechanics at will.

In the same announcement, SOE stated that using the /donate command in EQII would open up a window to the American Red Cross. Blackguard assembled a link of other charities you can donate to and posted them here. There are also noticeable links to the Red Cross on the EQII Players main page and on the forums. All in all, an excellent job.

When considering charitable giving, I always find it helpful to check out this website which rates a large database of charities on organizational efficiency and let's you get an idea of how your donation will actually be spent.

It is also worth noting that Mythic
suspended all in-game house rent in Dark Age of Camelot in response to the hurricane.

A good Labor Day to all celebrate it.


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