Aion sells great, Age of Conan’s bumper deals, and

It’s days like these…

Being a PC gamer is a love/hate relationship, it really is. I forked out about 180 Kinah to get my hands on a new GTX 260, because I was hoping to run Age of Conan in all its DirectX 10 goodness. I know it’s not the most powerful card in the world, but I figured for my target resolution (1440×900) it would be more than good enough. Hours after getting the dang thing in the mail, I was at my wits end running into bizarre driver issues, and what I can only assume is some sort contact issue that’s causing my motherboard to short and the PC to shut down randomly. Five days later I’m fuming and ready to take a blow torch to the card, the PC, the whole thing.

At least someone’s having a good day. It would seem that with all you folks snapping up copies of Aion as fast as NCsoft can press them, the Korean company’s gone and doubled its sales thanks to the recent global launch. Aion was so good to NCsoft in fact, that the company saw a massive 836 per cent year-on-year increase for the same period last year.

As far as raw sales number go, well we’re hearing the game shifted just under a million units in a week, which is of course mightily impressive. Here’s hoping we can add Aion to the seemingly shrinking list of pay to play MMO’s that are healthy and sustainable in the long term.

NCsoft ain’t resting on their laurels though, no doubt hoping to draw in the fence-sitters, NCsoft have put together a neat little bonus items package for Holiday Season buyers. The code will entitle players to:

  • 20 Lesser Life Potions
  • 15 Lesser Running Scrolls
  • 15 Lodas Amulets

Armor dyes depending on where you get them:

  • Amazon – Hot Orange Dye
  • Best Buy – Mustard Dye (…ew)
  • Game Stop – True Black Dye
  • Target – True Red Dye
  • Walmart – True White Dye

Those currently playing Aion will no doubt have noticed that there’s a sudden spike in grinding post-level 20, it’s something the community’s been pretty vocal about, and to their credit, NCsoft have acknowledged this. Specifically, Aion’s new community manager, Andrew Beegle  addressed these and other concerns in an interview with IGN.

And if you didn’t spend your money on Aion-centric swag, perhaps you tried to pick up a cute little Pandaren Monk earlier this week… oh wait, you couldn’t have! Why? Because they were sold out! How the heck could a virtual item be sold out? Ask Blizzard’s webmasters. Regular readers will know I have a problem with the ludicrously outrageous price of $10 a pop for the virtual pets, but the up side to all this is that at least the Make-A-Wish Foundation gets half of all sales.

In other Blizzard news, World of Warcraft players are now absolutely required to have a account in order to get access to the game, Blizzard and my humble self kindly implore you to head on over here and get yet free account sorted.

Khaaaaaaaaan! Star Trek Online system specs have officially been unveiled, last week we got a release date (February 2nd, 2010), this week we get system specs, is it time to get excited yet? The good news is that if you’ve got a gaming PC bought within the past 2-3 you should be good to go. The minimum requirements call for a GeForce 7950/ATI Radeon X1800, Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz/AMD Athlon X2 3800+, and a measly 1GB of RAM, not too steep eh? Unless you have a malfunctioning GTX 260…

In my last blog post I talked about the recent massive layoffs at EA, and how they might affect some of the MMO’s the affected studios produce. While we still need to think about the folks affected (especially so darn close to Christmas) Mythic is promising gamers that they’re in it for the long haul, and that they remain committed to continuing support for their products;

At Mythic, we remain committed to our games and the passionate people who play them – we’re going to continue to deliver the content and service that keeps you playing.

We want to assure our community that we will maintain the same high level of customer support you’ve come to expect and continue to improve our games with an exciting schedule of patches, live events and new content.

A rather swift reiteration of support, no doubt necessary in order to ensure that the gamers aren’t spooked into a mass exodus. Still, it’s unlikely that EA would give up on Warhammer Online et al so quickly.

So upon checking my mail yesterday I was greeted by the latest in Funcoms numerous attempts to rekindle interest in Age of Conan before Rise of the Godslayer launches. I have to admit this one’s really enticing and I almost, almost went for it on an impulse, resubscribers get:

  • 2 weeks of free game time in November
  • Double XP gained during free game time
  • Subscribe for 1 month, get 7 days free game time
  • Subscribe for 3 months and get guaranteed access to the beta for the upcoming The Secret World (tempting!)
  • Subscribe for 6 months and get a level 40 helmet and a 10 per cent XP modifier
  • Subscribe for 12 months and get a free copy of Rise of the Godslayer, plus all of the above (temptation-o-meter overload!)

Continuing a theme in today’s post of paying for something and getting more stuff for free, Square Enix  has let us know that there’s a secret in-game item hidden somewhere in Final Fantasy XIII that will be unlocked when you play Final Fantasy XIV (assuming you find it in XIII of course).  The promotion is currently available only in Japan, but I’d bet some FFXI gil that it’s going to come to the West in some form… maybe.

Alright, that’s enough jibba-jabba from me, time to get to munching on some Oreos and sipping some ice cold milk… what? It’s beats Tasty Wheat Flakes!


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