International MMORPG Release Dates – And How They Piss Me Off
It’s now official. Aion will be released on Tuesday 22nd September in the US of A and Friday 25th September in Europe. I know it’s petty, I know it’s silly – it’s only three days difference after all – but still, bloody hell, that announcement really irritated me. Yep, that’s right, My name is Gordon and I’m a European and that makes me a second class citizen in the eyes of the Western world.
We do have electricity here in Scotland, y’know. Some of us even have “com-pu-tas” and amazing mechanical horseless carts that magically transport us from one location to another. I even heard of one chap in the village who had a bizarre black square stone that he uses to talk into and communicate with the spirits of those who happened to be in the elsewhere.
Honest to God, I cannot understand why us Europeans have to arbitrarily wait an additional three days just to play a computer game… which happens to be served and distributed through the magics of the interweb anyway. I know the Yanks saved our bacon in dubya-dubya-too but it doesn’t mean we have to pay for it 60 years later by waiting three more days to play Aion.
Plus, let’s not forget the fact that we’ll probably be segregated from the rest of world too and forced to play on our own servers even if we so desired to interact with those from across the pond. Maybe if I wrote NCSoft a nice email and promised not to contaminate anyone in the bible belt with my left wing ideals they’d let me join the East Coast servers. Anything to get me away from the French guilds and continual overuse of the word ‘m8′ by British youths.
I just can’t fathom the decision and that’s why I’m so annoyed. I really thought we were making progress and moving away from this silly release date bias. Warhammer Online managed it just fine. As did The Lord of the Rings Online and Everquest 2.
Still, I suppose a three day delay is better than the three month delay of World of Warcraft. Thank goodness for Fedex, that’s all I can say about that.
Anyway, time to scurry back to my cave before the daystar sets. I heard crime is on the rise and I haven’t my wooden club with me.