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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:28 am    Post subject: WoW China Reply with quote

So WoW in China was run by a company called The9 for the past few years, they ran the servers for Blizzard, etc. Blizzard ended their deal and was planning on, I think, running it themselves following the launch of Wrath of the Lich King in China (which still hasn't happened yet, I guess they're still removing skeletons).

Our good friends The9 however are not too happy with giving up their cash cow, and are holding the 5 million Chinese WoW accounts hostage, and aren't going to give up the data to whoever takes over managing the accounts in China.

That's probably worse than actually kidnapping 5 million people, I think.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. Damn.

Those The9 people are going to end up getting shot in the streets. They should really reconsider.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently mainstream Chinese media hates MMOs and thinks (correctly?) that they're like opium.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mchicken wrote:
Apparently mainstream Chinese media hates MMOs and thinks (correctly?) that they're like opium.


Look, those things destroy lives.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Korea where people kill themselves over it, I guess. It's like Africa and Soccer.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mchicken wrote:
Apparently mainstream Chinese media hates MMOs and thinks (correctly?) that they're like opium.


So they pretty much feel like the US?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lugo wrote:
So they pretty much feel like the US?


My take was that it was discussed much more, because people actually die there because of it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gonna be a lot more people dying from it when The9 is shot in the streets.

There has got to be people dying from it here, too. Somewhere.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, all I can find is two dead Chinese and a Norwegian who feigned death to escape a moose attack.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess China WoW has been offline for six weeks and has no re-release date. Offline "indefinitely." All the WoW China people moved to Taiwanese servers.

Which is funny since there is only one China. And China hates Taiwan.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mchicken wrote:
I guess China WoW has been offline for six weeks and has no re-release date. Offline "indefinitely." All the WoW China people moved to Taiwanese servers.

Which is funny since there is only one China. And China hates Taiwan.


Meanwhile, Taiwanese businessmen are moving most of their investments to the Mainland. By 2016, Taiwan's probably gonna be a SAR like Hong Kong.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They cover all of this in The West Wing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Change_Is_Gonna_Come_(The_West_Wing)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really should watch that show one of these days.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's very, very good. Especially if you like any or all of the following: America, politics, the White House, Presidents, Martin Sheen (and why wouldn't you?), Aaron Sorkin, liberals, walk-and-talks, New Hampshire, and big blocks of cheese.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Upon further reflection I think I need to watch that show again. Just watching five minutes of that episode made me feel that way.
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