In case you actually watch TV (I don’t, unless it’s to watch Gladiator again. Maximus! Maximus! MAXIMUS!) you may have noticed the following two guest starring roles our favorite MMOG Whipping Boy appeared in. The first sighting comes from The Hanged Man:
If you get a chance check out the CNN news rotation. Everquest: Scars of Velious was actually covered in a CNN story. It was an entertainment piece about adult entertainment online but they noted that supposedly 250,000 copies of SOV have been sold in the past month and led that into a business segment about Sony and the various ways they are getting station members to play other games besides Everquest on their site. So it was an entertainment/business piece on CNN in their rotation. My jaw dropped when I turned on CNN and saw some guy with a big red sword whacking 3 gnolls on CNN.
The second sighting comes from someone who wrote in to EQ Vault with the following can’t-make-this-up newsbit (unlike other reputable web sites, we actually tell you when we steal our news from EQ Vault!):
Seems that on the latest episode of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus with Sybill Shepherd was titled “Is He Married To Me\’e2\’80\’a6Or His Computer?”. The first person they had out for the interview mentioned that he works 8 hours on a computer, and then comes home and plays on his computer for 8 hours, apparantly neglecting family. What did he mention he did at home? Everquest. EQ got some free (albeit negative) publicity on the show, which my fiancee made me watch. Anyone else catch this? You can go to their website at http://www.marsvenustv.com but there isn’t anything there that mentions EQ specifically. The guy definately did NOT make EQers look good, by the way.
Rogue of the 30th Pilfer
And just in case you haven’t run screaming for the door yet, Miss Tweety over on corpnews.com is relaying the rumors published by one of those print mags (you know, if it’s in print, it’s GOT to be true) that not only is a new EQ expansion due out shortly (called “Shadows of Luckland” and set on Norrath’s moon, Norrath itself presumably being full now), but the much-rumored never-acknowledged Everquest 2 is actually set for a November 2001 ship date. While we love Tweety absolutely to death here at ltm.net, we should note that (a) we haven’t heard that rumor about the expansion anywhere else and (b) we’re pretty sure the Corporation is run by CANADIANS.
Just in case the tangent hasn’t been completely shattered, let’s leave the realm of EQ entirely and note that the Corporation is also giving away new UO3D alpha CDs. But only to PKs, mind you. They seem to think UO just doesn’t have enough peekays.