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TB1970
02-26-2005, 10:00 PM
Hi all, dunno if you've seen the article on Yahoo! yet, so thought I'd post it...--------------------------------------------Sony Puts Pizza Ordering in VideogamesFri Feb 25, 7:29 AM ET Technology - APPETER SVENSSON, AP Technology WriterNEW YORK - Demonstrating a deep understanding of what its computer-gaming audience, Sony has built the ability to order pizza into its latest online multiplayer game. Type the command "/pizza" while playing Everquest II, a fantasy game with 330,000 active players, and get the Pizza Hut Web site, where you can place orders for delivery.Chris Kramer, spokesman for Sony Online Entertainment, said he believes this is the first time a game accepts orders for real-world items.Sony plans to integrate the pizza function more tightly into the game, so players can charge pizza to their monthly game subscription bill."The goal for the future is to eventually let people do more things like this," Kramer said. "They could type /harry potter and get the new Harry Potter (news - web sites) book delivered or /star wars and get the new Star Wars DVD."Many games incorporate ads and product placements, but such opportunities are limited with fantasy games like Everquest.Though the new pizza feature might satisfy appetites, caution is required as the game doesn't pause while you're ordering."You wouldn't want to order pizza in the thick of combat, but anywhere that's safe is a good place," said Kramer

WAPCE
02-26-2005, 11:03 PM
Yeah, I read this on Boston.com as well.<blockquote><hr>TB1970 wrote:"The goal for the future is to eventually let people do more things like this," Kramer said. "They could type /harry potter and get the new Harry Potter (news - web sites) book delivered or /star wars and get the new Star Wars DVD."<hr></blockquote>Can't wait for that. <img src="http://home.comcast.net/~axp696/forumimages/smiley/rolleyes.gif">

Bro
02-27-2005, 02:38 AM
<DIV>Waiting for /beer.</DIV>

Nahs
02-27-2005, 05:40 AM
<DIV>Wonder how much Pizza Hut is paying Sony to have them do this?  Apparently enough to offset the number of people quitting the game.  330,000 Active players,  Maybe active accounts but how many of those people have logged in lately?</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>I apologize if I seem cynical but this is imo a grasp at a straw to help subsidize an otherwise bad turn of events for Sony in regards to the game.</DIV>

Myth1184
02-27-2005, 05:57 AM
<DIV>Papa Johns > Pizza Hut...Pizza Hut is 10% Food, 90% Grease</DIV>

Yask
02-27-2005, 07:42 AM
<DIV>Sad, so very sad.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV>

TB1970
02-27-2005, 08:53 AM
<blockquote><hr>Myth1184 wrote:<DIV>Papa Johns > Pizza Hut...Pizza Hut is 10% Food, 90% Grease</DIV><hr></blockquote>Hehe, I'm glad I'm not the only one to think this <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />

Qwindar
02-27-2005, 11:18 AM
<blockquote><hr>Myth1184 wrote:<DIV>Papa Johns > Pizza Hut...Pizza Hut is 10% Food, 90% Grease</DIV><hr></blockquote>Yeah, but it's tastier grease.

Yeev
02-27-2005, 03:26 PM
<DIV>/Evian</DIV>

Daeanor
02-27-2005, 06:01 PM
<blockquote><hr>Nahsav wrote:<DIV>Wonder how much Pizza Hut is paying Sony to have them do this? Apparently enough to offset the number of people quitting the game. 330,000 Active players, Maybe active accounts but how many of those people have logged in lately?</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>I apologize if I seem cynical but this is imo a grasp at a straw to help subsidize an otherwise bad turn of events for Sony in regards to the game.</DIV><hr></blockquote>That would be a really stupid reason to quit the game. It has absolutely no impact on gameplay, and absolutely no intrusion into the game world.

scorn
02-27-2005, 07:20 PM
<DIV><FONT color=#ffffff>At least RL provisioners are making money. </FONT></DIV>

Kehlar
02-27-2005, 08:09 PM
Nahsav wrote:"Wonder how much Pizza Hut is paying Sony to have them do this? Apparently enough to offset the number of people quitting the game. 330,000 Active players, Maybe active accounts but how many of those people have logged in lately?I apologize if I seem cynical but this is imo a grasp at a straw to help subsidize an otherwise bad turn of events for Sony in regards to the game."This command has been in since beta.<p>Message Edited by Kehlar on <span class=date_text>02-27-2005</span> <span class=time_text>07:13 AM</span>

ITZBITZ
02-28-2005, 08:50 PM
<DIV>I'm waiting to see the following on test:</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Advanced Provisioner 4:</DIV> <DIV>Taco (1 rodent meat, 1 packet of spice, 1 bread, 1 fuel) : heartburn duration (34 min)</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Advanced Provisioner 5:</DIV> <DIV>Pepsi (1 water, 1 lemon (rare harvest), 1 sugar, 1 fuel)</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Advanced Provisioner 9:</DIV> <DIV>Burrito (1 rodent meat, 1 packet of spice, 1 dough, 1 fuel): heartburn duration (1 hour)</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Of course, it won't be until:</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Advanced Provisioner 19: </DIV> <DIV>Antacid (1 calcium cluster (rare), 1 liquid, 1 fuel): Cures heartburn for 24 hours</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> </DIV>

Tseram
03-01-2005, 02:14 AM
<blockquote><hr>TB1970 wrote:Hi all, dunno if you've seen the article on Yahoo! yet, so thought I'd post it...--------------------------------------------Sony Puts Pizza Ordering in VideogamesFri Feb 25, 7:29 AM ET Technology - APPETER SVENSSON, AP Technology WriterNEW YORK - Demonstrating a deep understanding of what its computer-gaming audience, Sony has built the ability to order pizza into its latest online multiplayer game. Type the command "/pizza" while playing Everquest II, a fantasy game with 330,000 active players, and get the Pizza Hut Web site, where you can place orders for delivery.Chris Kramer, spokesman for Sony Online Entertainment, said he believes this is the first time a game accepts orders for real-world items.Sony plans to integrate the pizza function more tightly into the game, so players can charge pizza to their monthly game subscription bill."The goal for the future is to eventually let people do more things like this," Kramer said. "They could type /harry potter and get the new Harry Potter (news - web sites) book delivered or /star wars and get the new Star Wars DVD."Many games incorporate ads and product placements, but such opportunities are limited with fantasy games like Everquest.Though the new pizza feature might satisfy appetites, caution is required as the game doesn't pause while you're ordering."You wouldn't want to order pizza in the thick of combat, but anywhere that's safe is a good place," said Kramer<hr></blockquote>It's really an outrage actually.I don't know about anyone else, but I think they're basically selling us out.

wr4ithd0
03-01-2005, 02:34 AM
<DIV>LOL about the /beer comment.  Move to Europe, they will deliver beer.  Waiting for /cigarettes hehe</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>I dont think its an outrage so much as they are 'selling out' as it is a comment on how lazy the player base is.  Want pizza, pick up a phone.  Need to check news, go to windowed mode.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>It is an ingenious idea on Sony's part to make some more cash though.</DIV>

Haml
03-01-2005, 08:10 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> wr4ithd00d wrote:<BR> <DIV>LOL about the /beer comment.  Move to Europe, they will deliver beer.  Waiting for /cigarettes hehe</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>I dont think its an outrage so much as they are 'selling out' as it is a comment on how lazy the player base is.  Want pizza, pick up a phone.  Need to check news, go to windowed mode.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>It is an ingenious idea on Sony's part to make some more cash though.</DIV><BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <P>Wait wait How bout /stairmaster  Trust me sitting on the tushy all day playing EQII will make one of these vital as well!</P> <P> </P> <P> </P>

Winterchi
03-02-2005, 01:12 PM
<DIV>be nice if they have /boss auto message calling in sick...etc</DIV> <DIV>or /girlfriend or /lover while your busy playing, call girl comes over...</DIV> <DIV>/news would acutally be good..get latest news while playing or waiting for lfg, top 5 recent news.</DIV> <DIV>anyone have other ideas? lame or good?</DIV>

Fragzzt
03-02-2005, 10:33 PM
<DIV>***Sony plans to integrate the pizza function more tightly into the game, so players can charge pizza to their monthly game subscription bill.<BR>***</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>You know what, if that was in fact the case.  If it pulled up your address etc etc automatically, i would probably use it.  I hate having to chase down my credit card when ordering online.  Now, if they put a /orderlastpizza  in it, where it would just place an order the same as the last one you had, mmmmm, my laziness would be complete.  </DIV> <DIV> </DIV>

TheMightyTaco
03-02-2005, 11:11 PM
<DIV>What sucks about it is that it just does the simple task of going to the pizza hut website.  I wanted to see the thing open an actual EQ window in game.  And while they are busy filling that request of mine, they need to definately switch to Papa John's.  And then, if they have time, they can get those guys at Trillian to hookup an ingame window for the best chat client ever.</DIV>

Ender
03-03-2005, 12:48 AM
Need Tyrone Biggums to give me some /crack.

adscla
03-03-2005, 04:44 AM
<DIV>Could try to keep it within the genre of the game...</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/buxom wench</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/roast pig on a spit</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/mead</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>would have much prefered /kebab or /sundayroast - but thats just be being english.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>and before anyone else does it - /nice cup of tea</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> </DIV>

Blackguard
03-03-2005, 05:10 AM
For those wondering about the "/harry potter" and "/star wars" commands, those are entirely hypothetical and are not to be taken literally.

Jacobi
03-03-2005, 05:26 AM
<DIV>/bedpan</DIV>

Orralo
03-03-2005, 05:31 AM
It also was mentioned on the "Today Show" this morning courtesy of NBC.

TygerBlueEy
03-03-2005, 05:44 AM
<DIV>I hear SWG is going to add /ensure for their staff to use...lol</DIV> <DIV> </DIV>

Schadwe
03-03-2005, 05:44 AM
I told all you fanbois that /pizza was only the beginning. "S-T-F-U, this is only ONE advertisement command." is what I'd hear...Hmm, "told ya so" is SOOOOO gratifying. The floodgates are now open. Get ready for ingame adverts and spam.

Sardunos
03-03-2005, 06:38 AM
/prostitute

Silversnow
03-03-2005, 07:34 AM
/queueSo i can experience the awesomeness of that other game.

naladini
03-03-2005, 10:11 AM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Blackguard wrote:<BR>For those wondering about the "/harry potter" and "/star wars" commands, those are entirely hypothetical and are not to be taken literally.<BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <P>You mean the new SOE design studio in Seattle isn't building a Harry Potter MMO? <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P> </P> <P> </P>

QuaiCon
03-03-2005, 02:00 PM
<blockquote><hr>Silversnow wrote:/queueSo i can experience the awesomeness of that other game.<hr></blockquote>lol

Onetr
03-03-2005, 03:01 PM
<DIV>I read the story online and in the papers a few days ago.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>So, what's next?</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> <DIV>/browse <A href="http://www.google.com/" target=_blank>http://www.google.com</A></DIV> <DIV> </DIV>/shop</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/amazon</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/tacobell</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/depends</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Too bad Pizza Hut makes lousy pizza in my area (San Jose). I have no interest in using /pizza until there are better choices.</DIV>

Yinm
03-03-2005, 03:23 PM
<DIV>Commands already in game :</DIV> <DIV>/takemybrain</DIV> <DIV>/iamafool</DIV> <DIV>/iloveads</DIV> <DIV>/reallifeordersdontbreakimmersion</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Underdevelopment :</DIV> <DIV>More vendors will be added to the major commercial districts (Qeynos Harbour and Freeport East), instead of selling in game items or providing any in game service they will be an immersive way for you to shop online for real life stuffs. Check the Target vendor quickly : he'll be doing an automatic instant 10% rebate for the first 1000 costumers!</DIV> <DIV>Please note that due to marketing issues the vendor avatar in Freeport has been changed from a troll to a High Elf because Target felt it was bad for its image and doesn't want its brand be assimilated to the image of a troll to EQ2 players.</DIV> <DIV>Furthermore, the vendor avatar in Qeynos Harbour has been changed from a Halfling to a tall Barbarian because most people think being short means being weak and untrustful and we don't want people to think that about our brand.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>same day, Major annoucement from John Smedley, CEO of SOE :</DIV> <DIV>It has been raised to our attention that Europeans feel as an injustice the fact they are billed 18% more for VAT. However, because they don't have access to all those great features and in game real life products vendors we have decided not to modify our european fees.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>1 month later : After the stunning success of our in game real life products vendors, we are pleased to announce the opening of similar shops with the help of great european partners. Now that our European and North American costumers are all on an equal level, we agree it is no longer fair for europeans to be paying more! Therefore we have decided to raise the monthly fee for north americans by 18% as well.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>"We are working for a better EQ2, with you, for you!"</DIV><p>Message Edited by Yinmay on <span class=date_text>03-03-2005</span> <span class=time_text>11:26 AM</span>

Nahs
03-03-2005, 04:25 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Blackguard wrote:<BR>For those wondering about the "/harry potter" and "/star wars" commands, those are entirely hypothetical and are not to be taken literally.<BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <DIV>Hypothetical, like the way all the adventure classes are hypothetically balanced, The artisan class is hypothetically a viable route to go instead of having to adventure.  I like this one, </FONT></DIV> <DIV></FONT> </DIV> <DIV>Hypothisis: SOE Actually cares about their players/fanbase.</FONT></DIV> <DIV>Findings:    SOE Actually cares about the bottom dollar NOW rather than 2 or more years from now.</FONT></DIV> <DIV>                               </FONT></DIV> <DIV></FONT> </DIV> <DIV>Hypothetical, I like that word.</FONT></DIV>

Rango
03-03-2005, 05:40 PM
<DIV>You people can be so [expletive ninja'd by Faarbot] ungrateful.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>I mean, they go out of their way to do something that we *should* appreciate, and you people [expletive ninja'd by Faarbot] all over it.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>[expletive ninja'd by Faarbot]... if that was me, it would be the LAST time I tried to do somethin nice for you.</DIV>

DCpunk
03-03-2005, 06:14 PM
<DIV>It was on CNN either yesterday or the day before, too.</DIV>

DCpunk
03-03-2005, 06:21 PM
<DIV> <P><STRONG><FONT size=5><FONT color=#ffffff>Sony offers pizza feature for hungry gamers</FONT></FONT></STRONG></P> <P><SPAN class=cnnstorytime1><SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff>Monday, February 28, 2005</FONT></SPAN></SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff><SPAN class=cnnstorytime1><SPAN> Posted: </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN class=cnnstorytime1><SPAN>10:50 AM EST</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN class=cnnstorytime1><SPAN> (1550 GMT) </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN></SPAN></FONT></P> <P><FONT color=#ffffff><SPAN>NEW YORK</SPAN><SPAN> (AP) -- Sony has built the ability to order pizza into its latest online multiplayer game. Type the command "/pizza" while playing Everquest II, a fantasy game with 330,000 active players, and get the Pizza Hut Web site, where you can place orders for delivery.</SPAN></FONT></P> <P><SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff>Chris Kramer, spokesman for Sony Online Entertainment, said he believes this is the first time a game accepts orders for real-world items.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff>Sony plans to integrate the pizza function more tightly into the game, so players can charge pizza to their monthly game subscription bill.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff>"The goal for the future is to eventually let people do more things like this," Kramer said. "They could type /harry potter and get the new Harry Potter book delivered or /star wars and get the new Star Wars DVD."</FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff>Many games incorporate ads and product placements, but such opportunities are limited with fantasy games like Everquest.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff>Though the new pizza feature might satisfy appetites, caution is required as the game doesn't pause while you're ordering.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff>"You wouldn't want to order pizza in the thick of combat, but anywhere that's safe is a good place," said Kramer.</FONT></SPAN></P> <P><SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P><SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P><SPAN><FONT color=#ffffff>Copyright 2005 The </FONT><A href="http://www.cnn.com/interactive_legal.html#AP" target=_blank><FONT color=#ffffff>Associated Press</FONT></A><FONT color=#ffffff>. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</FONT></SPAN></P></DIV>

Eelyen
03-03-2005, 06:41 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Fragzzt wrote:<BR> <DIV>***Sony plans to integrate the pizza function more tightly into the game, so players can charge pizza to their monthly game subscription bill.<BR>***</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>You know what, if that was in fact the case.  If it pulled up your address etc etc automatically, i would probably use it.  I hate having to chase down my credit card when ordering online.  Now, if they put a /orderlastpizza  in it, where it would just place an order the same as the last one you had, mmmmm, my laziness would be complete.  </DIV> <DIV> </DIV><BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE>I am so for this command. 

Moonlance
03-03-2005, 07:19 PM
<DIV>It was also the butt of a Jay Leno joke this week. </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Way to go to improve the image of the average gamer!</DIV><p>Message Edited by Moonlance on <span class=date_text>03-03-2005</span> <span class=time_text>06:31 AM</span>

LoofLirpa
03-03-2005, 07:52 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Nahsav wrote:<BR> <DIV>Wonder how much Pizza Hut is paying Sony to have them do this?  Apparently enough to offset the number of people quitting the game.  330,000 Active players,  Maybe active accounts but how many of those people have logged in lately?</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>I apologize if I seem cynical but this is imo a grasp at a straw to help subsidize an otherwise bad turn of events for Sony in regards to the game.</DIV><BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE> <P>What are you talking about?  Our server continues to grow at a rapid pace.  Everyone I've talked to rave about this game.  Sure some people leave for many reasons.  Some game related some personal related...Thats not new or surprising.  Do you have documented information on this or are you just trying to stir up poop?  There are some people who go through life whining and complaining about everything simply to suck the energy out of people.  If you don't have proof to support such a statement; " imo a grasp at a straw to help subsidize an otherwise bad turn of events for Sony in regards to the game." then keep your mouth shut!</P> <P>btw..if people want to use /pizza to order pizza while playing....and pizzahut is willing to pay SOE for it..then in the end we all win.</P> <P> </P> <P> </P> <P> </P> <P> </P> <p>Message Edited by LoofLirpa on <span class=date_text>03-03-2005</span> <span class=time_text>06:55 AM</span>

Brusilov
03-03-2005, 08:47 PM
<DIV>hehe it even made the Dutch radio last week <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></DIV>

Fragzzt
03-03-2005, 08:51 PM
<DIV>People tend to get a little to excited over things IMO.  One of these days I'll stop going to forums unless I actually need assistance.  But they are like a car wreck, you have to look even if you dont want to.  Plus, it's fun to watch people get all offensive and stuff over something silly that's said about a computer game.  LOL, I wonder how many people like me will throw something out there just to see how rabid people will become over it.  </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>You have to admit though, CNN / ESPN / AP / Leno etc etc etc all talking about EQ2, hmmmm, free pubcility.  Sounds like if no one ever orders using it, they got their monies worth out of it. </DIV> <DIV> </DIV>

Alarye
03-03-2005, 09:37 PM
<DIV>I got it, this would be the end all sell out and the  best durn idea if they did this.  Forget /pizza, I won't use it, I like Chinese takeout more than pizza anyway. But here is a command that everyone would love and Hate at the sametime.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/starbucks grandelattewith2shotsofespressotogo</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Yeahh, that would be the pinnacle of sell out and buy in. </DIV>

DCpunk
03-03-2005, 11:31 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Alarye wrote:<BR> <DIV>I got it, this would be the end all sell out and the  best durn idea if they did this.  Forget /pizza, I won't use it, I like Chinese takeout more than pizza anyway. But here is a command that everyone would love and Hate at the sametime.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/starbucks grandelattewith2shotsofespressotogo</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Yeahh, that would be the pinnacle of sell out and buy in. </DIV><BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE><BR> coffe is disgusting

uzhiel feathered serpe
03-03-2005, 11:35 PM
<DIV>Personally, I think its awesome.  Since I'm charging the pizza to my credit card it makes no diff if I charge it to my SoE account .I have already used it a couple of times and its very convenient! Now, saying that, I'd like more commands such as:</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/walkdog        Someone comes and walks my dog so I dont have to stop raiding Venekor.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/takewife        A family member comes and takes the wife away because shes ruinning the access quest to the Menagerie</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/washdishes  Wife is automatically notified that there are dirty dishes that need to be washed.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/massage      oh, the possibilities!</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/changeiv       self-explanatory.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/callinsick       self-explanatory</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>See? the possibilites are endless!</DIV>

Zeroimagination
03-04-2005, 12:12 AM
<DIV>I've got it!  SoE claims they want to remove in-game money...</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>They should let you spend a couple gold (or some other amount of game money) for a discount on your /pizza <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></DIV>

Meryddian
03-04-2005, 12:27 AM
<DIV><FONT face=Helv size=2> <P><EM>It's really an outrage actually.</EM></P> <P><EM>I don't know about anyone else, but I think they're basically selling us out.</EM></P> <P> <HR> <P></P> <P>There was a time, not all that long ago, when we didn't have advertisements at the movies. I'm not talking about trailers (much <3 for the trailers, little cinemaholic that I am), or the concession stand plug, or the THX advert. I'm talking about advertisements for Coke, for Pepsi, for BMW, for whatever*. Less people were going to the movies, and staying home to watch DVDs/VCR instead, so to prevent movie ticket costs from skyrocketing, cinemas began allowing non-movie related advertising. These commercials range from the inobtrusive between-showings-slide show where local advertisers pony up a few bucks, to the commercials from major companies slotted between trailers, to things like Coca-Cola's moviemaker short film contest. (By the way, this is the same reason that many DVD releases now figure advertisements or "are sponsored by" - so that they can sell us the DVDs at $10-25/each instead of the $60+ it used to cost per videotape - is giving up 30 seconds of your time worth saving $50?). </P> <P>Now, I love the whole theatre experience, always have. In fact the first film I can remember going to see in the theatre - mind you, I grew up in the 70's when cartoon features came out maybe once a year from Disney, not this steady stream of cartoon flicks they have today - was Star Wars. The first one, back in 1977. That was back when going to the movies was a pretty big deal, a special treat. (remember when paying $3 for the mega family bucket of popcorn was considered expensive?) While to some extent going to the movies is no longer the special treat it was 25+ years ago, it is still a good night out, and an experience you pay for. Personally, I'm willing to sit through a commercial or two (three max, in addition to the trailer lineup) to not have to shovel out $15 for a movie ticket, so long as they're interesting. In fact it's not the pre-showing commercials that keep my cable TV and Netflix subscriptions lively; it's that where I live, movie tickets cost $9-10 for prime time. By paradox, I'm willing to use services like moviefone.com and Fandango to ensure that I DO have a ticket and I don't have to wait in line when I actually go out and see a movie "live", even if the service fee adds $1 to the transaction. (I can't remember the last time I actually stood in line for movie tickets!)</P> <P>As somebody with a background in advertising and marketing, I have to say I understand SOE's move. Like somebody said, it probably started from the long-standing joke of "wouldn't it be great if there were commands in game for..." The fact that it even made it live shows that SOE knows the gamer demographic: whether we're casual or die-hard, most of us rely to some extent on delivery on at least some of the days of our playing. What is the most popular delivery food and the most accessible coast to coast? Pizza. Who is a highly recognizeable name with an extensive worldwide network? Pizza Hut. In some ways it's so logical that it's almost scary. <IMG height=16 src="http://eqiiforums.station.sony.com/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif" width=16 border=0> (I'm with the folks who'd rather see Papa John be there, though /grin). Plus, I find it far, far less obtrusive to know there's a /pizza command than if I had to look at in-game advertisements. Just say NO to IN-game advertisements - I can live with the PRE-game ones; real-world company names and logos in a game like EQ would simply be too jarring against the fantasy setting of the game. (In a game like Grand Theft Auto, however, it would be a different story). </P> <P>Not to mention that every single time the /pizza command makes it into Jay Leno's monologue, or a news story on cnn.com, or anything else, that's not just thousands of dollars worth of free advertising, that's millions worth of free "advertising". </P> <P>As to whether it changes the perception of gamers... probably not by much. Most people would assume that somebody spending large amounts of time in front of the TV or the computer or whatever will eventually reach for the phone or the computer to order delivery. You see, Pizza Hut wins here, too - they too get tons of free advertising out of this deal. I had no idea that it was possible to order Pizza Hut online. Now I do, and you do, and anybody who's heard the story does. So while it may not necessarily drive more folks to play the game over WoW ("hey, I can order pizza from in-game!"), at least people know it's there. I don't view it as selling out the consumer; I view it as two companies saw an opportunity and ran with it. I'm sure they did focus groups etc. to ensure the investment was worthwhile.</P> <P>We do live in a culture that IS over-saturated with advertisements, but that is because people have, to an extent, become desensitized to advertising; it is mainly the outstanding and memorable ads that make an impact. (I don't/won't drink Bud Light, but I certainly remember the bird commercial from the Oscars). With the way this command works in game, if it is that bothersome to you, then the solution is easy: Don't use it. </P> <P>On a side note, the only change I would make from their existing advertising tags of Lucan d'Lere is to put Antonia Bayle on there instead. Sure, the existing art for the evil guy "matches" already (his red vs her purple). But, as has been proven, sex sells. And who are you more likely to buy something from - a lovely lady, or a guy who looks like he's ready to punch yer lights out before he hands you your pizza? Not to mention that the gamers demographic is predominantly male. Besides, in that picture where she has her hands up and look of bliss on her face... it's like... "pizza! oohhh yeah, that'll do my munchies good...mmmmm" /ebilgrin</P> <P><FONT face=Arial>(and yes, I'm saying this even though I'm a woman. If I didn't know what EQII was, and I saw the ad blurb at the top of the pizzahut.com page, I can state that I would not have enough interest based on Lucan's picture to click through.)</FONT></P> <P> </P> <P> </P> <P>*(side note - there's an interesting article on CNN.com dated 2/9/05 re: movie theatre advertising stating that 27% of the movie theatre-going consumer base find the practice offensive enough that they are cutting back on their visits to theatres - http://money.cnn.com/2005/02/01/pf/movietheaterads/) </P></FONT></DIV><p>Message Edited by Meryddian on <span class=date_text>03-03-2005</span> <span class=time_text>01:40 PM</span>

Pickup
03-04-2005, 12:30 AM
Can see it now:If you are a Freeport citizen, a large Ogre turns up at your house, smashes your front door in with his club and demands 'shinies' for the disc of rodent meat covered barely cooked thing he claims is your pizza. He grabs your wallet and takes it and anything else he fancies as his tip.If you are a Qeynos citizen, a wood elf turns up with your pizza, which will have organic cheese and a high fibre bran crust and less than 3% fat overall. The 'meat' will actually be soya substitute. She will refuse any tip you give her as 'delivering food to others is reward enough' and will give you a free pine scented air freshener so you can be reminded of the forests and hills while you play.

Rpgplay
03-04-2005, 12:30 AM
<DIV><A href="http://eqiiforums.station.sony.com/eq2/view_profile?user.id=39253" target=_blank><SPAN>LoofLirpa</SPAN></A><BR><SPAN>Journeyman<BR>Posts: 47<BR>Registered: 11-13-2004 </SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN></SPAN> </DIV> <DIV><SPAN> <P>What are you talking about?  Our server continues to grow at a rapid pace.  Everyone I've talked to rave about this game.  Sure some people leave for many reasons.  Some game related some personal related...Thats not new or surprising.  Do you have documented information on this or are you just trying to stir up poop?  There are some people who go through life whining and complaining about everything simply to suck the energy out of people.  If you don't have proof to support such a statement; " imo a grasp at a straw to help subsidize an otherwise bad turn of events for Sony in regards to the game." then keep your mouth shut!</P> <P>btw..if people want to use /pizza to order pizza while playing....and pizzahut is willing to pay SOE for it..then in the end we all win.</P> <P></P> <HR> <P>Id like to see some of your proof that people are staying.</P> <P>On my server in the chat channels people have been talking about mass guild abondonment, and in my guild quite a few people are fed up with SoE, or just bored with the game and now are trying out WoW.</P> <P>Im on Blackburrow, what server are you on that has such a rapid influx of players?</P></SPAN></DIV>

LordTwist
03-04-2005, 01:53 AM
<DIV>This is from part of the editors (Steve Bauman) statement in computer games magazine for april. He never wanted to get into MMO's doesn't like the time involved, but since WoW doesn't take the time other MMO's do he tried it. He claims he loves the game but..</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>  I've had to stop monitoring messageboards, Though, because they've moved from exciting tales of adventure and discovery - "This is something cool i've discovered!",or "If you're a rogue, you might want to try this!"- to endless [expletive ninja'd by Faarbot]ing over server problems. Or [expletive ninja'd by Faarbot]ing about being disconnected. Or [expletive ninja'd by Faarbot]ing about lag. Or [expletive ninja'd by Faarbot]ing about how one character is too powerful/not powerful enough. Or [expletive ninja'd by Faarbot]ing that itlacks feature X from game Y. Or [expletive ninja'd by Faarbot]ing about Blizzard's customer service. Or [expletive ninja'd by Faarbot]ing over system performance. Doesn't anyone enjoy the game anymore?</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> This is a small section of his story and experience but it is the part I felt hits here also. I think people are too focused on themselves to become a community. Or too focused on how they thing the game should be to play the game they have.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Also I had to type all of that in and my typing is very poor so any errors are mine, not his.</DIV>

Rango
03-04-2005, 02:13 AM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Pickup wrote:<BR>Can see it now:<BR><BR>If you are a Freeport citizen, a large Ogre turns up at your house, smashes your front door in with his club and demands 'shinies' for the disc of rodent meat covered barely cooked thing he claims is your pizza. He grabs your wallet and takes it and anything else he fancies as his tip.<BR><BR>If you are a Qeynos citizen, a wood elf turns up with your pizza, which will have organic cheese and a high fibre bran crust and less than 3% fat overall. The 'meat' will actually be soya substitute. She will refuse any tip you give her as 'delivering food to others is reward enough' and will give you a free pine scented air freshener so you can be reminded of the forests and hills while you play.<BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <DIV>Sorry, that illicited some odd responces from the people around me, because I suddenly started laughing so hard. "delivering food to others is reward enough" just rubs me the right way!</DIV>

Konger
03-04-2005, 02:47 AM
/pizza has been in the game since fairly early in Beta. It is something they were planning for a while. it was not done to bolster up something that some of you wrongly perceive as failing.

Kyriel
03-04-2005, 03:21 AM
<DIV>COME ON! blackguard seriously i am not playing make em do /pandaexpress sniff* my favorite food.</DIV>

LoofLirpa
03-04-2005, 03:22 AM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Rpgplaya2 wrote:<BR> <DIV><A href="http://eqiiforums.station.sony.com/eq2/view_profile?user.id=39253" target=_blank><SPAN>LoofLirpa</SPAN></A><BR><SPAN>Journeyman<BR>Posts: 47<BR>Registered: 11-13-2004 </SPAN></DIV> <DIV><SPAN></SPAN> </DIV> <DIV><SPAN> <P>What are you talking about?  Our server continues to grow at a rapid pace.  Everyone I've talked to rave about this game.  Sure some people leave for many reasons.  Some game related some personal related...Thats not new or surprising.  Do you have documented information on this or are you just trying to stir up poop?  There are some people who go through life whining and complaining about everything simply to suck the energy out of people.  If you don't have proof to support such a statement; " imo a grasp at a straw to help subsidize an otherwise bad turn of events for Sony in regards to the game." then keep your mouth shut!</P> <P>btw..if people want to use /pizza to order pizza while playing....and pizzahut is willing to pay SOE for it..then in the end we all win.</P> <P></P> <HR> <P>Id like to see some of your proof that people are staying.</P> <P>On my server in the chat channels people have been talking about mass guild abondonment, and in my guild quite a few people are fed up with SoE, or just bored with the game and now are trying out WoW.</P> <P>Im on Blackburrow, what server are you on that has such a rapid influx of players?</P></SPAN></DIV><BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <P>I'm on Unrest and business is booming. Our guild has 109 members and is growing everday.   If there is a problem on BB that sucks.  Switch servers if you can.</P> <P> </P>

Klerik
03-04-2005, 01:47 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> MisterCode wrote:<BR> <DIV>......get those guys at Trillian to hookup an ingame window.......</DIV><BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE> <P>I've been wanting this one ever since release.  A Trillian plugin to chat in EQ2 offline.</P> <P><BR> </P>

Weesta
03-04-2005, 09:17 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Hamlet wrote:<BR><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> wr4ithd00d wrote:<BR> <DIV>LOL about the /beer comment.  Move to Europe, they will deliver beer.  Waiting for /cigarettes hehe</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>I dont think its an outrage so much as they are 'selling out' as it is a comment on how lazy the player base is.  Want pizza, pick up a phone.  Need to check news, go to windowed mode.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>It is an ingenious idea on Sony's part to make some more cash though.</DIV><BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <P>Wait wait How bout /stairmaster  Trust me sitting on the tushy all day playing EQII will make one of these vital as well!</P> <P> </P> <P> </P><BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE>LOL!<BR>

JasonTheReap
03-05-2005, 01:09 PM
<DIV>well, my siggy sez it all</DIV>

roundhill
03-06-2005, 04:40 AM
<blockquote><hr>Pickup wrote:Can see it now:If you are a Freeport citizen, a large Ogre turns up at your house, smashes your front door in with his club and demands 'shinies' for the disc of rodent meat covered barely cooked thing he claims is your pizza. He grabs your wallet and takes it and anything else he fancies as his tip.If you are a Qeynos citizen, a wood elf turns up with your pizza, which will have organic cheese and a high fibre bran crust and less than 3% fat overall. The 'meat' will actually be soya substitute. She will refuse any tip you give her as 'delivering food to others is reward enough' and will give you a free pine scented air freshener so you can be reminded of the forests and hills while you play.<hr></blockquote>Man ..that was funny!!!...<img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />Hey!!..wiat a minute...Im a wood elf..<img src="/smilies/9d71f0541cff0a302a0309c5079e8dee.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /><p>Message Edited by roundhill on <span class=date_text>03-05-2005</span> <span class=time_text>03:41 PM</span>

b3taha
03-08-2005, 02:56 AM
<blockquote><hr>TygerBlueEyes wrote:<DIV>I hear SWG is going to add /ensure for their staff to use...lol</DIV><DIV> </DIV><hr></blockquote>[Removed for Content]