If Atlus’ NeoSteam isn’t steampunky enough for you, you might be interested to know that Gatheryn, the upcoming casual steampunk MMORPG from Mindfuse is signing up beta-testers. During the beta-test period, you’ll be expected to keep your lips zipped about the game itself, while various systems are added and tuned, of course.
Signing up isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get in on the beta, but failing to sign up is a guarantee that you won’t.
So, there’s this guy in World of Warcraft who’d had his account hacked and some characters swiped. Eventually (after a very very long time) Blizzard gets around to restoring the characters. Of course the characters’ original items and gear were long gone, but Blizaard tends to put a sort of randomish sort of loot on restored characters, so you’ve at least got something to go on with.
One of the items Blizzard apparently furnished was a shirt. Not just any shirt, though, a shirt that kills all the enemies within 30 feet, with 100 uses. Something that, it seems, players aren’t supposed to have. Blizzard use it for testing purposes.
Probably the item shouldn’t be in the live-game object database, but heck – Blizzard gave it to him, and he tried it out. Not a big surprise there.
Every member of his guild got a 24 hour suspension, and the player himself has been banned. For cheating. My co-workers over at WoW Insider have an interview with the poor bugger.
Now that’s classic customer service.
Over on Massively, we’re giving away 100 beta keys for Sony Online Entertainment’s Free Realms! If you want one, head on over and get an entry in. You have until 9am ET on Saturday April 18.