Saturday, August 29, 2009

Progress on version 1.9 and 2.0

Hey all,

1.9 won't go live, instead I will go straight to version 2.0

Most important for me is that I have upgraded from Excel 2003 to 2007. I had to get familiar with Excel 2007, but that was not too hard.
Going to Excel 2007 allowed me to make a cosmetic overhaul more easely.
I have added and revised datapoints for Aion, AoC, WAR, EQ and EQII and hoping to have more new datapoints when 2.0 goes live. I also updated Accuracy Ratings.
I also started on revising the color coding of the mmo's to make them more consistent across the charts and continued to clean up the source links.
Finally I made various internal changes and improvements, so I can bring you more updates faster and better :p

The ETA for version 2.0 is Sunday 13 september.

update :
I need a few more days to get version 2.0 ready, hoping to have it ready before Sunday 20 September.

update :
Version 2.0 is finalized, it should be live by tomorrow, Saturday 19 september

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dust514, an MMOFPS on the Planets of EVE Online

Hey all,

Breaking news :

CCP is releasing an MMOFPS that ties in with the current EVE Online.

The new MMOFPS will be a groundgame on the planets of EVE Online, influence the current EVE Online sovereignty, and it will be console only.

Many veterans received this news with mixed feelings, including myself. But I guess I'll have to keep an open mind until fanfest where more information should be released.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Some EU countries will not be allowed to play Aion on EU servers !

Shocking news to me, the following 3 EU members will not be allowed to play on the EU servers :

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

They will even be IP blocked ! And forced to play on Russian servers ...

I think this is outrageous, the least NCSoft can do is allow these countries to buy an EU version and let them to play on EU servers.

Here is a link explaining the situation :
Open letter to NCSoft

edit : Unconfirmed sources claim that the IP ban won't be in effect anymore. This is good news and a reasonable solution. I'll try to find confirmation.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

MMOData Charts version 1.8 Live !

Hey all,

A minor update during low season.

NCSoft Quarterly results are out, the only thing we learn there is that servers substantially increased in China, from 113 to 154, and in Kora from 41 to 43. This reinforces the growth of the game, however there are still no hard numbers in the report, which has me worried. Will this become a trend, or is it because it is low season ... I am going to send them a mail about this.

I restated the WoW China numbers as WoW China is back online and added a new data point from Guinness World Records : 11,6 million at May 2009.

I hope to get more numbers in September and October when everyone is back at work and play :p

Version 1.8 notes :

- Restated WoW china numbers and updated WoW numbers.
- Adjusted the accuracy rating for WoW to A
- Rescaled the CAS Top 10 chart to accomodate the WoW numbers
- Made some cosmetic changes
- Adjusted the accuracy rating for Aion to D
- Added some source links for Aion and WoW
- Made some internal changes