Japan online games halted to conserve power

Major disaster causes Square Enix and Konami to temporarily suspend online services to save electricity.

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Update: Services for Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV will resume on March 25 at 4pm PDT.

Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster last Friday has caused power companies in Japan to ask consumers to conserve electricity. As a result, game publishers Square Enix and Konami will be contributing by suspending their services on their respective online games.

Square Enix will temporarily halt its online services on massively multiplayer online role-playing games Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV. The services will be halted for a week starting on March 13 at 7 p.m. The Play Online support services linked to both games will also be stopped. As courtesy, Final Fantasy XI's April service will be free of charge. Because the service halt affects sessions in and out of Japan, players outside of Japan will need to check the Play Online site for further details.

Konami will be suspending its services for Metal Gear Online. It has halted it since March 12 at 10 p.m. At this point in time, there hasn't been any announcement on Konami's site on whether maintenance has finished.

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mumrahh1
mumrahh1

On another note. I did a digital purchase for 10 bucks of FFXIV Online from Gamestop's website. It took forever to patch and get up and running, but why MMO doesn't?? I logged in and in 10 minutes I was so frustrated because the controls are all backwards and simple things take forever to do. FFXIV Online has one of the most horrible user interfaces known to man. I expect this kind of experience from a pre-alpha in testing. I have played just about every mmo out there from time to time and I can say this does not feel, play or represent anything like a mmo that I have ever played. In it's current state it's garbage. They would have to start from the ground up and essentially create a new game to fix the issues that plague FFXIV Online.

mumrahh1
mumrahh1

Also keep in mind that the Japanese people are not getting the straight story from their government either and that's just wrong. Japan's government from day one tried to down play just how bad the radiation was.This is similar to what happened in Russia. Instead Japan's government should be warning people and evacuating the high radiation area instead of playing it down. When that is done people stay put when they should of evacuated and then 10, 20, 30 years down the road they have weird cancers showing up and they die as a result. I will shed a tear for Japan, but only if it goes to the common man being kept in the dark

mumrahh1
mumrahh1

Yeah, I do feel very sorry for the Japanese people. However, what most don't realize or fail to see is that the disaster in Japan is part of a bigger problem. If this happened 10,000 years ago it would have done some damage but it would not of polluted the ocean, air, wildlife, the world, etc. We has humans are a plague on this planet and everything we create is harmful to this environment. A natural disaster many 1,000 of years ago would of scattered all natural things that are easily biodegradable out to sea instead of houses, sewage, radiation, gas, and who knows what else that's made by humans. It's really sad! When I see houses, cars, parts of building, and all kinds of junk created by humans floating in the ocean on TV it makes me want to create a straw house, trash my car and anything else that's not 100% made from the earth.

Sylvaan
Sylvaan

Totally off topic, but i noticed some annoying comments.

Sylvaan
Sylvaan

Great game, but sadly the lesser intelligent humans in the world can't comprehend it's greatness. Therefore, games like WoW or Rift are needed for the 'lesser' beings. Trollllliin at the trolls.

gostrider373
gostrider373

games dont mean nothing its just a world to keep us away from this. but this is the real world and what goes on here is what counts. i just want all the people in japan know that they have alot of support from around the world. you are not alone. we'r all here joining hands and will support you in this time of need. :)

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

@noobzoer It is certainly something to do if someone can't really do anything physically.

noobzoer
noobzoer

@ balthor44 Pray? Are you serious? Prayer does nothing, donate money, gather food, clothing Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

@destinyDemon wtf did I just read? africa is a continent not a country! and if your country/area had this kind of problem I bet you would want the relief/aid too!

destinyDemon
destinyDemon

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Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

I'm more concern about helping out the Japanese than some silly online play.

balthor44
balthor44

Pray for the people of japan... It is such a wonderful country if you ever go to see it.

GRAFFIX610
GRAFFIX610

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sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Yea I could not imagine even wanting to game over there in a time like this even if it was possible.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

To be honest the gaming community is the last thing that's on my mind at the moment regarding japan. I've got a friend out there so I'm well aware how bad things are. Hope everything get's better soon.

ersten
ersten

When you see what happened and the distress of the people who were struck by the disaster you can only acknowledge. This said my Japanese friends are still able to connect to PSN for now and I put a comment to bring them some support. We are a community.

macheteman
macheteman

i truly wonder how many other companies are going to follow suit....I'm willing to bet zero.

Jir11
Jir11

All my thoughts and prayers are for the nation of Japan and the Japanese people. Please donate at your local charity for relief efforts and support for Japan in their time of need.

Viiper
Viiper

not like its top notch game or anythin :P hehehe

5cott
5cott

@FonikhSoupia Well said. Although i'm shocked someone has actually thumbed down your comment.....

Nanorin
Nanorin

@ diabloakaSAHA Thanks for making my day I ROFL.

FonikhSoupia
FonikhSoupia

Almost 10,000 people are dead up until this point so I sure hope so that NO ONE complains about the services being down. The Tsunami disaster is neither a joke nor a game! Konami and Square did the right thing, and I hope that things get better in Japan soon!

teknicz
teknicz

Will me buying a 3DS be helping the Japanese economy or just me satisfying my gamer needs?

Mehrdadmaskull
Mehrdadmaskull

Everyone has to do the most they can, and they did the right thing...hope users wont get angry coz they cant play their MMOs sadly, another quake is said to happen again!

Mehrdadmaskull
Mehrdadmaskull

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diabloakaSAHA
diabloakaSAHA

japan will bounce back.They are the most advanced race of humans afterall.

childe_roland
childe_roland

Well done Square and Konami, hope other companies follow suit.

brian_13un
brian_13un

You just did the right decision lives are much more important than gaming

crazerlapd
crazerlapd

natural disaster is obviously more important than just gaming in the comfort of our living room...

rageman45
rageman45

I agree, I think its better to save some electricity and I hope that the earthquake doesn't strike again. :/

sircyrus
sircyrus

I'm sure all 9 players still playing the latter title will be devastated ;)

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

It's all good because it's for a good cause :D

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

Ouch, well natural disasters are more important than a few hours online right?