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Monday, 14 March 2011 08:57

Japanese servers offline due to quake

Written by David Stellmack

Necessary move to conserve power
Square Enix has confirmed that it has closed its Japanese-hosted servers for a number of titles due to the recent earthquake and nuclear power plant damage in Japan. The move is necessary as the country attempts to conserve what power they have.

The closure will affect the Japanese-hosted servers for Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV, and the PlayOnline services, as well. Customers will not be charged any subscription costs during April.  Kojima’s Twitter feed also confirms that the Metal Gear Online servers would be shut down in an effort to conserve power. Kojima also notes that no timetable has been determined as to when the servers would be up and running again.

It is expected that many other Japanese hosted titles will also be shut down during the need for power conservation. Look for announcements from the region on server service suspensions to continue until the nuclear power plant issues that the country is having are resolved and power is stabilized in the region.

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+5 #1 hoohoo 2011-03-14 18:02
Well, how's about we all say a prayer for Japan then?

Truly terrible what has happened there.
-3 #2 123s 2011-03-14 19:08
Because a prayer helps a lot, if you feel like helping you could donate...but then again there are a lot places that could use help much more
+4 #3 hoohoo 2011-03-14 22:56

You should not assume I've not donated. I have.
-1 #4 bunny 2011-03-15 13:59
We have rolling blackouts expected to continue until April. So a lot of things aren't happening, lights going out, big wasteful LED screens going dark.
And a lot of other things are, despite being so far away, Tokyo is running out of stuff like rice, milk, panty pads and petrol due to panic buying.

Then we add all the doom and glooming of the News, Fukushima 1, some 40 years old, falling apart somewhat dramatically.

I hear rumours of ex-pats fleeing the country.

Religion has no place in natural disasters except as a crutch for those unable to stand on their own. If you must donate, consider "doctors without borders".

PS: after a few days, one is innured to the endless aftershocks. Even M4.1 in the bay is barely enough to wake me.

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