The Last Story Most Successful Game In XSeed History

XSeed Games has announced that it is releasing a standalone copy of The Last Story to retailers for $29.99 in order to meet demand. Any remaining copies of the premium launch units, available with a bonus 44-page softcover art book packaged together with the game in a custom outer box, are now available for $39.99.

The Last Story has been an amazing title for XSeed Games and it has become our most successful title to date,” said Ken Berry, Executive Vice President at XSeed Games. “This is a must have title for RPG fans, and we’re looking forward to more players discovering the magic that lies in Lazulis Island.”

To read more about The Last Story, read this exclusive [a]list interview.

MMO Future Off The Rails

Subscription based MMOs have been dealing with issues inherent to their creation because they are prohibitively expensive to make. However, some believe the problem may be in not just the business model but the product itself.

“We do not believe the current method of making these games is sustainable,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, noting that player bases go down over time. “If you look at the game releases of the last three years — look at Star Wars: The Old Republic, look at Rift, look at The Secret World, every one of them does this. Every one.”

“The biggest problem is the fact that you’ve got a monthly model, but it”s so expensive to make content for the traditional MMO now that if you spend $250 million like EA did on Star Wars, you’ve only got 30 days” worth of content,” said Mark Kern of Red 5 Studios. “So you’ve made 15 bucks from the consumers, basically, before they churn out of your game.”

Production values for what amounts to a AAA MMO have gotten so high that the World of Warcraft model, which may have made sense when the game released in 2004, no longer works. It’s hard to create content at a pace ahead of players’ boredom.

“You end up in a race to keep enough content out there before the bulk of your players become bored,” said Jon Lander, executive producer of EVE Online. “With [EVE], the more people who come into the game, the less chance you have of getting bored. That overall idea is what has kept us steadily growing now for 10 years.”

Another thing sweeping through gaming in general is emergent gameplay like in DayZ and Minecraft. Those games encourage creativity in scrounging for resources and building creations while attempting to survive, and SOE plans to take cues from that in the future.

“We need to add emergent gameplay to our games if they”re going to last,” said Smedley. “So we are. SOE has committed itself to a focus on emergent and sandbox-style play.”


Warface Has 5 Million Registered Users In Russia

Crytek announced that Warface has reached the 5 million registered players mark in Russia. Published by Mail.Ru Group, the game hit a million registered users in its first month after launch.

“Reaching the five million registered users mark speaks volumes about the quality and appeal of Warface,” said Mail.Ru’s Vladimir Nikolsky. “With a combination of first-class visuals and game play that is second to none, Warface stands out from the crowd and promises to attract even more attention from players in the future.”

Warface was also recently given a Runet Award for its contribution to the Russian-language Internet.

Windows 8 Start Menu App Gains Popularity

The Start Menu was removed from Windows 8 and its turned into one of the major sticking points with some users. It has turned into enough of a big deal that Stardock has sold tens of thousands of copies of Start8, a $5 application that restores a fully functioning Windows 7 Start Menu interface to new Windows 8 PCs and seen thousands more downloaded of the free version.

“We were having some success with word of mouth before the Windows 8 release, and since the release, the floodgates have been opened, and the demand is surprising even us,” says Kris Kwilas, Stardock’s vice president of technology. “It tells me that early adopters of Windows 8 feel there’s something missing — a comfort factor for how they want to use their PCs, vs. how Microsoft has decided for them how they should use their computers.”

Microsoft’s Windows executive Steven Sinofsky was let go just two weeks after Windows 8 released. While it isn’t explicit what the reason for the departure was, he was leading the charge to remove the Start Menu interface.

Source: USA

Game Industry Veterans Weigh In On Wii U

The reception to the launch of the Wii U has been mixed by many people, and that’s reflected in opinions that have come out from the media and people in the industry. Atari founder Nolan Bushnell is among those that are pessimistic, but former Xbox executive Robbie Bach is more bullish, even if he thinks Nintendo should bring its games to other systems

“I actually am baffled by it,” said Bushnell of the Wii U. “I don’t think it’s going to be a big success,” he continued, suggesting that only hardcore gamers would be interested in purchasing a new games machine when the current-gen is still delivering great games. “These things will continue to sputter along, but I really don’t think they’ll be of major import ever again. It feels like the end of an era to me.”

Nolan Bushnell

“It’s the hardest strategic decision Nintendo has had to face in a long time. Would Mario on an iPhone be an interesting property I think yes, it would.” said Bach, adding of the future of the Wii U, “I’ve learned not to count the Nintendo guys out.”

Source: New York Times

Google Maps May Return To iOS

Reports are that Google is preparing a version of Google Maps for iOS 6. A nearly completed version of the app is believed to be in the hands of people outside of the company already as part of an ongoing test.

Apple was deeply criticized for removing the Google Maps App from the latest version of iOS. A major Apple executive was reportedly fired for refusing to publicly apologize for the incident.


Exclusive: Companies Reflect On Free-to-Play

Free-to-play is a business model that’s been a complete phenomenon in the gaming realm. To some companies it has become their whole business, like a Bigpoint. Using browser-based games, the company has managed to expand out from a small European company to a worldwide publisher working with licenses like Battlestar Galactica and Game of Thrones.

“The free-to-play (F2P) model works well for Bigpoint because it provides the lowest possible threshold of entry to our games,” details Daniel Norcia, Director of Performance Marketing at Bigpoint. “Since our games are browser-based, they don’t require an additional download; we offer a full-service gaming experience to new users without any upfront costs or commitment to begin playing.”

Part of the benefit of F2P for companies like Bigpoint and Aeria Games is the metrics it delivers — they know who plays what games for how long. “After ten years in the industry, with some of the best people and tools in the business, we’ve also become well familiar with the balancing of F2P games — it’s something that we monitor on a daily basis,” added Norcia. “The model also fits our diverse portfolio as we offer everything from casual, core, and hardcore titles — it’s all free to play online for anyone, anywhere.”

“Free-to-play has worked really well for Aeria Games since day one. That’s been our business model and it’s done extremely well for us, in fact, we’ve gone on record saying we’ve been profitable since the beginning of our formation,” said JT Nguyen, COO of Aeria Games. “I attribute this to our understanding of how to monetize which stems from offering great games and support to our players. This means understanding who our players are and what they want. The mid-to-core players that we target are now playing on multiple devices, and the frictionless adoption that free-to-play facilitates makes it easy to follow players no matter what platform they are on.”

What’s helped the expansion to areas of the world that don’t necessarily have access to traditional AAA gaming. For those people, playing free online games on their PC or smartphone is their only option, and therefore it becomes their primary option.

“It’s how they experience things on the internet or a mobile device,” Playhem co-founder Keith Swan. “You have people who can’t afford a console plus a game. They can play whatever they want to pay with these online games — that’s why free-to-play is becoming so compelling.”

“As we move between PC, browser, and mobile games, a player doesn’t have to worry if he wants to spend more time on the PC or his iPhone, he can find intensely fun experiences through Aeria wherever he wants to live,” noted Nguyen. “One thing we can count on with games is constant change, and free-to-play deals with change very well.”

One thing many don’t understand about the free-to-play model is how 95 percent of players will generally never put a single cent into the game, but it remains profitable. One part of it is above, hitting numerous platforms, but it’s also how those players that pay nothing help fill out an online experience.

“Those people become the content and platform agnosticism is where its at. It’s not about where I’m playing but what I’m playing. That’s been a fundamental tenet,” says SpaceTime CEO Gary Gattis. “Meanwhile, the retail business is struggling to find its footing. We were suppose to see a new console three years ago but mobile and tablets took over now.”

One of the big differences between free-to-play and other, mostly retail titles is the lack of reliance on a “home run.” Generally most games that launch at retail can be predicted as money winners or losers within a week, but for free-to-play it’s a slow burn — it’s well suited for small studios like Cryptic who have slowly built themselves up over time than larger studios that make huge investments for day one in their games.

“Here is the challenge of Free-to-Play — it is a steadily growing business. It’s not the sort of big bang you get from a retail release,” said Star Trek Online executive producer Dan Stahl. “If you’ve built your game for subscriptions with those big expensive attractions, you rely on your ticket prices to cover your capital costs. It isn’t easy to retrofit a subscription game into a retail business if it wasn’t in the business plan to begin with.”

Of course, with all of the MMO games out there that have switched to free-to-play, there are some exceptions. Rift has a limited option to play free, but could generally be considered to be a traditional subscription only game, thriving under that model for Trion.

“We continue to believe that there is room in the MMO marketplace for high-quality, AAA games that can command monthly subscriptions. I don’t think that quality forces us to a subscription model, as there are high-quality free-to-play games coming up. Like . . . End of Nations,” said a laughing Jim Butler Sr. Director of Global Marketing at Trion.


Exclusive: Connecting With Marketing Awards

Game marketing is becoming a highly specialized and sought after skill for any agency. This recognition will be more official and tangible at the Game Connection Marketing Awards during Game Connection Europe, November 28-30. These awards are designed to recognize and reward the best work in marketing and communications for interactive entertainment, from PR and advertising, to community and digital.

We got a chance to speak with Giulia Palmieri, Marketing Project Manager at Game Connection, on the eve of the first deadline for the nominees to speak about the focus of the awards and Game Connection itself.

What led Game Connection to set these marketing awards up?

The new Marketing Awards are part of the expansion of Game Connection’s remit to incorporate the vital marketing functions of the industry at this year’s event. As well as having a strong presence on the show floor, for the first time marketing professionals will be catered for within the comprehensive program of cutting edge conference and master class content delivered by leading global experts.

Many leading games marketing businesses will be exhibiting at the event, including business intelligence specialists and agencies specializing in media, advertising (including in-game), creative, PR, community management, and digital, email and affiliate marketing.

How do you feel like this is a natural extension of Game Connection’s other convention offerings?

Since its inception in 2001, Game Connection has been the main B2B event in the field of video games publishing and development. Since 2006, the presence of significant service providers (such as game testing, QA, localization etc.) made Game Connection the largest market place also for all those professionals involved in game production and financing. Lately, the market has significantly changed again and new needs have emerged. Business models evolved, mainly because of digital distribution. Social networks affected the way to look at games and new operative systems on mobile devices opened the doors to a whole new market share .We couldn’t stay stick to the usual formula, ignoring the only thing that was missing on our menu: what concerned the launch and the promotion of games. In other words: everything relating to video games marketing.

Do you feel like elements like PR and advertising go under-appreciated in the gaming sphere much of the time?

I don’t think so. Simply, it is difficult to understand all mechanisms behind the launch of a game if you are not in the marketing field and if you don’t know the people who are working within it. Everybody could point at the name of a publisher or a developer. Identify a PR agency or an advertising company specialized in video games is pretty much harder. This is also due to the fact that some information are often confidential, so there are a lot of extremely creative and interesting companies that works like secret agents and deliver unique services to their customers without screaming out loud “I did it! I did it!”. Game Connection’s intention is indeed to gather all those people and create a space where they could showcase their results and make other prospects aware of their potential. 

What benefits do you think the networking possibilities of the awards will be for the nominees?

Entering the contest will provide people with unique opportunities to present their work to the international media and to the entire Game Connection audience of business leaders and professionals, with the ultimate chance of winning a prestigious award. Participants will also be able to network with other industry professionals and marketing experts while developing new business partnerships and being inspired by the latest insights on the future of the industry.

Tell me about the nomination process and how the finalists and winners will eventually be named.

When we first opened the competition we couldn’t imagine such a great feedback. When people started to ask if they could submit projects made before October 2011, we decided to accept them and to welcome all campaigns launched from January 2011 till October 2012.

Officially the deadline is October 11, but since there is a weekend right after, we are closing the online form on Monday 15. When you have to do with such busy people, being flexible is a duty!

After October 15, all applications will be sent to our wonderful advisory board of leading industry experts. I’m talking about Vincent Dondaine, Sales and Marketing Director at Bulkypix; Alexandre Scriabine, Acquisition Manager at Electronic Arts; Rupert Loman, Managing Director at Eurogamer Network; Dennis Heinert, Head of Public Relations at Innogames; Sébastien Anxolabéhère, Editor at JDLI; Anthony Macar, Head of Digital at Namco Bandai; Geoffroy Sardin, Chief of Marketing & Sales Officer EMEA at Ubisoft and Rahim Attaba, Marketing Director Europe at Wargaming.

They will be in charge to identify 3 “pairs” of nominees for each category following criteria such as innovation of a campaign, assessment of the results and graphic assets. A pair is comprised of an ordering party and a service provider. All nominees will be invited to the Awards Ceremony on November 28 at Game Connection, when the final winners will be unveiled and a special award will be given to the best Videogame Marketing Team of the Year.

How is Game Connection looking to appeal to and the game marketing crow with its content?

This year, conferences will tackle a large range of topics covering not only business and games development but also marketing issues, technological innovations and new media platforms. A few examples How to design, market and then monetize social games that run across multiple platforms with Alex Dale, Marketing Director at; or how indie developers Frozenbyte and Larian Studios together with the digital platform have engaged press, users, and social media to make their games a success.

More than 50 sessions will enhance the show to reflect the changing industry and meet the needs of all industry professionals. In addition, as I said before, the event has evolved from being developer business-centric to covering the entire market, adding professional development opportunities, and serving the needs of every game maker. Many buyers are looking to go beyond the game development aspect, expand their network and talk about new marketing strategies to promote games, reach the right audience and boost sales. The event is a real opportunity for these companies to meet a maximum of potential business partners.

Which category has seen the most submissions and have there been any surprises so far?

Up to now, Best Broadcast Campaign and Best Social Media Strategy are the most popular, but the real surprise is Best Experiential Marketing Campaign. It’s incredible how guerrilla marketing has gone viral: in this category creativity goes wild!

Giulia, thanks.

Exclusive: From Golden Crackers To GoldenEye

By Meelad Sadat

David Pokress held a number of pivotal roles at Activision during the period the company reclaimed its place as a game publishing powerhouse. From 2000 to 2011, Pokress moved from branding to head of franchise development then licensing, working on key properties such as Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero and Call of Duty along the way.

Pokress’ career path has a ‘state of the industry’ trajectory to it. He entered games as a marketer who had cut his teeth at Nabisco and later Con Agra. The move jibed with the early phases of a trend that continues today, where big publishers look outside the industry for those experienced in other forms of consumer marketing, especially packaged goods marketing.

David Pokress

There’s a reason they relate.

“Whether you are marketing a console game, a freemium mobile title or a Ritz cracker, the basic marketing challenge is the same. You have to solve the riddle that is unique to your specific situation,” says Pokress.

At Activision, Pokress eventually moved from overseeing console games to lead the company’s digital initiatives, including mobile, digital distribution and DLC. Today, where Activision is still dragging its feet towards digital, Pokress has taken the leap. He’s now a founding partner of gigaGame partner, a consultancy focused on social and mobile games.

We talked with Pokress on the changes he’s seen in the industry over the past decade and whether he thinks game marketing has evolved with it.

How did you get into the game industry, and what would you say translates well from being a packaged goods marketer to marketing games?

In 2000, Activision was looking to bring a more disciplined brand management approach to the company. They started to hire some of the people that I respected the most from my company so I decided to learn more. What I found was an amazing opportunity. The job opening was on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise. I grew up in southern California playing video games, skateboarding and snowboarding so it was a dream.

The packaged goods industry has always been a training ground for great marketers. That industry trains you to be the conduit between the company and the consumer; helping to not only communicate with consumers about a company’s offerings but also to be the voice of the consumer inside the company. That mentality works across a wide spectrum of businesses including interactive entertainment.


Give us an example of how your consumer packaged goods background came in handy early on in your game marketing career.

The fundamental challenge of finding the best tactics that are appropriate for your situation has remained pretty much the same no matter what I have been trying to sell. A good collection of tactics differentiates you from the competition, connects you with your consumer base and motivates them to buy. A good example of that in action was for the remake of GoldenEye. We had to find a message that would resonate within the highly competitive first person shooter genre that included releases from both Call of Duty and Medal of Honor. In that case we had to lead with our biggest strength, the attachment and memories that so many gamers had for the original. The idea of nostalgia and the memories of playing against your friends was featured in all of our creative from TV to social to online. We were a remake and a Wii exclusive trying to compete with two of the biggest mega-brands in the industry. We did our best to make it work. We tried to compete on a level that the others just couldn’t and wouldn’t. We would have lost if we made it about graphics or gameplay, so we made it personal. Whether you are marketing a console game, a freemium mobile title or a Ritz cracker, the basic marketing challenge is the same. You have to solve the riddle that is unique to your specific situation.

You served several different roles at Activision in marketing and licensing during what could be described as the most pivotal decade for the game industry yet, spanning the last two console generations. What do you consider as the most important changes in the game industry during that time?

There have been so many changes in our industry over the past decade. The rise and fall of licensed titles, the rise of the mega-brand, the Wii breaking the fourth wall, the importance of online play and the rise of mobile and social are just a few of the biggest. I was on both the winning side and losing side of many of these trends. These trends really speak to the changing desire among the consumer base to interact with games in a new way. Consumers got tired of ‘see the movie, play the game’. They wanted more from their licensed titles. Consumers also voted for blockbuster mega titles, proving that if you provide them quality they can get excited about something familiar and will return.

GoldenEye Wii bundle included this exclusive gold Wii Classic Controller


Both the Wii and the rise of online multiplayer showed that consumers want to be social. And the last trend of mobile and social proved that the definition of what a gaming experience has expanded. Consumers can get excited about something other than a triple-A game that takes 12-40 hours to finish. They can actually get excited about tending farms, playing word games or with slot machines in 60-second intervals.

What about from here on out, what do you consider important developments or trends that are changing the industry, whether from a product development, consumer taste or marketing standpoint?

The proliferation of technology that allows consumers to engage with games in so many ways is probably the most significant development. Games are fundamental to human existence. If a person has the chance to play, they will, unless we make it too difficult for them. I remember having to upgrade my graphics card and memory just to play a PC game. That is not very inclusive in nature. Only the hardcore would go through the bother in order to play their favorite PC games. Smartphones now put a powerful game machine in an ever-increasing number of consumers’ pockets. Does that mean that there are no longer any consumers looking for the triple-A console experience? Absolutely not. Many gamers still enjoy the immersive and visually stunning console games of today. But those consumers only represent one segment of potential gamers. Reaching, engaging and monetizing this new breed of gamer is what excites me at the current moment.

You’re at the front of line of social marketing and community right now. What are your thoughts on how social media has changed the way games are marketed today?

The nature of selling has changed so much. In many parts of our industry, the challenge is beyond just convincing a consumer to spend $60 once. Marketers need to expand their notion of the purchase cycle. The purchase cycle is now continuous. That means engaging with their player community in a constant dialogue. That puts social media at the forefront of any marketing strategy. Our consultancy, gigaGame partner works with many companies that make this transition easier for game developers and publishers. The business fundamentals are getting harder and harder. Acquisition costs are rising, forcing many to try and improve in this area. Companies like Playnomics help to acquire not just any player but the right player for your game. One who is likely to stick around and monetize.

Engagement and retention is an area that more companies are investing in as well. The old adage that it is cheaper to keep an existing consumer than to find a new one is more true today than ever. Understanding and communicating with your existing consumers is critical. But the real challenge is to know who to listen to among the chorus of consumer feedback. Companies like Clara Technology can help with community analytics to better understand the real sentiment in your community.

Thanks, David.

Exclusive: Trion’s Quest Never Ends

By David Radd

The past year hasn’t been kind to the subscription-only MMORPG. Star Wars: The Old Republic saw free-to-play plans shifted up after subscriber retention did not meet expectations, Funcom has admitted that The Secret World did not hit launch expectations and Mists of Pandaria has failed to completely stave off World of Warcraft’s lower player engagement. All the while countless subscription-only games have switched to free-to-play. Yet, at the same time all of this has been happening, little Rift from Trion has been plugging along and even thriving due to fast design adaptation, plenty of regular content (including Ember Isle, a free expansion) and a variety of ways to experience the game. Now only a few weeks out from the launch of the game’s first paid expansion Storm Legion, we talked with Rift global brand director Jim Butler about marketing the game’s first expansion pack and aspects of making it as well.

The tagline for Storm Legion is “Our Quest Never Ends” – why was this chosen as an important part of the messaging?

This ties back to something we’ve heard customers say again and again: “The Rift team is listening to us.” We wanted to drive that message home to a wider audience and let them know that we’re still listening, and we’re never done adding new features or polishing current ones. That’s true on both the Development and Marketing sides.

Tell me about the “Save a Panda” campaign that was launched to support Pandas International — what prompted it and was the timing a continuation of a proud Trion tradition of tweaking Blizzard in its advertising?

What do you mean, you don’t like pandas Really?! I mean they’re so adorable and cuddly, and . . .  Oh, all right.

Our agency presented a number of great ideas for the pre-order campaign. While we went forward with “Our Quest Never Ends” we really liked the prodding of a Panda treatment they presented — but we didn’t want to be the game that always pokes fun Blizzard in our launch advertising. We couldn’t let their launch go by without a good jab, and this one was too good to pass up. We did a week-long promotion for this around the week of the Pandaria launch, and everyone seemed to love it.

Speaking of purchasing the expansion, how have initiatives to offer the expansion for free to those who purchase a certain amount of subscription time gone down?

Amazingly well; beyond expectations. Our original forecast had us targeting an 7 percent adoption rate. We’re currently at 13 percent and climbing. It’s an amazing deal for gamers that know they’re going to play Rift for the next year.

MMOs are a cyclical business, with gamers playing intensely around major content updates and then sampling other games before returning. Some of those gamers cancel their subs as they check out the new hotness; promotions like this help to insulate the business from the newest flavor.

Any chance for Lifetime subscription to Rift?

Nope; never. I was against the idea when we did it at Turbine, and it won’t happen on my watch here at Trion. Lifetime memberships are a great deal for consumers that plan to spend the next few years playing the game, and a financial disaster for subscription-only companies that have to continue paying for new feature development, salaries, server costs, marketing, etc. Ultimately, it’s a bad deal for the consumer in the long-term.

MMO’s tend to acquire reputations a PvPer’s MMO, a crafter’s MMO, a social MMO, etc. What sort of reputation do you see Rift as possessing, and what sort of reputation would you want it to possess?

I’m one of those marketing folks that plays the hell out of the games I’m working on, from Dungeons & Dragons Online to Lord of the Rings Online to Rift. That’s still a tough question, because I think MMOs present different visages to the various segments of the MMO marketplace.

I’d say Rift has the reputation of a dynamic MMO. The world literally comes to life around me with zone events, invasions, and more. One encounter I’m raid healing, the next I’m DPS, and then I’m tanking the third (all with the same character). Ember Isle, the current level 50 end-zone for Rift, brings all of this together and is one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had soloing. The Storm Legion expansion is taking all this to the next level with a colossus that actually destroys part of the world and changes tactics based on his attackers.

What has the reception been like to the soul reveals you’ve done for Storm Legion?

We’ve had a very strong, positive reaction to the new souls. We’ve been listening for more than the last year about what customers are saying they’d really like to see for their favorite classes, and these souls are fulfilling those wants. We’ll keep listening too.

Storm Legion is Rift‘s first big expansion . . . what’s hardest thing about creating/producing the new campaign and what’s the most exciting thing about creating/producing it?

Selecting each campaign was hard, but the hardest thing has been managing all the various components for the different campaigns. We work closely with the Development team to ensure that their vision for the final feature matches what’s showing up in videos and text, and typically that means that material comes in very close to the deadlines. Sometimes it means we have to change our schedule to ensure that a feature is available for us to show, and that causes a lot of cascade changes down the line.

Working closely with Dev is also one of the most exciting things too, because we kind of feed off each other. We get excited for their vision, and then we add more feedback from customers and the press, and the feature gets an extra polish pass before it’s even released.

How will you seek to message some of the small but important incremental improvements that are being incorporated into Storm Legion?

We’ve focused on the new features, giving each one a full week or so of coverage before moving to the next. We’ve targeted each of the new souls separately, because we know that players have a favorite class of character to play and they’re waiting for this information. In each of those reveals, we’ve tried to add additional details of new features that will make that core element shine even more.

Ultimately we focus on (and broadcast) those improvements that we’ve heard from customers are on their wish list. For instance, we heard that the macro system was making combat a bit too easy and allowing simple rotations. Update 1.11 (live now) improves all of the classes and makes for much more dynamic (fun!) gameplay.

What sort of creative input do you get from your players and fans? Can you think of an particular examples of useful or intriguing player input you’ve ever received?

We put creative in front of focus groups from time to time, especially for big campaigns. The most useful feedback we’ve received has been to focus on actual gameplay and don’t drown them in CG. Everyone knows CG looks awesome, but you can’t play CG.

Sometimes, what someone says isn’t as important as what they do. We had players who were incredibly upset over the whole ‘We’re not in Azeroth anymore’ campaign; shocked and enraged over us touching something sacred. That was just what a new company needed to launch its first product, though . . . and the rest is history!

Jim, thanks.