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 Apr 14, 2010 - 06:17 AM - by Michael
* D&D Online goes to the dark side

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Turbine Entertainment, in a last-ditch effort to "save" Dungeons & Dragons Online, has gone to the dark side and partnered with a bunch of scumbuckets called "SuperRewards".

Fans are reporting that it's even worse than DDO's page makes it look.

Time will tell, but this could very well be a "the bell tolls for thee" sort of moment.

[UPDATE]: As of this afternoon, Turbine have beat a hasty retreat, but are planning to try again:

Based on your feedback, we?re stepping away from the ?Offer? category for now. We?ll keep exploring alternate ways for players who want points to get them. We?ll also continue to innovate in pricing and accessibility because that?s who we are. As of today, the Offer Wall is coming down. We?ll collect all the feedback we?ve received over the last few days and will use it to guide future decisions.

Finally, there was a lot of speculation about how information such as your username or e-mail address was being used by our commerce partners. Ultimately we chose to pass the e-mail address to our commerce partners in the URL to facilitate e-mailing receipts to players. It went no further than that. Neither PlaySpan nor Super Rewards passed the information on. It was stored in the user database only and not transmitted to any of the companies who advertised via Super Rewards. Players who visited the page did not expose any new information to PlaySpan (our in-game store provider) that they did not already have.

Even though this implementation did not constitute a technical breach of our privacy policy, we certainly understand the concerns that have been communicated to us and how seriously players take their privacy. As a result, the Super Rewards team has already removed the e-mail addresses from their user database. If we decide to return to the Offer category in the future we will certainly work with our partners to implement a better system than the one we tried this week.

 

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