Exteel comes to an end

Exteel, a free to play MMO from NC Soft will shut down its servers September 1, 2010.  The statement from the official site reads:

"All good things must come to an end

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 —

NCsoft has made the decision that the Exteel franchise is no longer financially viable. On September 1, 2010 at normal maintenance time, all Exteel servers maintained by NCsoft will shut down permanently.

This is a global shutdown, and not based on our server alone.

NCcoins will no longer be available for sale through our website, and Game Time Cards can no longer be used to add additional coins to any account. Current Game Time Cards that have not been applied can be used for any other NCsoft game. New game account and forum account creation will be disabled. We encourage anyone who has coins currently on your account to spend them as soon as possible. Please use all of your coins as no refunds will be provided.

In late August, we will have an event where all items will be available for 1 credit only so that everyone has the chance to experience any weapon, mech, build, etc that they ever could have wanted. Your coins should be used before that time. Additionally, we will be rewarding our loyal players who purchased NCcoins for the time and money they have invested in Exteel. More information about the loyalty rewards will be available in late August.

We know that we have many loyal players who love Exteel. Although this decision was a painful one, in the end it was a business decision that had to be made. We encourage everyone to play and have fun with the game that you love in the time you have left."

This is a shame as Exteel was a fantastic mech based shooter that had a wonderful fan base.  It was a joy to customize my mech and then take it into the field of battle (capture the flag).  I stopped playing back in October, when I upgraded to Windows 7.  I am currently running the 32bit OS, and Windows saw Exteel as a threat and would shut down each time I tried to play.  Supposedly, the 64bit version was not affected and NC Soft made no announcements on fixing the issue.  I had always looked forward to playing again when i upgraded my computer.  Sadly, it doesn't look like I'll have that opportunity.  Goodbye, old friend.  You will be missed.
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August 2010 Release Calendar

August 2010

August 1
Alter Ego  (PC)

August 3
Superstars V8 Racing  (PC, 360, PS3)
Monster Rancher DS  (DS)
Disney Sing It: Family Hits  (PS3, Wii)
Dora's Big Birthday Adventure  (DS)

August 4
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair  (360)

August 9
Enjoy Your Massage!  (Wii)

August 10
Madden NFL 11 (PS2, PS3, PSP, 360, Wii)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World  (PS3)

August 11
Monday Night Combat  (360)

August 12
Burn Zombie Burn  (PC)

August 13
Academagia: the Making of Mages  (PC)
Victoria 2  (PC)

August 15
Xyson  (PC)

August 17
City of Heroes: Going Rogue  (PC)
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days  (PC, PS3, 360)
Ys Seven  (PSP)
Everquest 2: Extended  (PC)
Top Gun  (PS3)
Gold's Gym Dance Workout  (Wii)

August 18
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

August 24
Crazy Pig  (DS)
Elemental: War of Magic  (PC)
Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar  (DS)
Mafia 2  (PC, PS3, 360)
NHL 2K11  (Wii)
Grease: The Official Video Game  (Wii, DS)
Ivy the Kiwi  (Wii, DS)
Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack  (Wii)
Martian Panic  (Wii)
Shank  (PS3)

August 25
Shank (360)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World  (360)

August 26
Worms Reloaded  (PC)

August 27
Ship Simulator Extremes  (PC)

August 30
TNT Racers  (360, PS3, Wii)
Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island  (PC)

August 31
Horrid Henry  (DS, PC, Wii)
Guilty Party  (Wii)
Metroid: Other M  (Wii)
Hydrophobia  (360)
KORE  (Wii)
Ace Combat: Joint Assault  (PSP)
Valkyria Chronicles 2  (PSP)
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero  (360)

Updates, or lack thereof

Well, holy hell, it's been a long time since anything has been posted.  A few things can contribute to that.  One being a new full time plus job.  The other being my current subscriptions to three MMORPGs, World of Warcraft, City of Heroes, and Aion.  "Why?", you may ask.  I don't have a good answer.  All three are time sinks for the one thing I don't have much of, time. 

I should probably impose a strict schedule for my gaming to allow for regular updates.  But as I've covered before, I feel that gaming isn't something that should fall prey to a schedule.  Gaming is a release, something done to unwind after a long and stress filled day.

There is a balance somewhere, I just need to find it.