SOE has sent out another mass email advertising Fortune League, their EQ2-themed Facebook game. I was curious enough to go look. They entice players to play by offering Alternate Advancement scrolls and other in-game goodies.
Sounds great to me, until you click on the “Play Now” button. Up pops a screen asking you to share with SOE and other players all your basic information on Facebook — friends, personal information, and all your contacts. Whoa, hold on a sec guys. I personally appreciate an MMO where all that stuff is revealed on a purely voluntary and individual basis, like, oh, the one you publish now, SOE. Why, exactly, do you want all my information? My life is nicely compartmentalized, thank you very much, and I don’t want to share all my friends, photos, and personal information with the entire EQ2 community. Not that anyone would particularly care, but it’s the principle of the thing. I am already on the grid enough, I don’t need to make my life any more transparent.
It’s a shame, because I might play Fortune League, but not until they change the requirements and quit fishing for details about my life. No amount of incentives can change my feelings about that!
My report on this EQ2 feature is, just: I never got past the login screen.