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Rift Lag Sparks Bonus Rewards August 2013

It is not often that a game publisher makes a bold move and helps reward players for downtime in their game. Usually publishers just write it off to being things that simply happen. In the case of Rift, the downtime that was experienced was not even the inability to play, but rather just a lot of lag while in the game. Most parts of the game were still playable, even with the lag spikes, but it did still create a bit of an annoyance for players, because, really, who likes lag?

Trion's method of making this situation up to the players was a release of new Rift bonuses. These include the following:

  • 15% Guild XP Bonus
  • 15% XP From Kills Bonus
  • 15% Prestige From PvP Kills Bonus
  • 15% Favor Bonus
  • 15% Planar Attunement Experience Bonus
  • 15% Zone Event Currency Bonus

While 15% bonuses to each of these things is not something that is super beneficial, it does help out a bit and it is absolutely free. Considering how much these will help when compared to the time lost (and the fact that these have been activated through the weekend and a little in to this week), these well outdo the losses that may have been incurred.

Even with these bonuses and Trion apologizing for the problems (which may or may not have been on their end; there are tons of things that can cause lag), many players still complain about it. All I can really say about that is that Trion has shown yet again that they truly care about their community and want players to have the best experience possible. Even when situations arise that they are not forced to resolve (in the case of rewarding players for downtime), especially on a free to play game model, they still push through and do it anyways.

For any of you who have not checked out Rift yet, do it! And for those of you who have, enjoy the bonuses while they still last. While they may not seem like a lot, they essentially cut down 1/6 of your game time by speeding up progression in the different areas!

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