Sony adds pizza-ordering feature to Everquest II
By PETER SVENSSON
Thursday, February 24, 2005 Updated at 9:35 AM EST
NEW YORK — Demonstrating a deep understanding of what its computer-gaming audience, Sony has built the ability to order pizza into its latest on-line multiplayer game.
Type the command "/pizza" while playing Everquest II, a fantasy game with 330,000 active players, and get the Pizza Hut website, where you can place orders for delivery.
Chris Kramer, spokesman for Sony On-line Entertainment, said he believes this is the first time a game accepts orders for real-world items.
Sony plans to integrate the pizza function more tightly into the game, so players can charge pizza to their monthly game subscription bill.
"The goal for the future is to eventually let people do more things like this," Kramer said. "They could type /harry potter and get the new Harry Potter book delivered or /star wars and get the new Star Wars DVD."
Many games incorporate ads and product placements, but such opportunities are limited with fantasy games like Everquest.
Though the new pizza feature might satisfy appetites, caution is required as the game doesn't pause while you're ordering.
"You wouldn't want to order pizza in the thick of combat, but anywhere that's safe is a good place," said Kramer.