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Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is hoping to mobilise players of Everquest II to support their New Orleans comrades and has activated a new command line to enable direct donations to the Red Cross, the BBC reports.

Furthermore, SOE has suspended around 13,000 accounts from the distater area until gamers log in again. They won't be billed "until such time as they are able to play again", said SOE in a statement and "any items or structures in any of our games, which decay over time, will be preserved until the user's next login".

SOE's Chris Kramer told the BBC: "We look at all our subscribers as an extended family. It is amazing what large groups of people can do and we certainly have hundreds of thousands playing the game worldwide.

"This is an opportunity for us to not only to lend a hand, but to ask other people in the community who are not affected to help, which is why we activated the new command line."

Typing in the /donate command will take Everquest II aficionados straight to the American Red Cross's Hurricane 2005 relief page where they can give it up for those less fortunate than themselves. ®

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