After a one-day hiatus I am back.
England stumbled through the round of 16 at the World Cup and now play a injury and red-card riddled Portugese squad in the quarter-finals. That's the good news, for me at least.
The bad news is that NCSoft laid off 70 people in their Austin studios. You remember NCSoft, the company that brings you games that are innovative. You remember NCSoft, they are the company that brings you games that step outside of the land of Dwarfs, Elves and Halflings.
You wanted to see men wearing tights and NCSoft delivered with City of Heroes. It wasn't enough! You wanted to see evil men wearing tights and NCSoft came through with City of Villains. You cried like girls or babies or baby girls for a MMOG that had no monthly fee and NCSoft wiped away your tears with Guild Wars. You stamped your feet and held your breath until your face turned blue lamenting the fact that there were no fast paced, run and gun, play by the seat of your pants MMOGs and NCSoft drove Auto Assault in your local gaming store. Camaros with cannons! It's fun! I play it and my only complaint is that the low population makes it hard to get some quests done.
In the end, the community that moaned for something more, something different and something new didn't support the innovative games. Over six million people are playing a game with Dwarfs and Elves and an amount that would fit through the eye of a needle are playing Auto Assault. Every time you pay the monthly subscription to your MMOG of choice you vote. You can't vote one way and expect the publishers of MMOGs to believe that you want something else. I don't care how many of those "Chicken Soup For The Soul" books you read the MMOG genre isn't going to become a better place just because you "feel" it should be. The community is spinning in circles like a one-armed rower at a regatta.
Put that one arm to better use, like holding a steering wheel or creating some new content for Saga of Ryzom.
Some links for you free thinkers to check out:
What will it take to make an innovative game succeed? Discuss!
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Saga of Ryzom: Hands-on With Ryzom Ring
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Saga of Ryzom: Interview with Executive Producer, Daniel Miller
"Daniel Miller talks about the present and future of Ryzom Ring, including integration of Ryzom Ring into the Saga of Ryzom core experience, and what it means to make an MMORPG in the cultural paradise called Paris, France."
Saga of Ryzom: First Impressions and Interviews With Director Milko Berset and Marketing Head Sebastien Daniel.
"Our resident Ryzom Ring expert Messiah shares his impressions of Ryzom Ring after experiencing Nevrax's live event last week in Paris, France and speaking at length with Ryzom Director Milko Berset and Marketing Head Sebastien Daniel. "
Saga of Ryzom: How Ryzom Ring Turns Players Into Designers
"You've heard the hype, now it's time to see how Ryzom Ring, the free addon to Saga of Ryzom that allows players to design their own adventures and run them DM style, all comes together. Join Ten Ton Hammer as Nevrax leads us through a eye-opening map to mob to mission overview of how to create our own Ryzom adventures!"
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Auto Assault: An Interview With David "Xerin" Piner
"Once per month, we run an interview feature as part of our weekly common content feature over here on the Ten Ton Hammer network! Whether it is with a developer or a community member of intrigue or worth, we hope to bring you an interesting look at the people whom played a part in making things into just what they are. So who's up this time around? David "Xerin" Piner, former Community Manager of this Auto Assault site! Although he is no longer active in his prior role, I felt that his contributions were significant."
Dungeons and Dragons Online: Top 10 Reasons To Play A Bard
"Bard Week continues here at Ten Ton Hammer as we examine just a handful of the many great reasons to play the most versatile class in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO)."
Dungeons and Dragons Online: Crowd Control Captain
"Everybody changes his mind now and again. We at DDO @ Ten Ton Hammer are no exception. When we change our mind about something we've put in an article before, we like to take a look back and update you on our decisions. Wherever you see the UFR label, you see my changes since this build originally posted. I have left my old comments so that you can see exactly how the changes compare to my original opinions."
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EverQuest 2: Racial Quest Guide For Kerrans
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Vanguard: Saga Of Heroes: Beta Guild Announced
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Vanguard: Saga Of Heroes - Knight Of The Woods
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World of Warcraft: Kids In A Candy Store
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Vin Diesel Fact of the Day - Chuck Norris owns Vin Diesel pajamas.
Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up. [Thanks to Matt for the news today]
Tribal Curse Haunts Launch Pad
In other news, incompetence now considered curse.
Man Had 1,000 Pet Rats
Let the research grants roll in!
600 Pound Woman Thrown Through Her Sunroof
Sunroof now just slightly larger than the actual Sun. Kirstie Alley in stable condition.
Naked Man On Golf Course Shocked With Taser
Golfers on golf course shocked by naked man.
Smelly Robot Proves Fatally Attractive To Cockroaches
All hail our pungent insect terminating robotic overlords.
Computers Set To Read Our Minds
All hail our robotic Kreskin overlords.
Facial Uses Pregnant Cow Stem Cells
Still unclear how the stem cells got knocked up.
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