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First, the Ten Ton Pulse, your finger on the beating heart of the MMOG industry.

If the Top 10 isn't enough, we now show the Top 20 and Top 50 lists as well, available to everyone on our homepage. (What is Pulse?)

  1. Age of Conan - 200 BPM
  2. World of Warcraft - 35 BPM
  3. Lord of the Rings Online - 13 BPM
  4. EverQuest 2 - 10 BPM
  5. Warhammer Online - 7 BPM
  6. EVE Online - 7 BPM
  7. Lineage 2 - 7 BPM
  8. Guild Wars - 6 BPM
  9. Vanguard - 6 BPM
  10. Pirates of the Burning Sea - 5 BPM

By the clock it only took me 23 hours to get home from Norway.

The Age of Conan launch event was a tremendous success. Jeff and I will have video and features up in the coming days. We didn't learn too many new tidbits of information, but what we did learn we will pass on to you. The project of going through the hours of audio that I recorded to write the articles is what I'm on all day today.

In the meantime, here is a another 'Getting Personal' interview for you. This time with Arend Stührmann, Associate Producer for EVE Online. Enjoy!

TenTonHammer.com: What brand of computer do you use?

Home-build AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200 system with an ATI Radeon X1950XTX graphics card, XFi Platinum soundcard and 2Gb RAM.

TenTonHammer.com: If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

The Lakshadweep Islands.

TenTonHammer.com: What is your favorite food?

Sushi. And ribs. Although both in one evening is a seriously bad idea.

TenTonHammer.com: What brand/model of vehicle do you drive?

1995 Toyota Corolla.

TenTonHammer.com: Who is your favorite industry personality?

Richard Garriott

TenTonHammer.com: When was the last time that you cried?

On the passing away of a very close, long-time friend.

TenTonHammer.com: Do you have pets? If so, what are they? Names?

Nope, allergic to pet fur unfortunately.

TenTonHammer.com: The time you remember most when a teacher yelled at you.

When I managed to blow all the circuit breakers of my school, plunging the entire campus into darkness.

TenTonHammer.com: Favorite candy bar

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk

TenTonHammer.com: Favorite Cereal


TenTonHammer.com: Where did you grow up?

The United Arab Emirates, Brazil, The Netherlands, Singapore and Germany.

TenTonHammer.com: What is the last YouTube video that you watched?

The Wii 3D Controller mod explanation

TenTonHammer.com: What is your favorite TV show?

Black books

TenTonHammer.com: Oprah or Springer?


TenTonHammer.com:Dogs or cats?

Cats by a wide margin

TenTonHammer.com: What is the first MMOG or MUD that you ever played?

A MUD based on William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

TenTonHammer.com: You have been chosen to represent the human race, aliens pick you up and bring you to their leader, your first sentence is?

Are you sure you know what you’re getting involved with here?

TenTonHammer.com: Benny Hill...genius or idiot?

Genius in the early shows. Idiot in the later ones.

TenTonHammer.com: Favorite Looney Tunes line....

“Where is the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!”

TenTonHammer.com: What is the first game that you ever worked on?

EVE Online

TenTonHammer.com: Coffee or Tea?


TenTonHammer.com: Cake or Pie or Pi?


TenTonHammer.com: What is your favorite sport to watch?


TenTonHammer.com: What is your favorite sport to play?

Ultimate frisbee

And Finally….

TenTonHammer.com: The Universe decides you hold all the cards....what's your first move?

Anyone who as ever designed an economy class airline seat gets sent on an ergonomics course.

A huge thank you to Arend for sharing with us!

Until tomorrow. The Loading Forums await you. Do you feel the need to contact me personally with naughty pictures or derogatory comments? Here's my E-mail.

[A big thanks to Karen Hertzberg for putting together the links today. ]

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Dissecting and distilling the game industry since 1994. Lover of family time, youth hockey, eSports, and the game industry in general.