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A team of Ten Ton Hammer veterans is jetting off to sunny
California for E3 2010 this week. Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle fought leg
cramps, layovers and sleep deprivation to bring you today's preview of
our most anticipated E3 appointments. Will our
Bethesda appointment finally lift the veil off the rumored
Oblivion MMOG? How will Jumpgate Evolution look after its long period
of daunting silence? Join us for a sneak peek at the week ahead in
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The
Pulse

You vote with what you
view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the
result
is the Ten Ton Pulse (What
is The Pulse?
).

Today's
top 5 Pulse results this week:

  1. World
    of Warcraft
  2. EverQuest
    II
  3. Age
    of Conan
  4. Dungeons
    and
    Dragons Online
    (UP 1)
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/43">EVE
    Online (UP 3)

Biggest
movers today
:

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/287">Free
    Realms

    -
    UP 14 to #18
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/306">Jumpgate
    Evolution

    - UP 13 to #17
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/47">Guild
    Wars

    Down 7 to #16
Recent Releases
Upcoming
Releases

  • June
    29,
    2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/998"
    target="_blank">APB
    (US release- July 2 in UK, EU)
  • July
    13, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1801"
    target="_blank">Mytheon
    (release)

  • July
    20,
    2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2461"
    target="_blank">Need
    for Speed World (release)
  • TBA
    2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2079"
    target="_blank">Final
    Fantasy XIV




Upcoming
Events

  • style="font-weight: bold;">6/15 -
    6/17 - target="_blank">E3
    Expo
  • style="font-weight: bold;">6/25 -
    6/27 - target="_blank">Looking
    for Group
    Expo
  • style="font-weight: bold;">7/22 -
    7/25 - target="_blank">Comic-Con
    International
  • style="font-weight: bold;">8/5 -
    8/8 - href="http://events.station.sony.com/fanfaire/" target="_blank">SOE
    Fan Faire 2010
  • style="font-weight: bold;">9/3 -
    9/6 - target="_blank">DragonCon
  • style="font-weight: bold;">10/22 -
    10/23 - href="http://us.blizzard.com/blizzcon/?rhtml=y" target="_blank">BlizzCon
  • style="font-weight: bold;"> 3/24
    -
    3/26 (2011)- target="_blank">CCP
    FanFest




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Our wetnaps, mustard-stained ties, and earplugs are packed for what’s
sure to be an eventful E3 2010 this week. As you read this, Ben de la
Durantaye, Stacy Jones, Reuben Waters, and yours truly are
coursing through the uncomfortable skies to bring you a full week of
coverage live from the event floor at E3 2010.



On Friday,
we looked at some of the biggest developers and games that won’t make
an appearance (at least in an official capacity) at E3 2010. In today’s
Loading…, we’ll slough off the bad mojo and preview some of our most
anticipated appointments at E3 this week.



In past years we’ve presented an award for the biggest surprise of the
show. It’s really not meant to be backhanded compliment, but it’s often
taken as such since if a game takes us and our community largely by
surprise, maybe the promo team might not have been firing on all
cylinders prior to the event. In any case, it’s not the sort of award
we see represented prominently in the trophy case during studio
visits. This year, however, we had several big surprises
before the show, as we can up big on appointments with several big
names or rising stars in the industry that heretofore hadn’t revealed
much  (at all or lately) about their games.



First up, THQ and the project everyone refers to as simply “the
Warhammer 40K MMO.” We know nothing about this game except that any
conversation about a 40K MMOG leads almost explicably to a conversation
about the Duke Nukem Forever of the MMORPG world – the Fallout MMOG.
Both are big time IPs bestselling prequels and offer incredible online
world(s) potential, yet both seemed equally improbable candidates to
cross the massively multiplayer chasm due to sheer expense and rabid
fan expectations (which are increasingly one and the same) alone.



Bethesda would also like a word with us, though we’re not sure what
about quite yet. We do, however, know it’s high time for another Elder
Scrolls game, and wait with all of you to see if the rumors of an
“Oblivion MMOG” have any truth to them.



We haven’t heard much about href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/306">Jumpgate
Evolution since the project came under the Gazillion
umbrella, but that’s about to change. Following a naughty tease of a
race reveal, the sequel to the MMOG categories first frequent flyer
seems set to roar back on to the scene at this year’s E3. And because
we believe in equal time, we’ll be sure to thoroughly check out JGE’s
chief competition, href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/452">Black
Prophecy.



Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We can’t wait to hear
the latest on over a dozen other MMORPGs and RPGs including  href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/swtor">SWTOR, href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2339">TERA,
Need
for Speed World
, href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2503">End of
Nations, and of course all the latest on href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/lotro">Lord of the Rings
Online’s free-to-play conversion.  What’s your most
anticipated reveal from E3? What games can’t you wait to hear more
about? Share the excitement in the href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=51883">Loading…
forum!



Shayalyn's Epic Thread of
the Day

From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3">Tavern
of the Ten Ton Hammer forum



I
hate PUGS




Waitaminute! What's wrong with pugs? I mean, I know they shed, and
their breathing patterns are reminiscent of a heavy-breather obscene
phone call, but...oh, wait.



Cheap jokes aside, OneEyeRed, who is a dog lover and possibly likes
pugs of the furry variety, hates the PUG that acronymically represents
pick-up groups. And now his thread dissing the PUG can become your own
sounding board. Have you had some terrible PUG experiences? Or maybe
you've had some great ones. href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=51848">Tell
all!



==============================

Awesome Quotes from the
Epic Thread




"Some of my best MMO times were in pugs. Sure, some are
suicidal or include rude kids etc , but I refuse to condemn them. WoW
made PUG a dirty word in MMOs, but pre that like in EQ2 and SWG most of
the play was in PUGs and most were fun.
"



- ginzo

==============================



Have you spotted an Epic Thread on our forums? href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=32559">Tell
us!


New
and Exclusive Content
Today at Ten Ton Hammer

10 Ten Ton Hammer features today! 46 Ten Ton Hammer
features
in June! 636
in 2010!

PREVIEW



HOT! New Details
on Raids, Guilds, Glyphs and More in Cataclysm


href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/cataclysm/press-event-details">http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/cataclysm/press-event-details



Last
week Blizzard Entertainment invited members of the press to visit their
offices and get the latest details on what awaits players in the
upcoming Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft. In this first of a
two part look at the radically revamped Azeroth, we’ll give you an
overview of some of the upcoming gameplay improvements, enhancements
and additions. So if you’re interested in learning the latest details
on the fate of Path of the Titans, improvements to Glyphs, the
resurgence of Battlegrounds and some interesting new information on
guilds and raids, then you’ve come to the right place.



TEN TON HAMMER LIVE! PODCAST



Ten Ton Hammer Live Episode 11 - Perfect World Entertainment

http://www.tentonhammer.com/podcasts/live/11



This
week on Ten Ton Hammer Live Jesse and the boys are joined by Perfect
World Entertainment's Jon Bellis and Andrew Brown to talk about Battle
of the Immortals and Forsaken World, two free-to-play games that have
our fans buzzing for more information straight from the source.



This
is a great interview and after some of the most honest dialogue we've
ever heard on the show, our guests venture forth into master looter
"Greek Mythology" edition.



OOOOOH YES... it is awesome.



Also
in the news this week, we discuss security issues, James Cameron
stealing ideas from WoW, SpongeBob the MMOG, and WHY DON'T I HAVE LEGO
ONLINE YET?!?!?!



FEATURED EDITORIAL



WoW Raid Bosses in Cataclysm – Messiah’s Wish List

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/editorials/cataclysm-boss-wish-list">http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/editorials/cataclysm-boss-wish-list



Cataclysm
is coming, and with it a whole new group of raid bosses for World of
Warcraft. Which raid bosses are likely to make appearances though, and
which do we really want to see?  Many past bosses were
extremely popular due to either the lore surrounding them, their
mechanics, or simply their appearance or voices. We already
know of a
few of the bosses that will make appearances, but what others should
play a role?  That’s what Byron “Messiah” Mudry looks at in
his latest editorial.



MEDIA



A Visual Tour of the New Azeroth in World of Warcraft:
Cataclysm


http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/cataclysm/visual-tour



Ten
Ton Hammer was recently invited to visit Blizzard Entertainment for a
sneak peak at the most recent build of the upcoming Cataclysm expansion
for World of Warcraft. Among the many gameplay elements shown were some
of the majorly revamped and new zones scattered throughout old world
Azeroth.



Between the devastation caused by Deathwing, the
Forsaken finally coming into their own, Garrosh setting up shop in
Orgrimmar and other world shaping events featured in the expansion, the
Azeroth you currently know and love will indeed be a vastly different
place with the coming of Cataclysm. To give you an idea of just how
major some of these changes will be, we have 16 new images for your
viewing enjoyment.



Jumpgate Evolution - New Trailer Introduces Octavius Faction

http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/85306



The
highly anticipated spacefaring MMOG that many feel would be EVE for
the masses, Jumpgate Evolution, has been making lots of news
recently.
From an announced overhaul of the game to bring it more in line with
the developers lofty goals to a highly anticipated promise to reveal
more at this years E3 conference in the form of a demo booth, the game
has broken the silence that had given rise to rumors and fears of
its demise. In advance of what we hope are good things to come at E3,
Gazillion Entertainment and NetDevil have unleashed a new trailer video
that spotlights the Octavius Faction, and we have it right here for
you.



Battlestar Galactica Online Preview Trailer Revealed

http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/85309



Riding the crest of that popularity and the
swelling wave of space themed MMOGs, Bigpoint Entertainment is bringing
the battle between Humans and Cylons to a web browser near
you in the
form of Battlestar Galactica Online. With E3 just days away the company
has released a preview trailer to pique our interest and set the stage
for a possible reveal at the conference, and we have it right here for
your viewing pleasure.



New Vindictus Trailer Details Storyline

http://www.tentonhammer.com/vindictus/videos/june2010



Nexon's
Vindictus has garnered the attention of many gamers with its Celtic
mythology inspired setting and darker themes. Nexon America has
released a new trailer that
explains some of the story that drives the conflict behind Vindictus,
and you can see it here at Ten Ton Hammer.



FEATURES & GUIDES



EVE Online Profiting From Planetary Interaction In The
Tyrannis Expansion


href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/guides/business/planetary_profits">http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/guides/business/planetary_profits



Game expansions are tumultuous times in EVE Online. Some players strike
it rich, and others lose everything. Sometimes the rules change enough
that even a player less than a week old can strike it rich. Ten Ton
Contributing Writer, Space Junkie, explains how to make bank with
Planetary Interaction, the most salient feature of the Tyrannis
Expansion.



EQ2 Evil Deity Miracles Update

http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/55218



Being bad in EverQuest II has never been so rewarding! Wrapping up our
updates on the deity miracles and blessings, we have looked over the
evil deity guides and made those all important changes that give you
the tools you need to choose the right god for you. Get a in depth look
at what these masters of mayhem reward their loyal followers then get
yourself aligned with your favorite god with our Deity Quest Guides.



WoW Priest Talents Unveiled

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/features/previews/priest-cataclysm-talent-preview">http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/features/previews/priest-cataclysm-talent-preview



Summer
is almost upon us, and as we change into our flip-flops and prepare for
the BBQs, graduations, and vacations that are the trademark of the
season the employees at Blizzard are hard at work. Cataclysm is being
perfected for our eventual playing pleasure and in order to wet our
appetites Blizzard has recently thrown a tasty tidbit our way. The
preview of the Priest talent changes is now available for your viewing
pleasure, but will it make the grade?


Today's
Hottest Articles, Guides, and Features

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/cataclysm/press-event-details">New
    Details on Raids, Guilds, Glyphs and More in Cataclysm
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/features/previews/priest-cataclysm-talent-preview">WoW
    Priest Talents Unveiled
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/cataclysm/visual-tour">A
    Visual Tour of the New Azeroth in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

  4. Ten
    Ton Hammer Live Episode 11 - Perfect World Entertainment
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/previews/traits">An
    Introduction to Traits in href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/previews/traits">Guild
    Wars 2
  6. Battlestar
    Galactica Online
    Preview Trailer Revealed


  7. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/previews/warrior-reveal">A
    Detailed Look at the href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/previews/warrior-reveal">Guild
    Wars 2
    href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/previews/warrior-reveal">
    Warrior Reveal
  8. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/vindictus/videos/june2010">New
    Vindictus Trailer Details Storyline
  9. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/features/previews/cataclysm-talents-rogue-druid-priest-shaman">World
    of Warcraft: Cataclysm
    Talent
    Preview for Rogue, Druid, Priest and Shaman
  10. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/nfsw/interviews/gaudechon-jun-2010">MMOtoring
    Along - A Need for Speed World
    Q&A with EA
    Black Box

Thanks
for visiting the Ten Ton Hammer network!

- Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle and
the Ten Ton Hammer team

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

About The Author

Jeff
Jeff joined the Ten Ton Hammer team in 2004 covering EverQuest II, and he's had his hands on just about every PC online and multiplayer game he could since.

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