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Team Hammer is making its way home from Los Angeles, weary (or
perhaps still wired) from their E3 adventure, which included braving
the show floor to deliver href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/e3/2010">ten tons
of MMOG content. Reuben "Sardu" Waters gives his event
post-mortem and waxes poetic (or not) about the psychological
implications of large booths and well-endowed booth babes in today's href="http://tentonhammer.com/loading/2010/jun/18">Loading...
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Fan Faire 2010
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For the third day of E3 2010, a slightly worn out but nonetheless eager
Team Hammer hit the ground running for the final appointments on our
jam packed schedule. We also wanted to try and take in as many of the
sights and sounds from the show floor as possible before the tolling of
the bells alerted us that the E3 circus had come to a close for another
year. Mind you there werent actually any bells more like one of the
most jaded sounding females Ive ever heard robotically announcing
Thanks, come again next year but thats beside the point.
what kind of wacky antics did we manage to get up to before we hopped
on the Ten Ton Mobile Command Center (more commonly referred to as a
shuttle bus back to the hotel)? Did I get to run through the show
screaming Microsofts new Kinetic slogan I AM THE CONTROLLER! at the
top of my lungs while tackling everyone in my path? Did we manage to
talk Ethec into donning a furry red href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2462">Vindictus
hat like this
one? Only one of the two actually came to pass, but Ill
leave it up to you to decide which one.
To kick things off for the day, Ethec and I made our way to see the
latest on the href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/222">Warhammer
which we now know to be called Dark Millennium Online. The game itself
is still quite a ways out, but it was nice to see some signs of life
even if no specific gameplay details were revealed.
that we had a short spell before having to scamper across the entire E3
continent yet again for our next appointments (E3 is one game that
could REALLY benefit from some form of fast travel) I decided it was
high time I took a gander at some more of the mammoth booths that
dominated the show floor. I know its all part of the spectacle, but I
still couldnt help but consider some of the obnoxiously sized booths
as a bizarre form of E3-peen flexing. Because, you know, a big booth
must also mean a big game, right?
As amusing as it is to poke fun at the one-two compensator combo of
women to dress in href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/85720">skin tight
costumes in your overly href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/85731">massive booth
(a subject I could easily ramble on for at least the next week, but
Ill spare you for now) it really is all about the games and getting to
check out as many as possible during the 3 days of the event which
seems far too short to see it all.
One of the impromptu stops I made today was to check out href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2339">TERA
which was playable on the show floor. I walked up to the demo stations
a skeptic and walked away a true believer in the might of TERA. Is it a
match made in MMOG heaven? It may be a bit too early for me to say,
however, I love the combo of old school EQ design philosophy paired
with some very action oriented combat. The better than the screenshots
let on graphics certainly didnt hurt either.
Loading I asked you the readers to let me know if there was anything
specific at the show that you wanted to hear more about. While I didnt
manage to catch any time with RAGE (though believe me, Id have loved
to) I did get the chance to see what the href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/306">Jumpgate
team has been up to since Id last seen the game in action at PAX 2009.
Has the wait been worth it? For starters the UI seems to be even
slicker now, but the best part is the truly epic scale of some of the
combat areas we were shown. Im glad that NetDevil had the opportunity
to go back in and reconsider some of the earlier design decisions and
iterate on them until they felt right. All too often the lack of
ability (or sometimes willingness) to do so has led to some rather
meh launches over the past few years, and I feel that JGE is going to
deserve its long overdue time in the sun now that the team is ready to
start talking again.
And with that I need to begin packing up
my gear to make sure I can get to the airport in time for my insanely
early flight. So while Im busy handing over my luggage to total
strangers and showing them what color of socks I opted to wear today,
be sure to head on over to the href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=51969">Loading
forum and toss your own
thoughts out there about your favorite info from E3 so far.
Shayalyn's Epic Thread of
From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=546">SWTOR
General Discussion Forum
it, I'm calling it!
I detect the presence of a strong href="http://tentonhammer.com/swtor">Star Wars: The Old
Republic theme in this week's Epic Threads. And today, I
detect a great disturbance in the Force, as though a few voices cried
out with jubilant optimism and were suddenly silenced...by haters and
whiny trolls. Yes, SirRobin believes he's the "optimistic guy" on the
SWTOR official forums, and that otherwise those forums have become a
WoW-like cesspool of negativity. Fortunately, Ten Ton Hammer's SWTOR
forums provide some refuge. href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=51964">Go
Awesome Quotes from the
"The Torocast guys went in feeling low and came out on a high,
and given that the game still has quite a while before launch i'm not
about to hate on it. I had some issues with lightsaber play, but over
all nothing that big that can't be dealt with. "
Have you spotted an Epic Thread on our forums? href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=32559">Tell
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style="color: red;">HOT! E3 EVENT COVERAGE
Black Prophecy E3 2010
Black Prophecy entered closed beta back in May, new details
game have been a bit scarce as of late. But the Ten Ton Hammer team got
the chance to take a look at the upcoming free-to-play space-based
MMOG. Find out what they learned in their E3 2010 preview.
E3 Interview with EQ2
Producer Dave Georgeson
is in full force and Ten Ton Hammer is there getting all the latest
news from all the biggest game developers. One such developer is, of
course, Sony Online Entertainment and our men on the front lines caught
up with EverQuest II Senior Producer Dave Georgeson to talk a bit about
where EQ2 has been and where it is going.
SOE's Jens Andersen and
Chris Cao Present DC Universe Online at E3 2010
surrounding SOE's comic book MMOG debut is building, and much has been
made of DC Universe Online's signature character tie-ins. It's easy to
imagine that a DCUO player's story will revolve around well-known DC
characters like Batman, Superman, and Joker, but while players will
interact in significant ways with these DC icons (or fight them tooth
and nail), SOE's Chris Cao and Jens Andersen made it clear that SOE is
telling your superhero's (or supervillain's) story with DC Universe
Online. A first look at a confrontation with Harley Quinn, how Jim
Lee's concept art will help tell the story, a PvP match, and much more
round out our latest look at DC Universe Online at E3 2010.
The Beginning of a New
MMO Genre - An E3 Preview of End of Nations
takes more than pretty colors to convert a cynic. Will massively
multiplayer be enough to get Ten Ton Hammer Executive Editor, Ben de la
Durantaye, to enjoy an RTS? We take a look at Trion Worlds'
presentation of End of Nations at E3 2010, and the results are a little
surprising... at least to someone who has sworn off RTS games.
Final Fantasy XIV Beta
Hands On Impression at E3 2010
Ton Hammer got a chance to play the beta version of Final Fantasy XIV.
This fantasy MMOG, developed by Square Enix, is one of the more eagerly
anticipated games in development. Watch Jeff Woleslagle and Stacy
Martuk Jones of Ten Ton Hammer give the Final Fantasy XIV beta a test
Class and Soul Rift:
Planes of Telara Gets a Little Bit of Both at E3 2010
Worlds was out in full force at E3 2010 with not only a massive booth,
but another strong showing of upcoming title Rift: Planes of Telara.
Ten Ton Hammer got to not only experience some of the recently revealed
class customization options in action, but also got to see some of the
awesome death rifts in action. How have things been shaping up since we
last checked in with Rift at GDC earlier this spring? Read on and find
Allods: Revelations of
Gipat Expansion Details Announced
Online, the sci-fi fantasy MMOG developed by Astrum Nival, has just
announced new features in their upcoming expansion: Revelations of
Gipat. As far as patches and expansions go, this seems to have quite a
bit in it. Its also refreshing that theyre responding to player
feedback in adding new features.
Intense Space Combat Shown in New Black Prophecy Trailer Released at E3
an awesome splash is the newest trailer for Black Prophecy, the highly
anticipated sci-fi MMOG released by Hamburg based gamigo AG. The
trailer offers an exclusive look into customizing your starfighter, the
various mission types, clan battles, and some serious kick-ass PvP
action. If youre not pumped for some serious space combat after
viewing the trailer, then have somebody call the morgue because youre
already dead. Awesome space combat and its free-to-play? We're already
Massive MMORTS Combat
Highlighted in End of Nations Trailer at E3
Worlds is making a big splash with their upcoming MMORTS, End of
Nations. This is the first RTS made specifically for an MMOG crowd and,
judging by the content of the trailer, it was definitely worth the
wait. Head-banging hardcore combat is the theme of the day. If you want
to gather herbs or slay boars digging up a farmers garden, go
somewhere else. If you want to control armies and crush enemy armies in
brutal combat, then youve found yourself a home. Be careful though! By
the end of the trailer, youll be looking for tanks to hijack to start
your own rampage.
A Defiant Stance - New
Rift: Planes of Telara Trailer at E3
whet the appetites of fantasy gamers everywhere, Trion Worlds has just
released a new trailer for their upcoming MMOG, Rift: Planes of Telara.
The trailer gives us a glimpse of the richly detailed world of Telara
and a taste of the combat found in the game while providing a look at
the Defiant faction.
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Universe Online at E3 2010
Unleashed with New TERA
Trailer Released at E3
Keys to the City Pre-Launch Event Giveaway
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