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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 also show the Top 20 and Top
50 lists as well, available to everyone on our href="http://www.tentonhammer.com" target="_blank">homepage.
( target="_blank">What is Pulse?)

  1. World of Warcraft - 200 BPM
  2. Age of Conan - 123 BPM
  3. Lord of the Rings Online - 67 BPM
  4. EverQuest 2 - 59 BPM
  5. Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - 43 BPM
  6. Warhammer Online - 40 BPM
  7. Guild Wars 2 - 34 BPM
  8. Dungeon Runners - 31 BPM
  9. EVE Online - 31 BPM
  10. Dungeons and Dragons Online - 28 BPM

Unfortunately, John “Boomjack” Hoskin
couldn’t make it into the Loading… cubicle today
– he mentioned something about having his teeth sharpened
into fine points – but rest assured that Loading…
won’t ever miss a beat as long as a Ten Ton Hammer staffer
has a set of digits with which to type out your daily dose of MMOG
goodness. This week, Cody “Micajah” Bye
(that’s me!) takes the helm of this vast ocean liner and
cruises you to MMOG waters that are more virginal than anything
you’d see in Age of Conan.

For those of you that are fans of the games created by Blizzard
Activision, this week must feel like a small slice of heaven. Along
with the announcement of Diablo
, news about Wrath
of the Lich King
and Starcraft
has been exploding throughout the World Wide Web.
However, there are a few rumors that still remain in the air concerning
Blizzard’s titles. For example, the Blizzard team was hiring
developers for a “next-gen” MMOG product, but
didn’t officially discuss whether that would be a
continuation of the World of Warcraft franchise or something new
entirely. Was Diablo III
the only new project that Blizzard was working on? Or is there yet
another game hidden behind a curtain somewhere?

Apparently, the editors at the German website OnlineWelten.com heard
your cries of uncertainty, because in their href="http://trailer.onlinewelten.com/videos,id4103,blizzard_interview_with_rob_pardo.html"
target="_blank">latest video they ask Rob Pardo that very
question. To make a long story short, there is a
“yet to be announced” next-gen MMOG project that
has yet to make its splash. Will it be announced at BlizzCon this year?
If so, the Ten Ton Hammer team will be on site to make sure we get all
the details our readers want and deserve. 

In more titillating news, our crazed, rabid news reporters have
uncovered a piece of delicious information regarding Age of Conan.
According to the developers over at Funcom, the sex of your character
actually affects your weapon speed. However, this isn’t due
to any sort of “sexism” or “male vs.
female” arguments that some people would have you believe. On
the contrary, it seems that the combo animation lengths were incorrect
between a number of the different animations when the male / female
avatars were compared. Here’s a small portion of the href="http://forums.ageofconan.com/showthread.php?p=1314180">much
longer post by Funcom’s Svein Erik "Sharum" Jenset:

style="font-style: italic;">The main reason for the
discrepancy in damage output that you’re seeing is that the
length of an animation isn’t equal for both Male and Female
characters in many cases. This is what we’re currently
fixing, but there’s roughly 800 to 1000 animations in total
that are involved here, and that they are significantly more
“complex” than the ‘white
damage’ animations mentioned above this naturally takes a lot
more time.

Of course, once the
length of the animations have been fully corrected/tweaked either by an
animator or BCC designer then every rank (of every combo for every
class) has to be re-balanced by the System Designers because, as I
mentioned above, one of the factors that come into play when
determining the combo damage is animation length.

Normally, I’d expect a sort of bra-burning outburst
from this sort of problem, but since the vast majority of female
avatars are played by men, it shouldn’t come to that.
However, my ears are already burning from the amount of venom and bile
that’s going to be spewed at Funcom over this mistake.
Hopefully they’ll fix the issue sooner rather than later.

Finally, it looks like Guild Wars fans will continue to have the same
sort free experience in the upcoming sequel that they grew to love in
the first game in the series. The developers at ArenaNet have href="http://guildwars.com/products/guildwars2/gw2faq/">updated
their FAQ with those details, and here’s
the official wording:

style="font-style: italic;">Nope. Like the original Guild
Wars, there will be no subscription fee for Guild Wars 2. You just buy
the game and play it online without paying a monthly fee.

So what are your thoughts on Blizzard’s Next Gen
MMOG? Is it Universe of Starcraft or The EverLost Vikings? Do you think
Funcom’s animation error in style="font-style: italic;">Age of Conan will
pull subscribers away from that game? Did ArenaNet make the right
decision in keeping Guild
Wars 2
free to play? Let us know on the forums!

Do tell. The href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=30602"
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