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Even as we’re on
the verge of diving headlong into a holiday weekend, there’s
been ten tons of major MMOG news to absorb from the past week. A major
MMOG launch, beta floodgates bursting open and a sneak peak at what we
have in store for premium members this weekend are all discussed in
today’s Loading… The Rabid Level 80 Grizzly Bear
of Doom.

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The
Pulse

You vote with what you
view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the
result
is the Ten Ton Pulse ( href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/thepulse/">What
is The Pulse?).

Today's
top 5 Pulse results this week:

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow">World
    of Warcraft
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eq2">EverQuest II
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/aoc">Age of Conan
  4. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/ddo">Dungeons and
    Dragons Online
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve">EVE Online

Biggest
movers today
:

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/284">The
    Agency

    -
    UP 10 to #18
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1407">DC
    Universe Online

    UP
    8 to #12
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/287">Free
    Realms

    - UP
    6 to
    #13
size="-1">Recent Releases
  • size="-1">5/1
    - href="http://www.cityofheroes.com/news/game_updates/issue_17/issue_17_overview.html?utm_source=COHemail&utm_medium=US&utm_campaign=banner"
    target="_blank">City
    of Heroes - Issue 17: Dark Mirror
    (content
    update)
  • size="-1">5/11
    - Age
    of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer
    size="-1">
    (expansion)
  • size="-1">5/26
    - EVE
    Online: Tyrannis
    size="-1">
    (expansion)
  • size="-1">5/27
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2422">Craft
    of Gods size="-1">
    (release)
  • size="-1">6/9
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1004">Mortal
    Online size="-1">
    (release)
  • size="-1">June
    29,
    2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/998"
    target="_blank">APB
    (US release- July 2 in UK, EU)

size="-1">Upcoming
Releases

  • size="-1">July
    13, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1801"
    target="_blank">Mytheon
    (release)

  • size="-1">July
    20,
    2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2461"
    target="_blank">Need
    for Speed World (release)
  • size="-1">August
    17, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/140">City
    of Heroes: Going Rogue (release)
  • size="-1">September
    30, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/ffxiv" target="_blank">Final
    Fantasy XIV size="-1"> (release)
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">October
    26, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/170">LEGO
    Universe (release)

  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">November 2, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1407">DC
    Universe Online (release)


size="-1">Upcoming
Events

  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">7/22 -
    7/25 - href="http://www.comic-con.org/" target="_blank">Comic-Con
    International
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">8/5 -
    8/8 - href="http://events.station.sony.com/fanfaire/" target="_blank">SOE
    Fan Faire 2010
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">8/18 -
    8/22 - href="http://www.gamescom-cologne.com/en/gamescom/home/index.php"
    target="_blank">Gamescom 2010
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">9/3 -
    9/5 - href="http://www.paxsite.com/paxprime/index.php" target="_blank">PAX
    Prime
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">9/3 -
    9/6 - href="http://www.dragoncon.org/" target="_blank">DragonCon
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">10/22 -
    10/23 - href="http://us.blizzard.com/blizzcon/?rhtml=y" target="_blank">BlizzCon
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;"> 3/24
    -
    3/26 (2011) - href="http://fanfest.eveonline.com/" target="_blank">CCP
    FanFest


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Somehow the midway point of
2010 crept right on by and July is breathing in our face like a rabid
level
80 grizzly bear of doom. As luck would have it though, it appears that
a brave
group of raiders have slain and skinned said grizzly which dropped one
whopper of a reward. I'm speaking of course about the
href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/cataclysm">Cataclysm
beta which officially kicked off this week. It's
still far too early to tell if this will be one of those href="http://tentonhammer.com/loading/2010/jun/30">bad
betas that
Shayalyn discussed in Loading… earlier this week, but
href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/86445">according
to Cyrak over on our href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow">World
of Warcraft
community site,
“The official forums are already being flooded with players
discontent with out of context abilities or talents that they think
will be overpowered and such.”

You've gotta love how quickly
the vocal minority can pounce
on the most minute detail of a work in progress and cry foul long
before they've ever gotten the chance to step back and take a
look at the bigger picture. Thankfully, I'm sure that
there's a sizable pile of other participants who are beyond
elated to have gotten into the beta just in time for a long holiday
weekend.

Speaking of the nuttiness of
long holiday weekends please be advised
that Loading… will be having a cookout with its relatives
this coming Monday. Fret not though - just like the Million
Dollar Man it will return better, faster, and stronger than ever on
Tuesday! In the meantime, Ten Ton Hammer premium members get a double
dose of awesome this weekend:

  • Bask
    in the warm glow of our exclusive href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/premium/calendar">July
    2010 MMOG calendar!




    July is a surprisingly busy month for PC
    and MMOG gamers this year, and we have all the important dates and
    happenings gathered in one convenient place so you'll never
    miss an important release date. The thing just oozes awesome all over
    your desktop and is sure to make you the envy of all your gamer friends.

  • Be
    the first to gaze upon the glory that is Ten Ton Hammer's
    E3 2010 awards!




    After many hours of deliberation in an
    undisclosed, secure location, Team Hammer is finally ready to unveil
    the winners of this year's highly coveted E3 awards. Premium
    members will be among the first to discover which games made the final
    cut this weekend.


“But Sardu, what do I
do this weekend if I’m not a
Ten Ton Hammer premium member or haven’t gotten into the
Cataclysm beta?”

I’m glad you asked!
First up, we have all the details on what
premium membership entails href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/membership">right
here, so be sure to check it
out.
Today also marks the official European release for href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/998">All
Points Bulletin
,
the newest kid on the MMOG block. If you haven't had the
opportunity to play it as of yet, I thoroughly suggest you take it for
a spin around your hard drive.

The gameplay in APB is an
interesting combination of controlled chaos
and character customization bliss. On the latter part, I
didn't think it would be possible, but Realtime Worlds has
managed to surpass the high water mark for customization options set by
Cryptic which was no easy feat. Just about everything your character
utilizes in the game can be custom tailored to suit your personal style
– clothing, cars, music and even the symbols you tag
buildings with can all be messed around with.

Resident rockstar Mattlow has
penned a pair of must-read guides for APB
beginners if you're thinking of taking the San Paro plunge:
href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/guides/apb/10-tips-for-noobs">APB
for Dummies/ 10 Tips & Tricks to Help Get You Started
and
href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/guides/apb/symbol-designer">APB:
Spotlight on the Symbol Designer.

That about wraps things up for this
week, but I'd love to hear what
your gaming plans are for the long holiday weekend. Are any or all of
the above items on your radar, or are you more likely to be firing up
the grill and piles of fireworks instead? Flap your arms like
there's no tomorrow and fly on over to the
Loading… forum and let us know!


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



href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=52174">Which
MMO...




...has the best combat system. That's what Darke wants to know, and
it's a great question. So, consider the MMOGs you've played and make
your choice for best combat system, then href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=52174">tell
us!



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

Awesome Quotes from the
Epic Thread




"Vanguard.
Sorry for any
haters, but the counterspell system is better than any other to date,
because a countered spell (or missing that counter) can make a *huge*
difference in the battle.
"



- href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showpost.php?p=435543&postcount=2">Dalmarus

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



Have you spotted an Epic Thread on our forums? Tell
us!


New
and Exclusive Content
Today at Ten Ton Hammer

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in July! 723
in 2010!

FEATURES
& GUIDES




Guild
Wars: Dragon Festival Guide


href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/beyond/guides/dragon-festival">http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/beyond/guides/dragon-festival



The
Dragon Festival begins at the start of Summer and lasts four days in
Guild Wars. It's full of minigames, rollerbeetle racing, and plenty of
festival items. Want to know when the missions are, how to complete the
minigames, or how many Victory Tokens an event gives? Check out Ten Ton
Hammer's guide to the Dragon Festival.

Today's
Hottest Articles, Guides, and Features

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/dcuo/yanagi-interview">Sock!
    Pow! Bam! DC
    Universe
    Online
    – An
    Interview with Senior Producer Wes Yanagi
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/previews/humans">The
    Races of Guild Wars 2:
    Humans
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/podcasts/live/13"> style="font-weight: bold;">DC Universe Online's Senior
    Producer Wes Yanagi on Ten Ton Hammer Live Episode 13 href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/giveaways/nfsw">
  4. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/guides/apb/symbol-designer">APB:
    Spotlight on the Symbol Designer
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/sherwood-dungeon/interview">Exclusive
    Interview With Creator of style="font-weight: bold;">
    Sherwood Dungeon href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/sherwood-dungeon/interview">

  6. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/e3/2010/company-of-heroes-interview">Introducing
    href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/e3/2010/company-of-heroes-interview">Company
    of Heroes Online
    href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/e3/2010/company-of-heroes-interview">
    - A Video Q&A with Producer Greg Wilson
  7. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/instances/ruby-sanctum"> style="font-weight: bold;">WoW Ruby
    Sanctum
    Guide
  8. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/guides/apb/10-tips-for-noobs"> style="font-weight: bold;">APB for
    Dummies
    - 10 Tips & Tricks to Help Get You Started
  9. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/e3/2010/swtor-ohlen-interview"> style="font-weight: bold;">Star Wars: The Old Republic
    - Q&A with James Ohlen
  10. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/interviews/traits">Exclusive
    Guild Wars 2
    Warrior and Traits
    Q&A with Lead Designer Eric Flannum

Thanks
for visiting the Ten Ton Hammer network!

- Reuben "Sardu" Waters and the Ten Ton Hammer Team.


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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

About The Author

Sardu 1
Reuben "Sardu" Waters has been writing professionally about the MMOG industry for eight years, and is the current Editor-in-Chief and Director of Development for Ten Ton Hammer.

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