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Stepping back into the World
of Warcraft Battlegrounds, Ten Ton Hammer Executive Editor
Benjamin J. de la Durantaye has become overwhelmed with
both good and bad memories of grinding through
Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin. PvP battlegrounds can be a lot
of fun but they can also be the ultimate source of stress and
frustration. We take a look at some of the reasons today in href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/loading/2010/aug/3">Loading...
The Top Ten Reasons to Play and Avoid WoW Battlegrounds.
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single player campaign mission walkthroughs!
Years ago when battlegrounds were first introduced to
style="font-style: italic;">World of Warcraft
I, like many others, became instantly addicted. I would spend all day
sitting in the queue and battling it out with the Alliance chanting
"For the Horde" and "Lok'tar Ogar!"
A long time has passed since then. Several characters later and I
barely stepped into battlegrounds any more, choosing instead to focus
on PvE whether it be daily dungeon crawls or jumping into a raid. Now,
however, with Cataclysm approaching quickly I decided it was time to
finally make the dwarf paladin that I've been longing to play all these
years. I never quite feel at home in any MMOG until I have a dwarf
paladin. The only reason I never played one with any serious level of
dedication in WoW was because almost all of my friends were always
playing Horde. But my friends be damned this time, my dorf pally lives!
Anyway, while leveling up I decided to do something I hadn't in a very
long time. I queued up for Warsong Gulch. I remembered I had had fun
all those years back. What I didn't remember was how frustrating those
matches can be as well. After careful analysis I came to a shocking
conclusion. The reasons I love battlegrounds are the same very
reasons I hate them. I can dish it out, but I can't take it...
apparently. So without further ado, the Top Ten Reasons to Play and
Avoid WoW Battlegrounds.
11s with a single blow.
one-shotted by level 19s. Over and over. And over.
style="font-weight: bold;">9. Getting the 1000
(or 5,000 etc) kill achievement.
Knowing that your death gave the jackass an achievement.
8. Insignia of the Alliance (or Horde)
Reverse: "I style="font-style: italic;">just feared you.
How did you kill me?"
Getting camped at the graveyard.
style="font-weight: bold;">6. Sending in the
you just #@!* off with the damn bug already?!"
"God we suck."
great to be a Paladin.
"OMG with the stuns already."
killing blows. 0 deaths.
killing blows. 20 deaths.
2. lol rogue
"You cannot cast that while you are stunned."
your team they suck.
That one guy in every BG that insists the entire team sucks... except
Got more reasons to play and avoid the battlegrounds? Share them in the
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Imposes Online Gaming Regulations Amidst Public Outcry
It's been a while since we've heard about a country restricting its
citizens with regard to gaming. Vietnam stepped up recently to state
loud and clear that online gaming needs to be regulated, and put their
Ministry of Information in charge of making it happen. The new
regulation bans game advertisements, restricts online gaming in public
places between certain hours, and cuts licensing for online games
temporarily. The changes are a result of a public outcry blaming online
gaming for an increase in juvenile crime and truancy.
games to blame when kids go bad? Is stiffer regulation the answer? Or
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My Two Coppers and a Tour
Sony Online Entertainment title="http://www.tentonhammer.com/everquest-2/news/eq2-goes-free-to-play"
target="_blank">dropped a bombshell last week
announcing that one of their most notable games, title="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eq2"
II, is opening a free-to-play server joining the ranks of
games such as Dungeons and Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online
offering potential players a completely free gaming experience. As an
EQ2 veteran, Savanja braved her way onto the EQ2 Extended server to see
what it had to offer. Read up on what she found title="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eq2/editorials/EQ2-Extended"
target="_blank">in this editorial: My Two Coppers and a Tour.
Guild Wars 2
The Elementalist is a powerhouse in the original Guild Wars
and will be returning in Guild Wars 2 with much of the same function.
How much of this profession is the same and how much is new? Find out
at we explore the Elementalist profession here at Ten Ton Hammer.
WoW Cataclysm - Undercity
Undercity was once the lower portion of the great palace of Lordaeron,
holding the crypts of royalty, only to be destroyed in one moment of
madness. Now, the Undercity is occupied by Lady Sylvanas and her
Forsaken minions. Cataclysm has not changed the Undercity much, however
players will be, for the first time ever, able to fully explore the
ruins of Lordaeron. Finally we will be able to get a taste of the not
so distant past when the Ruins of Lordaeron were not just ruins but
instead a grand palace, filled with light and laughter.
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StarCraft II Mission
Guides Part Six - The Prophecy Missions
The next installment of Ten Ton Hammers complete walkthrough for the
single player campaign of title="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2"
II: Wings of Liberty covers the Prophecy missions.
While the first campaign in the trilogy may be focused on the Terrans,
for this unique set of four missions players will be placed in the role
of commanding Protoss forces. Not only does this mission chain give
newcomers to the series some much needed insights into another of StarCraft
IIs armies prior to taking the plunge into mulitiplayer
matches, but it also contains some of the most compelling missions in
To help you navigate your way through one potential future of the StarCraft
universe, be sure to read our title="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2/guides/prophecy-missions"
target="_blank">StarCraft II Mission Guides Part Six The
FEATURES & GUIDES
Microcosms: Dancing in
the Desert A Tale in the Desert Introduction
most gamers hear the term MMOG their thoughts turn to orcs, dwarves and
dragons, but lately the genre has been moving away from fantasy and
exploring new worlds. While diversity has become more common and
accepted, most games still feature combat as their core game play
element. A Tale in the Desert has been quietly bucking this trend for
several years and Jason Medawky Bolton thought it was high time we
took a look at this unique game.
D-Mail #6 The Importance
of Real Life Player Gatherings
gaming is not just gaming, but participating in a social experience
with other players. To that end, many non-verbal forms of communication
are lost through the online experience, which can lead to distrust and
eventual meltdowns in the social constructs of an online game. Meeting
other players face-to-face in a real life gathering serves to put a
face to a name and is beneficial to both game communities and the
overall success of the online game.
The Nine Laws Of Power In
EVE Online is full of machiavellian bastards, and Space Junkie has
their number in this guide to the realpolitik of space.
Flying The Imicus In EVE
Imicus frigate is probably the single best newbie mission ship in
existence because of its accessibility, cost, and ability to absolutely
destroy low-level mission NPCs. In this guide, Ten Ton Hammer
Contributing Writer, Space Junkie, gives us the inside dirt on this
Sins of a Solar Spymaster
#49 - The Summer of Discontent
href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve" target="_blank"> title="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve">EVE Online
has seen its share of rough times of late with lag issues still
plaguing the game from the Dominion launch and a community less than
thrilled about the fact that a 70 person dev team is working on future
content, leaving only 22 developers working to address current game
issues and to try and appease an increasingly discontent playerbase.
The Mittani has been monitoring the situation and this week offers up
his thoughts on CCP's current dilemma in Sins of a title="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/spymaster/49"
Spymaster #49 - The Summer of Discontent.
WoW Weekly Report - Beta
Keys, Mount Hyjal, PvP and much more in the WoW Weekly Report
WoW Weekly Report is our newsletter dedicated to giving you a
wrap-up of the previous week in news, stories, and more. This week we
take a look at many of the changes coming with Cataclysm, focusing on
PvP, leveling changes, and even changes to the world of Azeroth. In
addition we explore one of the potential starting zones in Cataclysm
with a look at Mount Hyjal. In addition to all our network content
check out all the news regarding World of Warcraft so you don't miss a
thing. All this and more in our WoW Weekly Report every Tuesday.
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of Warcraft: Cataclysm Interface Changes
Cataclysm - Tirisfal Glades Preview
LotRO Duplicate The Success of DDO?
Screenshots Show Starting Area Changes
II Goes Free-to-Play - A
Q&A with Producer Dave
the Gray: A Hands-On
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