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  • Mythic CEO Talks About EA Acquisition

    Gamespot has posted an interview with Mark Jacobs, CEO of Mythic Entertainment, and Owen Mahoney, EA SVP of corporate development. This interview offers a look at the recent deal between these two compaines and what it may mean for the future.

    Electronic Arts bolsters its foundation with the acquisition of MMO specialists Mythic Entertainment. We talk to the company's CEO, and the EA exec who cut the deal.

    Head over to Gamespot to read the full interview.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Still In Beta But Holds Promise...

    Silkroad Online is a recently translated Asian MMO that is currently in beta. GameZone posted their preview of this interesting title.

    The Silkroad was the major cultural and economic trading route connecting ancient China with Islamic and European civilizations. It was a hazardous byway, often haunted by thieves, merchants and those who would protect the merchants from the thieves.

    In an increasing trend, yet another Asian massively multiplayer online game has been translated over to English and is in the testing phase. Silkroad Online does carry some Asian influences, and some of the combat styling could be likened to KOEI’s Dynasty Warriors franchise (in a tiny way), but the game also carries some of the influences of other Asian-generated MMOs, like Lineage II.

    Read the full preview at GameZone.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Damon Grow Talks About Making an MMO While Being Followed By Cameras

    Mixing the development of a MMO with the rigors of making a reality TV show is sure to make for interesting times. Damon Grow and a team of volunteer developers are trying to do just that as they work to make Kaos War. The TV show is called...you guessed it...Creating Kaos. Recently he sat down to talk to the folks at Firing Squad.

    FiringSquad: How hard is it to develop an MMOPG with an all volunteer development team?

    Damon Grow: It is unbelievably hard. What made it extremely difficult from the beginning is that we are spread all over the world. We have to deal with time zone differences, the inability to work face-to-face, and many have daytime jobs to pay the bills while they work on the game. We lessen the hardships as a virtual company by using tools such as email, instant messenger, Voip programs like Teamspeak and Ventrilo, and passing data along by FTP and Sourcesafes such as Subversion. Many of our developers are currently on their way to our headquarters in San Francisco, which reduces the obstacles significantly.

    On top of all that we are not just building a small game. Kaos War is an epic AAA MMO title and at this time an MMO game is simply the hardest and most time intensive game to develop. This means that without further funding, we’d need 100’s of industry quality volunteers to get enough work done to actualy finish the game. Getting financial backing is essential for a game like this.

    Check out the rest of this intriguing interview and stay tuned for updates on Kaos War.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
    LadySirse
  • RPG Vault Concludes Fury Series

    RPG Vault has posted part two of their interview with Lead Programmer Michael Petrou, Lead Designer Adam Carpenter, Producer Paul Whipp and Senior Designer Joseph Hewitt.

    Jonric: Since you previously mentioned trials, which seem to be Fury's version of quests, would you care to tell us how they function?

    Adam Carpenter: As Fury is pure competitive gaming, we don't have quests in the classic PvE sense. Instead, we have trials, which are our PvP equivalent to quests. In them, players are required to use a specific set of abilities in order to achieve the trial's goal. The more efficiently a player uses the avatar's abilities, the faster it will complete each trial.

    Read the full interview at RPG Vault.

    Catch up on the series by reading part one here.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Developer Journal: The Weapons of 9 Dragons

    In the fifth of a series of developer journals Ken Johnston, CEO Real Time Worlds, talks about the weapons that will be found in 9 Dragons. 9 Dragons is a MMO that is set in ancient China around the Ming Dynasty and s the first authentic martial arts massively multiplayer online game.

    That world was ancient China during the Ming dynasty. They were dangerous times; the land was filled with bandits, wild animals and strange monsters. Still, there were those brave souls who mastered different forms of Kung Fu and heard the call of Martial Chivalry to combat these dark forces.

    In a previous article I told you about the monsters and also some of the specific monster clans that are in the game. Now I want to talk to you about some of the weapons you can use to defeat these monsters.

    Read this full journal entry at MMORPG.com.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Hero Preview and Screenshots

    GameZone posted a preview of Hero Online.

    If there is one game that Hero Online can best be equated to emulate, it would be Diablo II. The game is, by default, a third-person hack ‘n slash. It is easy to jump into and play, and it is rather entertaining.

    Read the full preview at GameZone.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Jun 21, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Questions Answered at Stratics

    In a bi-monthly series, the team at Stratics has posted the results of their Q and A with the develiopers of World of Warcraft.

    Q. When designing quests do you use usability testing to see how different cultures would interpret them? - Douglas Meinhardt from the Uldum realm.

    A. Localization and usability are one of our top priorities when we design quests.We have dedicated localization teams who translate game content for each region. When something is found to be off color or unidentifiable, they make changes to insure that the text works in that particular region.

    Find out more about this game and how you can submit your questions!

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jun 20, 2006
    LadySirse
  • MMOz Online Gaming Talks With Taylor 'Augustus' Daynes

    Lead Designer, Taylor 'Augustus' Daynes answers a few questions about
    Flying Lab Software's upcoming Pirate-themed MMORPG.

    "Your [NPC] supporting cast is assembled based on your nation and
    gender, although gender is an optional element we use only on occasion.
    We can also assign a specific character to your cast in response to
    player actions, so if you flirt with someone in a tavern during a
    mission, we can then assign that character to be your romantic interest.

    In general, we use the cast within specific storylines that are often
    solo-only, so that your experience is unique. Many other storylines do
    not use your cast, so when they turn up you know something really cool
    is going on."

    Read the full interview and start planning your priate adventure!

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jun 20, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Computer Games Online Talks with Starr Long

    Computer Games Online presents an interview with Starr Long, Producer of the upcoming massively-multiplayer role-playing game Tabula Rasa. The game is set in an intergalactic war between humans and the destructive Bane. Long discusses the origins of the game and some of the challenges in creating a unique experience.

    How will the war unfold as more players join the fight and time progresses on the battlefield?

    The war constantly ebbs and flows. As one control point is taken, another might be lost. Ownership of control points is linked to lots of variables in the environment including which missions are available, where you re-spawn when you die, which NPCs are around, etc.

    Read the full interview at Computer Games Online.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jun 19, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Will Warhammer Online Be the Next Best Thing?

    Worthplaying has posted a preview of Warhammer Online today. The review is chock full of screenshots and interesting observations...

    When Dark Age of Camelot launched back in 2001, I felt it was EverQuest, only without the parts that I didn't like. By the same token, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning might be World of WarCraft: PVP Done Better.

    Comparing WAR to WoW is inevitable — there are too many similarities to be dismissed. Both feature Orcs with cartoonish armor, both use similar fonts, and heck, even the names are similar. According to Games Workshop — the owners of the Warhammer name — Blizzard ripped them off. That might well be true, since my knowledge of Warhammer is limited to taking a look at a friend's miniatures and thinking, "Painting all of those must have been a hell of a lot of work." Even if Blizzard did borrow heavily from Games Workshop, because WoW launched first, Warhammer Online will be inevitably compared to WoW.

    Read the full preview of Warhammer Online.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jun 19, 2006
    LadySirse
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