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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.

E3 2010

The Pulse

You vote with what you view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the result is the Ten Ton Pulse (What is The Pulse?).

Today's top 5 Pulse results this week:

  1. World of Warcraft
  2. EverQuest II
  3. Age of Conan
  4. Dungeons and Dragons Online
  5. EVE Online

Biggest movers today:

  1. The Agency
    - UP 10 to #18
  2. DC Universe Online
    UP 8 to #12
  3. Free Realms
    - UP 6 to #13
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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 Cataclysm beta which officially kicked off this week. It's still far too early to tell if this will be one of those bad betas that Shayalyn discussed in Loading… earlier this week, but according to Cyrak over on our 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 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 right here, so be sure to check it out. Today also marks the official European release for 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: APB for Dummies/ 10 Tips & Tricks to Help Get You Started and 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 Tavern of the Ten Ton Hammer forum

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 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."

- Dalmarus

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

New and Exclusive Content Today at Ten Ton Hammer

1 Ten Ton Hammer feature today! 5 Ten Ton Hammer features in July! 723 in 2010!


Guild Wars: Dragon Festival Guide

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. Sock! Pow! Bam! DC Universe Online – An Interview with Senior Producer Wes Yanagi
  2. The Races of Guild Wars 2: Humans
  3. DC Universe Online's Senior Producer Wes Yanagi on Ten Ton Hammer Live Episode 13
  4. APB: Spotlight on the Symbol Designer
  5. Exclusive Interview With Creator of Sherwood Dungeon
  6. Introducing Company of Heroes Online - A Video Q&A with Producer Greg Wilson
  7. WoW Ruby Sanctum Guide
  8. APB for Dummies - 10 Tips & Tricks to Help Get You Started
  9. Star Wars: The Old Republic - Q&A with James Ohlen
  10. Exclusive Guild Wars 2 Warrior and Traits Q&A with Lead Designer Eric Flannum

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

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