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Loading... October 5th, 2010 - The Circle of Another Life

Posted Tue, Oct 05, 2010 by B. de la Durantaye

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Welcome to the 1,433rd edition of Loading...

Sometimes the successes and failures of an MMOG feel like rolls of the dice. When it's time to celebrate the party can put Woodstock to shame. When things go sour, it's a different story. We take a look at three headlines today for some upcoming games and one deceased in Loading... The Circle of Another Life.

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:

  1. World of Warcraft
  2. Lord of the Rings Online (UP 1)
  3. EverQuest 2 (down 1) 
  4. EVE Online   
  5. Aion (UP 5) 

Biggest movers today:

  1. LEGO Universe
    - UP 30 to #19
  2. Champions Online
    - UP 4 to #11
  3. DC Universe Online
    - down 4 to #17
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Rift - Ask the Devs!
Have you got a question about Rift: Planes of Telera? Well, you have a chance to ask the devs at Trion Worlds directly. Just submit your questions in our forums.

World of Warcraft PlayerScore

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Loading... Wishing spandex wasn't so clingy.

Bad news for Realtime Worlds former employees as 120 of the 210 have yet to receive their final month's paycheck. I've personally never rubbed salt into any wounds I've had, but I'd imagine the sensation would be similar. Sure, on hand it's hard to pay anyone when you have no money, but it's also difficult to watch a project that had you passionate as it circles the drain. Best of luck, RTW employees. May you find another project to showcase your talents... and one that leaves you proud for years after.

Onto some brighter news, Jumpgate Evolution has received new forums. Yes, I'm sure that the JGE fans would have rather received beta invites, or a newly announced launch date, but the new forums will have to do for now. At least it's an indication that the lights are still on at the studio. Is it an indication of big things to come? I don't know if I'd go that far just yet, but few companies would go through the trouble of a facelift if they weren't expecting a large surge of guests. Or maybe they would.

Some mixed good/bad news came from Sony Online Entertainment yesterday. DC Universe Online has been delayed from its expected launch date of November 2nd. No new date has been set yet, but Smed has said that those with a VIP key card will be added to beta as early as next week.

Ok, so no one likes a delay in launch. But in some cases we'd much rather see a delay than the launch of yet another buggy and/or incomplete game. DCUO is one of the games that I also have a personal investment in when it comes to looking forward to a new game. The brief chances I have had to play left me wanting more. So I guess I'll be waiting a bit longer along with the rest of the fans, but if that means a bigger better shinier game, bring it on.

Still pissed off at RTW? Anxious to dive into JGE? Waiting for DCUO beta? Let us know your thoughts today in the Loading... forums.


Shayalyn's Epic Thread of the Day


From our Rift News & Articles Discussion forum

Rift - Ask the Devs!

Trion Worlds, the developers of Rift: Planes of Telara are going to be taking our next set of community member questions. This time, we're focusing on the rift system. You'll find some details about the rift system on page 2 of our recent interview with Scott Hartsman. Now's your chance to get clarification and come to understand rifts, obviously a central mechanic in this MMOG, a little better.

Ask away!

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Awesome Quotes from the Epic Thread

No quotes, just questions. Bring it!
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New and Exclusive Content Today at Ten Ton Hammer


4 new Ten Ton Hammer features today! 16 Ten Ton Hammer features in September! 1076 in 2010!

INTERVIEWS

Reader Submitted Rift Q&A, Part 1

http://www.tentonhammer.com/rift/interviews/reader-submitted-questions-part1
 
In the first on an ongoing series of exclusive interviews with Trion Worlds, Ten Ton Hammer seeks out as much information as they can about Rift: Planes of Telara, the upcoming, action-packed MMOG. This time, we talk to Scott Hartsman, Creative Director and Trion Redwood City Studio Lead. If you have any questions that you wish to be asked in future interviews, post them in our Rift community forum.

REGULAR FEATURES

WoW Weekly Report - Cataclysm Previews and a PlayerScore Discussion
http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/newsletter/issue87

The 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 look at some great World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Previews including a look at the brand new leveling zone of Uldum, the changes coming to Thousand Needles, and Rogue 4.0.1 changes. Xerin also steps in to discuss the pros and cons of player rating systems in his look at PlayerScore. We also covered the news around potential release dates for Cataclysm, EA banter with Bobby Kotick, patch 4.0.1, and more Real ID news. All this and more in our WoW Weekly Report every Tuesday.

FEATURES & GUIDES

Civilization V - Choosing The Best Wonders
http://www.tentonhammer.com/civ5/guides/wonders

The mark of any great civilization lies in the architectural and scientific feats they accomplish. Civilization V puts these tasks in your hands with the Wonder system, and there are countless options to further your empire's glory. They are no easy task, so picking and choosing the right wonders for your civilization is imperative. We take care of the nitty gritty and help you choose the right ones in our guide.

An Overview of Elite Equipment In EVE Online
http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/guides/combat/elite-equipment

EVE Online has a lot of dusty corners, the stillness of which is stirred only by the most advanced players. Join Space Junkie as he dusts off the corner full of elite modules, boosters, and more.

Today's Top 10

  1. Reader Submitted Rift Q&A, Part 1
  2. LEGO Universe Preview
  3. An Overview of Elite Equipment In EVE Online
  4. WoW - Introduction to the Mastery System
  5. Final Fantasy XIV Review at Ten Ton Hammer
  6. Dev Talk: Where the Girls Aren't - The Role of Women in the Gaming Industry
  7. WoW Rogue Talent Guide for Patch 4.0.1
  8. Marvel Super Hero Squad Online - A Heroes & Helicarriers Preview
  9. Ten Ton Hammer's Beginner's Guide for LotRO - General Gameplay
  10. Measuring Gear and Comparing Scores in World of Warcraft

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- Benjamin J. de la Durantaye and the Ten Ton Hammer team

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