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  • From $1.1 billion in 2005 to $4.4 billion in 2010

    This number crunching press release ran across the desks today here at Ten Ton Hammer and we though we would share it with you. It tells the world what gamers have been saying for a while now...We are here to stay, this isn't a phase!

    New market research detailing the growth of the online game industry will be announced at the Austin Game Conference (AGC) next week on September 6th, 7th, and 8th in Austin, Texas. The online game market in will grow from $1.1 billion in 2005 to $4.4 billion by 2010 in North America, according to a new study conducted by Parks Associates, a Dallas-based market research and consulting company, who will discuss their new data at AGC. Currently PC gamers spend an average of 18.5 hours playing each week - more than console (13.6 hours), portable (8.9 hours), or mobile games (4.6 hours). Of those PC gamers, 70% play some form of multiplayer online game.

    At a time of exponential growth in online games, the fourth annual Austin Game Conference will bring together over 2,400 game industry professionals from 20 countries representing more than 520 companies. Additional market research, forecasts and current industry trends from researchers Parks Associates, NPD Group, and MMOGCHART.COM will be discussed in detail at the Austin Game Conference.

    Read the full press release to learn more about these exciting numbers. Do you think they are accurate? Let us know right here in the forums at Ten Ton Hammer your one stop resource for all the latest news, information and communities for all your favorite MMOs.

    News
    Tue, Aug 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Not Your Average Recruit...

    The official site for Tabula Rasa has been updated with a look at the skills and abilities of the Recruit.

    THE RECRUIT is the entry level (Tier 1: Levels 1 - 10) classification for all new Allied Free Sentients (AFS) force members. It is at these levels that basic weapons, combat abilities and protocols are introduced and mastered. The Recruit is the foundation on which a military career is built upon. Once a Recruit has successfully demonstrated proficiency in the required skills and abilities, he or she will be prepared to enter the Soldier or Specialist career path.

    Keep reading to learn more. Is sci-fi more your speed when it comes to MMOs? Tired of elves and dwarves wandering around in the forests? Stop by the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts with us.

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    Tue, Aug 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Konichiwa, Gelatinous Cube!

    Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach has made its localized debut in Japan:

    Following on the launch of DDO in North America and Europe, Turbine and SAKURA worked together to localize the award-winning game for the Japanese market including the development of Asian-themed armor, weapons and content. DDO is a unique experience where players must use their combat skills and wits to survive dangerous dungeons, fiendish traps and foes that punish the foolish. The game seamlessly combines the beautiful world of Eberron®, the classic D&D® v3.5 version rules, and the latest innovations in online technology into a breathtaking gaming experience.

    Read the press release in toto |HERE| or, as always, check out the latest on DDO on the Ten Ton Hammer DDO Community Site.

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    Mon, Aug 28, 2006
    Ethec
  • Ever Wanted to Be A Guide? Now's Your Chance...

    Posted on the official site for EQ2 is a news item looking for those brave few who wish to become a Guide. If you like helping your fellow players then you will want to check this out...

    The last thing you remember was reaching out for Zuzzil the Enchanter's Wand, then darkness... You begin to awaken and feel somehow different. You look down to find...

    ...everything is normal. Wait, no...something is not right. My hands! I cannot move my hands! Nor my feet! Nothing! I cannot move anything! What is going on here? My eyes feel as if they are glass, yet I can still see. My lungs still function and my brain is still lucid. What has happened to me? Hmm...perhaps I am still dreaming. No, that cannot be since I feel the cool breeze of wind across my face and arms. "Hahaha! Another sorry adventurer to add to my collection! You'll make a fine addition to my garden, yes, a fine addition. Such an elegant pose and unique features. If I dare say so, you are my finest piece of art!" A piece of art? What does this mad man mean? Can it be true, am I nothing but a piece of art? My feet and legs do look different, almost grey and lifeless. I can barely strain to see my torso, yet from the corner of my eyes it also appears grey, almost...stone like. Oh gods, am I what I think I am? "Such a fine statue. I could not have commissioned a more perfect sculpture!"

    Ever wonder what happens next? Do you want to find out? If so the Guide Program is looking for more adventurers.

    Get clicking to learn more! Have you joined the community at EQ2 Ten Ton Hammer yet? Jump on in and share your thoughts with us.

    News
    Mon, Aug 28, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Second Edition of Behind the Scenes on the Official Site

    This week's edition of Behind the Scenes on the official site for Age of Conan gives us an in depth look at how a design team works...

    This week we catch up again with Age of Conan lead designer Ole Herbjornsen as he explains a little more about how the design team works.

    Hi again! Following up from my previous article I wanted to go into the other designer ‘classes’ that we have in Age of Conan. (Especially since I don’t want anyone feeling left out!) So today we look at the roles of the item, special effects, quest and system designers.

    Keep reading to learn more! Can't wait for Age of Conan to launch? Tell us why in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Mon, Aug 28, 2006
    LadySirse
  • June 2007 Launch Date

    That's right matey's. Hot off the presses...erm wire. News just in from PAX Flying Lab software has announced the release date for Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    Fighting across land and sea, players of Pirates of the Burning Sea will experience intense tactical ship combat and swashbuckling adventures, where every player is the captain of their own ship. British, Spanish, French, and Pirate captains battle it out for glory and power, engaging in both PvE and PvP game play that has the power to truly change the game world. Compete to conquer enemy ports, pursue 1000+ missions, engage in a fully player-driven economy, and earn ships, skills, and gear to become the most famous -- or infamous! -- captain on the Burning Sea.

    Read the full press release to learn about the features, history and background for the game. Think this is the game for you? Tell us why in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Fri, Aug 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Sams still confident of winter ship date for Burning Crusade

    Gameindustry.biz has posted a preview of their interview with Blizard's COO, Paul Sams. It seems that we can expect Blizard to produce an expansion a year for WoW...

    Blizzard COO Paul Sams has told GamesIndustry.biz that the company plans to release a new expansion pack for multi-million selling MMO World of Warcraft every year.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview, Sams said, "Starting with The Burning Crusade, every year thereafter we plan on bringing out a new expansion set - so every 12 months."

    Head over and read more. Be sure to drop in tomorrow when we'll bring you the full interview once it's posted. Are you ready for all these expansions? Let us know in the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Fri, Aug 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Exploring Middle-earth: The Party Tree

    The official site for The Lord of the Rings Online has been updated today with another installment of Exploring Middle-earth! Today we get a glimpse at The Party Tree...

    In a broad, open field in Hobbiton, not far from Bag End, there stands a majestic tree, taller than any within sight for miles. The Party Tree, as it is called by the Hobbits, is a gathering place for merriment, eating, and storytelling, where all Shire-folk are warmly welcomed. It was here that Bilbo Baggins celebrated his magnificent birthday (his eleventy-first), and it was from this location that some say he simply vanished from sight forever. Few are certain of the Tree's origins, and even fewer actually give its history a second thought. The Party Tree is decorated year-round with bright lanterns and yards of colourful woven streamers, for it seems logical to all Hobbits that a decorated tree is reason enough for a celebration -- why risk missing the opportunity for a feast by bringing down the festive arrangements? Besides, it's far too tall these days for Hobbits to reach the limbs, even if one had a mind to.

    What are you waiting for? Get par...erm I mean clicking... Get Clicking and check this out! When you're done, head over to the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts with us.

    News
    Thu, Aug 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Clan Feature #6: The Wu-Tang Clan

    MMORPG.com wraps up their series that features the clans in the upcoming 9 Dragons. This week we are treated to a look at eh final clan as well as new screenshots!

    This is the final instalment of a six article series exploring the background lore of the clans in the exciting new MMO martial arts game 9Dragons. Today we’ll explore the white clan that so many of our designers love to call home - Wu-Tang Clan.

    Wu-Tang is a discipleship of Tai Chi practitioners who strive to become living instruments of divine justice. Their entire way of life, as well as their Kung Fu, is governed by the philosophy and teachings of The Tao, or The Way, which reveals secret truths governing the great universal balance. It follows naturally that the clan symbol is the harmonious Yin and Yang.

    Get clicking and check out the Wu-Tang Clan! Like what you've seen? Tell us about it in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Thu, Aug 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Wait is Almost Over...

    A press release was issued to highlight the announcement of Guild Wars Nightfall. Also mentioned in the release are some of the goodies that will come with the game. Keep reading to learn more!

    Guild Wars Nightfall will be available in both Standard and Collector’s Edition. The limited edition and highly-coveted collector’s edition will include the Guild Wars Nightfall game as well as a Making of Guild Wars Nightfall behind-the-scenes DVD, collector’s art book, collectible skills pins, a character mini-standee, a poster-sized map of Elona, the Guild Wars Nightfall soundtrack CD and more.

    Read the full press release and then let us know what you think in the forums at Guild Wars Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Thu, Aug 24, 2006
    LadySirse
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