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  • EverQuest 2 Devs Talk It Up

    On the agenda for this evening's dev chat with the bigwigs of EverQuest 2: "nerfs" to just about every class associated with the upcoming Live Update 24; raid content, broker, and tradeskill changes coming with the "Fallen Dynasty" adventure pack in June, and the wealth of changes (including a deity system) new to the game with the "Echoes of Faydwer" expansion this winter.

    In attendance:

    • Scott "Gallenite" Hartsman - Senior Producer

    • Ryan "Blackguard" Schwayder - Community Relations Manager
    • Don "Silverfrost" Neufield - Lead Programmer
    • Matthew Higby - "The Fallen Dynasty" (adventure pack 3) Design Supervisor
    • Akil "Lyndro" Hooper - "Echoes of Faydwer" (expansion 3) Design Supervisor
    • And a bunch of fanboys, forum trolls, and other miscreants like our very own RadarX!

    Click here to see the Stratics "House of Commons" EQ2 dev chat transcript!

    News
    Fri, May 19, 2006
    Ethec
  • Yes, Gamespot has the good stuff yet again. Do I sound bitter? I could be a little bitter. After all.. they don't REALLY cover MMO games. Anyway, it's a good interview with great information on the new expansion.

    GS: The Burning Crusade will open up a new Outlands area that isn't a part of Azeroth. How will players reach the Outlands?

    JK: You'll travel through the Dark Portal, which is in the Blasted Lands. At one point the Blasted Lands and the Swamp of Sorrows were one zone called the Black Morass in the Warcraft 2 era. When Medivh opened the Dark Portal, it caused a huge crater to form and opened the world to the Hellfire Peninsula. Eventually as the expansion ages, you'll be able to port to one of the key cities, and if you have a warlock buddy and two friends, they can just summon you up. We're not going to force you to run through the portal every time.

    You can read the interview in it's entirety here.

    Want the best guide coverage around? Check out our World of Warcraft Community.

    News
    Thu, May 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It was bound to happen somewhere and sometime. It has. Marc Bragg, a lawyer of West Chester, PA is suing Linden Lab for the sum of $8,000 US.

    Bragg claims Linden Lab froze his account after a land deal went bad. The attorney said he found a legitimate way to purchase land at prices far below market rates, using an online auction on the Second Life website.

    Bragg v. Linden Research, a civil complaint filed May 1 in West Chester's local district court, charges that Linden Lab "breached an auction contract by allowing the land to auction, accepting online payment, and then suspending plaintiff's account."

    You can read the entire story at Wired Now, for the big question. Should Linden Labs be held responsible for this? Does this open up a whole new can of worms for other companies like SOE who allow RMT within some of their games? Tell me what you think.

    More Second Life News.

    News
    Thu, May 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Vivendi Games earnings up... ho hum.

    Building on Vivendi Universal's announcement of a 34% revenue increase earlier this month, subsidiary company Vivendi Games reported a 109% first quarter revenue increase. It's just another quarter in paradise for Blizzard Entertainment and Vivendi.

    According to the company, the "dramatic" improvement in revenue growth was fueled by "an increased proportion relating to the higher margin of World of Warcraft business." Interestingly, in the same report, Vivendi states that the earnings figures include increased development costs incurred by Blizzard, WoW's developer. The report did not specify if these costs were related to the upcoming WoW expansion The Burning Crusade or some other unannounced project.

    Yawn, stretch, and check out the rest of the Vivendi earnings announcement at IGN.

    News
    Wed, May 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • MMORPGs meet real life

    In what seems like an endless spate of mainstream media hate towards videogames of all shapes and sizes, it's nice to see the International Journal for Science and Tech take a look at how MMORPGs are impacting everyday life for lots of people in a positive way.

    Most people probably think of MMORPGs players as hardcore gamers the way we usually picture them: young, mostly male, with little if any social life. In other words, not normal people. Most early players may have had such a profile. These "no life" players, as gamers themselves label them, may still account for a significant part of the population of MMORPGs players.

    Yet, with more than 6 million people worldwide -- the equivalent of the population of Finland -- playing "World of Warcraft" (WoW), the most popular of all MMORPGs, online role-playing games are more than the obsession of a few video game addicts. This skyrocketing popularity of MMORPGs was made possible because what they offer is incomparably more valuable than just a game: MMORPGs provide players with a second virtual life, in addition to their real one. Such is the case with a growing number of people around us: white collar employees, school teachers, even company CEOs in real life may hold a second identity as dwarves, sorcerers, or knights in virtual life.

    Read about how MMOs are mainstreaming their way into society at OhmyNews.

    News
    Wed, May 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • World of Moviecraft

    Blizzard's Paul Sams discusses the nascent World of Warcraft movie. Will the screen adaptation be subtitled "Lord of the Core Fragments"?

    He reckons the finished movie will end up "somewhere between Braveheart and Lord of the Rings"... So does that mean they'll be approaching Peter Jackson to direct?

    "That's an obvious. Yeah, he would kick ass at this. But, you know, whether we can get him or whether he'd be interested... Who knows?"

    Hmm. Maybe they'll pick Hans Zimmer instead of Howard Shore to do the soundtrack too; the waltzing leitmotif in the LotR movies was more appropriate for dancing than fighting. Enya was a nice touch though, in moderation. I digress.

    Check out a quick Q&A with Paul Sams regarding the World of Warcraft movie at Eurogamer.

    News
    Wed, May 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • It's always interesting to get a Developer's point of view from E3. Is it as crazy for them as it is for us? Absolutely! Read it in the latest Dev Diary to come from Pirates of the Burning Sea.

    E3 is a beast. 60,000 sweaty gamers descend on Los Angeles to compete for swag, face time with devs, and the glory of seeing new stuff first. Over in the NVIDIA booth, six of us from Flying Lab -- myself, Rusty, Isildur, Aether, BSharp, and Heidi -- demoed Pirates of the Burning Sea to everyone who walked up, including press and business contacts.

    Get it right here.

    Yarrrr!

    News
    Tue, May 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The SOE Comic Book Creator is now available for digital download on the Station Store at https://store.station.sony.com! With the SOE Comic Book Creator, you can create stories of your gameplay with over 500 different layout and design templates to choose from. Use the SOE provided art or screenshots taken from within the game! Download the 5 day trial from the Station Store and make your own comic adventures today!

    SWEET! This is good news for the artistically challenged that like to poke fun at the games. *cough* me *cough*

    Visit our Freakin EQ2 community!

    News
    Tue, May 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • There are updates to the Bestiary for Dark and Light.

    For example, for centuries, fond of their mounts, the humans refused to change the name of the Dodos and the Ranchos, and nothing came of it! Even the proposition of “Dod’O”, although close and corresponding to the new rules of naming (race’ sub race) were stoically refused. The Dodo and the Rancho, therefore, are the only creatures to have conserved their ancestral name from the humans.

    The Zoologists counted nearly 250 creatures in the world.

    You can read it in its entirety here.

    Have you read our E3 preview? No? Wha wha what? You can find it here. Read RadarX's funny commentary. You'll be glad that you did.

    News
    Tue, May 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Codemasters seems to be running out of the gate after the circus we call E3. Good for them!

    Greetings Citizens of Novus!

    Professor Saldash's Thunderdome is a 1 on 1 PvP Event that will be taking place on the weekend of May 20th-21st.

    Sharpen your weapons and polish your armor, as your greatest personal challenge is about to unfold!

    For further information, and application details, see the following thread.

    The thread to look for is right here.

    News
    Tue, May 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
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