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  • There is a new gameplay preview over at the official Age of Conan website.

    The core of the question is: can we give any advantage to social gameplay without affecting negatively some peoples’ perception of solo gameplay? I guess that is impossible. The problem is, I want to reward people for being social, without alienating the true image of Conan as a truly solo friendly game. I have thus decided on making a compromise for the social classes, the Prestige Classes as we call them. The compromise is to let all abilities be available for your social class, but simply in a somewhat weaker form. You are barred from nothing, but you can not reach your full potential.

    Be sure to read the rest.
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    Fri, Apr 28, 2006
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  • There are some really nice screenshots of Turbine's upcoming Lord of the Rings Online at Eurogamer for your viewing pleasure.

    More Lord of the Rings Online information than you could ever want.

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    Fri, Apr 28, 2006
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  • There's an interivew to be had for Age of Conan. This time Gamespy interviews Gaute Godager.

    According to Godager, the development team took a lot of lessons from Anarchy Online while they were developing Age of Conan. "Having a successful MMO as been an enormous advantage for us," Godager said. "It's a pretty eye-opening experience when what you think you know about how players play MMOs runs into actual data taken from a running game." In fact, one of the biggest lessons that the team learned is that what some players say they want, isn't always what everyone really needs.

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  • MMORPGs increase productivity... yea, that's the ticket!

    The Orange County Register reports that corporations are beginning to embrace virtual online gaming as a means of personal and team development. Okay, we all know that 9 out of 10 meetings are a waste of time; so why not gain a level or two while your at it?

    In multi-player online games such as "World of Warcraft" by Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, success can depend on strong leaders who communicate well and can coordinate a well-timed attack that uses the varied talents of their team, from dwarves and gnomes to night elves and humans.

    Because many modern corporations depend on creating effective teams from geographically separate staff members, some companies study games to see how they accomplish that through a mix of Internet phone calls, instant messaging and personal communication skills.

    Monthly subscription fees won't drain your wallet like green fees, yes. But if your boss calls for a heal, you better be johnny-on-the-spot.

    Check out this interesting workaday world-meets-MMO article at TMCnet.

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    Thu, Apr 27, 2006
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  • E3 security will confiscate your babies.

    Well, actually, you'll just have to leave your infants outside (in downtown LA). Check out this excerpt from a recent "Media Advisory" sent out by E3 organizers:

    NOTE: E3Expo 2006 is a trade event and is not open to the general public. No one under 18 will be admitted, including infants. This policy is strictly enforced. We appreciate your cooperation in notifying your audience that the general public will not be admitted to this event.

    I'd say this means one thing: boobies, but we already know E3 has issued a strict edict against booth babe-age. Around here, folks think the prohibition is just a PR ruse. Either way, we'll supply lots of photographic evidence.

    And oh, I guess this means a good 70% of EB Games / GameStop employees will have to stay home. That means it's 70% more likely that they're might be some semi-intelligent chatter on the shuttle bus, or at least some peace & quiet for the sleep-deprived among us. No worries if you can't attend due to age or general SoCal aversiveness, we'll supply the best E3 coverage this side of the interweb!

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  • Smials - Great big bunkers for little bitty hobbits.

    The Great Smials, or the Great Place of the Tooks, were excavated in Tuckborough by Isengrim II, the tenth Thain of the Shire and grandfather of the famous Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took. A great family hole akin to the Brandybucks' Brandy Hall, the Great Smials are deep and many-tunnelled. They were not only designed to provide a home for many generations of Tooks, but also to defend against incursion in dark times.

    Read more about the smials right here.

    If you love The Lord of the Rings Online, you'll love our Lord of the Rings Online Community!
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  • Who's got the EQ2 lovin? We do! This week's Town Crier is out and Ten Ton Hammer is featured.

    Hark! Be that the Town Crier I spy? He brings us tidings from the far reaches of Norrath's influence. Be they dismal, strange, or otherwise? Let us observe as he waxes eloquent about current affairs.

    # The Town Crier wanted to learn more about adds, so we decided to take trip over to Aggro Me's math class. Once the Town Crier stopped in we caught Aggro Me conducting a siminar on what he's learned, be sure to read the note on his "Mad Skillz".
    # Meeting new people is always pleasureable for the Town Crier and we were fortunate enough to meet Calthine recently for her first article on Caster's Realm. The tradeskill expert gave great insight in her "Tradeskill Rare Event Guide".
    # In the far off land of IGN we're hearing words that new fiction is available. The Town Crier stopped in to see that Chapter VIII of The Forgotten by Shara is now available, so check it out!
    # The Town Crier tries to stay out of the Pirate vs. Ninja conversation but Ten Ton Hammer offers up some of their opinions in Slide's article "Pirates vs. Ninjas". If you happen to have a plant and need some Plant-Sitting then who better to ask than Niami? Be sure to check out Niami's latest mishaps in "Adventures in Plant-Sitting".If it's information that ye seek in the manuscripts then Ten Ton Hammer has you covered. In "The Bodacious Berserker Guide" you'll find a great deal of information to help you on your travels, the Town Crier is reading up on this and we suggest you do as well.

    Want to see up close and personal what they're talking about? You are in luck! Go visit our EverQuest 2 Community to find the latest and greatest information on the game.

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    Thu, Apr 27, 2006
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  • It happens to the best of games. My thoughts on this? Good! Finally developers are getting the fact that they shouldn't launch before the game is ready!

    Granted it's not a huge delay, only a few weeks off.

    As the developers are currently working on the final testing and balancing tasks in the Dark and Light private beta, they must regretfully choose to postpone the release of Dark and Light. César Jacquet, manager of NPCube, explains: “As the release date gets closer, we are not satisfied enough with the balancing and debugging, and do not wish to release Dark and Light just yet. After many ups and downs (the chikungunya epidemic on Reunion island , as well as logistic issues), the development team wishes to release Dark and Light in the best possible condition to make up for the delay, and to reward Players who put their trust in us and expect a lot from Dark and Light. This is why Farlan agrees with the recommendations of NPCube nd has pushed the release date back.

    Good for you guys!

    You can also pre-order your Dark and Light Activation Key starting today. You can get that right here at the official site. Dark and Light officially launches May 30th. You can start downloading the game on May 26th.

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    Thu, Apr 27, 2006
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  • The E3 Elimination Tournament - Reminder — 04/26/06

    Reminder that The E3 Elimination Tournament is going to take place this Saturday, April 29. We have all sorts of E3 related prizes to give away, including a free trip! Check out the Contest Page for all the details!

    Contest Page.
    Auto Assault Fans Go Here!

    The Best Auto Assault Community in the WORLD! Seriously, they have a ton and a half of good information. Check them out.

    Note: No, we're not giving away a trip. Would we like to? Sure.. but we're not. So I apologize for that misunderstanding.

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    Thu, Apr 27, 2006
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  • If you're not a subscriber to Fileplanet you're still in luck! Mgame has opened up the closed beta test to everyone.

    MGame is pleased to announce that the client and Digital key for the first Closed
    Beta will be available on Fileplanet for all users!!
    Subscribers and non-subscribers!! =)

    In addition to this, MGame and Fileplanet will be increasing the number of Digital Keys given out for the first Closed Beta!

    We (MGame and Fileplanet) have heard the people's voice! Now everyone can
    participate in our first Closed Beta, and we encourage you to do so! We thank
    our players for their patience and understanding.

    We look forward to seeing and hearing from you in The Legend of Ares.

    Go to their website for more details.

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