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  • It's probably safe to say that I really look forward to Deo's Space every week. I know I'm not supposed to play favorites, but I'm really looking forward to Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising. This week is a great post on the Minion AI.

    As usual, it has been a busy week for us here in the office, and like always, I'm taking 5 to drop the good word for you all. As we approach E3, my days seem to just blur together with a never-ending pile of "high priority" projects. I swear it seems like I just celebrated Easter with my family just last week, and yet, here it is again! Where do the days go?

    Regardless, the time that has gone by has been productive and we will all feel a lot better once E3 has come and gone. Bear with us until that time, because it is important that we not only get through this schedule, but that we utilize all the resources available to us to have a maximum impact on the gaming world. Yes, we have lots of information we're anxious to give out. Yes, you're going to get to see it all. No, I can't post it today!

    Read the rest! Do it!

    More news and info on Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Does anyone else have a B horror movie stuck in their head now? Unfortunately until I get something else in there to replace it I'm getting slithering aliens repeating through my brain paths.

    Anyhoo, there's a new job featured on the Official Final Fantasy XI site. We're talking Puppetmasters here.

    For years, puppeteers have been entertaining crowds with their skillful manipulation of artfully crafted marionettes.
    But with the recent development of the "automaton," a semi-automated puppet without the need for strings, the uses for a puppeteer's talents suddenly expanded to the fields of agriculture, fishing, industry, and even combat. In any era, there is always a need for specialists to master new types of technology. And the puppetmaster has stepped forward--a special breed of puppeteers that customize their automatons with ingenious attachments and use a controller known as an "animator" to transmit commands. Puppetmasters also sometimes find it necessary to protect themselves from advocates of simpler times, and are rarely seen without a pair of sainti--their hand-to-hand weapon of choice.
    Let us take a closer look at this fascinating profession...

    Get more news and info on Final Fantasy XI here.

    Where's Ralph with the greased up deaf guy voice when I need him?

    News
    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Honestly, I wish that all of the MMORPG companies would do this. It's alot easier to download a game rather than wait for those popular games to be available at your local game store.

    I can't tell you how many times I've had to wait a day or two after launch simply because I had to wait for the retail version of the game to be available. It horks me off. Turbine is doing a great thing here by allowing customers to now puchase the game and download from Direct2drive.com This option is only available in North America. However, it's a start.

    Visit our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach community. They have the goods on what's happening and when.

    More news and info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I see that they didn't get the "Only post screenshots on Thursday" Memo. I'm not going to complain though. Nope. I'm just going to share the happy goodness with you guys. Get your new Dark and Light Screenshots right here!

    More news and information on Dark and Light.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • RMT ? For those of you who are getting a slow start this morning (like myself) it means, Real Money Trading. So.. in essence... RMT = Gold Buying / Selling / Secondary Market.

    Ok that is as smart as I get for the day. Here are the details.

    Hello,

    Today in excess of 150 RMT accounts have been suspended due to breach of the Terms of Service.

    We would like you all to think twice before risking your character in such activities, for more details of today’s events please follow this link:
    http://community.codemasters.com/fo...d.php?p=1284452

    Happy Easter!

    The details of their policy are right here on the community forums. It's nice to see these guys doing something rather than just blowing hot air.

    More news and info on RF Online.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I'm normally not a rumor poster. However, this one has me intrigued. I know that Microsoft is pushing quite a few games toward the 360 market. However, knowing the complexity of Funcom games, I wouldn't think that it wouldn't be successfully ported. GameSpot's Rumor Control has the story.

    According to the poster, the Funcom developers "showed a trailer with a pretty intense draw distance apparantly [sic] as well as Conan himself wielding a morning star which seemed totally realistic in how the spiked ball would behave due to its weight and momentum." Then, "a question was asked about if they were thinking about other platforms than PC...then the spokesman [Bjorn Sundquist] made a kauf [sic] gesture saying *kauf*Xbox360*kauf*." (Emphasis added.)

    Thanks to MMORPGDOT for pointing me in the right direction for this story.

    More news and info on Age of Conan.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Sphere rolls along

    That the first Russian MMO just launched its first addon doesn't seem all that newsworthy; not that I don't wish them the best. But the "includes the game's version for portable platforms" part of this announcement picqued my interest. I knew the marriage of MMO and mobile was imminent, I didn't know it was here (and from a relatively unknown-to-the-west developer, at that).

    The add-on is in DVD format and it includes the game's version for portable platforms. A colorful poster with a detailed map of the world of Sphere and a 2006 calendar are also included in the package. They really took the term "add-on" seriously.

    Might this be another EVE Online, waiting a year or two to come sweeping over the Arctic circle onto the hard drives of a rabid cult following? Time will tell, but check out MMORPG blog's treatement of Spheres: Dreamscape in the meantime.

    News
    Sat, Apr 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • From the makers of DOFUS... WAKFU!

    Ankama Studios, indie developer behind the cult MMOG Dofus, just announced a new expansion (Dofus - Arena) and a new MMOG in development (WAKFU) scheduled for late 2007. Ankama will show off both new creations at E3 in May.

    If I understand correctly, players will destroy the environment while saving it:

    In WAKFU, players will not only have to use the skills of their characters to fight a fierce fauna and flora using magic, martial arts or new technologies. They will also have to build cities in a virgin universe while preserving nature from destruction. Thanks to a universal and intuitive language, players will interact to create alliances or to take part in fights that will have a direct influence upon the universe.

    We can only hope for same anime fun and blurry cartoon nudity found in Dofus (/cough). Want the full press release? Clique here, si vous plait..

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Ethec
  • New MMOG Magazine to hit newstands in May

    Beckett Publishing, primarily known for their collectable magazines, announced it will publish an MMOG magazine scheduled to hit stores in late May, according to GamaSutra.

    Scheduled for the end of May, the first issue will feature interviews, instance maps, questing guides, and articles on players’ interaction with various games, and will include input from Beckett Media as well as industry professionals and gamers.

    I'm guessing PC Gamer's decision to remove gold ads in January created an ad/revenue vacuum for prospective mags. If there's one thing the media industry abhors, it's a vacuum.

    Check out the entire article at GamaSutra.

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Ethec
  • So I swore off betas. Every time I've ever played one, I've become disapointed in the game and haven't played much longer til after the Beta. So, with that said ... it's KILLING me that I am not in the Vanguard Beta test yet. All I get is the second hand look at these new screenshots. They're good. I'm happy to see them but again ... it's KILLING me that I am not in Beta.

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
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