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  • Is technology wasted on barbarians?
    Funcom blogs in to IGN to discuss some of the tech behind Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.

    When Funcom decided to embark on Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures (Conan), we needed to take a serious look at our technology base. Despite the fact that we are one of the companies in the world with the longest experience in developing online RPGs, we truly had to evolve to the next level with Conan. You can never rest on your laurels in this industry, so we simply had to make sure the game would shine in today's extremely competitive landscape.

    See the newest news (plus some nifty screenshots) onAge of Conan: Hyborean Adventures at RPG Vault.
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    Fri, Nov 25, 2005
    Ethec
  • EBay for dragons.
    The Lair Auctions in Horizons: Empires of Istaria have had the ending dates extended by one week.

    "We have extended the Lair Auction ending dates by one week! This extension is occurring due to both dragon demand as well as our desire to ensure that we have ample time to iron out any last minute bugs that pop up.Here is the updated list of ENDING TIMES for the Dragon Lair Auctions that began on Thursday, November 17th!"

    Even more Horizons News.
     

    News
    Fri, Nov 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Getting virtual dates with virtual women who are really men.
    1UP has a great article titled, "Tokimeki Memorial Online Cafe", which is only a slightly better title than my favourite, Super Happy Fun Date Online Cafe. The article takes a look at a MMO by Konami that revolves around going back to school and trying to pick up girls. What more can I possibly say about this?

    " Tokimeki Memorial is Konami's famous dating/school simulator series. In the various games of the series, you lead the life of the average school kid trying to balance getting good grades with getting good dates. Building on the legacy but thinking progressively, Tokimeki Memorial Online is the next step forward. Now instead of trying to pick up on AI anime girls, you can try to date human girls...that umm...look like AI anime girls! --and are most likely guys in reality. "

    Insert your own links to dating sites and creepy anime pictures here.
     

    News
    Thu, Nov 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Hey baby! What's a High Elf like you doing in a dump like this?
    The L.A. Times has posted an article titled, "Meet me in the dungeon" that delves into the community building that takes place in MMOGs. New friendships and even romance are areas that Susan Carpenter touches on. .

    " IMAGINE: It's a Monday and you're speeding down a rainy street in a stolen yellow cab, trying to rescue some fellow thugs who are under fire by the Liberty City P.D. Your tough guy rep is at stake on these crime-infested streets. Anyone who gets in your way gets run over. The next day, your squadron is attacked by a droid army. Even though the Wookiees and Jedi Master Yoda come to your aid, you lose plenty of good men. But there's an opportunity for a comeback later in the week. Somehow, you manage to rack up 112 yards and score a couple of touchdowns — despite a so "

     

    News
    Thu, Nov 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • "Imperialist running dogs killed our son." - says mother, rubbing her hands together.
    WebProNews, not to be confused with those WebAmatuerNews sites is the latest to grab hold of the story about the Chinese youth who jumped to his death.

    " Chinese parents, claiming the game led to the death of their 13-year-old son, are suing Blizzard Entertainment, makers of the game "World of Warcraft." They claim the boy was re-enacting a stunt from the game and fell from a 24-story building . "

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    Wed, Nov 23, 2005
    Boomjack
  • So tell me a little bit about your career history, EverQuest 2...
    If games had resumes, this one would be impressive. Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder, SOE's EQ2 Community Manager, lists the incredible amount of content added to the game in the past year:

    Since launch, an enormous amount of content has been added to EverQuest II at no additional cost to EverQuest II subscribers. In addition to changes that made the game more fun for soloists and group players alike, more than 1100 quests have been added to the game since launch on November 8th. We've added more than 1200 new items to the game, including more craftable items for tradeskillers, and more loot around the world. Almost 400 new spells have been added and we've worked diligently to make sure our spell effects are as eye-catching as they are powerful. Recently, we added 8 new areas to the world, so there are now well over 100 zones in the world of EverQuest II to explore.

    So Blizzard & World of Warcraft, where's the beef? All you've made are promises so far. ( I have to try and bring balance to the force, you see.) Check out EverQuest 2's new content in the year since launch and the official site.
    Want some in-depth news & coverage?

    News
    Wed, Nov 23, 2005
    Ethec
  • Santa is checking his MMOG gift list. Are you a Taruen or a super villain?
    Seattle Weekly has posted a MMOG Gift Guide written to explain massively multiplayer games are to the uninitiated. Notably absent from their list was EverQuest 2, although Legend of Mir and Ultima Online did make the list.

    " As the so-called real world crumbles around us, things have been looking up in Azeroth. Jaina Proudmoor and the battered survivors of the Alliance against the Horde had barely established a tenuous foothold in south Kalimdor when their colony was threatened by Jaina's dad, the Mad Admiral, determined to wipe out her new allies, the Orcs. After much soul-searching, Jaina decided her honor counted for more than filial affection, so she helped the armies of Thrall whup the attacking fleet and earn free passage back home to Theramore. "

    News
    Wed, Nov 23, 2005
    Boomjack
  • And you thought your MMO was hardcore.
    WarCry has a very interesting read on Project Entropia's economy. PE is the first game with an real life economy- you can "buy in" for in-game cash using real dollars, and "cash out" using the same exchange rate.

    I saw miners hitting deposits worth 5,000 PEDs. And that's just the materials value. If they make it into stuff, who knows how much they’ll make? Crafters were making a couple hundred bucks right in front of me, throwing together tools worth $50-plus. Quick perusing of the auction house revealed items actually going for 4,000 PEDs. Sure, you start crafting in EVE, maybe you make enough ISK to sell to IGE for beer money, but $400 bucks? Sign me up for mining and crafting in Project Entropia.

    There’s even PvP zones and, yes, it’s old school. You may actually lose items if you wander into a PvP zones. Consequently, PvP combat has actual cash rewards and penalties. Imagine ganking a guy and making ten bucks on his gear. Now imagine being ganked and losing your hundred dollar mining doodad. That’s what I call serious PvP. When a jerk with a dagger might cost you your rent money, it’s hardcore.

    I agree. Check out Warcry's Project Entropia editorial.
    We'll throw this link in, free of charge:

    News
    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
    Ethec
  • EverQuest, not to be upstaged by World of Warcraft gets its name in the press as an addiction.
    Great Fall Tribune Online is at it again portraying gamers as overweight sluggards who refuse to shower. You can read all about it in, "Fun and games or addiction?" I for one choose fun and games over addiction.

    "At one point this summer, the pair played more than 50 hours straight. Anderson, a junior, is already a year behind in school, at least partly because of his gaming."

    Are you addicted to our news?

    News
    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • For only $19.99, you too can pretend to be a  cow.



    Blizzard has fired out special coupons to its millions of
    subscribers just in time for the holiday season.  The coupons
    entitle the subscriber to give gifts of World of Warcraft to three of their
    friends for only $19.99 a shot.

    "Dear World of
    Warcraft Subscriber,

    It's hard to believe it's been a year since World of Warcraft first
    opened to adventurers. As a thank you for your loyalty, we'd like to
    present you with 3 special coupons that you can use to purchase gift
    copies of World of Warcraft for only $19.99 after rebate. Just click on
    the link below to print your rebate coupons, purchase a World of
    Warcraft retail box at your favorite retailer, and mail back the
    completed rebate forms, along with your original receipt. It's that
    simple.



    The rebate offer is for subscribers only, so for verification purposes,
    you will need to legibly write your World of Warcraft Account Name on
    each coupon, as well as the new Account Names of your gift recipients.
    We hope you're enjoying World of Warcraft and that this makes it a
    little easier to share the fun with friends this holiday.



    Best Regards,



    The World of Warcraft Team "

    Subscribers have the "link below" and can print off three coupons to
    hand out while dressed as Santa.  

    News
    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
    Boomjack
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