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  • 360 to gone in 0 seconds.
    GameSpot is reporting that the initial allotment of XBox 360s at both EB Games and their merger partner GameStop has been sold out. If you want a 360 you had best look elsewhere. Ricky of Trailer Park Boys swore repeatedly when he heard the news. Then he swore some more and uttered the following:

    "Retailer is first online store to go through its allotment of the next-gen console; other online retailers still have "launch" quantities."

    You can read the entire XBox 360 Sold Out Article at GameSpot.
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    Thu, Sep 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A ticket for economy please.
    The Escapist has posted an Op/Ed titled, We The Avatars that takes a look at the economies in MMOGs and how some of them are attacking the problems froma different vector. Richard Garriott adamantly refused to return our calls, but we did overhear him say this as he gave us the finger:

    "Not many gamers I know get too hopped up over the subject of MMOG
    economics. Sure, we complain about high prices at the auction house, we
    lament the waiting lines for our chosen servers, we disparage
    real-money trade, we blather on about "inflation." But when was the last time you checked the Consumer Price Index for your favorite virtual world, or looked to see whether your guild was actually turning a profit these days? "

    You can read the entire We The Avatars Op/Ed at The Escapist.

    News
    Wed, Sep 21, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Who let the dogs out??

    We asked a handpicked group of our elite team of writers to address what they feel is the number one "big picture" issue with their favorite MMO. Their responses are shocking, insightful, pithy, but most of all, different from game to game!

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    Wed, Sep 21, 2005
    Ethec
  • A Pox on World of Warcraft.
    It is rumoured that a disease is sweeping through World of Warcraft. Whether it is intentional or not is still up in the air. Get your penicillin folks. Dustin Hoffman warned everyone that this could happen, but nobody listened. He's warning them again, in a very loud voice, that sounds something like this:

    "Apparently there's a plague spreading in World of Warcraft. I can't verify this because I'm back at 30,000 feet"

    You can read the entire A Plague on World of Warcraft Story at Wonderland.
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    Tue, Sep 20, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Searching....Please Wait...
    Killer Betties has posted an Op/Ed titled, In Search of the Next EverQuest. Antonia Bayle would not answer our calls, damned Caller ID, but her answering machine did have this message:

    "EverQuest was my first MMO and I haven’t found another one that could hold my interest since. I honestly tried to like Final Fantasy XI, Lineage II, City of Heroes, World of Warcraft and Guild Wars—one or two of them even held my attention for a month or two—but nothing has had the staying power or stolen my spare time (and even some time I couldn’t really spare) like EverQuest has. "

    You can read the entire In Search of the Next EverQuest Article at Killer Betties.

    News
    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Can you spare some change (descriptions)?

    On EQ2's official site, the developers highlight some of the more blaring changes to characters' spells and combat abilities in the wake of the recent "Combat Changes." Now everyone can learn about the fun, new abilities no one really wanted!

    In this article, we take a closer look at how some of the abilities have changed for each class and how to integrate them with your play style. Utilizing the tactics and knowledge within and combining that with in-game experimentation and ability analysis will lead to success with your character.

    I guess the changes are good for us even if not particularly pleasant for some classes, like the Vegan junk our significant others might force upon our meat- and beer-craven mouths. See the Combat and Spell Changes at the Everquest 2 official site!

    News
    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Ethec
  • This game makes me sick.
    Gamerifts is reporting that some changes to City of Heroes have left people feeling nauseaous. Watching Ellen Degenerate on the Emmy's last night made my stomach queasy, especially when she said:

    " Players within City of Heroes from Cryptic Studios are reporting an alarming growth in photo-sensitve seizures after a recent patch into the game updated one of the "Sonic Powers Buff" to characters enhancing the visual effects associated with the power. "

    You can read the City of Heroes Makes You Sick Article at GameRifts.
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    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Don't accept unofficial excerpts when you can get official ones.
    RPGVault has posted the World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide Excerpt #2. Martha "You don't want to see me upset." Stewart, got upset when we called her home and shouted:

    " Compliments of BradyGames, an edifying overview of the guild functions and how they work in Blizzard's offering "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide Excerpt #2 at RPGVault.
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    Fri, Sep 16, 2005
    Boomjack
  • If Ethec made an MMO, it'd be called "Ethutaria: Ascendancy of the Poopsmith"

    Greg Frame of Kaneva, Inc. is offering an open-source MMO game engine. Will a free game engine lead to more avant-garde, cutting edge concepts; or does the significant cost-barrier help to ensure reasonably well-developed, high quality games? We report, you decide!

    So in a nut shell, from small “mod” type games to massive online experiences, Kaneva provides the technology and services that empower game developers to quickly develop a game and put it online for players. I encourage everyone to check out the platform, and even better login to our demo game Gorilla Paintball and see what can be accomplished in just a couple months with three people, I think you will agree that we may be on to something here.

    The rest of this Kaneva, Inc. dev journal appears at MMORPG.com.

    News
    Thu, Sep 15, 2005
    Ethec
  • I'll take the Pu Pu Platter build...

    Arena.net's Guild of the Week is a European guild called "Dynasty Warriors," which takes Chinese history seriously; requiring guildies to take names from the celestial lands. If you ever wanted to get a feel for a Guild Wars competitive match, take a look at this article; it features an interesting play-by-play commentary on a team arena "capture the flag" match:

    Members of the Dynasty Warriors guild believe that one of the keys to a successful battle is an understanding of the value of patience and knowing when to take risks, a lesson they learned from a war of attrition in one of their memorable guild battles. Set amid the foreboding backdrop of the Isle of the Dead guild hall, the battle started off fiercely as both teams struggled to control the flag stand. Though heavy losses were incurred on both sides, the DW team was finally able to hold the flag. The tenacity of their opponents was not to be underestimated, however, as they fought back to reclaim their flag...

    Did they hold the flag? Probably, since the article honors them! But see for yourself in the Guild Wars "Guild of the Week" article at the official site.

    News
    Wed, Sep 14, 2005
    Ethec
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