According to a confusing report by Pacific Epoch the EverQuest 2 servers in China will be turned off on March 30th with all of the currently active beta accounts being moved to servers in North America. What the report doesn't say is if this means that the Chinese accounts, which appear to be only beta accounts. will simply be served out of North America or if the lights have been turned off for good. Is the party over for EQ2 in China? After a failed launch of the original EverQuest behind the Great Wall in 2003, it appears that the successor to the EQ throne also lacks appeal in China. On the light side, at least the four EQ2 players who wanted SOGA models got them. So, is the game cancelled in China or is something getting lost in the translation at Pacific Epoch?
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I have had at least, without the normal exaggeration that fills this column, 20 news alerts come down the pipe that World of Warcraft will not be available on the XBox 360. This is a surprise to who?
A show of hands please, those of you who want to group or raid with a person who instead of using a keyboard and mouse to play WoW, decides that a console controller is superior. Since voice communication is still a rarity in WoW and since the 360 doesn't link up to Ventrilo (who don't return my e-mail about TenTonHammer.com running a hosting server) or TeamSpeak (who do answer my mail, Huzzah!) I'd say the chances of Bucky the console-hound finding a way to type "/raid Incoming to Farm. 3 Targets, one is a druid." in an Arathi Basin battle are pretty slim.
Paul Sams of Blizzard had an amusing statement about putting the game on the XBox 360. Mr. Sams said,
"World of Warcraft is built as a PC gaming experience. Porting PC games to console often compromises games, and we'd never allow the World of Warcraft gameplay experience to suffer."
By "never allow the World of Warcraft gameplay experience to suffer" he means force new players in North America to join Player versus Player servers away from their friends and family where they will be killed and corpse camped repeated, crushing their will not only to play the game, but to play any massively multiplayer game ever. It's a public service, not a compromise.
I'm usually pessimistic about massively multiplayer titles. It keeps me from having a permanently broken heart, but let me tell you, as much as I enjoy playing WoW, Blizzard continues to amaze me with their ability to misjudge the server capacity needed, especially for Player versus Environment servers.
EQ2 Dead? WoW Bleeding? Console me !
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Spring is almost here and with it some timely cleaning.
Let us entertain you or at the very least waste some of your time at work.
- Vernal Virtues For MMORPGs
"As yet another MMORPG rolls onto the scene, is it time for some spring cleaning? Ethec takes a look at how developers can improve their game by tossing out some old misconceptions."
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: A Critical Look at DDO
"North American servers for Dungeons & Dragons Online:
Stormreach flung open their doors to welcome new gamers on February 28, 2006. Did players arrive to find a spotlessly clean game, or were there smudges on the windows and cobwebs in the corners? Shayalyn may like hanging out with DDO, but she's got a few cleaning tips for its developers, Turbine, Inc. Is DDO Martha Stewart approved? You decide!"
- Auto Assault: A Look Under The Hood
"Let's take a look under the hood of Auto Assault and see if there is anything that needs a tune up! This week's common content article is all about spring cleaning. What could be changed to make Auto Assault better? What is broken and needs to be fixed? We take a look at all of these things in our article "A Look Under the Hood". So rev up that engine and ride on down to here. You won't regret it."
- Warhammer Online: Racial Overviews - High Elf, Dwarf, Empire
As things begin to pickup around the Warhammer Online Community; we here at TenTonHammer have begun producing content. For the first piece of content, we have the Racial Overview pages for three of the main races in Warhammer Online. Included in this update is information on the High Elves, the Dwarves, and the Humans of the Empire. A basic overview on the current situation of the race and their stance towards the other races is provided. As time goes on, we will be adding all of the Races to our Racial section, as well as adding additional information to what is already present"
- Vanguard: Spring Cleaning
"Spring Cleaning, today's common content across the network has AnomalousSilence looking at what Vanguard might do to clean up some debated elements."
- EverQuest 2: Changes and Improvements
"Change is a necessary evil in the world of MMOGs. Slide takes a look at how it affects the EverQuest 2 player for better or worse. Is there anything else the game needs that would help improve an already fun game? I'm sure we could find something."
Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: Vin Diesel once bowled a 600 game.
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EBay asked to bend over, cough.
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Notably absent, that five-dollar bill under your car seat.
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