It appears that the April Fool's joke played by Bungie stating that a MMOG based on Halo 2 may not have been a joke at all. Game Informer claims that the April Fool's announcement by the Halo 2 developer was a foreshadowing of a project codenamed "Orion".
I'm excited to get my hands on Auto Assault. I enjoyed participating in the early beta, although because of other projects here at TenTonHammer.com I couldn't continue to participate like I would l have liked to. If ever there were a development team that deserved success it is the gang at NetDevil. They are enthusiastic about their game and enthusiastic about talking about it. As a member of the media it is refreshing to deal with these folks.
NCSoft is looking for input on their upcoming title. Do us a favour and help them out. The Poll is in the left menu of our site.
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- EverQuest 2: Fan Faire Coverage Part 1
"RadarX heads to the 2006 SOE Fan Faire to sit among those god-like developers and discuss issues effecting EverQuest 2. What is on their minds, and where is the game heading? Why was Radar almost late to the first meeting? These and more exciting questions are answered here."
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"Those Biomek tough guys sure do have a lot to bolster theirartillery! The Terminator skill listing here at Auto Assault –TenTonHammer has been updated with information from the live game."
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"The next installment of our weekly Dungeons & Dragons Online comedy serial finds Cailag imprisoned by Clan Tunnelworm, with
little hope of rescue before his time runs out. Will Preston, and the dwarf-for-hire, Nord, find Cailag in time; or will Cailag find a way to free himself? And what was that prisoner shouting about the Seal of Shan To Kor?"
- Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Boredom Busters
"Find it hard to keep grinding away in the same area? Tired of weilding that short sword or dagger? Why not try some of Merriandra's suggestions in Boredom Busters."
- Outpacing The Fun
"Everyone loves to do more in less time. The pace of life is steadily increasing, and the evolution of MMOs shows a transition by degrees from the halcyon pen-and-paper days to today's drive-thru MMO. Can the old-school social gamer thrive in today's "casual" games. And as we rush through the levels, are there more tacit tradeoffs looming just over the horizon? "
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"In patch 1.10 Blizzard implemented an upgrade to the class set items available in the late game instances. This change is to allow non-raiders to put time and effort in to gaining access to epic quality items without having to raid. While the items are not as good as raid epics they are a decent step up in power from the tier 0 set items."
- World of Warcraft: Life At 60 - The Mage
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- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Pacing Yourself
"The secret to good comedy is good timing. Gaming is not that much different. As Darkgolem explains, learning the pace of gameplay that is right for you is essential to enjoy Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). He covers the benefits and problems with both power-gaming and relaxed gaming in DDO."
- Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Off To A Running Start
"Across the Ten Ton Hammer network, writers are taking a look at the pace of current MMOs. How fast do you go through the content of your favorite game? Do you rush through levels with barely a look to the left or right? Are you the type that takes months or years to make the end levels, taking your time to try out all the content you can? Here at Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer, we don't have the joy of seeing the pace of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes yet. This didn't stop Anomalous Silence from giving us a look at things from his perspective."
- Guild Wars: Pacing Yourself
"How well does Guild Wars pace it's play? Contributing writer Tap takes a look a pace and MMORPGs, exploring how well Guild Wars holds up to the competition."
- Lord of the Rings Online: Setting The Pace
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- Auto Assault: Throttling The Speed
"This week's common content is all about the pace of advancementin Auto Assault. With the official launch just days away, this isdefinitely a wonderful subject to visit! So join us as we look at thespeed in which it takes to get to that finish line!"
- Warhammer Online: Marching Order
"This week’s common content article, detailing the “current view” of the pace that seems to be emerging from all the information we have about Warhammer Online."
Vin Diesel Fact of the Day:
Vin Diesel coined the phrase "Pardon my French" after picking up a French man and using him like a bat to club people.
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