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  • Them's fightin' words!

    Chinese CEO William Ding takes PvP into the board room, saying that Netease has what it takes to compete in China, and Blizzard (of World of Warcraft fame, et al) doesn't.

    Netease (Nasdaq: NTES) knows China better than competitor Blizzard, reports Shanghai Securities News quoting Netease CEO William Ding after the company reported its first quarter financial results on Thursday. Ding said Netease' success in the Chinese online game market is enhanced by its skill at attracting Chinese consumers with traditional Chinese culture. Ding also said that Netease develops online games strictly targeting Chinese gamers while Blizzard's online game World of Warcraft broadly targets the international gaming market.

    Ding's efforts could be aided by the fact that whenever he's introduced to a room full of MMO gamers, they reflexively say "Gratz!"

    Check out Netease's bold statements toward World of Warcraft and Blizzard at Pacific Epoch.

    News
    Fri, May 19, 2006
    Ethec
  • The new newsletter is out. Since I'm on a Chronicles of Spellborn bent lately all I can say is that you absolutely need to sign up for it and read the information within. I know I know. You're saying "Awen, you seem to get excited about alot of these games."

    You are absolutely correct. There are so many games out right now that look fantastic. It could be my absolute need to get away from WoW but I don't think so.

    However, I digress. Go to the Chronicles of Spellborn site and sign up for the newsletter. You won't be sorry.

    The 8th TCoS newsletter has been sent out! Among the regular items the newsletter contains lore about the destruction of the Ancestor World, a multi screen wallpaper and information about the upcoming dev chat!

    Because of the large number of subscribers, it might take a while before all copies have been sent out. As always comments are welcome in the forum thread linked below.

    News
    Fri, May 19, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • How DID Mythic get the Warhammer IP? Hear the answer in Marc Jacobs own words in this Gamezone interview.

    Well, you go to a franchise that is stellar in its own right, and Mythic, because of its association with Games Workshop, picked up the Warhammer title for the upcoming MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. It was a bold move, in many ways, simply because of the built-in fanbase and the volume of Warhammer material that pretty much details just what the game has to have.

    Now, if you're looking for a good time, visit our Warhammer Online Community!

    News
    Fri, May 19, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Yes, Gamespot has the good stuff yet again. Do I sound bitter? I could be a little bitter. After all.. they don't REALLY cover MMO games. Anyway, it's a good interview with great information on the new expansion.

    GS: The Burning Crusade will open up a new Outlands area that isn't a part of Azeroth. How will players reach the Outlands?

    JK: You'll travel through the Dark Portal, which is in the Blasted Lands. At one point the Blasted Lands and the Swamp of Sorrows were one zone called the Black Morass in the Warcraft 2 era. When Medivh opened the Dark Portal, it caused a huge crater to form and opened the world to the Hellfire Peninsula. Eventually as the expansion ages, you'll be able to port to one of the key cities, and if you have a warlock buddy and two friends, they can just summon you up. We're not going to force you to run through the portal every time.

    You can read the interview in it's entirety here.

    Want the best guide coverage around? Check out our World of Warcraft Community.

    News
    Thu, May 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Vivendi Games earnings up... ho hum.

    Building on Vivendi Universal's announcement of a 34% revenue increase earlier this month, subsidiary company Vivendi Games reported a 109% first quarter revenue increase. It's just another quarter in paradise for Blizzard Entertainment and Vivendi.

    According to the company, the "dramatic" improvement in revenue growth was fueled by "an increased proportion relating to the higher margin of World of Warcraft business." Interestingly, in the same report, Vivendi states that the earnings figures include increased development costs incurred by Blizzard, WoW's developer. The report did not specify if these costs were related to the upcoming WoW expansion The Burning Crusade or some other unannounced project.

    Yawn, stretch, and check out the rest of the Vivendi earnings announcement at IGN.

    News
    Wed, May 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • World of Moviecraft

    Blizzard's Paul Sams discusses the nascent World of Warcraft movie. Will the screen adaptation be subtitled "Lord of the Core Fragments"?

    He reckons the finished movie will end up "somewhere between Braveheart and Lord of the Rings"... So does that mean they'll be approaching Peter Jackson to direct?

    "That's an obvious. Yeah, he would kick ass at this. But, you know, whether we can get him or whether he'd be interested... Who knows?"

    Hmm. Maybe they'll pick Hans Zimmer instead of Howard Shore to do the soundtrack too; the waltzing leitmotif in the LotR movies was more appropriate for dancing than fighting. Enya was a nice touch though, in moderation. I digress.

    Check out a quick Q&A with Paul Sams regarding the World of Warcraft movie at Eurogamer.

    News
    Wed, May 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • Front page clear as day is a link to our TCoS article. I'm so proud I'm getting a little misty. Take a moment amoungst yourselves. Anyway onto the news. Keep your eye out for this game. I wasn't kidding when I said that it was going to be big. It's so bloody beautiful I can't wait to get my hands on it.

    We've just finished our second Dev Chat! Thanks to everyone taking part in this great session. We enjoyed answering your questions and we hope you got a some valuable new information. You have not been able to particpiate in this chat? Don't worry! The log is available on our forums. Simply follow the comments link to our forums.

    Make sure to check out our upcoming Newsletter next week for the subject of Dev Chat #3.

    More Chronicles of Spellborn News!

    News
    Tue, May 16, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Mephisto will melt your face?

    From E3, speculation grows that Blizzard has a next-gen console game well along in development. MMO, FPS, or RTS? I have little doubt that, accounting for both subscription revenue and box price, World of Warcraft is the top-grossing game of all time. The choice seems like a no-brainer.

    In the past year Blizzard have advertised full time position for next gen programming positions so the news is not really a big surprise. It would be more interesting to discover which game they have up their sleeves. Could it be Diablo which, according to many rumours will be an MMO as huge as World of Warcraft, with the concept of Hell invading Heaven.

    Check out the rest of the story on Blizzard's possible next-gen plans at HEXUS.gaming.

    News
    Mon, May 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • European website for The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ goes live with Beta signups.

    Codemasters Online Gaming is today pleased to announce the launch of the official European website for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar at http://www.lotro-europe.com

    As an added bonus, Codemasters Online Gaming and Turbine, Inc. have also announced that sign ups for the European and North American Beta Program will also go live today. To sign up for the European Beta Program please go to http://www.lotro-europe.com/beta.

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar European website will be providing content in English, French and German along with localised forums. The striking site, designed to fit within a 1024*768 frame, is a glorious fusion between the bright, rolling hills of the Shire and the dark foreboding wastelands of Angmar.

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is the first and only MMORPG based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien and is currently in development at Turbine’s studios in Westwood, Mass. Codemasters Online Gaming will co-publish (with Turbine) and operate the title across Europe. Language support will include English, French and German.

    Ed Blincoe, Product Marketing Manager at Codemasters Online Gaming, commented:
    “Launching the website, complete with the opportunity for our community to sign up for the Beta, shows Codemasters’ commitment to The Lord of the Rings Online. This is just the beginning of a concerted effort to make sure people who are excited about the game will be able to get into the Beta and experience the amazing world that Turbine has created.”

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar allows players to discover their heroic destiny in the ongoing struggle for Middle-earth™. Players of all levels can experience and explore incredibly detailed realms and join familiar characters in an evolving and persistent re-creation of the beloved world depicted by Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

    Players can adventure solo or forge their own fellowships online with others, as they face hideous monsters and minions of Sauron, fight epic battles to defend Middle-earth, and immerse themselves in the greatest adventure of our time.

    For the latest news and images from The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, visit http://www.lotro-europe.com.

    Chek out more about Turbine's Lord of the Rings online on Lord of the Rings Online @ Ten Ton Hammer

    News
    Wed, May 10, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Womp 'rats with a little help from EVEMon...

    Ignig.com reports on an EVE Online standalone addon which simplifies character progression.

    Dubbed EVEMon, the standalone Windows program not only simplifies character progression tracking, but also helps players plan out training plans and take a look at the “what ifs” in character skill choices and more.

    Unfortunately, the addon doesn't automate the months of mining required to make character progression more than a fun minigame. Nevertheless, check out Ignig.com's article on EVEMon, mon.

    News
    Tue, May 09, 2006
    Ethec
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