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  • The Escapist searches out the recipe to Blizzard's "Secret Sauce"

    Snappy webzine The Escapist details the history of Blizzard Entertainment, questioning why Blizzard always seems to come out on top.

    "We had to build an entire company around [World of Warcraft]," says Kern. "This included tweaking everything from PR and QA to establishing entirely new departments like operations, customer service, GMs and billing - it literally transformed Blizzard."

    As well as the entire landscape of online gaming. It was the final move in a decade-long coup d'etat by Blizzard, against the entire gaming industry.

    Check out this superb article on Blizzard's meteoric rise at The Escapist.

    News
    Wed, Jun 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • "Your daughter and the Moor... er, Tauren... are now making the beast with two backs." - Iago, I.i (sort of)

    As a class project, some industrious youths have acted out Shakespeare's play "Othello" in World of Warcraft and recorded a video for posterity. We'd give them an "A".

    This adaptation was created as a class project. The version includes the whole cast of Othello acted out by WoW toons, complete with newly scripted lines and more.

    With a running time of just over 13 minutes and a musical score that includes a little CCR with “Bad Moon Rising” and some “Obsession” by Animotion, this is the funniest remake of anything I think I’ve ever seen anywhere. The entire video is very well done. It’s a little fuzzy, but that minor problem is worth getting past.

    Q: What does the typical World of Warcraft raid share with Shakespearean tragedies?
    A: Everyone dies at the end.

    I plan to do "Titus Andronicus" myself, casting undead so they can do the cannibalism part at the end.

    I could go on and on, but instead I'll direct you to Irish site Ignig.com for a preview of "Othello," set in World of Warcraft

    News
    Wed, Jun 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • Updates and patches for EVE

    EVE Online was patched to Build 3913 yesterday, with promises of a more extensive patch in the coming weeks.

    Ships

    • Carrier cargo holds can no longer be overloaded.

    Chat and Messages

    • Switching between tabbed chat channels no longer causes client lag.
    • Links that where wrapped into two or more lines in the chat were not clickable. This error has been resolved.
    • The line spacing in chat windows has been reduced.
    • Mailing list creators can now delete mails from mailing lists they have created.
    • Editing the MOTD of chat channels should no longer make unwanted color changes.
    • A character spacing issue with fonts using cyrillic characters, such as Russian, has been resolved.
    • The issue with the "your banned" window on login and session changes has been resolved.

    Miscellaneous

    • An outgame browser window is opened through the reimbursement option in the petition system instead of being trapped behind the petitions window.
    • Text clipping in the character creation progress has been fixed.
    • Some textures in the Gallente Intaki female, Amarr Ni-kunni male and Jin-mei male avatars have been repaired.
    • The mouse cursor icon will now change when hovered over interactable text and links will be highlighted.

    For more info on the upcoming static patch, click here.

    News
    Wed, Jun 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • This from a press release today.

    MYTHIC AND GOA PARTNER TO STORM EUROPE WITH WARHAMMER® ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING™

    France Telecom Online Publisher to publish and operate WAR across Europe

    FAIRFAX, VA - JUNE 6, 2006 - Mythic Entertainment, a leading developer and publisher of massively-multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG’s), today announced Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning™ (WAR) will be published and operated across Europe by GOA, the France Telecom-owned publisher of online games. GOA has successfully operated Dark Age of Camelot in Europe with Mythic since 2001. WAR is based on Games Workshop’s popular Warhammer® fantasy war game and features next generation Realm vs. Realm™ (RvR) game play that will immerse players in a world of perpetual conflict. WAR will arrive on the PC simultaneously in the US and Europe in the fall of 2007.

    “The initial partnership between Mythic and GOA resulted in Dark Age of Camelot being the number one MMORPG in Europe for many years,” said Mark Jacobs, CEO and President of Mythic Entertainment. “With WAR our goal is nothing less than to take Europe by storm and regain that leadership position in the European market.”

    “We are thrilled to be partners with Mythic again and build on the five-year relationship and experience that we’ve been enjoying with their team,” commented Ghislaine Le Rhun, Senior Vice President of GOA. “Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning has tremendous potential and we intend to treat the game with all the care it deserves. We look forward to introducing the game to European players.”

    To learn more about WAR, visit www.warhammeronline.com. Sign up for the monthly newsletter to receive exclusive stories, art, and game information, as well as a chance to take part in the game’s beta test.

    Go Europe!

    Check out our Warhammer Online Community.

    News
    Tue, Jun 06, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It's a new feature that gives you an overview of everything that has happened in the last month.

    Hello folks!

    I am Andreas "Thee Nailros" Bettermann, Community Manager over here at Spellborn HQ. One of my tasks in this position is to keep our ever-growing community up to date about all the latest happenings to ensure everyone knows what's going on in the world of TCoS. To do so, we decided to introduce a new regular feature: the monthly Community Summary. The idea is to give everybody a short (Okay, I will TRY to keep it short...) summary of things going on over here.

    Enjoy the read!

    You will notice that yours truly was featured. If you haven't read my take on tCoS, you should. You'll like what you see of this game! (Not my writing of course.) You can read the community summary here.

    More Chronicles of Spellborn news.

    News
    Tue, Jun 06, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • What's coming up in the 1.11 patch?

    Blizzard Entertainment is giving World of Warcraft adventurers a glimpse of the forthcoming Shadow of the Necropolis update - or patch 1.11 - for its MMORPG in a gameplay trailer of massive battle proportions. View big boss fights and other WoW malarkey by clicking on the moving thumbnail, handily located over to your right.

    Shadow of the Necropolis, for those unaware, deals with the dirty Scourge launching a direct assault on the lands of Azeroth, regions Azshara, Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Tanaris and Winterspring bearing the brunt of the invasion.

    Computer and Videogames has the latest Shadows of Necropolis teaser trailer for your drooling pleasure.

    While you're waiting for that to load up, check out our World of Warcraft Community!

    News
    Mon, Jun 05, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • World of Warcraft is officially the genre's 24K lb. elephant...

    Citing MMOGchart.com figures, Ars Technica has done a little math and declared that WoW officially has more than 50% market share. Statistically, more than half of you have WoW accounts. Creepy.

    The big surprise, however, was Blizzard's World of Warcraft, released in 2004. It quickly surpassed all its rivals in subscriptions, passing the six million mark in February of this year. Now, according to the web site MMOGCHART.com, it has hit a new milestone by moving past the 50 percent mark for market share of massively multiplayer online games.

    View Ars Technica's take on WoW's predominance, then half of you should check out our WoW @ Ten Ton Hammer community site before logging in.

    News
    Sat, Jun 03, 2006
    Ethec
  • Is that kind of like a bad rash?

    With our next major content patch, Shadow of the Necropolis, players will have access to the new high-level raid dungeon Naxxramas, the seat of Kel'Thuzad, one of the most feared enemies the world of Warcraft has ever known. Horrors of the past and new terrors yet to be unleashed are converging inside the necropolis as the Lich King's servants prepare their assault. Soon, the Scourge will march again...

    You can find out more details here.

    I hear that soap and water works best for scourges.

    Visit our WoW community. It's your Cure all.

    News
    Fri, Jun 02, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The 9th TCoS newsletter has been sent out! Among the regular items the newsletter contains lore about The War of Shadow’s Hammer 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.

    If you haven't received the newsletter, you can sign up right here.

    More Chronicles of Spellborn News.

    News
    Fri, Jun 02, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • A look into the seedy, slimey underworld of WoW hackers...

    ITWorldCanada did a nice bit of investigative journalism on the hack attacks made against World of Warcraft players in May.

    Win32.WOW entered gamers’ accounts via e-mail or seemingly innocuous peer-to-peer downloads.

    "The key logger virus sits silently in gamers' computers recording key strokes. In this way it acquires users’ login information," said David Frazer, director of technology services at F-Secure Corp., a Helsinki, Finland-based security software vendor.

    Is your WoW account vulnerable? Check out "The Games Hackers Play" at ITWorldCanada to find out!

    News
    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
    Ethec
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