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  • Everybody wants kickass, lightning-fast combat
    And I, for one, miss the days where I could turn on auto-attack and drive down the to Fast Mart for a Big Slurp. Nah, just kidding, that sucked too. Here's John Smedley on Slashdot to discuss the SWG revamp. You've seen it all before, well, except for the /. wiener attitude.

    " Q: Was there a single game element, piece of feedback, or event that prompted this re-envisioning? This is a very dramatic decision, and the reasons behind the changes seem almost as important as the changes themselves. What prompted you to give this plan the go-ahead?

    John Smedley:

    There are millions of Star Wars fans out there. SWG should be the game those players have always hoped for, a game that finally allows them to live inside the worlds and settings they know so well from the movies, the books, the comics.
    Our main goal with SWG for the last nine months has been to make the game more "Star Wars-y," for lack of a better term. Our two latest expansions, Rage of the Wookiees and the new Trials of Obi-Wan have delivered players the kind of directed, hand-crafted content that they would find in our other titles, as opposed to just having open-ended "sandbox" style of gameplay.
    The redesign comes about after hearing desires from our own players on forums and in person at the SWG Fan Fests, multiple focus groups, and our own design team's desire to create something much more grand and sweeping with the game. We have big plans for SWG in the months and years ahead, and we needed this new platform to use as a foundation for creating the vast Galactic Civil War that our players want."

    If you want to see more, go for it: Slashdot talks to Smed about Star Wars Galaxies.
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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Nov 11, 2005
    Ethec
  • LotRO classes revealed. Foot grooming 101 and metallurgy basics big hits.
    Turbine has spilled the beans on the playable classes in Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

    "
    When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, there was no such thing as an MMORPG; no such thing as classes or hit points or combat systems. Still, from his works sprang what we now call the fantasy genre, and traditional races such as Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits (Halflings) are pervasive in fantasy settings.
    Maintaining the themes that are so crucial to The Lord of the Rings is a priority for the LOTRO design team when creating the systems in the game. Classes are especially challenging because magic can be very subtle in Middle-earth, and most MMORPG players expect (or even demand) to be able to play spell-casters as well as the more clearly-defined classes like warriors, rogues, and healers. It was Morale that helped the classes coalesce and fall into place.
    This week, we'll introduce you to the classes by giving an overview of what they are, and a brief description of how they work.  Stay tuned; we'll continue to flesh out the information on the classes through site updates on a regular basis, with information like which races can play each class, special abilities, and more."

    You can read all about the Lord of the Rings Playable Classes at the Official Site.
    Still yearning for more?

    Fri, Nov 11, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Blizzard's Redux of "Timecop"
    Jean Cluade Van Damme kind of looks like a Tauren, hmm... but you'll see what I mean about "Timecop" in a second. On another note, our British friends at CVG just posted the nuttiest preview I've ever read. I'll stand back and let a one of the tamer snippets fly:

    "That's right, your character is about to make an amazing journey through time and space to some of the most pivotal moments in Warcraft history - all thanks to a handy dungeon managed by a Flight of Bronze Dragons whose humdrum task is to police the timestream. Although they're clearly not very good at it, seeing as anyone of sufficient level (and owning the expansion pack) will be able to wander into their Tanaris lair, speed up to 88mph and hurtle through history. You'll be there on the Black Morass the day the Black Portal was opened, before the land was blighted and split between the Blasted Land and the Swamp of Sorrows, with an environment being made pixel for pixel just as it was in Warcraft II. You'll be one of a party who rescue future orc leader Thrall from a distinctly non-ruined and highly turreted Durnhold keep. You'll even be present atop Mount Hyjal on the fateful day in Reign of Chaos when all the races joined together to put the boot into the wicked bad Archimonde."

    Sounds like fun. More English enthusiasm from the CVG Preview of Burning Crusade here.
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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Nov 11, 2005
    Ethec
  • The force is mediocre in this one.
    GameCloud has posted a Star Wars Galaxies interview featuring Julio Torres and focusing on the upcoming revamp of the game.

    "After a massively multiplayer game has been around for a while, it
    usually gets new players via expansion packs or updated graphics. Sony
    Online and LucasArts are doing something different with their MMORPG
    Star Wars Galaxies by relaunching the entire product later this month
    with a new gameplay design in order to bring in new players. Gamecloud
    got a chance to chat with the game's producer Julio Torres to find out
    more about the upcoming Star Wars Galaxies revamp. "

    Many changes has this young Jedi to make. Do, I must.

    Still craving more? Get it here with More Star Wars Galaxies News.
     

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Nov 10, 2005
    Boomjack
  • It's all hands-on, without the usual harassment suits that follow.
    We were there. They were there. It was written about everywhere. Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach hands-on information is stamping your way faster than a Bugbear with a burr on its rump. TenTonHammer, GameSpot and IGN all have their impressions online for your dice rolling, dungeon crawling pleasure.

    " Turbine cleared out Dragon Bar, a fine establishment in San Francisco's North Beach district, and brought all the necessary hardware to provide core community members, pen-and-paper (PnP) gamers, and fansite reps a "hands on" tour of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach (or DDO, for short) . The atmosphere was charged with excitement as the alcohol and gourmet vittles flowed freely, and I'd be remiss not to thank the Turbine crew for pulling off a fitting introduction for this party-intensive game. "

    Who's da man? You're da man! Now get to it!

    Still craving more? Even more Dungeons and Dragons Online News.
     

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Nov 10, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The crusades, the crusades, the crusades are on Fire.... we don't need no water, we need more gameplay.
    ActionTrip has posted a World of Warcraft: Burning Crusades preview. .

    " In my long years of being a game junkie I have never encountered an ethereal substance as potent as whatever it is that's trickling from my monitor screen when I'm playing World of Warcraft. Still, I take solace in the fact that I'm just one of the four and something million souls feeding off the mysterious trickling substance. We need it to trickle as we need the air we breathe and the food we ingest. And if someone asks you, I'm not addicted. Nope. I deny the existence of the word 'denial' and that's that. I'm fine. (The first step in breaking an addiction is to admit you have a problem -Mo.)"

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft: Burning Crusades Preview at Action Trip.
    Not enough? Hit our World of Warcraft Community Site or the Meta-Search Tool, or heck, more WoW News.
     

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The hall of fame gets a lord.
    Richard "Lord British" Garriott has been inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

    " CALABASAS, CA - November 8, 2005 - The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) announced that computer games pioneer Richard Garriott will be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. Annually voted on by the Academy's Board of Directors, this honor is awarded to individuals whose efforts and contributions have expanded the scope and success of the computer games industry. As the ninth member of the Hall, Garriott joins an already impressive fraternity of gaming icons, including Trip Hawkins, Peter Molyneux, Yu Suzuki, Will Wright, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Sid Meier and Shigeru Miyamoto. "

    You can read a bit more about Lord British being Honored at Blues News.
     

    News
    Wed, Nov 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The future is a blizzard.
    EuroGamer chatted with the good folks at Blizzard and posted their thoughts. This is a great read, especially so if you are a Blizzard fan.

    " Behind elderly security guards is the press room. It's here over the weekend Eurogamer gets the chance to chat extensively with some of the higher members of the Blizzard hierarchy. We talk about what it feels like to stand in front of a huge crowd, who are here just because of your games, and to speak to them. We ask how you keep a straight face while someone has just said, "I play a Rogue, and you said that my damage rate would drop by three-per cent - and for me, it's nearer six per cent". And we asked them and anyone where we could get more tapes for our dictaphone, as we chatted so much we ran out. "

    You can read Blizzard On The Future at EuroGamer.
     

    News
    Tue, Nov 08, 2005
    Boomjack
  • "You guys are still posting Halloween stuff?"
    OK, so we're all a little played out on the Halloween theme, but that doesn't mean we can't download some memories for later. Enter the newest video from Arena.net, celebrating the in-game Halloween hullaballoo

    "We'd like to offer Guild Wars players a little keepsake from the recently-concluded Halloween Event. We have a gameplay movie for you featuring images from throughout Tyria, along with player festivities, The Mad King's visit, and more. "

    New Halloween video from Guild Wars' official site.
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    Video, Media
    Mon, Nov 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • Orcs from Sesame Street?
    The newest trailer from Turbine features an orc voiceover (that really sounds a lot like Grover from the popular, long-lived kids show) daring you to join the battle so he and his friends can beat on ya. The dub might be a bit comical, but the glimpse inside the game the trailer gives is entirely worthwhile.

    "This exclusive DDO trailer is a ~30 meg download and features a look at many of the enemies you'll encounter beneath the player city."

    Head over to GameTrailers.com to enjoy the latest Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach video offering.
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    Video, Media
    Mon, Nov 07, 2005
    Ethec
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