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  • DDO Beta no longer a d20 roll
    Dungeons and Dragons Online is going public with beta, partnering with IGN- and the peasants rejoice.

    ""We are excited about opening the public Beta with IGN," said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "An outstanding game like Dungeons & Dragons Online deserves a great Beta partner."
    "Our readers recently voted Dungeons & Dragons Online as their 'most anticipated MMO' game," said Jamie Berger, VP and General Manager, Consumer Products Group, IGN Entertainment. "Not surprisingly, we are delighted to be the exclusive host of the Beta and to offer those players a first crack at the only MMOG inspired by the legendary role-playing game."

    Read the official press release announcing the Dungeons and Dragons Online public beta and the IGN partnership.
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    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Ethec
  • The Burning Crusade, everywhere and anywhere.
    Jolt has posted a preview of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

    "

    For such a successful game in the genre, the announcement of a
    commercial add-on is as surprising as waking up to find that you
    haven’t changed into a female Night Elf after all [What!? – Ed], and it’s with an equal level of astonishment that we learn it will contain new lands, dungeons, items, quests and playable races, as well as offer an increased level cap. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Preview at Jolt.
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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • In a City of Villains, does that make the police the bad guys? Do they get put in prison?
    ActionTrip has posted their review of City of Villains.

    "

    City of Villains is essentially a stand-alone expansion to City of
    Heroes. It can be purchased and played separately from City of Heroes,
    but existing CoH players can buy the CoV box and play a villain without
    paying a second subscription fee - a move that was lauded by CoH
    players everywhere. With the onset of City of Villains, a host of new
    features was added to the game, so let's take a look and see if its all
    worthwhile, shall we?
    "

    You can read the entire City of Villains Review at ActionTrip.
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    Reviews
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Cheers are heard from basements around the globe as Dungeons and Dragons Online announces beta testing.
    Turbine and IGN have announced that sign-ups for the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach beta are now open.

    "
    WESTWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 2005--Turbine, Inc.
    announced today that Dungeons & Dragons Online(TM): Stormreach(TM) is officially in public Beta and that IGN Entertainment will be the exclusive host. As part of the arrangement, IGN will widely promote the Beta to the millions of gamers who regularly visit IGN's sites, including IGN.com. The Dungeons & Dragons® property is under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS - News) and is based on the classic role-playing game published by Wizards of the Coast, a Hasbro subsidiary.
    "We are excited about opening the public Beta with IGN," said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. "An outstanding game like Dungeons & Dragons Online deserves a great Beta partner."
    "Our readers recently voted Dungeons & Dragons Online as their 'most anticipated MMO' game," said Jamie Berger, VP and General Manager, Consumer Products Group, IGN Entertainment. "Not surprisingly, we are delighted to be the exclusive host of the Beta and to offer those players a first crack at the only MMOG inspired by the legendary role-playing game."
    "Fan acceptance is very important to the overall success of any game," said Rachel Hoagland, director of Digital Entertainment for the Hasbro Properties Group. "We are thrilled that Turbine is tapping into the gaming community, specifically the D&D fan base to ensure Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach delivers an authentic and satisfying D&D and MMO experience."
    Turbine also announced today that all of the players who registered for the Alpha will be automatically enrolled in the Beta pool from which Beta invitations will be sent. That announcement could not come soon enough for the 150,000 eager players who applied for the Alpha program but could not get in due to the overwhelming response. Current members of Turbine's Beta Rewards program and the Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach Community Forums have an increased chance of being invited to participate in the Beta. New players can sign up at www.fileplanet.com/promotions/ddo_stormreach/.
    Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach is the first and only massively multiplayer online role-playing game MMORPG based on the world-renowned DUNGEONS & DRAGONS brand franchise from Wizards of the Coast. This innovative online world features highly customizable characters built from authentic DUNGEONS & DRAGONS races, abilities, skills, and feats; real-time action combat; dangerous dungeons with devious traps; hand-crafted, private adventures; monsters and stories from the action-packed and intrigue-laced EBERRON® campaign setting; and award-winning visuals.
    ABOUT TURBINE
    Turbine, Inc. is a premier producer, publisher and operator of online subscription entertainment and is headquartered in Westwood, Mass. The Company is the largest privately held online games company in North America. Turbine's catalogue includes some of the most famous online entertainment brands, including Asheron's Call®, Dungeons & Dragons® Online: Stormreach(TM) and The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM). For more information on Turbine and its services, please visit www.turbine.com. "

    You can sign-up for the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Beta at FilePlanet.
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    Beta, Official Announcements
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Han Solo and Harikari
    As the rest of the Star Wars Galaxies community anxiously anticipates the release of the franchise's newest expansion- The Trials of Obi Wan- and the release of Episode III on DVD tomorrow, SWG players in Japan will be forced to join American and European servers. It's strike two for SOE in Asia; EQLive discontinued Asia-specific operations a few years ago as well, and it raises questions about the future of this troubled franchise.

    " On its Web site, Electronic Arts Japan, the game's Japanese publisher, is reporting that it is discontinuing its support for Star Wars Galaxies in the country. Apparently, Japanese gamers who wish to continue on will have their accounts transferred to American or European servers, which remain unaffected. "

    Star Wars Galaxies discontinued in Japan, this word from Yahoo! Games.
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    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • Dungeons, yes, but no dragons yet!
    Turbine's designers put down their dice and player handbooks long enough to deliver a new set of screenshots for your perusal. No dragons yet, but there's plenty of nasty enemy types for you to feast your eyes upon in this latest installment of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach screenshots.

    "Ed. note: No description given, but the "Block Party" is particularly kitchy :) "

    Go see! New screenshots for Dungeons & Dragons: Stormreach.
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    Images, Media
    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Ethec
  • Succubus babes and other Blizzard silliness.
    The BlizzCon coverage continues to blow in.

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    Tue, Nov 01, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Jack Emmert's villainous plans revealed to the public at last!
    It's launch day for Cryptic Studios' City of Villains the standalone dark-side sequel to superhero MMO City of Heroes. Producer Jack Emmert tells of the rather substantial differences between the two games, from the dingy feel of CoV starting zones to the design of a self-important villain as opposed to a group friendly hero. I wouldn't cram all this into a snippet unless it gave you a glimpse of thought cryptic has put into this game:

    Comic book villains, however, are more selfish and individual-oriented. They don't always turn to their teammates for assistance. Instead, villains exploit one another to the greatest advantage. We scattered some new powers into the Archetypes and gave each villain a special inherent ability to set them apart from the heroes. Brutes are all about melee damage. A Brute's Fury ability means that the more damage he takes, the more damage he gives. But a Brute can't control aggro as well as a Tanker and he lacks the resistances of a Tanker. The Brute relies on offense rather than defense. So he doesn't fit into the "meat shield" MMP role. Instead, that's ably filled by the Mastermind. This Archetype summons minions to do his bidding. The Mastermind sends his lackeys into the fray to absorb the initial strike, then lets his teammates do the rest. A Corruptor, on the other hand, has some buffing and debuffing abilities, but he doesn't compare to the heroic Defenders. His key ability, Scourge, comes into play when victims are low on hit points. The lower the hit points of a target, the greater the chance a Corruptor can score a devastating blow. In combat, the Corruptor acts like the ultimate scavenger. He skirts the periphery, helping his teammates with buffs, and then swoops in once an opponent is injured. "

    The rest of the City of Villains interview is available at Jive.
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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • What's a crusade without some burning?

    GamePro weighs in on the World of Warcraft expansion madness in the first BlizzCon article that doesn't look like it was written on a cold expo hall cafeteria floor. Flyable mounts, new spells for everyone level 40+, and a new tradeskill class- Jewelcrafting- made an impression on GamePro.

    The new Blood Elf race is based in a new region of Quel'Thalas with areas for level 1-10 and 11-20 characters. Although originally the noble High Elves, the Blood Elves became corrupt in their insatiable hunger for arcane power. This is reflected in their racial attributes, which gives the race two exclusive abilities: Mana Tap and Arcane Torrent. Mana Tap (20 yard range, 10 second cooldown) is a stackable ability similar to Rogue's combo points that drains 50 mana from the target, which is then converted into arcane energy. Stackable three times, the power then can be unleashed with Arcane Torrent (8 yard range, 2 minute cooldown), which converts the energy into 5 Rage per "combo point," or 140 mana per point. The known class choices so far for Blood Elves are Warriors, Warlocks, Mages and Priests. Will there be Blood Elf Rogues that can convert mana into energy? Blizzard has yet to finalize the class choices, so that remains to be seen.

    GamePro's BlizzCon coverage of the World of Warcraft expansion, here!

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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • The headless driver is not featured, unfortunately.

    We have some new screenshots from the NetDevil team in celebration of Halloween. The thought of some of you behind the wheel of a fully loaded, well armed vehicle is scary enough.

    The AA team decided to pay some homage to the season of the Great Pumpkin! Each picture is a vehicular creation from a different member, all tricked out in a horrifying Halloween fashion - they're really showing off the customization potential!

    Take a look at the tricks and treats screenshots from Auto Assault!

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    Images, Media
    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
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