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  • Guild Wars, rated G for Good.
    GamersInfo has posted a review of Guild Wars with predictable results. Britney Spears was too busy eating to talk, but amid the spitting of crumbs and the slurping of cola we heard this:

    "
    There have been many MMORPGs released into the market as of late. ArenaNet's entry into this market, Guild Wars, attempts to change many of the elements that have become the standard in MMOs today, while at the same time keeping many of the most basic principles of what an MMORPG is. One of the changes to the traditional MMORPG is the lack of a monthly fee. ArenaNet has decided to make money solely by releasing expansions. The gameplay in this game is fun and easy to get the feel for. It looks as well as sounds great, and it runs well on most computers. " 

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Review at GamersInfo.
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    Wed, Oct 05, 2005
    Boomjack
  • And what better way to celebrate a half-year anniversary than with a gritty interview?
    1-up.com walks through the many highs a few lows of Arena.net's subscription-free MMO, Guild Wars, with PR manager Gaile Gray. There's also a snazzy sidebar detailing some popular builds. My personal favorite build? Pizza / beer.

    "Offering 450 skills is bound to cause a lot of concerns about balance and fair play. Players have seen the "überbuild" in enough games to be somewhat wary of elaborate progression systems. But balance has been our first and main focus from day one, and it continues to remain our primary objective even now. We've been able to stream modest changes, and we've held major events such as our PVP Extreme Weekend (PVPX) in late August to verify necessary changes. "

    The Guild Wars: Post Mortem article at 1up.com.
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Ethec
  • A San Francisco treat for developers
    EverQuest is the sole MMO representative in a vote to see which developers see their name in the stars at San Francisco's monument to videogame entertainment. Strangely, "hot coffee" isn't among the nominees.

    "Walk of Game is located inside Metreon, a 350,000 square-foot entertainment
    complex at Fourth and Mission Streets in the heart of downtown San
    Francisco.
    Every year, gamers worldwide cast their vote on www.WalkOfGame.com to induct the next set of honorees to receive a permanent 24"x 24", customized steel star on the Walk of Game. From the list of nominees, the top four in the category of Games/Characters and the top two in Lifetime Achievement will be inducted. Inductees to date are: Nolan Bushnell, Shigeru Miyamoto, Halo, Link (The Legend of Zelda), Mario, and Sonic The Hedgehog."

    Want to vote or see the current results? Head to the Metreon "Walk of Game" official page.
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    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Ethec
  • One million copies sold and one more review written.
    ReWiredMind has posted their review of Guild Wars. Martha Stewart asked to call her back at a more convenient time, but we prefer to pretend that she said this:

    "
    My quest for a free and quality MUD or MMORPG has been long and, so I
    thought, fruitless. A couple of years ago I was able to find Achaea, a text-based MUD populated by people that not only wanted to roleplay, but who were also more than happy to indulge in gratuitous (but relevant) PVP on continental scales. To become skilled in this game required a knowledge of programming for the various MUD programs used, plus there were no graphics which proved to be a big downer for me towards the end. " 

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Review at ReWiredMind.
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    Mon, Oct 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • One diary to rule them all.
    A new Lord of the Rings Online developer diary has been posted, featuring Chris Pierson. He must be an all-around cool guy because he's Canadian.

    Chris Pierson can count on one hand the number of people who have been at Turbine longer than he has. If the hand had six fingers. But still, it's been nine years now. Good grief.

    When he's not making hills or translating Sindarin, he helps the design team refrain from doing anything that would make Tolkien rise from the grave and wade across the Atlantic to wreak the wrath of the living dead upon Westwood, Massachusetts. He is a practicing Canadian, and writes novels and short stories, too. He would like you to buy his books, please.

    And be sure to ask him about Belegurth the Love-struck Balrog sometime. Be ready to duck. 

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    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR DRAGONS.
    The next World of Warcraft Patch will include an outdoor raid zone that features four dragons. They're green. They're mean. They'll make you scream.

    "There is a disturbance at the Great Trees. A new threat menaces these
    secluded areas found in Ashenvale, Duskwood, Feralas, and Hinterlands.
    Four great guardians of the Green Dragonflight have arrived from the
    Dream, but these once-proud protectors now seek only destruction and
    death. Take arms with your fellows and march to these hidden groves --
    only you can defend Azeroth from the corruption they bring."

    You can read all about the World of Warcraft Four Dragons at the Official Site.
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    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Patch Notes - Go Druids.
    Blizzard has put the 1.8 patch for World of Warcraft live on their public Test Server. This is your opportunity to check it out first-hand and then rush to the official forums to complain and moan about it. Druids get a huge revamp that is sure to have 50% of the community screaming that they need a nerf and the other 50% screaming that they need to get buffed. Hey, at least druids can shapeshift into a giant chicken now. I await the KFC instance where they are dipped in a secret recipe of spices and fried for the rest of the raid.

    " The test realm patch notes only apply to features that exist on the public test realms. We provide these patch notes to players who wish to know what features and changes exist in the test environment in order to more effectively test these features. "

    You can read the 1.8 World of Warcraft Patch Notes at the Official Site.
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    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Guild Wars Chapter 2, Coming To a PC Near You.
    GameSpot has posted a Guild Wars interview focusing on the as yet unnamed expansion, Chapter 2. Nostradamus predicted this expansion when he wrote:

    " Guild Wars has become one of the major successes of 2005, and it's easy to see why. This online role-playing game from ArenaNet offers countless hours of excellent gameplay, requires no monthly subscription fee, and features innovative streaming technology that allows the developers to update the game automatically every time you log on. Now the team at ArenaNet is preparing the first major update to Guild Wars, the so-called second chapter. This update will introduce a ton of content. But don't take our word for it. Gaile Gray, Guild War's community relations manager, was kind enough to answer our questions regarding chapter two. "

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Preview at GameSpot.
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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Sep 29, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The subscriber numbers alone are enough to WoW you!

    Blizzard took its renowned Warcraft franchise into the MMO fold in late 2004 and hasn't looked back since. With over 4 million subscribers around the world and a number of new and old MMOs targetting Blizzard's success, how long will World of Warcraft (WoW) retain its title as the new crown prince of MMOs? We don't know, but we can tell you what all the fuss is about! Check out the TTH profile of genre juggernaut "World of Warcraft"!

    "Spurning EverQuest 2's emphasis on established MMO formulas (in short- an emphasis on player cooperation and groups / raids instead of competition and soloing, a zoned rather than continuously loading environment, complex and involved quests within a strong storyline, and a lengthy character progression), World of Warcraft (WoW) focused moreso on heightening the individual experience.

    After the typically shaky, premature launch often associated with MMOs, new players discovered that WoW always delivered something accessible, and markedly fun, to do. Like a breath of fresh air, many casual gamers found in WoW's quest systems (and adventuring experience, in general) something reasonably commensurate with the time invested. And WoW has been gobbling up market share ever since."

    Take a look at the Ten Ton Hammer profile of "World of Warcraft"!

    Reviews
    Thu, Sep 29, 2005
    Ethec
  • Volkswagen vehicle turned super villain.
    IGN has posted a preview of the villain Scirocco from the upcoming title, City of Villains. Martha Stewart, another villain, claimed that Scirocco was merely her apprentice and went on to say:

    " I began following Scirocco's trail in Paragon City. There was another man called Scirocco who operated as a hero starting sometime in the 1980's. Before that, information on this hero quickly became sketchy. I was able to piece together a few things. He was originally granted powers by a mysterious order of monks from the Temple of the Four Winds. Very little is known about these monks, but a few things are certain. First, they train gifted individuals in the mystic arts. After accessing early Freedom Phalanx records I was able to determine that the Dark Watcher was one of their trainees. I was not able to locate him for questioning. He has not been heard from since he vanished on one of his dimensional patrols in 1957. The second aspect of the Order of the Four Winds is more difficult to analyze and is the one that affects my current investigation directly. It seems they are responsible for granting "mantles of mystic power" to certain individuals who embody the winds of the world. The Scirocco, as an example, originates in the Sahara Desert as a dry dusty wind but becomes humid as it passes over the Mediterranean. I could not determine what criteria are used to choose these individuals, or why the last Scirocco was a hero and the current one appears to be a villain. Perhaps the dual nature of the wind itself has something to do with it. "

    You can read the entire City of Villains Preview at IGN.
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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Sep 28, 2005
    Boomjack
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