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  • Sci-Fi Talk Show.
    GameCloud has posted an Anarchy Online Interview, featuring Morten Byom and focusing on Lost Eden, the upcoming expansion. An MMOG that's free and more importantly fun to play.

    "Funcom's long running sci-fi MMORPG Anarchy Online has already had a number of expansion packs and yet another expansion, Anarchy Online: Lost Eden, is currently in the works. Gamecloud got a chance to chat with Anarchy Online Game Director Morten Byom to find out more about their plans for the expansion. " 

    You can read the entire Anarchy Online: Lost Eden Interview at GameCloud.
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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Evil-doer tells all.
    MMORPG has posted a City of Villains interview, featuring David "Zeb" Cook of Cryptic Studios. How long before some nitwit complains that their son or daughter robbed a bank because they played City of Villains?

    " Here in the second of our three part Q&A with David "Zeb" Cook of Cryptic Studios, our writer Neil Thompson asks him five more questions. " 

    You can read the entire City of Villains Interview at MMORPG.
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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Stress out City of Villains.
    FilePlanet is offering members like yours truly a spot in the October 14th-16th stress test of City of Villains. Much like the stress test that Martha "celebrity criminal" Stewart recently went through this one will include women fighting women. It goes something like this:

    "Ever wish to create your own Diabolical Fortress? How about plundering an urban metropolis for your own Prestige and Power? Your dream has just come true with FilePlanet's latest Exclusive Stress Test. Be prepared, in City of Villains anything goes . . . " 

    You can get in line for the City of Villains Stress Test at FilePlanet.
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    Beta, Official Announcements
    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The title says "Preview - City of Heroes". The masthead says "City of Heroes". The tab on the page says "Reviews" What you get is a preview of City of Villains. Go Go Gadget!
    MMOGInfo has posted a preview of City of Villains. Jack Nicholson sneered at us before yelling:

    "This is the feeling that many heroes of  Paragon City will have experimented and finally, with the next launching of City of Villains will be able to give loose rein and experience the other side of justice, the side of the evildoers and villains who every day threaten the existence of the innocents to obtain their desires: the complete domination of the free world. Although it's clear that all the players will not think equal, and many will follow faithfuls their defense of the Good, for that reason the true war between the Chaos and the Order is going to start in Paragon City very soon. " 

    You can read the entire City of Villains Preview at MMOGInfo.
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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Oct 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The new patch is here, and with it the moans and cries of 4 million players.
    The new World of Warcraft Patch is out and about, weighing in at a mere 252 MB and calling itself version 1.8. Most notable of the many changes are the revamped Silithus zone for 60+ players, the Four Dragons outdoor raid zone and the talent revamp for druids. We asked Jet Li if he had ever met the Four Dragons, or even stayed at a four seasons, but he abruptly chopped us in the windpipe and mumbled:

    " The arid sands of Silithus are shifting. Something is awakening beyond the wall to the south... Aid the Druids of the Cenarion Circle as they delve into the mysteries of the desert. Seek answers behind the Twilight Hammer's presence. Discover more about the alien creatures known as the Silithid as you explore their hives. Many new endeavors await the high-level adventurer! " 

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft 1.8 Patch Notes at The Official Site.
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    News
    Wed, Oct 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Superman with a nerf bat.
    Boomtown is reporting on the outrage being shown by City of Heroes customers over the latest changes to the game. Over 3,000 posts have been dumped on the official forums so far. Stan Lee was unaware of the outcry and thanked us for letting him know just before slamming the door and saying the following:

    "This weekend the City of Heroes developer Cryptic Studios unveiled yet
    another nerf – a nerf that dwarfs all previous changes to the characters’ powers. This is the official explanation of the changes titled in the upcoming patch dubbed Enhancement Diversification.



    “This is a new system being implemented into City of Villains and City of Heroes (when City of Villains launches) to promote the use of more different types of Enhancements in powers. Using a system of diminishing returns, when slotting the same type of Enhancement into a power, you will begin to see less effect of that Enhancement when the bonus reaches a certain threshold.” " 

    You can read the entire City of Heroes Outrage Article at BoomTown.
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    News
    Tue, Oct 11, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Hondas with Heat-Seekers
    MMORPGDot doesn't dispute Auto Assault lives up to its mantra: "The Fastest, Most Destructive MMO Ever," but they do ponder whether or not it has the wheels to keep gamers playing month after month. I tend to think that as long as there's a southern California commute, there will be a market for vehicular destruction MMOs.

    "Overall the game delivers what it promises: long hours of blowing-up-crap bliss. The question is what sort of gamer will it appeal to? Will the action-craving gamer pay a monthly fee for what feels like a late nineties post-apocalyptic arcade with character advancement, crafting and multiplayer options thrown in? Will the MMORPG player identify enough with a little vehicle zooming around the screen as his character to want to put time, money and effort into developing the vehicle slash quasi-character? Will those good old Car Wars fans find what they are looking for in this aspiring MMOG version of the golden oldie?
    I doubt that all those sceptical of an integration of MMORPG with a fast paced action car warring post apocalyptic game will have their scepticism dispelled by Auto Assault. On the fun, blowing-things-up side of things the game works well enough, but on a lot of other fronts - at least in its current Beta stage - the overall concept and what the game does with it are both problematic. It simply seems difficult for the game to succeed on all the fronts it wishes to succeed, both because of the overall conceptual structure of the game and the way the various elements of that structure have been married. But I will definitely give the release version a spin to see if these doubts have been eased by the final product. "

    Read more of the Auto Assault preview at MMORPGDot, if you so desire.
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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 10, 2005
    Ethec
  • More features than that bat-belt, at a boy wonder price.
    It seems like anyone that has played "City of Heroes" - the superhero MMO from NCSoft - has good things to say about it, and the hype is growing in intensity over the CoH sequel: City of Villains. NCSoft recently promised that you'd be able to play CoH and CoV for the same monthly subscription price of $14.99, giving existing CoH players a good reason to get in touch with their dark side.
    One of the sweetest features of the late-October supervillain stand-alone adjunct is the ability to build your own evil lair. That much I knew. What I didn't know is how raids on these lairs would be conducted, and it makes for some compelling gameplay.

    " Your group picks a time when the base will be on the defensive, and during that time another group will sign up to raid it. During that timeslot, your item(s) of power will either stay under your control or pass to another group. It seems like a great gameplay idea, and the required raids are a great way to give any chance the opportunity to acquire an item. Plus, since you can choose when to be raided, you'll always be able to ensure that you've got enough players available to defend. "

    Read more about City of Villains at ShackNews.
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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Oct 10, 2005
    Ethec
  • The Ultimate in PvP
    A lot of folks were reporting compromised WoW accounts over the weekend, with the source traced to a trojan horse that broadcasts account names and passwords. In at least one case, the account was reportedly sold to an Asisan "gold farmer." While there's no indication from Blizzard of what the root of the problem is (outside of offering some common sense advice), independent sources trace the "syssmss.exe" trojan to a rogue ad displayed on a fansite which infiltrates unsuspecting computers when viewed in IE.
    The good news? TTH is, was, and always will be virus-free, leaving you to enjoy your MMOs in peace.

    " With the recent rise in reports of compromised accounts, we felt that it would be in the best interest of the community to bring this topic into the spotlight. This is an effort to educate our customers about what can be done to should your account become compromised and most importantly, what you can do to prevent it from becoming compromised. "

    As Blizzard appears to be treating this as a client-side issue, WoW gamers should take immediate steps to protect their accounts. Are you secure? Check out the password security update for World of Warcraft at the official site.
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    Mon, Oct 10, 2005
    Ethec
  • I just want to know if we'll see the insidious death devices with long timers that the hero invariably escapes from!
    PvP zones in City of Villains, the stand-alone sequel to the comic bookish City of Heroes, will be handled in much the same way as in Dark Age of Camelot; you must be of a certain level to enter one of the 3 PvP zones. This and more goodies from "Zeb" Cook, producer of this very much anticipated year-ender.

    "Q: What will prohibit an upper-level hero from going into one of these zones and just beating up on the lower-level villains? 
    Zeb: 'We were very worried about that. One of the things we do is in all of the zones, they each have a bottom level, first off, so you can’t enter the zone until you are a certain level. So you will have at least a certain base-level in powers. And then what we do, once people are in the level, and it’s partially to deal with the high level versus the low level but it is also to deal with the broad range of characters versus the mobs that are in there, is that we sidekick and exemplar people all to the same level.

    So if you go into Siren’s Call, you are going to be level 30, you are going to be functioning as a level 30 character. If you are below level 30, you will be brought up to that level; you are obviously not going to have all the powers. There are still going to be obvious advantages for the higher-level guy, but it’s going to be a much more even thing. And the other thing people really have to understand about PvP, and in a game like City of Heroes and City of Villains, is you want to find yourself a good team to go with.'"

    What else will we see in City of Villains? It's time to click!

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
    Ethec
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