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  • 2 million players. 2 more tips.
    RPGVault has posted their World of Warcraft Tips #28. A friend of a friend said that they wrote this:

    "Comments on whether the Undead race is likely to suit you, plus insights on the Ragefire Chasm instanced dungeon."

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Tips Article at RPGVault.
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    News
    Tue, Jun 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Two million players. 1 million rogues.
    Blizzard has announced that World of Warcraft has broken the two million paying subscribers mark. We're nearly certain that they wrote this:

    "IRVINE, California – 14 June, 2005 – Blizzard Entertainment® today announced that World of Warcraft&, the company's highly acclaimed subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has surpassed two million paying subscribers worldwide*. As the game's worldwide population continues to grow, so does the game itself: Blizzard recently introduced the highly anticipated player-vs.-player (PvP) Honor System and the game's first two Battlegrounds, Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch. These new PvP battlefields offer a variety of fast-paced combat and some of the most valuable rewards yet seen in the game.
    "World of Warcraft continues to surpass all expectations as gamers around the world embrace it with overwhelming support," said Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We want to thank our players for their incredible response, and we promise to continue supporting World of Warcraft with more updates and content. The new Battlegrounds are just the beginning of greater enhancements to come."
    World of Warcraft recently surpassed the two million mark for paying subscribers. Already the largest MMO in both North America and Europe, Blizzard expects to see even greater growth with the recent commercial launch in China on June 7, 2005. Anticipation for World of Warcraft was already at an all-time high in China, with peak concurrency during the open beta test topping 500,000 players, nearly equal to World of Warcraft's peak concurrency in all three current markets combined. Blizzard expects to see the new mark of two million subscribers shattered quickly with the arrival of players from China in the coming weeks.
    Later in the year, World of Warcraft will also launch in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
    Even as World of Warcraft debuts in new markets, Blizzard continues to develop new content to keep the game relevant and exciting for current and incoming players. The recent deployment of Battlegrounds illustrates Blizzard's commitment to enhancing the World of Warcraft experience for all its players worldwide. Additional Battlegrounds and more content updates are scheduled throughout the year and beyond."

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    Tue, Jun 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • An interview and advertisement in one.
    Creative Labs interviewed Blizzard's Shane Dabiri about the sounds of World of Warcraft. It's possible that they wrote this:

    "Our goal was to create an epic aural experience. With the world so vast, detailed, and beautiful, it was the sound team's job to make sure the audio matched what the players were seeing on screen. By creating rich ambient loops and having beautiful composed symphonic music, we believe that goal was achieved."

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Interview at Creative Labs.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jun 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Blizzard speaks.
    Gameindustry.biz chatted with Paul Sams of Blizzard. Hoooboy...they wrote this, probably:

    "Since we last spoke, World of Warcraft has been launched around the world; how has the performance of the game compared to your expectations? "

    You can view the entire Blizzard interview at GameIndustry.biz.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jun 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Big Black Crows with pointy teeth.
    Turbine has posted more creature information for Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. The creature of choice today is the Crebain. There is a fair to slim chance that they wrote this:

    "These menacing black birds from the lands between the Misty Mountains and the dark forest of Fangorn are often controlled by the forces of darkness, acting from above as the eyes and ears of the enemy.  Large and intelligent, flocks of these crow-like creatures darken the skies on their mission of evil.  But be warned – even one Craban is capable of alerting the enemy with the swiftness of the wind. "

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar - Creban Article at the Official Site.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jun 10, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The trophy shelf receives a new addition.
    Turbine has won the MITX Elite Technology Award. The press release goes something like this:

    "WESTWOOD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 9, 2005--Turbine, Inc., a leading publisher of online subscription entertainment, announced today that it is the recipient of Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange's (MITX) second annual What's Next Award for Turbine's profound leadership and continual innovation in the online gaming industry. Turbine received the award during the Technology Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at Boston's Four Seasons Hotel.


    "It is an honor to be recognized for our innovative development and proven technology leadership," said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO, Turbine, Inc. "This is a true testament to the talent of the Turbine team - their passion and commitment are what propel Turbine's ongoing success and creative excellence."
    With its world-class franchise roster, Turbine is at the forefront of the exploding massively multiplayer online games market. Turbine develops, publishes and operates massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG). In addition to its award-winning Asheron's Call(R) franchise, Turbine is producing and funding Dungeons & Dragons(R) Online: Stormreach, the only MMORPG to be based on the world-famous Dungeons & Dragons(R) franchise. Furthermore, in early 2005, Turbine acquired the exclusive MMORPG rights to produce and publish The Lord of the Rings Online(TM): Shadows of Angmar(TM).
    Recipients of the 2005 MITX Technology What's Next Award are exclusive to New England based emerging companies that have demonstrated unsurpassed technology credentials. Winners are selected by a select panel of local industry influencers and executives from technology, investment, research and business communities. Ranking is based on innovation across technologies that are expected to have profound impacts on the IT environment within the next few years."

    View the entire list of Winners and Nominees for the MITX Technology Awards.

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    Fri, Jun 10, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Insert your favourite Conan quote here.
    Our good pals at Killer Betties have posted a preview of Funcom's in production MMOG, Age of Conan. We're nearly certain that they wrote this:

    "One of the first things that became apparent was the gritty nature of the setting. The proof of this will be in the final product, but an effort was made to escape the 'high fantasy' style with its gleaming weapons and armor, bright world, and flashy characters. The armor and weapons are beautiful but obviously meant for use in battle, the buildings and NPCs are, if not dirty, then far from sparkling; and it is easy to grasp the barbaric nature of the world. Age of Conan is expected to have an M rating, though for overall themes and general violence rather than anything explicit."

    You can read the entire Age of Conan Preview at Killer Betties.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Jun 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Battlegrounds is here.
    IGN has posted an impressions article covering World of Warcraft Battlegrounds. It goes something like this:

    "You'll be entering an instance and will have to wait in a queue, and today it was a fairly long one, averaging 30-45 minutes before you could actually get in on the action. On the bright side, you don't have to stand there in the tunnel like a doofus--you can travel anywhere in the world, even another instance, and basically do whatever it is you would do, were you not waiting to get into the Valley. A small icon will be placed on your compass in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, telling you how long you've been waiting and when Blizzard estimates you'll be inside. You can also pop up a menu here that will allow you to leave the queue or enter another."

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Battlegrounds Impressions Article at IGN.

    Reviews
    Wed, Jun 08, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Make it so.
    RPGPlanet has an interview with Daron Stinnett, the executive director of Star Trek Online posted. We are pretty sure it went like this:

    "STGU has put together a brief question and answer interview with Star Trek Online's new executive producer Daron Stinnett."

    You can view the entire Star Trek Online Interview at RPGPlanet.

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Jun 08, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Battlegrounds arrives, and with it much venting in general chat.
    Blizzard has released Battlegrounds for World of Worldcraft along with a large patch. It's likely they wrote this:

    " Live Patch Notes Disclaimer: While we make every effort to include all upcoming changes in our patch notes, please be aware that occasionally some changes are unintentionally omitted.

    Patch 1.5 Changes
    ****Battlegrounds arrive!****

    • The Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley battlegrounds are now available. The Warsong Gulch entrances may be found in the northern Barrens near the Mor'Shan Rampart (Horde) and south of Silverwing Outpost in Ashenvale (Alliance). The Alterac Valley entrances may be found east of Sofera's Naze in Alterac (Horde), and in the Headlands of Alterac (Alliance). "

    The patch in its staggering entirety can be read by hitting the MORE link.

    News
    Wed, Jun 08, 2005
    Boomjack
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