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  • MMO's In Pro-gaming World of E-sports

    Computerandviedogames.com has posted this interview with Michael Gills, ArenaNet Tournament Coordinator. He talks about the steps Guild Wars Faction is taking to being MMOs into the competitive world of e-sports.

    Guild Wars Factions has single-handedly created an entirely new e-sports genre, won over thousands of fans and provided a brand new way to earn a Ferrari. We recently caught up with Michael Gills, ArenaNet Tournament Coordinator, and asked him about Guild Wars's fledging steps into e-sports status, and what the future holds for the game.

    What challenges have you faced when attempting to stay on top of keeping the game balanced, and how has the introduction of large cash prizes changed the way you run the league?

    Find out how this question is answered as well as many more. Stop by Guild Wars Ten Ton Hammer to learn more.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Chris Lena Answers More on EverQuest's Retro Server

    Chris Lena, Producer of Everquest, stops by MMORPG.com to talk more about the new Progressive Servers.

    MMORPG.com: Are there any expansions (such as Lost Dungeons of Norrath) you expect that can be unlocked out of sequence?

    Chris Lena: We will have a website that will track the progress of the unlocking of expansions. Even at day one this timeline will give you some hints but we are not revealing exactly how the unlocking will work.

    Read more at MMORPG.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jul 06, 2006
    LadySirse
  • What Does Classic Mean To You?

    MMORPG.com has an interview posted with Chris Lena, a Producer on EverQuest. In this interview questions are answered regarding the new "progression" server and how it will bring the classic feel back to old school and newer players alike.

    Carolyn Koh quizes the folks behind the brand new EverQuest "Progression Server", which lets players play EverQuest the way it was originally presented to the players. We talk to Chris Lena, a Producer on EverQuest, about this.

    MMORPG.com: There’s been a lot of interest in the Progression Server and I’m going to ask the $64 dollar question. Why? Why did you think that such a concept would work?

    Chris Lena: There are a lot of reasons for this server idea, but for me it was a fairly simple solution to a problem EverQuest has had for a long time. People always say to me that they would love to try EverQuest or that they used to play and would like to get back into it but they feel overwhelmed because of all of the content that has been added. They feel like they could never catch up and just lose their gumption. The Progression Server is a way for all of those people to get on this new server at level 1 and progress through all the content together. The amount they have to learn when they start is bite-sized. But the Progression Server has become a lot of things to a lot of people and you can find dozens of different reasons on our forums as to why players are interested in this concept.

    Read the rest of this interview at MMORPG.com

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 22, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Know the Factions!

    Jeff Strain, ArenaNet co-founder and Guild Wars producer, speaks to AVault about some of the more interesting aspects of recent standalone Guild Wars expansion Factions.

    We’re in over 35 different countries right now. So we want to make sure that each new campaign explores a different art style, a different mythology or fantasy tradition or cultural tradition. But most importantly, we want to make sure that each new one looks drastically different than the one that came before it. So as you point out, the first campaign was a more traditional Medieval European fantasy, Factions is very much an Asian theme, and campaign three is also going to be very visually distinct. It’s going to have more of a North African feel. So think of Tunisia, Morocco kind of look to it.

    Check out the Jeff Strain Guild Wars interview at AVault.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • A Guild Wars Factions Primer

    Guild Wars Factions launched in early May, but if you're not quite sure what the standalone expansion to the bestselling subscription-free Guild Wars is all about, Hexus does a great job of summarizing things in this article.

    This time we have 2 new character classes to add to the classes from the Prophecies campaign, giving you Assassin and Ritualist to choose from too. Assassins are fast and can link attacks together with ease, Ritualists can summon creatures from the void (spirits and the likes !) to aid them and party members in battle.

    Check out the Guild Wars Factions overview at Hexus gaming, then I'd be remiss to not mention our very own Guild Wars @ Ten Ton Hammer community site, for the rest of your GW info needs.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Ethec
  • PvP with no monthly fee.
    Pro-G has a preview of Guild Wars: Factions up and ready to be perused.

    "The Factions campaign itself is set on an Asian-styled continent called Cantha, and (as the title implies) the story revolves around a conflict between two warring factions, the Luxon and the Kurzick. Player guilds can form alliances to side with one of these two factions, and then engage in alliance battles, the result of which will give the victorious alliance control over towns and unlock elite-level cooperative quests."

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Mar 31, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Guild Wars world tour.
    MMORPG.com toured the ArenaNET studios to take a look at Guild Wars: Factions, the upcoming expansion to the hit game.

    "We were introduced to two of the four mission types that will be available in Factions, and we played each one of the new professions in two different scenarios. During the tour, we had seen the animators working on the dance animations and the “Signature” dances which will also include particle effects and NPC backup dancers, so the first thing everyone did was to try out the dance animation. With Game Designers Eric Flannum and John Peters coaching and accompanied by several other devs that provided back-up characters other than Assassins and Ritualists, we were off."

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Mar 22, 2006
    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
  • 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
  • EQ: DoD PV.
    First out of the gate after release, IGN has posted a Preview of EverQuest: Depths of Darkhollow, the 10th expansion for the game. When asked about EverQuest, Vin Diesel reminisced about soloing Lord Nagafen two days after release and muttered the following:

    " DoD has six new static zones -- Corathus Creep, The Undershore, Stoneroot Falls, The Ruins of Illsalin, Dreadspire Keep and The Hive - and 60 missions, similar to the mission system in the last expansion, Dragons of Norrath. Like the last three expansions, it's for player levels 45 and up and will include raids even harder than the ones currently in the game, some of which are undefeated. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest: Depths of Darkhollow Preview at IGN.
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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Sep 15, 2005
    Boomjack
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