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  • MTV discovers another non-music channel.
    Stephen Totilo of MTV.com has delved deep into the music archives to write an article about weather in World of Warcraft.

    "Kaplan said Blizzard's weather team — game designers accustomed to being the godlike architects of the worlds they create — talked about a system that would have them decreeing the weather day by day, but opted to set up a program and leave the weather patterns to computerized number-crunching. "If we were to sort of handpick the weather for each day, we would probably do it in such a way that you wouldn't notice that someone was handpicking it, in which case it's like, 'Why go through that trouble in the first place?' " Kaplan said."

    You can read Game Developers Unleash A Storm on World of Warcraft Players on MTV.com.

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    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Get your new Burning Crusade Screenshots here! Gamecloud got supremely lucky and the shots are fantastic. Take a peek and tell me what you think!

    Want more World of Warcraft? Click here!

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    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • WoW = Digital Crack?

    Memnok, from the WoW @ TenTonHammer community site, takes a look at the "lure" surrounding games like World of Warcraft. What is it about these games that keep millions playing rabidly?

    "Just 10 more minutes... just 10 more minutes... I'm almost done the quest...
    *3 hours later* That took a... little longer than expected..."

    How far have we all sunk in to the addictive game known as World of Warcraft? Blizzard has topped all the charts with the 5.5 million subscribers it has under its enormous belt, and their numbers are only rising. What makes us still play WOW after all these months? What makes us log in every day, join every second raid, and spend those late nights on this particular MMORPG? This article will provide a brief look at what Blizzard does to make us, the gamers, come back always wanting more, especially with the latest patch out!

    Check out the latest article from WoW - Ten Ton Hammer!

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
    Ethec
  • The Funcom team has released a set of exclusives to various fansites covering the game. Take of peek at the 2 pieces of concept art from each site. Find the links here.

    More news and info on Age of Conan.

    News
    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • "A Carrot On A Squig" - The attraction of Warhammer Online.

    Warhammer Online @ TenTonHammer editor Thurston "Ratboy" Hillman delves into the main attractions of skunk works MMO Warhammer Online.

    As for what attracts me to Warhammer Online more then any other MMORPG, I would have to say that the big pull would be the setting and theme of the world. I’ve always been a fan of the Warhammer world and the darkness that surrounds it. Having originally played darker games such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and even the Ravenloft D&D setting I’ve found myself more and more attracted to the theme that Warhammer portrays.

    Check out the "Carrot on a Squig" editorial at our newest community site, Warhammer Online @ TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
    Ethec
  • Eye Candy Keeps us Longing for LOTRO

    Games in pre-beta development, like Lord of the Rings Online, have only so much to offer to capture the attention of online gamers. What prompts gamers to take a closer look at a title that's months away from release? Shayalyn contends that it's all about eye candy, from attractive and highly customizable character models to a stunning online environment. Check out her editorial and see if you agree.

    At the risk of sounding hopelessly girly, character creation and the overall look of a game hold a great deal of importance for me as a gamer, so I want to see attractive character models coming out of the development stage. For me, gaming is a means of stepping out of reality for a little while, and donning the exotic look of a sexy little wood elf nymph, or a scrappy human priestess. I’m not only venturing into a fantasy world where I can wield magic or weapons against my foes--I’m taking a break from the reality of bad hair days and too-tight jeans (damn you, Ben & Jerry!)

    Read 'Bring on the Eye Candy' at LotRO - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
    Ethec
  • Localized custom-designed UI Mods? Me encanta.

    Krimm continues his entertaining and informative step-by-step series on creating custom WoW addons with a look at localization. WoW is available in 4 (soon to be 5) major languages, so with a good dictionary, a little extra work, and a healthy sense of humor (or maybe just a bilingual friend), you can make your mod global!

    Practically speaking, here’s the one thing you need to know for creating your localized .lua files: use a Unicode editor to create the file. Like I said, I don’t speak anything besides English. (After reading my writing for six installments of this guide, you’re probably wondering if I even speak that! J) So to create the French translation of the battle cry AddOn, I emailed my localization.lua file to a friend who speaks French. She translated the strings, using an Unicode editor, and sent them back to me. Even though I still don’t speak a word of French, my AddOn now does. Way cool.

    Check out this section and the rest of Krimm's UI Mod Design guide, a featured part of the WoW UI Mods at TenTonHammer project.

    Sat, Apr 01, 2006
    Ethec
  • "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

    Those words, scribbled by university professor J.R.R. Tolkien while he was correcting papers, sparked the epic stories that, arguably, sired the fantasy genre. In essence, we have the diminutive hobbit to thank for inspiring The Lord of the Rings! Read more about the hairy-footed, comfort-loving hobbit in LotRO @ TenTonHammer's latest guide to the races of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

    By trade, hobbits are often farmers and merchants. Hobbits live a rustic lifestyle of comfort and leisure. They enjoy ale, and like to socialize. When they can get them, hobbits enjoy at least 6 meals a day: breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, tea, and supper.

    Read the Hobbit race guide at LotRO - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Mar 30, 2006
    Ethec
  • Due to unforseen circumstances *cough* patch 1.10 *cough* they're changing the previously scheduled realm transfers.

    Due to unforeseen circumstances the previously announced realm transfers have been rescheduled to begin on Thursday, March 30th at 3:00 AM PST. If you're planning to take advantage of these transfers we once again recommend doing so at the first available opportunity.

    New Realm: Norgannon - Deadline: Tuesday, April 4th at 3:00 PM PST
    Players with characters on the following two realms will have an opportunity to transfer to Norgannon, a new PvE realm. If you're interested in transferring your characters from these realms to Norgannon, please click here.

    Shadowsong –> Norgannon
    Azjol-Nerub –> Norgannon

    New Realm: Thrall - Deadline: Tuesday, April 4th at 3:00 PM PST
    Players with characters on the following two realms will have an opportunity to transfer their characters to Thrall, a new PvE realm. If you're interested in transferring your characters from these realms to Thrall, please click here.

    Alleria –> Thrall
    Hellscream –> Thrall

    During this time standard character creation will not be available for these two new realms. As always, eligible character transfers are available Monday thru Friday from 3:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST. Characters transfers from these realms to the new realms will be available until Tuesday, April 4th at 3:00 PM PST.

    Let the mass evacuation begin!

    Tired of not being able to log in? Take a peek at our World of Warcraft Community while you wait.

    More info and news on World of Warcraft.

    News
    Wed, Mar 29, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • We've been waiting for what seems like forever for this one. However, patch 1.10 is going live today. Anyone else twiddling their thumbs waiting for this one?

    Check out our World of Warcraft Community to download the latest patch, and read the latest patch notes.

    More news and info on World of Warcraft.

    News
    Tue, Mar 28, 2006
    Awenyddion
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