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  • Sams still confident of winter ship date for Burning Crusade

    Gameindustry.biz has posted a preview of their interview with Blizard's COO, Paul Sams. It seems that we can expect Blizard to produce an expansion a year for WoW...

    Blizzard COO Paul Sams has told GamesIndustry.biz that the company plans to release a new expansion pack for multi-million selling MMO World of Warcraft every year.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview, Sams said, "Starting with The Burning Crusade, every year thereafter we plan on bringing out a new expansion set - so every 12 months."

    Head over and read more. Be sure to drop in tomorrow when we'll bring you the full interview once it's posted. Are you ready for all these expansions? Let us know in the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer.

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    Fri, Aug 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • World of Warcrack?

    Now, addiction is a pretty serious word - in a nutshell, it means you can't function without - that you'll forego worthy needs and ambitions (food, minimal sleep, work) to do something a normal, healthy person doesn't need to do. With that in mind, let's look at Twitch Expert's interview with a self-proclaimed gaming addiction expert, Dr. Maressa Orzack.

    RW: According to your research, and your experience with patients, how many addicted gamers are there today?

    Orzack: Well, let's take World of Warcraft as an example. Let's say there are around 6 million subscribers for the game. I'd say that 40 percent of the players are addicted.

    Well, her figures don't sound scientific, but let's say they are. 40% addicted and about 40% are playing at level 60, coincidence?

    In all seriousness, we all know a gamer whose priorities are severely messed up. Real life first, gents and gent-ettes.

    Read up on MMO addiction at Twitch Expert .

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    Thu, Aug 10, 2006
    Ethec
  • New Information on Paladins and Shamans

    The World of Warcraft official site has been updated with a new information page that offers a look at the upcoming Burning Crusades expansion. This new page also gives us a look at the Paladin and Shaman as well as a class/race guide. Good stuff huh? Did I mention that there are new screenshots as well?

    As we draw closer to the release of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, more of the secrets shrouding the draenei and blood elves are being revealed. In the upcoming expansion, you will finally be able to play classes that were previously unavailable to your faction. The blood elves have harnessed the power of the Light for their own needs, and the Horde recognizes the value of these renegade blood elf paladins. Meanwhile, the draenei have been granted the wisdom and strength of the elements, and a number of draenei now follow the path of the shaman.

    Read our new information page to learn more about the new class combinations available to players of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade.

    Check this exciting information out and then trot on over to WoW Ten Ton Hammer, the best place to find all the latest news, interviews and information on WoW and all your favorite MMOs, and let us know what you think of the upcoming expansion in the forums!

    News
    Mon, Jul 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Art of Gaming

    This press release was issued today and should be interesting news to gamers, especially those that play WoW...

    GameSide Network Launches Second Issue of "The Art of Gaming" Online Magazine

    Gaming and Entertainment network releases second issue of the free online magazine about art and gaming; teams up with Joystick Junkies to offer prizes and discounts.

    Sacramento, CA, USA, July 24th, 2006 – GameSide Network, a company that has a network of websites that focus on Gaming and Technology, launches the second issue of the free online magazine, The Art of Gaming, which focuses on the art of video game graphics, gameplay, and features artwork from the gaming community.

    The debut issue of The Art of Gaming, which launched in June 2006, has amassed over 4,000 downloads to date. The second issue features the popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft.

    The Art of Gaming pays tribute to the art and/or gameplay from the games of the past and present. Each issue features a particular game or brand features artwork created by gamers, as well as questions and comments submitted by gamers.

    The Art of Gaming has also teamed up with Joystick Junkies, a British fashion label which designs clothing based on iconic video games art, to offer readers an exclusive 10% off of Joystick Junkies apparel. Readers will also learn how this UK-based company came to be with an interview with Chris Birch from Joystick Junkies. In addition, readers have a chance to win free prizes such as Joystick Junkies apparel by writing into the magazine.

    Chris Birch said, "fashion labels across the world struggle to find new ideas and themes for each season, we’re fortunate to have such a wonderful world of inspiring imagery that reminds us of classic gaming moments. So it’s great to team up with a magazine that celebrates the very art that is so vital to our fashion range and we fully support the work they are doing to enrich video games culture."

    As with the first issue, The Art of Gaming #2 will also contain reviews of classic games, interviews, general video game information, gamer profiles. The second issue will also sport a new look that improves on the content and layout of the first issue.

    "The Art of Gaming will continue to grow with each issue and we appreciate our comments and suggestions that we receive from readers" says GameSide Network's CEO, Lachelle Talbot-Thomas. "We also want to keep encouraging artists to send in their work, this is your chance to not only contribute to a subject you love, but to also get some major recognition. We are also constantly on the look out to feature community gaming websites, so if you run a site that has to do with an upcoming issue, tell us!"

    The upcoming third issue of The Art of Gaming will celebrate everyone's favorite plumber and his games, Mario.

    Features include:
    - Every issue is free
    - Each issue contains a "Featured Game" that is profiled
    - Artwork for gamers by gamers
    - Comments and questions direct from the gaming community
    - Give-aways for the best "Letter of the Month"
    - Interviews with members in the gaming industry
    - Retro reviews: our favorite games of the past are profiled
    - Art tutorials: learn how to make graphics like the pros
    - The Art of Gaming comes in PDF format for ease of reading and
    printing
    - Releases on the 4th week of every month
    - Exclusive discount at Joystick Junkies

    Upcoming features:
    - Contests and giveaways

    The Art of Gaming magazine is available for download at:
    " target=blank>http://www.theartofgaming.com

    Get clicking and find out more about The Art of Gaming and then let us know what you think of the new magazine in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Mon, Jul 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Blizzard unveils the first details of its upcoming player-versus-player enhancements.

    IGN posted an article with all the details and a few screenshots on this upcoming update to World of Warcraft.

    But the big news today is the scoop on world PvP objectives. Whereas before it usually boiled down to getting "wtfpwned" by roving bands of level 60 characters in Stranglethorn Vale, Hillsbrad Foothills and other areas where the victims couldn't possibly be a threat to their assailants, the new world PvP content will take place in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands, although it may eventually branch out to other areas. Silithus and EPL are the highest-level zones in the game right now anyway (Deadwind Pass is too small to count, really), so it will generally be level 55-60 players bashing away at each other.

    Keep reading to see how you may soon be able to join in the World PvP! Check back to WoW Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest updates and news.

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Burning Crusades Brings New Professtions

    On the official World of Warcraft site, an article has been posted detailing one of the new professions expected to be included in the forthcoming expansion, The Burning Crusades. Get a look at Jewelcrafting...

    World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade will introduce a lot of new features to expand the game in many interesting and fun ways. One of these additions is the introduction of a new profession: jewelcrafting.

    Jewelcrafters learn the art of creating beautiful jewelry and trinkets from metals and rare gems. By processing the raw ore mined from the various deposits and mineral veins, jewelcrafters can extract gems from the ore which they can then use for their craft. Although miners sometimes find gems while gathering ore, jewelcrafters mostly rely on their prospecting skills to get more of the precious stones.

    Find out more about this profession and let us know what you think on our forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Mon, Jul 10, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Big MMO names a big part of the Austin Games Conference lineup

    Representatives from major developers like Blizzard, NCSoft, SOE, BioWare, CCP, and many more, plus a handful of wildcards like Raph Koster, are set to speak at the Austin Games Conference September 6-8.

    The Game Initiative, the leading producer of conferences for professionals in the computer and video game industry, today announced keynotes and speakers for this year's Austin Game Conference (AGC) taking place September 6-7-8, 2006 in Austin, Texas. Headline speakers include: Rob Pardo, Blizzard Entertainment's Vice President of Game Design and lead designer for World of Warcraft; Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board, Dell, Inc.; and Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award Winning Science-Fiction Author. Austin Game Conference is the definitive worldwide conference for online game development, including massively multiplayer online games, casual games, online PC and console games.

    Over three days 2,400 attendees from 20 countries will participate in concentrated discourse on the worldwide online game market, which is forecasted to grow from $3.4 billion in 2005 to over $13 billion in 2011. Attendees will network with colleagues, learn from industry leaders, stay informed about the latest tools, technologies and techniques and get business done in a relaxed atmosphere. The speaker roster, available at http://www.GameConference.com, includes 100 industry leading individuals participating in seven detailed conference tracks.

    For more info on the big names at a big games conference from the state where big was born, check out the official Austin Games Conference announcement at BusinessWire.

    News
    Fri, Jul 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • Wowee... a WoW Wii?

    This just in from the ravenous Blizzard speculation department, Blizzard has job postings announcing a need for a console game producer. What you see below is the barest scintilla of the number of frantic posts about this announcement. I only hope that North Korea doesn't choose to launch on the day that an official Blizzard announcement comes; Japan probably won't hear the emergency broadcast about incoming scuds over the fanboi din.

    While rumors of work on a console version of World of Warcraft remain just that, the job post mentions that Blizzard is looking for an experienced Senior Producer "with a proven track record of producing high quality console games." In addition, under "Plusses" Blizzard mentions that it would be better for the candidate to have "Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii production experience."

    Someone from Blizzard should write a book on how to create hype by not saying a thing and letting the playerbase writhe like caffeinated worms. It would be a very short book.

    Read on at GameDaily, or hold your ears and wait till something concrete comes out. Your pick.

    News
    Fri, Jul 07, 2006
    Ethec
  • World of Warcraft's Rob Pardo, Michael Dell, and Hugo Winning Author Vernor Vinge Headline Austin Game Conference on September 6-7-8, 2006

    The announcement came today who would headline the Austin Game Conference in September.

    AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2006--The Game Initiative, the leading producer of conferences for professionals in the computer and video game industry, today announced keynotes and speakers for this year's Austin Game Conference (AGC) taking place September 6-7-8, 2006 in Austin, Texas. Headline speakers include: Rob Pardo, Blizzard Entertainment's Vice President of Game Design and lead designer for World of Warcraft; Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board, Dell, Inc.; and Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award Winning Science-Fiction Author. Austin Game Conference is the definitive worldwide conference for online game development, including massively multiplayer online games, casual games, online PC and console games.

    Find out more and see who else will be speaking from the MMO community!

    News
    Wed, Jul 05, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Scheduled Look At Upcoming Expansion

    Get your tickets now. It is reported that Blizzard will in fact be at the San Diego Comic Con Jul 20-23. Get a sneak peek at The Burning Crusades if you can stop by...

    Blizzard Entertainment will showcase World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade at San Diego Comic Con through July 20(Thursday) - July 23(Saturday) at booth 4615. Some Blizzard community reps will be there including Tseric and Nethaera.

    Find out more and make your plans to attend.

    News
    Wed, Jul 05, 2006
    LadySirse
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