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  • These guys are really ramping up. The game is starting to look pretty polished. I'm hoping that I can get in to see it for E3.

    Sooo without further ado - New screenshots are at Gamespot.
    New Developer Diaries in the form of movies at Onlinewelten.

    More news about The Chronicles of Spellborn.

    News
    Wed, Apr 19, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Oh give me a home, where the Tauren druids roam...

    WoW @ TenTonHammer has a new city guide, complete with a detailed map, quest listing, and lore section. This one's all about the Horde city of Thunder Bluff, home of the tauren race:

    With the help of Thrall and the orcs, Cairne Bloodhoof and the Tauren have pushed back the hated, warlike centaur and given up their ancestral wandering; founding the mesa city of Thunder Bluff high above Mulgore's grassy plains. The proud heritage of the Tauren is reflected in the vestigal longhouses, totems, and peace pipes that adorn the precipitous city, more temporary constructs reminiscent of more nomadic days. Would-be invaders take note, judge the Tauren "backward" at your peril. Not only do Tauren hunters employ guns with savage effect, Thunder Bluff is a technological masterwork against incursion in and of itelf. The city is only accessible by air or from carefully guarded elevators in its southeast.

    Check out our guide to Thunder Bluff, the newest TenTonHammer - WoW city guide!

    Wed, Apr 19, 2006
    Ethec
  • Blizzard says "Nein!" to The9.

    Blizzard is shopping around for a new Chinese operator, according to a press release late last week. Methinks this says a lot about about how the company operates, but first: a quote.

    In a press release issued on Thursday, Blizzard said it is "actively exploring and discussing cooperation opportunities and further expansion of its business with local potential partners for mainland China".

    The reasons why Blizzard's dropping hints about a change in China: "poor customer service" and "overloaded servers". Poor customer service is always inexcusable, but over-crowded servers? Come on! Given World of Warcraft's historically unreliable performance on North American servers, perhaps they should reevaluate their US partnership with... themselves. Let's make the attempt to shift blame a little more obvious.
    Read the entire article at gamesindustry.biz.

    News
    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Ethec
  • There are new beasts to be had in World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion Burning Crusade.

    The orcs of Outland were not the only ones to suffer the Burning Legion's demonic corruption. The Broken, led by the great Akama, fell prey to the
    demons' sinister influence, and just like the orcs, they too were changed by the corruption. Though they lost some of their former powers, the Broken still present a clear danger to all of Illidan's enemies throughout Outland. It almost seems like a miracle that the Broken somehow managed to preserve their shamanistic heritage, yet no one can say for sure how many of their traditions are still intact. From the safety of the fortified villages the Broken hold in Outland, they lord over their lesser cousins, the wretched Lost Ones.

    Orcs always get a bad name.

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    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I Won you to Won me.
    Blizzard has cut the monthly subscription rate of World of Warcraft by 20% in Korea.

    "Blizzard, whose "World of Warcraft" remains third in the country's online multi-user network game rankings, announced it will charge 19,800 won for a 30-day package, down from 24,750 won. The one-week package went down from 8,800 won to 7,040 won."

    You can read the entire story in the Korea Herald.

    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Vivendi Universal subsidiary Blizzard Entertainment announced on Friday that it has invited Chinese online game company The9 (Nasdaq: NCTY) to negotiate the expansion set to World of Warcraft (WoW), The Burning Crusade. The9 is Blizzard's current partner for WoW in mainland China, and also owns 30 percent of the company operating WoW in Taiwan. According to the release the expansion is currently planned for 2007 in mainland China, whereas previous expectations had the expansion hitting China in late 2006. According to several industry analysts, The9's contract with Blizzard for World of Warcraft already gives The9 the rights to operate any expansion of the game in mainland China.

    I just can't think of any pithy comments on this one. Am I losing my sense of humor or is this just something that says meh to me? One can never tell

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    Thanks to Pacific Epoch for the story.

    News
    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • SoloHammer?

    Another week and another piece of common content from the TenTonHammer network! This week Ratboy discusses the interesting "solo" aspects that may be seen in Warhammer Online. Looking at the reasons for solo content being used, this article tries to discuss all of the possible facets of Warhammer Online's solo content. Here's a peek:

    I have to regress back to my earlier days of playing World of Warcraft to really get into the discussion of Massively Solo Player games. It was in my first shot at the WoW Beta that I came to realize just how big the world was and how many players were involved, it was more specifically the first gryphon flight of the game that gave me such an impression of the world. Warhammer Online is likely to prove it can meet or exceed the scope of other existing games, as instead of centering on the battles between factions (Alliance VS Horde in the case of WoW), Warhammer centers around the battles of various different races (Dwarves VS. Orcs, Humans VS Chaos, & Elves VS Dark Elves).

    You can read the entire editorial at Warhammer - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • How does endgame WoW treat avid soloers?

    Messiah, our World of Warcraft site lead, has addressed the soloing question from a variety of angles. This week, he looks at the question from a level 60 perspective:

    In most MMO's friendships and communication skills are formed very early on in the game. You grow with other players, you learn to rely on them for help and to help them in return. In WoW, with the game being so easy to solo, that generally does not happen. I have gotten to level 60 and gone into instances with other players, then had to explain to them what an instance was (i.e. what that big shimmering door was!!!). I have had to explain tactics, pulling, tanking, off tanking, aggro management, protecting cloth wearers, and much much more; all to players who are my own level but chose to never group before they ran out of things to do solo.

    Check out Messiah's editorial on endgame groups at WoW - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Ethec
  • Ok so my previous myth of Thursday screenshot day is busted. But that's good news for you! Mystics.de has some new Warhammer Online Screenshots for your happy perusal.

    The website is in German so if you find it hard to navigate... well you know why. Thanks to mmorpgdot for this one.

    Get your Warhammer Online Groove On!

    More news and info on Warhammer Online.

    News
    Fri, Apr 14, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Can you tell that I'm a visual person? I get way too excited for screenshots. I'm also generally the first person to Poo Poo a game because it's graphically inferior. It's weakness. I'm not ashamed. .. mostly..

    The Chronicles of Spellborn has new eye candy

    Today we released a batch of new screenshots. The shots show new creatures, the Mount-of-Heroes Shard and other locations. Some sites feature exclusive shots, so make sure you see them all.

    More news and info on The Chronicles of Spellborn.

    News
    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Awenyddion
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