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  • Guild Wars fans get a shot at $100,000.
    MTV, always deep into the music side of things has reported on a $100,000 Guild Wars: Factions championship. No word on whether Clay Aitkins or Fifty Cent will be competing.

    "ArenaNet has today announced that the World Championship for its online role-playing game Guild Wars Factions will be held during the GC Game Convention in Leipzig, Germany, on August 24-27, 2006. More than $100,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs, as well as the honour of choosing the designs of next season's set of Guild Wars skill pins - collectible badges given out at events throughout the year."

    You can read the entire $100,000 Guild Wars: Factions Championship announcement at MTV.

    Thu, Apr 06, 2006
  • The9 stocks up.
    NCSoft obtaining controling interest in NC Sina has pushed The9 stocks up over 40% in two weeks. The9 is one of China's largest online game portal companies.

    "Korean game developer NCSoft has recently assumed full control of its "NC Sina" joint venture by acquiring the 51% stake held by former partner Sina Corp. This development has, in turn, fueled speculation that NCSoft might choose The9 Limited to operate its popular online game Guild Wars in China, which would be a boon to The9."

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
  • Are we being played by our games?

    Once again, we bring you the Ten Ton Hammer common content editorial of the week. At Guild Wars - TenTonHammer, Samyel takes a look at goals, gaming, and the carrot on a stick mentality.

    To one degree or another, we're all goal oriented, and video games play us like fiddles when it comes to tugging those strings of human nature. Give us an attainable goal that will make our digital avatar better, and we will strive for it. Give us a particularly shiny piece of virtual weaponry, and we will covet it. Give any kind of incremental steps towards greatness, and even the most apathetic of us will make an attempt to climb those stairs.

    Why do we play until our eyes glaze over and the sun starts creeping up on the horizon? Read about it at Guild Wars @ TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
  • 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
  • A irresistable interview.

    Some of the fellas of the Irresistable Blokes were kind enough to spend some time talking with me about the GWWC, Factions, and the metagame. For most of them, it was perilously close to dawn, but they provided a lively conversation nonetheless.

    Samyel: So, did you guys do a lot of drinking in Taipei?

    Uhlv: I met my good buddies Smirnoff Ice and 60% vodka over there.

    Samyel: So you may have thrown up in someone's bathtub and not recalled it? 60% is pretty stiff liquor.

    Uhlv: After we lost to Evil we had no reason not to. I didn't throw up, that's for sure. It was only motion sickness. I was perrfectly soberr.

    Read all about it at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Mar 27, 2006
  • More factions, less religion.
    ArenaNET has a primer online for the upcoming Guild Wars: Factions preview event.

    "Join us the weekend of March 24th for the FactionsTM Preview Event! This will be your first chance to visit the breathtaking continent of Cantha, the newest world of the Guild Wars saga. During the event, you will get the chance to play roleplaying and player-versus-player characters, and to pursue a variety of gameplay options, including story missions, competitive missions, and a new form of PvP called alliance battles!"

    Wed, Mar 22, 2006
  • Guild Wars world tour. 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
  • Dying to Play Guild Wars

    Death is a part of life. It's also a part of most video games. Without a penalty for failure, the victories just don't mean as much. In this weekly Common Content editorial, we take a look at death, video games, and Guild Wars.

    In the video game world, death is something to avoid. It's annoying, dang it. It's not, however, very scary. The stakes of game-death are so low that we can legitimately get a chuckle out of it, especially when it happens to someone else. Does that make us weird? Not really. It just means that we're talking about an entirely different kind of death.

    we're dying for you too read "A Different Kind of Death" at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Mar 20, 2006
  • A backstage pass for the next Guild Wars expansion...

    Last week, ArenaNet hosted a Factions preview party at the Sci-Fi Museum in Seattle. There's lots of press on the event, some of which you can find at Penny Arcade, Gamespot, and Skewed. The big news announced at the event was the April 28th release date for Guild Wars: Factions, but there was a lot more going on than just speeches.

    Our very own Samyel was lucky enough to attend the event. You can read all about my adventures traveling, exploring Seattle, and (most importantly!) getting to meet the real faces behind Guild Wars. Read it at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer!

    Thu, Mar 16, 2006
  • Ok honestly, yes there are bright flashy lights and lots of noise. But really... compare that to the sweaty stank and the pushing crowds and it's not worth it so much. However, if you're into that sweaty stank... this may be the chance for you.

    We’re delighted to let Guild Wars players know of a special opportunity: The guild that finishes No. 1 in the first seasonal playoffs of the Guild Wars Factions Championship will be invited to play Guild Wars at E3, one of the largest game shows in the world! This is the first of what we hope will be several special opportunities during the championship season. You can find all the details and rules on this page. So, get your game on, and bring it to LA!

    Check out the rules and details here.

    A better place to get your Guild Wars fix!

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    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
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