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  • A game with a "Comedian-Clown". Where is your God now?
    GameShout is reporting that the servers for Flyff, a game that appears to have been hidden well from the public eye, are now open for public beta. Any game that has a character named "Comedian-Clown" has to be worth at least a look right?

    " The Flyff crew have opened their game servers for a public beta for MMORPG fans. Flyff is the first flying MMORPG game in the world; and while others will attempt to duplicate the unique game play characteristics of Flyff, no other MMORPG will fill the sky with thousands of users engaging in air based assault, land based assault and Private Island PVP. "

    You can read all about the Flyff Public Beta at GameShout.
    Still yearning for more?

    • Too bad, because we've never heard of this game either.
    Beta, Official Announcements
    Tue, Nov 15, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Even your second life has spyware.
    Netcraft is reporting that Second Life has been knocked offline for the second time in a month by malware that is being distributed by players within the game.

    "
    A gaming "virtual world" has been knocked offline for the second time in a month by malware distributed by players within the game. Second Life, an innovative online game with more than 80,000 users, took its entire system down for more than five hours Thursday after an instant messaging bot overwhelmed the game grid with a huge volume of messages. A similar incident on Oct. 23 also caused a lengthy system outage when a user program automatically generated more than 5 billion spheres inside the game. "

    You can read the entire Malware Knocks Virtual World Offline Article at NetCraft.
    Still yearning for more?

    News
    Tue, Nov 15, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A funny thing happened on the way to the burning gates of Alzebar...
    Our community managers took time away from their cartoon character impression classes to write some articles on humour, or the lack thereof in MMOGs

    News
    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • And the nominees are...
    The Digital Entertainment Awards have posted the nominees for this year. NCSoft and Blizzard both have multiple nominations.

    " Congratulations to the 2005 Awards Finalists! Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner in Los Angeles on December 1. "

    You can view the entire list of Digital Entertainment Award Nominees at The Official Site.

    News
    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Fancy moving pictures, complete with sound!
    1UP has posted some videos from the recent BlizzCon gathering. My personal favorite is the dance-alike contest.

    " But Blizzcon isn't about what they exhibited-- it was all about the attendees and the community. To be able to see my WoW General Chat in flesh is a surreal but exciting. It's exhilarating and comforting to know that I belong in this niche community where all of us are deeply obsessed and passionate about this alternate reality. Is it geeky that all of us cheered wildly at the guy who did the perfect Troll dance in the dance-alike contest? Maybe, but that's what I felt like Blizzcon was- a huge inside joke where all of us who "get it" are reveling in the exclusivity. Walking around the show floor was tiring but that didn't bog us Blizzconites down, we had high Spirit. Enjoy the videos! "

    You can view the BlizzCon Videos at 1UP.
    And there's more!

    Video, Media
    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • How can lore be new?
    Sigil has posted some new Vanguard: Saga of Heroes lore, titled "Chronicle of the Shieldbearer".

    "I
    completed the journey a week ago, but, as you have asked of me, I have not written to you until I have found something of worth. "

    You can read the entire Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Lore at The Official Site.
    And there's more!

    News
    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • We've got a warhammer and we are going to write about it.
    Mythic Entertainment has opened their Warhammer Online newsletter. Show your support and put your name on the mailing list.

    "
    Folks: There's no law says we can't buy advertising from ourselves. If you give the flashing W.A.R. banner a click, you'll be taken to the place where you can sign up for the official Warhammer Online newsletter, and be the first to know the news about Mythic's next game. What are you waiting for? "

    You can Sign-up for the Warhammer Online Newsletter at The Camelot Herald.
    And there's more!

    News
    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Dark and Light, or 256 shades of grey if you live in Seattle.
    MMORPGdot.com has posted a Dark and Light interview featuring Stephane Quilichini and focusing on game features and where the game sees itself fitting into the MMOG market.

    "
    Dark and Light is a fascinating project: from features like the 15,000 square miles of territory without zones or loading times to the impressive panoramic screenshots that show off the beautiful terrain and long horizons, its sure to grab attention.  As the game draws closer to release after an extended development, we talk to Lead Designer Stephane Quilichini to get an update on the game’s features and find out where Dark and Light stands in a post-World of Warcraft world. "

    You can read the entire Dark and Light Interview at MMORPGdot.com.
    And there's more!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You will accept my God or I will kill you, because he is a kind and caring God. And so begins the crusade.
    ComputerAndVideoGames, the site with the longest name in MMOG circles has posted a preview of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusades.

    "
    There is a life beyond the world as you know it. I know because I've just been there. But right now I'm sitting in an office in Irvine, California, and sitting opposite me is Blizzard's creative director Chris Metzen, the man whose mind provides the motivation every time an orc raises an axe in anger. Every major nugget of Warcraft lore has passed through his hands - Frozen Thrones, Dark Portals, you name it. He's the man who gives meaning to your daily grind. He's also a full-on rock star: wide grin, muscular build, dazzling necklace, chunky rings and Bono sunglasses. He's the closest man to Henry Rollins the games industry has. And I'm here to hear him talk Orc. "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusades Preview at ComputerAndVideoGames.
    And there's more!

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • If ninja looters are bad, does that make pirate looters good?
    GameSpy has posted an Op/Ed on ninja looting in MMOGs, complete with interviews featuring two of the most famous World of Warcraft ninjas.

    "
    Like it or not, most MMO players take the events that transpire in the games they play very seriously. "It's just a game" is an adage that casual, uninvolved onlookers will cite when someone they're close to gets worked up about something that happens in their virtual world of choice, but they usually fail to take into account one key fact: quite often, these games are work. Sure, you might somewhat enjoy certain aspects of a game's less-than-glamorous elements, but given the choice, you'd be doing something more fun in the world. And just like when you're working in real-life, there's usually some kind of carrot on a string that's motivating you to keep on keepin' on. "

    You can read the entire Ninja Looting Op/Ed at GameSpy.
     

    News
    Mon, Nov 14, 2005
    Boomjack
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