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  • Dirty deeds done dirt cheap, especially if you own City of Heroes.
    GameSpot has posted a City of Villains interview featuring Jack Emmert focusing on his final thoughts as the game ships.

    " City of Villains, the stand-alone follow-up to last year's online role-playing game City of Heroes, will arrive in stores next week. And as its name suggests, this is a game in which you'll be able to create your own supervillain, whom you can adventure online with while living a life of crime, which is diametrically opposed to all the heroic deeds you did in City of Heroes. On the eve of the game's arrival, we caught up with Jack Emmert, creative director of City of Villains, for some final thoughts on the game. "

    You can read the entire City of Villains Interview at GameSpot.
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    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
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  • Much talk of bugbears and magic missles.
    MMORPG.com has posted a Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach interview featuring Victor Watcher.

    " Victor Watcher, the Community Manager for Dungeons and Dragons Online, returns to answer Jon Wood and our community. "

    You can read entire Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Interview at MMORPG.com.
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    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
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  • SoE to make it FREE!
    Statesman.com is reporting that Sony Online Entertainment will be offering a free MMOG. They make it sound like a new idea. Apparently they haven't heard of Guild Wars.

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    Top-notch online video games now cost upward of $30 million to produce, making it imperative that game producers expand the market for them, Sony Online Entertainment Inc. President John Smedley said at a video game conference Thursday in Austin.
    Smedley said his company aims to do just that with a plan to break from its existing subscription-based business model and release a game title next fall that can be played free of charge."

    You can read entire Sony Online Entertainment to Offer Free MMOG Article at Statesman.com.
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    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
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  • Toyotas With TOW Missiles.
    MMORPG.com has posted an Auto Assault Preview based on their chat with Valerie Massy and Scott Brown at the Austin Game Conference.

    " Thursday of AGC I got to sit down and talk to Scott Brown, project lead of AutoAssault, and Valerie Massey, Online Community Coordinator. After this summer’s roadhouses I was excited to see where AutoAssault was, and where it was going. "

    You can read the Auto Assault Preview at MMORPG.com.
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    Mon, Oct 31, 2005
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  • Is that a boss in your pocket, or are you glad to see me? (that never gets old... or does it?)
    Funcom's Craig Morrison describes the unique "pocket boss" system found in the "Shadowlands" expansion of Anarchy Online. Really, who doesn't want a boss mob they can spawn anywhere?

    The new Shadowlands quests grant faction as rewards for their successful completion as well as pattern parts for our unique 'pocket boss' system, so that players can collect the parts to be able to spawn a special boss mob at their own convenience. Spawning and defeating this boss mob grants further faction rewards allowing players to gain Shadowknowledge (exp) and faction at the same time, something they previously had to do separately.

    A variety of casual player friendly features in the latest "It's alive!" Anarchy Online dev interview at RPG Vault.
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    Fri, Oct 28, 2005
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  • Guild Wars joins in on the Halloween ruckus.
    Arena.net waxes poetic with the announcement of a new schmaltzy, yet fun Halloween quest for players of Guild Wars:

    When the moon rises high over Lion's Arch
    And the wind moans through the most hollow of eves

    Shutter your homes this holiday
    Steer clear of the shadows
    For on this night, they say,

    A long-addled spirit returns from the grave
    Pumpkin upon his head,
    A wicked deed within his heart
    A pint of witch's brew for all those who misbehave

    Heed these words, all ye who dare enter here:
    Bind your souls to the mortal realm
    For the regent of madness draws near.

    When they say "regent of madness," is Tom Cruise making a guest appearance? Read through the Guild Wars Halloween update notes to find out!
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    Fri, Oct 28, 2005
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  • More ever-quests!
    SOE's EverQuest 2 dev team has released details on four new enemy mastery quests related to the "Desert of Flames" expansion... I guess going around collecting vital organs from evil creatures is in the spirit of Halloween. Yick.

    Lore and Legend quests, also known as Enemy Mastery quests, involve the study of various creatures to learn more about them. In order to gain knowledge about these creatures, you must find and study various body parts. You can find suitable body parts for your studies by killing the type of creature you wish to learn more about. Find out more about these types of quests.

    These Lore and Legend quests are but a small sample of the creature mastery quests available in EverQuest II.

    Help yourself to the enemy mastery quest info at the EverQuest 2 official site.
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    Fri, Oct 28, 2005
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  • Mars attacks...
    The devs hosted one last hurrah for City of Villains testers before closing beta: a full-scale alien invasion. Gamecloud has the details:

    The final battle for the Rogue Islands was fierce but ultimately fatal for the bad guys as the beta for City of Villains finally came to an end. With the game being the only major new MMORPG title releasing this fall we expect that it will be a huge seller both for fans of the original City of Heroes and new fans who have been waiting for the chance to play as the bad guy. The game itself is scheduled to ship to stores on Oct. 31 but players who pre-ordered the game will be able to access City of Villains a few days earlier.

    Read the entire City of Villains final beta impressions at Gamecloud.
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    Fri, Oct 28, 2005
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  • Lexus With Lasers.
    Worthplaying has posted some new Auto Assault screenshots on their site. I for one am all for car-mounted weapons.

    "Combine fast-paced vehicular combat with high-tech, futuristic weaponry and hundreds of intense skills and you get Auto Assault – a unique departure from traditional Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs). Hop in your own customized cars, semis, and motorcycles and prepare to fight the mutated creatures and bandits of Auto Assault's post-apocalyptic world. Battle other players both in arenas and in epic race vs. race wars for control of the regions in a devastated Earth. Auto Assault uses the power of the Havok physics engine to let you make insane jumps, send obstacles flying and even blast bridges, buildings, fences and trees with your car-mounted rockets. Anything you can hit, you can destroy! "

    You can view the Auto Assault Screenshots here!.
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    Fri, Oct 28, 2005
    Boomjack
  • More tights than an IBM board meeting.
    Boomtown has posted some fantastic shots of the City of Villains character screens. Strangely absent is the Martha Stewart character screen.

    " There are just four days left before City of Villains goes live. As you already know, character customisation is a key feature of Cryptic Studios' epic and today NCsoft Europe has images to illustrate just some of the options that will be available to players on 31st October. "

    You can view the City of Villains Screenshots at Boomtown.
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    Fri, Oct 28, 2005
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