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  • Strangely, David Bowman doesn't play an archer.
    GamersInfo.net has posted another great Horizons interview, featuring David Bowman. The interview focuses on Bowman's background. Legolas, who does play an archer in Horizons (Called Leegoolass) had this to say about that:

    "Often mistaken as the "owner" of Horizons or Tulga Games, David Bowman, like most of the developers of the MMO wears many hats. When asked to describe his job in 5 sentences he does just that: "I coordinate the team. I create new opportunities for the company. I am head cheerleader for Horizons. I manage investor relations. I set the goals for the growth of Horizons." After 10 years with such giants (though not at the time) as Bungie and Turbine before Tulga, time, age, wisdom and personal integrity has made him into a person well-respected by those know him and even more so by those who work with him. " 

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at GamersInfo.net
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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Oct 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Have a Hell of a time in London.
    IGN has posted a preview of Hellgate: London focusing on the weapons and the graphical goodness. Bill Roper, formerly of Blizzard fame, would not give a release date, but it looks like we may get to blast away in London next year. I'm sure we'll spend some time with this one at E3 2006. Bruce Campbell was excited to see our number on his caller ID and picked up right away, but unfortunately we had dialed the wrong number. He quickly said this before we hung up on him:

    "
    Hellgate should be of particular interest to those types of players
    that like Diablo-style RPGs. Not necessarily the graphical style or
    quality of that series, but the random nature and near unlimited
    replayability of it. If Hellgate: London turns out as slick as it looks like it should, junkies looking for a new action/RPG fix should warm up those veins because this could be it. We got the chance to see an updated version of the game for the first time since E3 back in May and things look to be progressing at pace. Flagship's Bill Roper is pleased with the work that's been done but is still unwilling to give any sort of firm release date. At this point it's still "when it's done" but will most likely be released sometime in 2006. " 

    You can read the entire Hellgate: London Preview at IGN.
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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Oct 14, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A Caravan of Vanguard Screens
    Someone at Sigil decreed that yesterday would be handout-the-screenshots day, and our Vanguard community site staff caught a few windfalls.

    " What a great surprise I found in my email today! New shots of Beta 0. VTTH is proud to display these two new exclusives. The first is a shot that will have all of us lifting our jaws of the ground in awe of the spectatular armor! The second is a look at battle and spell casting. "

    New exclusive screenshots at Ten Ton Hammer's Vanguard site, and while you're at it, download Martuk's Vanguard screenshot slideshow (7.1 megs, WMV format) for a nifty look at screens and concept art released to-date.
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    Images, Media
    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
    Ethec
  • The Bad-man of Alcatraz
    No Clint Eastwood, but some big names in MMO gaming (and a few schmoes dressed up as comic book supervillains) were in San Francisco bay to showcase "City of Villains" - next-to-release MMO (late October) and stand-alone sequel to the immensely popular City of Heroes.

    "NCsoft recently held an event in San Francisco, or rather, in the San Francisco Bay, to showcase some of the new features being implemented in their upcoming title, City of Villains – particularly base building and base raids. Held within the confines of Alcatraz Island, Lord Recluse and his right-hand woman, Ghost Widow, were on hand to interest the attendees into joining their league of evil, Arachnos.
    Not to be outdone by these villains, our hero Robert Garriott, CEO NCsoft North America, presented his plan for subscriber domination: Two games, one fee - $14.95."

    Read up on many of CoV's cool features in GameHelper's wrap-up of the City of Villains Alcatraz release party.
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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
    Ethec
  • The not-so-secret secrets.
    GamingGuides.com has posted a lengthy article titled, "Secrets of Massively Multiplayer Farming". I'm not sure these were secrets to anyone who has played World of Warcraft, but the article was an interesting read.

    "
    In the past several months, I’ve become friendly with a number of the professional farmers on my server. I had no special motive in doing so; I certainly didn’t befriend them so that I could study them. Nonetheless, during the course of our teaming and chatting together, I gained glimpses into their lifestyles and learned things that I’ve found to be interesting and that I would like to share. The odds are that if you have access to the venue where this document is being published, you’ll find them interesting too. " 

    You can read the entire "Secrets of Massively Multiplayer Farming" at GameGuidesOnline.
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    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • More than pot and prostitution, it's a gaming trip to Amsterdam.
    MMORPG.com is giving away a trip to Amsterdam as part of their Spellborn contest. Playtest the game and then write about it while enjoying The Netherlands.

    "
    Win a trip to Amsterdam and the Spellborn International studio!
    Spellborn International Ltd invites members of the MMORPG.com community to play 'The Chronicles of Spellborn' World Preview contest!
    The 'Hero Prize' will be a four (4) day trip* to the Netherlands where you will Beta test the game for two days together with the developers and professional testers. You then get to write your own diary to be posted on the official Spellborn website. After a couple hard days work you’ll be able to relax on a two (2) day holiday in Amsterdam. " 

    You can read all about the Spellborn Contest at MMORPG.
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    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Sci-Fi Talk Show.
    GameCloud has posted an Anarchy Online Interview, featuring Morten Byom and focusing on Lost Eden, the upcoming expansion. An MMOG that's free and more importantly fun to play.

    "Funcom's long running sci-fi MMORPG Anarchy Online has already had a number of expansion packs and yet another expansion, Anarchy Online: Lost Eden, is currently in the works. Gamecloud got a chance to chat with Anarchy Online Game Director Morten Byom to find out more about their plans for the expansion. " 

    You can read the entire Anarchy Online: Lost Eden Interview at GameCloud.
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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Evil-doer tells all.
    MMORPG has posted a City of Villains interview, featuring David "Zeb" Cook of Cryptic Studios. How long before some nitwit complains that their son or daughter robbed a bank because they played City of Villains?

    " Here in the second of our three part Q&A with David "Zeb" Cook of Cryptic Studios, our writer Neil Thompson asks him five more questions. " 

    You can read the entire City of Villains Interview at MMORPG.
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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Stress out City of Villains.
    FilePlanet is offering members like yours truly a spot in the October 14th-16th stress test of City of Villains. Much like the stress test that Martha "celebrity criminal" Stewart recently went through this one will include women fighting women. It goes something like this:

    "Ever wish to create your own Diabolical Fortress? How about plundering an urban metropolis for your own Prestige and Power? Your dream has just come true with FilePlanet's latest Exclusive Stress Test. Be prepared, in City of Villains anything goes . . . " 

    You can get in line for the City of Villains Stress Test at FilePlanet.
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    Beta, Official Announcements
    Thu, Oct 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Solar Systems Overload
    CCP couples an announcement about an extensive server upgrade with a plea for in-game corporations to move their operations out of several heavily trafficked systems. This from the official site, and no, I wouldn't kid you about the source:

    " An Oursulaert native went on record, saying "They better fix the *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* jump *bleep* gates before I *bleep**bleep**bleep* and then some." He then shouted something incomprehensible at nearby Customs Officials, subtle foam beginning to assemble at the corners of his mouth as he finally became able to jump to the next system.



    Similar stories have been reported in systems like Nonni, Sobaseki, Inoue and Isaziwa. Wasona Binge reported that rush hour traffic was approaching "Clusterfu*bleeep* proportions." "

    And now in a nutshell, friends, you see why EVE isn't a mainstream MMO. It's growing though, and I'll confess: it has me hooked! Read more about EVE Online's growth pains at the Official Site.
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    News
    Wed, Oct 12, 2005
    Ethec
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