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  • Hero's Illustrated

    MMORPG.com brings you 3 new exclusive screens from the 2006 fantasy title "Hero's Journey." All 3 pretty much show a Vin Diesel lookalike kicking ass, but we know the real XXX is really playing WoW on one of the PvP servers.

    In this week's edition - the last before a one week hiatus - we bring you three images! These images show off a group attack combo, where two real players are able to work together to perform a special move, as well as a new body-type slider the team has added to their already unrivaled character creation system.

    Check out the Hero's Journey screenshots at MMORPG.com!

    Images, Media
    Wed, Aug 31, 2005
    Ethec
  • DDO's newest subclass: Powerpuff Girls! Thanks Maya!

    A DDO.com forum member showed concern regarding the presence of content to appeal to girls. The full forum thread is a bit of a trainwreck filled with criticism, but I'm sure at least some people out there will find the dev response amusing. Check out the full thread here.

    Original Poster, Oceaniceyes:

    Ok, I am totally new to the forums here. I have never played DnD before, but am hoping for a fun game. However, one of the things that got me into playing games was the ability to make things pretty. (I know, its very girlie) I liked crafting, decorating and wearing pretty clothes. I am concerned that there is no girl content planned for this game. If I am just not finding the info, please enlighten me.

    Dev Responder, hsinclair:

    We have great girly content, such as +5 Adamantine Greatswords, Beholders, Blade Traps, and Fireballs, just to name a few.

    - Heather

    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Ethec
  • Who needs Korea when EQ2 has "Combat Changes"?!
    The infamous "Combat Changes" loom on the EQ2 horizon, making a number of folks restless. This week's pseudo-therpeutic, semi-humorous, 100% fun column walks one quavering Warden through the early stages of acceptance and previews some of the changes too! Then the article quickly quickly gets out of hand as yours truly discusses my proposed "Combat Changes!" Check it out!

    "Of course, the Star Wars Galaxies veterans (well, at least the ones that left the game to play EQ2) started having sweaty flashbacks when they heard that SOE was out to redo the pummeling procedure in their newfound home. As things in EQ2 are in no way as bad as SWG was in the pre-CU days (where botting was the new ganking, and you and your friends could eat the nastiest PvE mobs alive with ease with the right combination of armor, weaponry, and buffs), we'll likely not see what many considered a total over-reaction that threw the entertainers out with the bathwater. And let's spend a moment in eulogy of the Hutt dancers, cantina musicians, and other ways the SWG revamp chagrined its pure artisans. SWG sought to be as novel as the 70s cultural phenomenon that spawned it, and SWG's "Combat Changes" in many ways returned the game to its MMOG roots at the expense of entertainer as an viable and attractive subclass offering. EQ2 is pretty down-home-comfort in its RPG approach. So in EQ2 née SWG, there were fewer points of contact for play imbalances and player malignment in the first place."

    The "Ask Ethec!" series, brought to you in part by the generosity of your submitted questions!

    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Ethec
  • 4 million subscribers just can't be all wrong...
    Shawn Carnes, Blizzard Game Developer, speaks to subscriber retention and sheds light on Blizzard's vision for World of Warcraft. Apparently, the new trend is toward MMOG localization rather than content expansion. But can WoW continue to please its current 9-monthers without an expansion for another whole year while adapting the game for the Koreans? After all, a year in gamer years is like a century. Also, will Korea have a new race modeled after Vin Diesel?

    "Grimwell: With WoW as a clear success, an expansion is a no-brainer to follow up on the success. What are the plans for this?



    Shawn: An expansion is planned, not in 2005, possibly in late 2006 barring unforeseen chaos. Work is already going on for the expansion, and it's going good. What to look for? Blizzard is good at polishing what we do well. The WoW expansion will be like other game expansions in that there will be new characters, items, spells, etc. but it will have the Blizzard twist. "

    Read the World of Warcraft Interview at GamerGod, then hone your WoW talents (no pun intended) at wow.tentonhammer.com!
     

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Ethec
  • A Treasure Chest! Or, maybe just an update. You decide.
    Sony Online Entertainment has posted the latest EverQuest 2 Treasure Chest. At the mention of a treasure chest the TTH offices became infested with pirates. Ninjas were called in to remove the infestation, but all we could get out of them was this:

    "Sometimes it's hard to find the buried treasures contained within the EverQuest II forums. The Treasure Chest highlights useful, insightful, or entertaining posts that you may want to check out. Get your treasure maps and shovels ready--we're about to discover a Treasure Chest!

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2 Treasure Chest Update at The Official Site.
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    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Reading the forums, so you don't have to.
    The good folks at Nevrax have put together another Saga of Ryzom forum watch, which is basically a compilation of the best threads. While compiling a list of best quotes by Kevin Pereira on Attack of the Show we found that there weren't any. We reserve the right to substitution and in place of the list we give you this:

    "We decided to gather here the posts made by the Ryzom team on the
    boards: from now on, and periodically, I will write a news compiling
    these posts. It will allow you to know what is said on the boards while
    saving you the trouble of having to browse many threads. ;) This way,
    you will also be able to know what is told on the forums of the other
    communities. "

    You can read the entire Saga of Ryzom Forum Watch at the Official Site.
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    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Do Pirates test their patches?
    Ubisoft has sent the September Shadowbane patch to the test server. Our petition to rename the game "Lightbane" was rejected, we were able to find the following however:

    " The September Content Patch has been placed on the Test Server! Downtime is approximately two (2) hours. "

    You can read entire Shadowbane September Patch Notes at The Official Site.
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    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Our Alterac Valley tip is don't die.
    Blizzard has posted a page of World of Warcraft tips for Alterac Valley. Our calls to Vin Diesel were sent to voice-mail. Strangely, the voice-mail message was this:

    " Here are some tips that we hope will give you a better experience in Alterac Valley. This is a very involved Battleground and it can take time to learn how everything works. If you have any questions, be sure to read the various Aterac Valley information pages we have created. "

    You can read entire World of Warcraft Tips For Alterac Valley at The Official Site.
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    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Shakycam Screenshots.
    Stratics has posted some Shakycam Screenshots of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach taken at the recent PAX event. Bruce Campbell has claimed that the shots are fakes and showed us his "Boomstick!" to prove it. Proof that they are legit includes the following:

    "Next on the list in our multi-part report on DDO at the 2005 PAX Event
    is a series of images that we took of the game's interface, as well as
    a picture of the event itself and of a Hill Giant that was determined
    to smack some players around: "

    You can read view the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach Screenshots at Stratics.
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    Images, Media
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Finally, a video game to treat Attention Deficit........ooooh....coffee.
    VoaNews has posted an article about a game called Play Attention that may help in the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder. Now what the heck was I going to put here? Ah yes...:

    " Now a company called Unique Logic and Technology has created a video game that helps re-train those young brains. It's called "Play Attention," and the company claims it can teach your brain how to pay attention. It works by using a helmet that has sensors. "

    You can read the entire Play Attention Article at VoaNews.
     

    News
    Tue, Aug 30, 2005
    Boomjack
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