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  • DDO Dev Diary Discovered.
    The official Dungeons and Dragons Online site has posted a developer's diary featuring Zyrca. The diary is titled, 'Things I've Seen That Made Me Smile'. Strangely absent from the list was coming to work without pants on. That's always a real hoot around here:

    "I'm Zyrca, I've been here at Turbine a couple of years now. When I got here, I started out working on the live team on Asheron's Call. If you played Asheron's Call, you may remember me from such things as the "Violet Ball" and for setting up the code that would set my monitor on fire should a 100% crafting interaction fail. Now I'm a game systems engineer helping build Dungeons & Dragons Online. Today, I want to share some of the things I've seen and heard while working on DDO that brought a smile to my lips."

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Online Developer's Diary at The Official Site.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Finally, we'll see it on XBox 360. Finally.
    Game Informer has an interview with Hiromichi Tanaka discussing Final Fantasy XI on the XBox 360. Going into my local EBGames store and asking for Final Fantasy XI (I pronounced it Final Fantasy Zi) over and over was fun yesterday. Small joys:

    "As part of our Japan Extravaganza V 1.0, we talked to Hiroichi Tanaka, senior vice president of software development at Square Enix, about Final Fantasy XI for the Xbox 360. Find out why we should buy the game all over again, what’s new with the Xbox 360 version, and how FFXI is going to accomplish something that’s never been done before in the history of video games."

    You can read the entire Final Fantasy Preview at Game Informer.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Oh Tanaka, we stand on guard for thee...
    1UP has an interview with Hiromichi Tanaka on the future of Final Fantasy XI. Strangely a game with Final in the name has a future, go figure:

    "At Square's recent Square Enix Party 2005 event in Tokyo this past weekend, 1UP had the pleasure of sitting down with Final Fantasy XI producer Hiromichi Tanaka to ask him about the popular MMO's most recent patch update, as well as the game's future on Xbox 360. While Tanaka and his team worked the crowd with team-based competitions for members of the audience, they also had a working Xbox 360 on display, running Final Fantasy XI. There wasn't much happening on the widescreen TV showcasing the 360 version, but the textures were exceptionally detailed, and the characters benefited from a richer color palette (as opposed to the occasionally washed-out look on the PC and PS2 versions) and enhanced lighting effects, which resulted in high-contrast shadows for a more solid look than ever before. We have a handful of new 360 screenshots for you to examine for yourself, but before you do, take a look at what Tanaka-san had to say about FFXI's current state of affairs."

    You can read the entire Final Fantasy XI Preview at 1UP.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Fanguard - What Braid McQuaid wears at E3.
    Vanguard Crafters has posted a Vanguard preview based on conversations at the recent Sigil Online Games Fanguard. Fanguard, strong enough for a construction worker, but made for a game developer. :

    "Sigil is an amazing team with so much excitement about their product that they love talking about what they can. We tried to get more out of them but they were good about keeping things secret when need be!"

    You can read the entire Vanguard Preview at Vanguard Crafters.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, Aug 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Oh, so now I can look directly at the SUN?
    RPGUnion has posted some new SUN artwork. Gamers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your pasty white complexion:

    "Descriptions boys...take the 30 seconds and write up a description of the bloody artwork."

    You can view the SUN Artwork at RPGUnion.

    Images, Media
    Wed, Aug 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Pictures of Rome, without the inebriated Italians.
    GameSpot has posted some new Gods and Heroes screenshots. Fallen Gods and the every day man screenshots have not yet been released:

    "This is a test of the emergency description system. In the event that GameSpot had written a single bloody thing about the Gods and Heroes screenshots you would have read it here. This is only a test."

    You can view the Gods and Heroes Screenshots at GameSpot.

    Images, Media
    Wed, Aug 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The Ad Driven Model: the WTG for Elderly MMOGs?
    Gamer God weighs in on Anarchy Online's recent announcement that the 4-year old MMOG will now be cost-free to gamers worldwide. SOE executives reportedly had a good belly laugh at the announcement, as they continue to reap steady, substantive profits from comparatively ancient 6-year-old EQLive subscriptions.

    " Funcom announced that the advertisements will now expand to something that resembles a 15 second commercial spot on television. We will have streaming audio and video in the game as well as the billboards in exchange for a free client, which is a step in the direction of a game supported entirely by advertisements.

    Will this cause a trend in the MMOG industry toward games offering free play at the long end of their shelf life to keep people playing and money coming in? Will a company attempt a fully free game supported by advertising? Should someone try this? "

    Read the entire op-ed at Gamer God here!

    News
    Wed, Aug 03, 2005
    Ethec
  • Vanguard Interview - Posted in an EQ Section.
    The Druid's Grove has posted a Vanguard Interview featuring Darren McPherson. Tree huggers were heard saying:

    "Myself, Darrin McPherson. Originally the Druid was a member of our healer archetype. Following traditional MMO convention was that the Druid was a nature healer. We reached a point in our planning not too long ago when we needed to make a change. One of our senior designers suggested that the Druid be moved to the arcane damage dealer archetype…and I really liked that. I have always loved the primal, natural disaster side of the Druid and that is the direction we are taking him. My favorite feature? That is still a secret…for awhile longer at least."

    You can read the entire Vanguard Interview at The Druid's Grove.

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Aug 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • What Hero Hasn't Been On A Journey.
    MMORPG has posted some new screenshots from Hero's Journey. A hero on a journey once said this, possibly, maybe:

    "Today we feature two images of the darker side of Hero's Journey. One features an image of a dark city, while the other a foreboding creature."

    You can view the Hero's Journey Screenshots at MMORPG.

    Images, Media
    Wed, Aug 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Clan Bro Makes an Impact in Guild Wars
    NC Soft chose the European-based Clan Brotherhood as its Guild of the Week this week. Twitch gamers might recognize the title from other online tactical and shooter titles, and yes, it's the same guys. It's rumored that Clan Bro once challenged Clan Ya-Ya Sisterhood to a Team Arena, but Ya-Ya backed out for reasons that remain a secret.

    "Clan Brotherhood members follow four guiding principles and rules. Firstly, all members must work to foster harmony and an enjoyable atmosphere at all times. Secondly, it is important to seek out fun in the game; the guild believes that losing a closely fought match against a difficult opponent yields more enjoyment than seeking to win at all costs. Thirdly, any form of cheating or exploiting is strictly prohibited. Finally, members are expected to act in a mature and respectful way at all times. Along with these principles, the guild feels that experience playing together as a team is more valuable than the skill of any individual member.
    The Bro guild is active in the European PvP community, where they participate in the Erste deutsche Guild Wars Liga and will be fielding a team for the Electronic Sports League's 8on8 Guild-versus-Guild Opening Cup. While many Bro members seek competitive gameplay in Guild Wars, others prefer to pursue cooperative play, completing missions and quests, and exploring the world of Tyria. Members do not trade internally; instead they "gift" appropriate items freely, knowing the favor will be returned at a later date."

    Check out a larger guild bio, including their favorite builds, here!

    News
    Wed, Aug 03, 2005
    Ethec
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