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  • Dungeons and Basements - Oldschool.
    GamerGod has posted a Dungeons and Dragons interview featuring nine short questions. A Bugbear, a skeleton and a gnoll walked into a basement and said:

    "Will this be just another MMORPG? With so much competition, what will make DDO a standout from the rest? These questions were on my mind when I recently sat down with the dev's of DDO..."

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Interview at GamerGod.

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Jul 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • We have ways of making them talk.
    GameCloud continues their interrogation of MMOG developers with a look at SUN featuring In-Kyun Hong. The Shoemaker comet, tired of a dirty bathroom and a dirtier kitchen sink purchased comet cleanser and cleaned up the galaxy while singing:

    "In-Kyun Hong of Webzen talks about their upcoming fantasy MMORPG."

    You can read the entire SUN Interview at GameCloud.
     

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The Scotman makes a wee bit 'o a mistake.
    The Scotsman has an article posted on female gamers that is very interesting right up to the part where they claim that 60% of MMOG players are female. Perhaps they meant that 60% of men playing these games pretend to be women because they get better treatment? That or they like looking at a virtual female butt while they play:

    "The typical female gamer in the UK is 30 to 35, plays for around seven hours a week and spends £170 a year on games, according to report author Aleks Krotoski. "The technology has got to a point that the product being made is more interesting to women," she said. "More women than ever before are playing games. The games industry is interested in expanding its market. The 15 to 24-year-old male market is saturated, so it is interested in exploring different populations in order to reach a mass market.""

    You can read the entire Games Push All The Right Buttons Article at The Scotsman.
     

    News
    Tue, Jul 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Show us the money!
    GameSpy has posted a review of RYL: Path of the Emperor. The Bare Naked Ladies sang, "If I had a Million Dollars," but they didn't sing this:

    "RYL starts off somewhat promising, with a sizeable manual that contains a fairly intricate backstory. The history is not as well-integrated into the game as it should be, but the gist of it is that the Humans and Ak'kan are fighting, and a neutral group called God's Pirates filled with members of both races seeks to unite everyone."

    You can read the entire RYL: Path of the Emperor Review at GameSpy.
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    Reviews
    Mon, Jul 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Making friends and influencing people in Middle Earth.
    CVG now has a preview of Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar posted. Apparently you'll only be able to craft a character from the free races (man, hobbit, elf, and dwarf). A gleaming white figure on a bright white horse shouted this as he rode swiftly by:

    "Although the developer apparently discussed the idea of being able to play the game as good versus evil, in the end it's decided to let you choose characters from the four free races of the world: men, elves, hobbits and dwarves. Unfortunately, you won't be able to tread the Middle-earth turf as an orc or a goblin."

    Click here for more information, including when you'll see some familiar characters from the epic tale.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 25, 2005
    Ethec
  • "Alas, this camp shall not bequeath another fey beast for another hour and two score minutes!"
    With hundreds of Legolas-variations in character names roaming the countryside of games like Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft until recent attempts to thwart the use of "real" fantasy character names, the role playing aspect of the upcoming Middle Earth MMO was never in doubt. How will the game answer concerns of producing a game as friendly to Gandolfs (role players) as BigNukers (pure gamers)? Turbine Dev Floon Beetle weighs in on the issue:

    "Role-play is entirely a function of players, not code. Role-play is about people connecting with each other, not with bytes of code or icons. It is about turning what might otherwise be isolated imagination into a shared experience. There are no rules or systems that truly make that more meaningful: it is the personal interaction that makes it significant."

    The moral of the story? Give players a world worthy of role-play and see what happens. Sounds good to us! Check out the full article.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 25, 2005
    Ethec
  • Viva la Vista!
    Formerly code-named Longhorn, the new MS OS arriving sometime in 2006 is to be named Vista. A limited beta for IT pros and developers will go into effect in September. A Bill Gates look-a-like, strangely in tune with sunshine and nature, posted this refreshing announcement of Vista:

    "[Vista] enables a new level of confidence in your PC and in your ability to get the most out of it. It introduces clear ways to organize and use information the way you want to use it. It seamlessly connects you to information, people, and devices that help you get the most out of life."

    No comment on whether or not "Longhorn" sounded too "red state," but the rest of the announcement can be found here.

    News
    Mon, Jul 25, 2005
    Ethec
  • Massively Multiplayer Grand Theft Auto.
    GameDaily has posted a preview of APB. Hot Coffee is not included, but this is:

    "Multiple gangs clash with the law in this promising MMO from GTA creator David Jones."

    You can read the entire APB Preview at GameDaily.
     

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Cars that bounce...and carry heavy weapons.
    MMORPG.com has posted an Auto Assault preview based on Roadhouse Session #4. We can't remember if it was Terminator or Robo-cop, but one of them might have said this:

    "After three weeks of teleconferences and a week of play testing, the final AutoAssault roadhouse, an in game tour, was a bitter sweet occasion — on one hand, I was getting an awesome tour by the makers of the game… but on the other, this was the last of the roadhouse sessions."

    You can read the entire Auto Assault Preview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • If you had super-powers, would you wear tights?
    GameCloud has posted a City of Villains Interview featuring David "Zeb" Cook. All Deliverance jokes involving the word "Zeb" were removed from this news posting. In there place we give you:

    "Last year, developer Cryptic Studios and publisher NCSoft released City of Heroes, their long awaited super hero themed MMORPG, to solid sales and reviews. Now the one big thing that most reviewers and players felt was lacking in the original game is about to be taken care of in City of Villains, the stand alone MMO that will give player the chance to try out the dark side. Gamecloud got a chance to chat with the game's lead designer David "Zeb" Cook to find out more about City of Villains."

    You can read the entire City of Heroes Interview at GameCloud.
     

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Jul 22, 2005
    Boomjack
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