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  • RYL bad apparently. You can win $1 million though.
    GameSpot has reviewed Risk Your Life. The Bare Naked Ladies wrote "If I had a million dollars", but not this:

    "What the player-versus-environment game does provide are scores of critters and creatures of steadily climbing strength for you to carve through as you go. You won't have any indication of how strong a monster is, relative to you, until you actually go up and hit it, though the creatures move slowly enough that you can usually run away from them (or right past them) fairly easily. However, most of the time you'll just need to find the strongest foe you can dispatch comfortably and grind patiently away until you've leveled up and can move over a little bit to attack the next-strongest foe. The game supports both a mouse-based (click to move) and a keyboard-based (WASD and mouse-look) system of movement; both movement systems feel sluggish and imprecise, though this weakness fortunately doesn't extend to the combat."

    You can read the entire Risk Your Life Review at GameSpot.

    Reviews
    Wed, Jul 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Notice how there is never a "Blow In", but a lot of Blow outs?
    IGN has posted an EverQuest 2 "Blowout". A Ratonga once wrote:

    "For better or worse, many people think of EverQuest II as a game that World of Warcraft is not. There was a lot of anticipation leading up to Blizzard's first MMO, while EQ2 was another EverQuest. So while the original enjoyed a long, successful run (and is still going strong as I write this), EQ2's home invasion was blunted by a surprisingly good competitor, which was followed up by Guild Wars, which is also selling pretty well. Since launch, however, the EQ2 team has been soldiering mightily to add content on a regular basis and implement an update every couple weeks, a level of support that Blizzard does not seem to have met, despite initial promises. While WoW could arguably be the better game, it might not stay that way for long, judging by how large a head of steam the Sony folks have developed."

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2 Blowout at IGN.
    The #1 EverQuest 2 site on the Interweb is so close you can feel it. Visit our own EQ2 community site.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Jul 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • How long until somebody calls it Dessert of Flames?
    GameSpot has posted a preview of the next EverQuest 2 expansion, Desert of Flames. A guy dressed as Elvis came up to me in Vegas, but he didn't say this:

    "Earlier today, during a meeting with Sony Online Entertainment, we got our first good look at EverQuest II: Desert of Flames. Currently scheduled for release on September 12, Desert of Flames is the first full-fledged expansion pack for EverQuest II, which has attracted more than 300,000 players since it launched in November of last year."

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Preview at GameSpot.
    If you love EverQuest 2, then you will love our EQ2 community site. We have more information and more guides than any other site on the Interweb. Go have a look-see for yourself.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Jul 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Do Chinese platinum farmers tell people that they work on a farm?
    WorldChanging has a pretty cool synopsis of how the virtual world is colliding with the real world. A Chinese plat farmer approached me in EQ2. I didn't understand a word, but I'm sure he didn't say this:

    "Unsurprisingly, game worlds are therefore often home to "players" who game as a job, accumulating online goods to turn into real cash. But some have decided to outsource the efforts, hiring rotating shifts of players in places with cheap labor and decent Internet connections, simply to farm online games. The employees of these "cyber sweatshops" are paid minimal amounts to push a small assortment of buttons over and over (as the tasks most farming entails are extremely repetitive, they're easy to automate, drastically reducing the need for skilled control). For a variety of reasons, many of these companies seem to be in China, and "Chinese farmer" has become a typical in-game reference to those so employed."

    You can read the entire Globalization in the Virtual World Article at WorldChanging.

    News
    Wed, Jul 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Ensemble assembling a MMOG?
    It's truly amazing that the "Age" games are so loved that the rumour of the Ensemble team creating a MMOG gets more press coverage than many games that are already in production and close to shipping. All of this coverage because of a job posting on the official Ensemble site that is looking for a "...server architect to assist in creating a world-class massively multiplayer game..."
    IGN is rumoured to have written:

    "Ensemble Studios, the developer behind the upcoming highly anticipated RTS Age of Empires III, appears to be working on an unannounced massively multiplayer title, according to a job posting on the company's website."

    Ferrago heard a little bird and then wrote:

    "
    Microsoft are certainly looking to get MMO titles onto the Xbox 360, so
    an Age of Empires online might be the plan... or we could be barking up
    the wrong tree of course. Only time will tell."

    GameSpot might have written:

    "Although the Ensemble job listing does say "experience with shipping an existing massively multiplayer game is a must," it does not specify what type of MMOG Ensemble is working on. While many speculate that Ensemble is following in the footsteps of Blizzard Entertainment's RTS-inspired MMO role-playing game World of Warcraft, nothing is yet official. "We do not have comment at this time," was all a Microsoft spokesperson would tell GameSpot."

    You can read the job listing that starting this avalanche of coverage at Ensemble Studios.

    News
    Wed, Jul 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Industrial Light and Wookies.
    WorthPlaying has reviewed Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience. These are not the words you are looking for:

    "Star Wars Galaxies takes place between Episodes IV and V in the original movie trilogy, so despite the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire is far from defeated. After the obligatory opening credits explaining your situation, the character generator pops up. A healthy mix of races is available to choose from, including the all-around humans, reptilian Trandoshans, mighty Wookiees, and the often-mentioned-but-never-seen Bothans."

    You can read the entire Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience Review at WorthPlaying.

    Reviews
    Tue, Jul 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • 426 Hemi Under Glass and a Rocket Launcher.
    Gameplay Monthly has an interview with Scott Brown posted covering Auto Assault. Biomeks sent word that the following data was found in Fort Logan:

    "Hi, I am Scott Brown, technical director and project lead on Auto Assault. Auto Assault is an action-packed vehicle based MMORPG set in a post-apocalyptic Earth."

    You can read the entire Auto Assault Interview at Gameplay Monthly.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Terrific Talk with Tim Temmerman.
    MMORPG.com has posted an interview with Tim Temmerman, a developer on the Star Wars Galaxies team. A Jedi, a Wookie and a Ewok walked into a bar and none of them said this:

    "Tim Temmerman has been in QA at LucasArts for several years, and today is the subject of our first Developer Profile here on MMORPG.com. Periodically, we pin down a member of an MMORPG company and conduct a brief Q&A. The hope and goal is to provide the readers with an idea of what it is like to work in the industry, in a wide range of positions."

    You can read the entire Star Wars Galaxies Interview at MMORPG.com.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Lee, Kim and Cho arrested. Almond Guy Ding still on the loose.
    ITVibe is reporting that a group of Korean hackers has been arrested for stealing virtual money and Lineage accounts. Teenage boys playing scantily clad female characters in Lineage were heard to say:

    "A 37-year-old man named Lee is said to have hired eight Chinese hackers who installed Trojan horses on popular Korean web sites and are said to have stolen 50,000 usernames and passwords in May. Another 37-year-old, named Cho, is alleged to have launched a denial-of-service attack against a popular massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) web site and stole $150,000 in "cyber-money" from users of the game. A third man named Kim, 22, is said to have used a Trojan horse to have stolen $50,000 in "cyber-money". "

    You can read the entire Lineage Hackers arrested story at ITVibe.

    News
    Tue, Jul 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Massively multiplayer online barbarian playing game.
    RPGVault has posted an Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures interview with Game Director, Gaute Godager of Funcom. After listening intently to the lamentations of the women they also listened to Gaute and wrote something suspiciously like this:

    "Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures is Funcom's contribution to a revival of the property that includes both a movie and an animated film along with new novels, a comic series, collectible toys and more. Described as an online action RPG, its aim is to bring together a story-driven single-player experience and a massively multiplayer end game, both capturing the classic swords and sorcery feeling as well as the lush, dark, brutally violent and not always politically correct nature of the franchise. The titular hero's grip on the Aquilonian throne has become tenuous, with ancient evils threatening to throw the realm into chaos. The time is ripe for those with the strength and will to carve out their own destinies. As for our fate, we were favored by fortune in finding Game Director Gaute Godager willing to answer our questions."

    You can read the entire Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures at RPGVault.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 12, 2005
    Boomjack
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