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  • The subscriber numbers alone are enough to WoW you!

    Blizzard took its renowned Warcraft franchise into the MMO fold in late 2004 and hasn't looked back since. With over 4 million subscribers around the world and a number of new and old MMOs targetting Blizzard's success, how long will World of Warcraft (WoW) retain its title as the new crown prince of MMOs? We don't know, but we can tell you what all the fuss is about! Check out the TTH profile of genre juggernaut "World of Warcraft"!

    "Spurning EverQuest 2's emphasis on established MMO formulas (in short- an emphasis on player cooperation and groups / raids instead of competition and soloing, a zoned rather than continuously loading environment, complex and involved quests within a strong storyline, and a lengthy character progression), World of Warcraft (WoW) focused moreso on heightening the individual experience.

    After the typically shaky, premature launch often associated with MMOs, new players discovered that WoW always delivered something accessible, and markedly fun, to do. Like a breath of fresh air, many casual gamers found in WoW's quest systems (and adventuring experience, in general) something reasonably commensurate with the time invested. And WoW has been gobbling up market share ever since."

    Take a look at the Ten Ton Hammer profile of "World of Warcraft"!

    Reviews
    Thu, Sep 29, 2005
    Ethec
  • Volkswagen vehicle turned super villain.
    IGN has posted a preview of the villain Scirocco from the upcoming title, City of Villains. Martha Stewart, another villain, claimed that Scirocco was merely her apprentice and went on to say:

    " I began following Scirocco's trail in Paragon City. There was another man called Scirocco who operated as a hero starting sometime in the 1980's. Before that, information on this hero quickly became sketchy. I was able to piece together a few things. He was originally granted powers by a mysterious order of monks from the Temple of the Four Winds. Very little is known about these monks, but a few things are certain. First, they train gifted individuals in the mystic arts. After accessing early Freedom Phalanx records I was able to determine that the Dark Watcher was one of their trainees. I was not able to locate him for questioning. He has not been heard from since he vanished on one of his dimensional patrols in 1957. The second aspect of the Order of the Four Winds is more difficult to analyze and is the one that affects my current investigation directly. It seems they are responsible for granting "mantles of mystic power" to certain individuals who embody the winds of the world. The Scirocco, as an example, originates in the Sahara Desert as a dry dusty wind but becomes humid as it passes over the Mediterranean. I could not determine what criteria are used to choose these individuals, or why the last Scirocco was a hero and the current one appears to be a villain. Perhaps the dual nature of the wind itself has something to do with it. "

    You can read the entire City of Villains Preview at IGN.
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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Sep 28, 2005
    Boomjack
  • It's an adventure, not an expansion.
    MMORPG.com has reviewed the second adventure pack of EverQuest 2, The Splitpaw Saga. Our calls to Anna Nicole Smith were met first with confusion as she thought we were the local Burger King calling her back about her order, to outright hostility. We are confident that had she not ordered the four-dozen whoppers she would have said this:

    " Released nearly three months ago, The Splitpaw Saga is Sony Online Entertainment's second adventure pack for EverQuest II. Since that initial launch, several nasty bugs have been sorted – including one particularly nasty bug that would cause an entire 'zone' to crash – to go along with some minor general changes. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Splitpaw Saga Review at MMORPG.
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    Reviews
    Wed, Sep 28, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Because you only get one chance to make a first impresson.
    GameSpy has posted a first impressions look at EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames. When asked if he had read the article, Christian Slater looked hard and long at us, pursed his lips and stated:

    " SOE has been pretty aggressive when it comes to updating EverQuest II: two adventure packs, a busload of patches, and dozens of gameplay updates and refinements. At this point, a full-on expansion pack almost seems like overkill, but lo and behold, it's Desert of Flames! The first expansion to EverQuest II, from where we're standing, seems like it's jam-packed. It ups the level cap, introduces the first real PvP elements to game, and adds a whole new continent for players to adventure in. EQ veterans will know it well: the Isle of Ro, the desert region that served as a central hub for much of the original game's life. EQII finds a changed place, to be sure, but fans of the first game will find much to stir up the nostalgia. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames First Impressions Article at GameSpy.
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    Reviews
    Wed, Sep 28, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Dragons From the Old-Age Home.
    Stratics has posted some pictures of the Ancient Dragons in Horizons. William Shatner has been draggin his butt from movie, to television, to music studios for years and is often overheard muttering:

    "We are pleased to share some exclusive screenshots for the upcoming patch for Horizons, Empire of Istaria!"

    You can view the Horizons Screenshots at Stratics.
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    Images, Media
    Wed, Sep 28, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Talking to the folks who play 'em, not make 'em.
    Without the players and the guilds they form, games wouldn't exist. With that in mind we back to the grass-roots of the gaming industry and interviewed the people who you love, or in some cases love to hate, the players and their guilds.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Turn-based MMOG.
    We couldn't let a game called Dofus pass us by without an interview. Anthony "Tot" Roux, the Artistic Director, Game Designer and co-founder of Ankama took some time to answer our questions. Dr. Phil did not have time to answer our questions, nor did he say this:

    " Our inspirations are really diverse even if we are all manga and japanimation fans. The artworks are a mix of classical heroic fantasy and cartoons.



    The drawings in game remind the games on Super Nes or Mega Drive. Of course, it is adapted to today’s game requirements. "

    You can read the entire Dofus Interview at TenTonHammer.com
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You can't have enough deskpaper.
    Blizzard has posted some new World of Warcraft deskpaper. Although the deskpaper did not include a picture of a chili-dog, Brent Leroy still grabbed it, superimposing Oscar's head where the Orc's head should be.

    " This is a test of the emergency description system. If there had been a real description you would have found it here, rather than the drivel you are reading now. Remember, this is only a test. "

    You can download the World of Warcraft Deskpaper at The Official Site.
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    Download, Media
    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Horizons, it's not just for dragons anymore.
    RPGVault has posted a Horizons interview featuring CEO David Bowman. The decision to give military personnel a second account is the focus. We were visiting Dog River and hanging at the Ruby when we heard Lacey say:

    " David Bowman tells us the thinking behind Tulga Games' new initiative offering a second CD key to military users "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at RPGVault .
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Does Bowman always play an archer?
    Stratics has posted a Horizons interview featuring CEO David Bowman. The interview discusses the decision by Tulga to give military personnel a second CD key for free. Hank from Corner Gas has scratched many a CD with his car key trying to unlock a game, but that didn't stop him from saying this:

    " David Bowman - CEO & Creative Director of Tulga Games' Horizons: Empire of Istaria spoke with Stratics today about their Horizons Military Appreciation Program which recognizes and appreciates the efforts of the men and women who have volunteered to be part of the United States military, by providing all new and existing Horizons: Empire of Istaria accounts created using the .mil email address used by military personnel and families, a second CD key added to the account for free. "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at Stratics.
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
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