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  • Mazdas With Mortars.
    GameSpot has posted an Auto Assault preview focusing on the Driver-versus-Driver aspect of the upcoming NetDevil game. Robby Gordon let loose with copious quantities of verbal abuse when we asked about the article, though NASCAR had this statement in his defense:

    " Auto Assault promises to be the fastest online role-playing game on the planet when it launches later this year. After all, what other online RPG lets you put the pedal to the metal as you hurtle along a postapocalyptic wasteland, blasting other cars, not to mention mutated creatures? Of course, part of the charm of online role-playing games is that you can graduate from beating up on the computer to challenging your fellow human players in a test of skill, as well as low ping rates. Every online role-playing game approaches player-versus-player gameplay in its own way, and Auto Assault is no different. We'll let the NetDevil staff explain. "

    You can read the entire Auto Assault Preview at GameSpot.
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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Sep 23, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Final Fantasy or The Bible? You decide.
    Lycos has posted the top 50 search terms used over the last 10 years and Final Fantasy has come in at #17 beating out terms like Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Star Wars, Star Trek and Ten Ton Hammer. Neddie Seagoon of WorldChessNetwork.com claims to have searched for Ten Ton Hammer millions of times, but to no avail. He had this to say about that:

    " As Lycos continues the celebration of its 10 - year anniversary, this week we announced the top 50 search terms from Sept. 1995 through the week ending Sept. 17, 2005. Lycos was first to market with a weekly countdown of most popular internet search topics, when it introduced The Lycos 50 on Sept. 15, 1999. "

    You can read the Lycos Top 50 at you guessed it, Lycos.

    News
    Fri, Sep 23, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A pirated video?
    Flying Labs just released a preview video heretofore only available to the moneyed investor-folk, though it's unclear whether Johnny Depp will appear in the final cut.

    " A couple months ago we made a short video of Pirates of the Burning Sea. We did it for private showings to some business partners, not for public release, but now our producer is leaving town and we decided: what the heck! You can check out this sneak peek video online for a look at the game as it was a little while before we unveiled it at the Penny Arcade Expo. Enjoy! "

    Link to the video at the Pirates of the Burning Sea official website... it's a slow download, so wash it down with some grog!

    Video, Media
    Thu, Sep 22, 2005
    Ethec
  • A golf MMO? Those krazy Koreans!
    Broken English and hole-in-one hackers! Korean developer OnNet's "Shot Online" puts players inside a world populated by golfes and lets them golf together. A lot.. How exactly does this work out? I could tell you, but I'd rather quote something funny.

    "A sample description [for one of the playable characters], this for Wotan: “Reticent and sincere. With a great sweat, he ranks one of the tops even though he lost his one eye in an accident. His nick name, Odin becomes him.” If you’re anything like me, first off, your wondering what is up with the names? Then you get hit with the broken-English translations, (which is a recurring theme). I had to laugh at this description numerous times. If he has a “great sweat”, it does not sound like much fun playing 18 holes with him. Kind of like that underarm deodorant commercial where the golfer sinks a putt, raises his arms in victory, and the entire crowd, wildlife included, fall over from the apparent stench. Also, if he “lost his one eye in an accident”, would not that make him partly blind? I would be pretty impressed if he still ranked as “one of the tops” then! "

    The article does a good job of detailing how a golf MMO works, or doesn't work. You decide! The Shot Online review at MMORPG.com.

    Reviews
    Thu, Sep 22, 2005
    Ethec
  • Camaros with Cannons!
    The Official Auto Assault site has updated the recon section with a second look at loot. Brad Pitt denied that his latest movie was a bomb, citing the following:

    "Traders have often
    remarked about the sheer variety of items and useful pieces
    of equipment found in the Central Wastelands, whether from
    the ruins of an ancient pre-apocalyptic city, deep in the
    stomach of a particularly nasty Crawler, or strewn from
    the wreckage of a Pike Duster. In fact, the wide assortment
    of resources, weapons, components, and other materials available
    for exploitation in the Central Wastelands theoretically
    approaches infinity. A Loot research study funded by Sledge's
    Stop ‘n Shop in Scrap Valley estimates that there are billions of unique objects in the Central Wastelands alone. Although most items are quite common – it is not unknown to come across an extremely rare, valuable find. "

    You can read the entire Auto Assault Recon Update at The Official Site.
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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Sep 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Because only four journals isn't enough.
    RPGVault has posted The Saga of Ryzom Journal #5, featuring the Zorai race. Lance Armstrong agreed to come out of retirement, a ballsy move on his part, to join the Zorai race. At the press conference he stated:

    " A mysterious place with a history full of secrets, the exotic, organic world of Atys is made up of five distinct bio-diverse ecosystems ranging from parched desert to temperate forest, unspoiled lake lands, lush jungle and the eerie caverns of the Prime Roots. It is populated by four races that are collectively known as homins. Each of these has a different genetically predisposed role, and therefore its own society reflecting its particular values. The Fyros are warriors who maintain a constant vigil in order to protect the planet against its greatest threat, fire. Theirs is a relatively austere culture built upon a strict code of honor. The Matis are decadent aristocrats and skilled biologists dedicated to maintaining the flora surrounding them. The Zorais are mystics, with powers shrouded in secrecy, and the Trykers are playful spirits who seek only freedom. "

    You can read the entire The Saga of Ryzom Journal #5 at RPGVault.
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    News
    Thu, Sep 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A chronicle of the The Chronicle.
    MMORPG.com has posted a developer written preview of The Chronicle. The preview focuses on the battle system and specifically on the opportunity subsystem of combat. Vin Diesel, the master of combat and of opportunity flexed the muscles in his eyelids and roared:

    " I attack you and hit for 22 damage. You attack me and hit for 17 damage. I attack you and miss. You attack me and critically hit for 34 damage. I attack you…
    Does the above exchange sound familiar? It probably does, because that’s the way combat works in just about every MMORPG on the market today. In reality, combat is a complex dance of subtle maneuvers, split-second perceptions, and exploiting opportunities, which is why most RPG battles seem so sterile and monotonous by contrast. It’s tough to get excited about a match of dueling calculators, but one of the things The Chronicle is attempting to do is add a new dimension to RPG style combat, putting more emphasis on strategy and timing than just clicking auto attack to find out who has the best damage per second and hit points."

    You can read the The Chronicle Preview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Sep 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • 360 to gone in 0 seconds.
    GameSpot is reporting that the initial allotment of XBox 360s at both EB Games and their merger partner GameStop has been sold out. If you want a 360 you had best look elsewhere. Ricky of Trailer Park Boys swore repeatedly when he heard the news. Then he swore some more and uttered the following:

    "Retailer is first online store to go through its allotment of the next-gen console; other online retailers still have "launch" quantities."

    You can read the entire XBox 360 Sold Out Article at GameSpot.
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    News
    Thu, Sep 22, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Superhero Interrogation.
    Boomtown has posted a City of Villains Interview featuring Jack Emmert. It's a good read, covering a lot of ground in a dozen or so questions. We were informed by Atomic Betty's agent that she would not be available to quell the villains in CoV. She is busy chasing a talking cat across the galaxy. They did proclaim the following:

    " We smuggled some kryptonite into the food for lead villain at Cryptic Studios, Jack Emmert, and in his weakened state he revealed lots of information... "

    You can read the entire City of Villains Interview at Boomtown.
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    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Sep 21, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Apparently, this Irth can be mined for screenshots.

    Every site and its brother is getting some exclusive Irth screenshots. The newest set at RPG Vault sport this description:

    - Magic Hat Software's Irth Online is a fantasy-themed persistent state project said to emphasize role-playing and letting players determine their own in-game experience. Officially announced in April, it's currently in beta and targeted to launch within the coming months. The setting is an expansive environment in which a fragile peace exists among three diverse civilizations, the northern Arcadians, swamp-dwelling Morbus and tropical Mezoteks. Key features and elements that seem likely to interest players who prefer open-ended virtual worlds include a free-form storyline and a skill system in which it's said characters can learn any ability without racial or class-based restrictions.

    View the newest Irth Online screenshots at RPG Vault.

    Images, Media
    Wed, Sep 21, 2005
    Ethec
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