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  • Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting! A Q&A Session with CEO Howard Marks on 9Dragons - Acclaim's MMORPG Kung Fu Debut

    What gamer doesn't love a quality kung fu movie on late-night cable? In our first interview with Acclaim Games, CEO Howard Marks tells us how 9Dragons, a martial arts MMORPG set in Ming Dynasty China, will bring that singular kung fu experience from a Korean concept into the hearts and focused minds of young grasshoppas in North America and Europe.

    "While 9Dragons did originate in Asia, Acclaim has made substantive efforts to ensure that the game translates well to the Western market. Or, rather, doesn't 'translate' at all. 'What we did right was to rewrite the game's story and dialog rather than opt for a loose or literal translation. This takes a lot more time and money but the quality speaks for itself,' Marks stated. One of Marks's first publicized moves was to hire Steven Eliot-Altman, a Cantonese-speaking American author, to help rewrite the 9Dragons lore."

    Get clicking to read the rest of this exclusive Q & A. Tel lus your thoughts on this and all your favorite MMOs right here at MTen Ton Hammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 26, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Get To Know Ian Conway a.k.a. GM Aughos

    Vanguard Spheres has posted another in their series of GM Interviews. This time we get to look into the world of GM Aughos.

    SO...here we sit with Ian Conway, (otherwise known as GM Aughos). He proudly proclaims himself the "the only GM who doesn’t have an Elf," so let's see what kind of responses we get. This could be very interesting, don't you think?

    Q: You and Verityn are two of the newer GMs. Are you adjusting to Sigil's way of life well?

    So far, the transition has been painless. The staff here is extremely dedicated to the project and their fellow GMs. I was welcomed in and made part of the team by everyone and I have felt at home since day 1. In a nutshell, I have no complaints. Everyday though I have to remind myself that this isn’t a dream, I have wanted to be a part of Sigil for quite sometime now and being here is as good as I had hope it would be.

    Keep reading to learn more. Have you been to our Vanguard Ten Ton Hammer Community Site yet? Head over and join us today!

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Sep 26, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Changes to Chocobo Raising in Upcoming Update

    The official site for Final Fantasy XI has been updated with a note about the changes coming to Chocobo raising.

    Soon players can expect more from care plans and experience a variety of new chocobo colors and appearances. Chocobo raisers have a lot to look forward to in the next version update!

    Changes to Care Plans and Direct Care

    Chocobo attributes will soon increase at a greater rate when using care plans. In addition, several additions and adjustments will be made to direct care, and a measure to wake the chocobo up while sleeping will also be introduced.

    Get clicking to read the rest of the details. Head over to the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think about these changes.

    News
    Tue, Sep 26, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Vanguard In-Progress Screenshots

    Brad McQuaid, CEO of Sigil Games Online and Executive Producer of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, posted 10 new screenshots to the official Vanguard forums today. But these aren't just any screenshots; they offer an intriguing glimpse at the game in development, with zones (including a floating dungeon) as little as half-completed. We've collected all the screenshots in one convenient place for you, along with McQuaid's notes, so that you don't have to hunt them down on the official forum. Airborne dungeons, Kojani architecture, and the treacherous peaks of Thestra are just a click away.

    Images, Media
    Mon, Sep 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Disney's Toontown Online To Launch In South East Asia

    Hot off the wire...Disney issued a press release to announce their expansion into South East Asia. Toontown is due to be available to children and families in this new area in early 2007.

    "Disney's Toontown Online is a prime example of how we successfully combine new technologies with inspired storytelling to create unique, interactive entertainment experiences for kids and families worldwide," said Duncan Orrell-Jones, senior vice president and managing director, Walt Disney Internet Group Asia Pacific. "WDIG has a significant, rapidly expanding mobile and online presence in the APAC region, and we're pleased to now work with Digital Media Exchange to bring this innovative, award winning game to families in South East Asia," added Mr. Orrell-Jones.

    Read the rest of the press release for more details. Share your thoughts with us on this and all your favorite MMOs in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Mon, Sep 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Get to Know Matt Kidder

    MMORPG.com posted a developer profile with Matt Kidder. Keep reading to learn more about Matt who is a server programmer on EA Mythic's Dark Age of Camelot.

    MMORPG.com: Tell us a little bit about your life growing up. Where did you live, what did you do, did you go to school?

    Matt Kidder: I lived in several places growing up. I started out in western New York, moved to West Virginia, Southern California, Virginia, England, and finally back to Virginia. Most of what I did was go to school and play. I went to George Mason University in Northern Virginia and earned a BS in Computer Science.

    Get clicking to see an insiders view of the industry. Share your thoughts with us on Dark Age of Camelot and all your favorite MMOs in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Mon, Sep 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The enemy of my enemy, is my friend

    Hookedgamers.com has posted a preview of the upcoming Tabula Rasa. Keep reading to see if they think this will be a successful game, or a waste of time.

    Tabula Rasa: Latin for clean slate. That is all we were to the alien race known only as the Bane, a slate to be wiped clean from our native homeworld. In the upcoming high science fiction Tabula Rasa, you are a lone soldier in the Army of the Allied Free Sentients and your battle for your very existence is about to begin.

    Get clicking to read more! You know about how Ten Ton Hammer thinks of Tabula Rasa, now tell us how you feel in the forums!

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Sep 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Developer Q&A #2 - Chronicle 5: The Oath of Blood

    The official site for Lineage II has put up the second developers Q & A. You can even get a look at some of the concept art on the drawing board!

    Dashammer: Will the special ability Might Mortal ever be actually removed from all present daggers with the SA?

    Lineage II Dev Team: Hello, Dashammer! The Mortal Strike (previously named Might Mortal) special ability made the dagger classes too strong and this change was made to balance this issue. But we are not planning to remove the existing daggers with the Mortal Strike special ability. We will leave them as is, rare items.

    Head over and read the rest of the Q & A. Let us know what you think in the forums at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Sep 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Crafting in Age of Conan

    The official site for Age of Conan has been updated with another Gameplay Preview. This preview gives us a look at crafting and what we can expect to see when the game launches.

    Whilst the bare hands and ingenuity of a warrior can take them far, even in the brutal realm of King Conan, they are though even better served with some well forged steel or finely made iron sheathed by their side.

    Weapons and armor are the tools by which those whose adventures find them in the dangerous lands of Hyboria live or die by. Likewise there is always a need for potions and other medicinal aids, as even the hardiest of warriors can find themselves in need of recovery.

    Don't miss a thing! Get clicking to read more. Is Age of Conan on your must play list? Tell us why in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Mon, Sep 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Funcom explains to CVG why Conan will be "the most mature MMO ever made"

    CVG has posted an interview today with Game Director, Gaute Godager. This interview reveals lots of great details about the game.

    Conan (as it's known to its mates) is being billed as mature, brutal and barbaric, all in 7.1 surround audio to make the crunching sound of bone hit home even harder. It's up to you to try and keep a lid on peace and serenity of the world but things are obviously on the brink of chaos and spiraling out of control. Wouldn't be much fun otherwise, would it?

    Get clicking to read more. Are you ready for bone crunching chaos? Let us know about it in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Sep 25, 2006
    LadySirse
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