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  • A different approach to the MMORPG genre. Dana Massey of MMORPG.com gives us some impressions of Irth Online. Here is a brief snipped from the article:"Tucked into the Kentia Hall, we found Irth Online. This game, along with Dark & Light, aims to create a large world, and no instanced content, which flies in the face of most other games in development. Due to launch in July and be available via digital download, Magic Hat Software will face some stiff competition, but luckily launch generally alone for a good few months on either side." You can view the one page article right here.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, May 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Hobbits and more Hobbits! Dana Massey is at it again for MMORPG.com, this time covering Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Here is brief snippet from the article:"Lord of the Rings Online – the holy grail franchise for RPG gamers all over the world is going massive and Turbine Entertainment showed it off for the first time since the name change (from Middle Earth Online) at E3 2005. The focus was squarely on D&D Online, which we previewed yesterday, but from what we saw of Lord of the Rings Online it looks like it will be the flagship product for Turbine once it launches in 2006. Visually, thematically, and what little game play we did learn all left this game poised to pounce as a potential game of the show candidate in one year’s time." The one page article can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, May 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Our Best of E3 2005 choice delivers a video.The E3 2005 Vanguard: Saga of Heroes video is now online.You can grab the 18MB video right here.

    Video, Media
    Fri, May 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Blizzard breaks out the camera and takes some shots of its own booth. 20 shots of the Blizzard booth at E3, brought to you by....Blizzard.

    News
    Thu, May 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Romans in space.Tim Cotten of Stratics serves up a one page look at the upcoming title from Mythic Entertainment, Imperator. Here is brief snippet from the article:"Imperator promises a rich and varied world in which you are more than just a soldier struggling to survive: you’re a member of the Roman Republic, proud, dignified, and wanted. Whether you’re new to MMORPGs or old hat, the potential is staggering, and the scope of your playability is almost unreal." The one page long article can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, May 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Richard Garriott Retools and Revamps. Nick Soltes of RPGVault guides you through a one page article describing his impressions of Tabula Rasa, the Richard Garriott / NCSoft title in production. Here is brief snippet from the article:"Tabula Rasa has some very impressive graphics and seems to sport a lot of the features that your new video card can show off. The game takes place in a science fiction setting with a bit of magic thrown in courtesy of some benevolent beings. The area we were shown had the feel of a military outpost city full of soldiers. NPCs shouted to gain the attention of passersby, and when you inquired about a mission, you were treated to a bit of voice acting. A relatively recent trend among online worlds has been to employ instanced missions, and Tabula Rasa does so, although perhaps in manner that's a little different." The one page article can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, May 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • If dice roll in an empty basement, do they make any sound?. Dana Massey of MMORPG.com has posted some impressions of Turbine Entertainment's, Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach. Here is brief snippet from the article: "D&D Online has chosen to go for a small, community-focused approach to game design. Their servers will support only up to one-thousand players concurrently. This decision is not a technical constraint, but rather a game design choice that they hope fosters an increased sense of community and belonging, especially for those players who are new to the game. To facilitate this emphasis on community, Turbine has chosen to have the city of Stormreach be the central hub not just for new players, but all players. In most games, a player starts in a newbie town surrounded by newbies. This can be daunting. A few weeks after launch, this becomes a problem as new players must wade through and find their own place in a community that may not be easy to find. They want to give new players something to aspire to and a community to welcome them." The one page long article can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, May 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • City of Villains, where the bad guys are the good guys?GamersInfo has a short article up giving us their E3 impressions of City of Villains. Here is brief snippet from the article: "Creating your super villain is just as fun as creating your hero. Though it's hard to make character creation better than the system in City of Heroes (CoH), Cryptic one-upped all expectations and further customized characters for the villains. Along with the options available in CoH, CoV has new options such as animal parts, skeletal figures, and scars." The one page article can be read here.

    Features, Previews
    Thu, May 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Froglok Lore - Froooaaaaaak!Sony Online Entertainment has released some Froglok lore for your amphibian related pleasure. Here is brief snippet from the article: "The sentry's words sent the remaining frogloks scampering for cover. Murduup hesitated. Hiding, sneaking, stealing! Surely the years they had spent in thrall to those hideous creatures had not changed them this much; they should stand their ground and fight! And yet, even as anger burned within his veins, Murduup stooped low and positioned himself motionlessly in the thick brush. Soon, he promised himself, soon we will return and avenge ourselves. Avenge those who came before us and were unable to escape. Avenge those who had perished along the way." The one page article can be read here.

    News
    Wed, May 25, 2005
    Boomjack
  • World of Warcraft Test Realm Update WoW is so big that even test realm changes warrant a story. Here is brief snippet from the article: "When the servers come back up there will still be a client side patch to download. While all of the changes listed in this update are being implemented and will make it in to the next update, Alterac Valley will remain closed until that update is made. All of the non-Alterac Valley specific changes listed in my original post are still included and available in this patch. When the newly discovered problems are resolved in the very near future, another server side and client side patch for the Test Realms will be released that will re-enable Alterac Valley." The full patch notes can be read here.

    News
    Wed, May 25, 2005
    Boomjack
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