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  • DVD To Include SOE MMO Games, Movie Trailers and Bonus Features for Gamers

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 18, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- MASSIVE Magazine, published by the theglobe.com (OTC BB:TGLO.OB - News) and the editorial staff of Computer Games Magazine, today announced a collaboration with Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), a global leader in the online games industry, to release an exclusive gaming DVD which will be included in the premier issue of MASSIVE Magazine, set to launch in September 2006.

    The DVD will include free trials of some of the most popular Sony Online Entertainment massively multiplayer online (MMO) games and services. Trials will include EverQuest II, EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, SOE Comic Book Creator, The Matrix Online, PlanetSide and more.

    "We feel this is a great way to launch our new publication," said Jayson Dubin, Vice President and Publisher of MASSIVE Magazine and Computer Games Magazine. "This is an exceptional value for our customers. They are getting a premier publication and a jam-packed DVD for half the newsstand price of some of our competitors."

    In addition to trial MMO games, the co-branded DVD will also include special offers, trailers and videos, including access to the Beta test of Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising, Medieval Weapon (the EverQuest II-powered Machinima series produced by g-NET for Spike TV) and a trailer for the upcoming Sony Pictures Animation release Open Season.

    According to Sony Online Entertainment, this exclusive deal will be an opportunity to reach out to growing a market of gamers.

    "We're very excited that online gaming has reached the point where a magazine like MASSIVE is possible," said Laura Naviaux, senior global brand manager, Sony Online Entertainment. "Over the years, we've watched the online games space grow from niche to dominating the minds of gamers around the globe. The time is right for online games to reach from the virtual space to a dedicated print magazine."

    MASSIVE Magazine will include in-depth features on the culture of MMOs, focusing on players, guilds, communities, and their adventures both inside and outside the games. The editorial staff of Computer Games Magazine will produce the content keeping the same style and credibility expected among its fiercely loyal readership. MASSIVE Magazine will be written with a lighthearted and breezy editorial tone that will resonate with anyone interested in MMOs and their place in the world of gaming.

    The new publication along with the exclusive DVD will be available at all major retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. For more information about MASSIVE Magazine, please visit www.massive-magazine.com.

    News
    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • ARRR Matey's...

    Worthplaying.com has posted an interview this morning with Mike Goslin, VR Studio's Vice President.

    Q: What is a normal day for a VR Studio developer? How much time spent in meetings? Brainstorms? Coding? Is it true you live on soda and pizza?

    Thankfully, we don't have too many meetings... but we do spend a lot of time debating in the hallways! Since most people in our group work in an open space, we tend to "prairie-dog" a lot. For example, if a discussion is going on, someone might hear and pop their head up to chime in with suggestions.

    How we spend our time also depends on where we are in the development cycle. Early stages are dominated by brainstorming and coming up with concepts and art. Later the focus is on prototyping and trying things out to see if they are fun. Eventually we build systems and start hooking things together. Finally, it's polishing, performance tuning, and bug-fixing. Occasionally, someone will eat a salad in addition to soda and pizza.

    Read the rest of this interview. Don't forget to read Ten Ton Hammer's interview with Mike Goslin by Ethec and see what else there is to know about Pirates of the Caribbean! Stay tuned here at Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest news on this game and all your favorite MMOs.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Guild Wars players invited to play in exclusive Player-versus-Player event as Beta testing launches for next Guild Wars Campaign

    This press release just in...

    Tuesday 18 July 2006, Brighton, UK... ArenaNet®, developer of the world’s leading subscription-free online role playing games Guild Wars® and Guild Wars Factions™, and NCsoft® Europe, the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games, announce today the title of the next game in the award-winning franchise, Guild Wars Nightfall™. Further, Guild Wars Nightfall has entered the beta testing stage and Guild Wars players worldwide are invited to participate in an exclusive, first-look player-versus-player (PvP) event, July 28 – July 31, 2006.

    During the PvP Preview Event, both Guild Wars Prophecies and Guild Wars Factions players will get a first look at Guild Wars Nightfall, and will be able to try out the two new professions being introduced in the game; the Dervish, a scythe-wielding holy warrior, and the Paragon, guardian angel of the Elonian people. In addition to testing out the new professions and arenas, players will also be able to compete for items that will be exchangeable for a variety of rewards throughout the weekend event.

    The Guild Wars Nightfall PvP Preview event will kick off on Friday, July 28 at 08:00 BST / 09:00 CET and will continue through Monday, July 31 to 07:59 BST / 08:59 CET.

    Guild Wars, an instant bestseller worldwide upon its release in April 2005, and Guild Wars Factions, the number one game in both North America and Europe earlier this year, are global online role playing games. Guild Wars Nightfall will continue the tradition of inviting players to immerse themselves in an epic storyline centered in a vibrant fantasy setting, build personalised characters, compete in head-to-head battles with players from around the world, and find adventure in missions and quests, in a Guild Wars game unlike any player have seen before.

    Get your Guild Wars fix by visiting Guild Wars Ten Ton Hammer for more information, news and interviews. What do you think about this new expansion? Let us know in the forums at Guild Wars Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Tue, Jul 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Inside the Captain's Quarters - A Pirates of the Carribean Online Q&A with VR Studios' Mike Goslin

    Disney's VR Studio offers us a peek inside the ongoing development of Pirates of the Caribbean Online with VP Mike Goslin. Mike walks us through the process of becoming a pirate, commenting on the strength of the franchise, and the supernatural elements that make PotC one of a kind among MMORPGs.

    "Mike Goslin, President, VR Studios: The biggest difference between this game and other MMOs is that the pirate-themed world we are designing will feature some supernatural elements that are unique to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise: defending your ship from sea monsters, fighting skeleton pirates, and casting voodoo spells. We will also include the classic pirate activities: epic sea battles, searching for buried treasure, playing dice and cards, and carousing in towns."

    Read the full interview to learn more about Pirates of the Caribbean Online. When you're done, head over to the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what your thoughts on this game are.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Kyle Rowley Talks with Ethec

    The force is with us... Rising Force Online, that is! It's the "science-fantasy" MMORPG famous for its supersized player vs. player battles known as "Chip Wars" that occur at regular intervals throughout the game day. He may not be Yoda, but Community Liaison Officer Kyle "Laeth" Rowley answers our every question about PvP, character development, and much more in RF Online.

    "Kyle "Laeth" Rowley , Community Liaison Officer, RF Online: I think it's fair to say that the MMO genre at the moment is full to the brim of fantasy themed games. Players are getting tired of playing in the same kind of setting over and over again, and RF Online tries to change all that. We think RF Online brings a fresh new theme to the MMO world, by combining all the loved aspects of the fantasy genre (elves, magic, swords etc) with all the ultra cool aspects of the Sci-Fi genre (Mechs, Cyborgs, Guns :D ). Due to this unique setting, the writers on the RF Online team can make use of their creative imagination and write history and future storylines that compel players, inviting them to find out more about the world they play in."

    Read the rest of this interview to learn more about RF Online. Stay up to date on the latest news, interviews and information on all your favorite MMOs including RF Online, here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Got Questions?

    The "blue names" have started to make their presence known on Turbine's forums for Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. The developers have started fielding a few questions, and we've compiled all of the answers into one convenient location for you!

    "Lead Game Systems Designer Nik 'Mithral_Miser' Davidson:
    A lot of us went out of our way to get clearance to talk about more than we were able to before.

    Ask me any one question you want, and I'll answer it. Pull no punches. This isn't a PR exercise, this is us excited about really getting a chance to talk about the game that we've been pouring our lives into."

    Keep reading to see answers to many more questions. Also, Ten Ton Hammer's Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle will be attending the LOTRO Gathering II on August 5, 2006. Ethec is certain to get some face time with the LOTRO devs. If you have have a question you want him to ask, post it in our forums on LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • 8 New Shots

    Priates of the Burning Sea official site has been updated over the weekend with eight new screenshots. Head over and take a look, but don't forget to let us know what you think of them in our forums!

    Images, Media
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • UGO Takes A Look At Tabula Rasa

    C. Radtke at UGO.com took some time to preview Tabula Rasa. Keep reading to see how it went...

    It's the future. A race of nasty aliens known as The Bane have subjugated planet after planet in their quest for galactic domination. Recruits are desperately needed to combat this terror, and that's where you come in. You and thousands of other online gamers, to be exact. This is Tabula Rasa, the next big MMO from Lord British himself and the rest of the geniuses behind Ultima Online.

    It's been a long road for these guys, after scrapping the original idea for the game and starting from scratch in 2005. Enough has been already said about that stuff, so we're going to look to the future here. From a recent demo of the game, it looks like superstar video game mastermind, Richard Garriot, has a winner on his hands.

    Read the rest of this preview and then let us know what you think here in the Ten Ton Hammer forums.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • More Images of Orcs

    On Saturday, the folks at Loud Ant Software released a new video and screenshot showing their vision of Orcs for the upcoming game, Thrones of Chaos. Take a look at both of these and let us know what you think. Stay tuned right here at Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest news, interviews and information on all your favorite MMOs including Thrones of Chaos.

    Video, Media
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Return of Inflatable Swords!

    Reported on the official site for Age of Conan on Friday, inflatable swords will make an appearence at Comic Con. Age of Conan will be joining the folks at Dark Horse Comics at their booth for the event.

    Next week sees a great Conan presence at the Comic-con event in San Diego. If you are planning on attending the show make sure you catch some of the action at the show!

    We will be joining our friends at Dark Horse comics at their booth to talk a little about the game and to hand out the first prints of the exclusive Age of Conan comic created by the Dark Horse team (as well as our ever popular inflatable swords)!

    Read more about this on the official site. Are you looking forward to playing Age of Conan? Share your thoughts with us in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Mon, Jul 17, 2006
    LadySirse
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