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  • City of Villains Issue 7 "Recluse's Victory Live Event Preview" Details & Screenshots!

    This just in from the folks at Cryptic Studios, originators of the City of Villains / City of Heroes series of comic book-inspired MMOs.

    All subscribers to either of these games are invited to participate in a special two-day playtest of the upcoming PvP zone "Recluse's Victory" this Wednesday through Friday (5/24-5/26)!

    From CM CuppaJo:

    This week the City of Villains Test Server will be holding an event in the new Issue 7 PvP zone, Recluse’s Victory! That’s the good news, the better news is that all characters created during the special two day event will be allowed to auto-level to 40 to experience this new dynamic zone.

    To whet your appetite, check out these new screenshots from what promises to be an fun two-day event: City of Villains Issue 7 "Recluse's Victory Live Event Preview" screenshots right here at TenTonHammer!

    Images, Media
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Ethec
  • This is an interesting story on the social networks for MMO's. I happened across it today and you should take a look. You can read it all right here.

    I just finished reading the awesome + amazing work of Nicolas Ducheneaut, Nicholas Yee, Eric Nickell, and Robert J. Moore. I imagine them as hyper-dorks at Stanford who built a scraper for analyzing social behaviors in World of Warcraft... only they got a little too high off of their MMORPG supply.

    Just kidding. About the high part. They really did build a WoW scraper.

    Their paper, "Alone Together?" Exploring the Social Dynamics of Massively Multiplayer Online Games (pdf) blew brain chunks out the back of my skull.

    I've only read it through once, but came away feeling strongly that social networks, as they exist now, will soon be relics as new networks emerge that provide reward systems to enhance user experience with tools and recognition.

    (also the paper made me wonder if social networks will become more immersive as well... is Second Life the future of social networks?).

    As a social network hobbyist I recognize that this concept could exist in practice already. Forgive me if it's been done and be sure to point me to where and by whom.

    On a side note... WoW is surely the worst game to study social networks considering there aren't any. Have you tried socializing on a mature level in that game lately?

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I feel like this is De'ja Vu. Don't you?

    In order to address an issue affecting realm stability, we have disabled pre-existing character transfers and templated characters on the public test realms. We have isolated the issue and we are currently working on a solution; however, until the matter is resolved character transfers will not be available.

    To find the latest and greatest information on World of Warcraft, visit our Community site!

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • You may know him as Rev. He's a developer at Flying Labs. His column at the Stranger made me laugh right out loud.

    The booth babe up on stage at E3, the big video-game expo in Los Angeles, finally lost it. The throng of gamers with their cameras snapping pictures of her in a revealing fantasy costume, grabbing from the floor below at the T-shirts she was giving away, was just too much. "Vultures, VULTURES!" she yelled at them. "You're all a bunch of vultures!"

    You should absolutely read the rest.

    More Pirates of the Burning Sea news.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Arena Net and ATI have teamed up to bring you a spankin new contest with hot new prizes.

    To participate just simply enter the name that you think fits the monster for a chance to win a prize. Come back each week for another chance to win. No purchase necessary. For a list of complete rules, click here.

    Prize Details:

    * Copy of Guild Wars Factions
    * All-in-Wonder® X1900
    * Winning Monster name appears in the game.

    This weeks Monster

    Choose a name for the monster. It can be a name that is a first and last name, such as Stank Reekfoul (a famous Guild Wars Prophecies monster) or it can be a name and a title, such as Neing the Tanner (a helpful NPC in Guild Wars Factions).

    For those rules click here.

    For the best Guild Wars Community ever, click here.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Age of Conan has cleaned up so far this year from some E3 awards. it looks like Gamespot, IGN and Gamespy have all given our favorite barbarian the Best of E3 and Editors Choice awards. Good news for Funcom. I've always said that they make great games and this just proves it.

    More Age of Conan news.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I am now going to admit to you something that I've never admitted to anyone in my life. . . I don't read lore. It's not something that attracts me. With that said, I have read Dusktreader's Lycan Lore. I was spellbound through the entire piece.

    The army cut large swaths through the forest as they advanced, and built siege weapons from the trees. Large bonfires burned through the nights. Alcoa’s walls were too high and its city too well protected to directly attack it, so the invading army took camp outside of its gates. Controlling the fertile lands beyond the city, they hoped to starve them into submission. While the months passed, the men of Isathule foraged the wilderness clean for many miles.

    Pauh appeared to the tribal leader Trigould and told him of the ruin the army wrought on the land. True to his word, Trigould gathered his hunters and their large grey wolves to prepare to defend the land.

    As Trigould and his clansmen approached the encampment, they saw the army of Isathule outnumbered the hunters of Cohanna nearly ten to one. Trigould knew their chances of victory were slim, and even with the goddess behind them he feared the loss of his tribe.

    If you're looking for a good story you have to read the rest.

    More Dusktreaders News.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • You've read the Ten Ton Hammer E3 Preview of Hero's Journey. Ratboy and Messiah were extremely surprised and pleased with what they saw. Their excitement was contagious. We all want to see this game in action now. Lucky you! You get to see some new screenshots of the game.

    You can find them here at 3D Gamers.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Just when you think there is no E3 coverage left to be had... you find that you were so so wrong. Warhammer Online is the game. GamersInfo.com is the place.

    The first sight to greet me as I sat down was my Ork character, beautifully armored in a set of haphazard armor, was that the enclosure had the look and feel I was expecting for an Ork encampment. The next thing I noticed was the presence of goblins and other Ork allies. Leaving the camp and approaching a stunning giant I was introduced to what was perhaps my favorite feature. Here I was automatically given a quest by the giant to fetch him 20 casks of beer that were conveniently lying around the area. This is something I have never seen in a game before but will be great for players like me who love to explore and find new things to do. As I moved further out from the camp I began to notice other features of the world. Sadly before I could explore much farther it was time to get up and go talk to the developers of the game.

    Now, find out what Ratboy is up to at our Warhammer Online Community.

    News
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It's like European Vacation. Except I don't think that the Griswald family will be vacationing in Middle Earth.

    The Lord of the Rings Online(tm): Shadows of Angmar(tm) Beta Program applications hotting up.

    Register your interest now

    Applications for the European Beta Program to gain entry to The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar have already begun and tens of thousands of potential participants have already registered their interest.

    By going to www.lotro-europe.com/beta you can sign up for the chance to become one of the lucky hobbitses to gain exclusive early entry into the biggest fantasy universe of all time, join with thousands of other beta program winners to form Fellowships and explore Middle-earth in breathtaking detail.

    As an added incentive Codemasters will be entering all beta program signups between today (May 22nd) and next Wednesday (May 31st) into a prize draw for 2 pairs of free passes to Codemasters sponsored CampZone (worth up to €150), the largest outdoor LAN party in the World, taking place between July 21st - 31st in Biddinghuizen, Holland.

    For more details on The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar visit the official European website at www.lotro-europe.com.

    For more information on the show and ongoing event updates, visit the official Codemasters CampZone website at www.codemasterscampzone.com alternatively more details will be announced shortly on Codemasters Online Gaming's official MMO game websites.

    You can get some hot information from our Lord of the Rings Online Community Site.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Mon, May 22, 2006
    Awenyddion
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