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  • Invade Irth on November 1st!
    Magic Hat Software announced details regarding its pricing strategy and release date for its first MMO: Irth Online. The game can be purchased and downloaded online on November 1st for $29.95, and a monthly subscription will cost you about 14 bones, as they say in the midwest.

    "Our November 1st release date is firm," says Alan Chipura, Lead Game Designer. "The many suggestions provided by our avid and loyal Beta testers were so valuable that we absolutely had to incorporate them, even though it caused a slight delay in the launch date to November 1st."

    Read the entire Irth Online"release date" press release at GamerGod.
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    Tue, Oct 11, 2005
    Ethec
  • Superman with a nerf bat.
    Boomtown is reporting on the outrage being shown by City of Heroes customers over the latest changes to the game. Over 3,000 posts have been dumped on the official forums so far. Stan Lee was unaware of the outcry and thanked us for letting him know just before slamming the door and saying the following:

    "This weekend the City of Heroes developer Cryptic Studios unveiled yet
    another nerf – a nerf that dwarfs all previous changes to the characters’ powers. This is the official explanation of the changes titled in the upcoming patch dubbed Enhancement Diversification.



    “This is a new system being implemented into City of Villains and City of Heroes (when City of Villains launches) to promote the use of more different types of Enhancements in powers. Using a system of diminishing returns, when slotting the same type of Enhancement into a power, you will begin to see less effect of that Enhancement when the bonus reaches a certain threshold.” " 

    You can read the entire City of Heroes Outrage Article at BoomTown.
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    Tue, Oct 11, 2005
    Boomjack
  • How fair is EQ2's Gigglegibber Goblin Gambin' Game?
    Ethec comes across a snickering goblin in Everquest 2 who wants to help him gamble his hard-earned coin. Would you go along with it? Neither would... well, yes I would! But first I had my Mage friend Skeezix perform a little bit of mathematical magic on the gamblin' game first.
    Not usually being one to consult with the almighty spreadsheet, I couldn't pass up this opportunity to check out this nifty, free meta-game feature. What's it all about? Will it pass muster? How much is the goblin's theoretical total take when the first jackpot winner hits? These answers and more just a click away!

    "When it comes to gambling, who couldn't use some plat? Still, like Fred from "Scooby Doo," I had a bad feeling about this. Fighting the halfling urge to peeter away my cobalt fund (I have one of those kitchy jars on top of my microwave - "Armor Fund"), I decided to consult with my good friend (despite being a gnome) Skeezix. He's a sorceror training to be a wizard, and no doubt the Mages at the tower were putting them through the organ grinder known as "descriptive statistics." Which is kind of comical: my own training was simply a matter of being pointed at a fighter dummy and spamming direct heals while a creative invective-hurling high elf drill sargent-type screamed at me to click FASTER!!, spittle flying, the dwarf next to me sobbing. An ugly scene by all accounts..."

    I doubt you'll ever see the words "hypergeometric distribution" in a TTH article again, so you won't want to miss this! Everquest 2's gambling game exposed for the... fun that it is at TenTonHammer!

    News
    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • "We got spirit, yes we do... we got spirit, we'll gank you!"
    The "spirit" of World of Warcraft PvP is the topic of this Op/Ed piece. If you've ever wanted to know more about how player vs. player action works in the worlds most popular first-person MMO, and get a tour of PvP efforts in MMOs to date, take a looksee.

    " In conclusion, is the World of Warcraft PvP system perfect? No, there are plenty of loop holes to exploit. Is the game fun? Yes, like any other online game you get out what you put in. If you are disappointed in the Battlegrounds, try going to an area and starting trouble, create your own fights, or join a guild that randomly PvPs all the time. I hope we see more improvements from Blizzard in the future with respect to rankings and Battleground availability. "

    Player vs. Player Battlegrounds in World of Warcraft... click here to enter the action!

    News
    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • How do you say "party" in Icelandic?
    CCP has a lot in store for gamers at EVEfest later this month, Oct. 20-22. For a mere US$675, you too can get the complete package from Icelandair. Oh to be rich and speak a Scandanavian language or two. I've heard that Iceland's beautiful, not to mention an important NATO stronghold against the commies.

    "The 2004 EVEfest was a success and we aim to do far better this year. We have presentations from the leads at CCP, we have the pre-launch of our upcoming expansion, code-named Kali, technical sessions, panel discussions, the EVE Championship, and we have added developer roundtables and and the first glimpse of EVE Trading Card Game! "

    View 2005 EVEfest details here.

    News
    Fri, Oct 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • Monitor the sale of your gnome.
    Sony Online Entertainment is broadcasting as RSS feed, popular among bloggers and news sites, to publicize "hot" offerings in Station Exchange, which allows players on select servers to buy and sell virtual items and characters for cold, hard, real-life cash.
    There's no word yet on whether the model who won the "Quest for Queen Antonia" contest will start blogging her bachelorette exploits, queencam included, that players can view as a Station Access premium option. Actually, I'm not sure that anyone's heard from her; did she take the money and run? Heh.

    "We have setup an RSS feed for hot auctions on Station Exchange in the last maintenance release.  So now you can monitor hot auctions in your favorite RSS reader."

    Read all about Station Exchange RSS feeds in the EverQuest 2 forums.
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    News
    Thu, Oct 06, 2005
    Ethec
  • YOU just proved that advertising works.
    If it's on News.com it must be true, and they claim that in-game advertising works. The masters of marketing, Coca Cola, purveyors of fine cleaning fluids that you can drink adamantly refused to reply to our questions, and it is certain they would not have said this in any case.

    " You might not understand it at the time, but that big Coca-Cola sign that dances across the screen in your favorite video game is making it more likely you'll reach for a Coke next time you're thirsty. " 

    You can read the In-game Advertising Works Article at News.Com
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    Thu, Oct 06, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Gambling makes its EQ2 Debut
    A new gambling meta-game is included free-of-charge with today's EverQuest 2 update; it's sort of a slash between the lotto and a slot machine. I got to see it in action last weekend and it's a lot of fun. Other popular changes include 100% run speed while in stealth mode (balanced by the addition of more "see invisible" mobs in the world) as well as tradeskill and UI enhancements.

    " *** Headlines ***



    - Try your luck at the Gigglegibber Goblin Gamblin' Game!

    - No more run-speed reduction with stealth and invisibility!

    - Tell at a glance if you don't have enough power to use a spell or art!

    - Imbued item recipes now available for level 50+ crafters!

    - Many user interface windows have a new look! "

    Read the Everquest 2 Live Update #14 notes here.
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    News
    Wed, Oct 05, 2005
    Ethec
  • Developer's Blog, Stardate 9302005
    Since we haven't covered the Star Trek Online blog entries in a little while, I thought I ought to see what's going on with every Trekkie's dream. Comments on game economy hint at a very deep and varied player "things to do" palette, and the Perpetual team is building its first starship. Oh, and if the internet feels a little slow this morning, it might be because of a nerd stampede: Perpetual just announced that they're looking for someone to "compile and catalog visual reference material from the web and other sources."

    "Ian is making great progress on our client engine and we're starting to
    see early examples of our real-time graphics. My short remark here
    doesn't begin to pay tribute to the significance of this piece of
    progress. We should be flying a camera around some sample interiors
    soon and having a character walking around is not too far off either."

    View the full Star Trek Online blog entries at the STO official site.
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    • Past Star Trek Online News - When a game is still two years out, there's no such thing as stale news.
    • Star Trek Humour - Yea, I used the English spelling, but only under protest! When in Rome, do as the Romulans do.
    News
    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Ethec
  • Because we all could use a little more "unspeakable evil"
    Mythic Entertainment simultaneously lifted the non-disclosure agreement for Dark Age of Camelot's latest expansion and announced that the expansion will go live October 11th, and there's no doubt it will be more fun than being ganked by a leprechaun in the frontier zones. Who isn't coming out with an expansion for late 2005? Oh, yea... World of Warcraft.

    " Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of massively-multiplayer online role-playing games, today announced that Darkness Rising™, the sixth expansion pack for the critically-acclaimed Dark Age of Camelot(R), has "gone gold" and will be available on October 11th.

    The expansion will be available as a stand alone product via Mythic's new integrated digital distribution system and as part of the upcoming Dark Age of Camelot: Epic Edition.



    Dark Age of Camelot subscribers can now pre-order Darkness Rising for $19.99 through a new in-game menu option. Anyone ordering before October 10th will receive an exclusive suit of armor for their new in-game mount. For more information about pre-ordering Darkness Rising, visit: www.darkageofcamelot.com/DarknessRising/preorder.php."

    View the full Dark Age of Camelot: Darkness Rising press release is available on the Mythic site.
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    News
    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Ethec
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