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  • A San Francisco treat for developers
    EverQuest is the sole MMO representative in a vote to see which developers see their name in the stars at San Francisco's monument to videogame entertainment. Strangely, "hot coffee" isn't among the nominees.

    "Walk of Game is located inside Metreon, a 350,000 square-foot entertainment
    complex at Fourth and Mission Streets in the heart of downtown San
    Francisco.
    Every year, gamers worldwide cast their vote on www.WalkOfGame.com to induct the next set of honorees to receive a permanent 24"x 24", customized steel star on the Walk of Game. From the list of nominees, the top four in the category of Games/Characters and the top two in Lifetime Achievement will be inducted. Inductees to date are: Nolan Bushnell, Shigeru Miyamoto, Halo, Link (The Legend of Zelda), Mario, and Sonic The Hedgehog."

    Want to vote or see the current results? Head to the Metreon "Walk of Game" official page.
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    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Ethec
  • Class balance a slippery slope of nerf bats and uber buffs.
    GamerGod has taken a shot at deciphering the magic that is class balancing in their Op/Ed titled, A Class Balance Manifesto for Virtual Worlds. Shannon Doherty talked to us because we are the first press to call her in three years. She did not have this to say about that:

    "
    After playing traditional fantasy MMORPG's for over 6 years, I have
    come to believe that the class system is an important foundation for
    how we classify and organize the players that inhabit virtual worlds.
    Without player classes you have the chaos and uncertainty of an
    unordered world. I also subscribe to the notion of class
    interdependency which is enabled by a properly designed class system.
    Interdependency in an activity such as combat helps to create sense of
    community which is indeed the whole point of online games. Without the
    need to meet other players and combine your resources to defeat
    encounters you have very little reason to play a "massively multiplayer" game. " 

    You can read the entire Class Balancine Op/Ed at GamerGod.
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    News
    Mon, Oct 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The Matrix gets downloaded.
    The official Matrix Online website has made the move to the Sony Online Entertainment web service. Neo can now hang out with Antonia Bayle.
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    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR DRAGONS.
    The next World of Warcraft Patch will include an outdoor raid zone that features four dragons. They're green. They're mean. They'll make you scream.

    "There is a disturbance at the Great Trees. A new threat menaces these
    secluded areas found in Ashenvale, Duskwood, Feralas, and Hinterlands.
    Four great guardians of the Green Dragonflight have arrived from the
    Dream, but these once-proud protectors now seek only destruction and
    death. Take arms with your fellows and march to these hidden groves --
    only you can defend Azeroth from the corruption they bring."

    You can read all about the World of Warcraft Four Dragons at the Official Site.
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    News
    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Patch Notes - Go Druids.
    Blizzard has put the 1.8 patch for World of Warcraft live on their public Test Server. This is your opportunity to check it out first-hand and then rush to the official forums to complain and moan about it. Druids get a huge revamp that is sure to have 50% of the community screaming that they need a nerf and the other 50% screaming that they need to get buffed. Hey, at least druids can shapeshift into a giant chicken now. I await the KFC instance where they are dipped in a secret recipe of spices and fried for the rest of the raid.

    " The test realm patch notes only apply to features that exist on the public test realms. We provide these patch notes to players who wish to know what features and changes exist in the test environment in order to more effectively test these features. "

    You can read the 1.8 World of Warcraft Patch Notes at the Official Site.
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    News
    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Why is it always a "round" table?
    RPGVault has posted their coverage of the recent Dark Age of Camelot roundtable. Henry Winkler refused to answer any of our questions regarding the roundtable, but did mention the following:

    " The phrase "instant success after years of trying" has been applied to Mythic Entertainment and its flagship online world, Dark Age of Camelot. When the title was announced in February of 2000, many gamers, even those interested in the massively multiplayer category, were not acquainted with the company, this despite the fact its principals had years of experience in the sector and a veritable wealth of knowledge about it. In addition, it was pretty easy for anyone who looked at the project to see that it had substantial potential. While it wasn't built upon a prominent intellectual property, it used a setting drawn from a legend virtually everyone had heard of. As well, the play had a distinctive, well-established foundation, a proven three-way realm-based conflict system in which the elder game was designed to pit large groups against one another. "

    You can read the entire Dark Age of Camelot Roundtable Article at RPGVault.
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    News
    Thu, Sep 29, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Square Enix looks past the next-gen consoles.
    GameSpot is reporting that Square Enix is planning a shift from their production of console games into the mobile and online game market. Johnny Depp smiled creepily at us when we asked if had any comment, and replied:

    " In a recent interview with Yomiuri Online, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada disclosed his plans to wean Square Enix away from its dependency on console games. The company's main drive will be to expand into the online space. It is also considering establishing a holding company, additional mergers and acquisitions, and overseas expansion---including regional development studios. "

    You can read the entire Square Enix Diversifies Article at GameSpot.
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    Thu, Sep 29, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Going to court without a lawyer.
    Everquest 2 developer Sony Online Entertainment gives some background on the 3 rival courts vying for control of the "Desert of Flames" expansion city, Maj'Dul. With an estimated 12 quests to complete averaging 45-minutes to one hour a piece to gain membership in one of these courts (one can kill an indeterminate number of mobs opposed to your chosen faction for "coins" to turn in for positive faction, too), let's hope the Courts are more than just a pretty screenshot.

    " The courts of Maj'Dul are three separate factions within the city that vie for power over the remnants of the Dervish empire. They have each established an outpost at the docks, and their goal is to attract new arrivals to their competing causes. Asim Jul represents the Court of the Blade, Shahid Baligh represents the Court of the Coin, and Atyaf Nasiha represents the Court of Truth. You are encouraged to converse with these individuals, as collectively the courts are the most powerful political force in these lands. "

    More Everquest 2 expansion lore at the official site!
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    News
    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Ethec
  • Re-enact your second favorite Jabba the Hutt scene.
    That's right: Jabba's 8-player transport skiff (seen alongside the sailbarge in Episode V) is the first half of your bonus for preordering the SWG November expansion "Trials of Obi-Wan." Not as cool, but also a reward: a giant "lava flea" that you can ride around. I wonder if "lava tick" mothers feel compelled to check their offspring for Jedi when they come in from playing outside.

    " Pre-Order Trials of Obi-Wan and you will get the exclusive 8-Player Transport Skiff as you bonus gift included with the digital download. Players who pre-order will receive in-game:

    • The Transport Skiff: An exclusive 8-player vehicle, the only 8-player vehicle and the fastest multiplayer vehicle in the galaxy, as seen below. Players will be given one per account and this item is not tradable. You will want to get this awesome new skiff! ...
    • The Lava Flea: This unique Mustafarian Mount as shown below. Players will be given one per account and this item is tradable!
    • Players who order the Trials of Obi-Wan will also receive 3 additional vehicle storage slots in their datapad.
    • Plus, there is another very cool Purchase Bonus Item, all players who purchase the Trials of Obi-Wan will also receive a brand new style of player house that can also be used as a Guild Hall that we will be revealing soon! You will be totally stunned when you see it!"

    Read more lore surrounding these two unique mounts at the Star Wars official site.
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    News
    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Ethec
  • Super, Happy, Fun, Go-Go Golf.
    Fileshack has posted what is possible the goofiest MMORPG to date. Albatross 18: Realms of Pangya is a MMOG that blends fantasy, anime and golf. John Daly, who also blends fantasy and golf had this to say about that:

    " Albatross18 is the U.S. (English) version of the popular online Korean game, Pangya. Albatross18 is an Online Multiplayer RPG based game that combines the aspects of Fantasy, Anime and the sport of Golf, to create one of the funest online experiences! "

    You can grab the Albatross 18: Realms of Pangya Client at FileShack.
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    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Boomjack
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