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  • Help Wanted.
    HardcodedGames has posted a Google Maps doodad that lets you look for MMO jobs. Everyone's favourite cow, Kirstie Alley mistook MMO for Moo and cut her job search short disappointedly saying:

    " Here is a handy web app I made to help find MMO game jobs. It is powered by CommunityWalk and Google Maps. This is an open community app that allows anyone to add more MMO development companies to the map as well as add comments about a particular developer. Feel free to contribute! "

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    Tue, Sep 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Crazy Overlord hijinx!

    Apparently Everquest 2's nutty prince of evil is messing with the weather again. What are we gonna do with him? Coming on the eve of the Desert of Flames expansion, there seems to be a strong hint of something else going on here. Hmm...

    He turned to the cloaked Teir'Dal standing behind him. "Now," he commanded.

    The Foci raised her staff and pointed it at the sky. An arcane fire glowed within her eyes for a moment as she uttered a single word: "Rain."

    The clouds began to slowly swirl and gather as a low thunder rolled in the distance. He turned back to the crowd below.

    "Now, citizens of Freeport, watch as I cleanse our kingdom of the last remnant of a distant past. Today, as we stand on the threshold of a new frontier, know that it is my will, not the faded memory of long-dead gods, which sustains us. Give me your loyalty and I will give you... the world!"

    Read the Everquest 2 lore piece on the SOE official site.

    News
    Tue, Sep 13, 2005
    Ethec
  • Houston, we have a MMOG.
    The Houston Chronicle has posted a quick little ditty about Guild Wars that takes a brief, but focused look at the game. Vin Diesel can play four Guild Wars characters at once using only the powers of his mind. His mind powers had nothing to do with the following, though they could have if he had wanted them to:

    "It's a sad fact that most massively multiplayer online games are dominated by gamers with way too much time on their hands.
    Building a character and maintaining relationships within an online world often demand more time and energy than a casual gamer can muster. Guild Wars , a PC-based online game from ArenaNet and Austin-based NCSoft, seeks to change that by making it easier to join."

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    Tue, Sep 13, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Desert of Flames and Changes.
    Sony Online Entertainment has posted an EverQuest 2 Producer's Letter featuring Scott Hartsman. The letter focuses on the upcoming Desert of Flames Expansion and on the combat changes that are being introduced at the same time. It sounds like a while new game. Tom Cruise refuted claims that he was a Enchanted Lands Fairy and retorted:

    " For those of you who keep up with the forums, some of this is going to be things that you've heard before.  For those who haven't, some of this may come as a surprise. 
    Many people will be relearning parts of their characters, getting used to new spell lines and working with altered buffs.  That's a lot for us to ask, and we realize that.  As a way of thanking you for sticking through the effect this will have on your first few sessions, we'll be running a week of Bonus Adventure Experience for characters under level 50 beginning the day that Desert of Flames launches.
    I'd like to take a few minutes to talk about what it is exactly that's going on with the game, what you can expect to see on Tuesday 9/13, and our reasons for bringing you these combat changes. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2 Producer's Letter at The Official Site.
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    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Boomjack
  • But Tolkien did it without a database!

    Lord of the Rings Online Developer Chris "NobOrBob" Foster shows off one of Turbine's myriad tools for game development, this one focusing on quest implementation. With this much storyline behind a certifiably graphics-intensive MMO, and with such a devout LotR playerbase, it's a good thing Turbine's streamlining things where they can.

    For all these reasons and a few others, one of the biggest changes we made to the quest system was to replace the old quest file format with a new one. This unified quest file format contained nearly all of the information needed to place a quest in the world: the steps involved, the dialogue that each NPC says, the item that the monster should drop when it dies. In addition, the new quest file made it much easier to re-use the same characters on multiple quests...

    Read more at the Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar official site. And be sure to check out the Ten Ton Hammer LotRO site for all the latest happenings!

    News
    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Ethec
  • Flyin' High...

    Icelandic Developer Crowd Control Productions announced that the single-server, two-year old MMO topped a long-anticipated milestone: 15,000 users online at once. last evening (9/11), a Chinese ambassador wished to suggest his country's policies to control overcrowding, saying this:

    This evening at 19:40 GMT, EVE players raised their own Peak Concurrent User record to 15.209. Congratulations everyone! This was an truly amazing moment, thanks to all EVE players for making this possible.

    Read about how things are heating up in the EVE Online universe at the official site.

    News
    Mon, Sep 12, 2005
    Ethec
  • Frap it and strap it.
    Blizzard has announced the BlizzCon Movie Contest, sponsored by NVIDIA and doling out NVIDIA 6800 graphics card to the winners. Steven Spielberg refused to comment on whether he would be entering the movie contest, but he did say this:

    " We're proud to announce our official BlizzCon World of Warcraft Movie Competition, sponsored by NVIDIA! To enter, all you need to do is create a movie using in-game footage and combine it with music from any of our past games. We're accepting submissions beginning Thursday, September 8, which means you have plenty of time to create movie-magic! Five winners will receive an NVIDIA® GeForce™ 6800 Ultra, two tickets to BlizzCon, and much more. Details on how to submit your World of Warcraft movie will be announced when we begin accepting submissions. Good luck! "

    You can read all about the BlizzCon Movie Contest at the Official Site.
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    News
    Fri, Sep 09, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Better late than never

    Guild Wars' Wednesday deskpaper hit the site a day later than usual, but since the Arena.net folks released the "Sorrow's Furnace" expansion this week I guess we can give them some slack.

    This week's wallpaper shows a blending of concepts for the fiery depths of Sorrow's Furnace. Find your choice of wallpaper sizes and aspect ratios, and decorate your desktop with something befitting of the latest Guild Wars update

    Help yourself to some Guild Wars: Sorrow's Furnace deskpaper here!

    News
    Fri, Sep 09, 2005
    Ethec
  • Guild Wars Expansion Goes Live

    The Game Update Notes are up and the previews will start turning into reviews as Guild Wars gets its first major expansion. Like the Warrior/Mesmer once said to the Monk/Elementalist:

    Sorrow's Furnace consists of two new, large and challenging explorable regions located deep in the Shiverpeak Mountains between Spearhead Peak and Snake Dance. These areas contain the following:

    * Seventeen new quests, most of them fully repeatable and offering high XP rewards

    * Four new cinematics

    * A variety of new monsters, including new Stone Summit Dwarves that are the strongest in the Shiverpeak Mountains, and entirely new types of creatures that are being introduced to the game for the first time

    * Boss monsters named after the contest winning entries

    Boss monsters in the new Sorrow's Furnace regions drop newly-introduced green "unique" weapons that are named after the boss.

    Read the rest of the Guild Wars: Sorrow's Furnace expansion update notes at the Arena.net site, and check out the TTH Guild Wars site for more detailed Guild Wars information.

    News
    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
    Ethec
  • Vanguard Devs Plays "Ping? Pong!"

    Sigil announced a Friday IRC chat session to introduce its newest GMs and field a number of gameplay-related questions. Wha? Where? When?

    Date: Friday the 9th of September
    Time: The chat is set for approximately one hour and will commence at 4pm PST (7pm EST) precisely.
    Place: IRC Server gate.ShadowWorld.Net in room #Vanguardgate

    Be there precisely on time! Or just read the transcripts afterward if you're not the inquisitive sort.

    Click here for more Vanguard chat announcement goodness, and afterward check out the TTH Vanguard fansite we've created just for you! And other people, too.

    News
    Thu, Sep 08, 2005
    Ethec
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