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  • It's all in your head... well, it used to be!

    Dave Thomas (no relation to the "Wendy's" founder, I don't think) is an old-school Dungeons & Dragons player and a reporter for Grand Rapids Press. He's been playing Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach and offers his take on this relatively new group-based MMO:

    The magic of playing classic D&D with hardbound rulebooks was that monster manuals always lived in the player's head. If you didn't dream up a boundary in your mind's eye, the possibilities were endless. D&D Online, on the other hand, feels more like a movie, with a constraining atmosphere and a sense of completeness.

    Check out what the Grand Rapids Press has to say about DDO.

    News
    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • Virtual world economies examined

    BusinessWeek Online interviews Edward Castronova, an economist who has become something of an authority of MMO / "virtual world" economies. He touches on World of Warcraft and Second Life, and it's always interesting to see knowledgable folks talk about the blurring line between reality and fantasy.

    As if that's not enough, do you have other concerns about online games?

    I'm also concerned that this commercial impulse could swallow up the separateness of these places. I would hate to see all that lost because of unregulated profit-seeking.

    I would like there to be some kind of provision, like a wilderness preserve sort of law, for these places. We would need to have a law saying that if you promise you will seal off this world so people can't money-launder with it and can't liquidate the returns, we won't come in and tax all the transactions, and we won't subject you to child labor laws.

    Check out this article on the macroeconomics of MMOs at BusinessWeek Online.

    News
    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • Congrations NCSoft!
    They grow up so fast. NCSoft has been in North America for five years!

    "NCsoft Celebrates Five Years of Business in North America at 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo
     
    NCsoft rolls out innovative lineup of games for E3; continues to expand the online multiplayer market after launching three MMO titles since last year’s show

      AUSTIN, Texas, April 24, 2006—NCsoft® Corporation is celebrating its fifth year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) May 10-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The company, whose North American business was born at the 2001 Expo, will demonstrate the most diverse offering of massively multiplayer online (MMO) game titles and multiplayer products at this year’s show. All products will be shown in booth #1046 in the convention center’s South Hall.

    NCsoft Corporation CEO Tack Jin Kim said, “Since we’ve been in business in North America, we’ve launched six major MMO titles and continued to provide massive amounts of free content for our customers. In addition, we’ve expanded our presence globally with service and offices in Europe, China and other territories. This year is special for us because we are able to unveil more multiplayer products for a wider audience. We believe our commitment to the online game space has been established; our offering at this year’s E3 shows we’re taking our commitment a step further."

    This and so much more in the rest of the official press release.

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Cnet notes poor server performance of World of Warcraft

    You saw it first at TenTonHammer, then (oddly enough) the Chinese media picked up the banner. Finally, the mainstream internet media is calling Blizzard to task for poor WoW server performance, including rampant downtime and chronic login problems. This, from Cnet:

    Ito said the server problems have been particularly frustrating for him and his guild members because of the particular flavor of virtual "quests" they often run in WoW.

    "Difficulty logging in (and) servers going down--it's become a normal part of our lives," Ito said. "It really does suck for us because we're running higher-level (quests) where it takes us a few hours to get to the (goal) and sometimes the server suddenly goes down right near the end before we finish. And they are unannounced (and) you just see people on the server--guild list--start dropping off."

    Read the entire "WoW Battles Server Problems" article at Cnet.com.

    News
    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • Nice shootin', Tex!

    This month, Auto Assault - TenTonHammer brings you a community interview featuring a clan that you might know about, the Backseat Drivers. We pull up next to their leader, Tex Johnson, and discuss Auto Assault, the guild, and the guild’s goals.

    I had the pleasure this week to interview Tex Johnson, of the Backseat Drivers. If you frequent the official forums then you will probably see plenty of insightful posts from this fine fellow. He's a college student by day and a freelancer by night – patrolling the vast wasteland of Auto Assault with his friends and clan mates.

    Join us as we discuss the game at Auto Assault - TenTonHammer!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • LotRO - TenTonHammer interviews the White Wizard!

    What prompted Gandalf to ask Bilbo to surrender his magic ring? What really happened after Gandalf, along with the balrog, plunged into the chasm in Moria? How did Gandalf the Grey return as Gandalf the White? Our reporter in Middle-earth meets with the legendary wizard to learn his secrets.

    “What can you tell me about who you are, and where you come from?”

    “That,” said Gandalf, “is rather complicated.” He reached behind his beard and seemed to draw a pipe from nowhere. He continued to talk as he filled the bowl. “I came to Middle-earth as one of the Istari, the order of wizards who arrived after the first millennium of the Third Age.”

    Read the interview at LotRO - TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • On the Air

    Master of the Guild Wars podcast, Weapon of Choice, DJ Wheat has a lot of thoughts on the game we all know and love. In this interview, we talk about everything from why he's called "Wheat" to podcasting Donkey Konga.

    Wheat: If positioned correctly, they could get a @#%!load of attention with a Guild Wars-only event. Take a look at BlizzCon or QuakeCon. These are events which saw numbers in the thousands in attendance, and hundreds of thousands of people online. Guild Wars is no different. They can also attract everyone who is a part of the game. Seems simple to me.

    Check out TenTonHammer's interview with DJ Wheat at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • What does it take to run a WoW raiding guild?

    With CEOs consulting with World of Warcraft guild leaders , WoW-TenTonHammer's Messiah sought out one of these paragons of leadership advice for an interview. He spoke with Bind, a guild master for "Visions of Anarchy" on the Dragonblight server. Visions of Anarchy is a large and successful Horde raiding guild.

    Messiah: I hear a lot of "we" in your responses, what exactly is the guild structure and how do you break up duties?
    Bind: The guild is basically me and a band of dedicated officers. We all pitch to get all the work done. Between running a raid, and doing the points, all officers get pretty beat up after a long week of raiding. I refer to we since it is really a big team effort with all of use doing a ton of work to keep things running smoothly.

    Check out Messiah's interview at WoW - TenTonHammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • A tell-all interview with... a Dungeons & Dragons Online NPC?

    Each month, DDO - Ten Ton Hammer brings you an interview from the Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) community. Okay. Here's the deal: Ralsu had an interview lined up with Sporkfire and Samera, but Friday he realized he wasn't able to get all of the questions answered in time for this month's interview.

    Ralsu was desperate for an interview with most people's schedules filled up for the weekend. When his own mother turned him down, he remembered that Three-Fingered Thad would do anything for money. Keep your eyes peeled for that exclusive interview with Turbine's community figureheads in May. In the meantime, enjoy his chat with Three-Fingered Thad!

    Ralsu: How does one become a vendor NPC?

    Thad: All ye have to do is have somethin' to sell and a winning smile. (chuckles for a bit before starting to cough)

    Ralsu. I see. And do you craft your wares yourself.

    Thad: Craft 'em myself! Har! Er--no.

    Ralsu (confused): ...

    Thad: Now, why d'ye suppose it is called Smuggler's Rest, lad?

    Check out the full interview at DDO - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
  • Terms of Endearment

    The sheer amount of slang in the gaming world can be a bit daunting. Factor in the abbreviations and it can seem like another language entirely.

    Fortunately, our Guild Wars - TenTonHammer team is here to help! In the first part of Terms of Guild Wars, at Guild Wars - TenTonHammer we lead you all the way up to "FTW."

    Mon, Apr 24, 2006
    Ethec
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