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  • MTV discovers another non-music channel.
    Stephen Totilo of MTV.com has delved deep into the music archives to write an article about weather in World of Warcraft.

    "Kaplan said Blizzard's weather team — game designers accustomed to being the godlike architects of the worlds they create — talked about a system that would have them decreeing the weather day by day, but opted to set up a program and leave the weather patterns to computerized number-crunching. "If we were to sort of handpick the weather for each day, we would probably do it in such a way that you wouldn't notice that someone was handpicking it, in which case it's like, 'Why go through that trouble in the first place?' " Kaplan said."

    You can read Game Developers Unleash A Storm on World of Warcraft Players on MTV.com.

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    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Ready for Auto Assault’s launch on 4/13?

    Xerin, over at Auto Assault - TenTonHammer community site, has a brand new section called the Human Starting Guide. Thought humans were the "boring" race to play? Not so! Being the race least well suited to the wastelands but the most adaptive, humans have some very cool tech, not to mention a few tricks up their sleeve.

    This guide goes over everything you need to know to start as a human, including the lore, information on hazard modes and racial abilities, and guides to the various classes. Be sure to check in soon for a full walkthrough of Ark Bay 313 and the Hestia Back Range!

    To use your hazard mode, simply activate the /!\ hazard button in your lower left hand side, next to the INC button. Once activated you will have a short time with your new found incredible power. Drive into as many things as possibly, blowing them to smithereens. Let nothing stand in your path of justice, destroy everything possible. Once it’s down, it’ll be a long time before it’s available again. So make the most out of it.

    Ride on down to Auto Assault at TenTonHammer to find out all that humanity has to offer you freelancer!

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
    Ethec
  • Trouble Brewing for the Talenta Halflings

    Enter episode three of DDO - TenTonHammer's weekly comedy series, "Enter the Halfling." Trouble plagues the talenta halflings as Cailag endures torment-by-pastry while Pigface fumbles through a bleary-eyed game of Fuzzy Duck at the Wayward Lobster Ale-lympics. Looks like it's up to Preston to save Cailag from his grim fate...with a little help.

    Preston looked across the bar. What would Cailag want him to do--cheer Pigface to glory at the Ale-lympics; or rescue him? And in what order? He muttered something unintelligible, then stepped outside into the night air. Finally, he decided; he would let Pigface seek his title while he, Preston, went off in search of their companion. This was a job for steady (and moderately sober) hands.

    Check out this week's episode at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
    Ethec
  • DDO Dragon's Vault Expansion Goes Live Today!

    Here are the official release notes for Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) module 1: The Dragon's Vault. Along with the usual patches and fixes, this patch contains the first content update for DDO. Did we mention that it's free to subscribers?

    Here's a taste of update goodness:

    This update contains the first content update to DDO, the Dragon’s
    Vault Module! Can you gain access to the impenetrable Vault of Night?

    • Fight in the notorious Tharashk Arena, defeating all other
      combatants to survive.

    • Explore the most dangerous prison of all – that of a mind locked
      in torment, in The Prison of the Mind.

    • Discover the hideous secret that has ruined the Haywire Foundry.
    • Delve into the subterranean depths of the Jungles of Khyber.
    • After
      you’ve conquered all four of those dungeons, the most challenging and
      compelling dungeon experience of all awaits you – the Vault of Night,
      as you face the full array of Kundarak magic and tricks meant to keep
      you out…or kill you.

    • If you somehow manage to defeat the Vault of Night, you can earn
      your rich rewards…there remains just one last obstacle…

    In addition to the Dragon’s Vault chain of quests, there is even more
    great content to explore!

    • Fight against the first vampire boss in DDO…you’ll love this
      challenge.

    • Stop a planar invasion in “The Xorian Cipher”
    • Explore the immense demesne of the Arzag-Khor…can you acquire the
      Tear of Dhakaan?

    • Stop the nefarious plans of the Grave Robber
    • Can you uncover all the secrets of Stromvauld’s Mine?
    • Will you aid the Bounty Hunter and bring down an infamous
      assassin?

    • And more!

    We’ve opened the gates to Kobold Island: a fun and replayable landscape
    experience for new players still getting a feel for what their characters can do in combat.

    Check out our DDO - TenTonHammer community site for the complete scoop!

    Wed, Apr 05, 2006
    Ethec
  • Get your new Burning Crusade Screenshots here! Gamecloud got supremely lucky and the shots are fantastic. Take a peek and tell me what you think!

    Want more World of Warcraft? Click here!

    News
    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • WoW = Digital Crack?

    Memnok, from the WoW @ TenTonHammer community site, takes a look at the "lure" surrounding games like World of Warcraft. What is it about these games that keep millions playing rabidly?

    "Just 10 more minutes... just 10 more minutes... I'm almost done the quest...
    *3 hours later* That took a... little longer than expected..."

    How far have we all sunk in to the addictive game known as World of Warcraft? Blizzard has topped all the charts with the 5.5 million subscribers it has under its enormous belt, and their numbers are only rising. What makes us still play WOW after all these months? What makes us log in every day, join every second raid, and spend those late nights on this particular MMORPG? This article will provide a brief look at what Blizzard does to make us, the gamers, come back always wanting more, especially with the latest patch out!

    Check out the latest article from WoW - Ten Ton Hammer!

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
    Ethec
  • Enchantments in DDO

    Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in doing the most damage possible with spells in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO). But Darkgolem shows us that sometimes the best use for spell points in DDO is enchantments. In "Mind-bending Magic," we learn just what enchantments are, what they do, and how to use them to our fullest advantage:

    Charms are used as both a means of crowd control (reducing the number of enemies attacking your party without killing them) and a means of damage...since the accomplished spell caster can have several creatures charmed at one time--and these creatures can be improved to increase their effectiveness by buffs such as bards song, bless, haste and so on--you can still add the support of effective damage capacity with your party.

    Read the full guide at DDO - TenTonHammer!

    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
    Ethec
  • The9 stocks up.
    NCSoft obtaining controling interest in NC Sina has pushed The9 stocks up over 40% in two weeks. The9 is one of China's largest online game portal companies.

    "Korean game developer NCSoft has recently assumed full control of its "NC Sina" joint venture by acquiring the 51% stake held by former partner Sina Corp. This development has, in turn, fueled speculation that NCSoft might choose The9 Limited to operate its popular online game Guild Wars in China, which would be a boon to The9."

    News
    Tue, Apr 04, 2006
    Boomjack
  • DDO's "Carrot on a Stick"

    Dungeons & Dragons Online launched with great success at the end of February, but will it have the momentum to sustain a solid player base? Shayalyn takes a look at how gaming with friends gives DDO a unique sort of staying power.

    Traditionally, MMOGs have offered all sorts of incentives to keep subscribers happily addicted, from the promise of advancement to the highest levels, to quests for fantastic items. Level advancement will always be an incentive in any online game, but decent items and cash are actually easy to come by in DDO, making that grind-for-glory a little less crucial than it seems to be in other games. So where is that necessary incentive to keep playing?

    Read 'Carrot on a Stick: What Keeps us Playing DDO?' and see if you agree with Shayalyn's assessment.

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
    Ethec
  • Why are we anxious for Auto Assault?

    This week’s common content editorial is all about what makes us hopeful to play Auto Assault. What drives us to wait patiently for April 9th (or 12th) to roll around so that we can finally log into Auto Assault? Get Xerin’s perspective in this week’s editorial: Carrot on a Flamethrower. Crispy grilled carrots not included!

    What makes me anxious to play Auto Assault? Lot’s of things! I’ve always been a fan of interesting, exciting, and fresh MMORPGs. Games that snag at your attention with unique gameplay and exciting concepts, then delivers on them. Auto Assault to me is that unique blue butterfly within a swirling abyss of stereotypical yellow Monarch butterflies. Something new, something fresh, but at the same time something that you can understand. Something that doesn’t seem completely foreign to you, something that is similar to FPS and MMORPG gaming. Yet at the same time not a complete copy of them. Fast, furious, and competitive gameplay that leaves you wanting more and more.

    Find out why Xerin's anxiously anticipating the release of our favorite vehicular destruction MMO at Auto Assault @ TenTonHammer!

    Mon, Apr 03, 2006
    Ethec
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