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  • DDO Europe falls to CodeMasters.
    MMORPG.com has announced that CodeMasters will handle European operations for Dungeons and Dragons Online.

    "Many of you will have already seen the exclusive DDO Q&A series that MMORPG.com have been bringing to you over the past months and following with great interest, as have we! It’s a fantastic license and the game is shaping up to be something really special - we’re thrilled to be able to play our part in bringing you this awesome title! "

    You can read the entire Dungeons and Dragons Online Europe Announcement at MMORPG.com.

    Mon, Nov 07, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A one-year anniversary review.
    GamePlay Monthly has posted a World of Warcraft review just days before the one-year anniversary of the game.

    " It’s November and World of Warcraft has already been out for nearly a year. Although it had a launch that was unstable at best, World of Warcraft has been hailed as one of the greatest Massively Multiplayer Online Games ever created. This may be true, but World of Warcraft stills suffer from many of the same issues that plague the other games of this genre. "

    You can read the World of Warcraft Review at GamePlay Monthly.
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    Reviews
    Mon, Nov 07, 2005
    Boomjack
  • City of Villains first impressions a'plenty
    TTH puts on the tights and practices our best evil laugh as we join the thousands thronging the bad side of town in Cryptic Studios' City of Villains, a standalone sequel to its immensely popular City of Heroes. We bring back a report on what you can expect from the Halloween-released villain-fest if you too want to bring some evil balance to Paragon City.

    The villainous gameplay is compelling, convincing, and enjoyable, but the most fascinating aspects of the game are, as usual, subject to diminishing returns. While I motored through the first five levels, the pace slackened noticeably from level 6 on. Admittedly, part of this was due to my disappointment over the "power pool" abilities granted at the sixth level- supposedly players would be granted abilities like flight, superspeed, teleportation, and the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound. These power pool abilities turned out to be severely limited teasers for the real thing; flight was replaced by the marginally-cool "hover" defense buff ability, superspeed by an endurance regeneration buff, and so on. Granted, in MMOs what's a curse can also be a long-term blessing, and my fears that CoV would be a flash-in-the-pan "10 level wonder" were allayed now that I'm looking forward to getting superspeed at the casual weeklong goal of level 14. Being able to do a Flash Gordon impression for a city block or two with a long recharge timer on the baseline ability would be pretty cool, yet it doesn't seem to fit the CoV framework where abilities are never truly superceded by better abilities.

    Get the TTH first take on City of Villains.
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    Reviews
    Fri, Nov 04, 2005
    Ethec
  • Sony haXX0rs WoW.
    SecurityFocus is reporting that the Sony BMG content protection software is making it possible for people to hack World of Warcraft and not get caught.

    " World of Warcraft hackers have confirmed that the hiding capabilities of Sony BMG's content protection software can make tools made for cheating in the online world impossible to detect. The software--deemed a "rootkit" by many security experts--is shipped with tens of thousands of the record company's music titles.
    Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of World of Warcraft, has created a controversial program that detects cheaters by scanning the processes that are running at the time the game is played. Called the Warden, the anti-cheating program cannot detect any files that are hidden with Sony BMG's content protection, which only requires that the hacker add the prefix "$sys$" to file names."

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Hackers Using Sony BMG Rootkit at SecurityFocus.
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    Fri, Nov 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Two fancy new shots, including one of a squirrel. Say that five times fast.
    Turbine has posted two new Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar screenshots on the official site.

    " In a time of war, an ancient evil stirs..."

    You can view the Lord of the Rings Online Screenshots at The Official Site.
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    Images, Media
    Fri, Nov 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Another Q&A from Cryptic's evil lair
    Jack Emmert, "statesman" emeritus and creative director for Cryptic Studio's City of Villains, answers a cornucopia of questions (hey, it's November, right?) from MMORPG.com about the infant super-baddie MMO.

    MMORPG.com: What sort of costume goodies are you planning to add for City of Villains in the future?


    Jack Emmert:
    We’re planning on adding trenchcoats to both games…eventually. Many other things to come in the future as well.

    Put on your tights and fasten your utility belt, it's time for another City of Villains interview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Ethec
  • Wow! A free day of WoW.
    Blizzard announced via their forums that they have given all World of Warcraft subscribers a free day of service.

    " There were a variety of issues with the authentication server yesterday and today that caused players to have issues logging in to the game and forums. Several realms came down for unscheduled maintenance yesterday to resolve a few continent crashes. The extended maintenance today also caused a great deal of inconvenience to many. As a result, we are giving all accounts a 24-hour credit on their subscription. This credit should show up on your account by the end of the week.



    As of this post, things are back to normal, but we will continue to closely monitor the realms and be prepared to take action should any other issues arise. We regret that the game was unavailable for a number of players both before and after the regularly scheduled maintenance period, and we would like to thank you all for your patience during this time.
    "

    You can read the original World of Warcraft One-Day Extension Post at the Official Site.
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    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Lord British takes the purse away from Tabula Rasa.
    MMORPG.com has posted a Tabula Rasa preview featuring insight from Richard "Lord British" Garriott.

    " Originally announced some time ago, the game underwent a marked shift just before E3 2005. Richard explained how it began with a rather trivial observation: everyone on the development team exclusively played female characters.
    Why was this? Well, they discovered that as the game’s extremely far-fetched high fantasy style evolved, it became harder for male gamers to connect with their male avatars. Thus began a period where they tried to put a little more grit into the game; a process that would eventually completely redefine its setting."

    You can read the entire Tabula Rasa Preview at MMORPG.com.
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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Star Wars Galaxies to produce its own kind of Episode III
    And no, I'm not talking about the Trials of Obi-Wan expansion which launched yesterday! Julio Torres, producer of SOE's Star Wars Galaxies, announced a new round of "sweeping changes" set to hit the game on November 15th? The changes focus on making the first 30 levels "story-driven," sorting players into 9 character classes that SOE says make up "98%" of current participants' preferred way to play. Eclectic skills like "creature handling" are on the way out, however.

    We are introducing a series of game enhancements to Star Wars Galaxies this month that include both significant enhancements to the live game as well as a completely redesigned experience for new players. The primary areas of focus include combat and profession and character development. The combat depicted in the Star Wars films, fiction, and canon that we have all come to know and love is fast-paced, action-packed, and visually intense. In order to stay true to the Star Wars fiction as well as to make the combat system more engaging, we have shifted the turn-based paradigm towards a much more engaging fast-action combat system where you control every move! After receiving feedback from members of the community, conducting extensive focus tests, and evaluating the combat systems of other games in the genre, we are confident this new fast-action combat truly delivers what players, fans, and gamers have come to expect from a Star Wars experience.

    Julio Torres' Star Wars Galaxies community letter announcing the changes is posted on the official site.
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    Thu, Nov 03, 2005
    Ethec
  • Like a lightsabre to the head...
    Eurogamer reviews the Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan expansion. It's a pretty expansion, they say, but ultimately score it 7/10 for, you guessed it, developing $35 worth of content almost exclusively for the level 65 plus game. When someone figures out how to make the high-levellers and low-to-mid-levellers happy at the same time, it'll be huge! Oh, yea...World of Warcraft, gah.

    "So it boils down to this: the expansion is aimed squarely at the high-level ground-based combat players, and is a solid addition of content for them. That only this one group of players is catered to fully though only serves to alienate those left behind and devalues the offering overall. "

    Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan reviewed at Eurogamer.
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    Reviews
    Wed, Nov 02, 2005
    Ethec
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