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  • There can be only one.
    ArenaNet has unveiled the first ever Guild Wars World Championship. When asked if he would be competing, Vin Diesel had this to say about that:

    "We are pleased to announce that the qualifying season for the first Guild Wars World Championship will begin this week. In preparation, the Guild Wars Ladder will be reset at 12:00 am PDT (7:00 am GMT) on October 1 to start the first ladder season. This inaugural season will last three months and will culminate in regional playoffs among top-ranked guilds in each of America, Europe, and Korea, followed by the global Guild Wars World Championship, a live event to be held early next year. We'll be making a formal announcement on Thursday with further details. "

    You can read the entire Guild Wars World Championship Announcement at The Official Site.
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    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • You can't have enough deskpaper.
    Blizzard has posted some new World of Warcraft deskpaper. Although the deskpaper did not include a picture of a chili-dog, Brent Leroy still grabbed it, superimposing Oscar's head where the Orc's head should be.

    " This is a test of the emergency description system. If there had been a real description you would have found it here, rather than the drivel you are reading now. Remember, this is only a test. "

    You can download the World of Warcraft Deskpaper at The Official Site.
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    Download, Media
    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Silithus, pencillin will clear it right up.
    Blizzard has posted a preview of the Silithus changes on the official site. Charlie Sheen comfirmed that he once had silithus, but that with medication it was cleared up in no time. He suggested that we take and hike and read:

    " Ancient forces stir in the heart of the Silithus desert - forces that have not been seen or felt for thousands of years. When the next content patch releases, adventurers will take note of a foulness that has seeped into the land of Silithus. This zone has been overhauled and is now major quest hub with episodic storylines that will send adventurers into its depths and past its borders. The redesign of this zone includes high-end outdoor quest areas for solo players, 5-man groups and mini-raids. Silithus is loaded with repeatable quests and bosses, providing a more casual alternative to dungeon raiding. Will you uncover the secrets of Silithus? "

    You can read the entire World of Warcraft Silithus Update at The Official Site.
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    Tue, Sep 27, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Slash and burn.
    Slashdot asked its viewers to submit their pointed questions for World of Warcraft. You can pick the questions, but unfortunately you can't pick your answers (or who answers your questions on the other side of the internet at times). Suffice it to say, CmdrTaco was none too pleased with Blizzard's response:

    " A little over a month ago we asked you for your questions to send on to the World of Warcraft development team. Unfortunately, it appears that these questions were misrouted to the Blizzard PR department. Any "Answers" you read here are completely devoid of real information or insight, and instead read like press releases and FAQ-style form replies. As I am a huge fan of this game, I was really disappointed by this. We promised to print their answers, so here they are. "

    The World of Warcraft Qs and As, mostly on the order of "what do i do with my uber level 60 if I don't like raids?", are found on Slashdot.

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    Features, Interviews
    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
  • Late to the dance, but high on the list.
    Strategy Informer got around to reviewing Guild Wars and it comes as no surprise that they liked it. We asked Ray Romano of Everybody Loves Raymond if he would consider an Everyone Loves Guild Wars T.V. sitcom and he replied:

    " Lately we've seen allot of MMORPG-s hitting the market, in the franchise caused by World of Warcraft. Many of those games went completely unnoticed, or have even been shut down (as we've seen with The Matrix Online and Asheron's Call 2). Guild Wars is not one of them. What the crew at Arenanet has to offer was fresh, and not just "another game in the line", but something quite different... read on, you'll find out what. "

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Review at Strategy Informer.
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    Reviews
    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Pintos with Panzerschreken
    For once we'd like to see an Auto Assault preview where the writer didn't get in the newbie-mobile, skip the introductory quests, comment on the devestation all around (which you can glibly add to be destroying landscape objects) and finally relay the joy of blowing things up (well, okay, you can never say enough about blowing things up! Vin Diesel agrees.) Unfortunately, Stratics follows the unwritten formula for AA previews.... doesn't anyone do anything fun and new in this post-apocalyptic world- stop for gas and donuts perhaps?

    " Upon first entering the game world as a Biomek Terminator (with a giant cannon for a left arm, it doesn’t do much but it sure looks cool) I noticed how bleak it all seemed. Ever play Fallout and notice all the devastation? Same principle. I didn’t waste much time in the starter city getting any of the dozen or so missions readily available for rewards of experience and cash, I jumped straight into my car and was out there blasting things. In the original newbie car – I use car as a superlative, it’s really more of a rolling death machine with a giant gun on the top – you’re already able to get up to a handy seventy something miles per hour, chaingun firing away with reckless abandon at anything that moves or doesn’t move. One of the first handy things I noticed is that as I destroyed the beautifully crafted landscape the destroyed objects would release other objects to me which I could pick up. Bits of scrap metal, grease, nuts&bolts, general junk really. Little did I know at the time that each and every one of those items that I got from just gleefully destroying the world would allow me to craft my own items with ease when I returned to the city."

    Read more of the Stratics preview of Auto Assault at Stratics Central, that is, if you haven't read it all before.
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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Sep 26, 2005
    Ethec
  • Peugeots With Panzerfausts - 56 seconds worth
    Gamers Hell highlights AA's nifty physics engine and combat styling with a new movie. You may need to buckle up, but you won't need a driver's license.

    "We have a new Auto Assault movie, showcasing this vehicular combat with role-playing elements which will be released later this year (thanks: GameSpot). In this game, players explore a post-apocalyptic future in customizable cars, motorcycles, semis and even tanks. Players battle other players both in arenas and in epic race vs. race wars for control of the regions in a devastated Earth. Auto Assault uses the power of the Havok physics engine to let you make insane jumps, send obstacles flying and even blast bridges, buildings, fences and trees with your car-mounted rockets. "

    Link to the Gamers' Hell Auto Assault video download via this page (the dl is about 45 megs).
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    Video, Media
    Fri, Sep 23, 2005
    Ethec
  • Pictures that won't look anything like the final product.
    Turbine has posted some Lord of the Rings Online concept art for you viewing pleasure. The picture today is what that girl you met last night looks like when you sober up, otherwise known as the Gothorog. Elijah Wood was too busy eating second breakfast to speak to us, but his agent was kind enough to tell us:

    " In the early days of Angmar, the Witch-king sent forces North to "collect" the remnants of an evil race that was long believed destroyed, but which Sauron's far-seeing eye spied in the ruins of the Northern Waste. These ancient creatures were few in number but great in strength; of Troll-kind but far more cunning, and exceedingly cruel. The name given them was Gorthorog. "

    You can view the Lord of the Rings Online Concept Art at the Official Site.
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    Images, Media
    Fri, Sep 23, 2005
    Boomjack
  • How DDO will beat the demon
    Lead designer Ken Troop talked with Next Generation about how the Turbine team is out to make players feel like a hero. I'm not sure that low-population servers (>1,000) and making all zones outside the main cities and towns instanced (the majority for 4-6 players) is the way to do that, but I am sure that Vin Diesel doesn't need to feel like a hero.

    " Turbine has got a few MMOs under their belt (Asheron’s Call 1 & 2, the forthcoming Lord of the Rings Online) but lead designer Ken Troop explains why DDO is going to be different from any other MMO.  



    'One of the things D&D is really good at that many MMOs seem to miss is the sense of being a hero, of being important and different from the everyday people in town. Stormreach, [chief city of DDO] will be filled with enough players to provide a broad selection of adventuring partners, but not so many as to reduce them to mere statistics.' "

    Dungeons and Dragons Online lead designer Ken Troop's interview with Next Gen.
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    And a bonus Vin Diesel fact:Vin Diesel doesn't need dice, he can randomize numbers in his head to 14 decimal places.
     

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Sep 23, 2005
    Ethec
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