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  • This just in from Pann -

    GUILD WARS FACTIONS TO BE UNVEILED IN MASSIVE BETA TESTING EVENT AVAILABLE TO MORE THAN 3 MILLION GAMERS

    ArenaNet Opens Up Highly Anticipated Game to Global Beta Test and Announces Pre-Order Availability

    BELLEVUE, WA (February 9, 2006) – ArenaNet®, creators of the #1 selling online roleplaying game Guild Wars®, and NCsoft® Corporation, the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games, announce today plans for a landmark event to preview Guild Wars Factions™, the highly anticipated follow up to 2005’s critically acclaimed game Guild Wars. On March 24, 2006, game players around the globe are invited to participate in the Guild Wars Factions Preview Event, an exclusive and one-time opportunity unlike any offered before.

    All current Guild Wars players can join the event, and will be able to invite up to three of their friends using an in-game invitation interface. Entry into the beta event will also be available through the Guild Wars Factions pre-order package, which will include the Guild Wars Factions (GWF) pre-order CD, a GWF beta access key, a “friend” key that allows access to the beta event, a 14-day, 10-hour trial key for the original Guild Wars game, a tactical guide, and a quick-reference card. The Guild Wars Factions pre-order key also adds one unique item for each of the game’s two new professions, the Ritualist and the Assassin, and authorizes the user to play Guild Wars Factions 24 hours before the game’s street date in spring 2006. The Guild Wars Factions pre-order package will be available in retail stores nationwide beginning February 28.

    A game beta test of this size and scope has never been offered before and is a unique event for both fans and the ArenaNet team alike. With current Guild Wars players, their invited friends, and players around the world who purchase the GWF pre-order converging on the game for the Guild Wars Factions Preview Event, ArenaNet is preparing capacity in all its data centers to handle record-breaking numbers of new players.

    “To be able to open up Guild Wars Factions and share this one-time experience with so many people is truly a thrill,” said Mike O’Brien, ArenaNet co-founder. “Guild Wars players will get the opportunity to play Factions before the game’s release while sharing the game with up to three of their friends. We can’t wait for the feedback from the seasoned players, as well as those who join us for the first time on March 24.”

    Get More Information on Guild Wars Here

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    Fri, Feb 10, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It's almost out. We're weeks away! Can you feel the excitement in the air?

    Turbine has published the subscription pricing. Here it is! Go see how much you're going to have t o save to play this bad boy.

    Take a Peek at our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach site!

    News and Info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach

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    Fri, Feb 10, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • For Lord of the Rings Online Screens Go Here This world is so rich and vibrant. I've come to love the colorful WoW type graphics rather than the realistic brand. They tend look a little washed out. So anyway take a look at the new screens and then....

    Visit our Lord of the Rings Online Site!

    More News and Info on Lord of the Rings Online

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    Fri, Feb 10, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Gamespot had the chance to interview "Lord British" and got some great tidbits on his thoughts of the industry and why he thinks that Tabula Rasa is going to break the traditional MMO boundaries.

    S: Looking at the previous inductees to the Hall of Fame, pretty much all of them are still very active. At the same time, though, the Hall of Fame induction in most fields is kind of a career retrospective. I'm wondering if you worry or concern yourself at all that maybe your largest impact upon the industry has already been made.

    RG: That thought has at least crossed my mind, and, interestingly, I don't think so. And the reason why I don't think so is because Ultima Online wasn't that long ago. You could have made that argument previous to Ultima Online.

    I substantially believe that Tabula Rasa, the game I'm working on right now, is a dramatic departure from all other [massively multiplayer games] that have come before and will revitalize this segment again.

    Read it here.

    More News and Info on Tabula Rasa

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    Thu, Feb 09, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Now this is the kind of Valentine's Day Event that I like to see!

    Love is in the air... and so's the napalm. Forget the candy and flowers. Let's blow some sh-t up! Join us for an extended playtest session beginning Tuesday, February 14, at 6 pm Central and blazing through til 6 pm Central on Thursday, February 16.

    That's a full 48 hours of post-apocalyptic destruction and mayhem we're calling the Valentine's Day Massacre.

    This special event also marks the first phase of our priority beta access. Starting February 14, the mid-week playtest sessions will be accessible only to our pre-order account holders. Those with standard beta accounts will still be eligible to play during the weekend sessions (Saturdays 6 pm Central through Sunday 6 pm Central), including the special weekend beta events.

    Take a look at our Auto Assault Site!

    More News and Info on Auto Assault

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    Thu, Feb 09, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • A big party will be held with lots of baloons, cake and bloodshed!

    On March 24, 2006, game players around the globe are invited to participate in the Guild Wars Factions Preview Event, an exclusive and one-time opportunity unlike any offered before.

    All current Guild Wars players can join the event, and will be able to invite up to three of their friends using an in-game invitation interface. Entry into the beta event will also be available through the Guild Wars Factions pre-order package, which will include the Guild Wars Factions (GWF) pre-order CD, a GWF beta access key, a "friend" key that allows access to the beta event, a 14-day, 10-hour trial key for the original Guild Wars game, a tactical guide, and a quick-reference card. The Guild Wars Factions pre-order key also adds one unique item for each of the game's two new professions, the Ritualist and the Assassin, and authorizes the user to play Guild Wars Factions 24 hours before the game's street date in spring 2006. The Guild Wars Factions pre-order package will be available in retail stores nationwide beginning February 28.

    Sounds like fun!

    Take a peek at our Guild Wars site!

    More News and Info on Guild Wars

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    Thu, Feb 09, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Well 'tis the season and 1up has the exclusive info on what Blizzard plans to do for this day of love and mush.

    In order to make any headway in this rose-colored endeavor, gamers will need to stock up on "Love Tokens" from Innkeepers, which apparently constitutes the currency of love during the event. Blizzard states, specifically, that "In each capital, most of the guards and a couple dozen townsfolk are infected with amore. Periodically, they will become "Amorous" -- you'll know this by the floating heart above their head. An Amorous NPC is receptive to gifts of love, specifically Love Tokens (purchased from innkeepers). In return for a Love Token, they will reward the player with their own gifts. Some of these gifts are toys for players to play with, while others are "quest" items used to create Gift Collections." It gets more complicated than that though. Nothing is ever easy in the game of love, and as in real life, there is the horrifying possibility of rejection. But don't despair, where there's a will there's a way. In the event of rejection "there is a small chance when a player gives a Love Token to an NPC that he or she will be rejected. When this occurs, players will become "Heartbroken" for a certain amount of time. However, players can help their heartbroken friends by giving them a Friendship Bracelet and displaying the 'Power of Friendship.'"

    Hah to Boomjack! People ARE going to be saying "Just one more friend and I'll log off." I guess I'm going to have to switch from auto kill mode to auto hugs. It's a little disconcerting.

    It's impossible not to love our World of Warcraft site!

    More News and Info on World of Warcraft

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    Thu, Feb 09, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Oh Love is in the air and it's name is EVIL!

    Valentine's Day Event
    Wednesday, February 8, 2006

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, can love truly conquer all in a City of Heroes and Villains? That’s the question being asked in Pocket D. Wyvern is keeping tabs on all active parties, trying to discover what each one wants. See their report here.

    DJ Zero hosts two new contacts, Ganymede and Scratch, until the morning of February 22nd

    Just kidding I'm all about the love baby! And just so you feel that love too.. *puts Barry White on* My darlin I, can't get enough of your love baby...

    More News and Info on City of Villains

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    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I feel the coming of the apocalypse and it's name is Ipod. World of Warcraft is no exception to it's hypnotic spell of destruction.

    World of Warcraft Trailers for New iPod - Block on 2/07/06
    You can now download a variety of World of Warcraft trailers for the new iPod at Apple's games website. Click here to grab the World of Warcraft E3 2005, Battlegrounds, Zul'Gurub, and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade trailers, all specially formatted for playback on Apple's new video-capable iPod.

    Apple thy name is Lucifer! Ok ok it's not all that bad. I'm just bitter that I'm not cool / geeky enough to be into the Apple scene. You can get the trailers Here.

    The only place you need to go for World of Warcraft Info

    Ok the second place you can go for News and Info on World of Warcraft.

    News
    Wed, Feb 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • We reported last week that NCsoft was having a meet and greet. Well here are the details if you want to head over there.

    Join NCsoft for our first ever Player Meet and Greet!
    Tuesday, February 7, 2006

    Come meet fellow players, meet your favorite NCsoft Community Relations representatives, try out various NCsoft games, and maybe even win a door prize at the first ever NCsoft Player Meet and Greet.

    Join the fun right here at Austin’s own CyberJock’s on Thursday, February 23rd.

    This is your chance to meet CuppaJo, Alexa, Arctic Sun and Awry in person!

    There will be plenty of games, pizza, soft drinks, and a few surprises. Check out all our games including City of Heroes, City of Villains, Guild Wars, Lineage I and Lineage II. As a special treat, come and give our soon-to-be-released game Auto Assault a spin!

    Anyone can come and best of all, it is totally free!

    All you need to do is register at the CyberJock’s web site and then come on down to enjoy some great games with great company.

    Details

    Date: Thursday February 23rd
    Time: 7pm – 11pm
    Place: CyberJocks LAN Center
    13376 Research Blvd
    STE # 605
    Austin, TX 78750

    Contact CyberJock’s on their web site or at (512) 249-0909 if you have any questions.

    PLEASE NOTE: For the purpose of this event, there is no difference between "confirmed" and "unconfirmed" signups, since it is a free event. You do not need to go through the PayPal process in order to sign up for this event.

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    Tue, Feb 07, 2006
    Awenyddion
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