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  • In anyones wildest estimates did they predict that World of Warcraft would have 6.5 million subscribers and still be the #1 selling game in the United States nearly two years after its release? It sells more new copies than games without monthly fees. Guild Wars, I'm looking at you.
    I have always downplayed the doom-mongers who railed that WoW was destroying the MMOG industry; making it impossible for independent companies to deliver a product that was profitable enough to result in acceptable technical support and acceptable expansions.
    An announcement made yesterday has me rethinking the situation. During a Wall Street presentation a Vivendi representation said,

    "All Blizzard franchises will become MMOGs."

    Zerging, Mr. T and so much more is but a click away.
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    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
  • World of DiabloStarWarcraft?

    In the biggest gaming news to hit since, well, the Burning Crusade expansion was announced...

    During a presentation to Wall Street today, a company representative from Vivendi reportedly said, "All Blizzard franchises will become MMOGs." The rep said they have a model in place to produce an MMOG for $50 million over the next three years.

    I know I'd invest, but then I thought it would be impossible to lose with a Star Wars licensed MMO . In any case, check out this stop-the-presses news from Vivendi at IGN!

    Wed, Jun 14, 2006
  • In perhaps the funniest piece I've read in a long time, Woodrodius explains why you should chew your steak.

    Now locked in the gaze of both my CEO, some attentive restaurant patrons, and the interns, (who were watching an art position open up before their very eyes) Bruce and I rose, and our heroic art director positioned himself to administer his first Heimlich maneuver. The first thrust was unsuccessful. I heaved forward, and felt sickening pressure on my abdomen, pretty much the worst imaginable stimuli one can receive after a large meal. With this initial motion failing to dislodge the tasty globe from gullet, I began to have some genuine concern. Was this it? Was I going to die choking on steak and not making-out to death with supermodels as had been my previous guess? Would Greg be able to tastefully wait two months before he started making jokes about the manner of my demise, whilst validating it as “part of the healing process”? What of my bug list? Would they all go unresolved?

    Was this to be the end of Woody?

    You have to read the rest of this devlog. Don't eat or drink anything first. My monitor and keyboard are giving me baleful glares as I type this.

    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
  • Do you have that stinging feeling when you're defeated time and time again? You should probably read this then.

    Tips and Stratagems, Recluse’s Victory

    By Thomas Foss (aka Archon Voss) -- Senior Staff Designer & Zone Director

    Recluse’s Victory is much more of an Epic war zone than a PVP arena. With this in mind, you need to think more like a player on a larger battlefield, and less like someone street sweeping other players. This is an area where Super Groups will be able to really show their teamwork abilities and gain prestige in the presence of their peers;
    Solo players can be of special importance making sure that flanks are secure, scouting sectors and infiltration behind enemy lines. Support players can speed up recoveries to players as they emerge from the hospital reclamators, getting more boots on the ground faster.

    You can read the rest right here at the Official Site.

    More City of Heroes News.

    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
  • Play the game, or become part of it?

    Joystiq thinks that MMORPG.com thinks that the "RPG" is missing from MMORPGs these days. Well, duh.

    Are you getting enough role-playing elements out of your MMO? Cari Davidson over at MMORPG.com thinks we could use a lot more, and feels that a true MMORPG with an engaging storyline has yet to be created. She refers to the current crop of online time sinks as "glorified chat rooms" that are big on player interaction, but void of entertaining narrative or character development.

    Everybody has their scene. Some think MMOs should be replayed and enjoyed something like a fine wine, in the company of a few select friends. Others think MMOs should be quaffed like a beer in a stadium feel of 60,000 screaming World Cup fans. I guess I fit with the latter, I like a lively server.

    Click here to check out Joystiq's take on an MMORPG.com rarity of roleplaying article.

    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
  • Here are the details from the official site.


    Welcome to Netgame!
    We are currently looking for Hero Online closed beta participants and we look forward to seeing you in your dynamic adventures in the world of the Martial Arts!

    So here are the details regarding this event :

    1. Schedule

    Closed Beta launches on June 15, 2006 (11:00 AM U.S. Pacific Time GMT -8:00)

    2. How to participate in Closed Beta

    Step 1. Receive a digital key from one of the following partners:

    QJ Net

    Step 2. Create an Account HERE

    Step 3. Activate the digital key HERE

    3. Note

    1. There might be some difficulties in the registration process if you use an internet browser other than 'Internet Explorer'.

    2. The official closed beta website and the game client will be available on June 12th, 2006

    3. If you have registered for 'The Legend of Ares', you may use the same Account information for 'Hero Online'. However, a digital key will be required in order to participate in the Closed Beta.

    We are currently in the process of preparation to provide the best service to you in the best martial art action MMORPG! Please check our announcements frequently for upcoming updates!

    Let me know how you like it!

    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
  • Ten hut!

    The Lieutenant class has all kind of fun summoning skills! These skills have been reorganized in our listing in the Lieutenant class guide. Not only that, but we've added a ton of information to our class guide! Don't go into the wastelands unprepared noble Lieutenant!

    The Lieutenant is a very fun class because it has tons of depth and utility. Where others have shear strength or sneaky tactics, the Lieutenant comes in using its neat summons and ally buffing skills to save the day. That’s of course, the first thing one has to do when they sign up to play a Lieutenant, forget the shear strength and sneaky tactics in exchange for using summons.

    Summon your way over to our Lieutenant Class Guide at Auto Assault - Ten Ton Hammer.com!

    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
  • Get Your Freak On!

    Back with another must-read guide to using spells is Darkgolem. This
    time, Darkgolem takes us through the ins and outs of crowd control
    spells. He teaches us what control spells are, when to use them, and
    which one to use for a particular enemy:

    Against all opponents except dexterous types, vermin,
    creatures and giants, Web is easily the best spell to control opponents
    with. It prevents attacks, lasts long enough to be useful against
    in most cases, and is a reflex save--meaning it works well against most
    casters and melee types.

    C'mon! You know you failed your will save. You are compelled to read
    Freak at DDO - Ten Ton Hammer
    right now!

    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
  • First let me say that cyber-athlete is an oxymoron. Second, it's about time Pizza Hut gave something back to the very community that keeps them alive and kicking.

    Pizza Hut recently announced they will become the first fast food franchise to sponsor the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) and its affiliated tournaments. When engaged in league play, CPL professional and amateur members will be directed to special deals at Pizza Hut's web site, although there's no mention if this agreement also includes the Hut's Wing Street brand of chicken wings.

    You can read the rest at Joystiq

    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
  • Personally I believe the reasoning to be that they saw more "real life" Night Elves than any one group should ever see.

    While QuakeCon 2006 is apparently still going to happen, it's looking like Blizzard will not be doing a 2006 edition of their BlizzCon, which debuted last fall. According to a post on the subject on the World of Warcraft forums a Blizzard employee stated, "We haven't yet begun planning a BlizzCon for this year, and truthfully it isn't intended as an annual event. We had a lot of fun though, and we're looking forward to getting another one going and inviting everyone to come hang out with us and check out everything that is Blizzard."

    Thanks to Firing Squad for that little on dit.

    For Everything That is World of Warcraft.

    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
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