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  • 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
  • If you live in Oklahoma, computer games are now the equivalent of pornography. That's right folks, you will now be able to buy your favourite MMO from the back room in your local games store. Expect it to be stuffed into a brown paper bag for transport home.

    "Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has signed into law the State-specific Bill HB30004, which redefines a list of items, such as hardcore pornography, which are deemed “harmful to minors”, to include video games which use “inappropriate violence”." - GamaSutra

    Personally, I would like a definition from Mr. Henry, to be referred to as Oh Henry from now on, as to what "appropriate violence" might be. Since games with inappropriate violence will get the brass pole treatment we are going to need to know which types of violence are appropriate for family consumption. It has come to my attention that Wile E. Coyote was seen leaving Oklahoma as fast as his ACME rocket-skates on rails would take him.

    "This definition considers inappropriate any game which “lacks serious literary, scientific, medical, artistic or political value”" - GamaSutra

    How does the current crop of MMOs fit into this? Vin meets Kneivel and monks meet American World Cup fans. All this and more...
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    Tue, Jun 13, 2006
  • The Balanced Build: The Ability to Adapt by Jonathan Sharp

    The oldest and arguably best GvG template in Guild Wars is the balanced build. Balanced builds have been around since the first BWEs, and they still make up a large portion of GvG builds. These complex builds require a great amount of tactical precision and multiple layers of synergy between the individual characters, and they demand multiple levels of offense—pressure, spike, and split. Balanced builds test individual skill and team coordination in ways that few other builds do. Ask many top teams which type of build they prefer to play, however, and you'll usually receive the same response—a balanced build.

    You can read the rest of this article here.

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    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
  • It's that time of the week again. Here's what they're working on for Dungeons & Dragons Online.

    Release note: this is just the third installment in the extremely lengthy list of fixes and changes that we are working on for the Twilight Forge Module. This is just the beginning.

    UI Improvements

    * NEW - The latency meter will be located in the main menu bar. Also, the latency meter will no longer want to be on top of everything (tooltips, for example).
    * NEW - Apostrophes and spaces will once again be allowed in player surnames and guild names.
    * NEW - The player biography panel will be adjusted to allow for more punctuation and printable character types.
    * NEW - The alive/incapacitated/dead state of members of your fellowship will update properly even when your group members are far from you.
    * NEW - The tooltip for feats will display how many times you have acquired the feat if you have acquired it more then once.
    * NEW - The tooltip for "Sneak Attack" will display how much extra damage you cause when performing a sneak attack.
    * NEW - Correcting a text error with the tooltip for Greater Bane items that improperly states that Greater Bane is a +2 bonus instead of a +4 bonus.
    * Alerts for "Missing Spell Component" will now list what the missing component is.

    Click here to find out more.

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    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
  • Some lucky players caught David Bowman wandering through the market on the Chaos server. Needless to say, chaos commenced.

    A few days back, David was visiting Chaos and said "Hello" in the Marketplace. Heh, mistake! Or not for those lucky enough to grab his attention and time for a bit. The topic, the upcoming expansion of course! A little clarification here and there. Read on for a little Q&A.

    Starna: David, if you don’t mind answering an expansion question? Are there any plans for 'generic' new-style buildings for current plots to make use of the new furniture/machine code? As opposed to just the new racial buildings (which will need their own plot types)?

    David: Starna: the new racial structures will be able to be built on any plot that doesn't restrict them.

    Starna: Ok, was my understanding that only Dryad and Dwarf were going in racially speaking, and that they needed special plots? Personally, I’m going pixie-tree :) but I’m asking more for the benefit of others, so I understand the plan as it stands.

    You can read the rest here.

    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
  • There have been two very cool interviews posted up over last weekend. One with RPG Vault and one with Gamespot.

    IGN’s RPG Vault have some inside information regarding the launch of RF Online from a development point of view, while Gamespot have an exclusive Q&A with Hook Sun – one of CCR’s game designers – about the GIGA FINAL Update.

    To read the Wrap Up Report at IGN’s RPG Vault please click here!

    To read the exclusive Q&A with Hook Sun at Gamespot please click here!

    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
  • Will there be Wookie sounds? Probably not. However, you can find out more about what will be included.

    ast time (Klick) I explained that the arena creature's impact sounded good, though it is lacking depth and power. There are several ways to get that extra "umpf" into a sound effect and it has been quite a long journey to work out an approach that actually works.

    When I was creating the sounds for our very first end-boss, animator Michael Perdius would constantly say he didn't hear the impact. This was odd as I knew it was in there, as a matter of fact; every time he said it, I would add another type of impact just to make sure. Several explosions, door slamming shut and bodies dropped to the ground all layered together. I tried eq-ing, adding reverbs even bribery at one point but Michael wouldn't budge. What I was adding wasn't what he was listening for.

    After a while, I gave up, working on other creatures instead, promising him to go back to our end-boss one day. I wasn't sure if I would or could get it right at a later time but was sure I wouldn't be able to do so now. Months later, when working on the Walrus' footsteps, I avertedly stumbled across a solution. The walrus was the first creature I did, not to walk on rock/gravel. When creating it's footsteps I noticed there was more punch to them than I would have expected. By mistake I had copy pasted an explosion, thinking it was a breathing sound, to each step. The combination of this quietly played explosion and the sounds surrounding the impact of the steps; the creaking wood boards and a slightly echoed thump, this gave a tremendous sense of weight.

    After each impact, the wood creaked.

    You can read this all here.

    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
  • Blizzard again bans more accounts than some online games have...

    In what's becoming almost a monthly occurence, Blizzard is wiping out massive numbers of EULA-violating gold farmer accounts. This time its 30,000 - the rough equivalent of the Puzzle Pirates community (according to MMOGchart.com). As usual, the target is not so much gold farmers working hand-to-mouth; it's botters who attempt to automate farming chores.

    In keeping with Blizzard's aggressive stance against cheating in World of Warcraft, we banned over 30,000 accounts in the month of May, and with that removed well over 30 million gold from the economy across all realms. The banned accounts were taking part in activities that violate the game's Terms of Use, including using third-party programs to farm gold and items, which severely impacts the economy of a realm and the overall game enjoyment for all players.

    We will continue to aggressively monitor all World of Warcraft realms in order to protect the service and its players from the harmful effects of cheating. Please note that selling World of Warcraft content, such as gold, items, and characters, can result in a permanent ban of the involved accounts from World of Warcraft.

    Read about the Blizzard's massive May bannings at the official World of Warcraft site.

    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
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