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  • I'll take a Grandia Latte and a whole wheat biscuit please.
    WorthPlaying is reporting that Square Enix is building a Grandia MMORPG. Cloud of Final Fantasy VII dropped his gigantisized sword on his toe and screamed:

    " Square Enix today revealed that it is working on a new title in their Grandia franchise. Unlike previous installments the new product will be an MMORPG, bringing the series online for the very first time. "

    You can read the entire Grandia Online Announcement at WorthPlaying

    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Can you spare some change (descriptions)?

    On EQ2's official site, the developers highlight some of the more blaring changes to characters' spells and combat abilities in the wake of the recent "Combat Changes." Now everyone can learn about the fun, new abilities no one really wanted!

    In this article, we take a closer look at how some of the abilities have changed for each class and how to integrate them with your play style. Utilizing the tactics and knowledge within and combining that with in-game experimentation and ability analysis will lead to success with your character.

    I guess the changes are good for us even if not particularly pleasant for some classes, like the Vegan junk our significant others might force upon our meat- and beer-craven mouths. See the Combat and Spell Changes at the Everquest 2 official site!

    News
    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Ethec
  • Questions? Answers.
    GamersInfo has posted a Horizons interview featuring Roger Hantz. Anne McCaffrey refused to comment on the use of dragons, but did say this:

    " Roger "Rawdge" Hantz joined the Tulga team last year and has had a hand in helping to stabilize the online world of Horizons and solidify the content since his first days on the job. As a Content and System Designer, Roger is responsible for breaking down each item/program to be placed in the game, planning its development cycle and then implementing that cycle. Without him, there would be no path to follow. A die-hard fan of the game, Roger is unique in that he brings to the team a player's perspective. Along with that, he has a talent for writing. Once certain areas of the game stabilize he can help flesh out the long-requested lore. "

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at GamersInfo.
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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Wanted! A Winning Poster.
    Blizzard is holding a World of Warcraft Wanted Poster Contest. Martha Stewart dismissed any claims that she may be on one of the posters stating:

    " Greetings, fellow Azerothians. We here at the RPSA bring you news of the direst nature. Criminals, ninja-looters, and raid wipers have been showing up in increased numbers all over the world. It's time someone did something about it, and we charge you, the adventurers of Azeroth, with that task! What we need are talented artists to create Wanted posters depicting their arch nemeses, kodo thieves, two-headed ninja-looters, or any monster or character that has otherwise gotten on their last nerve. "

    You can read about the World of Warcraft Wanted Poster Contest at the Official Site.
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    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • This game makes me sick.
    Gamerifts is reporting that some changes to City of Heroes have left people feeling nauseaous. Watching Ellen Degenerate on the Emmy's last night made my stomach queasy, especially when she said:

    " Players within City of Heroes from Cryptic Studios are reporting an alarming growth in photo-sensitve seizures after a recent patch into the game updated one of the "Sonic Powers Buff" to characters enhancing the visual effects associated with the power. "

    You can read the City of Heroes Makes You Sick Article at GameRifts.
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    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Is it really good to be bad?
    GameCloud has posted a hands-on impression of City of Villain based on beta experiences with the first few missions. Jack Nicholson, disappointed that he could not play The Joker in City of Villains pounded his fist on the desk and exclaimed:

    " Cryptic Studios and NCSoft released a big hit in April 2004 with City of Heroes, which finally gave players the chance to defend freedom and protect the meek with their super powers. Since its release Cryptic has been very generous with release new free content adding new zones, villain groups, powers and player vs player features. However, Cryptic is getting ready to do something that hasn't really been done before in MMORPG history with its next retail product City of Villains. Is it a sequel? Nope, since the game uses the same graphics engine and takes place in the same time frame and universe as City of Heroes. Is it an expansion pack? Nope because City of Villains is being sold as a full priced stand alone game (although it will add features to people who already own City of Heroes). Gamecloud got a chance to enter the beta test for the game and try out the first few missions (the publishers are not yet allowing screenshots to be published from the beta test; the shots in this article have been previously released). "

    You can read the entire City of Villains Preview at GameCloud
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    Mon, Sep 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A long-time MMO that's "dragon" itself back into the big time!

    The notion of playable dragons is enough to make any fantasy gamer drool, and this stalwart MMO in the vein of EverQuest Live delivers that, a enwizened concept of tradeskills, and more. But is it innovative enough to recover from past financial woes and a 2005 developer change-of-hands, recapturing market share from big-name games like World of Warcraft and EverQuest 2?

    "Horizons: Empire of Istaria" is a charming fantasy MMORPG that, for much of its life, has led a troubled existance. Originally the 1999 brainchild of now-defunct Artifact Entertainment, the game launched in December 2003 but ostensibly could not defray its titanic accrued development costs. As the rumor mill has it, the game was originally intended to include sublime MMO concepts like "character aging," but could not carry many of its markedly innovative ideas to implementation.

    What Horizons does offer, aside from a solid fantasy MMO experience in the vein of EverQuest, is a heady multiclassing system, playable dragons(!), and most of all, the most robust crafting system the genre has ever seen.

    See the full Horizons: Empire of Istaria profile as the latest addition to our "History of MMO Gaming" series.

    Reviews
    Fri, Sep 16, 2005
    Ethec
  • Everything's just coming up ROSEs.
    If a cartoony, lighthearted MMO is your plate of beans, head on over to FilePlanet to get in on the beta testing of ROSE online. If anime-styled, cutesy characters conjure images of hatred, violence, and destruction, you should probably stay away!

    The imaginative world of ROSE Online consists of 7 unique planets. Each planet has its own set of particular environments and characteristics. Interplanetary explorers will enjoy the many different adventure scenarios that these worlds have to offer.

    Cartoon Lich Kings that want to steal my soul make me giggle with the contrast of themes, hopefully we'll see some weirdness like that! ROSE Online beta signups, at FilePlanet!

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Fri, Sep 16, 2005
    Ethec
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    The MMOG overload is tough to take. I'd love to check out the new EverQuest expansion, but there is just no way. Between trying to download Desert of Flames for EverQuest 2. Yes, I'm still trying to get it to patch, fooling around in World of Warcraft, poking around in Horizons and clicking about in Dofus. That's a lot of goofing off, let me tell you! Have a great weekend folks!
    Friday Vin Diesel Fact:

    Vin Diesel has eyes in the back of his head.
    What's new on the network.

    What was recently recent, or what we still want you to see...you decide.

    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

    As always, in your service,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

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    Fri, Sep 16, 2005
    Boomjack
  • It's dark. It's light. You know it... whoo!

    Don't worry, Michael Jackson has nothing to do with the upcoming MMO "Dark and Light" -your kids can safely play. But will they want to? onRPG.com sits down with Alzar, DnL's mysterious surnameless community co-ordinator, to get somewhat of an answer for ya.

    What sets [Dark and Light] apart from other MMOs?

    Immersion is the key word. I invite you to climb up a mountain and to take a flight with your glider, this will change your life forever. You can do anything you want in Dark and Light: be a figher, a politician, a foreteress ruler... If you see a mountain at 50 kilometers far and say "I'm sure that the view can be fine out there", you can do it! the unique huge world is completly yours.

    Whoa, I've never seen a game promise to "change your life forever." Maybe if you read through the Dark and Light interview at onRPG.com, you'll discover that the game will cure cancer and end tyranny the world over!

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Sep 16, 2005
    Ethec
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