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  • Planting a Seed

    This week's comment content editorial is about the recent failure of a promising upstart MMO known as Seed. Seed was an open-ended roleplaying game that allowed players use the environment to do whatever they wanted, from politics to trading. Recently,
    Runestone Game Development (the creator of Seed) filed for bankruptcy and announces that Seed will be permanently closed. This begs to question, is there room in this industry for a non-combat orientated MMO? Our very own Aureal answers that question in this week's editorial: Planting a Seed.

    "Conflict is the key to a good story and continuing conflict will keep a reader turning page after page to see what happens. In a game, the player is central to the plot; conflict is either resolved or ignited by their actions. This keeps the player sitting at his or her desk, continuing to finish that quest or vanquish that enemy."

    Keep reading to learn more. How do you feel? Share your thoughts with us in the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer. Keep up to date on all things WoW right here at your one stop site for all your favorite MMOs.

    Mon, Oct 02, 2006
    LadySirse
  • While reading Coyote's 100th Blog entry I had to wonder how many Loading... blogs had been written. Amazing as it may seem, this is the 440th edition of Loading..., most of which are archived in the fertile ground that we call TenTonHammer.com, the place where this all began.
    I can't take credit for all of them, or even the good ones which were written by Jeff Woleslagle or Phil Comeau, but I must be up there in the 420 range. I'm stunned, amazed and in some ways appalled that people are signing up to read this in greater numbers every week. 57 acolytes to the MMOG gospel have signed up in the first two days of October. It's a crazy world.
    There are still a number of miscreants who sign up and then don't confirm their e-mail address. There are also a few who sign up using their company e-mail address which in most cases blocks this piece of daily scripture as spam or as better yet as vulgar. Where do you people work that this is considered vulgar? @#$% you corporate censors!
    Lara Flynn Boyle, fake vomit, six exclusive MMOG articles and more is but a click away.
    Loading... October 2, 2006 [Fake Barf Edition]

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    Mon, Oct 02, 2006
    Boomjack
  • The Seed That Wouldn't Grow: The Fate of the Social MMO

    In the wake of the failure of a MMO based around social interaction and politics, Ralsu examines what drives the MMO market. Then he looks at DDO's lack of meaningful social game play and how Turbine could use faction to advance lore, explain player-vs-player combat, and make Stormreach more immersive.

    "Gamers want clear units of measurement from their games. It's much more satisfying to kill the 50th sphincter beetle in 2 hours and have your piercing offense skill increase by 1 than to negotiate the price of H-VAC units for 2 hours. The latter feels eerily too much like real life."

    Get clicking to read more. Do you agree with Ralsu or think he's lost it? Let us know in the forums at DDO Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Oct 02, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Submissions Open Oct 3rd!

    The official site for Lineage II has been updated with a page that heralds their new community contest. In this contest you get a chance to work with the music for the upcoming Chronicle 5: Oath of Blood.

    Chronicle 5: Oath of Blood™ features a fantastic new soundtrack composed by Inon Zur. To celebrate the release of the new Chronicle and the recent launch of Lineage Radio, we are happy to bring you the Lineage® II Remix Contest! Put your own spin on a selection from Chronicle 5 and you might win fantastic prizes. Your remix might also be played on the air of Lineage Radio for all Lineage® II players to enjoy!

    Keep reading to get all the details! Good luck and keep us posted if you enter! Find out more about Lineage II events here and here. Stay up to date with all the latest Lineage II news and information right here at Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Mon, Oct 02, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Road to 7th Edition: The Army of Rat-Ho-Tep

    Finally a new entry for the Road to 7th Edition! Having completed his recent move across the city, with only two days of internet downtime, Ratboy has posted his third in what will no doubt be an epic series of articles. This week Ratboy has finally decided which army he will be playing in 7th Edition and has even got a sizeable start on it.

    So I’ve made my decision and if you hadn’t guessed by the title of this week’s entry I will be starting an army of Tomb Kings. I’ve had a few pieces of Tomb Kings stuff scattered about my house which I found while I was preparing for the move, so that only added to the craziness of my new plan.

    Get clicking to learn more! Have you joined our Warhammer Ten Ton Hammer Community yet? Why not? Head over today and sign up!

    Mon, Oct 02, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Friday's Check In With Staff Blogs

    Ten Ton Hammer Blog Update for September 29, 2006

    • Ganked! - What the eff? - Ethec talks about his experiences in gaming and his encounter with the f barrier.
    • Shay’s Treehouse - Spammity Spam - Shayalyn sounds off about the contents of her inbox.
    • Not Funny…Ever - 100 Entries - Coyote muses about the growing popularity of his blog and the fact that it is his 100th entry.

    Blogs
    Fri, Sep 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Early reviews sing its praises; MMO fans finally have a magazine to call their own

    A press release was issued this morning to announce the premier issue of Massive Magazine. It hit newstands across the country today.

    The premiere issue of MASSIVE includes a 30-page feature on "What's Next" for the MMOs of today and tomorrow. Other articles cover such topics as: why you'd want to hire a Chinese gold farmer and what it's like to run a guild with hundreds (or more) members. Each newsstand copy of MASSIVE includes a free DVD with five playable trial versions from SOE, including EverQuest II, EverQuest, Planetside, Star Wars Galaxies, and The Matrix Online, plus a VIP code that lets readers access the beta of Gods & Heroes.

    Read the full press release for more details. Have you picked up your issue today? Share your thoughts with us in the forums here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Fri, Sep 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Jung-Hun Kwag provides an update on the progress of Silk Road Online since its global launch in March

    MMORPG.com has an interview with Jung-Hun Kwag for an update on Silk Road Online.

    Silk Road Online was the other MMORPG KIPA (The Korean IT Industry Promotion Agency) chose as part of the Game&Game World Championships for 2006. Developed by Joymax, Silk Road Online has had over 2-million players register an account since it launched on March 14th of this year. Of those players, Joymax is uncertain how many actually play, but the global version of the game requires 11 servers, each with roughly three to four thousand active players at peek hours.

    The game is free to play, but allows players to buy things like accelerated experience gain, pets, potions, scrolls, character customization and other non-essential parts of the game. Most of which, added Jung-Hun Kwag of Joymax, were available for free players to earn as well.

    Keep reading to learn more. Have you played Silk Road Online? Share your adventures with is in the forums right here at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Sep 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • MMO Golf??

    That's right. MMORPG.com has an interview with CEO of OnNet USA, Kevin Kim. Don't miss out on this interesting interview.

    Shot Online is an MMO Sports game. Players advance their characters skills, items and abilities by playing golf. While things like force and accuracy are decided by character skill, the player has to make the decisions themselves. In effect, you can hit harder than Tiger Woods, but if you aim the ball at the side of a mountain, it won’t do you any good. The game requires an interesting combination of player and character skill.

    It has been two years since Shot Online made its North American debut, but this month marked its North American retail debut. Published by Synet, the game is available in major retailers across Canada and the United States. However, for the first two years of its existence, Shot Online has been free to play and free to download. They make their money through a micro payment system where players purchase items.

    Get clicking to read more. Do you think sports is a viable theme for MMOs? Let us know in the forums at Ten Ton Hammer.

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Sep 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Guild Wars Nightfall Updated Impressions - Heroes, Quests, and Setting

    GameSpot posted some updated impressions for the upcoming expansion to Guild Wars. They had a chance to speak with ArenaNet co-founder Jeff Strain about Nightfall.

    The appeal of online games is that they let you have your adventures alongside other players from around the globe. And one of the hallmarks of ArenaNet's online role-playing game Guild Wars is that it has evolved over time, adding new features and gameplay ever since its launch last year. Thanks to excellent gameplay and the fact that there's no subscription fee required to play, Guild Wars has established itself as a hit. ArenaNet claims more than 2 million copies of the game sold to date, and with the release of further chapters, we can expect that number to grow.

    Head over and read the rest of the article. Joined our Guild Wars Ten Ton Hammer Community yet? Head over and share your thoughts in the forums. Catch up on al the latest news and information today.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Sep 29, 2006
    LadySirse
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