Blizzard confirmed today that they will be creating a localised version of World of Warcraft for Spanish speaking players. Spanish players will have their own website, customer support and perhaps most importantly Goblins in Ratchet who speak Spanish. How do you say, "Keep it real" and "Time is money friend" in Spanish? Will there be a running with the bulls version? If so, will the Tauren scream discrimination? What about virtual Taco Bell outlets? The list of important questions just goes on and on.
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Blizzard also announced that they have broken the six million subscriber mark. I believe all of them have at least one character on Sen'jin. If my handy dandy press release tracker is correct that means that they have added over one million subscribers in the last eight weeks. It's too bad that none of the PvE servers allow new players. I guess we have one million new PvPers, our own Darren "The General" Lee among them. Are you wondering what I'm going on about? Blizzard: Dine 'N Dash explains it all.
Gods and Heroes, one of my "Editor's Choice" award winners from E3 2005 has thankfully resurfaced, washing some egg from my face while simultaneously announcing a publishing deal with Sony Online Entertainment. This is a big step for the Gods and Heroes team! If you are interested in what I thought of the game a year ago then clickity click right here.
Dofus, the game with the name you can't forget has expanded. I was a bit harsh on this game when it arrived on my desk, but apparently a few of you have taken a shine to it. Shine, shine on! They were kind enough to drop me an e-mail letting me know that they have added a new race of Panda people that they have creatively called the Pandawa. I had so many Star Wars jokes to put in here that I couldn't pick just one. You can read all about the new expansion, pandas and all, through the magic of the Internet.
Censorship isn't a problem at TenTonHammer.com but network television is another animal altogether. I'll end my column today with this gem sent in by Awenyddion.
I'm rearranging the column and consequently the newsletter that goes out each day to put the MMOG information at the top, ahead of the crazy, non-game related material. You did sign up to read about games and not about Vin Diesel or crazy news stories. Better? Worse? I need to know.
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Our EverQuest 2 community team has delivered three great articles today including one covering your favourite topic, death. That's not all we have today though, become a DDO casting expert, a master of mind skills in Auto Assault or an Orgrimmar cartographer. Given the choice, I'd take the mind skills.
Let us entertain you.
- EverQuest 2: Guide to Obelisk of Lost Souls
"Savanja takes a peek at a definitely under utilized zone, the Obelisk of Lost Souls. With quest walk throughs, and fabulous maps done by the talented Slide, this is a guide to check out if you are wanting to head out and explore some of the lesser used zones."
- EverQuest 2: Forum Moderation and its Purpose
"Forum moderation is one of those things that everyone thinks that they could do better than those appointed to the position. Savanja, a dedicated forum poster, gives her thoughts on moderation, what it's good for, and why it's just not a job she'd want to have."
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Priests and Magi - Expert Casting In DDO
"Want to become an expert spell slinger in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO)? Darkgolem has the guide for you! Be the life of the party! Be the envy of all your friends! Be pop-pop-POPULAR! Follow this sage advice! Ahem. Well, okay, we can't guarantee great parties or friends suffering from spell caster envy, but we can promise that using good tactics will make you a sought-after group member. In a game where grouping is the only way to advance, popularity's not such a bad thing."
- Auto Assault: Master Mind Skill List
"Looking for information on summoning robots out of thin air?
Well, you've found the right place. Kind of. We now have all of the skills for the Master Mind class documented in our Biomek section.
Things like summoning robots, debuffing the enemy, buffing your buddies, and more are now included in our new Master Mind section."
- WoW: City Guide - Orgrimmar
"We begin a new series of quick takes on <em>World of Warcraft</em>'s most popular, most travelled cities and regions today with a veritable tour guide for Orgrimmar, if you will. A little bit of the city's history, how each of the Horde races can get to Orgrimmar from their starting areas, an easy-to-read map (no little numbers), and a quest listing for the city, sorted by level. It's all here!"
- EverQuest 2: Getting A Grip On The Grave
"Whether its Nintendo's Mario crying "Oh no! Mama mia!" after a failed jump, or Lego Darth Maul asploding into tiny Lego pieces after being shot by too many Droideka, every video game uses death as a vital mechanic. What is the purpose of death in gaming, and how does is specifically relate to EverQuest 2? RadarX looks at this morbid subject and how it effects everyone."
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Newb Friendly Advice
"At last it's here, the long-anticipated launch of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. The good news is, MMOG gamers now have a whole new world full of adventures to explore. The bad news is, unless you've played the beta or you have some knowledge of Dungeons & Dragons, the tabletop game, DDO may make you feel like a bit of a newb. Well, buck up, little camper! We've assembled a collection of articles to help guide you in the right direction."
- Dungeons and Dragons Online: Turbine Reveals Harsh Realities
"It's launch day, February 28, 2006, and Turbine, Inc. has unleashed their game, Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach on the public...but not without a stern warning. Consider this video a bit of tough love; a public service announcement, if you will.
Massively-multiplayer online gamers who don't take Turbine's message seriously could find themselves injured or worse. What's it going to take to end the senseless brutality?"
- Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - Virtual Marriage, Fairy Tales or Nightmares?
"Our Last Look at Virtual Marriage for this Months Tueday's Takes"
- World of Warcraft: Gaming on the Dark Side
"Gaming on the dark side? You are probably asking yourself "What is this fool talking about?" Let me explain a little and provide a brief background. I am talking about gaming on an Apple iMac. GASP!!! What?
Everyone knows Macs are not for gaming. Macs are for tree huggers, hippies, academia, free spirits and graphic artists. No serious computer person would ever use a Mac, never mind play a video game on one, would they? To many using a Mac for games is almost as bad a scenario as Luke Skywalker turning to the Dark side of the force! It just isn't right! Now that the basic premise is laid, let me go back and paint the full picture. Let's take a look at Apple, my very limited experience with them, and how why anyone would actually want to game on one.
Vin Diesel Fact of the Day:
If Vin Diesel were to stare into the Sun, the Sun would go blind.
Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.
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-- John "Boomjack" Hoskin