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  • Turbine's Asheron's Call now available by direct download

    Turbine apparently shipped its spare AC2 servers over to IGN, who now offers the original Asheron's Call through its Direct2Drive service.

    “AC represents one of the longest running massively multiplayer online games in the industry and due to continuing demand we have partnered with Direct2Drive to continue to broaden our reach,” said Jeffrey Anderson, president and CEO for Turbine. “Direct2Drive is a leader in digital distribution, offering best-of-breed games from the best developers and publishers in the industry, and we're excited to offer their service to the AC community.”

    Launched in 1999, ACis a critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game that draws together thousands of players within an evolving and dynamic persistent 3D world. With an exciting ever-evolving storyline, thrilling adventures, quests, and frequent content updates, ACimmerses players in an intense role-playing environment. An extensive system of formal Allegiances and player influence greatly enhances social interaction within the game. AC has received several awards over its seven year history including being ranked #27 of Gamespy’s Top 50 games of all time.

    Click here (or below) to read the press release in toto.

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    Tue, May 30, 2006
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  • Screenshots from City of Heroes / City of Villains Preview Event in Recluse's Victory

    Though we don't condone MMOGinfo's liberal use of gold ads, I wanted to show you a little something from the CoV event last week since I couldn't attend. The quote says it all:

    The last thursday we took the opportunity to participate in an in-game event for press in the european training server of City of Heroes / Villains to see the new battleground of Recluse's Victory. Here you have the screenshots of the event.

    See the snappy "Recluse's Victory" Screens at MMOGinfo.com.

    Images, Media
    Tue, May 30, 2006
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  • Tabula Rasa impresses GamingExcellence

    First NCSoft / Destination Studios's upcoming MMO masterpiece got some "ooos" and "ahhs" out of our merry band at E3 2006 (winning our "Player's Choice" award), now Gaming Excellence delivers a very favorable preview of the Sci-Fi FPS / MMO hybrid.

    Tabula Rasa not only takes a unique approach to the presentation of the MMO genre by focusing on story and the mechanics of battle, it also strives to remove the frustrating aspects associated with the time spent playing these games altogether. Besides the amazing alien environments, players will also notice that the interface used in the game is extremely different from other popular titles. Of course this is not a negative aspect of the game, on the contrary it appears that NCsoft may have another hit online game when Tabula Rasa releases late this year.

    Check out a Tabula Rasa preview and screens at GamingExcellence.

    Features, Previews
    Tue, May 30, 2006
    Ethec
  • A sea of red, and they're all playing WoW...

    VNUnet reports that 4.3 million Chinese have subscribed to World of Warcraft since service provider The9 began operating a year ago. The9 has failed to lock in rights to WoW's "Burning Crusade" expansion, fueling speculation that Blizzard's desire for a bigger slice of the profit pie (and concerns over The9's hosting of another MMO: Guild Wars)may lead the titanic game developer to search out another China provider.

    More than 4.3 million World of Warcraft user accounts were paid for and activated in China during the past year, according to the company that operates the multiplayer online game in the country.

    The game's developer, Blizzard, is claiming more than six million players worldwide, suggesting that China has more players than any other nation and could already account for more than half the global total.

    Get the rest of the story at VNUnet.

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    Tue, May 30, 2006
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  • Move over Righteous Brothers!

    Ralsu examines the abundant choices of buffs and crowd control spells available to bards able to cast Level 2 spells. He rates them all on a scale of 1 to 5 and explains what's good and what's bad about each one:

    Notes: A buff to any stat is usually appreciated, but many bards question the value of selecting these spells with their limited slots. The arguments against picking Cat's Grace would be that you can get the same spell in a wand or from another caster in the party. The case for Cat's Grace is that it is extendable when you cast it from your prepared spells list--spells from wands are not. My advice is to select a different spell unless buffing is your specialty.

    Rating: 2

    Read all of Untrained Melody II to help guide your selection of Level 2 bard spells!

    Tue, May 30, 2006
    Ethec
  • Hunting for a bounty of information?

    In any MMORPG, the stealth type class usually requires the most skill at playing effectively. Sure, anyone can pick one up and have fun, but the more you know about them the better your skill at them increases! That's why we've revamped out Bounty Hunter class guide with a "bounty" of new information, reorganized skill listing, and updates all around!

    Bounty Hunters trade defense, support, and utility for the ability to do lots of damage and stealth. Naturally, understanding this can lead to a lot less calls to INC. Like any stealth class, it’s naturally best to utilize your ability to stealth to take out the enemies as opposed to up close combat. Not that it isn’t an option, you can skew your attributes, but at the same time there are classes that can do that much better and more efficient.

    Sneak your way over to our Bounty Hunter Class Guide at Auto Assault - Ten Ton Hammer!

    Tue, May 30, 2006
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  • It's all about playstyle...

    This month has flown by, as evidence by today's content, our last installment of May's Tuesday's Takes. We asked the question "Harcore vs casual, how do YOU play and do you feel the game will accomodate your playstyle" and four of our writers have given their "takes" on it, today Lady Sirse wraps up this topic with her "take" in Does Your Playstyle Define You?

    Casual gamers often look on these dedicated…for whatever reason…masses as arrogant loot mongers who will walk over their own grandmother’s to get the next uber drop. Conversely, the hardcore players look on those who play less than 40 hours a week in constant raids as weak, unworthy of being listened to or given any consideration at all. Think I’m joking? Take a look at most official forums across the gaming community and you’ll get a taste for what I mean.

    Read more of Take #5 at the Vanguard @ Ten Ton Hammer community site.

    Tue, May 30, 2006
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  • Ratboy says: WAR != WoW

    Ratboy writes today about a subject that’s annoyed him ever since I heard Mythic was picking up the Warhammer License for an MMORPG. Warhammer Online IS NOT World of Warcraft. So here’s why…

    With the buzz of E3 leaving my system, I have finally put fingers to keyboard in this article. Two things really set me off to write this article, the first of which, was upon returning from my trip to E3, I started reading the various online Warhammer Forums and found continual references to World of Warcraft in comparison to Warhammer Online. The second thing that pushed me to write about this topic was a comment made by Messiah at our interview with Mythic in which he referred to WAR as “World of Warhammer” (bad mistake and I still find myself wanting to send apology emails)… So without further ado “why Warhammer Online is NOT World of Warcraft”.

    You can read the entire article at the Warhammer Online @ Ten Ton Hammer community site.

    Tue, May 30, 2006
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  • New Warhammer Online screenshot spread...

    New screens today from Mythic with a decidedly wintry bent. It looks like the greenskin orcs and dwarves are set to face off in more mountainous climes.

    The dwarven factory structure shown is especially refreshing; its nice to see some creative artists take a new stab at old themes. It looks nothing like EverQuest's angular caverns or World of Warcraft's vaulting ceilings in Ironforge (a strange setting for height-challenged gnomes and dwarves - and think of the heating bill in Dun Morogh).

    Check out the new batch of screenshots at the Warhammer Online official site.

    Images, Media
    Tue, May 30, 2006
    Ethec
  • Or is He an "Expert Treasure Hunter?"

    The mention of burglars and Tolkien conjures up images of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, making off with Gollum's ring, and stealing treasure from beneath the great dragon, Smaug. The Burglar class in The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is likewise a cunning thief with riddles to tell. Learn more in Vastori's introduction to the Burglar.

    Seemingly cut and dry, the Burglar class will allow players to use stealth and guile to defeat their opponents. A recent video of gameplay from this year’s E3 [Electronic Entertainment Expo] in fact shows a Burglar character "disappearing," or more likely blending into shadows, to perhaps execute a backstab or trip maneuver. These abilities are usually balanced with a weaker tolerance for damage and not being able to equip the heavier armors; but players who favor the Burglar will have no problem, as long as they don’t get caught un-aware.

    Sneak up on the Burglar at the LotRO at Ten Ton Hammer community site.

    Tue, May 30, 2006
    Ethec
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