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  • The World Cup begins in 10 days. For football (soccer here in North America) fans the world literally stops spinning on its axis for a month. It happens every four years and I am led to believe that there is no coincidence between this and the need for a leap-year, also every four years. Any sport that can fire off the headline, "Pekerman's Messi Dilemma" can't be that bad, now can it?
    To make the claim that soccer is like a religion isn't much of a stretch. Those that have "faith" are unshakeable in their belief that soccer is truly the beautiful game. Those that don't enjoy the sport would rather watch paint dry in a filled to the rim port-o-potty that has been left out in the desert for a month...or two. Oh, and "Go England!" It's England versus Hungary today in a pre-World Cup friendly match. I'm "hungry" for a win.
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    Tue, May 30, 2006
    Boomjack
  • The MMO to bridge East and West?

    Though I get a little cheesed at meaningless game names whose sole purpose is to fill out a snappy abbreviation, I might just give Soul of the Ultimate Nation (or SUN, /sigh) a shot, based on what TMCnet's saying.

    "Sun'' has top-quality graphics and sound, but what distinguishes it most from a hundred similar MMORPGs is that it is designed to meet the taste of both Western and Asian audiences. There are tons of missions, quests and adventures for Western users who tend to play solo.

    Apparently, for the first time ever, it's a blend of what eastern and western gamers want . Oh, Lineage you say? FFXI you say? Nevermind those.

    Just read TMCnet's first impressions on Webzen's Soul of the Ultimate Nation by clicking here.

    News
    Mon, May 29, 2006
    Ethec
  • Drawing Magical Power through Faith

    Zed at our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach @ Ten Ton Hammer community site brings us his ratings for 4th level cleric spells, noting that these spells negate some of the nastiest status effects in the game:

    Death Ward prevents death spells, energy drains, and negative energies from hurting members of your party. Neutralize Poison removes existing toxins and protects the body from new ones. Restoration replenishes levels and ability points lost to enemy casters.

    Read the full 4th level cleric spell guide at the DDO - Ten Ton Hammer community site to learn more!

    Mon, May 29, 2006
    Ethec
  • There is hope for humanity after all...

    Our most popular class guides for the human race - the Auto Assault Commando and Agent guides - got quite an update over the weekend. Check it out!


    Commandos are a class of two things, tanks and explosions. We've gone to our class guide for these noble soldiers and revamped the entire guide. We've reorganized the skill list, included a guide on how to play the Commando, and added tons of Commando related information.

    The Commando is a class designed for fighting in the front lines. Understanding this will go along way when adventuring out in the wastelands. For instance, where others may have to stand back and be careful, the Commando can bust in and stand toe to toe with the enemy. The playstyle of the Commando has a lot of room for error since they have a lot of HP and DPS (Damage Per Second).

    Head on over to our Commando Class Guide at Auto Assault - Ten Ton Hammer!


    Our Agent class guide has had a tune-up and an oil change. We've gone through and updated all of the information, reorganized the skill list, and added even more information to our already extensive class guide!

    Being an Agent means you sacrifice utility, support, and tanking ability for damage and stealth. That does not mean you cannot fill any of those roles, but there are other classes that can do them better and much more efficient then the Agent. Understanding this is the first step to mastering the Agent class.

    Take a ride over to our Agent Class Guide at Auto Assault - Ten Ton Hammer!

    Mon, May 29, 2006
    Ethec
  • Many of our U.S. based visitors are home for the Memorial Day holiday today. I'm not sure what the proper salutation for Memorial Day is. It isn't happy and you don't celebrate it. With that in mind I'll go with our thoughts are with those honoring Memorial Day.
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    I don't curse very often in real life ( though I did let loose with one choice expletive yesterday while up to my neck in frigid water trying to get our dock installed for the season ) and I curse even less in this column. With that in mind the following auto-reply caught me by surprise:

    "In accordance with [Company Name Was Here]'s Email policy the following email has been blocked because we believe the message or an attachment to this message may contain unacceptable language, or inappropriate material."

    If you work for a New Zealand pharmameutical company and wonder why we don't do a mailing every day...you have your answer. This and so many more perplexing questions, answered today in Loading...

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    Mon, May 29, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Go go gadget upgrades!

    Gadgets provide a means of enhancing various items that have open gadget slots. They are an integral part of the Auto Assault item system. Anything that can provide an edge is combat is surely needed!

    Gadgets are rather uncommon items that drop through the world that can be added to the various items that have open gadget slots. These slots could be locked, of course, which requires the Tinkering skill to unlock the slot. Once added to an item the gadget improves it by adding a special enhancement based on the type of gadget it is.

    Take a look at our newest guide in the Auto Assault Mechanics series over at Auto Assault Mechanics: Gadgets at the Auto Assault - Ten Ton Hammer community site!

    Mon, May 29, 2006
    Ethec
  • Mission Impossible (to fail)

    Guild Wars @ Ten Ton Hammer brings you a guide to one of the easiest missions in Factions—which is as it should be. Minister Cho's Estate is basically a tutorial for you to get your feet under you with the concept of missions and grouping. It will also introduce you to concepts like pulling. Even so, even smooth rides can have a bump or two, so here's a walk through to get you where you're going.

    Master Togo gives you the mission to eliminate sickened creatures. Just follow him and try to keep up. Most of the enemies are level 5-8, which is pretty simple, given that Togo is level 20 and on your side.

    Read our guide to the Minister Cho's Estate mission, only at Guild Wars - Ten Ton Hammer.

    Sun, May 28, 2006
    Ethec
  • Make sure these Ruins don't ruin your evening...

    World of Warcraft @ Ten Ton Hammer's Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj (AQ20) Guide is now almost complete! We have posted the last of the bosses (Ossirian), trash mob info and a list of links to AQ20 information that can be found on other sites.

    So, what’s left? Your contributions of course! No TenTonHammer guide can be truly complete without the communities help. We need your strategies, tactics and any other information you can dig up. So send it our way with your character and server name and we will add it to our guide and credit you!

    You can find the whole guide here: WoW - TenTonHammer’s Guide to the Ruin’s of Ahn’Qiraj.

    Sun, May 28, 2006
    Ethec
  • MMOs take spots 3 and 4 in the US PC games charts for May 7-13

    Well, Arena.net doesn't want Guild Wars Factions to be known as an MMORPG (they're too good for us) but Factions fell in at fourth spot. World of Warcraft still reigns at 3rd spot, it's been in the top five since charts were chiseled in stone.

    Speaking of holdovers from November 2004, World of Warcraft was the number two game of the week, yet again showing the masses' desire to emigrate to Azeroth. It was followed by newcomer Guild Wars Factions, the first stand-alone expansion for NCsoft's free massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

    See the rest of the charts breakdown at Gamespot.

    News
    Fri, May 26, 2006
    Ethec
  • Auto Assault reviews abound... here comes the Sun.

    The Vancouver Sun just reviewed Auto Assault, giving the game a 4 out of 5. Our own review shows that 4 out of 5 reviewers give Auto Assault a 4 out of 5.

    t all adds up to fast and fun game play.

    You hop out of your souped-up vehicle in town and move around with your character. But the town graphics and movement are jerky and a step down from cruising around the landscape terrain.

    Finding missions is easy in Auto Assault - I mostly found myself having to smash apart villages searching for an item, delivering a parcel to another town or knocking off some mutant creatures or their boss.

    Read up on the Vancouver Sun Auto Assault review, and if you're still in the review-reading mood, check out Ten Ton Hammer's Auto Assault "first glimpse" review (we bucked the trend and gave AA a 4.8 / 5 - we likes it).

    Reviews
    Fri, May 26, 2006
    Ethec
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