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  • WoW co-creator makes Time's Top 100 transformational figures

    Each year, Time Magazine publishes an issue highlighting 100 of the world's most influential figures. Rob Pardo, VP at Blizzard Entertainment, netted honors in the "Artists & Entertainers" section.

    Pardo, who is vice president of game design for Vivendi-owned Blizzard Entertainment, is cited in the magazine's accompanying article for helping to create World Of WarCraft, which now has over 6 million subscribers, and is "one of the most immersive and successful video games ever created... it could be the future of electronic entertainment", according to Time's Lev Grossman.

    I dole out my share of criticism toward Blizzard's seeming aloofness towards player complaints, but no one can argue with World of Warcraft's success. Kudos to Rob Pardo and the entire Blizzard team for breaking yet another barrier towards the mainstream culture.

    Check out the full "Rob Pardo Makes Time's Top 100" article at Gamasutra.

    Tue, May 02, 2006
    Ethec
  • It's one thing to string along dissatisfied players with promises...

    But now the mainstream Internet media (starting with Cnet last week) is becoming increasingly critical of World of Warcraft's authentication and performance problems. Blizzard told TechWeb that new initiatives will alleviate the login bottleneck many players experience, but some gamers claim that WoW's problems run deeper.

    Although the company promised it would announce an upgrade date this week, some players claimed that updating the log-in servers wouldn't solve the problem.

    "Certain servers are experiencing multiple failures nearly every day. These servers experience partial or total crashes, in addition to massive disconnects affecting a large fraction of the players online. This results in a constant stream of people trying to login again, because the server rarely stays up for more than 15 or 30 minutes during peak time," wrote a player identified only as "Pozzo" in a reply to the Blizzard post.

    Longtime players know something of the song-and-dance that's characterized Blizzard's response to WoW's snarled performance since the game's launch. Nevertheless, the game grows by leaps and bounds while decent MMOs wither in its wake. At some point, will the bubble burst? Or does denial of service only fuel gamers' longing to play? Ah, what a tangled web they've woven for us.

    Check out the "Blizzard's Promises" article at InformationWeek.

    Tue, May 02, 2006
    Ethec
  • The French mega-conglomerate formerly known as "Vivendi Universal"...

    Vivendi is no longer "universal" - they'll just settle for 6.5 million World of Warcraft subscribers. That's right, the newly renamed "Vivendi Games" sold it's last remaining shares in Universal and will now sport two new divisions: one devoted to online games, the other to mobile gaming. VG is best known as the parent company to Blizzard Entertainment, makers of the most prosperous MMORPG to-date.

    Vivendi Universal Games is dropping the Universal from its name and becoming Vivendi Games (VG). This name change follows that of its corporate parent, Vivendi Universal, which has become simply Vivendi, following through with its plans to sell its last remaining stake in Universal (merged last year with NBC). The internal workings of both Vivendi and VG will remain the same, except for the formation of two new divisions devoted to mobile and online gaming.

    Read the Vivendi Games' announcement at TGDaily.

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    Tue, May 02, 2006
    Ethec
  • Not swords, SPIKES!

    In Auto Assault, the front and melee weapon hardpoints are critical for destroying enemies in a quick and efficient manner. That’s why we have a new Auto Assault Mechanics guide all about these two lovely (and painful) weapons!

    Your front weapon is a very important weapon. Its TacArc is affixed to the front of your vehicle, therefore will only hit enemies in front of you. Its damage is considerable and can really help take out enemies much faster then just your turret weapon!

    Load up the rocket launcher and take a look at Auto Assault Mechanics: Front and Melee Weapons here at Auto Assault - TenTonHammer!

    Tue, May 02, 2006
    Ethec
  • Dr. Ruth he ain't!

    All the activity of spring surrounds us, yet Orogurath can only think of how Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) might be the "great equalizer" that helps people fall in love. He examines the internal mechanisms that cause people to feel that spark, and then he delves deeper to show that gaming can match two people who normally wouldn't waste time on one another. As usual, Orogurath puts his cynical spin on things:

    Outward appearance: the first thing you check and predominantly the most important for attraction. The average human would be, say, a six. This takes the factor of species-specific recognition, allowing for a +1 to average, and explains much of why men would court most anything with human mammaries. Well groomed folks exude an additional +1, confidence nabs a peppy +1, and there is a + or – 1 due to personal preferences of height, weight, size of cranium, etc. Thus, an average human with no aberrant qualities, well groomed and confident becomes an instant 8 and thus highly attractive to the opposite sex.

    You have to read Gaming and the Coupling Index to believe it, folks!

    Tue, May 02, 2006
    Ethec
  • Increase your General knowledge.

    The skilled players at WoW - TenTonHammer wrote a guide for the beautifully scripted second boss encounter in the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj (a World of Warcraft level 60 instance), the battle with General Rajaxx. The guide explains all the steps to defeating the General and his guards to progress to the inner areas of the ruins.

    Being 8 big pulls means that this fight takes a while to complete. The first thing to know or plan for in this fight is to keep Lieutenant General Andorov and his guard alive. This is for two reasons:

    1. They do a large amount of damage and help this fight progress at a faster speed
    2. Andorov can sell some nice gear to you at the end of the fight.
    3. Most important of all, as long as you have a reputation of friendly or higher with Cenarion Hold he will place an amazing buff on you. The buff heals you for 200 health every 3 seconds, increases your attack power by 10%, and lowers your casting time by 10%.

    You can read the entire guide at WoW - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, May 02, 2006
    Ethec
  • Pay some attention to the men (and women) behind the curtain

    Many players enjoy EverQuest 2, but who are the people that actually make it work? While my own "hamster" theory for the servers has been debunked, the names and faces of those who keep EverQuest 2 going deserve more attention. Savanja looks at a few of the busy workers of SOE and points out who actually nerfs us.

    I happen to think that the developers of EQ2 are some of the coolest ever. They are witty, entertaining, and sometimes even informative. I confess to having favorite developers, (although Blackguard DID turn down my marriage proposal and technically isn't a developer) for various reasons.

    These guys and gals work hard, at a rather thankless job, to bring us the entertainment that we so love and crave. While it's been said that they take our money (and roll around in it naked), doing very little actual work, I happen to know this isn't true. . The long hours and dedication that these people invest is astounding. And unlike most people, where the work ends with the end of the work day, a lot of these guys are found still at work, after hours, or at home, still online or in game, dealing with issues. Truly, most of the fanbase does not realize the kind of hours that they put into the game that we so adore.

    Read the rest of this Who's Who of EQ2, only at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Mon, May 01, 2006
    Ethec
  • Warcry has an in-depth article on how the Token system in The Chronicles of Spellborn works.

    n The Chronicles of Spellborn, armour and weapons have no impact on the player’s statistics. As a result, players can have their characters look any way they wish without making sacrifices to the character’s statistics and attributes. Instead, The Chronicles of Spellborn features a unique system that allows players to imbue powerful ‘tokens’ into their weapons and certain pieces of jewellery. At higher levels, players can even create their own unique epic items that they can give a unique name and sell to other players. A similar system allows players to upgrade their favourite skills to make their Skill Deck even more powerful. In this article we will take an in depth look at the TCoS token system.

    Read it all here.

    More Chronicles of Spellborn news.

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    Mon, May 01, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Just RPG has an interview with Arena Net's Jeff Strain. With Factions just released, see what he has to say on why Guild Wars stands out from the other MMOs.

    3. Jason: The market is filled with MMORPGs nowadays, from big budget games like World of Warcraft, EverQuest, and Final Fantasy XI, to some lower budget yet very high-quality independent games. What about Guild Wars separates it from the rest? Why should gamers choose it over other MMORPGs?

    Jeff: First of all, all of those other games (and there are some very good games in that genre) are all just polished incarnations of a traditional MMO that was laid down ten years ago with Ultima Online. It’s a game mechanic that requires you to grind away, in many cases, trying to level up. The whole goal in many of those games is to just get higher and higher leveled so that you can eventually, after a thousand hours, get to see the cool stuff. You don’t take on those games lightly. If you’re going to play a traditional MMO, not only do you have to be willing to commit to it financially in terms of an ongoing subscription, but also in terms of your life. You don’t play casually – you’re either completely immersed in it or you quit. It’s kind of like people kicking a drug addiction.

    Read the entire interview here.

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    Mon, May 01, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • You've been waiting for it. Well here it is! The Final Skill Tree.

    It's interactive. Just click on the class that you're interested in and it will pop up a screen that shows the skill listing.

    More news about Dark and Light.

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    Mon, May 01, 2006
    Awenyddion
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