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  • Congregating with cocktails...

    Slide, at EQ2 - TenTonHammer, took a totally different tack on our weekly debate topic (this week we're looking at what makes an MMO "massively multiplayer" - and whether that's a bit of a misnomer since, for the most part, players do their own thing). He took the opportunity to talk about alcohol and real-life drinking by MMO players, and whether drinking changes the solo/group dynamics. At first, the editors were skeptical, but by their third or fourth drink, Slide's article started making a lot of sense (*hic*).

    Many, many people mix alcohol with EverQuest 2 daily. Studying this article should better prepare you for what to expect and what to look for. There are pros and cons to drinking while in-game. Yep, I said there were pros. Take a walk with me if you dare discover what lies beneath the sober shroud of responsibility and good behavior.

    Boozin', buffin', and bashin', sounds like a busy evening for Slide and the gang at EQ2 - TenTonHammer!

    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Ethec
  • Why would you solo in an MMORPG?

    At Vanguard - TenTonHammer, Merriandra asks the question -"When there are so many options for meeting and interacting with others in so many different games, why would anyone choose to solo?".

    I sometimes wonder if the type of player who doesn’t like to rely on others is really suited for the kinds of online games that are being developed and succeeding in the MMO marketplace. Has the term MMORPG lost its significance for these individuals? Those who craft, or play alternate characters, or run a solo mission ever now and then are still part of a larger culture that depends on teamwork and cooperation. It takes more than one person to make a guild into more than a titular organization, and it takes more than one crafter to establish a successful, player-driven market.

    Find out more in her Vanguard - TenTonHammer editorial: Solo Does Not Spell Alone.

    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Ethec
  • Is Auto Assault massively single player?

    Xerin, at our Auto Assault community site, gives us the skinny on where Auto Assault falls on the soloing - grouping comfort spectrum. Why exactly is single player content in a multiplayer game like Auto Assault? Does grouping work in Auto Assault? Xerin looks at these things and more in our new editorial, "Driving Alone" at Auto Assault - TenTonHammer.

    In a virtual world filled with thousands of other players, is there much reason to be at it alone? The acronym “MMORPG” stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game, and there is definitely nothing multiplayer about going it alone. However, is it really wrong by supplying plenty of “singleplayer” content? Not really! Most newer online games these days bring along content that is both solo and group friendly, Auto Assault included. Auto Assault brings a nice mix of group and solo play together into a wonderful casual experience.

    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Ethec
  • I Won you to Won me.
    Blizzard has cut the monthly subscription rate of World of Warcraft by 20% in Korea.

    "Blizzard, whose "World of Warcraft" remains third in the country's online multi-user network game rankings, announced it will charge 19,800 won for a 30-day package, down from 24,750 won. The one-week package went down from 8,800 won to 7,040 won."

    You can read the entire story in the Korea Herald.

    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Boomjack
  • Vivendi Universal subsidiary Blizzard Entertainment announced on Friday that it has invited Chinese online game company The9 (Nasdaq: NCTY) to negotiate the expansion set to World of Warcraft (WoW), The Burning Crusade. The9 is Blizzard's current partner for WoW in mainland China, and also owns 30 percent of the company operating WoW in Taiwan. According to the release the expansion is currently planned for 2007 in mainland China, whereas previous expectations had the expansion hitting China in late 2006. According to several industry analysts, The9's contract with Blizzard for World of Warcraft already gives The9 the rights to operate any expansion of the game in mainland China.

    I just can't think of any pithy comments on this one. Am I losing my sense of humor or is this just something that says meh to me? One can never tell

    See what's new at our World of Warcraft Community

    More news and info on World of Warcraft.

    Thanks to Pacific Epoch for the story.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It's probably safe to say that I really look forward to Deo's Space every week. I know I'm not supposed to play favorites, but I'm really looking forward to Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising. This week is a great post on the Minion AI.

    As usual, it has been a busy week for us here in the office, and like always, I'm taking 5 to drop the good word for you all. As we approach E3, my days seem to just blur together with a never-ending pile of "high priority" projects. I swear it seems like I just celebrated Easter with my family just last week, and yet, here it is again! Where do the days go?

    Regardless, the time that has gone by has been productive and we will all feel a lot better once E3 has come and gone. Bear with us until that time, because it is important that we not only get through this schedule, but that we utilize all the resources available to us to have a maximum impact on the gaming world. Yes, we have lots of information we're anxious to give out. Yes, you're going to get to see it all. No, I can't post it today!

    Read the rest! Do it!

    More news and info on Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Does anyone else have a B horror movie stuck in their head now? Unfortunately until I get something else in there to replace it I'm getting slithering aliens repeating through my brain paths.

    Anyhoo, there's a new job featured on the Official Final Fantasy XI site. We're talking Puppetmasters here.

    For years, puppeteers have been entertaining crowds with their skillful manipulation of artfully crafted marionettes.
    But with the recent development of the "automaton," a semi-automated puppet without the need for strings, the uses for a puppeteer's talents suddenly expanded to the fields of agriculture, fishing, industry, and even combat. In any era, there is always a need for specialists to master new types of technology. And the puppetmaster has stepped forward--a special breed of puppeteers that customize their automatons with ingenious attachments and use a controller known as an "animator" to transmit commands. Puppetmasters also sometimes find it necessary to protect themselves from advocates of simpler times, and are rarely seen without a pair of sainti--their hand-to-hand weapon of choice.
    Let us take a closer look at this fascinating profession...

    Get more news and info on Final Fantasy XI here.

    Where's Ralph with the greased up deaf guy voice when I need him?

    News
    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Honestly, I wish that all of the MMORPG companies would do this. It's alot easier to download a game rather than wait for those popular games to be available at your local game store.

    I can't tell you how many times I've had to wait a day or two after launch simply because I had to wait for the retail version of the game to be available. It horks me off. Turbine is doing a great thing here by allowing customers to now puchase the game and download from Direct2drive.com This option is only available in North America. However, it's a start.

    Visit our Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach community. They have the goods on what's happening and when.

    More news and info on Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • I see that they didn't get the "Only post screenshots on Thursday" Memo. I'm not going to complain though. Nope. I'm just going to share the happy goodness with you guys. Get your new Dark and Light Screenshots right here!

    More news and information on Dark and Light.

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    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • RMT ? For those of you who are getting a slow start this morning (like myself) it means, Real Money Trading. So.. in essence... RMT = Gold Buying / Selling / Secondary Market.

    Ok that is as smart as I get for the day. Here are the details.

    Hello,

    Today in excess of 150 RMT accounts have been suspended due to breach of the Terms of Service.

    We would like you all to think twice before risking your character in such activities, for more details of today’s events please follow this link:
    http://community.codemasters.com/fo...d.php?p=1284452

    Happy Easter!

    The details of their policy are right here on the community forums. It's nice to see these guys doing something rather than just blowing hot air.

    More news and info on RF Online.

    News
    Mon, Apr 17, 2006
    Awenyddion
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