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  • SOE salutes the troops

    SOE has just announced a new contest for troops serving abroad and their families in conjunction with the release of their new PSP title - Field Commander. I know, I know, it's not an MMORPG - but I thought this was a pretty cool contest.

    Families of service members need only submit a brief essay to win some very cool prizes, including a $500 Sony Style gift card, a handful of Sony retail titles and, my personal raison d'etre, T-shirts! Check it out:

    Send an essay (no more than 250 words) to [email protected] that details you or your nominee’s current role in the Armed Forces, their gaming habits and why you deserve to win. Five winners will be chosen.

    View the "Serving Gamers Abroad" contest details at GameZone.

    News
    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Ethec
  • Take me out to the pwnage...

    How about an MMO where you take the place of a baseball player, seeing the game from his perspective from the first pitch to the final, tobacco-laden spit? That, or something very close, is at your fingertips with Ultimate Baseball Online, a game just officially announced by developer Netamin. What's more, the game's impressing people - American sports network ESPN has apparently signed for the UBO/Netamin team. Here's more:

    "Ultimate Baseball Online brings the 'team experience' to the sports gaming experience," said Andy Wang, president of Netamin. "A team of people playing against another team of real people is a much different experience than one person sitting alone in front of a console game playing against a computer."

    To ensure a true baseball player experience, Darrell Evans, a two-time Major League All-Star ('73 & '74) and World Series winner (1985), serves as UBO's principle baseball consultant. "Ultimate Baseball Online, for me, is the closest thing to being back on the playing field," said Darrell Evans. "The mental part of baseball has finally been captured. UBO will give players a great appreciation for the fine points of each position, as well as an understanding of the teamwork that is involved in playing the sport of baseball successfully."

    Baseball and birdcrap on the car - sure signs of Spring. Don't dare go outdoors - MMOs need you! Instead, check out Ultimate Baseball Online's official site. Did we mention the game is a free download?

    News
    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Ethec
  • There's such a thing as taking a joke too far...

    But that didn't stop our resident EQ2 comic Coyote Sharptongue from having a little fun with the "Search for Lucan" April Fools' joke played by the SOE - EQ2 dev team. The "contest" played on last year's "Search for Antonia" - where a real-life beauty won a yearlong modelling contract to represent EQ2 at tradeshows and such. While Antonia was symbolic of all things good, pure, and busty, Lucan D'Lere is the game's arch-villain.

    Well... it turns out the fake contest yielded a few anxious contestants. To save face, Coyote was chosen to judge/summarily dismiss all those who seek to hold court in Freeport.

    The next candidate growls as he leaps onto the table from the shadows. His dead eye glints wickedly from behind it’s scarred flesh as his lips curl back in an angry sneer. Stepping forward he raises an accusing finger to the judge and scowls with malice.

    Coyotee looks at him, obviously not intimidated, and no longer impressed as he folds his arms over his chest. “You’re a GNOME.” The Kerran points out as the pint-sized Overlord’s sneer fades.

    Enjoy Coyote's humor at EQ2 - TenTonHammer.

    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Ethec
  • Dun dun DUN! Blizzard bannage.

    According to the World of Warcraft community site, Blizzard's banned 5,400 accounts and suspended 10,700 more since patch 1.10 went live the week before last. The reason? Widespread looting and violence caused by the Blizzard's April Fools' Day jokes? Nope.

    Many account closures come as the direct result of tips reported to our GMs in game or emailed to [email protected] by legitimate World of Warcraft players. If you suspect that a World of Warcraft player is using an illegal third-party program to farm gold or items, or is otherwise violating our Terms of Use, please report the suspected infraction via one of the means listed above. All reports will be investigated, and those that prove false will not result in corrective action.

    Razor (over at Warcry) believes this will only result in 5,400 more copies of WoW being purchased. If he's right, what a deliciously Machiavellian marketing ploy.

    News
    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Ethec
  • A Critical Hit?

    Though reviews of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach have been guardedly positive, many in the industry are wondering how well certain game elements (e.g. "forced" grouping to make much real progress, a short yet very steep climb to the 10th and highest level) were translating into pageviews. According Tom Nichols, Turbine's VP of Marketing, business is "rolling" along.

    Nichols couldn't disclose the number of people that have bought the game and are currently subscribing, but he did confirm that the game was the largest in Turbine's history. "We expected success for Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO) because it represents a new paradigm for the MMO genre with unique features including party-based quests, integrated voice chat, real-time action combat, and award winning graphics that recreate the essence of the classic pen-and-paper roleplaying experience," said Nichols. "The response to the game has been terrific."

    Enjoy the rest of this interesting DDO interview (it's not all business!) at GameDaily BIZ.

    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Apr 13, 2006
    Ethec
  • Any news is good news right now for Tabula Rasa. So with that said you can imagine how excited I was when I got my interview back.

    How are things coming along with TR? What are some of the most recent developments in the project?

    Starr: Things are coming along very nicely. Most of our work of late has been on content. We are almost complete with our first planet, the forest world of Foreas and have started on the second planet, the harsh volcanic world of Arieki. We have also been progressing through the character class tree and are finishing up the second tier as we speak. We have tons of new creatures, weapons, wearables, etc. that we will be showing off starting at E3 this year.

    Want to know more? You'll have to read the interview!

    More news and info on Tabula Rasa.

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Apr 12, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Rain and Roses, Part 2

    An innocent comment finds Wil feigning off an onslaught of punches. What could have transpired to boil Renna's blood so? Read more in Part II of Rain and Roses by Merriandra, a writer from our Vanguard - TenTonHammer community.

    Instead of smiling, he nodded. For so long now, he had been willing to hold his tongue, but he decided that maybe now was the time to push a little. After all, the color had risen in Renna’s sallow cheeks and her eyes were blazing with indignation.

    Wed, Apr 12, 2006
    Ethec
  • What really happens at MMO fan conventions?

    And it's only slightly less creepy than what happens at those "furry" conventions. RadarX returns from Fan Faire with many stories to tell, if nothing else about Coyote. Get another perspective on what people actually do at Fan Faire by reading Part 1.

    There are plenty of write-ups for Fan Faire discussing, PvP, tradeskills, what might or might not have said, but this was my first Fan Faire. What really was going to happen bothered me as I arrived in Atlanta an hour later than I wanted to? Apparently Atlanta is on EST time too *smacks forehead again* I check into the hotel, and hang out in my room, enjoying the time before the events. Strangely enough, this turned out to be my favorite part of the trip. Maybe it's due to the dire exhaustion I would have for the remainder of my adventure, or maybe I just needed the time.

    Read the rest of the article at our EverQuest 2 - TenTonHammer community site. And be sure to read up on the rest of our SOE Fan Faire 2006 coverage.

    Wed, Apr 12, 2006
    Ethec
  • SOE's Executive Exodus Continues

    NextGen is reporting that Cindy Armstrong, former VP for Business Development at Sony Online Entertainment, has been confirmed as the new CEO for Webzen America.

    Armstrong added, "Joining Webzen America as the company is on the verge of becoming a powerhouse online games company in this market is an exciting and incredible opportunity." The new CEO has 15 years of online entertainment experience with companies including SOE, Nintendo and Activision.

    Long a force in Asian MMO gaming, Webzen hopes to go center stage in the western hemisphere with upcoming titles like SUN, Huxley, and APB. But given the divergent cultural expectations of MMOs on different sides of the globe (the more competitive east vs. the more cooperative west), Armstrong has plenty of work cut out for her.

    Read all about the move at NextGen.

    News
    Wed, Apr 12, 2006
    Ethec
  • MMORPG.com is hosting a City of Villains 14 day free trial.

    Looking into arch-nemesis as a career option? Wondering just how diabolical you can get? Considering world domination as your next hobby? Now is the chance to check out what it is like to be a villain!

    MMORPG.com is offering the first ever 14-day free trial to City of Villains!

    From April 10, 2006 to May 10, 2006 they will be giving out free trials to any MMORPG.com registered member that wants one...so don't miss out!

    Don't miss out on this guys! It's a really fun game.

    More news and info on City of Villains.

    News
    Wed, Apr 12, 2006
    Awenyddion
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