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  • Gaming within a guild

    On the Vanguard @ TenTonHammer community site, Merriandra begins her 5 part series today on the history of guilds with The Guild Beyond The Game:

    Once upon a time, a guild leader who moved away from a city or town would truly have left his guild members physically and socially behind. Just as, in the early years of the MMORPG, a guild leader’s departure from a virtual world almost inevitably signaled the loss of contact with his or her guild members

    Wed, Mar 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • I've been dying for days to tie Rock Lobster into a story. It hasn't worked to my advantage yet so I thought I'd make something up. An Avid Family Guy watcher and B52 fan it was a joyous day for me when I got to see Peter singing "Rock Lobster". The unfortunate thing of this is that now that I hear the song on my play list while I'm gaming, I hear Peter's voice.

    What does this have to do with anything? Well, while I'm playing MMO games, rather than listen to the in game sound, I listen to my extensive playlist. With that said, I wanted to see if I could find out if there is a similiarity in music that gamers listen to. So! Send me your top 5 most listened to songs! We'll see if there is a number one most listened to song while we game. If I get enough entries I'll post the list here. If not, well, there is always "Rock Lobster"!

    Blogs
    Wed, Mar 15, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Today 1UP published their preview based on a peek in the current demo build of The Chronicles of Spellborn. They concluded:

    "So, here's hoping. Both that the game realizes the potential it's already showing, and that it doesn't end up being overlooked as another drop in growing sea of fantasy MMOs. We will be keeping a close eye on it, and will be looking forward to reporting whatever we can from the upcoming beta." Read it here. They're excited.. I'm excited... we're all excited. I haven't seen the game yet. I'm just looking for something new.

    More news and info on The Chronicles of Spellborn.

    News
    Wed, Mar 15, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Bilzzard has a new featured Penny Arcade Featured Comic up on the site. This one is terribly funny. Go see it so you can laugh with me.

    See what's new at our World of Warcraft Community

    More news and info on World of Warcraft.

    News
    Wed, Mar 15, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • In Family Guy'esqe fashion, Ethec and I are off next Tuesday to San Jose.

    What -ever shall we be doing there? We're going to GDC! (Game Developers Conference for those of you who haven't reached that peak geek level yet)

    We'll be visiting NcSoft, Simutronics, Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment and Perpetual amoung others. Do you have any burning questions? Send me an email and let me know what they are! I'll make sure to include them in our lineup.

    Blogs
    Wed, Mar 15, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It's the big news of the day. Rumours are flying like er.. pigs.. about how Dell bought out Alienware. However, Dell is adamantly stating that no.. they haven't.

    "At this time, Alienware will not comment on any speculative stories or rumors concerning Dell and Alienware's association. While we do believe that news stories like this are ultimately a strong positive reinforcement of the Alienware brand and the company's success, we will not comment on speculation or potential future events."

    or on Cnet Aussie

    He also questioned the reasons behind such an acquisition, stating that Dell is more than capable of building viable gaming machines without Alienware's help, and that Dell has the potential to be seen as a "cool" company.

    "Dell's XPS range already offers better performance and better value than Alienware's machines and in the XPS mobile concept you've seen the potential of one of the cool new things Dell could do this year," McKeon added.

    Despite McKeon's comments, Dell doesn't currently offer its XPS range to the Australian market.

    So I just bought a 400 XPS 3.0ghz dual core with 2 gig of ram and a 160 gig hd. I'm admittedly one of those people who when offered credits says.. "Why the hell not?" Besides.. who doesn't want a new fancy schmancy pc? I actually do hope that Dell has acquired Alienware. It may give Alienware a better customer support system as well as better built machines. Are they the ultimate gaming machine? That's the perception. . .

    Frankly, it may not be as cool but I've never ever ever ever had a problem with any of my four Dells in the 6 years that I've been buying from them. *shrug*

    Tell me what your dream machine is!

    News
    Wed, Mar 15, 2006
    Awenyddion
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    A little bird landed on my desk late yesterday afternoon and told me that it appears as if Dell has purchased Alienware. This is big-time news for gamers if it is true.
    Regulars to this column will remember my remarks about Alienware products and customer service a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who need a refresher the column is right here. I received a rather generous amount of feedback totaling in the 225 letters range. The vast majority, all except about 10 letters were agreeing with my stance that the only thing Alienware cared less about than its customers was its product.
    The president of VoodooPC, Rahul Sood seems to agree that the acquisition of Alienware by Dell makes sense to both parties. In his blog he writes;

    "Dell + Alienware = Dellienware. Is it possible? Yes, at least I think so. I won’t get too far into details as to why I believe this is going to happen, but I will offer some of my thoughts. Even though Dell has never been known to make acquisitions, times are changing and so is their brand positioning.

    First we all know that Dell cannot risk losing their stronghold in the server space therefore a potential relationship with AMD is bound to occur. That still leaves the question of the consumer market.

    With the recent Intel/Apple relationship it’s clear that 15% (or whatever) of the consumer space for Dell may not be enough. Apple is likely to go to 8% with the help of Intel over the next year or so. The PC gaming market is threatening Dell’s “perceived technology leadership” – and ultimately the consumer space. The Alienware brand is cooler than Dell, and perhaps a likely candidate for Dell to take over based on size alone."

    Giving Alienware credit, they own a lot of 'mindspace'. Their fancy pamphlet is in just about every game box you open and their advertisement (though not on TenTonHammer.com) are on many of the major gaming sites. Truth be told, they are just affiliate deals where anyone linking through from the game site to Alienware is tracked. If they make a purchase the referring website gets a cut. If a gamer is looking to buy a 'boutique' box and not build it themselves they are likely going to look at Alienware and the Dell XPS machines. The price is about the same and since the Alienware look cooler, well, you can see where this is going. Unfortunately, a company like VoodooPC which gets rave reviews from its customers isn't always priced as competitively as Dell or even Alienware. Voodoo PC is an even higher end machine, but it lacks the 'mindspace'. If a gamer were to spend $3,500 on an Alienware or $4,500 on a Voodoo their friends would be more impressed with the Alienware in most cases. It's a perception issue.
    At this point nothing has been confirmed. We do know that the Dell press event at GDC has been cancelled. We also know that CNET also has a source that believes the sale to be a done deal. A deal with Alienware also gives Dell a means to deliver AMD processors to its customers.
    Whatever happens, we will keep our eyes on it. I can't say it would surprise me if it were merely an Alienware publicity stunt.
    I can see the new ads now, "Dude, you're getting an AlienDell".
    Dellienware? AlienDell? Does anyone really care?


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    Tavern Etiquette and more...

    Let us entertain you or at the very least waste some of your time at work.
    03.15.2006

    • Dungeons and Dragons Online: Blessed Too Much - Tavern Etiquette

      "A dwarf walks into a bar...A good many jokes start with some variation on that theme, but it's no joke when you're unable to enjoy Dungeons & Dragons Online due to a few inconsiderate buffoons in the taverns. Darkgolem, in the guise of his gruff dwarf character, Thrumm, takes on the topic of tavern etiquette in an editorial that would make Emily Post proud."
    • World of Warcraft: City Guide - Ironforge

      "Not only is Ironforge the proud home city of World of Warcraft's dwarves and gnomes, its travel hub status and close proximity to high-end instances makes Ironforge a common destination for Alliance characters of any level. Get to know the Alliance's main midget-filled municipality with TenTonHammer's newest guide, which features a little Ironforge history, a conveniently-labelled map, directions to get to Ironforge for all the Alliance races, and a comprehensive quest list."
    • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes - The Guild Beyond The Game

      "A new  5 part series begins today on the History of Guilds, both in the real world and in MMO's."

    03.14.2006

    • Vanguard: Saga of Heroes: Take #2 - PvE versus PvP

      "AnomalousSilence takes a look at the differences between PVP vs PVE  gameplay and roleplay in the world of Telon."
    • Auto Assault: March AA Screenshots

      "NCSoft / NetDevil has passed along some new Auto Assault screens, which we gladly submit for your viewing pleasure. It's new "Limited Edition" box art and some gorgeous new screenshots. And anyone can enjoy a few good ol' fashioned automotive mayhem pictures to tide us over until the game launches this Spring!"
       

    Vin Diesel Fact of the Day: Vin Diesel was once on Wheel of Fortune. He was not invited back as they are still waiting for the wheel to stop spinning.


    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

    As always, thanks for visiting TenTonHammer.com,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

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    Wed, Mar 15, 2006
    Boomjack
  • A dwarf walks into a bar...

    A good many jokes start with some variation on that theme, but it's no joke when you're unable to enjoy Dungeons & Dragons Online due to a few inconsiderate buffoons in the taverns. Darkgolem, in the guise of his gruff dwarf character, Thrumm, takes on the topic of tavern etiquette in an editorial that would make Emily Post proud.

    As he walks into the tavern, Thrumm notices how crowded it is. Being a short stout dwarf, ordinarily overcrowding is a concern for him, but he has two advantages over the soft city-goers who would jostle him as they approach the bar. One is his massive axe, which he carries with the blade pointing out from his body, quite on purpose. It’s no coincidence that the 4-foot-long haft of the weapon projects over his shoulder into the air in front of him at an angle. It works great as a means of “accidentally” bumping some lily handed mage who is too deep in conversation about the metaphysics of Eberron to avoid coming between a dwarf and his beer. The other, less subtle advantage Thrumm has is his smell; a hill fighting warrior dwarf has more to worry about than simple cleanliness.

    Read "Blessed too Much" at DDO - TenTonHammer and learn how to behave in a Stormreach bar!

    Wed, Mar 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • The Alliance's main, midget-filled municipality... hammered!

    Not only is Ironforge the proud home city of World of Warcraft's dwarves and gnomes, its travel hub status and close proximity to high-end instances makes Ironforge a common destination for Alliance characters of any level.

    Get to know Ironforge with TenTonHammer's newest guide, which features a little Ironforge history, a conveniently-labelled map, directions to get to Ironforge for all the Alliance races, and a comprehensive quest list.

    Snug within the wintry peaks of Dun Morogh, Ironforge is the proud home city of the gnomes and dwarves of the Grand Alliance. Defiantly braced against the northern reaches of Khaz Modan, the dwarf-carved walls of Ironforge represent the principal bastion of the civilized races against the ravages of the undead Forsaken and their Horde allies throughout Lordaeron.

    Check out WoW @ TenTonHammer's Guide to Ironforge!

    Wed, Mar 15, 2006
    Ethec
  • AnomalousSilence takes a look at the differences between gameplay and roleplay in the world of Telon.

    Try to imagine yourself, not in Vanguard, but in Telon. You are a tall, lithe high elf strolling through the forests bordering Leth Nurae. To the left of you is a dark figure, obviously out of place within this peaceful habitat. Turning your head to more closely regard this newcomer, you are utterly repulsed to see a Dark Elf! Only adding to the sheer hatred is the monstrous undead creation closely following this creature of evil, whose hair is long and white with eyes like deep, black pits. This elf smiles at you and touches a tree. The tree quickly begins to rot and decay.

    Have yourself an eyefull of this week's Tuesday Take editorial at Vanguard - TenTonHammer.

    Tue, Mar 14, 2006
    Ethec
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