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  • They're calling it a "kinder, gentler game". I call it something completely different. Seriously! What happened to the game I played at launch? It's an entirely different game at this point and Smedley tells us why in this GameSpot interview.

    GS: How does the internal team participate?

    JS: One of the things that we do is that everybody, literally everybody in the company, from our legal department to our finance department to our development group, gets into the game.

    GS: And what did you find out after all that playing with the game?

    JS: Star Wars never hit that excitement level around here. It never got--there never was a critical mass of people here that wanted to play it. So we knew we could do way better. And I guess as much out of a love for making these kinds of games, even though that sounds corny, though it's true, we wanted to make this game better.

    I see.. I see.. And so you're going to make the game more enjoyable to play..Riiiight

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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
  • Almost six years and still going strong! Let's hear a Boo-Yah! for the game that got me started in this crazy MMO world. Friday, SOE posted Kytherea’s Keepsakes on the Developers Corner at the EverQuest Live Official Site. She shows off some really great concept art in comparison to what these Gods look like in game. It almost makes me want to go back and play again... almost..

    To follow the journey traveled by a piece of artwork from the imagination, to paper, then implemented in a game such as EverQuest is truly an interesting adventure. I enjoy traipsing through old folders of concept art from time to time, both to see what the artists have imagined over the years and also to see how the concepts of long ago have developed into the living, breathing world of EverQuest. In one of my frequent expeditions I tripped over the concept art for some of the EverQuest deities (from all the way back in 1998!). When I looked at each piece of artwork I was amazed at how closely these depictions of the deities represented their physical forms in the world of EverQuest and I wanted to share these with you.

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    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
  • OGaming has a fluff piece up with Heather Graham, SOE's Antonia BayleShe's like.. kind of a gamer.. but like.. not really.. cause like.. she has better things to do..

    "It was an amazing experience to take part in. I was really pleased by how good of a fit it was, too."OGaming: Do you actually play the game now that it’s out and in the public eye?

    HG: Once in a while. And if I do, it’s under an anonymous character, the same way that anybody else would. That’s part of the fun: getting to not be yourself for at least a little while…

    Looks like she really tries to be nice about the whole gaming issue throughout the interview. SOE must still be paying her to do press.

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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
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    MMOG Quote of the Day: LOL - "The term that the most annyong person in your group will utter each and every time they do something annoying." - Boomjack
    If you enjoyed that one, you will love the really good ones submitted by Neddie Seagoon, available in our Random MMOG Quote repository.
    TenTon Comics: SLIDE's second comic has hit the InterWeb. Halfling Punting Explained. You can view it "Right Here".
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    Monday Vin Diesel Fact: Vin Diesel knows how much a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

    As always, thanks for visiting,
    -- John "Boomjack" Hoskin

    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
  • Anybody Remember Age of Mourning?
    Well, if you don't,

    We've not posted a newsbit on Mourning since May - in large part because
    they simply vanished without much of a trace. It seems there are some signs
    of life under the name Age of Mourning, which has a place-holder page and
    a redirection to forums at the domain.

    Sat, Dec 10, 2005
  • Ohhhh Great Zwatwalla-Awen! What do you have for me today?

    Well Bob, we have some terrific information on restrictions and a dandy new list of skills for you at the Dark and Light Official Website

    This list of skills and the table of equipment will allow you to determine the character you wish to incarnate in Settlers of Ganareth.

    If you were lucky enough to subscribe you should definately check this information out. On a side note.. Burger King fries suck.

    Take a Look at Our Dark and Light Info and News Page

    Fri, Dec 09, 2005
  • The huge milestone patch is availble for Face of Mankind.

    The time has come. Our huge milestone patch is ready and available for download. Please start your launcher and be patient while the patches load. The entire patch is divided into 8 pieces to make sure that you will not have to download one huge file again in case something goes wrong. The total size of the 8 packages is roughly 350Mb.

    Please understand that this patch is still a rough diamond, it will need more work to solve problems and to introduce missing features. A list of things that will be done in the following weeks can be found here. Of course, your feedback about malfunctioning features is appreciated, please report them in our bugtracker.

    So get to downloading!
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    Fri, Dec 09, 2005
  • If you could ask Tolkien one question what would it be? The developers of Lord of the Rings Online answered this in their Developers Corner

    Welcome to the Thursday Insider. In each Insider, we'll ask team members to answer a question about themselves, LOTRO, or The Lord of the Rings. You never know what you'll get from the LOTRO team!

    In this Insider, we've asked two questions from the community. Enjoy!

    Jeffrey "Nigellian" Steefel (Executive Producer):
    If you could travel to Middle-earth, and had one week to stay there, what would you most like to do with that time?

    Chris "Hakai" Clay (Artist/Designer):
    If you could have lived the life of one of your characters who would it be and why?

    And my question.. Why did Peter Jackson make a mockery of your book for the purpose of Star screen time? *cough* Liv Tyler *cough*..

    All Your Lord of the Ring Online Info Here

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    Fri, Dec 09, 2005
  • has A tour of the Human Intro Maps by the Netdevil himself. Also included are 20 brand spankin new screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

    After Rigby had gone through numerous procedures to receive his Hestia ID badge -- a nice drive through the Bay 313 Caverns, followed by a visit to Emergence Terrace -- he did more procedural work. Finally, he received an assignment to the Trial Zone, where he went through some mock combat before finally getting his official badge and transferred to the Back Range.

    Mommy.. can I have the shiny blue one with the side gatlin guns and the heat seaking missle block on top?

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    More Information and News on Auto Assault

    Fri, Dec 09, 2005
  • Gentlemen.. we can rebuild her! Ok I want a weapon that shoots flying monkeys at unsuspecting newbies. Heating seaking monkeys! Yeah!

    If you have the same ambition as I do, you are in luck! Guild Wars Design A Weapon Contest is underway.

    It's time for another Guild Wars contest! And with the Design-a-Weapon Contest, you have a chance to be immortalized forever in the second chapter of the Guild Wars story. We will be offering many new weapons and shields in the upcoming installment, and we'd love to include items based on your concepts. To enter the contest, simply send us a drawing, sketch, or printed image of a weapon or shield that you have designed.

    Be sure to check out our Guild Wars Site It's not only fantastic, but it's informative as well!

    For More News and Information on Guild Wars Go Here

    Fri, Dec 09, 2005
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