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  • Tights, Their Not Just For Women Anymore...
    of Paragon City!
    Miss Liberty has a special message for you...

    Transcript of Miss Liberty’s Radio Address on December 2nd, 2005:
    Heroes of Paragon, as the threat of Arachnos darkens our shores and the Rikti
    menace remains unchecked, these are dangerous times certain to try even the
    strongest hero’s resolve.
    Yet, day after day you ceaselessly strive to protect the freedom and honor
    of your home. Your stalwart struggle against the tyranny of evil is for neither
    fame nor money. Instead you rise above these concerns as you fight for what
    you know in your heart to be right.
    We believe that this selfless dedication to the principles of justice must
    be recognized! In order to acknowledge your superlative contribution to the
    ongoing and ever growing glory of Paragon City, we at Freedom Corps have arranged
    a special holiday gift for you all!

    But, be warned! The City
    of Villians
    has already heard of this and are formulating a plan as we speak!

    Take this to Silver Mantis right away!
    I just overheard a radio address from that old bag Miss Liberty and she’s
    made some tasty toys for her cloth-wearing weaklings to buy a little loyalty.
    Sounds like it will be a high-tech gadget and I’m going to catch a shipment
    before they get to Independence Port. Assuming it isn’t just some holiday
    piece of junk, I want to build it into my armor.
    Lord Recluse gave the go ahead but only if I share the spoils with those
    destined scum that have overrun my territory like rats. Ah well, we can keep
    most of the haul for ourselves as long as we give enough away to keep the
    Arachnos wannabes quiet.

    Hurry! You only have from December 8 to January 2!

    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
  • CoV Was Definitely the Game to Review This Week!
    Gameplay Monthly and Hooked on Games each posted reviews of Cryptic Studios's City of Villains, bringing the 7-day total up to six, by my count.
    From Gameplay Monthly:

    So, should you buy it? I personally did not enjoy the game. There is nothing to do except for run missions or PvP. The missions get extremely tedious after 30 levels, even if you increase their difficulty. The experience just did not scale right. You gain a small boost when you level up (say you get 3000 instead of 2800 for finishing a mission when you level up), but the amount you need to level up will dramatically increase (say you used to need 30500, now you'll need 36000). I just can't stand doing missions after missions. They are the only way to gain experience, there is no other way. Grouping with other people would take just as long.

    And from Hooked Gamers:

    City of Villains is solid as a stand alone title or as a City of Heroes expansion. Despite its weak points or flaws, the title has restored life to City of Heroes and has already caused scores of players, new and old, to repopulate the game servers, reuniting old alliances and challenging new rivals. If you are a veteran MMO player looking for something enjoyable but laid back to play or new to MMOs and looking to get into it for the first time, City of Villains will deliver countless hours of entertainment and player interaction. There is no doubt at all that City of Villains will follow the City of Heroes tradition of success and remain as a big player in the MMO genre.

    Other links of interest:

    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
  • "Bring Out Your Dead!"
    got an exclusive trailer of Age of Conan for your viewing.

    The exclusive video footage you are about to see are taken from
    an Acheron ruins complex on the island of Tortage. This island is the area
    where players find themselves at the start of Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventure,
    the forthcoming Online Action RPG from Funcom. The island has a great variety
    of locations, and some of the ingredients are an active volcano that towers
    over the island, deep lush forest paths, beautiful beaches, dense jungle,
    mystical ruins and challenging monster areas. Your journey will eventually
    lead you to the bustling pirate city of Tortage, where wild adventures and
    rough bar brawling fights awaits.

    Video, Media
    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
  • Guidance for Anyone Who Needs It...
    has World of Warcraft Guides for all the newbies out there!

    Thanks to for pointing out a stack of material they have for
    World of Warcraft - mostly guides but there are a couple of other articles
    at the end. Here's a list:

    A Noob's Guide to Playing Druids (PvP)

    A Noob's Guide to Playing Druids (PvE)

    Hunter\'s Guide to Duelling

    Guide to the Sunken Temple

    Guild Silliness article which looks at the highs and lows of guilds in WoW

    Heroes of WoW Chapter 15 Comic

    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
  • The Fanta Girls: Coming to an MMO Near You
    A new Nielson survey, sponsored by Activision, found that in-game activision works. Not only that, but gamers seem to enjoy seeing the ads in games like Anarchy Online. I guess its like when cowboys used to write about how glad they were to see a train pass by; a little slice of civilization.

    Research results also found that, contrary to the assumption that highly pervasive ads would detract from the game play and frustrate gamers, a majority of study participants said that when the product is relevant to the game, advertising enhances the experience. Underscoring relevance, the study revealed that the vast majority of gamers who recalled a product in a game felt it fit the game they were playing. Moreover, a much higher percentage of gamers changed their opinion of the product positively versus negatively after having played the game.

    Now, how are they going to get Viagra ads into fantasy MMOs? Town crier? Broadsheet notices? Check out the results of the Activision / Nielson survey on in-game ads at the Activision investor's site!

    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
  • Presents For Everyone!
    Ultima Online has some special
    holiday treats for all you players out there. After logging in, each character
    will find a special gift in their backpack!

    We've been working hard in the basement for months, and just in time for
    the Holidays, we've finished crafting some cool items. In just a couple of
    weeks, you'll log-in one day to find a gift box in each of your characters'
    backpacks. Inside you'll find a number of Holiday-themed goodies - it's our
    way of saying thank you to our loyal players as well as celebrating another
    great year of Ultima Online.

    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
  • Dear Santa,
    All I Want For Christmas Is To Play Auto Assault!
    GameSpy's Allen "Delsyn"
    Rausch got to sit with the MMOs Project Lead Scott Brown and discuss some specifics.
    They also have some cool pictures for you to drool over. Your Welcome!

    People crave distinctiveness. Once you get past simple utility, all of a
    product's subsequent features inevitably descend to the realm of "fashion
    statement." The things we wear and drive and eat and utilize in our daily
    lives aren't just useful items, but actually say something about us -- the
    way we feel about ourselves and the way we wish to be perceived by the world.
    A Lexus won't travel any faster than a Toyota Camry in the middle of rush-hour
    freeway traffic, and a PC outfitted with glowing lights and neon won't make
    someone a better Counter-Strike player, but people still spend beaucoup bucks
    on such accoutrements as if it would.

    It All

    Stop By TTH's Auto Assault Community

    Some More Stuff On The Game Done By TTH

    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
  • 2500 WoW Accounts Banned
    reports that 2500 World of Warcraft accounts have been banned in Europe.

    Continuing their aggressive stand against cheats, hacks, and exploits, Blizzard
    banned 2500 WoW accounts this weekend for being

    "involved in the use of cheats and/or hacks using third-person software
    or were otherwise violating our Terms of Use".

    They also gave credit to some European users affected by a technical bug keeping
    them from connecting to English speaking servers.

    Read the Full Article at Eurogamer.
    Check Out TTH's Reports on WoW

    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
  • Loading...
    MMOG Quote of the Day: DOT - "DOT - "damage over time. A carefully calculated calibration of the irreparable injury to one’s sex life caused by playing online. - Neddie Seagoon
    If you enjoyed that one, read the rest in our Random MMOG Quote repository.
    The new comic today is titled, "Skelvis' Concert". He has indeed, left the building.
    Some of you may have noticed that a number of our news stories have been written in an eloquent and appealing style recently. Have Jeff and I attended a writing course? Is Phil proofing our work and making it into English? Is Jeff off on another trip to join the circus, penning under the name Gypsy? Has my X chromosome taken over, causing me to forsake my Boomjack nickname for a more feminine one?
    No. No. No. No, but I'm working on it.
    Please welcome Gypsy our newest TenTonHammer editor and the person responsible for making our news not only legible, but pertinent.
    Here's what's new on the network!

    Monday Vin Diesel Fact: Vin Diesel appeared in one season of Trailer Park Boys, where he won the F1 racing championship driving Bubbles' go-kart.
    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

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

    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
  • I have super powers! I can fly! I choose to wear tights?
    WorthPlaying has posted their City of Villains review, taking a look at the recently released NCSoft title.

    " ...there are some conclusions that I can draw, based on extensive experience in the Massively Multiplayer genre, and on previous experience with City of Heroes (also somewhat limited). I think it unfortunate that many gamers who may have played City of Heroes will judge CoV unfairly based upon the reputation of it predecessor. I played CoH for several weeks and came away with what seemed to be a common opinion of the experience; it is a terrific, appealing idea, with beautifully crafted environments. The title had perhaps the single best character-generation system that was practically a game in itself, and the product as a whole was easy to learn and fun to play. However, CoH seriously lacked any significant content with little or no end game; in short, the game was boring. You can only put the beat-down on so many bad guys before it gets tedious. "


    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
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