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  • When forum trolls write reviews...
    CVG gives EQ2's "Desert of Flames" expansion at score of 75 / 100, citing a lack of polish (but there are plenty of other Europeans playing, har har!) and a continuance of SOE's "feather ruffling" tradition of Combat Changes. Let the nastiness commence:

    Poor old Sony. Given the massive debacle that was the Star Wars Galaxies Combat Upgrade, you'd think that its developer - Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) - would steer clear of using that phrase ever again. Not so. With the release of the Desert Of Flames expansion for the underrated EverQuest II - a game easily as enjoyable as WOW, but with half the calories... Sorry, I mean players - came an all-singing, all-dancing, all-existing player-base-annoying 'combat upgrade'. SOE must be cursed.

    Yea, they're pretty much being populist WoW bastages about it. Check out CVG's EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames review for more ganky ire.
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    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • And you thought your MMO was hardcore.
    WarCry has a very interesting read on Project Entropia's economy. PE is the first game with an real life economy- you can "buy in" for in-game cash using real dollars, and "cash out" using the same exchange rate.

    I saw miners hitting deposits worth 5,000 PEDs. And that's just the materials value. If they make it into stuff, who knows how much they’ll make? Crafters were making a couple hundred bucks right in front of me, throwing together tools worth $50-plus. Quick perusing of the auction house revealed items actually going for 4,000 PEDs. Sure, you start crafting in EVE, maybe you make enough ISK to sell to IGE for beer money, but $400 bucks? Sign me up for mining and crafting in Project Entropia.

    There’s even PvP zones and, yes, it’s old school. You may actually lose items if you wander into a PvP zones. Consequently, PvP combat has actual cash rewards and penalties. Imagine ganking a guy and making ten bucks on his gear. Now imagine being ganked and losing your hundred dollar mining doodad. That’s what I call serious PvP. When a jerk with a dagger might cost you your rent money, it’s hardcore.

    I agree. Check out Warcry's Project Entropia editorial.
    We'll throw this link in, free of charge:

    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • GameSpy rolls for initiative.
    DDO is still in the "hands on" phase of previewing (followed by the "OMG roxxz0rz!" preview phase, which is followed by the "preview" preview phase... something like that), and GameSpy doesn't disappoint.

    After all, what better genre than the massively multiplayer online role-playing game to bring the "role" back into what usually becomes merely an endless treadmill of players searching for the bigger, better magical doodad? Having been lost in the D&D Online beta for about three days now, I'm seriously impressed at how well Turbine is translating not just the mechanics, but the very "feel" of classic D&D gameplay to the MMO format.

    No dice bag needed to view GameSpy's "hands on" preview of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.
    Other links of interest:

    Features, Previews
    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • Loading...
    Just to be clear, if you live in China where human rights are a doormat you can sue a game development company if your child, who you should be looking after, jumps from a building and dies. Who says that those crazy communists don't embrace the culture of the West? 
    Our editors all took a shot at the Gameplay versus Grind treadmill that is part of the MMOG world. You know you hate to grind through levels. Find out what our editors thought about it in our "new on the network" section.
    An interview with David Bowman of Tulga Games follows close on the heels of the Peter S. Beagle chat. These are great reads and worth a look even if you don't play Horizons.
    We also have some exclusive Dark and Light screenshots for you viewing pleasure.
    Here's what's new on the network!

    Tuesday Vin Diesel Fact: Vin Diesel insisted that the new pope be named Pope Pourri saying that it would freshen up the church.
    Now on to the real world. You can't make this stuff up.

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

    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • More late nights with Conan.

    IGN has posted an Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures interview featuring Gaute Godager and focusing on turning a license into a game.

    " Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures is Funcom's contribution to a revival of the property that includes both a movie and an animated film along with new novels, a comic series, collectible toys and more. Described as an online action RPG, its aim is to bring together a story-driven single-player experience and a massively multiplayer end game, both capturing the classic swords and sorcery feeling as well as the lush, dark, brutally violent and not always politically correct nature of the franchise. The titular hero's grip on the Aquilonian throne has become tenuous, with ancient evils threatening to throw the realm into chaos. The time is ripe for those with the strength and will to carve out their own destinies. As for our fate, we were favored by fortune in finding Game Director Gaute Godager willing to answer our questions. "

    More lamentations?

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • Some fancy Dungeons and Dragons pictures, ironically showing neither a dungeon nor a dragon.

    CVG has posted two new Dungeons and Dragons Online screenshots.

    " Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach is set on the continent of Xen'drik in the world of Eberron with players questing, adventuring, hitting things with swords and calling people "n00bs" and so on. "

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    Images, Media
    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • EverQuest, not to be upstaged by World of Warcraft gets its name in the press as an addiction.
    Great Fall Tribune Online is at it again portraying gamers as overweight sluggards who refuse to shower. You can read all about it in, "Fun and games or addiction?" I for one choose fun and games over addiction.

    "At one point this summer, the pair played more than 50 hours straight. Anderson, a junior, is already a year behind in school, at least partly because of his gaming."

    Are you addicted to our news?

    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • For only $19.99, you too can pretend to be a  cow.

    Blizzard has fired out special coupons to its millions of
    subscribers just in time for the holiday season.  The coupons
    entitle the subscriber to give gifts of World of Warcraft to three of their
    friends for only $19.99 a shot.

    "Dear World of
    Warcraft Subscriber,

    It's hard to believe it's been a year since World of Warcraft first
    opened to adventurers. As a thank you for your loyalty, we'd like to
    present you with 3 special coupons that you can use to purchase gift
    copies of World of Warcraft for only $19.99 after rebate. Just click on
    the link below to print your rebate coupons, purchase a World of
    Warcraft retail box at your favorite retailer, and mail back the
    completed rebate forms, along with your original receipt. It's that

    The rebate offer is for subscribers only, so for verification purposes,
    you will need to legibly write your World of Warcraft Account Name on
    each coupon, as well as the new Account Names of your gift recipients.
    We hope you're enjoying World of Warcraft and that this makes it a
    little easier to share the fun with friends this holiday.

    Best Regards,

    The World of Warcraft Team "

    Subscribers have the "link below" and can print off three coupons to
    hand out while dressed as Santa.  

    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • What do you mean slow fall doesn't work in  real life?

    More coverage of the Chinese boy who's impersonation of a hot air
    balloon failed miserably, inciting his parents to sue Blizzard debacle
    is posted at Ferrago.

    "The lawsuit against Blizzard blames the dangerous
    influences of their
    title for the boy's death, and the case is being supported by the vocal
    Zhang Chunliang, an activist who has in the past sought to educate on
    the dangers of internet
    addictions. The suit will be filed soon and Chungliang claims he has
    spoken to over sixty parents, concerned about the impact of online
    addictions on their children. Blizzard have yet to respond to the
    lawsuit, which has yet to be officially filed, but it is likely that
    this will prove a test case for China's perception of online gaming and
    the associated risks. "

    Oh, you want more?

    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • Red sky at night, sailors' delight.   Red sky in the morning,
    sailors' warning.

    Those Icelandic miscreants we like to call CCP have announced the
    release of EVE Online: Red Moon Rising, a free expansion to the popular
    sci-fi MMOG.  Red Moon Rising will be available in December. 

    "CCP Games, an independent developer and publisher of
    multiplayer online games, today announced the public release of "EVE
    Online®: Red Moon Rising”, a new expansion to its highly successful
    fast-growing Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG)
    “EVE Online®: Exodus”. Red Moon Rising is scheduled for release
    December, and will be provided to subscribers free of charge.

    “Red Moon Rising is the last of the EXODUS chapters and is the
    precursor of the Kali expansion," said Magnus Bergsson, CMO of CCP
    Games. “Players will see new ships and features in Red Moon Rising
    created explicitly to augment warfare, so those who crave the
    adrenaline rush of action-packed PVP will really enjoy this release!”

    With nearly 80,000 active subscribers and over 17,000 simultaneous
    users on one server, “EVE Online” is the largest independently
    developed and published MMORPG on the market.

    “The introduction of these new components is analogous to adding rooks,
    knights, and the mighty queen to a galactic chessboard,” said Nathan
    Richardsson, Lead Producer for EVE Online. “Fighters, carriers, and
    titans are going to take combat to a scale that the MMPORG genre has
    never seen before. In addition, the sheer economics required just to
    produce these leviathans will create great opportunities for
    industrious-minded gamers to take advantage of.”

    EVE Online®: Red Moon Rising is the march towards an epic clash
    the empires as the tentative peace presiding over the galaxy continues
    to slip away. Nations begin to conspire against one another, secretly
    preparing for the inevitable conflict that threatens to redefine the
    borderlines of EVE forever.

    Some of the key features of this upgrade are:

    • Titans: The largest, most fearsome space faring battle vessels ever

    • Carriers: Front line capital ships providing fighter coverage and
    support for fleets

    • Bloodlines: The addition of Asian bloodlines available to each of the

    • COSMOS Constellation Expansion: Addition of constellation missions to
    Gallente and Amarr territories

    • Fighters: The main offensive and defensive weapon of the Carrier

    • Starbases and sovereignty: Additions of roles to improve control
    access of services and improved calculations of player-determined

    • Next-Generation Manufacturing & Research Facilities:
    Mass-manufacturing enabling and remote industry management.

    • Performance Optimizations: Optimizations to core systems to provide
    even better performance.

    • Mining Industry Upgrade: New equipment, ships and skills for miners

    • Combat Enhancements: Varied improvements to combat, enhanced defenses
    and configuration overhauls

    • Jettisoned Canister Flagging: Removing the contents of a jettisoned
    canister that is not your own will flag you as a thief

    • Drone Enhancements: New drone capabilities and improved performance

    • An Eye for an Eye: You are allowed to revenge the unlawful
    destruction of your ship

    • Tech II: 23 new Tech II ships, including destroyers, battlecruisers
    and mining barges

    • New Corporate Logos: Corporations have more options to create their
    own identity

    • NPC Changes: New NPC's featuring elite ships with advanced
    capabilities such as cap draining

    • UI Improvements: Need info from Hagen.

    • Full Unicode Client: The EVE client now supports any language in the

    Oh, you want more?

    Mon, Nov 21, 2005
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