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  • Guild Wars, rated G for Good.
    GamersInfo has posted a review of Guild Wars with predictable results. Britney Spears was too busy eating to talk, but amid the spitting of crumbs and the slurping of cola we heard this:

    "
    There have been many MMORPGs released into the market as of late. ArenaNet's entry into this market, Guild Wars, attempts to change many of the elements that have become the standard in MMOs today, while at the same time keeping many of the most basic principles of what an MMORPG is. One of the changes to the traditional MMORPG is the lack of a monthly fee. ArenaNet has decided to make money solely by releasing expansions. The gameplay in this game is fun and easy to get the feel for. It looks as well as sounds great, and it runs well on most computers. " 

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Review at GamersInfo.
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    Reviews
    Wed, Oct 05, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Because women are all over this virtual sex thing.
    Next Generation has posted a preview of Spend The Night, billed as an erotic MMO that targets the female audience. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that Hello Kitty Online or ToonTown Online are going to have a larger female population than a pixel-sex game. Pornography and virtual sex expert Peewee Herman was contacted for comment, but was too busy watching Japanese escalator movies to say anything more than this:

    "
    Republik's Spend The Night is about sex. It's an online multiplayer
    game in which adults can meet other adults and act out their fantasies
    through graphically rich avatars. Next Generation spoke to company CEO
    Robert Coshland.

    You can read the entire Spend The Night Preview at Next Generation.
     

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Oct 05, 2005
    Boomjack
  • And what better way to celebrate a half-year anniversary than with a gritty interview?
    1-up.com walks through the many highs a few lows of Arena.net's subscription-free MMO, Guild Wars, with PR manager Gaile Gray. There's also a snazzy sidebar detailing some popular builds. My personal favorite build? Pizza / beer.

    "Offering 450 skills is bound to cause a lot of concerns about balance and fair play. Players have seen the "überbuild" in enough games to be somewhat wary of elaborate progression systems. But balance has been our first and main focus from day one, and it continues to remain our primary objective even now. We've been able to stream modest changes, and we've held major events such as our PVP Extreme Weekend (PVPX) in late August to verify necessary changes. "

    The Guild Wars: Post Mortem article at 1up.com.
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Ethec
  • Developer's Blog, Stardate 9302005
    Since we haven't covered the Star Trek Online blog entries in a little while, I thought I ought to see what's going on with every Trekkie's dream. Comments on game economy hint at a very deep and varied player "things to do" palette, and the Perpetual team is building its first starship. Oh, and if the internet feels a little slow this morning, it might be because of a nerd stampede: Perpetual just announced that they're looking for someone to "compile and catalog visual reference material from the web and other sources."

    "Ian is making great progress on our client engine and we're starting to
    see early examples of our real-time graphics. My short remark here
    doesn't begin to pay tribute to the significance of this piece of
    progress. We should be flying a camera around some sample interiors
    soon and having a character walking around is not too far off either."

    View the full Star Trek Online blog entries at the STO official site.
    Other links you might enjoy:

    • Past Star Trek Online News - When a game is still two years out, there's no such thing as stale news.
    • Star Trek Humour - Yea, I used the English spelling, but only under protest! When in Rome, do as the Romulans do.
    News
    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Ethec
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    Quake 4 is gold. Sure, it's not MMOG news, but let's face it you all wanted to know.
    Are you old school? Do you prefer to haul yourself down to the local game retailer and purchase a game with a box or is digital downloading the way to go? Our TenTonHammer editors have put their opinions on the table. Feel free to tell them they are wrong.
    Tuesday Vin Diesel Fact:

    Vin Diesel can leap tall buildings, while walking on his hands.
    What's new on the network.
    Today we take a look at digital downloads versus brick and mortar purchases with views from various TenTonHammer community managers taking the stage.

    What was recently recent, or what we still want you to see...you decide.

    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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    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Because we all could use a little more "unspeakable evil"
    Mythic Entertainment simultaneously lifted the non-disclosure agreement for Dark Age of Camelot's latest expansion and announced that the expansion will go live October 11th, and there's no doubt it will be more fun than being ganked by a leprechaun in the frontier zones. Who isn't coming out with an expansion for late 2005? Oh, yea... World of Warcraft.

    " Mythic Entertainment, developer and publisher of massively-multiplayer online role-playing games, today announced that Darkness Rising™, the sixth expansion pack for the critically-acclaimed Dark Age of Camelot(R), has "gone gold" and will be available on October 11th.

    The expansion will be available as a stand alone product via Mythic's new integrated digital distribution system and as part of the upcoming Dark Age of Camelot: Epic Edition.



    Dark Age of Camelot subscribers can now pre-order Darkness Rising for $19.99 through a new in-game menu option. Anyone ordering before October 10th will receive an exclusive suit of armor for their new in-game mount. For more information about pre-ordering Darkness Rising, visit: www.darkageofcamelot.com/DarknessRising/preorder.php."

    View the full Dark Age of Camelot: Darkness Rising press release is available on the Mythic site.
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    News
    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Ethec
  • Dragon them in for interviews.
    GamersInfo has posted another Horizons interview, this time featuring Jason "Amon Gwareth" Murdick. Sean Connery once played a dragon in the movie Dragonheart, which is funny when you consider he is a real-life knight. When pressed on this conundrum he gave us the finger, screamed, "There can be only one!" and then mumbled the following:

    "
    Content and Systems Designer Jason "Amon Gwareth" Murdick is perhaps the second most well-known member of the Horizons development team. He is certainly the most active on the forums throughout the internet. A self-described "jack-of-all-trades", Jason has his hands in nearly every system of the game. He fixes, designs, upgrades and manages whatever is handed to him. " 

    You can read the entire Horizons Interview at GamersInfo.
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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Boomjack
  • A San Francisco treat for developers
    EverQuest is the sole MMO representative in a vote to see which developers see their name in the stars at San Francisco's monument to videogame entertainment. Strangely, "hot coffee" isn't among the nominees.

    "Walk of Game is located inside Metreon, a 350,000 square-foot entertainment
    complex at Fourth and Mission Streets in the heart of downtown San
    Francisco.
    Every year, gamers worldwide cast their vote on www.WalkOfGame.com to induct the next set of honorees to receive a permanent 24"x 24", customized steel star on the Walk of Game. From the list of nominees, the top four in the category of Games/Characters and the top two in Lifetime Achievement will be inducted. Inductees to date are: Nolan Bushnell, Shigeru Miyamoto, Halo, Link (The Legend of Zelda), Mario, and Sonic The Hedgehog."

    Want to vote or see the current results? Head to the Metreon "Walk of Game" official page.
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    News
    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Ethec
  • Thor, where are you when we need you?
    GamerGod has reviewed Ragnarok Online, taking a long look at a game some say is long in the tooth. We're sure some celebrity has named their child Odin, but we can't figure out who, so let's pretend we found them and that they said this:

    "
    First, if you are a gamer who can only find happiness in crisp, surreal
    graphics with fully realized 3-D characters, environments you can
    practically smell the grass in, weather effects that make you check
    your windows, and sounds so real you hear the trees rustle at your
    passing, Ragnarok Online (RO) is not for you. If, however, you are of
    the breed of MMORPG players who cares more about game playability and
    community, you may want to give Ragnarok Online a try. From extreme
    template customization through the ability to acquire and combine a
    nearly limitless amount of weapon upgrade combinations, Ragnarok Online
    delivers an open-ended game experience suitable for all types of
    players.

    You can read the entire Ragnarok Online Review at GamerGod.
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    Reviews
    Tue, Oct 04, 2005
    Boomjack
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    Jeff is back from San Diego and is drying out after a long weekend of quaffing root beer and staying out all night trading stories with the local carnival workers.
    He has posted his impressions of the summit, but left out the part where he built the Tilt-A-Whirl in record time.
    Monday Vin Diesel Fact:

    Vin Diesel knows if it is live, or if it is Memorex.
    What's new on the network.

    What was recently recent, or what we still want you to see...you decide.

    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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    Mon, Oct 03, 2005
    Boomjack
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