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  • One million copies sold and one more review written.
    ReWiredMind has posted their review of Guild Wars. Martha Stewart asked to call her back at a more convenient time, but we prefer to pretend that she said this:

    "
    My quest for a free and quality MUD or MMORPG has been long and, so I
    thought, fruitless. A couple of years ago I was able to find Achaea, a text-based MUD populated by people that not only wanted to roleplay, but who were also more than happy to indulge in gratuitous (but relevant) PVP on continental scales. To become skilled in this game required a knowledge of programming for the various MUD programs used, plus there were no graphics which proved to be a big downer for me towards the end. " 

    You can read the entire Guild Wars Review at ReWiredMind.
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    Mon, Oct 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Class balance a slippery slope of nerf bats and uber buffs.
    GamerGod has taken a shot at deciphering the magic that is class balancing in their Op/Ed titled, A Class Balance Manifesto for Virtual Worlds. Shannon Doherty talked to us because we are the first press to call her in three years. She did not have this to say about that:

    "
    After playing traditional fantasy MMORPG's for over 6 years, I have
    come to believe that the class system is an important foundation for
    how we classify and organize the players that inhabit virtual worlds.
    Without player classes you have the chaos and uncertainty of an
    unordered world. I also subscribe to the notion of class
    interdependency which is enabled by a properly designed class system.
    Interdependency in an activity such as combat helps to create sense of
    community which is indeed the whole point of online games. Without the
    need to meet other players and combine your resources to defeat
    encounters you have very little reason to play a "massively multiplayer" game. " 

    You can read the entire Class Balancine Op/Ed at GamerGod.
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    Mon, Oct 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • FPS, let me introduce you to MMOG.
    ArmChairEmpire has posted a preview of Webzen's upcoming FPS/MMOG hybrid, Huxley. We have been informed by untrustworthy sources that Bill Cosby will be filing suit against Webzen, claiming that Huxley is too close to Huxtable the family name he created for the Cosby Show. We have this statement from nobody in particular:

    "
    Bringing the first person shooter into massively multiplayer online gaming is something that game developers have been fiddling around with for a while now.  Up to this point, the most popular attempt at such fusion of genres has been Planetside from Sony Online Entertainment.  The game never shattered any sales or subscription records, but it has managed to find itself a respectable number of dedicated players since its release.  Looking a the Planetside model, there are definite signs that an MMOFPS can work, and Webzen is currently in the process of developing their own title in the genre for the PC and Xbox 360 with Huxley.

    You can read the entire Huxley Preview at ArmChairEmpire.
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    Mon, Oct 03, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Camelot gets a second bathroom.
    GameCloud has posted a Dark Age of Camelot: Darkness Rising interview featuring Sanya Weathers, the company's Internet Relations Manager. By "Internet Relations Manager" they mean press herder. We contacted Pee Wee Herman, a man who needed a press herder, but his could only get his answering machine which had the following message:

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    Despite tons of new competition, Mythic Entertainment's fantasy MMORPG
    Dark Age of Camelot continues to be one of the most popular in the
    genre. Later this month the company willl release their latest
    expansion pack Dark Age Of Camelot: Darkness Rising and Gamecloud got a
    chance to chat with the company's Internet Relations Manager Sanya M.
    Weathers to find out more about the expansion as well as other Mythic
    plans.

    You can read the entire Dark Age of Camelot: Darkness Rising Interview at GameCloud.
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    Mon, Oct 03, 2005
    Boomjack
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    Our good man Jeff is still hanging out in San Diego, visiting the zoo, drinking root beer and staying up until 9pm. What a crazy man!
    Holy slow news days batman! KAPOW! I had to search for a good, long time just to get the few stories we have today.
    See you later September. Hello October.
    Have a great weekend folks!
    Friday Vin Diesel Fact:

    Vin Diesel is the one who sings when Ashlee Simpson lip syncs.
    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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    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • One diary to rule them all.
    A new Lord of the Rings Online developer diary has been posted, featuring Chris Pierson. He must be an all-around cool guy because he's Canadian.

    Chris Pierson can count on one hand the number of people who have been at Turbine longer than he has. If the hand had six fingers. But still, it's been nine years now. Good grief.

    When he's not making hills or translating Sindarin, he helps the design team refrain from doing anything that would make Tolkien rise from the grave and wade across the Atlantic to wreak the wrath of the living dead upon Westwood, Massachusetts. He is a practicing Canadian, and writes novels and short stories, too. He would like you to buy his books, please.

    And be sure to ask him about Belegurth the Love-struck Balrog sometime. Be ready to duck. 

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    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • The Matrix gets downloaded.
    The official Matrix Online website has made the move to the Sony Online Entertainment web service. Neo can now hang out with Antonia Bayle.
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    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR DRAGONS.
    The next World of Warcraft Patch will include an outdoor raid zone that features four dragons. They're green. They're mean. They'll make you scream.

    "There is a disturbance at the Great Trees. A new threat menaces these
    secluded areas found in Ashenvale, Duskwood, Feralas, and Hinterlands.
    Four great guardians of the Green Dragonflight have arrived from the
    Dream, but these once-proud protectors now seek only destruction and
    death. Take arms with your fellows and march to these hidden groves --
    only you can defend Azeroth from the corruption they bring."

    You can read all about the World of Warcraft Four Dragons at the Official Site.
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    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Patch Notes - Go Druids.
    Blizzard has put the 1.8 patch for World of Warcraft live on their public Test Server. This is your opportunity to check it out first-hand and then rush to the official forums to complain and moan about it. Druids get a huge revamp that is sure to have 50% of the community screaming that they need a nerf and the other 50% screaming that they need to get buffed. Hey, at least druids can shapeshift into a giant chicken now. I await the KFC instance where they are dipped in a secret recipe of spices and fried for the rest of the raid.

    " The test realm patch notes only apply to features that exist on the public test realms. We provide these patch notes to players who wish to know what features and changes exist in the test environment in order to more effectively test these features. "

    You can read the 1.8 World of Warcraft Patch Notes at the Official Site.
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    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
    Boomjack
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    Our good man Jeff is off to San Diego to talk to the gang at SoE.
    In other news, Darren and I have finally put together the basics for a comic. The artwork Darren conconcted is simply amazing. The humour is less than stellar, but I'm to blame for that. Hopefully we can unveil the first one early next week!
    Thursday Vin Diesel Fact:

    Vin Diesel can level an EverQuest 2 character to 60 in 14 seconds. .
    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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    Thu, Sep 29, 2005
    Boomjack
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