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  • Welcome to the 552nd edition of Loading… If you aren’t reading this in you email, you could be. Sign Up! Folks – if you haven’t done it yet – make sure you get a chance to try out Lord of the Rings Online during the game’s open beta test/World Tour. Tomorrow is the beginning of the true public open beta, where anyone who hasn’t pre-ordered is able to jump in the game and play. For those of you who have pre-ordered the game, when LotRO goes gold you’ll get the chance to pull your character straight from open beta into the game world, giving you a headstart on all those individuals who hold off on their pre-order purchases. Pre-order customers will also get to be a part of the “Founders” program and be privilege to lowered subscription rates. Even if you don’t plan on pre-ordering make sure you check out the game. We’ve got ads scattered all over the main site, and they’re pretty hard to miss.
    Mon, Nov 10, 2008
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  • Welcome to the 553rd edition of Loading… If you aren’t reading this in you email, you could be. Sign Up! Happy Easter weekend everyone! No matter your faith, this is as good an occasion as any to go out and buy yourself a big chocolate bunny, hard boil some eggs, and dress in pastoral colors. Spend some time with the family and appreciate life. That’s what I’m doing…it’s going to be a pretty decent weekend. Maybe I’ll even finish the book I’ve been reading, Jim Butcher’s Fool Moon. If you watch the SciFi channel, you’ll recognize him as the author famous for creating The Dresden Files. What a week it’s been…we’ve discussed everything from Fool’s Gold to beta tests and hit a few things in-between here and there. Boomjack is taking over his regular spot – as far as I know – on Monday…I’m sure you’ll all be thankful to have his mighty pen back at the task.
    Mon, Nov 10, 2008
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  • Welcome to the 585th Edition of Loading... If you aren't reading this in your e-mail, you could be. Sign up. Loading... is brought to you today by: Lights. Camera. Action, TiVo?. Tell us in a short video your scariest, funniest, craziest thing you have done for your passion -- for a chance at fame, fortune, and some really great prizes. Click here for all the details! -- Are you looking for the latest industry headlines? Look no further.
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    1. Daily Column Since Boomjack is on his way back from that blazing, sun-crisped place known as Arizona, he’s tapped me – TTH's tried-and-true Managing Editor, Cody “Micajah” Bye – as his replacement to whet your whistles with the latest and greatest gaming news. I’ll do my best, but my whit and humor rarely live up to what Boomjack employs on a daily basis. I’ll even leave my email address tucked in here for any hate mail this edition of Loading… might spawn. I can’t wait. -- Cryptic Studios has been pushing their agenda hard the last few weeks. With a decent amount of interest in their Cryptic Animation Rig (Cryptic AR) and with rumors of a Comic Con update for Marvel Universe Online, Cryptic is priming the pump to attract a large scale community in a short amount of time. To preemptively prepare for their adoring fans, Jack Emmert and crew have set-up a community-based forum where fans can reach out to each other and talk about anything Cryptic. While these new forums don’t supersede the existing message boards for the “City Of…” games, they are meant to talk about any and all Cryptic projects including any previous titles they may have.
    Mon, Nov 10, 2008
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  • Welcome to the 614th Edition of Loading... If you aren't reading this in your e-mail, you could be. Sign up. -- Are you looking for the latest industry headlines? Look no further.
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    1. Daily Column Ten Ton Hammer’s managing editor, Cody “Micajah” Bye, filling in for John “Boomjack” Hoskin on this lovely morning, and I expect you’re all absolutely awash in uncontrollable enthusiasm for whatever I’m going to write about. Even if you’re not, I encourage you to continue reading, for the tale I’m about to tell is awash with mystery, intrigue, and some plain-Jane weirdness. By the end, you’ll be saying: “Oh my gawd! That was….nutritious!"
    Mon, Nov 10, 2008
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  • Welcome to the 624th Edition of Loading... If you aren't reading this in your e-mail, you could be. Sign up. Are you looking for the latest industry headlines? Look no further.
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    1. Daily Column Four days. That’s the amount of time you’re going to be stuck with me, Cody “Micajah” Bye, Ten Ton Hammer’s too wordy, comma-happy Managing Editor. Your normal Loading... wordsmith, John “Boomjack” Hoskin, has taken his leave from the frontlines after having to suffer through a painstakingly anticlimactic E3 2007. Even though we still managed to wrangle up a basketful of articles for you to read through and videos to watch, the show was nowhere near as big (or exciting!) as E3s of yesteryear. In fact, there’s a whole slew of industry and press personnel that believe E3 has been gimped, neutered, or whatever you want to call it. My personal favorite has to be the Gamecock E3 Funeral Procession and Mike Wilson running around in a hospital gown. From the Gamasutra interview:

    Gamasutra: So why are you in a hospital gown?

    Mike Wilson: I was in the ER at St. John’s Medical Center. I think I got some E3 on me and I’ve gotten very sick for the last couple of days. I had to be rushed to the hospital in the night after shaking in my bed for hours for the second day in a row. I would’ve given my arm (but no legs) to see that. Too bad the folks that run E3 forgot to send me an invite. Not that I’m bitter. One piece of interesting information did float out of E3 via the Gamasutra website, and mentioned the existence of a THIRD Blizzard team that isn’t working on World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, or any of their cinematics.

    Mon, Nov 10, 2008
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  • Welcome to the 625th Edition of Loading... If you aren't reading this in your e-mail, you could be. Sign up. -- Are you looking for the latest industry headlines? Look no further.
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    1. Daily Column You're now in the second day of Cody "Micajah" Bye's stint as Loading... writer. Please bear with me as we continue to press on with our coverage of the MMOG and general gaming industry. But don't bare anything else. Ewww. To my knowledge, when the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were engaged in their Cold War ballet of threats and subversive action, the U.S. never had to worry about the Soviets making propaganda video games. Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that a group of hard-line Iranian students had developed an anti-U.S. video game with the title: Rescue the Nuke Scientist. In the game, players control a band of Iranian special forces that are trying to rescue husband-and-wife nuclear scientists from U.S. troops that have taken them hostage. Players of the game are required save the scientists – a mission code named “The Secret Operation" – by penetrating fortified U.S. posts from Iraq to Israel in order to free the nuclear scientists from the clutches of the evil U.S. troops. They must kill U.S. and Israeli troops, rescue the nuclear scientists, and nab a laptop full of information in order to complete the game.
    Mon, Nov 10, 2008
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  • Welcome to the 626th Edition of Loading... If you aren't reading this in your e-mail, you could be. Sign up. -- Are you looking for the latest industry headlines? Look no further.
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    1. Daily Column Another day down, only one more until you get the beloved John “Boomjack” Hoskin to write his masterful monologues in Loading… again. His replacement for the last few days, Cody “Micajah” Bye (aka Me), is back for round three and this time…. It’s for keeps. Here’s a rhetorical question for you. If World of Warcraft closed its door today, what would you do? If you’re a player of World of Warcraft, where would you go? Would you turn tail and run away from the MMOG industry altogether, or would you seek out another pasture to graze upon? For those of you that don’t play World of Warcraft would you be happy that the 800 lb. gorilla was finally gone? Or would you fear the masses that might come knocking at your game’s door? I pose this question in response to a Gamesblog interview that I had sent to me in which Dr. Richard Bartle (creator of the Multi-User Dungeon [MUD] and general MMO visionary) was asked a particularly interesting question:

    Gamesblog: If you could take over control of one major MMORPG - which would you choose and what would you do with it?

    Dr. Bartle: I'd take over World of Warcraft and I'd close it. I just want better virtual worlds. Sacrificing one of the best so its players have to seek out alternatives would be a sure-fire way to ensure that unknown gems got the chance they deserved, and that new games were developed to push back the boundaries.

    Er, I would get to do this anonymously, wouldn't I? The comments that emerged after Dr. Bartle’s comment were both intriguing and disheartening. Some users took the statement as a direct attack against their favorite MMOG, one that they have played for years and contend is the MMOG to end all MMOGs. However, others were equally as aggressive for the closing of WoW and hoping that players would go find other games to play.

    Mon, Nov 10, 2008
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  • Welcome to the 747th Edition of Loading... If you aren't reading this in your e-mail, you could be. Sign up. Daily Column [Graciously sponsored this week by Shay's Treehouse.] With John "Boomjack" Hoskin on his way to the land skin and scandal (Las Vegas), you get a pinch-hitter - Managing Editor Cody "Micajah" Bye - for today's column of Loading... Hopefully these pitches don't come in as fast as Curt Schilling's fastballs. I may not have the wit, humor, or sparkling good looks of Boomjack, but I do hope that I bring you a pleasant diversion from the tedious turmoil of your Wednesday morning. Over the last few weeks, Boomjack has been pointing out a few of the “better known” games that have been attracting a lot of attention over the course of January. Although I'm certainly excited for Warhammer Online, Age of Conan, Stargate Worlds, and The Agency, I feel that these games are getting “hyped to death”. The earliest one of these titles to release is Funcom’s Age of Conan, and that isn’t even due until the end of March. With that in mind, I’d like to turn to a game that hasn’t gotten a lot of prime time publicity, yet ranks in the upper echelons in terms of enduring longevity. It’s a little title by the name of Jumpgate Evolution, and it could ould truly revolutionize the way MMOG companies develop their massively multiplayer online products. Dubbed as a re-release of NetDevil’s first massively multiplayer game, Jumpgate Evolution may finally be the game that reaches out to those gamers who cut their teeth on products like X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter or the Wing Commander series. Set in a universe that’s constantly at war, the original Jumpgate featured full-on PvP and all the problems that come with it. Many new players were scared away by the “hardcore” feel of the game, yet thousands jumped into that online space to experience what it was like to have an opportunity to battle hundreds of different foes.
    Mon, Nov 10, 2008
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