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  • I didn't have a chance to login to Lord of the Rings Online yesterday. How was launch day? Turbine, how did it go? Quotes, we want quotes! Fargo over at Fileplanet has written an article titled, "An Open Letter to Apple from a Lifelong Gamer" that touches on many of the points that I have been making about the gaming hardware divide. Gaming is the only reason that I own a PC. An apple a day keeps the gamer away is an unfortunate truth. Fortunately, the tide is beginning to come in for Mac gamers. In reality, the tide has always been ebbing and flowing on the Mac. There are a number of top notch titles available, but for the best gaming experience a PC always had the upper hand. The good folks at Apple have been making shiny things for as long as shiny things have been popular. There are some people who believe that Apple made shiny things popular in the first place. I can't argue with that line of thought. Most of you own an iPod and an increasing number of you own a Mac laptop. The switch to Intel chips opened the door to the one-machine-fits-all computing renaissance. Bootcamp, an Apple utility that allows Macs to boot to Windows XP (and now Vista) opened up a brave new gaming world. Gamers could now own a Mac that could play their PC games. More on MMOG Macs, North Korea and rattlesnakes is but a click away today in Loading...

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    Wed, Apr 25, 2007
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  • Congratulations Turbine! It's Lord of the Rings Online launch day! Launch day means coverage and our hairy-toed, second-breakfast eating editors have delivered.

    • Lord of the Rings Online: First Impressions
    • Lord of the Rings Online: Interview With Mike Searle - Prima Guide Author
    • Lord of the Rings Online: Preview of the Prima Guide
    • LotRO Community at TenTonHammer.com

    Yesterday I gave you the lowdown on the World of Warcraft Druid and promised my next critique would be of the Hunter... Unfortunately, I can't find anything funny to say about hunters. When they are in my group I await my impending doom and when they are racing by me with their pet named "Yiffer" I cringe. Stranger still, the hunter class is probably my favourite class to play, yet I avoid it like Rosie avoids low-fat yogurt because I abhor being lumped in with a group known to be filled with simpletons and social deviants. More on Hunters, Vin continues, Serbs find Kryptonite, 10 new MMOG articles and more is but a click away today in Loading...

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    Tue, Apr 24, 2007
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  • I would write something pithy, deep or profound, but I don't possess the ability. Instead I'll focus on what sorts of people like to play which classes and/or races in MMOGs. I have eight million reasons to start with World of Warcraft. Today, the Druid. Druid: Generally played by introverts and autistics. There is a better chance of Rosie O'Donnell saying something meaningful than there is of getting an invitiation to a group as a druid. The isolation provided by this class is comforting to the player who prefers to exist without human contact. Blizzard even went as far as to create a zone for druids that other classes had no reason to enter, Moonglade. Ironically, the only Alliance race that can play this class is Night Elf. Night Elves are most often chosen by virtual nudists and/or the mentally challenged, which when thrown into the virtual soup with introverts makes for an especially distateful dish. More on the Druid, more interviews than Planter's has peanuts and more real world news are but a click away today in Loading...

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    Mon, Apr 23, 2007
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  • Blizzard is in full-bore contest mode with YouTube video contests, arena contests, comic contests , contests to give them new contest ideas, contests to see how many contests you can enter, trading card contests and untradeable card contests. One YouTube entry was admitted to the aforementioned contest and then suddenly, without notice, unexpectedly.... removed. OK, it should never have been admitted to the contest, but it's funny and I'm all over that. This isn't safe for work, children or those of you who are easily offended, which is likely a very small number if you read this column every day. See the video, find out why Blizzard hates Canadians, read Richard Bartle's wisdom and more today in Loading...

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    Fri, Apr 20, 2007
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  • 13 more wins until the Sabres Stanley cup parade. I avoided discussing the tragedy at Virginia Tech, but Jack Thompson, Dr. Phil and about 40 of our readers have dragged me into it. What Cho Seung Hui did was horrific, make no mistake about it. Is it any surprise that Jack "ass" Thompson, best known for blaming every tragedy from earthquakes to shootings on video games has jumped into the fray and onto Fox News to deliver his opinion? Jack is in jeopardy of losing his license to practice law in Florida. He has threatened judges, other lawyers and even yours truly, yet somehow, like a car wreck, people just can't stop looking at him. Another car wreck is the man with no surname, Dr. Phil who decided that it would be prudent to appear on the Larry King show and blame games for the shooting. The good doctor had this to say, Ooooh, what did he say? Find out, taunt Rosie and enjoy 10 new MMOG articles today in Loading...

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    Thu, Apr 19, 2007
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  • Before I get started today, here's a quick shout-out to Ron Meiners and Celia Pearce who apparently made friends with Jeff and Cody at the recent IMGDC conference. Ron and Celia have opened a new MMOG blog to compete with this one. They use a lot of big words like "especially" and are currently discussing the indie game scene. Check it out...then come back here. Is it a game or is it a service? Short answer, it's both. I had two eerily similar, disappointing customer service experiences yesterday. Let's start with the one that has no connection to games, or at least very little connection to games. I suppose if you really dig back you can find a connection with the game Midtown Madness. Those of you who played that fantastic driving title will understand in a minute. For the rest of you, it isn't entertaining enough to waste your time. My wife has wanted, not needed, but wanted a Volkswagen Beetle since the day that they announced it was coming back into production. She has this strange affinity for the car that was bored into her psyche during her childhood. For nine years she has mentioned that she would like one, often only in passing, but for my wife that is a big deal. She never asks for anything. It was time to get her the car that she wanted. I went to Volkswagen with her, she picked it out, they promised that they would have it and told us when to return, which we did, yesterday. I mentioned to my wife that she should probably call first just to make sure that the vehicle was ready, but she assured me that anyone selling an item of that value would certainly have it ready for delivery. Guess what wasn't ready? Guess who was upset on the day that should have ranked on the fun scale next to pony rides and funnel cakes? I didn't haggle over the price. My only stipulation was that they deliver on the day promised at the time promised. They didn't deliver and worse, they didn't even have the common courtesy to let me know that it wasn't ready. "Oh, you're coming in today?" Computer service, game service, sexy talk with Kelly Rued and much more is but a click away today in Loading...

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    Wed, Apr 18, 2007
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  • 14 wins to go! (Then the Sabres Stanley Cup Parade) I hadn't been making my daily rounds of favourite blogs and was punished for it. Grimwell posted a pieced titled, Designing For Community in which he preaches what I've been preaching for a long time, that MMO games are at their core about building a community. I've been pushing to integrate the community building system in networks like Ten Ton Hammer into games at launch. Give the players a means to stay connected to their friends even when they are not in the virtual world of their choice. Just because I'm sitting at my desk poking at keys trying to write a Loading... column in 15 minutes doesn't mean that I don't want to know that our guild just kicked some serious butt in Vanguard. In fact, I really want to know, but because there is no way for me to easily stay connected I become, wait for it...disconnected from the game and eventually move on to something else. For the short time that I have been a part of Ten Ton Hammer I've been preaching the same sermon, over and over and over again; community is the most important aspect of a MMOG and as an extension, a MMOG website. All the content coupled with the best gameplay in existence is just a fancy single-player game without the community. Eight spffy new MMOG articles, flaming toilets and so much more is but a click away today in Loading...

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    Tue, Apr 17, 2007
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  • **Special Content Today** We are fortunate enough to have a video interview with none other than Dr. Richard Bartle, a legend in the MMOG industry. Enjoy!

    Cody "Micajah" Bye was honored to sit down with one of the true visionaries of online gaming at IMGDC 2007, Dr. Richard Bartle, and we bring our time with Dr. Bartle to you in streaming video, complete with all the dry English wit and class he brought to the Indie MMO conference. Bartle, whose very accessible and fun-to-read scholarly work is required reading for anyone hoping to understand MMOs and MMO communities, speaks to the challenges and great opportunities for virtual world games developed by an indie developer with complete creative control over his or her work.

    • Dr. Richard Bartle Video Interview

    Last week we asked the development community what could be done to lower the barrier to entry to massively multiplayer games. I posted many of the answers in, "Devs Tear Down The Wall". Chris Klug, the Creative Director of Stargate Worlds weighed in over the weekend and his insight, as usual, is right on.

    "The one thing that would lower the barrier to entry would be to choose a game topic that would appeal to a broader audience than simply aiming at geeky gamers. For instance, an MMO detective game, an MMO romance soap-opera game, an MMO sports title, all would have the potential to open the space to a much broader audience. We tend in the industry to design games only for ourselves." - Chris Klug, Creative Director - Stargate Worlds

    The most intriguing idea in that quote is that developers design games that they themselves would like. It's a basic premise and of course it is true; most basic premises are. The bottom line is that until some bright light who enjoys sports games also starts enjoying MMOs that we aren't likely to see a good MMO sports title delivered. Role playing games are by their very nature and design a cooperative experience. So far, sports titles have not reached the same level. Someday...dare to dream! More IMGDC, more Vin Diesel, 15 exclusive MMOG articles and much more is but a click away, today in Loading...

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    Mon, Apr 16, 2007
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  • Today is Friday the 13th. For the superstitious types out there that means you won't read this until tomorrow. I hope you enjoyed the day in your closet. Now you know how Tom Cruise feels. 15 more wins until the Sabres are Stanley Cup Champs. Buy your T-shirt now. Islanders fans can send their hate-mail directly to me. I even found a keyboard that you would probably like. Jeff Woleslagle and Cody Bye had enough of my humour and before I could suggest that the city be called "Giantopolis" again, they were winging their way to Minneaopolis for the Independent MMO Developers Conference. The boys will be chatting with industry legend Dr. Richard Bartle, the always information Brian Green and talking dirty talk with Ms. Kelly Rued, the designer of a "unique fantasy MMORPG for adventurous adults". Full transcripts of the dirty talk will be available on our 1-900 number. Byron, one of the crazy bananas that acts as community manager on our World of Warcraft site pointed me to a story (I'll go with fake) about a woman (picture tells me its a crossdresser) that offered to mount up in real-life for a "sexy time" in return for 5000 gold piece to buy an epic mount in WoW. You can check out a pick of this creature right here. I'd post the picture in the blog and newsletter, but it simply won't show up. Don't ask! Shakes fist! Here is the supposed advertisement that she (he?) posted on Craigslist, though I can't verify it myself since I can't find head nor tails (pun intended) of the original. The promised ad, IMGDC coverage and more is but a click away today in Loading...

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    Fri, Apr 13, 2007
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  • I received my first taste, more of an appetiser really, of Dreamlords at the recent GDC conference. Though I was intrigued I haven't had time to try the game out. Fortunately for you some of our other editors aren't as busy with issues like Vin Diesel facts and took some time to give the game the review it deserves. [Note: it took two editors to do what I couldn't.] Funcom announced that over 100,000 people have signed up for the Age of Conan beta with over 50,000 of them signing up in the first 24 hours. Does this tell us that AoC is a game that everyone wants to play or that the current batch of MMOs isn't delivering enough new content? Reviews, orangutans, lesbians and of course, Vin Diesel are but a click away today in Loading...

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    Thu, Apr 12, 2007
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