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  • It's been out two weeks...put a fork in it, The Burning Cruasade is done.

    1UP had posted their review.

    "If the original WOW hypothesized that art direction trumps technical prowess, two years later, BC proves it. Weirder and wilder than Azeroth's occasionally drab environs (sorry, but Desolace, Tanaris, and the Badlands were a bore), Outland's architecture, flora, and fauna invoke oohs, ahhs, and OMGs. Walk past the bog giants and fen striders of Zangarmarsh, fly over the porcupine-quill mountains of Blade's Edge, and witness the power of a well-wrought shape and a carefully chosen color palette."

    Read the whole shebang by clicking here.

    Reviews
    Fri, Feb 02, 2007
    Boomjack
  • Allen Rausch takes a look at Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn over at GameSpy.

    "The game also sports a brand new user interface based on both player feedback and the lessons learned by UO's modern-day competitors. Speech and spell text for example, will no longer be displayed in a pseudo-"Olde English" font that takes up huge amounts of screen space, but in a more sensible font presented in a way that no longer obscures the play field. Inventory has been re-organized into stackable and scrollable lists rather than the confusing bag system that actually had items block other items. Even things as simple as hotbars will be new to the game."

    For the full course, just click here.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Feb 02, 2007
    Boomjack
  • Games Workshop, EA and Mythic have delivered some new Warhammer Online screenshots. Eye-candy is but a click away.

    Images, Media
    Fri, Feb 02, 2007
    Boomjack
  • Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy wuzzy wasn't fuzzy was he? Just a little Shaman humour for you fur-loving types. There's nothing funny about the updated Vanguard Shaman guide though. Spells and skills from level 1-50 are now up to date. Check it out!

    News
    Fri, Feb 02, 2007
    Boomjack
  • Keith Parkinson was possibly the best fantasy artist that ever graced the Earth. His passing was a blow to not only MMOG, but fantasy fans everywhere.

    Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle was in San Francisco as Sigil commemorated Keith at the launch party for Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

    When you are told to click here. Do it!

    News
    Fri, Feb 02, 2007
    Boomjack
  • Our very own rodeo clown, Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle walked the plank all the way to the Pacific Ocean where he was treated to a hands-on demonstration of combat in the upcoming MMOG, Pirates of the Caribbean Online. You know you talk like a pirate when you don't think anyone is listening; now you can fight like one too! Read what Jeff had to say in this PotC: Hands-On Combat Preview you scurvy dog!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Feb 02, 2007
    Boomjack
  • What do fried foods and monasteries have in common? They both use Friars! If you have been after the Friar's niece in Dungeons and Dragons Online then we think we've found her. Check out Darkgolem's guide to The Friar's Niece.

    News
    Fri, Feb 02, 2007
    Boomjack
  • Welcome to the 510th edition of Loading... If you aren't reading this in your e-mail, you could be. Sign Up Top 10 Reasons That Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Will Succeed 10) The Wikipedia "Thought Police" haven't removed the Vanguard entry yet. 9) Artwork by the late Keith Parkinson. 8) Microsoft isn't the publisher. 7) WoW Players refuse to log out until they find the "gold dots" on their maps. 6) It gives EverQuest 2 players another place to bitch. The final five reasons, seven exclusive MMOG articles and more numerical shenanigans is but a click away. Loading... February 2, 2007 [VG Succeeds Edition]

    Loading...
    Fri, Feb 02, 2007
    Boomjack
  • Welcome to your Thursday Loading... If you aren't reading this in your e-mail, you could be. Sign Up The 509th edition of Loading... is brought to you by snowplow. There must be 10 feet of snow here today. Would you like to sponsor Loading... and reduce the number of lame "brought to you by" cliches Click here. I may have mentioned it in passing, but there have been so many other interesting things happening in the industry that I never thanked EBay for delisting all auctions for virtual property. This move won't stop or slow down the runaway freight train that is the real money trading industry. It will just transfer the sales to the independent gold farmers. It does show that EBay doesn't trust the sellers and that they aren't comfortable that they in fact own what they are selling.

    "Mr. Hani Durzy, speaking for eBay, explained that the decision to pull these items was due to the 'legal complexities' surrounding virtual property. "For the overall health of the marketplace" the company felt that the proper course of action, after considerable contemplation, was to ban the sale of these items outright."

    In effect, EBay is stating that the virtual property belongs to the developer/publisher of the game and not to the player, which is the same thing that most of the developers have been saying all along in their EULAs. And there's more... a mere click away. Loading... February 1, 2007 [Delisted Edition]

    Loading...
    Thu, Feb 01, 2007
    Boomjack
  • Welcome to your Wednesday Loading... If you aren't reading this in your e-mail, you could be. Sign Up The 508th edition of Loading... is brought to you by freight train. Would you like to sponsor Loading... and reduce the number of lame "brought to you by" cliches Click here. Loading... and Ten Ton Hammer readers gobbled up 700 Scions of Fate beta keys in minutes. It brought a tear to my eye and angry e-mails to my inbox. I don't like tears. Feel free to keep sending the angry e-mails. Especially the ones in Swedish. Hans or Frans or Sven or whatever your name was, you need to send those nasty-grams in English or I don't get the full effect. As it stands I just picture you as the Swedish Chef from The Muppets trying to put an IKEA computer together with an allen key. Now that you have that picture lodged firmly in your mind, please "Bork Bork Bork" your way over to our Beta Key Giveaway page where you can get one of 2,000 Scions of Fate beta keys. That's right folks 2,000! It sounds like a lot, but believe me when I tell you that they won't last very long. Don't get "Borked"! [Get Your Key Here!] When it comes to a new MMOG there is always a lot of analysis of game mechanics, graphics, game enviroment and the like, but rarely is there a discussion about game community. We (Ten Ton Hammer) have been pushing for a more sybiotic relationship between the game and the community that plays it. Apparently, and not surprisingly, Turbine Inc. is listening. Games Radar had this to say about that... Their say, my say, we all say today... one click away. Loading... January 31, 2007 [Data Miner Edition]

    Loading...
    Wed, Jan 31, 2007
    Boomjack

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