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style="font-style: italic;">It’s
fall premier
week, and some of our favorite TV shows are back for another round of
scanline escapism. This week also marks the premier of one of this
fall’s hottest PC titles as well, and I’m not
talking about the one with chocobos. This particular title, you see, is
“socially responsible.” Shockingly, Ten Ton Hammer
aspires to this ever-so-lofty title as well in today’s href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/loading/2010/sep/20">Loading…
Socially Responsible.

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You vote with what you
view at Ten Ton Hammer, and the
is the Ten Ton Pulse ( href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/thepulse/">What
is The Pulse?).

top 5 Pulse results:

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow">World
    of Warcraft
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eq2">Everquest 2
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/99">Lord
    of the Rings Online
  4. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eve/">EVE Online
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/ddo">Dungeons and
    Dragons Online 

movers today

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/ffxiv">Final
    Fantasy XIV

    - UP 4
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/183">Guild
    Wars 2

    - down 2
    style="text-decoration: underline;">
  3. style="text-decoration: underline;"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/32">Tabula

    - UP 2
size="-1">Recent Releases
  • size="-1">7/27
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/2461"
    for Speed World
  • size="-1">7/27
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2" target="_blank">StarCraft
    II: Wings of Liberty
  • size="-1">8/17
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/140">City
    of Heroes: Going Rogue (release)
  • size="-1">8/18
    - href="http://everquest2.com/free_to_play">EverQuest
    II Extended (release)
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">9/7
    - size="-1"> href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/aion">Aion:
    Assault on Balaurea (free

  • size="-1">September
    30, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/ffxiv" target="_blank">Final
    Fantasy XIV size="-1">
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">October
    26, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/170">LEGO
    Universe (release)

  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">November
    2, 2010
    - href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1407">DC
    Universe Online (release)


  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">10/5 -
    10/8 - href="http://www.gdconline.com/">GDC
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">10/8 -
    10/10 - href="http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/">New
    York Comic Con
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">10/22 -
    10/23 - href="http://us.blizzard.com/blizzcon/?rhtml=y" target="_blank">BlizzCon
  • size="-1"> style="font-weight: bold;"> 3/24
    3/26 (2011) - href="http://fanfest.eveonline.com/" target="_blank">CCP

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alt="World of Warcraft PlayerScore"

your PlayerScore?
World of
Warcraft players, find out at href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/playerscore">playerscore.com.

Loading...The pretzels to your
MMO gaming beer.

Make sure to set your DVRs, folks, fall premier week is upon
Returning favorites like The Mentalist, Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock,
Castle, The Office, the CSIs and the NCISs all begin a new season this
week.  Quirky newcomers like the Hawaii Five-O remake, $#*! My
Says (they should have commissioned a style="font-style: italic;">WoW
13 year old – shouldn’t
“S#*!”  be
something more like “$#!†“ - 
I’ve heard
my dad say that one a few times), as well as The Event, and J.J.
Abrams’s break from must-see television: Under Covers
hoping my antipathy isn’t justified) also air their pilots

One premier is the apple of my eye this week, and it has nothing to do
with decimating my carefully cultivated DVR collection of Deadliest
Catch episodes. style="font-style: italic;">Civilization V
dawns this Tuesday, and the emperor… no, deity of turn-based
strategy has returned. style="font-style: italic;">Civ V
is one of the few games I’d buy, play, and relentlessly
even if it proved to be as fun as mowing wet grass. I’m an
unapologetic style="font-style: italic;">Civ
fanboy; I
love the history, the diplomacy, the scope, and I especially love the
fact I can alt-tab out to answer an email or IM and my enemies will
wait patiently for me to return.

That’s my list, but 2K Games has another features list, and
what’s the most interesting option on the href="http://www.direct2drive.com/9620/product/Buy-Sid-Meier%E2%80%99s-Civilization-V-Digital-Deluxe-Edition-Download">official
features list
is “Socially Responsible” – that 2K Games
is giving
$250k to education charities, with a choice of charities offered during
the install. I’m all for giving to charity and I applaud 2K
for making an effort – it’s a wonderful thing for
2K to
write-off - but I don’t like charity-giving thrown into the
marketing mix. Maybe it’s the Monte in me.

But if you’re into new fangled ideas like social
consider the following a socially responsible Loading…
If APB’s
discontinuation has you feeling down, take heart: TV-series wise,
it’s in pretty good company.  More than a few one
wonders and perennial favorites found their way to the chopping block
prior to this fall: Law and Order, Dollhouse, Numb3rs, Cold Case,
Trauma, and Scrubs among them. (To see if your favorite show made the
cut, href="http://www.tvguide.com/news/fall-tv-schedule-1005618.aspx">click
Other fan favorites – 24, Lost, and Law and
Order, have already come to an end, though how premature, quirky,
stunty, or abrupt is still up for debate.

Discontinuations and cancellations across the entertainment industry
show that whether we’re talking games, tv series, movie
or books, they all have a lifespan, a point at which we don’t
any more of what we love. Maybe it’s a bigger surprise that
MMORPGs and video game franchises haven’t met their natural
(I’m looking at you, newly revitalized style="font-style: italic;">Duke Nukem Forever).

So it’s a hodge podge montage of a Loading to start the week,
all topics are fair game. What new shows are you most looking forward
to? Who wins a style="font-style: italic;">Civ
arm wrestling match: Montezuma vs. Bismarck? Katherine the Great vs.
Elizabeth I? How do you feel about using charity giving in your
marketing rollout? Discuss away in the href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=53610">Loading…

Shayalyn's Epic Thread of the

From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=725">Guild
Wars 2 Temple of Ascension - Profession Discussion

healer is dead, but will the monk class live on?

wondered whether Guild Wars 2, which has announced that it will have no
dedicated healing classes, will still have a monk class sans healing
powers. "Personally I'd like to see the Monk class in GW2 as a sort of
Kung-Fu master," KM9K says. "So maybe in GW2 they could be some kind of
holy martial arts warrior. Do you think the Monk will make the class

Some of our top GW2  fans have speculated. What did they
conclude? What's your conclusion? href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=52792">Go!


Quotes from the Epic Thread

- and that's a big if in itself - they make the fading of some
professions the result of the six gods growing silent, as part of the
lore, it would be interesting if monks donned 'adventurer' armor, and
switched to their more physical aspect, coming out as a form of martial
artist class.

- href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showpost.php?p=442159&postcount=3">Yuki


and Exclusive Content
Today at Ten Ton Hammer

5 new Ten Ton Hammer
features today! 62 Ten Ton
Hammer features in September! 1017 in 2010!


Universe Preview


of the existing LEGO toys and video games are sure to fall in love all
over again with this adorable franchise once they've played the MMOG
version. In this hands-on preview, we'll cover some of the ups and
downs of our time in the LEGO Universe beta and tell you why this
kid-friendly title is sure to enchant gamers of all ages.


a Classic - A Candid Interview with SquareEnix's Sage Sundi


you love or hate Final Fantasy XIV following the open beta, you have to
admit one thing - this is a game that deliberately hasn't learned the
lessons on accessibility taught by games like World of Warcraft. To
find out why, we tracked down SquareEnix's Sage Sundi. Sage discusses
who SquareEnix had in mind while they were making FFXIV, why the game
has gone maverick on a number of interface and gameplay issues, and
what makes the game worth powering through a steep learning curve and
high minimum requirements. That and much more in href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/ffxiv/interviews/pax-2010-sage-sundi">Reconstructing
a Classic - A Candid Interview with SquareEnix's Sage Sundi.


ISK By Inventing Missiles In EVE Online (Part 1)


of the mission-runners and pirate-killer of EVE Online as thirsty men
wandering the desert, and yourself the custodian of an oasis. An oasis
made of tech two missiles. In this Ten Ton Hammer guide Space Junkie
explains the first part of producing Scourge Fury Heavy Missiles,
inventing the blueprints used to make them.

Brewfest Guide


has arrived again in World of Warcraft, signaling the start of the two
week party. Free virtual booze, ram racing, and a new quicker boss
battle awaits players in this year's beer themed festive event. We've
got a guide to all of the quests, the dungeon encounter, achievements
and more here at Ten Ton Hammer that will make sure you're capable of
doing every event in the game, inebriated or not

Shakes Up Paladin Tanking – Semi-Hardcore #4


a long break from talking Paladins, it's time for the return of
Semi-Hardcore. In this issue Byron “Messiah” Mudry
provides the low
down on all the upcoming Paladin tanking changes. With Patch 4.0.1
coming soon, and Cataclysm hard on its heals, it is critical that
Paladin tanks understand the changes in store for them. This
editorial puts all the changes to key abilities, how Holy Power works,
and the new tanking rotations all in one place for your viewing

Top 10

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/previews/lego-universe-preview"> style="font-weight: bold;">LEGO Universe
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/tera/interviews/scott-hartsman-9.14.10">Deeper
    into the Rift – A Q&A with style="font-weight: bold;">Rift:
    Planes of
    Telara’s Scott
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/guides/seasonal/brewfest"> style="font-weight: bold;">WoW:
    Brewfest Guide
  4. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/interviews/story-and-progression">The
    Heart of Tyria - An Exclusive Interview on Personal Story and
    Progression in style="font-weight: bold;">Guild Wars 2
  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/ffxiv/interviews/pax-2010-sage-sundi">Reconstructing
    a Classic - A Candid Interview with SquareEnix's Sage Sundi href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/cataclysm/zones/deepholm-preview"> style="font-weight: bold;">
  6. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/wow/cataclysm/zones/deepholm-preview"> style="font-weight: bold;">WoW
    Cataclysm – Deepholm Zone Preview
  7. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/editorials/gamecrush-editorial">GameCrush:
    Capitalizing On
    Your Girl Gamer Fetish
  8. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/rift/videos/pax10"> style="font-weight: bold;">Rift:
    Planes of Telara Class
    & Invasions Video Feature with
    Russ Brown
  9. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/faq"> style="font-weight: bold;">Guild Wars 2
  10. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/aion/editorials/assault-on-balaurea-impressions"> style="font-weight: bold;">Aion:
    Assault on Balaurea First Impressions

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- Jeff "Ethec" Woleslagle and the Ten Ton Hammer team

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About The Author

Jeff joined the Ten Ton Hammer team in 2004 covering EverQuest II, and he's had his hands on just about every PC online and multiplayer game he could since.