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Thoughts from ChangYou's Zentia Dev. Team about F2P gaming, and living life in the game industry including happenings, experiences, and all other things gamer. To find out more info about Zentia,check out: http://z.us.changyou.com/

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Zentia 1.2 Expansion Sweepstakes - Win Ttesports Peripherals

Posted by ChangYouZ Thursday February 24 2011 at 5:53PM
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We’re so excited for our newest expansion to Zentia, that we’re giving away a few of our favorite things! Enter for your chance to win one of three great prizes from Ttesports: The Meka, Shock, or Tte Mousepad.

Facebook Entry Form

Twitter Entry Form

Date: February 14 - 28

Prizes:

Grand Prize: 3 lucky winners will win a TTE Meka Keyboard and a Divine Deer mount.

Second Place: 5 slightly less lucky winners will win a TTE Shock Headset and a Red Phoenix pet.

Third place: 10 still lucky winners will receive a TTE Mousepad  and a Red Phoenix pet.

Don’t want to feel left out? Everyone who enters will automatically receive a Gold Chip! So tell your friends, spread the word, and enter before this contest ends!

 



 

Culture Corner #8: Love and Marriage

Posted by ChangYouZ Monday February 14 2011 at 6:56PM
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Culture Corner #8: Love and Marriage
 
Welcome to the Culture Corner
 
Welcome back to the Culture Corner with Tao Jones. If you’re new to the Culture Corner, this is a little column that is your guide to the world. It’s great to be a hero, but if you don’t understand what it is you’re trying to save, then it’s a little harder to appreciate it. That’s what I’m here for. Each column, I’m going to take a part of Chinese culture in our games and explain it in a little more depth.
 
An Especially Appropriate Update
Today is February 14. There are two things going on that make this article especially appropriate. First up, it’s Valentine’s Day. Secondly, Zentia 1.2 just launched, and with it, the marriage system. With it, your characters can now fall in love, become engaged, and get married. What a perfect time. Why should a hero wait until after they’ve saved the world to get married? The fast-paced lifestyle that today’s wandering hero lives just doesn’t allow for that kind of luxury, and life is just so much more fun with a partner.
 
Once you do get married  in Zentia, you probably won’t be seeing any kind of scene you’re familiar with. This is a silly fictionalized version of ancient China, after all. The basic concept is easy enough to understand. A man and a woman get married, people watch them, this is generally understood to be a good thing, yada, yada, yada. Still, there’s a lot more to it than that, and today, we’ll go through some of the key features that set Chinese weddings apart. Find out what in our full article on the Zentia forums!
 
For one, you know how Western wedding outfits haven’t changed in a few hundred years? Yeah...
 
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[SIZE="3"][B]Welcome to the Culture Corner[/B][/SIZE]
 
Welcome back to the Culture Corner with Tao Jones. If you’re new to the Culture Corner, this is a little column that is your guide to the world. It’s great to be a hero, but if you don’t understand what it is you’re trying to save, then it’s a little harder to appreciate it. That’s what I’m here for. Each column, I’m going to take a part of Chinese culture in our games and explain it in a little more depth.
 
[SIZE="3"][B]An Especially Appropriate Update[/B][/SIZE]
Today is February 14. There are two things going on that make this article especially appropriate. First up, it’s Valentine’s Day. Secondly, Zentia 1.2 just launched, and with it, the marriage system. With it, your characters can now fall in love, become engaged, and get married. What a perfect time. Why should a hero wait until after they’ve saved the world to get married? The fast-paced lifestyle that today’s wandering hero lives just doesn’t allow for that kind of luxury, and life is just so much more fun with a partner.
 
Once you do get married  in Zentia, you probably won’t be seeing any kind of scene you’re familiar with. This is a silly fictionalized version of ancient China, after all. The basic concept is easy enough to understand. A man and a woman get married, people watch them, this is generally understood to be a good thing, yada, yada, yada. Still, there’s a lot more to it than that, and today, we’ll go through some of the key features that set Chinese weddings apart.
 
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You know how Western wedding outfits haven’t changed in a few hundred years? Yeah...[/i][/center]

Culture Corner #7: Happy New Year (Part 2)!

Posted by ChangYouZ Monday February 7 2011 at 2:16PM
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Culture Corner #7: Happy New Year (Part 2)!
 
Welcome to the Culture Corner
 
Welcome back to the Culture Corner with Tao Jones. If you’re new to the Culture Corner, this is a little column that is your guide to the world. It’s great to be a hero, but if you don’t understand what it is you’re trying to save, then it’s a little harder to appreciate it. That’s what I’m here for. Each column, I’m going to take a part of Chinese culture in our games and explain it in a little more depth.
 
Is it New Year again already?
 
Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! We’ll provide continued coverage of the Chinese New Year in this article. As you all probably remember, the Chinese calendar is partially based on the phases of the moon, so it’s not in sync with the Gregorian calendar. Every year is associated with an animal, and Chinese New Year also begins as Spring does, which leads to it sometimes being referred to as the Spring Festival.
 
So what happens?
 
When people think about Chinese New Year, some of the first images that come to mind are that of the Chinese New Year Parade, especially the one in San Francisco. This parade was actually not something that began in China, but right there in San Francisco. In the 1800s, many Chinese immigrants lived in the city. Now, Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the whole culture, and these immigrants wanted to show it to those unfamiliar with the holiday, so they decided to demonstrate using a parade, a custom that Americans were already familiar with.
 
Thankfully, reality TV had yet to be invented.
 
During the parade, the features that tend to stand out the most are the lion dance and firecrackers, as well as a massive amount of the color red. While they’re fantastic to look at, a curious mind might wonder what, exactly, this has to do with the passing of one year to another, or what they have to do with each other. Well, like the zodiac animals, this has a story behind it too. Read about the story at the full version of this article in our forums!
During the parade, the features that tend to stand out the most are the lion dance and firecrackers, as well as a massive amount of the color red. While they’re fantastic to look at, a curious mind might wonder what, exactly, this has to do with the passing of one year to another, or what they have to do with each other. Well, like the zodiac animals, this has a story behind it too.Culture Corner #7: Happy New Year (Part 2)!
 
Welcome to the Culture Corner
 
Welcome back to the Culture Corner with Tao Jones. If you’re new to the Culture Corner, this is a little column that is your guide to the world. It’s great to be a hero, but if you don’t understand what it is you’re trying to save, then it’s a little harder to appreciate it. That’s what I’m here for. Each column, I’m going to take a part of Chinese culture in our games and explain it in a little more depth.
 
Is it New Year again already?
 
It’s February 3rd, 2011, so Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! We’ll provide continued coverage of the Chinese New Year in this article. As you all probably remember, the Chinese calendar is partially based on the phases of the moon, so it’s not in sync with the Gregorian calendar. Every year is associated with an animal, and Chinese New Year also begins as Spring does, which leads to it sometimes being referred to as the Spring Festival.
 
 
So what happens?
When people think about Chinese New Year, some of the first images that come to mind are that of the Chinese New Year Parade, especially the one in San Francisco. This parade was actually not something that began in China, but right there in San Francisco. In the 1800s, many Chinese immigrants lived in the city. Now, Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the whole culture, and these immigrants wanted to show it to those unfamiliar with the holiday, so they decided to demonstrate using a parade, a custom that Americans were already familiar with.
 
 
Thankfully, reality TV had yet to be invented.
 
During the parade, the features that tend to stand out the most are the lion dance and firecrackers, as well as a massive amount of the color red. While they’re fantastic to look at, a curious mind might wonder what, exactly, this has to do with the passing of one year to another, or what they have to do with each other. Well, like the zodiac animals, this has a story behind it too.

Zentia's 1.2 is Coming - Are You Ready For Marriage?

Posted by ChangYouZ Thursday February 3 2011 at 12:16PM
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Marriage is coming to Zentia. Soon you will be able to marry that special someone in-game. Marriage is not always sunshine and roses. It will bring a new challenge to the game. You will have to work on your relationship as lovers before you can get married by completeing many in-game challenges. In the end, players will understand that marriage is a lot of work.

With all the excitement around the coming 1.2 patch and the introduction of the marriage system, I think it's about time to hold a competition! The premise is simple: make up a silly caption for the two lovebirds shown in the image posted below. There will be 10 winners! First through third place winners will receive a gold chip and a 24 slot bag. Fourth through tenth place winners will receive a gold chip.

You can post your captions on the Zentia Forums.

Keep on gaming,
 
Zentia Community Manager

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