Rigor Mortis sets in Age of Conan
Funcom today confirmed that they are cutting up to 70% of U.S. staff. Everything has gone downhill for a once promising MMORPG developer. It all started when players hit level 40 and realized the game was unfinished and imbalanced and on top of it all, a GM was fired for engaging in cybersex with a player. Shortly after, game director Gaute Godager quit the company. Age of Conan had recently announced server merges to compensate for a dwindling player base. The only question left unanswered was which game failed more? Age of Conan or Vanguard: Saga of Heroes?
MMORPG's coming to a candy store near you
SOE has signed a deal with Topps, the baseball card manufacturer to bring its Legends of Norrath style trading card game to supermarket shelves for its upcoming "kids" MMORPG, Free Realms. Every pack of cards will contain an in game loot card. Free Realms is a micro transaction based free to play MMORPG that will attempt to suck every nickel and dime out unsuspecting parents.
The Wii heals wounded soldiers
While this is not the typical story I would put in this blog, I'm a U.S.M.C. veteran and this story caught my eye. There is a non profit charity called Soldier's Angels which is trying to give away Wii systems to wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts to help them during rehabilitation. Let's hope they don't come included with any MOH games and send these guys into post traumatic stress syndrome. Either way, its a worthy cause.
Save $150 on a PS3 with a PS3 credit card
You can now apply for a PS3 credit card and save $150 on a PS3 purchase. This might help Sony move a few dozen PS3's this holiday season.
Video games cause sex and violence
The National Institute on Media and the Family has released the 13rh annual video game report card. This report card will alert parents to games that include sex and violence. This year's hitlist of games to avoid include Blitz The League II, Dead Space, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2, Gears of War 2, Left 4 Dead, Legendary, Resistance 2, Saints Row 2 and Silent Hill: Homecoming.
Those crazy Chinese gamers
"Five people died on Sunday after a dispute at a video-game centre in south-western China escalated into a pitched battle involving at least 20 people, some armed with knives and batons, state media said on Monday. " Achievements for the fight will be awarded this afternoon.
The Chronicles of Spellborn coming this week
A new MMORPG, The Chronicles of Spellborn is due to release on Thursday. While no new information has been announced, this information will be filed in the same folder where I keep Age of Conan, Tabula Rasa and Vanguard news.
Chrono Tiger (DS)
Metal Gear Online Meme Expansion (PS3)
NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 (360)
Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (DS)
Band Manager (PC)
Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure (Wii)
Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge (Wii)
The King of Fighters Collection (Wii)
Neopets Puzzle Adventure (DS)