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Guild Wars : Super Fans Announced

Posted Oct 11, 2006 by Jon Wood

Recently, Guild Wars held a contest to find their Super Fans who would receive invitations to the upcoming launch party for Guild Wars Nightfall. Today, we know the winners.


From an enormous batch of entries in a contest that drew submissions from all over the world, we've formed a guest list for the Nightfall Release Party. More than two dozen fans and their guests will be attending the party next Tuesday, October 17th, and we're sure they'll have much to share with you after the event. Congratulations to the winners - we look forward to meeting you soon!

For more on Guild Wars click here.

Phantasy Star Universe : Beta Delay

Posted Oct 11, 2006 by Jon Wood

The Phantasy Star Universe Beta, which was originally slated to begin today, will be delayed. No exact date has been announced, although it is said that the beta should "release very soon after".


We apologize, but the BETA release dates have changed. The release date will no longer be Oct 11th, but should see release very soon after. Please watch this page, as well as our Official Phantasy Star Universe forums for more information. Thank you for your patience, we look forward to seeing everyone online very soon!

For more on Phantasy Star Universe click here.

ArchLord : Exclusive Screen, Week #4

Posted Oct 11, 2006 by Dana Massey

Today we feature four new images from the recently launched MMP ArchLord. This game was localized for the West by Codemasters in the UK. This is a repost of yesterday's feature that was lost in a database error.

Thank you to Codemasters for sharing these images.

EVE Online : Fanfest

Posted Oct 10, 2006 by Jon Wood

EVE Online has released some new information about their upcoming Fanfest that will take place between November 9th and 11th in Reykjavik.


We've updated the Fanfest 2006 webpage with more information about the tournament prizes, roundtable discussions and other events as well as a Fanfest FAQ. As the time draws closer, more information will be added so check back often.

The EVE Fanfest this year will run November 9 - 11 at the Nordica Hotel in Reykjavik. Icelandair has put together travel packages that include airfare and accomodations. Fanfest passes must be purchased separately in advance.

For more on EVE Online click here.

D&D Online : Risia Test Server Event

Posted Oct 10, 2006 by Jon Wood

Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach has announced an event that will be taking place this weekend. They are asking players to sign into the Risia Test Server for the chance to win prizes.


This weekend, we would like to encourage as many players as possible to join us on the Risia Test Server.

Those that play will have an opportunity to win prizes from Best Buy, NVIDIA, and Logitech, as well Beta invitations for The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ and in-game items! Sign on to try out the new Demon Sands dungeons, compete in Sir Lawrence's Gauntlet event, buy and sell from the new Auction House and preview everything that our next Module update has to offer!

For more on DDO click here.

Guild Wars : Special Item Drop Event

Posted Oct 10, 2006 by Jon Wood

Guild Wars has announced a new event that will take place this coming weekend. The event will see Canthan boss monsters drop more special items for players.


This weekend, every Canthan boss monster that you slay will be three times as likely to drop a special, or "green," item. The start of this event will be Noon PDT on Friday and the greens will continue to drop at triple the normal rate through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday. Good hunting!

For more on Guild Wars click here.

World of Warcraft : Hunter Spells and Talents Preview

Posted Oct 10, 2006 by Jon Wood

Blizzard has updated the Burning Crusade Spells and Talents Preview for the expansion to the extremely popular World of Warcraft. The website also details a new contest, another primetime television appearance, and much more.


We have just updated the Burning Crusade Hunter Spells and Talents Preview. We've also created a new page for Hunter mechanic changes based on a forum post. The spells and talents will continue to be updated as development and tuning progresses, so check back often.

Visit the WoW site here.

Ryzom : Ryzom Ring Giveaway!

Posted Oct 09, 2006 by Craig McGregor is proud to present our final contest for the month of October - The Saga of Ryzom -Ryzom Ring giveaway contest! We will be giving away 50 thirty day accounts for The Saga of Ryzom with the all new Ryzom Ring expansion which allows players to design their own MMORPG worlds!

From now until Nov 9, 2006 at 9PM EST we will be taking entries into this contest.  As with all of our contests the more days you login to the better your odds of winning (see official rules for details!)

Ready to enter?  CLICK HERE!

Phantasy Star Universe : XBox 360 Open Beta!

Posted Oct 09, 2006 by Craig McGregor

SEGA has just announced that Phantasy Star Universe will be entering Open Beta on October 11, 2006!  Anyone with an active XBox Live account can download and join in!


SEGA is proud to announce the start of the Open Beta for Xbox 360 on October 11th!. This will be the first chance to play the newest addition to the long running Phantasy Star series. The Beta test period is expected to run until October 18th and will allow participants to play through a portion of the online game. We encourage users interested in the Multiplayer aspects of Phantasy Star Universe to check out all there is to see in the Beta environment!

Getting started is extremely easy! If you want to participate you must have an active Xbox Live Gold account. The Beta will be available for download on the Xbox Marketplace between October 11th and October 12th. Once you have the beta downloaded, you'll be able to play immediately! Once online, we highly recommend the following activities to get the most out of this Open Beta period:

  • Create Your Character - Construct the perfect avatar with the robust Character Creation tool that enables players to change their character's body shape and dimensions, hairstyle and color, facial structure and features, and more!
  • Meet New People - Head out to the lobby and meet new people! Visit various shops for weapons, clothing and other items and then join or create a squad to embark on missions with new friends.
  • Explore the Universe - With three expansive planets to explore, discover the adventures that lie ahead on Parum, Neudaiz, and Moatoob.
  • My Room - Create your personal online space by adding items and elements from your adventures, and decorating your My Room with various themes and wallpaper. In here, your Partner Machinery is able to create new weapons and items for you to use in battle, trade with friends, or sell for a profit. Players can also exchange Partner Cards and visit friends in their My Room!
  • Customize Your Look - Head to one of the various Clothing or Parts shops located across the Universe and outfit your character with the newest styles.
    Try Different Job Types - Speak to the Guardian Representative located on the fifth floor of the Guardian's Colony to freely change between the three class types: Hunter, Ranger, and Force.
  • Create and Sell Items - Craft items from the base materials you find during your adventures using your Partner Machinery. You can even sell these items within player-run Shops!


Guild Wars : State of the Game

Posted Oct 09, 2006 by Jon Wood

This week's State of the Game feature over at Guild Wars takes a look at Observer Mode and ways to make the best use of it.


If you'd like to make the most of your Observer Mode experience, be sure to read this week's State of the Game Article. The article features profession-specific tips offered by "observing professionals," and gives great advice on how to turn your time in OM into a learning experience that will benefit your PvP play.

For more on Guild Wars click here.

World of Warcraft : Spells and Talents

Posted Oct 09, 2006 by Jon Wood

Blizzard has released an update to their Spell and Talents section for the upcoming expansion, The Burning Crusade.


We have updated the Burning Crusade Spells and Talents Preview with the Hunter Talents and Spells! The spells and talents will be updated as development and tuning progress, so check back often.

For more WoW click here.

General : Editorial: What's Next for EA Mythic?

Posted Oct 09, 2006 by Dana Massey

When EA bought Mythic, it gave them experts to run their MMORPGs. While Mythic may have a potential hit on their hands with Warhammer Online, it is impossible to believe that everyone involved is just going to sit around and wait for it to launch. Thus, the question becomes, what else could EA Mythic be working on? With the Electronic Arts catalogue of IPs and the muscle they provide, we look at some of the likely candidates.

This is a speculative editorial about what makes the most sense to us and not necessarily what EA or EA Mythic have planned.

To date, it seems like EA may have understood their mistakes. They've set the newly dubbed EA Mythic up as the head of their MMO operations. Both their surviving MMOGs, along with the current and upcoming Mythic games report through a single structure overseen by people who have had great success in this industry. The earliest indications seem to show that perhaps Electronic Arts has learned a lesson.

EA is not, however, a small company with finite ambitions. It is only logical to assume that while Warhammer Online may look like it has the makings of being a big hit, they are not going to rest all their MMO hopes on one potential star and two aging veterans. One has to ask then, what else might they be working on?

Enjoy the full article here.

General : New Zboard Reaper Giveaway!

Posted Oct 06, 2006 by Craig McGregor proudly presents our latest giveaway for the month of October.  On Nov 6, 2006 we will give away 7 of the never before seen Zboard Reaper™ gaming mice!  The Reaper is a ultra high resolution mouse (1600 DPI) designed just for gamers.

In addition to the Reaper we will also be throwing in one of the oversized Fragmat™ gaming mouse pads!

As with all of our contests, the more days you login to the greater your odds of winning (see official rules for details).

Ready to enter?  CLICK HERE!

Thrones of Chaos : Game Returns to List

Posted Oct 06, 2006 by Dana Massey

We did a lot of digging and are now convinced that Thrones of Chaos deserves to be judged on its own merits. This game, built off the title once known as Mourning, is being developed by Lound Ant Software in Portland, OR. We interviewed CEO Colton Burgess and others to cut through all the drama and confusion of this chequered game.

After extensive interviews and research, is pleased to add Thrones of Chaos to our game list. This title, being built off the game once known as Mourning, is being developed by Portland, OR based Loud Ant Software LLC and promises a hardcore PvP experience in a fantasy setting.

The original Mourning project had been delisted by in a famous incident involving developer abuse of our staff, among other things. Later, they attempted to launch the game in an almost unplayable state after a pre-order debacle. Since then, the game was sold, but due to confusion involving a partner company called Nuanced Entertainment, we once again removed the game from our list until we could confirm that it was indeed in fresh hands and a legitimate title.

Before returning it to the list, we spoke to Loud Ant CEO Colton Burgress, the CEO of Nuanced Entertainment Adam McCall and the original Producer of Mourning Andrei Gireada. The game's original owner refused to be interviewed for this piece. The three men clarified their roles, some of the history and confirmed that the project had indeed completely changed hands.

For the full article click here.

ArchLord : Game Launched

Posted Oct 06, 2006 by Dana Massey

It's official, the latest import from Codemasters Online Gaming has been released in Europe and North America. ArchLord should be available in major retailers. We've promoted it to released on our game list.

Codemasters Online Gaming are pleased to announce that ArchLord has now officially released across N.America & Europe on the 3rd / 6th October respectively. The ArchLord game service has now officially launched with retail boxes appearing across all key retailers across both N.America & Europe.

Priced at $49.99 / €49.99 / £34.99 the full ArchLord game package also includes 30 days free play as part of the full retail package. Monthly subscriptions to the ArchLord game service are charged at UK £8.99, US $14.99, Europe €12.99 respectively plus applicable taxes.

As part of the official launch of ArchLord, Codemasters Online Gaming have also unleashed final details on the official race to become the games first crowned ArchLord! Announced today, all players entering into the game are inline to enter the competition to be crowned the games first all-ruling ArchLord and with it the lucky winner will be presented with an authentic suit of ArchLord armour worth in excess of $10,000!

As part of this epic race the winner will be flown to the UK where the games first ruling ArchLord will be presented this unique prize as part of an ArchLord coronation ceremony with the full details to be announced in the coming months.

Check out our ArchLord section and rate the game here.

RF Online : Codemasters at London MCM Expo

Posted Oct 06, 2006 by Dana Massey

RF Online, ArchLord, Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online will all be on display in London this October.

Codemasters Online Gaming (COG) are pleased to announce that they will be bringing all of their exciting MMO titles to October 2006’s London MCM Expo. Further to this COG shall be attending in alliance with rock providing the brute force showcasing their latest generation of gaming laptops.

COG will be showing their highly anticipated and newly released game, ArchLord, as well as exclusives from their forthcoming and eagerly awaited title, The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™.

Existing games Rising Force Online and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE™: Stormreach™ will also be part of their thrilling line up.

You can read more here.

Fury : New Concept Art

Posted Oct 06, 2006 by Dana Massey

The official website for Auran's Fury has three new pieces of concept art to share with their community. Fury is a PvP, arena-based MMORPG.

For more art, check out this gallery.

Lord of the Rings Online : New Beta Player Journals

Posted Oct 06, 2006 by Dana Massey

Turbine often features journals from real beta testers on their official website. Today is no different.

After Archet burned, I didn't stick around to help with the cleanup. I went directly to The Shire to begin exploring. I found that even as a low level Hobbit Burglar, I could safely wander just about any where I wanted as long as I stayed on the roads. Now mind you, if I saw a wolf just off my right side, I veered off the road a little to the left side J. Of course there was no way I was going to actually STAY on the roads, but it was nice to know I could get from point A to point B by myself if I wanted. But, let me tell you every foot of the way there is something alluring just off the path in just about every direction. As a chicken burglar, err, Hobbit Burglar, I could sneak around the beasties and thugs with a little effort. So I adventured off the roads often, and I had countless opportunities to engage in battle if I chose.

I don't want to boast, but I have a Widescreen LCD monitor and 5.1 surround sound, and let me tell you I was immersed. The sound cues of birds and animals all around me in the woods are fantastic. I could hear a gentle breeze blowing as an occasional leaf or two fell from the trees. I can't believe the diversity of the NPCs. As I trotted along I would see workers on the roof of a shop making repairs, people sitting under a tree picnicking, and I came across an Inn where there were 3 minstrels performing on an outdoor stage while others danced. There were big tables with food, and people eating, drinking (pints), talking, and laughing, and there was even one guy passed out at the table hugging his pint. The amazing thing was that none of these people were anywhere near any of the major Points of Interest.

You can read the whole journal here.

City of Heroes : Good vs. Evil Item Packs

Posted Oct 06, 2006 by Dana Massey

NCSoft has announced that some items from the upcoming City of Heroes: Good Versus Evil Edition are on sale on their site.

We are pleased to announce the exclusive in-game items from the City of Heroes® Good Versus Evil Edition are now available for sale from the PlayNC Online Code Purchase page!

These prestige items include: the Jump Jet Prestige Power, the “Pocket D” VIP Card Teleport Power, and exclusive hero and villain costumes, available for $9.99 (for existing accounts only). See the full details here.

Note: After you login to your PlayNC account, the Online Code Purchase page can be found here.

You can find out more over at the CoV/H website.

Darkfall : Nine New Screenshots

Posted Oct 06, 2006 by Dana Massey

Razorwax is hard at work on the hardcore player vs. player combat MMOG Darkfall. Today, they released nine new screenshots of the game for everyone to enjoy.

You can learn more on their website.

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