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Myst Online : New Screenshots

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Jon Wood

The folks over at Myst Online: URU Live have released fourteen new screenshots for our viewing pleasure. These and all other URU screenshots can be found in our gallery, here.





General : Vivox Interview with Monty Sharma

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Dana Massey

Monty Sharma is Vivox's VP of Product Management and Marketing. Today, he speaks to Garrett Fuller about their VOIP technology and the games that use it.

MMORPG.com: With Vivox getting more involved in the voice chat of games do you believe it to be a step up from Ventrilo or TeamSpeak?

Monty Sharma: The biggest difference between Vivox and the others is that our voice services are integrated into the game. There is no separate application to run, and no credentials and server addresses to negotiate. The service reflects the look and feel of the game and supports the established social structure. The solution is fully managed and supported by Vivox - you don't have to run your own communication server anymore.

In addition, our service allows you to talk to anyone else in the game, not just people on a particular server. This opens up a huge range of possibilities for grouping, adventuring, and conquering. Imagine approaching another character and just starting a conversation, or having guild-to-guild or corporation-to-corporation negotiations. Similarly, by integrating with the game, we can match the communication hierarchy to the command hierarchy, so that raid leaders or fleet commanders are automatically mapped to the communications infrastructure.

The whole article is here.

General : Column: Organize Before They Rise!

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Dana Massey

Dave Bonnewell returns to the world of zombies as he looks at two Zombie MMORPGs and what he wants to see from them and future brain sucking games.

With all that is available in the world on the theme of zombies, there remains at least one facet of our multimedia-verse (to coin a term) in which the appearance of our walking corpse friends has been largely deadened. The MMOG. Still, I did come across a simple, yet addictive zombie survival horror MMO which is absolutely free to play and which tens of thousands of people are currently inhabiting (I myself have recently been counted among them), yet so many more have never heard of. There is another such game in development which looks intriguing, and though not free, does make full use of 3D rendered graphics. If you are an avid MMO gamer who happens to also possess either a secret or unabashed fetish (no, not that kind of fetish) about those brain biting baddies, then you will agree that the two pop culture icons go together like chocolate and peanut butter, like Cheetos and Red Bull, and yes, even like those crazy Kazakhs Borat and Azamat. So, stick 'round guys and ghouls and learn a little more about a couple of MZOGs (Massively Zombified Online Games).

The full article is here.

ArchLord : RMT / Bot Tackling

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Jon Wood

The Support Team over at ArchLord is assuring its players that they are taking steps to remove RMT and Bots from the game.

 

They are offering players who have bought from RMTs to come forward under a one week amnesty. Players who fail to do this will be subject to harsher punishments.

 

Dear Players,

As you are aware, like in many MMO's, we have seen the beginnings of an RMT element in Archlord, I am posting to put your minds at ease on the situation.

Some players have been claiming we (AD and CM) have been ignoring the issue, this couldnt be farther from the truth, myself along with key staff having been investigating all reports and linking them to related accounts and known websites/ebay Sellers, we do this to ensure we get as many of the involved accounts as possible.

As a result of these investigations we have banned numerous accounts, including, but not limited to - those of various Ebay and website RMT Groups

This is just the beginning, We urge players to remember just because they do not see immediate actions, it doesn't mean we are ignoring the issue, some cases require us to discretely investigate groups, where a public acknowledgement of them would just cause the group to take defensive measures making the investigation harder, this is why we request players report suspected RMT or Bots via the support system and not in public.

We are evaluating these and other sellers to identify buyers, therefore just like we did with RFO, We will run a 1 week amnesty for players who have purchased from RMT groups/individuals in the past, if you send information on your purchases to archlord@codemasters.com, including the name of the character who supplied the gold/items, and the eBay/website link of the Seller and your account name, we will not take any action on this occasion, however your account will be noted to have purchased, and any future offenses will take this into account. Any info provided will be kept private for internal use only.

Anyone failing to provide info who is discovered to have purchased Currency or items will face sanctions as per the EULA and TOS.

Any future buyers/sellers will be dealt with fully, this post is also a final warning to all players who choose to buy currency or items to cease this activity.

We thank everyone who has assisted us with info and reports, and request that you keep working with us to ensure Archlord remains Bot and RMT free.

Archlord Support Team

For more on ArchLord click here.

Lord of the Rings Online : 20 New Screenshots

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Jon Wood

Recently, MMORPG.com Senior Editor Dana Massey headed to San Francisco to attend a Lord of the Rings Online event. He brought back 20 new screenshots. You can view all of hte chots by visiting out LOTRO gallery, here.





Hero Online : Warning: Third Part Sites

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Jon Wood

Hero Online is warning its players to stay away from third party sites claiming to have bots, hack, exploits and the like. There has been a recent issue with these sites, resulting in players losing their inventory.

 

We have received MANY inquiries regarding players who've gotten disconnected and returned to find their inventory empty.

Many of these cases are occuring because our players are accessing web sites that claim to have bots, hacks, exploits, gold, guides, and more; but, instead, are key logger/phish sites that steal players login/pass.

We ASK our players to refrain from going to sites that may have illicit material (things that would violate the ToS); and to go to approved fansites (listed in the forum) for information about the game. Sites that offer to give you rare items, gold for money, cheats, hacks, exploits, guides, and even items are all sites that our players should be EXTREMELY WARY of.

Because of the massive influx of claims that have these symptoms (and the time it takes to deal with even just one), we ask those users who have already submitted 1:1 to be patient with their claim as we are working as fast as we can to set things right.

We have received MANY inquiries regarding players who''ve gotten disconnected and returned to find their inventory empty.

Many of these cases are occuring because our players are accessing web sites that claim to have bots, hacks, exploits, gold, guides, and more; but, instead, are key logger/phish sites that steal players login/pass.

We ASK our players to refrain from going to sites that may have illicit material (things that would violate the ToS); and to go to approved fansites (listed in the forum) for information about the game. Sites that offer to give you rare items, gold for money, cheats, hacks, exploits, guides, and even items are all sites that our players should be EXTREMELY WARY of.

Because of the massive influx of claims that have these symptoms (and the time it takes to deal with even just one), we ask those users who have already submitted 1:1 to be patient with their claim as we are working as fast as we can to set things right.

Restoring player's accounts after they have been "hit" like this takes quite a bit of time and investigation; and we are in the process of limiting compensation for inquiries of this nature. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Those inquiries submitted after October 1st describing accounts hacked as a result of going to these websites will receive only limited service on our parts.

In an effort to increase the knowledge-base of our players, we will be releasing several GM-made guides as well as in-game systems to help players with information about Hero Online. We also have an approved fansite section, where we can post APPROVED fansites that users can go to. Players can submit their requests to have their fansites posted on our thread.

PLEASE be careful when going to these third party sites. Restoring players' accounts after they have been "hit" like this takes quite a bit of time and investigation; and we are in the process of limiting compensation for inquiries of this nature. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Those inquiries submitted after October 1st describing accounts hacked as a result of going to these websites will receive only limited service on our parts.

In an effort to increase the knowledge-base of our players, we will be releasing several GM-made guides as well as in-game systems to help players with information about Hero Online. We also have an approved fansite section, where we can post APPROVED fansites that users can go to. Players can submit their requests to have their fansites posted on our thread.

PLEASE be careful when going to these third party sites.

For more on Hero Online click here.

Dark and Light : Patch Notes

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Jon Wood

Dark and Light has released a number of Patch Notes. The patch has been in place since October 31st. To read the whole document, click the link below.

 

Dark and Light has been patched this Oct 31st, find below the most representative changes...and do not forget to visit the Game Updates rubric to read all the improvements and updates:

Display & tools:

  • “Show active quest” checkbox is activated in the Quest window
  • Icons for “Rat Undead” and “Minotaur Undead” have been added
  • New location system rendering in the ground map: use of a coloured star to zoom/unzoom a location. This works for “/LOC” and quests localisation
  • « LOC » time of display has been increased (Used to be 30sec before, it is 90 sec now)
  • All the in game windows, but the Pet window, have been refined
  • Dialog window now have a dynamic size (they adapt to the size of the text)
  • Creation of a generic system to display FXP details linked to spell conditions

Read it all here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Exploring Middle-Earth

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Jon Wood

Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar has released a new Exploring Middle Earth Feature. This time around, it focuses in on The Ford of Bruinen.

 

As travelers head east toward the Misty Mountains, leaving behind the barren Lone-lands and the treacherous hills of the Trollshaws, the roar of the River Bruinen, or "Loadwater," fills the air. At the Ford of Bruinen, where the Great East Road crosses the mighty river as it approaches the Valley of Rivendell, the swift waters can be easily crossed at these shallows just below the picturesque falls. Many adventurers, however, tell tales of sensing the presence of great and natural power emanating from the river, protecting the hidden valley of the Elves, which lies just beyond the ford.

The approach to Rivendell is at once awe-inspiring, tranquil, serene, and also potentially dangerous for travelers through this land. The Ford of Bruinen is well-known to readers of The Lord of the Rings as the location where Frodo made his last flight to cross the waters of the Bruinen in the hopes of making the safety of Elrond's home in Rivendell. It is also well-known that the Elves of Middle-earth, and especially those that dwell in the valley of Rivendell, are fiercely protective of their home against the darkness encroaching on the lands. Travelers would do well to declare their friendly intentions as soon as the roar of the Bruinen is heard, for the guards of Rivendell seldom make their presence known and can strike swiftly and silently at any they do not welcome as friends.

For more on LOTRO click here.

Star Wars Galaxies : Smedley Blog

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Jon Wood

John Smedley, the President of Sony Online Entertainment, has updated his Blog.

 

John Smedley talks about The PlayStation Network and Xfire integration in the latest edition of his blog in "The Single Bullet Theory."

 

EverQuest II : NDA Lift

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Jon Wood

The Non-Disclosure Agreement for the EverQuest II expansion, Echoes of Faydwer has been lifted.

 

The Echoes of Faydwer NDA has been lifted!

Feel free to discuss this highly anticipated expansion to EverQuest II as much as you like!

For more on EQII click here.

World of Warcraft : Burning Crusade FAQ

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Jon Wood

Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft has updated their Frequenty Asked Questions section for the upcoming expansion, The Burning Cursade.

 

We've updated our Burning Crusade FAQ with new answers to questions gathered from the official World of Warcraft forums. New information is listed in green.

For more on WoW click here.

Guild Wars Nightfall : Manual Available

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Jon Wood

Guild Wars has made the manual for Guild Wars Nightfall available for download. Primarily this service is for players who ordered the game via the Guils Wars store.

 

For those who purchased Nightfall via the Official Guild Wars store, and for those who would simply enjoy having a copy of the game manual on their computers, we're happy to provide a downloadable PDF version of the Guild Wars Nightfall Manuscripts. Find it here.

For more on Guild Wars click here.

Vanguard : Narrated Voyage Movie

Posted Nov 07, 2006 by Ben Krueger

Take a Voyage Through the World of "Vanguard: Saga of Heroes" with Creators
Brad McQuaid and Jeff Butler.

Sony Online Entertainment and Sigil Games Online today released a narrated video tour of "Vanguard: Saga of Heroes" complete with in-depth commentary by creators Brad McQuaid and Jeff Butler. The approximately 20-minute demo showcases the freedom available to players in Vanguard and highlights features such as deep character customization, player-created housing and ships, massive adventure areas, and visually spectacular combat.

Lineage 2 : Our Exclusive 14 Day Trial Offer!

Posted Nov 06, 2006 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com is proud to announce our latest exclusive offer for our members.  From now until Dec 6, 2006 we will be giving out 14 day trial codes for Lineage II - Chronicle 5 - Oath of Blood!  

NOTES: This offer not available for residents of Europe, Japan, China or Korea.  Offer is only available while supplies last.

Ready to get your free 14 day trial code?  CLICK HERE!

Lord of the Rings Online : Preview: First 10 Levels

Posted Nov 06, 2006 by Dana Massey

We got to play from levels one to ten with a Hobbit Burglar at an event in San Francisco. Today, we share with you how those ten levels treated us. This article is based on the seven hours of gameplay Senior Editor Dana Massey experienced during the event.

The best thing Turbine did with quests was the sheer quantity of them. Little rings on the mini map show quest givers in the character's general vicinity. I did dozens of quests in each area of the land I traveled through and never managed to even accept all that were offered. Someone who just had to experience everything could spend days in the early level areas doing quests and I am not sure the well would ever run dry. I explored the whole Shire and good chunk of the human lands and had more quests than I knew what to do with. It was - at times - overwhelming. Not that that is a bad problem to have.

To help with this, Turbine added a little progress list on the right side of the screen. There, players can add or remove quests to their active list and have simple instructions on what their next step is. All that needs to be done is to click on one to bring up even more detailed instructions. The tool was intuitive and handy. For example, when I left the Human areas for the Shire, I removed the old quests from my active list. I still had them and even re-added them when I went back to Human territory, but since I had no hope of completing them all those miles away, I just stowed them until I wanted to take them up again.

You can read more here.

Priston Tale : Hackers and Cheaters

Posted Nov 06, 2006 by Jon Wood

Priston Tale has released their policy regarding players who are hacking or cheating in their game.

 

Dear Users,

We offer you our heartfelt thanks for your playing Pristontale. Currently, some hacking and cheating users have been detected. We block the accounts for a week in meaning of warn. It’s the reason using any hacking tool may cause serious harmful effect on the wholly game system. The accounts can be blocked permanently when keep using the hacking tools continously. This message is the our last warning to hacking/cheating user.

Global GM

For more on Priston Tale click here.

General : MMOWTF: Adult MMORPGs

Posted Nov 06, 2006 by Dana Massey

Are mainstream adult oriented MMOGs like Age of Conan and 2Moons a true step forward for the genre or a simple gimmick? Dan Fortier explores the question in MMOWTF.

The previous incarnation of the 2Moons publisher, Acclaim, was famous for their mature content titles. Having released games like BMX XXX and video game conversions of franchises such as South Park and WWF, they are not newcomers to producing these kinds of titles. Even if this is a new company under an old name, it comes as no shock then that they are very supportive of this venture. The game itself is a conversion of a Korean game called Dekaron which is billed as an extreme action game. It seems like the tempo of the game will be carried over and I can imagine that doing the English voice-overs for the profanity would be one of the many tasks in localizing this to a Western audience.

I'm not sure what the effects of keeping kiddies out of the game will do for this title, but I salute them for their guts either way. I can only wish the 2Moons team luck in their venture to gain a following here, since Korean games aren't really my cup of tea. Perhaps a slash 'em up MMO will be more successful than the more grind oriented conversions of the past, because we definitely don't need another RF Online.

The full article is here.

Oz World : Game Guard Poll

Posted Nov 06, 2006 by Jon Wood

Oz World is holding a poll for players regarding the game guard program. Players will be rewarded with 500G for completing the poll.

Period : Form November 3rd to November 13th

We will have Oz online poll regarding game guard program at our website. You only attend this poll one time. And after we answer all questions, you will get 500G. We will refer to the result of this online poll, after we make decision on game guard.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 
For more on OZ World click here.

Myth War : IGG and Levelup

Posted Nov 06, 2006 by Jon Wood

Internet Gaming Gate, the folks responsible for the MMOs, Myth War Online and Voyage Century have announced a partnership with Levelip Communications in a public relations capacity.

 

Internet Gaming Gate (IGG.com) Opens the Door to Public Relations Support With Levelup Communications

Levelup Communications to support IGG.com’s two games, Voyage Century and Myth War Online.

(Sunnyvale, CA – November 7, 2006) – SkyUnion Hong Kong Holdings Co., Ltd (IGG.com) is pleased to announce their public relations support agreement with Levelup Communications, for their two massively multiplayer online games for the PC, Myth War Online and Voyage Century, both of which will be free to play.

Myth War Online, developed by Unigium, is a beautifully illustrated isometric 2D fantasy MMORPG. Myth War Online offers four races, over one hundred pets that can be trained, over 200 skill sets to learn and vast tracts of unique lands to explore and adventure within the game. In keeping with the magical atmosphere rich within the game, players can even encounter certain characters who share incredible myths and legends, that have the power to become true.

Voyage Century, in pre-release development, is a ground-breaking massively multiplayer online nautical game. Featuring visually powerful, intense combat and adventure on land and sea, Voyage Century is a dream game for armchair captains everywhere. Trade, craft, wage war around the world, even search for buried treasure, Voyage Century offers just about everything imaginable from the 16th century seafaring era.

Mr. Kenny Chan, Director of SkyUnion Hong Kong Holdings Co., Ltd. and Internet Gaming Gate states, “Now we have a cooperative marketing communications partner who can help us expose our games to a new generation of players looking for the best online gaming experiences. This business development agreement with Levelup Communications is a great opportunity for us to introduce our high quality MMO games to the American audience."

Jodie McIntyre, with Levelup Communications stated, “IGG.com is fiercely committed to bringing distinctive new online entertainment experiences to gamers everywhere, and we are just as committed to being their voice to the gaming community in this effort.”

For more information about Internet Gaming Gate., please visit http://www.igg.com. For more details about Myth War Online, their official website is http://mythwar.igg.com. For more details about Voyage Century, their official website is http://voyage.igg.com.

Soul of the Ultimate Nation : G-Star Line-up for Webzen

Posted Nov 06, 2006 by Jon Wood

The MMO company Webzen has announced the games that will be showcased at the upcoming G-Star event in Seoul.

 

WEBZEN TO SHOWCASE UNPRECEDENTED MMOG LINEUP AT G-STAR

Leading Korean Online Games Company to Provide Attendees First Hands-on Demos of MMOFPS Huxley and Fantasy MMORPG Kingdom of Warriors

SEOUL, South Korea – Nov. 6, 2006 – Global online entertainment company WEBZEN Inc. (NASDAQ: WZEN) announced today its stellar line-up of PC and next-generation massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) to be showcased at G-Star, November 9-12 in Seoul.

For their second appearance at G-Star, WEBZEN will showcase a diverse range of games that include the upcoming epic fantasy MMO role-playing game Soul of the Ultimate Nation™ (SUN), which is currently in open beta service in Korea, the intense MMO First Person Shooter Huxley, and the attitude-driven urban action MMOG All Points Bulletin (APB), all currently in development for the North American market. Other dynamic online games from WEBZEN on hand at the booth will include Project Wiki, Parfait Station and Kingdom of Warriors.

WEBZEN will provide demos of both Huxley and Kingdom of Warriors at G-Star, marking the first time local gamers will be able to get their hands on both games. In addition, attendees can play live demos of Soul of the Ultimate Nation (SUN).

“We are thrilled to participate in G-Star as it is an ideal platform to showcase WEBZEN’s highly anticipated titles for the Korean market,” said NamJu Kim, chief executive officer, WEBZEN Inc. “We are confident that our games will be well-received by the Korean audience, just as they have in past global exhibitions including E3 and ChinaJoy.”

Soul of the Ultimate Nation (SUN) is the much anticipated MMORPG that delivers intense action with its quick and easy combat system. Players can jump into action and customize group missions through the unique Battle Zone System and embark on a graphically stunning and ever-expanding online fantasy world. With a unique battle systems and a captivating cast of characters, Soul of the Ultimate Nation (SUN) is an epic tale in a world of emperors, armies, magicians and monsters. Soul of the Ultimate Nation (SUN) will be available for PC.

Huxley is a massively multiplayer online first person shooting game (MMOFPS) utilizing the UNREAL3 engine to create an unparalleled twitch action gaming experience with up to 5,000 players in the same world. Huxley takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where human beings have mutated and are divided into three opposing races, Sapiens, Alternatives and Hybrids. At the center of the battle for survival is Lunarites, a promising new energy source highly coveted by both races. Forced to battle against one another for the continuance of each race, Sapiens and Alternatives will do whatever it takes to wipe out the opposition and gain control of the world and its resources. Huxley will be available for PC and the Xbox 360™.

All Points Bulletin (APB) is the only massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) to combine nearly limitless customization with blisteringly intense action in a city that never sleeps. Designed by the creator of the original Grand Theft Auto (GTA) franchise, APB brings players into a living, breathing city where cash is king and territory equals respect. In a fight to dominate the expansive world of APB, players must decide which side of the law to abide by. In a classic “cops vs. robbers” scenario, players can be Enforcement, who take on the challenge of supporting and safeguarding justice, or Criminals, who operate against the law and any opposing groups by any means necessary.

Project Wiki is an innovative fairy-tale massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) featuring a classical cel-shaded cartoon style that allows for incredible emotional expression in a visually stunning world.

Parfait Station is a unique action and shooting oriented massively multiplayer online role-playing game that supports a party and guild system, giving players the option to either engage in battles with other groups, or enjoy intense action in player vs. player mode. Strong action-based battles require skilled evading and counter attacks; victories are determined by team play, control and strategy.

Kingdom of Warriors (KOW) is an epic fantasy MMORPG based on the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Developed by WEBZEN’s Chinese subsidiary, WEBZEN China, Kingdom of Warriors takes players into the chaotic period of Three Kingdoms and transforms them into larger-than-life heroes. The game features actual figures from ancient Chinese history, an unfolding saga with heroic tales and brilliant strategic battles of the Three Kingdoms era. Kingdom of Warriors is currently scheduled for commercial service in 2007 in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and other strategic Asian markets.

WEBZEN invites gamers and other show visitors to stop by the publisher’s booth located at the entrance of Hall No. 4.

For more on Webzen click here.

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