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Guild Wars : Double Faction Point Weekend

Posted Mar 13, 2007 by

Guild Wars plans double PvP faction weekend starting March 16. Get ready to fight it out in the arena or on the battlefield. Don't worry, there will be some unique PvE drops as well.

Starting at Noon PST on Friday, March 16, PvP players will earn double Faction and Gladiator Points in Arenas. Plus, with a bit o' luck, PvE players may find a unique drop or two in missions and explorable areas. These opportunities will run through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, March 18.

Read more here.

Age of Conan : New Screenshots

Posted Mar 13, 2007 by Laura Genender

Check out these new screenshots from Age of Conan!

You can view all of our Age of Conan screenshots in our gallery here.

Necron : Evolution 2.2 Announced

Posted Mar 13, 2007 by

Necron announces Evolution 2.2. Check out all the updates to the game these guys have made. Seems like some great new systems are in place.

After a lot of hard work, we are excited to present Neocron Evolution 2.2 to you. In close collaboration with the Neocron 2 community, we have completely reworked the base systems like character abilities, game items, PvP and PvE combat and vehicles.

Read more here.

General : K2 Names Jeff Lujan As V.P. Of Marketing

Posted Mar 13, 2007 by

K2 names Jeff Lujan as Vice President of International Marketing.

K2 Network, Inc. (www.k2network.net), an online game publisher, announced today that it has added to its Senior Management team a key hire with the addition of Jeff Lujan as the Vice President of International Marketing. Lujan, who joined the company in February, is now in charge of Global marketing and public relations for K2 Network. With previous key roles in marketing and development for some of the industry's largest companies including Midway and Namco Bandai Games America, Lujan brings more than 15 years of marketing and gaming industry experience.

"The addition of Jeff Lujan as our Vice President of Marketing will help accelerate K2 Network forward in the right direction," said Joshua Hong, CEO of K2 Network. "With his proven track record and vast industry expertise, Lujan will serve a vital role in our company's growth and success."

"The online games industry is one of the fastest growing and most competitive entertainment segments in the world," said Lujan, "K2 Network is poised to become a global force in online entertainment with its ambitious goals for innovation in the online gaming world and I am excited to be a part of achieving these goals."

In his new role as Vice President of Marketing, Lujan is responsible for all Global marketing and related strategic partnership functions, including building and managing an international product marketing department, creative services team, and worldwide public relations functions.

Prior to joining K2 Network, Lujan spent five years at Namco Bandai Games as the head of marketing and Director of the United States Product Division. While there, Lujan was notably responsible for building thriving relationships with Universal Pictures, United Media and Games Workshop, while also playing an integral role in the signing, marketing and business development of Flagship Studios' Hellgate: London. Before joining Namco, Lujan launched Midway's popular car combat title, Spy Hunter and previously spent five years in art production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation Studios working on feature films including Anastasia and Titan A.E.

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Gods and Heroes : GDC Hands-On Preview

Posted Mar 13, 2007 by Jon Wood

While attending GDC in San Francisco, Jon Wood had the opportunity to drop by the Perpetual Entertainment studios. While there, he had a hands-on opportunity with their upcoming MMORPG, Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising.

One of the great things, to me, about the Game Developer's Conference this year was that it was held in San Francisco. Not only is San Fran a great place to visit, but it is also the home of Perpetual Entertainment, the people who are bringing us the historically-based MMORPG, Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising.

On Tuesday last, I had the opportunity to not only tour Perpetual's studio, but also to get some hands-on time with Gods & Heroes. That being said, let's start with the cosmetic side of the game. How does it look? Well, I have to be honest when I say that it looks great. On top of the graphics, which are competitive with this new generation of MMOs, it's the animations that really set this game apart. Combat, for example, doesn't feel repetitive as your character not only acts to attack his opponent, but he also moves as not to be hit. I was pleasantly surprised when I killed an opponent and noticed that not only had I reduced his hit points to zero, but that I'd also literally buried my sword to the hilt in his gut. Mobs also get their own love, with special attacks that come with special animations. I watched, helpless, as one of the tiny goblin-esque creatures that I was fighting somersaulted under me, knocking me over, at which point I found myself with the creature on my back, pummeling me by jumping up and down. The animations weren't clumsy either, and the overall effect was quite real. If you're the kind of MMORPG gamer that enjoys graphical quality and interest, you're definitely going to want to at least give this new title a look.

Read the whole article here.

General : Acclaim Announces 1 Million Players

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by

Acclaim Games announces over one million registered players.

Acclaim Games announces a major milestone with over 1 million registered players in just over a year since its rebirth as a free to play online game publisher. This breakthrough achievement marks an impressive new beginning for the resurrected company. With a loyal fan base and community of over a million players already registered across all their games and quickly growing, Acclaim has proven consumers cannot get enough from it's free games.

The new Acclaim has done something truly remarkable by achieving this success so quickly after starting from nothing just over a year ago. The new company was re-launched under the leadership of former Activision executive Howard Marks. Marks had a different vision for the online game industry and established a new business model offering Massively Multiplayer Online games (MMO's) that players could download and play for free on their PC's. Players just need to register for a free account, download the games online, install them on their PC, and play.

Instead of paying for the game and a monthly subscription fee, Acclaim's games are totally free to download and play. That's because all of Acclaim's games are supported by in-game advertising and an item mall featuring optional items (such as clothing, weapons, accessories, etc.) to enhance the game experience. This innovative business model makes it easy for anyone to enjoy very high quality online games with their friends for free.

"I would like to thank all of our fans and players who have made this amazing milestone possible", said Howard Marks, CEO Acclaim Games Inc.

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EverQuest II : Changes To Buddy Key Accounts

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by

EverQuest II makes changes to Buddy Key Accounts to cut down on in game advertising.

In-game advertisements from platinum sellers are a constant community concern, and something we take very seriously at SOE. The dev team has been looking into different ways to curtail this behavior, and have made some changes to Buddy Key accounts that should help ebb the tide of spam from platinum sellers.

Read more here.

Guild Wars : State Of The Game

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by

Guild Wars latest State of the Game address the issue of ganking. Many people take this problem to heart. Read on to here what they have to say.

The newest State of the Game article is subtitled "Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat: Basic Ganking." It outlines the purpose and the processes used by a split team during a GvG match, and provides details on common components of a split team, how teams deal with opposing defense, and some of the factors that lead to a "gank race." Check it out here.

Read more here.

Spellborn : Updates To Website

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by

The Chronicles of Spellborn begins a series of updates to the website in preparation for the launch of the game.

In preparation of the release of The Chronicles of Spellborn we will be updating and upgrading our web portal over the coming weeks. Phase 1 just went live and contains a graphical overhaul of the community portal. You can comment on the new graphics and report any bugs in the thread linked below. Enjoy!

Read more here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Classes Overview Movies

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by Ben Krueger

Turbine and Codemasters have released two new short videos featuring footage of the classes available for play in LOTRO.

Classes Movie Part 1
Here is some short video footage of the different classes in LOTRO. Captain, Burglar, Minstrel and Guardian are touched upon in this release.
Classes Movie Part 2
Part 2 of the overview of classes in LOTRO. Hunter, Loremaster and Champion have video footage in this video.

You can view all of the videos here

Lineage 2 : Interlude

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by Jon Wood

Tim Tan, the Associate Producer for NCsfot's Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne, lets us in on the newest free update to the game, Interlude.

Interlude is the next huge, free update for Lineage II offering the chance to take part in a game that has captured the imagination and reached over 14 million gamers worldwide. Forming a bridge between the Chaotic Chronicles and the future Chaotic Throne (scheduled for later in 2007) Interlude hints at what is to come in the challenging times ahead.

Primeval Island is a new zone and one of the highlight features being offered in Interlude. Interlude is scheduled to launch in April.

Read the whole article here.

General : MMOWTF: Lax on the HaXzors

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by Jon Wood

Dan Fortier returns this week to talk about his opinions of MMORPG cheating.

The are lots of great magical things that we experience in MMOs. Casters can summon giant balls of fire to burn their foes, healers can bring a fallen comrade back to life with a few muttered words and wily rouges can appear from thin air to stick a knife in between his opponents' ribs. Most of these abilities are defined by our character class or skills and determine the best way for us to beat an opponent. Other magical abilities are granted to players by virtue of game design, such chatting with another player in another part of the game world. Lastly, we have the powers granted by our real life skills, morals or income including purchasing in-game currency, having multiple accounts or choosing to log off as someone is about to kill you.

Now I'm not going to preach codes of conduct or attempt to encourage some kind of fair play standards, but I thought it might be fun to look at some of the ways players exploit game mechanics to best suit their needs. Everyone has a different moral compass when it comes to what is fair and what is cheating and what might be a perfectly legitimate strategy to me might me considered cheating to others. There is also a strange grey area of tricks that everyone has a different take on. In first person shooters for example, some folks cry "Camper!" if any person so much as stops to look around while others see it as a perfectly reasonable tactic for a defender to use.

You can read the article here.

Age of Conan : GDC Preview

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by Jon Wood

Garrett Fuller had the chance to check out Funcom's Age of Conan at the recent Game Developers Conference.

At GDC this week, we were lucky enough to get a chance to look at the new demo for Age of Conan. Funcom is certainly putting the polish on this title and continues to work to make the game look and feel like the barbaric Hyborian world that Robert E. Howard had created. Last time we saw the game was at E3 back in May. The look of the game has been upgraded considerably in the graphics department with a very crisp texture and great artwork in the world. Despite having the launch delayed, it seems like the team are in the polishing phases before they plan for Beta in the coming months. Some of these features you may have heard of before, but several new elements were also shown at GDC.

In regards to character creation, players can start out as a Cimmerian, Aquilonian, or Stygian. Funcom describes each with the Cimmerians as the barbaric viking type race, Aquilonia as ancient Rome around the time of its fall, and Stygia as having an Egyptian influence. The customization in the character creation is very in depth. Players can spend a long time creating the look of their characters or allow for the game to randomly give you a certain look.

Read the whole article here.

Fury : Auran Signs Deal With CDC Games

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by

Auran has signed an agreement with CDC Games. This continues the company's partners for the release of Fury. For those who don't know, Fury is a new MMO that is very PvP heavy. So all you Player killers should check out this story.

Auran has signed an investment agreement with CDC Games, which will help ensure the ongoing success of Fury and Auran's other key titles.

Read more here.

D&D Online : Academy Training Release Notes

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by

Dungeons & Dragons Online updates their Academy Training Release Notes. It seems more and more features continue to be added to DDO.

In Academy Training we've completely revamped the enhancement system! You can now save your action points up from level to level and spend them on a whole new range of enhancements. We've also added the "solo" option to seven more adventures. Now you can solo your way through many dungeons up to CR: 6!

Read more here.

World of Warcraft : Blizzard 2007 Invitational

Posted Mar 12, 2007 by

Blizzard announes the upcoming 2007 Worldwide Invitational. The event will be heald at the Olympic Stadiums in Seoul, South Korea. That's a long trip for any East Coast gamers. Still, Blizzard looks to be courting the Asian market and its millions of players.

We have just announced the 2007 Blizzard Worldwide Invitational, to be held in Seoul, South Korea on May 19 and 20. The event will be open to gamers of all ages and will be held at the Olympic Gymnastics and Fencing Stadiums in Seoul. Attendees will be able to watch some exciting tournaments, including invitational StarCraft and Warcraft III tournaments that pit some of Korea's finest players against tough international challengers. Panel discussions hosted by Blizzard developers, and some hands-on attractions will also be available.

Stay tuned for additional details on the 2007 Blizzard Worldwide Invitational, to be released in the coming weeks.

Read more here.

Age of Conan : Peek at GDC

Posted Mar 09, 2007 by Laura Genender

Funcom lets us take a peek at what is involved in bringing Age of Conan to the Game Developer's Conference.

For the last couple of weeks, both marketing and the development team have been hard at work preparing for the Games Developer Conference that this week took place in San Francisco. While the developers have been working on polishing many of the game's features - such as the fatality moves - the marketing team have been working towards getting as many journalists as possible to drop in and have a look at the game.

Web sites such as IGN (click here to read) and Gamespy (click here to read) have already given their thoughts on the game, but more will most likely follow in the coming days. Several new screenshots have also surfaced thanks to coverage from the conference, and you can check many of them out here in the community site's screenshot section.

"This year's GDC has been great for us. We've had the opportunity to show Age of Conan to many members of the press, and we're thrilled to see how enthusiastic many of the reactions have been," says product director Jørgen Tharaldsen who is in San Francisco together with several members of the development team as well.

Read more here.

D&D Online : Two New Services

Posted Mar 09, 2007 by Laura Genender

Turbine indroduces two new services to DDO: Character Renaming and Guild Renaming.

Turbine's Customer Service Team now offers new services for your DDO characters and guilds!

As of today, you can change your character or guild name by purchasing one of our Premium Services.


Character Rename:

Your name should reflect who you are. Perhaps your tastes have changed or your character has grown in an unexpected direction. Maybe you've met a beautiful elf and would like to get married. Whatever the reason - if your name no longer expresses the true you, you can update your character's name through the new Character Rename Service.


Guild Rename:

Did you pick a name for your guild that you now hate? Have you thought of a newer, better name? One that reflects where you guild is now, and not where it was a year ago? You can now change your guild's name to better represent yourselves in Stormreach.

For more information on how to purchase these services, including the Terms of Service, FAQ's, Click Here!

Read more here.

Myth War : YouTube Video Contest

Posted Mar 09, 2007 by Laura Genender

Have a cool Myth War-related video? Myth Wars Online is holding a contest for game-related cartoons, slideshows, music videos, and more!

Want to be a movie director? Now is your chance to make some cool Myth War Videos on YouTube for the whole world to see. Don't know how to make videos? Don't worry, just follow the simple directions and post you video on YouTube.

During 2007/3/13-2007/4/13, Myth War will launch the most amazing event ever Myth War Video. Everyone is welcomed to take part in to show the best creative videos of myth war. Anything is possible: cosplay, cartoons, slideshows, music videos or whatever you heart desires. Top winners will receive awesome chinchilla pets and mall points!

Myth War : New Website & Upgraded Super Power Pack

Posted Mar 09, 2007 by Laura Genender

Myth War Online announces the opening of their new website, as well as upgrades and changes to the Super Power Pack.

International Gaming Gate (IGG) has announced recently the success of server transfer which started on Mar 6th and closed on Mar 7th. After that, the new version of Myth War official site was also successfully launched on Mar 8th. All players and users of the site can now experience much more excitement and convenience provided by both updates.

Another surprising large bash announced by IGG Myth War Group is: Three new versions of Super Power pack are coming on their way. The official date of launch should be on Mar 14th. These new packs will definitely thrill all players of Myth War Online.

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