Game News

General news about specific MassMOGs and the like.

Auto Assault Q&A at GameSpot

I saw a blurb over at Blue's News pointing to an Auto Assault Q&A at GameSpot.  Although the interview with President of NetDevil, Scott Brown, talks about a lot of tweaking, polishing and balancing being done by the team to finish up Auto Assault for launch, I find myself compelled by the same bit that Blue posted:...[read more]

Linden Lab Announces Fellowship Opportunity in Second Life

"Now Accepting Applications for a Semester Abroad in the Virtual World" is the tagline in a press release from Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life... hmmm.  They have announced their "first visual and performing arts fellowship to support creative innovation in Second Life."  They're looking to provide someone $4,000 to explore the game/virtual world/thing as a creative medium.  You can get more info about eligibility and fill out the application at If you're interested in the fellowship, I'd think the rest of that Eduction section of their site will also interest you a great deal.  Linden Lab has made a lot of progress over the years in finding unique ways to utilize their system.  Nice.

Subscription-free Planetside Access

Sony Online's Planetside is a big first-person shooter MMOG (or, "MMOFPS" as they like to call it.)  If you're into FPS games and you'd like to play in an MMO setting... this is a great intro to the concept for ya!  I haven't played in a long while, but it is a very fun game.  They're preparing a "Subscription Free" program that's summarized in this clip from an official Planetside forums post.

Subscription Free - "Fodder Program"
New Players will be able to create a new account and and play for free for a period of 12 months. The new account will have limitations on the BattleRank (+ or - BR8) and the CommandRank (+ or - CR2). Essentially, new players will be able to have access to any part of the game but they will be limited on the diversity of their arsenal. Time Frame – We are shooting for February 14th for Launch.

New Player Training
Simultaneously to be launched with the Subscription Free service, we will be changing the UI for all new characters. One of the complaints that we receive frequently is that when you enter the game, there isn’t an easy learning curve and transition into battle. We’re going to change that in hopes of getting new players/characters into battle within a couple minutes of entering the game at the same time teaching them how to play. You may or may have not noticed that we have implemented 2 new saved favorites just recently to equip new players with a load-out much quicker.

Blast into PlanetSide Promotion
I’m sure you have all noticed the increase of population the past week. The main reason is that we opened over 300,000 closed accounts and granted 30 days of free play if they log into the account before February 28, 2006. So contact your old squad members and find out what is holding them up if they’re dragging their feet.

Dungeons & Dragons Online stress test

Turbine's running a stress test of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach.  It's a quick one, so get over there now if you're interested so you have the client yoinked to be ready to play.  Also, remember this isn't a "demo" but a "stress test", which my memory is urging me to recall irritating stress events of other games in the past... it might really suck if their servers have a seizure.  That's not stopping me from trying it out, mind you.  I just want to raise the issue.

[update/edit: The test is actually live now.. you don't have to wait 'til Friday like I had been reading.  I just logged out from a bit of hacking and it's pretty fun!  I'm anxious to spend more time in there.  I really dig the DM narration as you move through dungeons.  I got a bit giddy remembering old D&D sessions with the DM trying to set the mood or point out stuff you needed to check out.  It feels pretty good to me so far.]

Ragnarok 2 thread

Writing about ROSE Online a bit ago got me remembering there's a thread in the forums talking about Ragnarok 2 information and sites.  I figured the easy way out of having to do actual work would be pointing to this Ragnarok 2 thread.  Sorry, can't be bothered to do much more than that at the moment!  :P

Oh yeah.. I know these new forums aren't too impressive yet, but looky there: a little gem for ya already!  I swear someday I'll get the old forum posts moved over or something.  I just don't know what to make the forums do for us.  Forums can be such a pain in the rearendicus. 

ROSE Online is on line

Sorry I'm a bit late on this, but I had hoped to get in and play this sucker before posting about it... of course, the alignment of stars isn't in my favor as far as game playing time goes.  However, I just can't put off this notice any longer since I'm already a week past the launch date. 

I'm talking about the launch of ROSE Online, made by the Korean folks behind Ragnarok Online, of which many of you are well aware.  The artistic style of this game is enough to attract me for starters, but the premise of the game looks very interesting as well.  Read this bit and then go snag your free client download if you want to play it.  You'll get "7 days or 35 hours of access to fun and adventure" to try it out.  Let me know what you think, if you would... I'll give it a whirl as soon as I can.

Geared to the teen and tween player, ROSE Online caters to an audience largely untapped by other persistent world games.  The game provides a safe, family-friendly game world for today's youth looking for an atypical MMORPG option.

ROSE will thrust players into a deep storyline and involve them immediately, encouraging building community.  Players will have the option to form groups, or guilds, to compete for dominion over the seven planets within the ROSE galaxy.  The title will focus on epic battles with catastrophic implications, rather than small-scale confrontations.  Instead of losing control of a castle, guilds will have to contend with losing control of their world.
Kings will emerge, and kingdoms will be created as players begin  to maneuver their way through a social, political and economic labyrinth within the game.  The one who can put all seven planets under their control will become the most powerful force in the universe.  

"We wanted to create a vibrant forum for our players to interact in a way that is compelling yet non-threatening," Peter Kang, Executive Director of Gravity Interactive, said.  "A game of grand proportions requires a large playground; we chose a solar system."

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade expansion trailer and details

Oh golly.  (Yes, I said "golly".. don't know why.)  New info dropped into my mailbox this morning from Andre at WoW Guru about the new trailer that's been released for World of Warcraft!  For now, their site's being fairly well slaughtered by what must be hundreds of thousands of people roaming around searching for morsels of info about the WoW expansion coming up called The Burning Crusade.  You can get the WoW Guru stuff here:

 I'll try to find other mirrors if they keep getting hammered so bad, but I want them to get a good run of traffic from here since they dropped this news to me in the first place. You can also go to the official Burning Crusade site to get more.

(check out a feature list and more info after the jump...)


My Druid is interesting again!

World of Warcraft version 1.8 has gone live and brings with it, much Druid love.  I try to avoid talking about stuff like this too much around here, since it's even more focus on a game whose huge-ness is plenty huge on its own.   I prefer talking about the smaller games and communities more, which I'll get back to soon... for now, I have to say that my Druid will get a visit from me tonight!

 Not THAT kind of visit, pervert!  I'm talking about a glass of scotch and a cigar.. that type of visit.  Well, there will be killing of beasts, too, no doubt.  That goes without saying.

 At any rate, I am VERY stoked to give the other talent trees a whirl besides restoration.  If you're a Druid pre-1.8, or any of the guilds who recruited Druids to be heal-bots, you know what I'm saying when I allude to the fervor that will soon surround our beloved class.  There are a lot of folks who will be crying "foul" at the loss of such a huge number of healing 'toons to the very alluring world of feral exploits. 

 However, what do you expect??  We chose this class due to the flexibility of it and the (gasp) shapeshifting is a big part of that.  Now that the one tree I wanted to adopt all along has become viable, you have to understand my desire to re-spec.  I may come back to healing later, but Innervate will have to wait.  I want to scratch and claw and bite, baby! 

Okay... enough of that blabbery.  I'll get off this microphone so you can get back to your day. 

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