Archive for April, 2010

SW:ToR – Inhabitants | Deceived

Friday, April 30th, 2010

This update brings you two pieces of goodies to please your ToR appetite; Inhabitants and the Deceived novel.

The Inhabitants page brings you an introduction to the first species, creatures and droids that will populate the ToR galaxy. Click on each individual critter to view their unique page. They look amazing!

We also have the introduction to the new Deceived novel by Paul Kemp. The novel takes you in to the life of Darth  Malgus. For all you Sith lovers, this looks like to be a good catch.



SW:ToR – News Article: HoloNet Biographies Updated!

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Greetings folks,

The SW:ToR team have updated the HoloNet section with three new characters for your viewing.

The characters include yours truly, Darth Malgus, General Garza from the Republic, and Mandalore from the independents.

You can check out this new update here:

GW2 First Class Revealed – The Elementalist

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

SC2 Mac Beta Invites Are AwayAreanet just released the first class in the game. This class is the elementalist, best of all they also included some pictures and videos below.

Elementalists use nature to help them accomplish their goals. You can pick from the 4 different elements of fire, water, air, and earth. Elementalist can change from not only being a direct damage dealers, but also a protector with aoe defense spells.

Check out the link and videos below.

Elementalist 1

guild wars 2 elementalist

SC2 Mac Beta Invites Are Away

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Blizzard has just begun sending out beta invites to mac users today. Well sorta…

If you got into the beta you can now download the mac version of starcraft 2. Now with all the mac love going on hopefully apple will actually start promoting and working to make their gaming experience more mac friendly.

EvE Tyrannis Site Online

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

EvE Tyrannis Site OnlineThe official Website For EVE Tyrannis has official gone online.

The short time between this official site and the release of tyrannis is somewhat odd but still great to get a bunch of new info on the game. At the site you will find new info on planting, the new eve gate community platform, tid bits of news, and a new trailer for the new expansion

Come and visit eve tyrannis

Aion To Give New Life To Casual Players With Extra XP

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Aion To Give New Life To Casual Players With Extra XPAion announced a new feature called energy of salvation. In a nutshell its going to help more casual players level faster to keep them up with the more hardcore players.

A direct quote from the ask kinslon blog says the following.

Energy of Salvation is for players who are leveling more slowly than other players of the same level. You can gain Energy of Salvation starting at level 15. It is intended for casual players, or players that really enjoy exploring and pursuing interests in game that don’t drive directly toward leveling as fast as possible. It’s also meant for people who get distracted by shiny things instead of leveling—of which I am always guilty of.

All in all the extra xp will be Levels 15–44: 40% bonus and Levels 45–50: 30% bonus. Now there is more technicalities such as how you get the experience boosts, where you have to hunt, and others parts. But its nothing to hard and frankly this should help keep more newbies playing because ncsoft is known for bieng a grind fest.

Read more about the kinslon dev blog.

Mytheon Open Beta Starts Today

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Mytheon Open Beta Starts TodayThe mytheon open beta has started today. Mytheon many compare to be a diablo 2 like loot system.

What the developers are hoping will set mytheon apart from the hundreds of other mmo out there is their new style of game play. Most games have a normal set of players skills but instead mytheon gives you power stones. These can be upgraded, traded, collected, and they constantly have different powers. It reminds me a lot of the old ff7 meteria in the game and how you would level them in combat. I haven’t tried the game out yet but this seems very familiar to it.

Also another great way they are getting people to play the beta is the great gifts players can achieve. From laptops, to ipods, to gift cards, this beta giveaway has a lot of great gifts for players.

If you are interested in the beta check out the Mytheon Website

GW2 Designer Manifesto (What Makes GW2 Great)

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

GW2 Designer Manifesto (What Makes GW2 Great)A giant post from the creators of gw1 was posted about how they plan on making guild wars 2 amazing.

The biggest part of this is how they plan on giving all players xp in the game. If you participate in killing a mob or a giant quest you will get 100% of the xp and loot all the other players get. Its not going to be split up based on the amount of damage you do, or getting the finale blow. This is their way they think to fix wow instances and the random loot rolls all players have to deal with. So instead of being forced to do an instance 50+ times to just get a few items you need, now you can run it far less and get all the great loot. Here is the direct quote in the blog about this subject.

Of course GW2 has great support for parties, but they just don’t feel as necessary as they do in other MMOs, because your interests are always aligned with all other nearby players anyway. When someone kills a monster, not just that player’s party but everyone who was seriously involved in the fight gets 100% of the XP and loot for the kill. When an event is happening in the world – when the bandits are terrorizing a village – everyone in the area has the same motivation, and when the event ends, everyone gets rewarded.

This sounds like a very promising way to handle mmos. However the big problem is the end game. What keeps wow players playing is trying to get all the top tier loot in the game. From Guild Wars 2 new loot system it seems players will hit that limit far quicker, so they need to find a way to keep players coming back. Maybe dungeons dont drop as much loot, or more end game instances? Well i have faith that has learned all the pros and cons from guild wars 1 and they will release something great.

WOW 2 Person Mounts Released

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

WOW 2 Person Mounts ReleasedWorld of Warcraft has just released a brand new 2 person mount in the game however there is a catch to obtaining one.

The only way you can get one is through blizzards refer a friend program. If you have someone that purchases the full game and stays with it for 2 months then you get a mount. That means basically someone has to spend 60 bucks in order for you to get this mount.

The big question is how many wow fanatics are going to actually just create a secondary account just to obtain their own 2 person mount. I’m pretty sure blizzard is going to make a few million this next month on just the refer a friend program alone.

Read more here Blizzards 2 person Mount Via Recruit A Friend

SC2 First Major Beta Custom Release – Gokart…

Monday, April 26th, 2010

SC2 First Major Beta Custom Release - Gokart...So blizzard just released the long anticipated dev tools for creating your own maps and game types, and now the first major one was released. Go kart…

The game type is nothing amazing but it is a great way to show all the versatility that people can use now with this release. They have long hyped up the ability to create your own FPS shooters by the famous ghost recon demo done with their dev tools. Now this is something a beta player has created. If you watch the video you can see there are even some custom sounds added to it just to give it more of a mario kart feels. Well heres hoping someone creates an amazing mario kart mod down the road.