The Academy of Interactive arts & Sciences gave World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade their Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year award.
WoW: TBC had to compete for this award with The lord of the Rings Online, Eve Online, Tabula Rasa and Guild Wars.
If you're curious about what other awards they gave out, go here.
Many of you will have heard of the top fantasy tabletop games like Warhammer and now Warcraft is joining in as Upper Deck announce a brand new World of Warcraft tabletop game, to premier this fall!
The game follows on from the massive success that has been seen with the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game (TCG) and shows us that the Warcraft...
The guys over at Stargate World have added four brand new images to the SGW gallery.
They detail the planet of Anima Vitrus, one of the many worlds players can visit in this Stargate MMO.
Agnos is a heavily forested planet teeming with an overgrowth of plant life, while studded with a small number of buildings. In addition to the images of this...
Those of you who play Hellgate: London will be excited to know that the guys behind the game at flagship have planned a second developer chat.
Players will be able to ask the devs questions about the recent content addition to the game. Stonehenge, as well as questions about the future of the title.
After a very fast-paced January in which the...
SOE is replacing their Station Exchange service that allows players to buy and trade game currency and items for real money.
“Live Gamer, the premier operator of a publisher-supported marketplace for real money trading of virtual items, has entered into an agreement to utilize Sony Online Entertainment’s (SOE) Station Exchange technology, the...
A lot of Mythos news today. We're looking for your feedback in what to ask the developers of Mythos, to give your feedback please go here.
Together with Flagship Studios we're giving away Mythos beta keys. First come, first serve. To get your beta key, simply follow the instructions below.
We also have five new exclusive screenshots of the...
Today we pushed live a fairly major update to the WOWDB Open Beta. Several new features have been added to the website, as well as a number of bug fixes (in addition to those patched in the past three days).
Syndication allows you to bring WOWDB items to your very own website. Head over and check it out!
Browser Plugins that allow...
" Alterac Valley will see a few very significant improvements in the next patch and we wanted to share the details of what we have planned.
The first change will be to move the Horde's starting tunnel back to a more equal distance from the first objectives, which will help evenly distance the starting points for each side across the terrain when...
Ingle Games Ltd announced recently that they are publishing a new game from China called Magic World Online
Free Your Hands
Getting fed up with the tiring but endless and unnecessary mouse clicking in MMORPG? Spending hundreds of minutes to walk in a map and hoping something like the GPS auto navigation system could be your...
We're going to have a Q&A with the developers of Mythos (Flagship Studios) and we need your help!
If you have anything you were wondering about and would like to ask, please reply to this thread with your question(s). We will pick the ones that we find interesting and/or creative and then include them in our Q&A!
Enter our forums...
Several years ago it was a bit different in regards to popularity and MMORPG's. These days it's different. By.. quite a bit.
Funcom and Eidos are excited to announce that over 500,000 gamers from all over the world have signed up to become a member of the Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures community by either signing up for the ongoing beta...
Good news! Patch 1.1 is scheduled to be out next week. As I've previously mentioned a couple of days ago, 1.1 brings a lot of changes to Pirates of the Burning Sea. The developers behind the game have decided to share even more information of what we can expect to see.
Version 1.1 has been published to our Testbed server and will be coming to...
We all know how incredibly successful Blizzard are. World of Warcraft is played by over 10,000,000 players. Now, why is it that Blizzard is so successful? What is their secret?
Operating without corporate interference has been a key to the company's success, said Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime.
Speaking at the D.I.C.E. Summit 2008,...
Turbine has just released a new batch of screenshots for Book 12: The Ashen Wastes, the next free content update for The Lord of the Rings Online.
The screenshots illustrate the epic solo storyline in Book 12, including a quest in which Elrond sends players to rescue Laerdan from Amarthiel deep within Carn Dûm.
Check them out below!
They call it "The Treasure Chest" over at EverQuest II Players. It's basically a summary of interesting posts that are worth reading from the official EQ2 forums.
With so much information being posted in the EQII Official Forums at all times, it can be very hard to keep up with it and very easy to miss some real gems and opportunities to share....
This is pretty interesting. Having been an avid Disney fan while young, watching all their great movies and read their comic books and what not... Disney is now having their eyes on Virtual Worlds. Something that could be quite good. Too early to know yet though, of course.
They've already been part of great RPG's (at least in most players...
Over at MMORPG.com they have a QA Developer Journal with the team of Spellborn. The Chronicles of Spellborn is a game that have caught many gamers eyes, mine included. This QA is a very good and interesting (not to mention, enlightening) read.
Before I get into the details of combat testing, let me first explain the setup we have here for our QA...
In Game Events are rare in MMORPG's these days. At least in the ones I play. This is why I find the news of Canthan New Year's Festival in Guild Wars to be extra interesting.
Each year, Canthans flock to Shing Jea Monastery to prepare and partake in a great feast to honor the celestial animal that will watch over them during the coming year....
Don't forget that this weekend there's double exp to be gained in City of Heroes!
Now, on to what you actually came to read about, Ncsoft sent us this:
"XP Curve Smoothing Q&A with Matt "Positron" Miller.
Q: Please tell us what exactly this XP Curve "Smoothing" means.
A: Well, the leveling speed "curve" looked like a jagged mountain slope more...
Patch 2.4: Raid UI changes (src)
Additional change in 2.4.0:The Raid UI now can display the range of players relative to you. The option to enable this is in the Party & Raid section of the UI Options.
Patch 2.4: Global cooldown and spell haste (src)
With haste gear you can work toward lowering the GCD down to 1 second, but it will take...
WarCry got the chance to sit down with Lead Content Designer for Stargate Worlds, Sean Dugan and talked about tackling the large, ever-growing mass of Stargate and fitting it into a massively multiplayer online game.
Sean highlights some of the questions he needs to ask when tackling the look and feel of content for the new MMO, such as the...
There's new Fan Art posted in the Blizzard Fan Art Section. Personally I love browsing the fan art at the Blizzard site, some is incredible!
Go here for more great fan art.
There's been a lot of discussions surrounding if Mythic actually invite people to their beta or not. Many contest winners haven't received their invites yet.Game designer Josh Drescher clears up all the rumors in his blog.
Yes, it’s true. We let some more folks into the WAR Beta.
Yes, these were people who won contests, attended certain...
Over at Nerfbat, Ryan Shwayder is ranting about how developers put in timesinks im MMORPG's to make them last longer and how frustrating it is.
Having played a lot of EverQuest, I'm used to timesinks. Everything from leveling up to the Veeshan's Peak quest, which literally took weeks to complete. Rare drops, in need of a raid group to get a drop...
The pirate quests in Lord of the Rings Online are back again. Yaaaarrrr!
For those who missed it, the pirate quests which were introduced for the "Talk like a Pirate day" are actually reactivated on both the US and the EU Lord of the Rings Online servers. My personal guess would be that it's in prevision of the soon to come "appearance slots"....
The very first Jumpgate Evolution newsletter is out! Called Jumpgate Times.
This is the first volume of Jumpgate Times, the publication dedicated to Jumpgate Evolution. It will provide you with a summary of all that has recently happened in the Jumpgate community. We will also unveil snippets of the upcoming edition, including insider news...
Meet the developers of Jumpgate Evolution, Netdevil, at Connect!
Codemasters Online have today confirmed that NetDevil, developers for the highly anticipated space based MMORPG Jumpgate Evolution will be in attendance at Connect.
Representatives from NetDevil will be on hand during the 2-day event presenting Jumpgate and to answer questions from...
Chronicles of Spellborn is looking more and more interesting for every tidbit of news that we get about it. This time one of the employees over at tcos.com have posted an interesting QA journal concerning Combat Testing.
Hello everybody! Considering our Devs are indeed hard at work trying to get rid of the pesky bugs that are still in the game,...
The producer of Ultima Online, Calwin Crowner, has posted a developer journal entry (producer's letter) over at the official UO site. It's amazing how long UO have existed now.
I'll introduce myself by stating what the heck my job title means. I am the Development Manager for Ultima Online. Hold on a minute, that kind of just caught up to me....
Legendary Ranged Weapon
Thyvene (French Community Manager), the one who posted excerpts of 2.4 patch notes last week, just confirmed that a legendary ranged weapon will drop from a boss (probably 2.4 and Sunwell boss). (Source)
"More details on that legendary weapon: it will be available as a drop, same as Warglaives of Azzinoth, and not a...
The community section of worldofwarcraft.com has been updated with two new player stories. I read both, they are quite interesting. Good morning reading for sure (or evening).
I have always been the type of mom who was totally involved in my kids’ activities, EXCEPT for gaming. Even though I can recall each summer vacation by...
MMORPG.com recently posted part two of their Book 12 preview.
In part two, we will talk about some of the other aspects of the upcoming free update, including an interesting and public PvMP dungeon, housing, classes and more that I learned about the update on a recent guided preview:
Go here to see the full preview.
Despite the fact that RMT is strictly forbidden by the T's+C's for FFXI, a 20-year old gamer from the US decided to pursue the theft of his ingame items through his local Police Department, who promptly told him there was no crime to investigate.
Geoff Luurs went to his local Police in Minnesota and reported the crime, in which 75 million Gil...
It appears that Warhammer 40k, an MMO long known to be in the making, has once again been official confirmed by THQ, making sure that know one forgets about the title
Warhammer 40k, which will be developed by vigil, will be the second MMO based on the popular Warhammer franchise and according to THQ, the title is a long way off but, "so far, so...
The question of MMOGs making a move to the console world has been on the minds of gamers for quite sometime. With the online support for the current generation of consoles being larger than it has ever been before, many theorized that we could see the first MMOGs for consoles with the Xbox 360, the PS3 and the Wii.
Despite the obvious benefits of...
Creatrix Games/(Kongregate) announced recently that they are developing a new indie MMOG called Lila Dreams (Curse's 313th MMO Portal). Their site is http://liladreams.creatrixgames.com/
Here is how they described the game will be:
Simply put, it is a massively multiplayer game with a Flash interface. Most of the game logic (the gameplay rules) is...
We're hosting a Game Update 42 Video Preview, check it out below.
Game Update 42 isn't your usual home-grown update; it's almost an expansion unto itself. With this onslaught of information, you'll gain access to Adventuring as well as Tradeskill Epics, the introduction of three gods from Norrathian lore, a new means to interact with your pets,...
The upcoming major update 42 to EverQuest II won't be out as planned. They say soon though.
There was mention in the past from Community staff that the update was to be the 5th of February (and stated prior that it was to be the latter part of January), but that information was incorrect due to this update's size and depth. This update is...
Prior to this news everyone had been told that Age of Conan was getting censored in the US, but not anymore. Now it only concerns Germany. US citizen rejoice, you'll get uncensored gameplay!
Funcom, developer of the upcoming Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, has acknowledged that the MMO will be censored in Germany.
Over at computerandvideogames.com Kaplan (Tigole) talks about the upcoming expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.
What's more, with any luck, we'll see more Hero classes some time after release, the hot Zitron tip being some kind of Archdruid quest directly connected to Malfurion Stormrage and the much-anticipated Emerald Dream.
Full article is...
I am the founder of Curse and I would like to share a few words with you today.Yesterday, we launched our new World of Warcraft Database, www.wowdb.com. WOWDB represents 8 months of hard work from our development team, and is the product of collaboration among many World of Warcraft players.
Today I have great news. In the...
Everyone who play Pirates of the Burning Sea will appreciate the upcoming version 1.1. It's live on the Testbed server and if all goes as planned, they plan to release it on live servers very soon.
Bundle Unrest Supplies
Since the game launched, you have been able to create six different kinds of Bundle Unrest Supplies: Food, Luxuries, Metal,...
There's an update to the Lord of The Rings Online Lorebook. It covers The Blue Stone Garrision. A very interesting read.
After reclaiming Thorin’s Hall, Dwalin and his company established a permanent garrison in their Blue Mountain stronghold to ward against incursions by the goblins of Ered Luin and the Dourhands in the ruined dwarf-city of...
A developer of Star Wars Galaxies just made an entry in their developer diary about the animation system used in SWG.
Hey all, Matt "AdeptStrain" Boudreaux here. I'm one of the programmers for Star Wars Galaxies. This dev diary covers our animation system that we use to create and play all those great moves you see in game.
Before I was a...
City of Heroes/City of Villains is having a Double XP weekend coming up. If you've been thinking of leveling up your CoH/CoV characters, this XP weekend is a perfect time to do so.
Start: Friday, February 8, 2008 at 8:59am PST / 11:59am EST
Finish: Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 8:59pm PST / 11:59pm EST
It’s an exciting new year. Paragon City™...
Hidden City Games have named their new Art Director for Bella Sara - Phil Trumbo: a man with a Billion Dollar Gaming Resume.
Trumbo, the Emmy Award–winning creative director and art director behind over 100 high-profile video games such as, "The Sims," "Lord of the Rings, " and, "Spiderman," will be mainly responsible for shaping the look and feel...
The team behind Angels Online have posted an introduction to the magic system in their world. Definitely worth to check out.
While warrior classes take most of the credit for the sheer ferocity of their attacks, it is the magic classes which inspire "shock and awe". They excel at long-range attacks and dealing intense damage to the enemy.
Nvidia who makes the best graphic cards in the world (in my own opinion) is now taking a shortcut to nice physics with the definitive agreement to acquire AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in gaming physics technology.
"The AGEIA team is world class, and is passionate about the same thing we are—creating the most amazing and...
Over at MMORPG.com they got a preview of Book 12 for Lord of the Rings Online. among other things it covers the new visual character customization system. Also, FZ.se got ahold of a couple of new screenshots.
Late last week, I had the opportunity to jump onto the test server for Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar with a couple...
An article on Wired claims that the current content producer for the web-based MMORPG, RuneScape, has said that buying vritual items and currency is a bit like prostitution and the concern isn't the act itself but the inevitable criminal activites that come after the purchase, much like they come after prostitution.
He compares the acts of Human...