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...
Recently, Object Software has announced that its independent development of the FPS game MKZ is complete, and Metal Knight Zero (MKZ) will start its alpha test in March 2008. Not only will it be Object Software's first FPS game, MKZ will also be the only "China-made" FPS game in the Chinese online-game market. Object Software's own graphic engine...
It's now possible to download a new version (1.19.0) of Second Life by going here. Seems like a lot of things have been fixed.
Today’s Release Candidate Viewer (1.19.0 RC0) contains a ton of bug fixes and re-introduces some functionality that was previewed in our 1.18.6 RC viewer series. As mentioned in our final 1.18.6 RC post, we reverted back...
Soon we'll be releasing our first-ever newsletter -- "The Curse Word" -- which will be sent out to all Curse.com users who have opted to subscribe to the Curse.com mailing list.
The Curse Word will be a weekly newsletter, not only recapping the past week's events in major MMO news, but also offering content initially exclusive to newsletter...
Mythos is a great game. Made by ex-Diablo developers at Flagship Studios. I've played it quite a bit myself and I enjoy it.
It only lack a few things, but it's being worked on. afterall it's in beta for a reason. Now, what does it lack? Content! Did I say it need more content and more areas to explore? Well, that's the main thing it lacks. ...
Over at IGN they have interviewed two of the developers behind Pirates of the Burning Sea.
Art Director Bruce Sharp has been in the game industry since 1993, first working with Seattle-based Sierra Online and later on with Microsoft Game Studios. He also teaches commercial illustration and 3D animation at the Art Institute of Seattle, and as...
There's several teaser images (wallpapers) of concept art that show the upcoming Epic Weapons over at EQ2 Players, which should be available in the next EQ 2 game update that I mentioned here.
Go to EQ2 Players and check out how much they like to tease.
With 25 years of experience to draw on, the Warhammer IP is a rich, luscious world full of a wide variety of diverse content. Each race is visually distinct -- from the lewd and crude Orcs to the proud, lofty High Elves. Even the careers within each race are uniquely different - no one would ever mistake a spanner-totin' Engineer for an...
Senior Producer Clint Worley of EverQuest has written a producer's letter that cover EQ in 2007 and what 2008 will have in store. 2007 was a great year for EverQuest. We launched an expansion, provided live events, and worked on building the community. It would be impossible for me to cover everything done for EQ throughout the year so here's...
The Curse.com team is excited to introduce our next major project -- WOWDB.com -- a World of Warcraft database website. We've worked over the past several months to create a unique database experience with WOWDB.com, and here's just a short list of the features included in the launch version, with many more to come in the months ahead.
Sid Meiers, the legendary creator of Civilization and Pirates!, has said that he'd like to play around with an MMO concept in the future.
Mr. Meiers has said that he and his staff at Firaxis Games were in the very early stages of exploring an MMO and that they'd love to carry on exploring it.
There's definitely a difference in MMO games, and...
Most of us have encountered Mana Potions in the World of Warcraft that allow you some slack when entering into those long boss fights or duels but there's never been an irl Mana Potion!
Enter the energy drink craze! You're sure to have heard of Red Bull and Relentless, which are banned in some countries around the world due to their questionable...
A little later than usual, the guys over at the Tabula Rasa site have posted last weeks Feedback Friday... today.
1.4 is live and kicking! We hope you’re enjoying the new content and sending us your feedback on all the changes we’ve made in this build. We will be working out any new found issues with 1.4 in the upcoming week as well as focusing...
With the MMORPG industry getting ever so competitive... and hundreds of Asian F2P MMOs flooding into Western markets, F2P Companies are now constantly trying to come up with new buzz phrases to attract more players.
You might be tired of hearing "F2P" which everybody knows it means free2play, but now we have P2E! Which stands for Play2Earn!
There's a pretty extensive preview of the upcoming Game Update 42 for EverQuest 2 available over at the official EverQuest 2 Players site. One of the big news is that all twenty-four classes will see new epic quests for grand epic weapons. They also mention that it will really help if you're knowledgeable with the EverQuest lore -- something for...
MMORPG.com have interviewed Codemasters about the agreement to publish Jumpgate Evolution and there's also things that cover the game itself.MMORPG.com: What, in your mind, stands out most about Jumpgate Evolution?
Codemasters: Jumpgate has a huge number of great features that really make this amazing MMO stand out from the crowd. Aesthetically...
Elf Online (http://elf.happymmo.com/
) will launch its siege war system in the near future. The launching time of it is EST(GMT-5) 19:00-20:00 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The application not in this time will not be accepted.
Siege war system allows participants to take part in by guild. A shaikh can apply for several battles and occupy...
The virtual world developer HiPiHi from China joins forces with IBM. Looks like IBM is entering the virtual word market. This should be interesting, knowing IBM is already such a well established corporation.BEIJING, China February 3rd, 2008 HiPiHi, Chinas pioneer of the 3D virtual world, and IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced a strategic...
Since the open beta of Elf Online (http://elf.happymmo.com
) began in Dec.22nd 2007, in one month's time, Elf Online has improved and progressed step by step and its unique casual gameplay has won many of its players' heart!
Elf Online features comical graphic and relaxing music, with specially designed character and NPC and humorous ingame...
Currently there's a EverQuest 2 Bonus EXP weekend going on in the world of Norrath. It affects your gameplay experience and tradeskills. Quests are excluded though. If you play EverQuest 2, now is probably one of the best times to log on and gain some experience -- who could say no thanks to MORE experience per monster you slay. Not to mention...