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Posts tagged “Guild Wars”

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The RPG Scrollbars: The Best Punishments For Cheaters

Over in Everquest II, they're trying an experiment at the moment - what's that? Yes, Everquest II. People are still playing it. The original as well. I know, I'm surprised too, but never mind. Specifically, they've created a prison server called Drunder. The idea is that instead of banning trolls, griefers and cheaters (presumably up to a certain point), they can simply throw all the…

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First Look: Guild Wars 2 – Heart of Thorns

Guild Wars 2 [official site] launched with a promise – to fix MMOs. Strident, attention-grabbing, patently doomed schtick that was nevertheless suffused with just enough gosh-shucks-darn-it-I-want-to-see-them-try zest to make it a journey worth tracking. That was two years ago. The mission met with mixed results, as lead designer Isaiah Cartwright admitted to me when we spoke in Brighton during a hands-on with the game's first…

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Gigantic Is A Gorgeous Not-MOBA From StarCraft’s Lead

Gigantic pretty clearly wants to be a big deal. It's from the former lead designer of StarCraft and Guild Wars, it has $20 million in backing, and its team size is kind of, er, gigantic for an indie studio. So it can talk the talk, but can it justify a series of costly expenditures on the part of shadowy investors and/or see why kids love…

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Guild Wars 1 Development To Be Halted, Automated

Rare is the MMO that continues to thrive alongside its direct successor - or, for that matter, get a direct successor at all. By all accounts, the original Guild Wars lived a good, long life. It loved, it lost, it learned violin, it saw the ocean one last time. Also, I don't know why I'm talking about it in the past tense, because it's not…

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Asura Thing? A Guild Wars 2 Preview

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve walked into a room with a monitor and a nervously-smiling man at one end and been told I’m about to see the future of MMOs. I smile back politely, and the same old dance begins. Too often, I feel a numbness, a struggle to reconcile professionally wanting to know what's going on with personally despairing of the…

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 5/5

As a retired don in the great university of the bedroom, I wasn't expecting to be aroused by Professor Rossignol. Later, I was also disturbed when he woke me up, demanding that I spout some waffle on the importance of some games none of the current faculty really felt able to talk about with confidence. Of course, with my famous arrogance, I felt confident to…

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ArenaNet Look Back On Their Decade

Courtesy of BigDownload we get to see a little of the history behind Guild Wars in a 15-minute video (below) produced by its creators, ArenaNet. Various members of company talk about their beginnings, their inspiration, motivation, the changes required to become a major studio, and so on. During the talking head interviews they claim to not be a videogame company, but a "community-building company, we…

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Guild Wars: Hearts Of The North Out

Have you HEARD? ArenaNet's started releasing free content updates for Guild Wars under the title of Guild Wars Beyond, updates that are gently guiding the world through the events preceding Guild Wars 2. The second of these updates, Hearts of the North, landed yesterday. It tells the story of the romantic and legal union of "the greatest heroes of Ascalon, Gwen and Keiran Thackeray" and…

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Bam: Guild Wars 2 Player Reward Calculator

This is excellent. ArenaNet just launched what it's calling the Guild Wars 2 Hall of Monuments Reward Calculator. Guild Wars players will remember the Hall of Monuments, where their characters amassed trophies and rewards spread across five different categories. Well, depending on how much you collected, the Reward Calculator tells you what those achievements will gift you with in Guild Wars 2, and it can…

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Dhuum: Shake The Room. Also, Playerbase.

Stew Wilson twittered this at me very excitedly. And rightly so, as it's very exciting. Or, at least, splendid. Massively has the full story, but in short, the Guild Wars God of Death has been teleporting around the world and striking people down with a hefty scythe. Why? Well, it's the animation to go with the mass-banning of players who've transgressed against the User Agreement…

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War In Kryta: Guild Wars => Guild Wars 2

LORE EXCLUSIVE. I don't think we've had one of those before. Lore! Pure lore! Big proper info on long-awaited MMO sequel Guild Wars 2 is bound to hit during E3, but until then here's a scoopette on how it's going to link up to the first game. Including a couple of Big Fat Hints about what kind of world GW2 will be. Lumped under the…

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Guild Wars Wars: NCSoft’s Security Scandal

Tip-tap-tippy-tap-tap-tap. That's me treading carefully so I don't wake the vicious, slumbering Litigation Beast. Not that it'd necessarily wake up anyway, but some people have accused NCSoft's response to a recent security scandal (related to MMO player accounts) of having a slight whiff of porky-pie about it. As those accusations aren't proven, I'm wearing my Ballerina Shoes of +4 vs dangerous sweeping statements. These are…

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Guild Wars 4th Birthday: Eric Flannum Interview

It's an anniversary. Four years today the original Guild Wars: Prophecy came out. Seeing this day approaching, we grabbed the chance to have a quick e-mail exchange with designer Eric Flannum about all that time and even let him include "®" symbols in his answers, as the birthday boy can do such things. We also resist trying to make Eric talk about Sacrifice, the other…

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Guild Wars Free Trialified

Possibly winning some sort of award for longest time between a game's release and it getting the demo treatment, Guild Wars now has a free trial wotsit. While you need to sign up for NCsoft's mildly irritating PlayNC master account thinger, you don't need to give out credit card details. So if you've yet to sample Arenanet's well-received subscriptionless, PvP-heavy fantasy MMO, now's your chance.…

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Don’t buy Guild Wars: Eye of the North!

Until you read this anyway. (That was cheap - Subconscious Ed) Shuddup. Anyway - Guild Wars: Eye of the North went live this weekend. I'm playing through for a review at the moment, and I had to - due to an Hilarious Internal Communication Error - actually go and buy a copy. This made me pay a little more attention to a Special Offer thing…

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Eyeing Up Eye of the North

You may be pleased to know that it hasn't been all intricately documented whining about really brilliant videogames this August Bank-holiday weekend at Rock Paper Shotgun Towers. As I said a couple of posts back, I've been playing Guild Wars: Eye of the North on its preview weekend. And I've had a lot of fun. Let's see a picture of my character, having a lot…

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For those (not) about to BioShock

Well, there's got to be someone out there who isn't planning on going through Bioshock this weekend. I'm among you, actually. I'm instead going to be spending my time playing Guild Wars, as they're having a preview weekend for their forthcoming Eye of The North Expansion. While the game proper goes live on August 31st, they're giving people who've pre-ordered the game 72 hours of…

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