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January 24, 2013 | 3 Comments
Well, this is something really new! There are games used in some countries to train specialists – pilots, captains and military, that kind of thing – and one of these games is going to be released for everyone in China to play. A game that has been developed for military training of personnel of the armed forces of China will be available to all civilian gamers under the title of “Glorious Mission” (locally known as “光荣使命”). It was developed by joint efforts of Nanjing Military Region Game Center and Wuxi Giant Network, and was used to give soldiers and officers an idea what the real battlefield experience might be, so it has some really unique features none of the other FPS games can offer. The game itself uses DX11 and one of the most advanced products ever released on Chinese gaming market in the terms of technical realisation.
January 22, 2013 | No Comments
So exciting! XLGAMES Inc. and Mail.Ru Group have announced a signing of agreement to begin cooperation on bringing ArchAge to Russia. ArchAge is a Korean sandbox fantasy MMO developed by XLGames, with top-notch graphics and many uncommon features, such as player-owned ships that could be used for fighting and extensive crafting and gathering systems. Mail.Ru Group is one of the leading companies on Russian digital entertainment market. It is not clear as to when the release date might be set, but ArcheAge Russian promo site is already up and offering to sign-up for beta testing, and they’ve put a promo video on it too, which I included in the post (behing the cut). (more…)
November 19, 2012 | No Comments
For years (exactly, since 2007), Double Fine – the video game developer who brought us Psychonauts and Brutal Legend titles – had been doing what they call “Amnesia Forthnight“: each year for two weeks all of the company’s employees would get away from whatever project they were working on, divide themselves into small teams and work on prototypes for new games. Some of these prototypes were chosen to become full games, but if in the past the person who chose which of those prototypes were to live and which to die was Tim Schafer, this year the privilege is now ours: gamers and fans. Yes, that’s right! Team members from Double Fine will publish video demos, and gamers will vote which of those will become actual prototypes. After the said forthnight – two weeks of non-stop coding – the prototypes will arrive to Humble Bundle, where users themselves decide how much they will pay for a download. The voting starts now, so watch the video from Double Fine for more details, and head off to Humble Bundle, because that’s where they’re putting these concepts we vote on!
November 18, 2012 | No Comments
Oh, you are so gonna love this! Recently, Russian Federation made a new law “On information, information technologies and on defending of information” (№ 139-ФЗ, effective since 1 November), which allows government to create a database of blacklisted IP addresses of websites, that should be banned by ALL ISPs in the country (YES, they ban content by IPs, and nearly banned YouTube a couple of weeks ago). The websites to be banned are those containing child pornography, tips on how to suicide, information about narcotics and generally “bad for children” content (i.e. any website at all). A couple of days ago, Russian Federal Service for Drug Control blacklisted Eve Online fan site because they had an instruction on how to use VIRTUAL drugs in a VIRTUAL world to boost VIRTUAL character’s abilities. Proofs are here, so spread the word of this stupidity, my friends. (more…)
April 7, 2012 | No Comments
I guess we all already know that “free to play” games aren’t free at all and are built to lure people into spending hundreds and thousands of dollars on virtual good, but this guy took it on a whole new level. An anonymous player of Entropia Universe by Calipso Games (a total suckage of a game where ALL in-game items are sold for hard cash, i repeat that, ALL) had sealed a deal of spending $2,5 MILLIONS of REAL dollars on 25,000 virtual pieces of land, each sold for $100. Tell me about the biggest shopping spree ever. But, turns out, this may actually be a clever investment move (unless Calipso goes belly up in the nearest future). Could we be facing a beginning of a new era in banking and real estate? (more…)
April 5, 2012 | No Comments
Hello everyone, today i have a little something for you! This is the first time I’m doing something like this, but it’s cool, i promise. Some time ago Mike Plater of Espada Limited wrote me about classic gaming t-shirts he’s been designing – with PacMan and Pong and cool stuff – and my previous post was about 8bit MMOs, so I thought: hey, with all the nostalgia flowing around… So, here’s the cool stuff: if you get all nostalgic and absolutely can’t live without a “I PWN N00bs” sign on your wide chest, you can get 30% off with “chickgeek” code. “We have seen a rise in competitive gaming, e-sports, and huge gaming titles that touch every part of our community. I wanted to create a line of designs that brought us gamers back to our roots and reminded us of the beginnings we all share in common”, said Mike. More designs under the cut. (more…)
March 15, 2012 | 95 Comments
To all Alicia Online fans out there! I’ve been watching status of Alicia Online for a few years now – there was post in 2010 and later another one in 2011, when i asked Alicia devs if they are going to release Alicia Online in English. Sometime ago i wrote them again. I told them that there is a community of fans outside of Korea, and we’ve been hoping for an English release for quite some time. Is there any hope for us? Is there anything that we can do to help NTreev enter Western market? So, here’s their answer to my message. (more…)
February 15, 2012 | No Comments
While Blizzard fights waves of rage against its BattleTag, people in South Korea are being subjected to much more harsh measures. I’m speaking of so-called “Cinderella Law” – the one that was accepted in last October. If you read this blog for it’s Alicia Online news, then you may have already experienced this law on yourself, for all minors (below 16 years) in South Korea are now banned from all of the country’s MMOs from 0:00 til 6:00AM by force of the law – and that’s why it was called the Cinderella Law. Koreans probably got tired of their kids being sleep-deprived zombies playing online games whole nights long. But how the hell did they managed to implement and uphold such a law?
December 22, 2011 | No Comments
Yesterday, as you probably know, Star Wars: The Old Republic was finally and officially launched. The early access allowed many players to start as long as a week before the official launch (and many are said to reach the level cap in such a short time), still the swarm of players attacking Bioware servers is almost unprecedented. With as many 200 servers, players are to spend up to 2 hours (!!) waiting in a line to login! Bioware is saying they’re treating the problem very seriously, but can’t guarantee the lack of lines just yet. To try and control the flow of new players the sales of SW:TOR at Origin were ceased for some time. With such an influx of players, would Star Wars: The Old Republic be a real competitor for World of Warcraft? (more…)
December 15, 2011 | No Comments
A news came through TenTonsHammer that Lionhead Studios has opened a vacancy at Microsoft Careers.com (proof) for a programmer who is supposed to work on an MMO project! Exception from the job description: “Lionhead Studios is seeking a highly skilled Experienced Principal Programmer to be a key contributor on an unannounced title. The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys playing MMO games and has significant experience with the workings of a massive online multiplayer environment”. Well, you can bite my ass if they’re not working on a Fable MMO! And here’s why i think so.
December 13, 2011 | No Comments
G*Star is an annual Korean trade show featuring computer and video games, E3 of the Eastern world, so to say. Thanks to a wonderful Korean VadersBlog we can check out what Nexon (the leading Korean online gaming company) had to show at G*Star 2011 – and what, potentially, could reach the Western gaming market sometime later in the coming years. I have missed the moment when G*Star was taking place, but still, being kinda late at that… let’s see if anything interesting turned up. (more…)
November 19, 2011 | No Comments
Hello everyone! I hope someone still reads this blog even after the total lack of new posts for a couple of last months. I am truly sorry about that :( First, being ill and treated, then recovering, then being scared to shit by the amount of work that piled up while i was down, etc., etc. But things are getting better and, hopefully, i will resume writing stuff again from now on :) There are a few changes that will be coming and i want to mention here. (more…)
August 26, 2011 | No Comments
Only a few days ago i wrote a post “Should I Play Vanguard In 2011?” Yes, And Here’s Why: Vanguard Myths Debunked – Myth №2: Vanguard is not upgraded and there is no new content – and here we go with another “Bug Bash!” patch from the new Vanguard development team! I am going to Egypt tomorrow (27.08), and from the rate of their work i expect to probably see another patch when i come back :) Keep reading the post if you want to see Vanguard: Saga of Heroes patch notes for bug fix update from August 24, 2011. I am very pleased by them myself because i play Warrior and it got an increase in DPS. (more…)
August 17, 2011 | No Comments
The game a new self-developed title by Korean studio Liveplex and i wrote about Dragona Online it a while ago (the game is also known as Dragona Story Online). When i wrote that post there has been no indication of English version being in development, but, surprisingly, it looks like Philippines version of Dragona Online will be released in English! The game features its own unique “possession system” which allows game characters to transform into Dragons, and the game’s graphic engine is also very nicely done. As of August 16, 2011 Dragona Online open beta testing has started for Philippines version. Here’s Dragona Online PH official teaser trailer: (more…)
August 17, 2011 | No Comments
After Sony Online Entertainment was being hit by hackers all of its subscribers suffered dearly for the lack of security on SOE’s side. Looks like SOE learned its lessons after all: Fan Fairy 2011 brings announcement of SOE Authenticator being released to ensure account security for all SOE Station accounts. The thing is similar to the device used by Blizzard for World of WarCraft accounts security and will provide its user with a unique, one-time authenticator code (PIN) to use in conjunction with the account’s regular password. How – according to SOE – the thing will work? (more…)