Posts Tagged ‘ Online Gaming ’

Has the Age of Conan Already Past?

The website WoWRiot has an interesting article up today about Funcom stocks and AoC’s performance. I think a lot of us who played the game have been expecting this, and I am also predicting an even bigger drop on the 20th of this month (the chart only goes to the 15th), as the 20th is the 2 month mark for people who subscribed on release day, and thats the day peoples accounts would have expired if they canceled after their initial free month. The 20th was the day my account went inactive.

Here is some more from the article, it seems pretty biased against Funcom, and I couldn’t tell you how much is actually fact, but interesting never the less.

It has been hard to separate the truth from the spin in the ongoing Age of Conan saga, but we’re seeing more and more evidence that neither players nor stockholders are satisfied with Funcom’s campaign of misinformation.

After repeated misleading press releases, Funcom still has no answers for people wondering where all the players are going.  Populations on all servers are down, forum activity is dropping, and the community at large seems content to simply pack up and go home.  Funcom refuses to acknowledge this fact, and seems comfortable giving no response to its waning Conan fanbase.

This negligent treatment of customers has investors fleeing in droves, dropping the share price of FUNCOM.OL down by 60% since Age of Conan’s launch (see image above).  In a climate where customers are outraged and the “company line” reports no problems, serious trouble is the unspoken implication.

You can see the rest of the article after the jump. Continue reading

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Warhammer Age of Reckoning: Guild Beta Starting

For those of you who signed up for the guild beta of Warhammer: Age of Reckoning better check your inboxes. Mark Jacobs has announced the beginning of the guild beta.

“WAR’s Guild Beta is here and some of the world’s most experienced MMO players will now get a chance to play one of the most anticipated MMOs of all time,” said Mark Jacobs, vice president and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. “We look forward to seeing them beat, bash and burn their way through the world that we have created for their enjoyment. It’s going to be a lot of fun and it’s going to be glorious!”

Hit the jump for the full press release. Continue reading

Warhammer News, the Content Cuts Start

Some pretty big news came from an interview with Mark Jacobs this morning. I am not going to beat around the bush. Here is the news.

1. They are going to use Punkbuster.

2. Four of the six capital cities have been cut from release. Might be patched in later. Currently the Empire and Chaos cities are going to be the only capital cities for release.

3. Four of the classes have been cut, because they couldn’t make them great. The four cut classes are Greenskin Choppa, Dark Elf Blackguard, Dwarf Hammerer and Empire Knight of the Blazing Sun.

Full interview text after the jump. Continue reading

Starcraft Universe

Sorry. It is fake. But damn did I get excited for a few moments when I saw this. I would absolutely love a Starcraft MMO game done by Blizzard. Hell, reskin WoW with Space Marines and Zerg and I will be a happy camper. If they speed up the combat a bit I would be in heaven.

This image goes back to the teaser splash page that is up right now at the Blizzard website. For some more speculation and theory you can check out these pages:

Blizzard artist adds new image directory ‘Hydra’ to his site, promptly pulls it – the other folders on his site are Starcraft and Warcraft.

XFire pulls a mention of a new game announcement at WWI.

Digging into the .CSS file reveals more links to Diablo II.

Wotlk: Shaman Exposed

Great post on the new Shaman update for Wrath of the Lich King. Over at the WotLK Wiki. Since we get a lot of WotLK traffic here, I though you guys might like to see it, so here it is.

 

So far I think the Shaman has received the cleverest and most elegant update of all the classes today. You may be wowed by Rogue and balance druid changes, but this really is the Creme de la Creme.

Everything Shaman have asked for came. I saw another post where someone believe it or not was complainig, all I can say is that he should simply re-roll or give up playing if he still thinks the changes are poor or un-inspiring.

 

Hit the Jump for the changes and thoughts on them. Continue reading

Blizzcast Episode 3: WotLK and Starcraft 2

Blizzard has just released Episode 3 of their Blizzcast it contains a bunch of information on the new expansion for World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King and also some info on Starcraft 2. It is a long interview but filled with good information. 

You can listen to the Blizzcast HERE. You can also read the transcripts which are broken in to 4 parts and linked below, or you can hit the jump to read the Warcraft parts.

Interview 1: Dustin Browder on Starcraft 2 

Interview 2: Jeff Kaplan on Wrath of the Lich King 

Interview 3: Joeyray Hall, Manager of Video Production 

Q and A with Dustin Browder and Jeff Kaplan 

Hit the jump to read the full WotLK Interview.

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AoC GM Ask Goons to Play Nice

You may or may not know of the Goon Squad. They are a very large multi-game guild that is composed of members of Somethingawful.com. They are a very big guild and are known for taking over servers, and causing mass havoc. They are one of the dominant corporations (guild) in Eve Online, and the latest game they have invaded is Age of Conan. Seems that the AoC GMs are a bit worried. Below is a screen grab of a conversation between a GM and a member of the Goons. The GM is basically pleading with the Goon to not PVP in large groups. For AoCs PVP servers, this is kind of odd.