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News from the Wider MMO World: September 30th, 2008

The MMO genre is more than World of Warcraft, Age of Conan, and Warhammer Online. Here's what's going on in the rest of the world. Ankama Games launches new Dofus Heroic Server; includes permadeath As of September 23rd, there's a new server dedicated to Ankama Games' Dofus. Called the Heroic Serv...

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First Impressions: Conquer Online

Welcome to the First Impressions: Conquer Online! Brought to you by 91.com, purveyors of Eudemons Online and other Asian MMOs. Featuring a non-3D, fixed isometric viewpoint, the graphics seem at first to be a little dated, and there are a few oddities that might irritate players who are used to Wo...

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News From the Wider MMO World: September 23, 2008

The MMO genre is more than World of Warcraft, Age of Conan, and Warhammer Online. Here's what's going on in the rest of the world. Secret of the Solstice gets new patch with new content Outspark's Secret of the Solstice, the free-to-play fantasy MMO, has updated its client with a new patch. Availa...

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AGDC 08: The Secret to Storytelling in MMOs part 2

Continuing the subject of mechanics: Voting by action gives agency back to the players. The key here is that all votes shouldn't be equal. Votes should equal the level of participation, not the level of power. What this means is that a Level One character in your game, if they really care about it, ...

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AGDC 08: The Secret to Storytelling in MMOs

At the Austin Game Developers Conference, we sat down to a one-man panel held by James Portnow, of Divide by Zero Games. His topic was "The Secret to Storytelling in a Massively Multiplayer Environment", and it was well worth our time. James' main point was to collect the various servers, or shard...

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Indievelopment: Star Wars Combine

Welcome to the first installment of Indievelopment, where we give some love to the often-overlooked field of independent MMO development. For our inaugural post, we'll take a look at Star Wars Combine, a free MMO based in the Star Wars universe. Played entirely through your browser, SWC is availab...

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Indievelopment: Star Wars Combine part 2

Have you been contacted byLucasArts, and if you have, what was their reaction? Sim Master was in fact contacted by the legal department of LucasArts due to potential copyright issues. The details of this situation would take a long time to explain, but in short the issue is that all Star Wars-rela...

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AGDC 08: The Importance of Learning Style and Gender in MMOs part 2

An interesting fact: the vast majority of women in MMOs were brought by a friend. They were not interested in a game before their friend explained it to them, how it works, and what value it had. Concerning how learning is conducted in fighting games: "Secret moves and hidden moves are perfect rewar...

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AGDC 08: The Importance of Learning Style and Gender in MMOs

We spent a little time at the Austin Game Developers Conference this year and walked away with our heads full of game-related knowledge. Not least of this came from a panel held by Sheri Graner Ray, the computer game industry's leading expert on the subject of gender and computer games. She began ...

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News From the Wider MMO World: September 16, 2008

The MMO genre is more than World of Warcraft, Age of Conan, and Warhammer Online. Here's what's going on in the rest of the world. World of Kung Fu opens screenshot contest From September 15th to the 30th, VestGame Entertainment has partnered with zownder.com to create the first World of Kung Fu s...

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