World of Warcraft – Female Worgen Models Released.

Posted by on May 19, 2010 - No Comments »

So it seems Blizzard have been sending out the first screenshots of the female Worgen,  the new Alliance race in the upcoming Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft. (link at the bottom of this post) Bear in mind these are still a work in progress and are subject to change.

There are several pictures of the model in different armor classes and poses. The screenshots can be found below courtesy of WorldofRaids

Aika Online: Ashes of Betrayal Announced

Posted by on May 19, 2010 - No Comments »

The first expansion pack for their hit MMORPG Aika Online, Ashes of Betrayal was announced by Gpotato. For now, all we know is that it will introduce tons of new areas, equipment, content and such, as well as raise the level cap. The expansion is scheduled for release sometime near Mid-June, and more info is to come soon. For now, anyone interested in Aika Online can have a look at the game over here.

Fantasy Earth Zero Launches!

Posted by on May 19, 2010 - 1 Comment »

Exciting news for all you Square Enix fans, their only MMO not based on a jRPG(technically not developed by Square, though) has just launched worldwide, thanks to GamePot USA. Yes people, Fantasy Earth Zero was made official. To celebrate that, GamePot has started a series of game events, including a 50% exp and drop increase. Anyone interested in Fantasy Earth Zero can download the game right now and play for free. All you have to do is visit this site.

Jade Dynasty Expansion Details

Posted by on May 19, 2010 - No Comments »

Perfect World Entertainment just released a few details about the upcoming Jade Dynasty expansion, who is yet to be named. The new expansion will include a Territory Wars PvP system, where alliances to confront each other for control over various regions in the game, including towns. Controlling an area will benefit you with resources. But that’s not all, many improvements will be made to the basic game mechanic such as smoother smoother movement, better physics, and even destructible terrain. More information about the expansion coming soon. For now, just keep playing Jade Dynasty.

Third Chapter of Runes of Magic Now Live

Posted by on May 19, 2010 - No Comments »

The third chapter for the popular free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, Runes of Magic is now live. The update to Runes of Magic includes a plethora of new content that is sure to keep fans both occupied and entertained. If Runes of Magic is already installed on your computer, the update will begin downloading automatically when the client is launched.

Below you will find a list of new and upcoming content:

What’s new in Chapter III:

  • Level-cap raised to 58
  • Two new zones with brand new dungeons and world bosses
  • Enabling of battles involving entire guilds with the new siege wars feature
  • Expanded monster compendium
  • New party search tool
  • New crafting system to create fusion stones with individual values
  • Newly expanded skill system linked to armor sets
  • Two selectable difficulty levels in the most challenging dungeons
  • New token system allowing players to trade for exclusive armor sets
  • Guild buffs available in guild castles
  • New guild mini-games

Upcoming content in Chapter III:

  • Level-cap raised to 60
  • Two-player mounts
  • New role playing elements including a marriage system
  • New dungeons
  • New zones

An updated client of Runes of Magic can be downloaded for free through the official website, here.

Remote Auction House Goes Into Beta

Posted by on May 19, 2010 - 1 Comment »

Update: Preview gallery added to the bottom of the post.

For some people, playing the Auction House is a mere hobby. For others, it is the addiction. So coming out with a Remote Auction House application is a lot like bringing a dime bag of coke to a drug rehabilitation clinic. Blizzard, the enablers that they are, have finally pushed the software into public testing, meaning that you can view the in-game Auction House from just about anywhere you can access a web browser, and (after the beta is over) for a modest monthly fee, you can do even more than that.

As part of the free service, you’re allowed the following:

  • Browse the Auction House
  • Get real-time notifications when your auctions sell or expire
  • Get real-time notifications when you win auctions or when you are outbid
  • View your characters’ current gold
  • View the status of your auctions and search for similar auctions
  • View the items you can sell in your bags, bank, and mailbox
  • View the status of auctions you are bidding on
  • View the items you’ve sold in the Auction House
  • View your expired auctions
  • View the status of auctions you created
  • View your successful auctions

For $2.99/month, you receive these additional features:

  • Bid on auctions
  • Buy out auctions
  • Create auctions from items in your bags, bank, and mailbox
  • Collect gold from successful auctions
  • Collect gold from unsuccessful bids
  • Collect all outstanding gold with a single click
  • Cancel your auctions
  • Relist items for sale from your expired auctions

The software comes in two flavors, web-based (which is accessed from the WoW Armory) and as previously hinted, a mobile app on the iPhone. Just like the authenticator, I imagine Android and Blackberry versions aren’t very far behind. For more information on what you can expect from the beta test  (for instance, it is currently only open on certain realms) of the Remote Auction House, check the Official FAQ after the jump. Read more…

Starcraft 2 Beta Offline Starting May 31

Posted by on May 18, 2010 - No Comments »

Starcraft 2Do you have your Starcraft 2 beta key yet? If you are itching for a chance to try out the redesigned races, you might want to jump on it: the current phase of the beta ends on May 31st, and the beta won’t be back for several weeks.

The downtime is likely to have time to polish up the game and install more hardware for an open beta and launch environment. Nethaera broke the news on the forums:

We’d like to let all of our StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty beta test participants know that the first phase of the beta test will be coming to an end in all regions on Monday, May 31. The beta test will be unavailable for several weeks while we make some hardware and software configuration changes in preparation for the final phase of the beta test and the release of the game. We plan to bring the beta test back online for a couple of weeks prior to the game’s launch to complete our testing. We’ll have more details to share about when this final beta-testing phase will begin at a later date.

We’d like to thank all of our beta-test participants for your enthusiasm, dedication, and valuable feedback during the beta test, and we look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on the StarCraft II beta test as the game’s July 27 launch approaches.

You can do some fancy footwork to hack the game to play offline AI, but we at Lore Hound of course do not endorse this kind of behavior. However, if its between breaking the ToS and suffering physical withdrawal effects, I can’t say I blame you.

Dragons in Gaming Lore: A Retrospective

Posted by on May 18, 2010 - 6 Comments »

They’re arguably the most feared and respected mythical creature known around the world. Dragons. They’ve pervaded tales  and folklore  in numerous cultures for thousands of years and have become the ultimate villain faced by heroes in fantasy settings. So it’s not surprising that the dragon also has become  a staple character in games, which are known for drawing inspiration from sources that already have a proven draw to audiences.

One such game that has successfully transplanted dragons into its own brand of lore is World of Warcraft. In the upcoming WoW Magazine, the role of the dragons is explored with a 16-page feature introducing each Dragonflight and their connections — from Nozdormu to Deathwing himself. The feature can be previewed online, and looking at it reminded me a bit of just how much dragons have influenced gaming culture.

From MMOs to action and adventure games to micro-games played on a mobile device, dragons have been seen in an incredible number of variations in games. The constant reinvention of their charismatic yet terrifying demeanor keeps their appearance in games fresh and relevant, and you’ll never see me shying away from a shot to slay a dragon. Although almost always respected, we also see the other side of dragons in folklore — wise, empathetic and deadly protective of what they hold dear.

After the cut, let’s take a look at a few of the standout games in which dragons have played a significant role:

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