Ragnarok Online: Server Merge

Posted by on April 20, 2010 - No Comments »

The Ragnarok Online team has announced that there will be a RO Server Merge. The servers Chaos, Loki and Iris will merge into a brand new one, but the name is still unknown. Characters will be transfered, nothing will be lost, except for Guilds. There will be a “pre-list” so that guilds don’t loose their names once they are dissolved. “God items” will be broken into their construction parts, so recreating them all back might take a long time. Any character name will be temporary, until the RO team has finalized a character’s transfer(if there are name conflicts, they will be resolved). So, if you are a Ragnarok player on one of the three servers, you might want to double-check everything.

Fallen Earth On Sale At Direct 2 Drive

Posted by on April 20, 2010 - No Comments »

Well, the title says it all, right? This isn’t an advertisement, but a recommendation, and what better time to make one when the product in question is going for much less than its normal retail value? Direct 2 Drive, an online download service similar to Steam (but without the client and community features), is having their Spring Sale, which lots of awesome PC games are really good prices. I made out like a bandit at their Five Year Anniversary Sale back in November.

The second week of the four-week promo (every period features a different set of games so you keep coming back for more) includes the post-apocalyptic MMORPG Fallen Earth, which we have touched upon here at Lore Hound several times — check out our coverage if you want some ancillary information. The game can now be yours for a cool $14.95 (MSRP is $39.99, by the way). You’ll still have to register an account with a credit card, since Fallen Earth is subscription-based, but you also get the customary 30 days of free play with your purchase.

And what a value that is, because Fallen Earth provides a very different experience from what you’re used to. It’s more realistic, relies largely on a player-run economy, features a unified open world, and has a steeper learning curve than more mainstream MMORPGs like World of Warcraft. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be rewarding, and you can use your bounty of unpaid time to familiarize yourself with the game, making the basic entry fee the fifteen bones you pay to D2D.

There’s a lot to like here, and the community is very friendly, so give it a chance by adding it to your cart (do it before next Sunday, when they move on to a new set of software). And don’t forget to check out the rest of the games on sale. For me, it’s these discounted titles that get me through the lean times!

WarioWare: The TV Show

Posted by on April 19, 2010 - 2 Comments »

Gamers that haven’t played a WarioWare title are missing out on a lot of fun.  The franchise started off humbly in 2003 on the lil’ handheld that could, Nintendo’s Gameboy Advance.  WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! became a moderate success —  one that I attribute to utilizing the craziest punctuation in any video game title.  Ever.  The franchise exploded in popularity when it added multiplayer for the Gamecube version.  In my humble opinion, that’s the point at which gaming changed.

But that’s not why we’re here today.  We’re not here to discuss how WarioWare was the first entry into the (now standard) party game market.  Or how its simple and intuitive design made developers think that it must be an easily repeatable formula; one that’s possible to recreate on a shoestring budget, no less.  No, none of that is why we are here.  We are here because WarioWare‘s potential has transcended mere video game design, and leapt into the realm of analog games.  To my knowledge, WarioWare‘s simple and fun games have lead it to become the first video game to become a TV game show.

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AILA Online Open Beta..In Japan

Posted by on April 19, 2010 - No Comments »

The AILA Online Open Beta is announced to start on April 22nd, says YNK Japan. AILA Online is a fantasy game set in the Middle Ages. Being provided with high freedom, players are able to equip all kinds of weapons and use a variety of life skills like fishing, cooking, mining and herbalism. Additionally, there is no restriction on a character’s class. AILA Online(short for Another Ideal Life Adventure Online) was previously known as N.E.O Online, but for one reason or another the title has changed.

EVE Online – Tyrannis Site is Live

Posted by on April 19, 2010 - No Comments »

The official website for EVE Online: Tyrannis is now live, you can visit it here. Tyrannis is the latest expansion to the EVE universe which will expand it in unimaginable ways. In Tyrannis players can visit 60,000 new planets, build their own colonies or become a tyrant, if they like. The Tyrannis website offers a closer look on some of the game’s features, so check it out if you’re a fan.  The expansion will also upgrade the game’s graphics and sound. Tyrannis will launch on May 18th and just in case you want a closer look, here is a stunning teaser trailer. Enjoy.

Erabus: Trivia Reborn – Play, Win an iPad

Posted by on April 19, 2010 - No Comments »

Outspark, a popular publisher of free MMORPG’s, are offering you a chance to win an iPad. How? By playing the closed beta of their latest game, Erabus: Trivia Reborn. You also have a chance at winning an iPod Touch or a Erebus Platinum Collector’s Editions. The first player to reach level 50 in the closed beta will win an iPad. The second one will win an iPod Touch. The next five players that reach level 50 will win a Collector’s Edition. Simple as that. Click here for more info.

Lore Hound MMOcast: Episode 3

Posted by on April 18, 2010 - No Comments »

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This week the Lore Hounds welcome special guest Lawrence Sonntag of machinima.com, gamergrenade.com, and his own hundredcoins.com for this episode of the MMOcast.

This week the discussion covers:

Star Wars: The Old Republic announces Voss, a new planet.

Battle of the Immortals “closed” beta opens

Rumors of a Bioshock MMO surface

Tales from the canceled Halo MMO

Final Fantasy XIV gets dead sexy

Microtransactions in subscription games – did Blizzard take it too far?

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Moonlight Online – Details

Posted by on April 18, 2010 - 17 Comments »

IGG has released a set of new details about their vampire MMORPG, Moonlight Online. Players are able to choose between three races – Vampire, Warewolf and Human. Those three races were living peacefully until a fourth race – the demons – showed up and ruined the fun. Now, they are trying to eliminate the demons so that they can rebuild the lands that were destroyed. Vampires are best known with “speed, equilibrium and power;” while warewolves have strength, can go berserk and have sharp teeth. Humans are defenders with intelligence and courage. More information on the game, as well as a website, coming soon – stay tuned.