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The Secret World Reveals New Location (Sort of)

25 January 2012 | 2 Comments » | LHStaff

A new location in The Secret World was unveiled in the wee hours of the morning: The Blue Mountains. I say ‘sort of’ because it’s another location within Solomon Island, the New England locale that has had a lot of information already provided to us. The Blue Mountain is located just west of Kingsmouth, and centers around a terrible evil that happened a long time ago. Players can explore what happened here by aiding the Wabanaki tribe, and eventually participating in rituals that will allow us to walk in the dreams of past ancestors. Somewhere in there are Mayans and Vikings, and all sorts of supernatural baddies like Wendigo, Draug, golems, and akab.

I think that sounds pretty cool myself, just think of how much content the devs can add in in future expansions when they aren’t limiting themselves to modern locations! Even with modern locations, there’s a wealth of possibilities, but dreams and memories of the past open even more. Perhaps that’s just my bias though; I studied ancient history in college so anything related to history has my complete attention. :)

I’ll keep you updated as more is revealed today. I’ve found this article, although it’s in French. The Secret World facebook hasn’t provided anything for us English speakers yet, other than a promise of more to come.

And of course, the moment I post, they update their page. Read the official announcement here.

*Update* Aaaand, as promised, here’s a link to the new video for Blue Mountain.

PAX Prime 2011: Day 3 – Freestyle Interviews and Bored Booth Babes

3 September 2011 | No Comments » | Mordil

PAX Prime 2011 is now at a close after day 3, but not without some last executions for skipping lines, getting torched by a flamethrower, and cool statues coming to life.

While filming the Rayman interview at the very vibrant and colorful Ubisoft booth, the Just Dance 3 music was playing and Mordil couldn’t get enough of it to resist from dancing. Just like Beararms who couldn’t resist picking up a “pimp” cane and hat to pose for a profile picture.

Finally, as the last homage to PAX, as people were getting kicked out and lights turned on, the employees at the Hi-Rez Studios booth had a little fun with extra promotional stickers by placing them on none other than unsuspecting Mordil. Toting around stickers everywhere in random places on his body, Mordil showed his Hi-Rez love by doing free advertising for 3 blocks to the car for the drive home.

Check out the gallery and FireFall’s animated statue after the break. Stay tuned for a full FireFall interview later this week.

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Age of Conan Beta Falls Flat on Its Face

2 May 2008 | 19 Comments » | LHStaff

Not to say the game isn’t any fun, but, rather, I wouldn’t know if the game is any fun or not. You see, I was able to get into the “open beta” because I am a fileplanet subscriber. Needless to say, I was very excited that I was going to be able to play one of the most anticipated MMORPGs ever (with over 500,000 beta applications). Hell, the only thing that would have made me more excited was a beta invite to either WAR or the Chronicles of Spellborn. In a rush to play the game, I immediately downloaded and patched the game (12gb download, 2+ hours worth of patching). Finally, after a day or so of downloading I was ready to begin. Just a quick double click and I was going to be playing Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures… or so I thought.

After creating my account and pushing the ever so delightful “Play” button on the patcher I was greeted with none other than a black screen and nothing else. No sound. No intro. No logos of any kind, just black. I was fine with this though. I have been in many betas in my lifetime and I knew what to expect. Games not loading properly are a common occurrence in many betas. So off to the forums I went!

Upon reaching the forums and doing a number of searches to find others who had my same problem I was greeted with these solutions:

  1. Change the resolution to the lowest possible setting.
  2. Repeatedly mash the escape button.
  3. Play in windowed mode.
  4. Turn DX10 on.
  5. Turn DX9 on.
  6. Be patient and wait…

So I changed my resolution, messed with the options, and even tried it in windowed mode. Nothing changed. I was finally left with only the last option to wait and wait I did. For 21 minutes I sat there in front of that black screen. Dismayed and exhausted, I was about to give up when I heard something. A faint sound, but a sound nonetheless. Alas! Thirty seconds later I was greeted with a giant pink FunCom logo, followed by all the usual screens that one would expect to follow.

Glorious in my victory and ready to start my own “Conan” adventure I proceeded, quite hastily, through the character creation. I decided to make a necromancer as I knew everybody else would want to play a combat character to test out the fighting scheme FunCom had created. After deciding upon a name, Blackgem, I clicked the glorious little button that sent me swirling into the world. Or so I thought…

After hours of work and getting to create my character, I am now unable to actually get into the game as I am faced with a loading bar that refuses to load fully. The background music plays, but the game never loads. Attempting to see if my old tricks would work I waited…

10 minutes…

15 minutes…

30 minutes…

60 minutes…

Nothing happened. Desperate to play I attempted to mess around with the more advanced graphics options. Nothing changed. So here I am, unable to play Age of Conan with hours of time vested into just getting into the actual game. My only respite is knowing that I am not the only one as a quick look at the official forums notes that problems like mine are rampant.

So that’s my experience with Age of Conan thus far. While I’d love to regale you with stories of my adventures in Age of Conan, I simply can’t. Hopefully they’ll work out these problems soon as I would very much like to be able to play before the game actually releases in less than three weeks. An alarming situation for FunCom considering their first MMO, Anarchy Online, suffered through one of the worst launches in MMO history…

EDIT: Changed title to better represent this is for the BETA not the retail version of the game.

Hey, I Know This Place!

8 April 2008 | No Comments » | LHStaff

From Starwars Galaxies to Lord of the Rings Online, MMORPGs have allowed players to visit and explore some of the most famous fictional locations every created. MMORPGs created from an IP (intellectual property) that is beloved by millions of fans can be difficult for developers as they have to live up to fan expectations, but done right it creates an atmosphere that engulfs the player into that fantasy world.

For me, the first time this happened was with I played Starwars Galaxies and arrived on Tatooine. Like most players the first place I searched for was the cantina at Mos Eisley. I wanted to walk in and experience the same feelings that Luke Skywalker felt when he walked in and I wasn’t disappointed. On my first visit there were musicians playing for tips, bounty hunters resting, as well as a slew of other characters all visiting one of the most famous locations in the Starwars Universe. I swear, I think some people only played SWG to hangout at the cantina. Sadly I only played SWG for 3-4 months and didn’t get to visit many other famous locations as the game was seriously lacking and I decided to move on to something else.

Then there was Lord of the Rings Online. I really have to say they outdid themselves with the locations. Walking through the front gates of Bree for the first time felt like I’ve already been there. I knew that a bit down the road on the curve would be the Prancing Pony, the inn that Frodo and friends stayed at and if I traveled east I would eventually get to Weathertop and then Rivendell. Being a huge LOTR fan, it’s hard not to get excited when visiting one of these locations for the first time. And for those of you interested, yes I’m still playing LOTRO, just not much lately.

There are others like The Matrix Online, Age of ConanWorld of Warcraft and I’m sure more that give players the opprotunity to visit famous locations based on movies, books or past video games. It’s really a cool feeling when you first visit a location that you already know about and you get that “I know this place” feeling.

Blizzard is a LIAR!

1 April 2008 | No Comments » | LHStaff

Be careful fellow MMO gamers, Blizzard is on the prowl for some gullibles again this morning. Every year, on April Fool’s Day, Blizzard comes out with some awesome announcement of what they are implementing in this game, or that game. Does nobody remember the wisps?!

Of course, today, being April Fool’s Day, is no different and, as such, they have come out with a few awesome announcements in the hopes of suckering one of you faithfuls out there. Fear not though! We at MMOCrunch are here to keep you from straying to far and to keep your feet firmly on the ground. No developer will best us! Here are Blizzard’s “announcements” for today:

  1. The Bard Hero Class. I almost wish this one was true, considering the lander page is so awesome. Who doesn’t want a talent tree titled “Punk Rock” after all? I loves me some Bad Religion. But alas, this one is a very obvious joke.There won’t actually be a bard class in WoW.
  2. World of Warcraft Molten Core Console Edition. Are you console gamers ready to get your game on with some WoW? Well you had best keep waiting because there is nothing coming from Blizzard anytime now. Another April Fool’s Joke from Blizzard strikes again! I must admit, it’d be more convincing if they didn’t make any 8-bit graphics.
  3. Tauren Marines in Starcraft 2. I think… this one actually might be real. Seriously… Are you kidding me of course it’s not real! Blizzard is a LIAR! As cool as the lander page, and even the shiny graphics and gameplay videos are this one is most definitely a joke to be played on you. Shame on you Blizzard, shame on you! We bovine-aficionados bid you good day sir!
  4. Diablo 2 Loot Pinata. Are you ready to have a portable, lootable Lord of Terror? Well get ready because this holiday season Blizzard is NOT going to actually be selling this. As cool and hilarious as my next birthday party would be with it Blizzard is just trying to pull a nasty prank on my expense. Never again!

Well that’s it… this year. Remember Blizzard looks for new prey each and every year. Gullibles travel in packs so make sure if you find any to inform them of Blizzard’s evil ways. Also, while Blizzard is one of the kings of April Fool’s Day be wary of other smaller companies attempting to pull the same shenanigans.

Heed my warning…

MMOvie: Installement 1

20 March 2008 | No Comments » | LHStaff

Hey guys, I came across this cool little video yesterday while doing my daily rounds. It’s a World of Warcraft based comedy movie presented by Voig.com. It’s very well done and actually funny so go check it out.

http://mmovie.voig.com

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Announced

19 March 2008 | No Comments » | LHStaff

Turbine has recently announced Volume II of Lord of the Rings Online, the first retail expansion called Mines of Moria, which is expected to be release sometime this fall. Some big changes are heading for LOTRO including a raise in the level cap to 60, two new classes, called the Warden and Rune-keeper and a new item advancement feature which will allow players to craft legendary items that will level up just like players. For instance Sting, Bilbo’s dagger that he gave to Frodo, would be a legendary item.

Aside from the two new classes, all classes will receive new traits, skills, virtues and class quests. There will also be 6 new books added to the epic storyline which will take the player through 3 new regions, Lorien, Moria and another that has not yet been named.

Lord of the Rings Online executive producer Jeffrey Steefel has stated that the Mines of Moria will be one single continuous underground world, not broken up into different regions or instances. Which is very cool, maybe you’ll be able to hear the banging on the drums as your walking through. Players will also get the chance to do battle with the Balrog that took our Gandalf in the first book of LOTR.

All of this sounds great, but nothing has been mentioned of the PvP region and if any changes are planned for it. I would hope that they continue to improve this aspect of the game as there are many PvP fans in LOTRO.

We also have some concept art provided by Turbine.


The Do's and Do Not's of Guild Drama

19 March 2008 | No Comments » | LHStaff

There are people in this world who absolutely love drama. I don’t know why but they are out there and they are evil. No, I’m not talking about your schools theatre department, or any of the local playwrights out and about in your town. Those people are cool… probably, whatever. No, the people I am talking about are the ones who absolutely love to stir the pot and make sure that whatever good mojo you had going gets completely clusterfucked. You know the kind of people I am talking about; they make a big deal out of nothing, demand something from somebody else, talk shit behind somebody’s back, etc. They are out there and chances are they hate you. So it comes as little surprise that our MMOs are no escape from these same people.

Guild drama is nothing new to MMORPGs. Hell, I remember playing a MUD back in 1997 on AOL and there being some sort of guild drama. I don’t remember the specifics, but it was annoying back then just as much as it is today.  Because of this, I have decided to offer my advice on this sensitive subject in the form of Do’s and Do Not’s. Following these helpful hints you can rest assured that your game will be all the more enjoyable:

Do Not attempt to reason with any of the involved parties who started the guild drama. Chances are there were at least two of them and if they get a chance they’ll try to drag you into it as well. They are guild destroyers, and they’ll have no remorse in taking you down with them.

Do try to diffuse the situation through other means. Often times if you do something so completely bizarre, or weird it will keep attention away from the drama. Drama thrives off of attention and if nobody cares then nothing will come of it.

Do Not take a side in the drama. This should really be a no-brainer but I still see it all the time. What good is going to come of taking a side in drama? It’s like throwing shit at a shit-monster. He likes it and your stuck with more shit. Having more people involved in guild drama only creates more tension and more conflict.

Do talk to the guild leadership. If you aren’t the guild leader, and you know that the guild leader isn’t actually involved in the drama make sure it comes to his/her attention. A quick boot to the drama starters is always the best remedy.

Do Not whine about the drama. First off, whining doesn’t solve anything. Second, nobody likes whiners. Take control of the situation if you have to, but do so with enough force and gusto that people believe you are in charge and in control. Anything less than that and your guildmates won’t take you serious.

Do leave the guild. If all of the above has failed then that means there is not much else for you to do. I suggest you pack up and take off from the guild before you get caught in the implosion that was once your friends.

These methods aren’t scientifically proven but they can help the situation. There is nothing worse than having to see your guild fall apart due to these people. On my WoW server, alone, I saw this happen about 6 times and each time I heard the stories of how it went down. So, not to sound all hokey or anything, but only YOU can prevent guild drama.

Thanks for reading.

Kudos to WoWDrama for the photo.