Archive for June 2011


Interview: Designing Guild Wars 2 – Part 1

Apparently, making an MMO is not easy. I can’t see why, thousands of players, constant updates, exhaustive levelling, loot and guild systems… sounds easy if you ask me. 
Despite that, we sat down once again with ArenaNet’s Eric Flannum, lead game designer on Guild Wars 2, to chat about how the MMO space has changed since the first Guild Wars, how the team generate new ideas and the difficulty in making each player feel unique and valued.

By Paul Younger | 29 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

First World of Warcraft free to play model announced

Last night Blizzard revealed a new free to play sub model for new players joining Azeroth.

By Paul Younger | 29 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

World of Tanks Update 6.5 rolls out

Wargaming.Net is set to release the next update for their tank MMO tomorrow.

By Paul Younger | 29 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

Brief beta footage from Tribes: Ascend

A day after Tribes: Ascend was revealed as being a free-to-play shooter, developer Hi-Rez has released a spot of beta footage from the game.

By Paul Younger | 28 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

IGDA to investigate ‘unacceptable’ Team Bondi working conditions

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has promised a full investigation into reports of 100 hour work weeks at LA Noire developer Team Bondi and menacing behaviour by boss Brendan McNamara.

By Paul Younger | 28 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

World of Tanks heading to US retail

Wargaming.net and Interactive Gaming Software (IGS) have announced a partnership that will bring World of Tanks to US retailers.

By Paul Younger | 28 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

Winners of E3 Game Critics Awards revealed

The E3 Game Critics Awards have become a staple of the event since their beginning in 1998, and the results are now in for 2011.

By Paul Younger | 28 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

Portal 2 ‘summer mapping initiative’ winners announced

The Portal 2 mapping community Thinking With Portals have concluded their ‘summer mapping initiative’ contest and announced the winners.

By Paul Younger | 28 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

Tribes: Ascend revealed as free-to-play

Tribes: Ascend, the persistent world FPS from Hi-Rez (not to be confused with their more MMO-based outing, Tribes: Universe) will follow a free-to-play model.

By Paul Younger | 27 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

Crysis 2’s PC prettification patch released

Crytek have released two optional patches for the PC version of Crysis 2, adding DirectX 11 support and new, high-res textures.

By Paul Younger | 27 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

David Bateson dropped from Hitman: Absolution

David Bateson, the voice actor for Hitman’s Agent 47 since the start of the series, has been dropped for Hitman: Absolution according to reports.

By Paul Younger | 27 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

Boulder Dash-XL coming 13 July

Sneaking in just before the ‘Summer of Arcade’ launches, Boulder Dash-XL will bring the ‘reinvented’ classic to Xbox LIVE Arcade on 13 July.

By Paul Younger | 27 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

Author of ‘violent game’ law responds to Supreme Court decision

Senator Leland Yee, the man responsible for writing California’s ‘violent game’ law, has responded to todays Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling in favour of the EMA.

By Paul Younger | 27 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

EVE players cancel 4,500 accounts, ‘riot’ in-game

There’s been an angry reaction from EVE Online players to the introduction of not-so-microtransactions by developers CCP, and leaked documents which suggest more on the way.

By Paul Younger | 27 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

Operation Flashpoint: Red River – Valley of Death DLC trailer

Codemasters has released a new trailer this afternoon for the Op Flash DLC whic is due at th eend of this month.

By Paul Younger | 27 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

US Supreme Court rules on ‘violent game’ case

As expected, the US Supreme Court has now issued its verdict in the Brown vs EMA case that would have restricted the sale of ‘violent’ videogames to anyone under 18 and would require such games to adopt a special label.

By Paul Younger | 27 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

Gods & Heroes replica helmet revealed

Last week Heatwave Interactive launched their mythological Roman MMO RPG Gods & Heroes and they are now going to be selling replica Roman helmets.

By Paul Younger | 27 Jun 2011 | Comments Off

Guild Wars 2 Fan Day – A narrative

The IncGamers: Guild Wars 2 community admin spends a couple of days at ArenaNet.

By Paul Younger | 27 Jun 2011 | Comments Off