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LUMNEWS- BOOBIEVISION REMIX [Author: Mako]

…Neocron, that First-Person-Shooter MMOG thing, has released a 41MB, 7 and a half minute long movie of their game. It’s mostly flythrough, but there are a few interface shots. It seemed impressive, but then I saw it. Rather, I saw them. Boobies. Naked boobies. Attached to an erotic dancer, merilly jiggling her polygons about while the camera spun circles around her near-naked body. My sound was broken listening to the movie, but I swear a faint chorus of ‘the thong song’ started to play. Jesus wept…

…hey, it looks like Derek ‘SMARTEYMAN’ Smart might actually be making good progress with BattleCruiser Millennium. Check out a quote from the cdmag.com article:

Many developers would have given up at that point, or moved on to new projects. But not Derek Smart. Battlecruiser wasn’t just a game to the man at this point, it was a passion.

Ummmm… I suppose that’s one way of putting it…

…Stratics again. This time they’ve posted a guide for ‘Roleplaying in Everquest‘. (excuse me for a moment: HAA HA AHAH AAHAHAHAHAAHAA…) All said, the guide really isn’t that bad. Here, check out one of their baseline rules:

Unacceptable:

Dark Elf: “Move it thimble-d***, before I sic my pets on your stumpy a**!

Halfling: “Just try it, b****, I’ll see their bones halfway up your backside if you do!”

Quality advice for the ages…

…If you believe the Stratics mainpage, Middle Earth online is once again undergoing development by Sierra–this time with an entirely different dev team. On the other hand, it’s still filed under the same development status as sadf online. You decide…

…for those of you looking forward to Nexon‘s upcoming MMOGs (like Elemental Age), you may want to check out the rantings of some players that were banned. Apparently their multiple accounts and banning policies are pretty draconian. The english at that site isn’t that great (“Welcome to truth.”), but in less than a month they’ve collected a registry of over 30 banned players, with rather interesting stories listed for a few of them. Hmmmmm…

…In case you wanted to start expressing your affection for yet another game that doesn’t actually exist yet, here’s a link to the official Asheron’s Call 2 wallpaper. Whee!…

…Happy puppy has posted an article on ‘Real-Time Strategy in the New Millennium’, which has some ramifications for this next generation of MMOGs. If not outright calling themselves massively multiplayer online Real-Time Strategy games (Trade Wars: Dark Millennium), they’re at least including some RTS flavor (Fallen Age, Shadowbane). It’s a popular genre, and certainly a plentiful one to draw on for neat ideas. Thresh’s firing squad posted a similar article recently, but theirs had more to do with turn-based games…

…Project Entropia, one of the sleeper MMOGs that hasn’t been getting a whole lot of press (considering the plight of other games, maybe that’s a good thing), has announced that their beta will begin March 2nd. The early runners in the second generation of MMOGs are entering their final testing phases–this is the time when we see who can deliver on their promises. No pressure, no pressure…

…as far as the discussion of MMOGs is concerned, Galt at corpnews.com has an interesting thread started on MMOG design and issues surrounding them. The question I found most interesting: “What effect is the MMORPG world having on our “real world”? People are farming out EQ items on Ebay, many get out their aggressions in this virtual world. Is this a good thing sociologically speaking?”–discuss, children…

…people are still VERY VERY ANGRY about the recent switch of several UO servers to above.net, despite the pleas and explainations of an EA live representative. A letter I got:

I am writing to you, because maybe you have the cahones to post it…

Umm.. thanks?

…Why are they working so endlessly and tirelessly on UO3D, when they can’t even fix the game they are running now? I play on Sonoma, and I haven’t been able to play for more than 5 MINUTES SINCE FRIDAY MORNING WITHOUT LOSING CONNECTION!!!! I know this isn’t TOP priority, I mean who am I but a PAYING customer? Who am I but a concerned citizen? I can barely refresh my tower!!! OMG – forbid me from even trying to restock my vendor!!! This is rediculous! Then, they want to say – oh its not OUR problem… its att.et, bozo.net, so you call them…

Seems there’s a lot of trouble with some peoples’ connections (mine is just as laggy as ever, but that’s beside the point). When people can’t refresh their houses, they get angry. And when they get angry, PEOPLE DIE. In their defense, the UO customer service representatives are scrambling to make people happy. Sucky situation for everyone…