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Thursday, Apr 24, 2008

Stargate Worlds Beta Sign-ups

The Stargate Worlds Registration Page offers typical sign-ups for a Stargate Worlds newsletter or fascinating marketing materials, but one of the checkboxes also registers your interest in beta testing Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment's upcoming science-fiction MMORPG (thanks Voodoo Extreme). There is no word at this point on when testing will take place or how participants will be selected.

LOTRO Book 13 & Lifetime Subscriptions

The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Website announces the Book 13 update is live for North American subscribers to Turbine's MMORPG, saying the update will go live in Europe "soon." They also announce an Anniversary Promotion celebrating the game's first birthday, offering discount subscriptions, as well as the return of their lifetime subscription offer, which will set you back $199.00.

The Late Show

  • Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
    An Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Insider Video #2 offers a narrated look at PvP in Funcom's now-gold MMORPG, and its influence on the entire game world. You can find it on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and MyGameTrailers.
  • Chronicles of Spellborn
    A new Chronicles of Spellborn video offers an overview of combat in Spellborn International's eponymous MMORPG explaining the game's Personal Experience Point system. The clip is available on AtomicGamer, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell.
  • Requiem: Bloodymare
    A new Requiem: Bloodymare trailer offers a look at Gravity Interactive's upcoming gory MMOG. The clip is posted on AtomicGamer, Gamer's Hell, and MyGameTrailers.

Evening Previews

Lineage II: Hellbound Released

NCsoft announces the release of the Hellbound content expansion for Lineage II in conjunction with the imminent release of a Limited Collector’s Edition of the MMORPG sequel:
Thursday 24th April... Brighton, England/... NCsoft® Europe ( today announced the release of Hellbound™, the newest addition to the Lineage® II ( franchise, in conjunction with its Limited Collector’s Edition retail package. Continuing the storyline and content in December’s popular expansion Kamael, Hellbound increases the game’s level capacity to 85, and adds significant quests and skills. Players finally get the chance to best the diabolical boss Beleth, fighting their way through multiple towers in the Steel Citadel. Enhancements to the pet system enable players to grow their wolf pet into a mount called a Fenrir. Additionally, this update adds more transformation options, where players earn the ability to temporarily transform into a powerful alter-ego with special skills that will aid them in their ventures into Hellbound.

The Lineage II Limited Collector’s Edition provides players with a whole host of exclusive extras. Featuring the most up to date game client, the Limited Edition includes three exclusive in-game items, discount tokens for server features, a stunning 148 page ‘The Art of Lineage II’ art book, the official soundtrack CD, two exclusive A2 posters and the official Lineage II world map. To complete the pack, each set also includes a highly detailed poly-resin Kamael character figurine.

Lineage II is known as the gaming market’s premier player-versus-player (PvP) online role-playing game, with a customer reach of more than 19 million players worldwide.

“The content in our Hellbound expansion really rounds out what we started in Kamael,” said Tim Tan, NCsoft’s North American producer of Lineage II. “The expansion was very popular with our players and we’re happy to follow up with more content, so soon after its launch. Players can really sink their teeth into the Hellbound area of the game, and the raised level cap gives them a fighting chance against Beleth!”

The Lineage II Limited Collector’s Edition will be available from major retailers at a recommended retail price of £54.99 / €79.99. The standard edition box of Lineage II is available at a recommended retail price of £14.99 / €19.99 and at the PlayNC® store ( Monthly subscription fee to the game is £8.99 / €12.99. The game is rated 12+ by PEGI (

Shadowgrounds Survivor Updated

A new update is now available for Shadowgrounds Survivor that adds two new difficulty modes, Spanish and French language support, and more to Frozenbyte's action shooter. The update is available via Steam for the retail and Steam editions of the game, with other online distribution services to get their own updates soon. Word is:
Montreal, Canada. April 23, 2008 - Meridian4 ( and developer Frozenbyte are pleased to announce the release of an update to their critically acclaimed Action/Shooter; Shadowgrounds Survivor.

The update includes two extra languages; Spanish and French to open the game up to new audiences and two additional difficulty settings; Bleeding Hard and Impossible to challenge even the best Survivor gamers.

“With the added difficulty settings, Frozenbyte has given fans another reason to jump back into the alien slaughter. New comers to the game as well as Survivor die-hards will find a challenge with these new settings…Good Luck!” said Jeff Giasson, Production Director at Meridian4.

The update is now available on Steam for new purchases and any existing clients. For more information about the update and the title, visit: or

Free Bounty Bay Online Server

Frogster announces the launch of a free server for Bounty Bay Online, providing an alternative to subscribing to access this nautical MMOG, saying:
German publisher Frogster Interactive has just launched a free2play Bounty Bay Online server. This new alternative to the existing subscription based server will allow players to join the nautical MMOG free of charge. The game client is free to download at

The new free2play server called “Mary Read” features an integrated online shop where players can buy precious ingame items such as potions, figureheads, treasure maps or level boosts. Depending on their value, the price of these items range from 3 cents upwards. The new server model for Bounty Bay Online allows players with limited playing time to achieve more - in less time. Frogster has thoroughly revamped the website to better serve the players. The website has been restructured to be more clear and easier to navigate and now includes new features such the new items shop.

The new free2play server will not affect the established subscription server. All current subscribers will be able to access Bounty Bay Online the way they are used to. Yusho will be providing regular updates for both servers and the support team will be expanded, thus raising the service standards for both servers. An FAQ for the new free2play server is available on

PC Two Worlds: Add-on Next Week, Another to Follow

ZUXXEZ Entertainment announces that the Tainted Blood expansion for Two Worlds that was released last month for the Xbox 360 edition of Reality Pump's role-playing game (story) will be made available one week from today as a free release for owners of the PC edition. They also say that another add-on titled Curse of Souls will be made available prior to the release of the commercial The Temptation expansion. Word from the Two Worlds Website is:
Gamers who bought the Game-of-the-Year edition of "Two Worlds" (available in the European shops for 29.99 Euro since the beginning of April) were thrilled with the brand new PC multiplayer add-on for the RPG - and now they can download the new adventures in Antaloor from the first of May - for free! Players can now go on the hunt for a crazy Necromancer, unsolve the mystery of a massacre in a woodcutters' camp, deal with a rebel knight (permanently) and lots more. The new add-on doesn't only give you a new series of Quests - it also opens up the doors to an all-new Business and Training Center! The town of Tharnburg offers you a large traders' district - and various arenas in which you can try out your newly-learned combat techniques right away. By the way - "Tainted Blood" isn't the only add-on that will help sweeten your wait for "The Temptation" follow-up... another add-on named "Curse of Souls" is coming soon!

Baseball Mogul 2009 Patch, Demo

The Sports Mogul Website offers a Baseball Mogul 2009 demo, providing a chance to get in touch with your inner Steinbrenner with a sample of the eleventh installment in this sports management series. Additionally, this page has a new patch for the game, for those unwilling or unable to use the game's automatic update function. The demo is mirrored on Gamer's Hell and the patch is mirrored on Gamer's Hell and The Patches Scrolls.

Hellgate: London Patch, Another Coming

The Hellgate: London Website has the release of the version 1.2 patch for Flagship's action/RPG after a couple of weeks of beta testing (users who applied the release candidate beta don't need this update, as it's unchanged). The patch notes outline what's changed in the patch, which is mirrored on ActionTrip, AtomicGamer, FileFront, FileShack, Gamer's Hell, Strategy Informer, and The Patches Scrolls. Additionally, a subsequent update that was posted last night promises the release of the version 1.3 patch "tomorrow," which is now today (they specify about noon). You might infer from an overnight test cycle that this is a hotfix or something similarly tiny, but word is: "Hellgate: London's Patch 1.3 has grown from an intermediary between Patch 1.2 and the Abyss Chronicles to a giant in its own right." Finally, the Hellgate London Underground Communiqué, Issue #4 is online with details on both patches as well as word on a position available in their Team Advocate program and the release of the game's soundtrack on iTunes.


There's an article on the NASA MMOG on GameCyte following up on indications that NASA was looking to explore virtual space (story and story) in addition to outer space. In spite of budget woes, this project is not cancelled, though its funding has been shifted around a bit. The article also highlights an interesting aspect of this, which is that NASA is looking for a way to compensate the developer of such a project without directly giving them cash so the developer could eventually charge for the project, which would not be legally permitted were the project developed using federal funds.

Project Origin Trailers

The Project Origin Website has a pair of new trailers from Project Origin, showing off Monolith's unofficial follow-up to F.E.A.R. There's an "assassin" clip, mirrored on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell and a "school hospital" clip, which is mirrored on AtomicGamer and Gamer's Hell.

Thursday Game Reviews

Thursday Hardware Review

Out of the Blue

According to some accounts it was on this day 27 years ago the IBM PC was first introduced, though I see other references to that anniversary being in August. I think I'll celebrate both occasions, and in particular I want to remember PCs as they were at that time: 640K of RAM (on high-end machines), a 4.77 MHz clock speed, 320x200x16 color "graphics," ISA expansion cards, and dual floppy drives. You hear that laughing in the background? That's your cell phone after hearing that system description.

4.77 MHz Links: Thanks Ant and Mike Martinez.
Play: The Fog Fall. Thanks Jay is Games.
Links of the Morning: Google Search Results Missing from OneBox.
Steve Carell on How to Act Brilliant.
Stories: Don't drink the water. Steroids? Sure. Water? Not so fast.
Simpsons ride more than a Back to the Future clone.
Dutch teacher discovers postcard from Anne Frank.
Media: Re-creation of Who's On First routine.
One of the best goalie hits ever.
Follow-up: Nalgene sports bottle maker sued over toxic claims.
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