Announced by Stardock earlier this year, GOO is a new technology that developers can use to protect their game executable. When a protected game is run for the first-time, the player simply needs to enter in their email address and serial number. Once validated, the game can be played normally and typically never needs to connect to the Internet account.
Brad Wardell, CEO at Stardock, continued, “Stardock has been outspoken in advocating solutions that protect consumer’s rights. At the same time, we also recognize that many publishers are going to seek to protect their properties via some type of DRM solution. Our goal in developing GOO was to find a middle-ground solution, a technology that would treat consumers not as criminals, but instead with respect. It is great getting feedback from partners like Paradox that we have succeeded in our goal.”
Demigod v1.1 is out! This is the first of several major planned updates to Demigod from developer Gas Powered Games.
Version v1.1 highlights:
• Teams can concede a game to end it early once it becomes apparent who is going to win.
• Launch of the second Epoch online. Existing statistics archived and rankings based on new games.
• Improved chat window handling
• When players sell a minion idol, minions connected to that idol are destroyed.
• Improved computer AI.
• Removed “spammy” achievement alerts.
• Improved visuals on certain nVidia cards at lower quality settings.
• Heart of Life more expensive, now an artifact, longer cooldown.
• Hex Scroll is more powerful
• Pantheon games are forced to even teams (e.g. 3 vs. 3)
• Reward for completing a game is now 40 favor points.
• Reduced experience and gold reward from killing piling priests and angels.
• Angel unit AI improved
• Many small tweaks and fixes to engine and multiplayer
• Custom Games fully make use of new Demigod Online system developed by Stardock:
◦ Players who have opened their ports get directly connected.
◦ Players who don’t have opened ports will get connected via a NAT server
◦ Players who still can’t connect will have their games hosted by Stardock servers based in Asia, Europe, or North America depending on player location.
We will also be resetting the stats to launch the second Epoch later today and that includes favor points so that everyone is starting from an equal playing field. First epoch stats are being archived.
Besides adding a wealth of new content, the update also introduces fundamental changes to how the game is played and experienced. Players will now find that items within the game and their associated statistics has changed radically, making items have a more profound impact on your character's powers. This will make equipment even more valuable, and the process of obtaining new weapons and armor through quests and adventure even more rewarding. The update should make a significant impact on how gamers play 'Age of Conan' and how they now experience the gameplay with their characters.
The update also introduces a vast number of other changes and additions. For instance, guild cities will now see an increased activity as guards and merchants now walk the streets, bringing life to the settlement. Also, players can now gain PvP (player vs. player) experience from doing PvP mini-games, and even purchase social pets such as snakes, dogs, and cats. For more information on all the improvements the update has to offer, please visit the 'Age of Conan' community website.
» New Player Class: Players can now create characters using DDO Unlimited’s newest class, Favored Soul. Favored souls draw on divine magic to both heal and destroy. Like clerics, favored souls have access to powerful healing spells, but they are also more skilled with weapons than any other spell caster. Like sorcerers, they get a larger number of spell points than other spell casters and cannot freely switch spells at taverns or rest shrines.
» Raised Level Cap: Players can now advance to 20th-level under the D&D® rules. This includes access to new arcane and divine spells, new character abilities, feats, and skills.
» New Adventure Packs:
o The Plane of Battle -- Players can now travel to the Plane of Shavarath and explore a large wilderness area as they try to infiltrate several fortresses and upset the carefully laid plans of the Devils.
o The Crime Syndicate -- Coin Lord Yorrick Amanatu, who controls the Stormreach Guard, wants players to help him eliminate the growing Sharn Syndicate presence in Stormreach.
» The Fiercest Combat – This update introduces some exciting enhancements to DDO’s extraordinary combat experience including a new combat feedback and smart targeting system that gives players even more information and control that lets them fully engage in the battle by relying on their wits and reflexes in real time.
» Mind-blowing Visuals – Explore DDO’s vivid and dangerous online world featuring some of the most advanced graphics in the industry with the fully deployed DX10 technology that brings the world to life.
» The Return of the Marketplace! – Last year, Turbine held a spectacular live in-game event that resulted in the complete destruction of the Stormreach Marketplace. The Coin Lords have completed their beautification project and the once desolated Market has been restored to its days as a center for trade, entertainment, and welcome to all who come to Stormreach!
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