Everyone wants to play the perfect MMO, but no one seems capable of creating one. BigWorld Tech's commercial MMO Engine attempts to aid developers in their quest to move designs off of paper and onto the computer. The BigWorld engine was demoed last month at GDC Austin, and we got to use the tool's level editor and map layout functionality. After what we did with it, you can smell the Fillet MignOrc from miles away.
Infinity Ward's Creative Strategist (and once community manager) FourZeroTwo (FZT) asked the community to pose questions via the popular blogging site, Twitter. You've probably seen FZT in Modern Warfare 2's trailers - he's the guy that always gets killed at the end. The MW2 community asked hundreds of questions, and FZT answered in force. Here's a compiled list of features that he has stated will (or will not) be in Modern Warfare 2.
Technology is getting more efficient and less expensive, and gamers are following that example. When you spend $50 - $60 a game (curse you, Activision!), there's little loose change clinking around for your dream machine. No one should deprive a gamer of his rig, and that's why we've built a gaming rig for $395. We built something that'll last a solid two years in this industry, with room to expand (RAM, Video) it up to possibly three or four. Here's the breakdown...
A forum member recently requested via PM that we customize a PC Build for him. The guy is a self-proclaimed "Cheap Bastard" with naught a penny to spare. He asked us to keep it under $400. We did.
Blizzcon, 2009: Blizzard released info of the actual skill trees to be used in D3. diii.net has put together some visually pleasing representations of those skills (but these are not actual in-game screenshots!). Take a look!
The Need for Speed franchise has been around for a long time now, and EA decided a couple of titles back that it was Need for Change time. The company switched to "official" racing instead of the cooler, more dangerous street racing. In their attempt to redeem themselves and prove that NFS is just as cool in circles as it is underground, EA has released the NFS Shift demo slightly earlier than expected for PC.
Direct2Drive has a big 5th anniversary sale going right now over a 5 week period, with 10+ games available each week each for $5. This week is action games, but coming up are RPG/MMO, Indie, and War games. They're not announcing which games will be available in the coming weeks, but there are some good games there right now (such as Bioshock) so check it out, a lot of these games are definitely worth the $5. There are also some additional $5 games available at the bottom of the page. One question: When D2D turns 10, will the games be $10?
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