Finally, You Will Get Your Chance To Kill Fippy Darkpaw
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 January 2012, 2:39 pm
Everquest 1 going free-to-play. With the announcement, the frozen-in-amber separate EQMac server is also going away, which disappointed the people who preferred EQ frozen in amber.    


Rumor: WH40K MMO Cancelled, THQ Prepares For Liquidation Sale
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2012, 4:31 pm
Nothing more than rumor at this point. Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TheKevinDent/status/158454172239409152 Kotaku detailing above leak: http://kotaku.com/5876253/thq-wipes-out-games-planned-for-2014-to-ready-itself-for-sale-says-insider The Vigil-developed THQ-published MMO has had a very long and by all accounts troubled development history but was closing in on eventual release. However it’s rapidly becoming clear … Continue reading


Signs Your Game May Be Popular, #4
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 January 2012, 4:51 pm
A Congressman stops by to post in your official forums


The Quarter To Three Refugee Camp
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 January 2012, 1:26 am
tl;dr: If you’re looking for The Banned Of Lum the Mad Tom Chick forum it’s over here. Quarter to Three is a forum I have posted on quite often over the past decade (yes, that long). It’s a forum loosely … Continue reading


My Utterly Predictable Top Ten Games Of 2011 List
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 December 2011, 4:24 pm
10: Catherine Catherine was a game whose core gameplay was awful (essentially a very twiddly platform game). And you didn’t care because the game itself was so compelling. Japan is a society that takes adult games seriously (and by that … Continue reading


My Life With The Jedi Kill Kult
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 December 2011, 1:24 pm
It was on an unnamed battle station, set up by Republic spies, where I fell from grace. You see, up until that point, I had seen myself as an honorable man. Of course there was chaos and atrocity all around, … Continue reading


Blizzard Announces RealID 2.0: What We Should Have Done The First Time
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 December 2011, 1:43 pm
Welcome to BattleTags, otherwise known as “how every other unified IM service works”. A BattleTag is a unified, player-chosen nickname that will identify you across all of Battle.net – in Blizzard Entertainment games, on our websites, and in our community … Continue reading


Tools Are Cool
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2011, 2:43 pm
(This is a post in response to Jon Jones, smArtist for hire’s technolusty blog post from yesterday.) Hi, I’m Scott, I’m a technoweenie. I try to keep everything pretty simple… my primary “work” machine is my Macbook Pro. I’ve used … Continue reading


Mark Pincus Grateful For Continued Existence Of Bobby Kotick
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 November 2011, 12:54 pm
Bobby Kotick shows the class, grace and market acumen for which he is so justly renowned, when commenting on an imminent competitor for his corporation’s cash cow: “We’ve been in business with Lucas for a long time and the economics will always accrue to the benefit of Lucas, so I don’t really understand how the … Continue reading »


Prognosticamation 2011
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2011, 3:05 am
Every year I make crazy predictions that fail miserably.  A little less then a year after that I review them so you can see my humility as someone who can’t predict industry trends at all. Here’s how I did last year. [The Old Republic] will ship in 2011. It has to. I was right! Barrrrrrreeeeeellllly. The biggest … Continue reading »


In case earlier stories about the Facebook game maker didn’t turn Mark Pincus into enough of a moustache-twirling villain from a silent movie, this Wall Street Journal story should finish the job adeptly. Citing industry sources, The Wall Street Journal reported today that Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, along with his top executives, decided last year as they … Continue reading »


Everquest II Going Free To Play, Again, They Mean It This Time
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 November 2011, 2:26 pm
News here - instead of subscriber servers and a free-to-play “Everquest II Extended” server, the entire game is going free-to-play. Last year, we created a successful, but separate, “free to play” service for EQII called “EverQuest II: Extended” (EQ2X). However, now that all servers are becoming free-to-play, we are combining both services together and EverQuest II … Continue reading »


My Opinion On World Of Warcraft’s New Talent System
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 October 2011, 8:13 pm
What he said.


Now That’s A Veteran Reward
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2011, 3:25 pm
Buy a 12-month subscription to World of Warcraft, get Diablo 3 for free. Also, surprising no one whatsoever, WoW is getting a new expansion. Level 90 pandas are involved.


And For Only A Few Million More You Can Go Into Space, Too
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2011, 11:51 am
  You can buy Richard Garriott’s castle for only $4.1 million! Situated high on a level 3.99ac hilltop overlooking downtown & a 3,000ac preserve, this home offers amazing architectural details & intrigue plus an “off the grid” energy realm. I always knew Lord British was ready for the zombie apocalypse.


A Brief Programming Note
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2011, 12:57 pm
I’ve moved on from my position at NCsoft and am now a design lead with these guys. Hopefully will have more to share on what I’m working on soon. For now, just leave the LUM SOLD OUT notes right here!


Ouch. At CCP we have been working hard to expand the gaming landscape by applying the knowledge and expertise we’ve built up with EVE Online to create a new experience within the EVE Universe in DUST 514, as well as a new video game franchise in World of Darkness. During the last few months, as … Continue reading »


Moneypet! Blizzard Adds Convertible Currency to World of Warcraft
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 October 2011, 1:07 pm
Well, this is fairly large news. Blizzard is set to add a new vanity pet for World of Warcraft to its out-of-game shop – the difference being that unlike all the others they sell, this one is freely transferable in-game. And Blizzard is not shy about pointing out exactly what that means: While our goal is to … Continue reading »


A Decade Of Camelot
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 October 2011, 2:18 pm
Ten years ago, I began my career in the gaming industry by signing on to help with the imminent launch of Dark Age of Camelot. That game and its team still holds a special place in my heart, though most of the founders from that day have went their seperate ways. Matt Firor, the original … Continue reading »


A Brief Programming Note From Hilmar The Businesscat
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 October 2011, 4:08 pm
The Discordian calendar has five seasons: Chaos Discord Confusion Bureaucracy Aftermath


Mark Jacobs Resurfaces, Pretty Fly For An Old White Guy
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 September 2011, 11:59 am
Mark Jacobs, Mythic founder, former CEO and person whose picture appears in the dictionary next to the word “irrepressible”, is interviewed by Forbes about his new game company, City State Nation Continent Entertainment. “I didn’t want this studio to be the old boys’ club,” he said. “I was looking for, and continue to look for, … Continue reading »


SOE’s John Smedley: Subscription Model Dead
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2011, 2:44 pm
Given that DC Online (day-job-pimping alert: and City of Heroes!) just went free to play, somewhat relevant! There’s another large juggernaut coming out soon in Star Wars: The Old Republic from EA/Bioware. That’s a game that I think has a legitimate shot at a 2 million subscription user base and I believe they will stick … Continue reading »


PLUS ÇA CHANGE, PLUS C’EST LA MÊME CHOSE
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 September 2011, 12:37 pm
You have 14 Days. If after that time the Plane is not properly tuned, I am deleting my characters, and cancelling all of my accounts. The rest of my guild will follow suit, as will several other guilds and people that play Everquest. To be brief, I did not work my ass off, jumping through … Continue reading »


So, like, I made this OKCupid profile, OK, and sure, maybe I had one or two mindless flings from it DON’T JUDGE ME but then there was this one dude who totally played me, I mean he almost appeared to be like, this normal attractive person with a real job and stuff but then OMG … Continue reading »


The Engine Was Just Sitting There!
Posted by Broken Toys [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 August 2011, 10:55 am
Bioware Mythic announces Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, which was originally titled Warhammer Online: Battlegrounds And That’s It Because You Gits Have The Attention Span Of A Tsetse Fly And We Added A Third Side Because DAOC Battlegrounds Were Pretty Fun That Way And This Title Is Really Long We Should Change It. So if … Continue reading »


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