Made for a song by a Song In the pantheon of MMO game developers, Jake Song (Song Jae-kyeong) is somewhere near the top tier. Song was the lead designer and programmer for Lineage and has also worked on Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, Aion and Tabula Rasa. In 2003, Song left NCsoft to form his own studio called XLGAMES. That studio’s first MMO, ArcheAge, became another smash hit and riled up fans worldwide to play a full-featured fantasy sandbox. … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: Lineage
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Steampowered Sunday For most of the week there was a four way tie between Assassins Creed II, Brutal Legend, FTL and Alan Wake. However while writing this post a tiebreaker vote came in and it looks like I will be playing Brutal Legend tomorrow. I really don’t know much about this game other than the fact that it is Heavy Metal, stars Jack Black and is from Double Fine Productions. I am perfectly okay going into this with little knowledge. I got this as part of a humble bundle package, or I am not sure if I would have bought it. When it came out, it looked really interesting, but didn’t really trigger the response of “man I need to get that.” So we will see what you all have gotten me into. I will be picking a winner and contacting them today at some point to give away the copy of Bioshock. I want to thank all of you for voting. Tomorrow we will have another contest at the end of the regularly scheduled game … [Read more...] about 15 Gaming Influences
SC II offers the same excellent narrative driven RTS campaigns with better graphics, and its online competitive mode took the world by storm. The game is considered one of the pioneers at the beginning of the rise of e-sport tournaments around the world, and none bigger than in South Korea, where schools and courses on how to win with Starcraft II has been opened in recent times. What’s the fuss all about you wonder? You can play it for free today, so give it a shot if you want a proper real time strategy experience. … [Read more...] about Top 5: What Are Blizzard’s Greatest Games Ever?
4. Trolls, Gnomes, and Hunters were the late additions to the vanilla game Wonder why Gnomes and Trolls didn’t make it into the launch cinematic of World of Warcraft? Other than a (probably true) conspiracy involving Blizzard’s hate for the diminutive race, Gnomes and Trolls squeaked in the alpha door long after the other six races had been cemented — and presumably long after work had begun on the trailer. Another latecomer was the Hunter class, which made it onto the beta servers only three months prior to launch. … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: Ten strange pre-release facts about World of Warcraft
Of course, the core of trademarks is that they don’t apply if they’re not being used, if they’ve effectively been abandoned. Thus, in order to defend a trademark, you have to prove prominent and continual use while also rather zealously defending it in a variety of arenas. This is why a lot of issues about trademark violation can sometimes seem tiny or unnecessary, like Blizzard cracking down on that World of Starcraft fan project a few years back. It wasn’t out of pettiness or small-mindedness; failing to defend the trademark there would make any future attempts to defend Blizzard’s trademarks weaker. So companies tend to be proactive about defending prominent trademarks, and it’s also why you see certain slogans and terms put forth a lot. … [Read more...] about Trademarks, copyrights, and patents: What they mean for you and for video games