Posts Tagged ‘Guild Wars 2’

Guild Wars 2 Presells Over One Million at Launch, Sees 400k Users at Once

As Guild Wars 2 approached its official launch, the headstart weekend saw some 400,000 users online – all at once. NCSoft and ArenaNet confirm some one-million copies pre-sold, not counting one-day preorders.

Source: Joystiq

What Happened This Week – Endless Online Phenomenon

Say what you will about obscure Korean MMOs, but they come up with some catchy (if unrelated) promo videos. But I digress. News time! Here’s what’s going down:

  • 38 Studios and Big Huge Games got shuttered this week, their staff laid off and Amalur now property of Rhode Island.  Sadly, not too surprising given the money hole they were in.
  • Conflicting sales goals hide the real issue of what those 300+ developers – and their shiny new second mortgages from relocating – are going to do now.
  • Meanwhile, BioWare lays off some of its own people from The Old Republic team.  How’s that $200 million development cost working out, guys?
  • All this prompts Pachter to speculate that MMOs are dooooooomed!  My take: maybe, if everybody keeps trying to imitate/defeat World of Warcraft.  And speaking of which…
  • Diablo III got hacked, with reports of stolen items, money, and even characters.  Getting hacked in a single-player game has got to be some kind of record.
  • The horrible, horrible contract between Activision and Bungie is revealed.  Short version: 5 million sales of a new property in six months, and eight titles in eight years.  Read it and weep.
  • Sony patents a technology to interrupt your game with advertisements, Japan developers alternatives to kompu gacha, and more!

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Mass Media – Aya’s Hair Edition 08/29/10

Mass Media 07/24/10

If it gets one degree hotter I’m gonna kick someone’s ass. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 07/24/10’ »

Mass Media 07/02/10

Final Fantasy XIV is sucking me in. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 07/02/10’ »

Mass Media 06/11/10

Cortney is now officially a mom. Congrats to her. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/11/10’ »

Mass Media 08/23/09

Hang in there Slayer, I gotcha! Right after I eat this cake that’s mysteriously lying out on the table for some reason, on which that dead guy was apparently trying to write ‘poison’ before he keeled over. There we go! Now, on to save the good man from the – gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! *death*

In this update: Cross Treasures, Dragon Quest IX, Dragon Age: Origins, Persona 3 Portable, Phantasy Star Portable 2, Wizardry: Dungeon of the Imprisoned Souls, Vandal hearts: Flames of Judgment, and Guild Wars 2. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 08/23/09’ »