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WoW not so far ahead of everyone else?

It’s widely been recognized that WoW is and has been the king of the MMO market. Whether striking a nerve that EQ2 didn’t, or being so digestable that it brought in crossover players, it can’t be denied that Blizzard’s big hitter is number one. On the other hand, it has it’s problems. People have been screaming lately about the possibility that Age of Conan and Warhammer : Age of Reckoning might steal away WoW’s PVP crowd by doing it better, more intelligently, and with a little more care. Still, AoC and WAR are still a ways away from launch, and most likely won’t see a population boom for a few months after that. However, one other MMO has been slowly & quietly climbing the sales charts : Guild Wars.

WoW, having reached 10 million subscribers in late January 2008, has been the focus of the MMO industry’s growth. But it’s Guild Wars that should be the true mark of growth. While WoW has brought in players well and above the much accepted MMO player base (that is, an MMO only had to sell about 500,000 copies to be considered “wildly successful”,) the recent anouncement that Guild Wars has sold 5 million copies is the real news. People are still coming to MMO’s via WoW, but they’re now staying here and having a look around.

With the recent release of the sci-fi alternative Tabula Rasa, the PVE beauty LOTRO, & Pirates of the Burning Sea for the magic-hating PVP crowd, we’re seeing a huge boon to the MMO crowd. No longer is the genre content with carving up the same small player base, but now reaching out into the overall gaming world as the preeminent PC gaming destination. So what kind of numbers can we expect out of future titles like AoC, WAR, Star Trek Online, and Blizz’s proposed next-gen MMO? At this point it looks like the sky’s the limit.


An update on the power issue…

So, power here in my part of Tampa was down for about 45 minutes between 1 and 2 pm. It went back up and things seemed fine. However, everyone was able to get onto the web, and check out their tv’s to see that a huge portion of the state is out. Word around here is that everything should be back up and running by 6PM, shitty power grid not withstanding.

Jessickuh keeps calling me and saying that me and the woman can drive to Texas and bunk with her and her husband. While our power was out, sporadic text messages kept coming in to the effect of “I see the news. Y’all are having a fucking terror state!“, “Christ, that’s scary!“, and my favorite : “Going to DragonCon?

MIAMI (AP) — A mechanical failure to two nuclear power units at the Turkey Point facility south of Miami has caused statewide power outages Tuesday afternoon.

Service from multiple agencies, including Progress Energy, Tampa Electric and Florida Power & Light were affected.

Florida Power & Light spokesperson Bob Coleman said when the Turkey Point generators suffer mechanical failure the entire state is affected.

The State EOC in Tallahassee has activated to a Level 2, partial activation, in response to the current power outage in the state. The state’s emergency activation center will be partially staffed.

There are approximately three million people without power in the Florida Power and Light system.

Read more here.


EA in bid to puts hands on Take Two

According to GamePolitics. Well, it could be worse. It could have been SONY…

 An EA press release claims that it offered $26 per share for Take Two stock in a February 19th letter from EA CEO John Riccitiello to T2 boss Strauss Zelnick. After Take Two management rejected EA’s offer, Riccitiello decided to appeal directly to T2 shareholders. The $26 offering price represents a better than 60% premium over recent T2 share prices.


HDDVD vs Blu-Ray : Epic Duel

The format war as told in gif form:

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