I feel a little bit ashamed..

But im actullay thinking about resubing Anarchy Online – the game still has me in it’s grip https://blackmoore.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/the-game-where-i-lost-my-virginity/

Just a video, or the music is enough to get my reptile brain going again, and BAM! im thinking about trying it out again. Sad enough I cant acess my old 220 character as it got stolen, sold and then banned during the years I was away (long story).

But I have a new Blackmoore waiting for me logged out somewhere in Rubi-Ka.

Might check him out later tonight.. or not.. or..

Unplanned But Exciting Event!

For those of you no longer present in Anarchy Online, someone got ahold of an account with GM powers and proceeded to have fun with it on the live servers for a period of almost two hours.

” this individual really did go out of his way to put on a spectacular show with special guest stars like The Beast and Tarasque making special appearances in Borealis.”

http://www.anarchy-online.com/wsp/anarchy/frontend.cgi?func=publish.show&template=content&func_id=2615&table=CONTENT

I wish i still was in the game to se that – but then again… naaah!
Playing AO 2011 would be like using pen and paper sending mail the oldschool way – just plain stupid!

The game where I lost my virginity..

My real passion for online gaming started way back when a rumor circulated on the Internet about a game in development, a game that could hold thousands of players simultaneously in a persistent 3D world, this world would have shops, clothing, PvP action. As a newly arrived colonist you would have to make a choice between the corporate Omni-Tek and the rebellious Clan. With nothing but the clothes on your body you would have to choose sides and work your way through society, being able to level to the amazing(!) level 100 and manipulate  every skill you learned as you explored the waste lands of Rubi-Ka.. Yes, I’m talking about Anarchy Online – the game where I lost my virginity.

For years, I read everything I could about this game, following its progress and waiting for the release. So finally it got released in the summer of 2001, the first game in the genre to include a science-fiction setting, dynamic quests, free trials, and in-game advertising.

“woot!”, “AFK” and “leet!”
I can still remember that feeling when I logged on for the first time in the “backyard” where you spent your first five levels.. I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, and the manual was pretty basic. The GUI was non-existent, and most of the things was done via the command line. But I loaded up my guns and went out hunting. After a couple of minutes I realized that I was actually fighting side by side by real people from around the world, my heartbeat raised and suddenly my little computer room felt connected to the whole world for real.. People was chatting, screaming “woot!”, “AFK” and “leet!”, teaming and hunting. It was a totally amazing feeling, we all felt like pioneers for real, exploring a new world (which in fact was what we were doing).

I phoned my brother and got him in the game
I was totally blown away, and I played 24/7 for the first couple of weeks. I phoned my brother and got him in the game, he was hooked just like me in minutes after logging in. I spent  about 4-5 years in AO, raiding at the highest level, got every item there was, bought every expansion and did the same thing over again, in the end I even was the leader of one of the largest raiding guilds in the game. It was crazy, and many of the friends I made in the game will be my friends for life.

My addiction almost cost me my marriage
Finally it had to end, my addiction almost cost me my marriage, I was totally burnt out with several characters with the best gear possible, raiding the highest content on a regular basis.

I have no regrets for the time I spent in Rubi-Ka, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Since then the sci-fi genre has a special place in my heart when it comes to mmo’s, and the lack of good sci-fi mmo’s has made me frustrated over the years, and more so lately..

Just for fun i tried to round up as many mmo’s as possible, both the active ones and the ones in development to be released later. Just to get an overall picture of what genres being developed.

Well fuck me sideways.. wtf is up with all this fantasy shit?
Well anyways, from the 60’ish sci-fi mmo games there’s actually only one that get my hopes up for a “new Anarchy Online”, a game called Earthrise.
And besides the franchise titles like Stargate, Star Wars etc. the rest actually looks like poo..

So check out Earthrise http://www.play-earthrise.com/ due to be released later in 2010 (I would prepare for 2011 actually, with a open beta in 2010)

This is me – working my last day

Not much happening right now, most nights goes away in a haze of Battlefields 2142 or recording music in Cubase. Work has been crazy the last two weeks as I aim to implement two new features in our LMS platform before I leave. Now enough with the boring workrelated stuff.

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Not much excitement..
The only exciting thing going on right now is my search for a “new” used Marshall amp right now, preferably a half stack. A lot of people say they have problems with Valvstate tops. I had a Valvstate (among others, JCM, Mosfet etc.) myself way back and it worked flawlessly both live and in our studio. The reason I mention the Valvstate is there in my price range – cheap.. And I don’t want to put up a fortune for a half stack as my “live playing days” probably are over more or less.

If you have any tips or insight on what half stack would suite an old rocker like me feel free to drop me a message.

A lot more excitement in the virtual world
SWOTR, STO, DC Universe, Diablo 3 etc. etc. There’s no end to all the cool games coming later this fall. The most exciting news is ofc DC Universe for Playstation 3 (due to come 2010) and SOE even had it running on a PS3 during E3.

Star Trek Online
There’s been a new dev chat with the guys at STO
http://forums.startrekonline.com/showthread.php?t=21819

Star Wars The Old Republic
SWTOR have three new classes and some new cool class specific videos.
The Smuggler
http://www.swtor.com/info/holonet/classes/smuggler
Now this looks like your average Han Solo kinda guy. And we all know “”Traveling Thru Hyperspace Ain’t Like Dustin Crops Boy.”. Looks like the “small arms dual wielder”. Check it out!

The trooper
http://www.swtor.com/info/holonet/classes/trooper
This is your solider ranged weapons specialist. Even if the trooper have some close combat moves it’s in ranged combat, lobbing grenades and firing heavy weapons he will be at he’s best. You will remember “The Solja” from Anarchy Online. You played Atrox solja ofc 😀

The Bounty Hunter
http://www.swtor.com/info/holonet/classes/bounty-hunter
This looks like the “Jack of all trades” guy for the Dark side. With a variety of tricks and gadgets there known as “The Jedi Killers”.. They obviously  never met Obi Wan Blackmoore yet..

Aion
Besides that, Aion (The asian makeover gay fly like an angel game) had its closed beta Phase one and by the time we all had downloaded the client it was all over – had to be the shortest beta in the mmo history. Anyway there going for Phase two starting 19th of June. If you’re lucky you might even get the chance to log in this time.. I’m not even going to put up a link for this lame gay game.

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DC Universe on Playstation 3!
For the first time publicly, SOE showed off DC Universe Online using a Playstation 3. Now this is f***ing great news! Check out the interview  with SOE Creative director Jens Anderson made by the great guys at mmorpg.com: Watch the Interview with Jens Anderson.  It’s exciting as hell with a mmorpg for the PS3! http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/350/feature/3155/E3-2009-Preview.html

This is me, working my last day before I go on my seven week long vacation(!)  Yes you heard me – I am taking back every inch of overtime done the last year now!

Peace out! (Not if we meet in the battlefield ofc)

/Blackmoore

The Secret World

This is kind of old news, but it’s nice to see The Secret World still being developed. I still have some hope for this game as long as Ragnar Tørnquist is still attached to it. Funcom and Anarchy Online will always have a special place in my “gaming heart”.

Anyway they released their first cinematic trailer (for what it’s worth) so check it out. There’s really no point in saying much more before we get some real ingame footage or gameplay videos.

so for now – dream on!

Can this be the game filling the gap after Anarchy Online?

As a fan of the writer Tad Williams (author of several fantasy and science fiction novels) and mmo gaming this comes as great news. Development studio RealU, based in Singapore, today announced the MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) Otherland. Otherland, based on the best-selling novels by fantasy author Tad Williams, will appear for the PC in 2010. As many of future mmo’s to come it’s said to be based on the Unreal Engine 3 and claims to “set new technical standards for the MMOG genre”.

Whether it will set a new “standard for the mmo genre” or not, it’s a great idea if handled right.

Otherland is a series of four science fiction (cyberpunk) novels written by Tad Williams. The story is set in the mid-to-late 21st century (Some hints to a character’s age shows that the story takes place in the 2070s) where technology has advanced somewhat from the modern day. The most notable advancement has been the development of the ability for people to attach themselves fully to a computer via a nerve interface in order to experience an online world, called simply “the net”, as virtually real. Tad Williams weaves an intricate plot spanning four thick volumes and creates a picture of a future society where virtual worlds are fully integrated into everyday life.

Can this be the game actually filling the gap after Anarchy Online? Personally i really hope so. While waiting for the release 2010 i recommend you all to read the 4 novels if you haven’t yet, you wont be disapointed.