Monthly Archives: July 2006

DotA Allstars

The world of LAN gamers and BNeters are revolving around a single map mod for Warcraft III : Frozen Throne, that is the DotA Allstars, currently at version 6.34. Official Site. Well, here is a brief introduction to the game.

DotA stands for Defense of the Ancients. Basically you just have to destroy your opponent’s Ancients, located at top-right corner and bottom-left corner of the map, while defending yours. The heroes that the team players choose, the items that they bought, can make a huge difference in the gameplay, therefore each team need to devise the best strategy in order to win the game.

There are 2 teams to choose from, Sentinels and Scourge. Each teams have about 38 heroes to choose from. Heroes have skills and stats, heroes can be levelled up from 1 to 25 via gaining experience from killing a creep or a hero from the area near you. Each creeps are worth certain amount of gold which allows you to save up and buy items, heroes are worth more than creeps.

Each heroes have 3 attributes, with one as the main attribute that defines the type of hero he/she is, i.e Intelligence (Spell-casting heroes, high Mana), Agility (Fast attack and high armour), Strength (High Hit-points and attack).

There are many items to choose from, and there are many items that can be forged with lower-tier items with the recipes. For more information, please refer to the Offical Site’s item page.

You can download this game mod map from here too, via filefront. Thiis is the link the download the AI (Aritifical Intelligence) map, which is can play with the computer players while you are offline. Click here to download the AI map.

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Blizzard bans 59,000 WOW accounts

The number of World of Warcraft accounts that developer Blizzard banned in June has reached about 59,000, according to a Blizzard employee’s post on the game’s official message boards. More than 22 million gold–the game economy’s currency–has been plucked from all the realms, the representative added.

The user accounts that were banned had violated World of Warcraft’s end-user agreement. Among other restrictions, it prohibits the use of third-party programs to “farm” gold and items–a practice that lets characters acquire gold and equipment through self-running computer programs.

“Such behavior not only negatively impacts the economy of a realm, it diminishes the achievements of those who play legitimately,” the representative said. “We will continue to aggressively monitor all World of Warcraft realms in order to protect the service and our players from the harmful effects of cheating.”

Blizzard urged those who traverse the fields of Azeroth to report suspicious activity to the company.

A fellow maker of massively multiplayer online role-playing games, Square Enix, recently announced similar account bans, albeit in much smaller numbers. After cracking-down on 250 Final Fantasy XI users in June, the company handed down 2,000 bans and suspensions this month.

Source: Gamespot

Well, I’m a big fan of World of Warcraft, but I’m not playing due to certain commitment for 2 years of my life. There have been reports that WoWers are selling their WoW gold online for cold hard cash all along, if you try Google for “WoW gold”, there are 52.4 millions of results. Well, botting to farm gold is more illegal, it is like pouring oil to burning fire. There are cases where people farming on their own and sell the gold. This is more like it, right?

MMORPGs such as Guild Wars and Final Fantasy XI do have gold sellers online. It is not an uncommon thing, it is like a job, you spend your time playing to get gold and sell them for cash, fair trade? There is no free lunch in this world. We need to work for what we want, there is no shortcuts to it.

Final Fantasy XIII

The new upcoming Final Fantasy sequel, looks damn cool. It will be released for the soon-to-be-arriving Sony PlayStation 3. There are rumours that PS3 will be released at the end of this year. So get hold of your money now, if you are a great fan for PlayStation.

I haven’t been playing Final Fantasy games ever since FFVIII, because I do not own a PS2, so I couldn’t play FFIX or FFX. This FFXIII looks very futuristic, character design is similar to FFVII, FFVIII, FFX (in my opinion).

FFXIII will be released with 3 versions, FFXIII and FF Versus XIII (for PS3) and FF Agito XIII for cell phones. Looks like game developers are trying to tap into the mobile gaming market. Mobile phones nowadays are more powerful than those Pentium I or II already.

What is more cool about Square Enix, is the tech demo they released for Final Fantasy VII, the demo for PS3 is simiar to the Final Fantasy VII : Advent Children. Imagine you playing the game with these graphics, WOW! There are rumours that they are remaking FFVII for PS3… Hope so.

Heroes of Might and Magic V 1.02 Patch released

Ubisoft has release the second patch for its famous Heroes of Might and Magic Series.

*** Heroes of Might and Magic V 1.03 patch is out, please proceed to here for details ***
This is the changelog for the new patch.

Changes in patch 1.2
===============

If loading a save from an older version, some fixes will only take effect after
map restart.

Features added:

- Extended tool tips for buildings on the adventure map.
- Melee attack performed when holding CTRL.
- A hotkey (R) to invoke the creature-hiring interface from any town
interface.
- All creatures now have a new status (Range), describing the range at which
the creature's attack is halved.
- A new Video Option: Camera Mode.
- A new End of Combat interface.
- Hot-seat duel mode.
- Hall of Fame.
- Two new maps: 'Last Hope' and 'War of The Worlds'.

List of fixes:

- Multiplayer now works correctly.
- Various textual mistakes (descriptions, missing objectives, and messages)
were corrected.
- Balance was tuned on the following maps: 'The Conquest', 'The Attack', 'The
Invasion', 'The Cultists', 'The Triumvirate', 'Defiance', 'Island of One's
Own'.
- AI can no longer hire Haven heroes on 'The Fall of the King' map.
- On 'The Fall of the King' map, the area where Godric is to be brought to
fulfil the 'Send Godric to Nicolai' task has been enlarged.
- On 'The Cultists' map, the 'Capture any town in one week' task no longer
disappears from the list immediately upon completion instead of becoming
completed.
- On 'The Temptation' map, if the enemy Wizard patrolling the river is killed,
the 'Avoid enemy patrols' objective will no longer be automatically completed.
- On 'The Refugees' map, one of the objectives was fixed.
- On the 'Dragon Pass' map, the 'Defeat All' task is now specified.
- On 'The Triumvirate' map, after Zehir's fight with Markal, the message 'You
Lost' no longer appears.
- On 'The March' map, the hero Grawl can now visit the red key master tent.
- On the 'Liberation' map, the AI can no longer hire the hero Narxes.
- On 'The Alliance' map, the use of the Instant Travel spell no longer causes
the script failure.
- On the 'Diplomat' map, losing to AI with the Quick Combat option now fails
the mission.
- On the 'Maahir's Gambit' map, the AI cannot seize any of the artefacts that
are key to the task's completion.
- On 'The Refugees' map, a possible problem with non-completion of the main
objective was fixed.
- On the 'Raelag's Offer' map, the game no longer hangs if Isabel or Markal
lose to neutral creatures.
- 'The Emerald One' map can now be played after loading a saved game.
- On 'The Refugee' map, a possible problem with gaining the Dragon Teeth
Necklace artefact was fixed.
- The Black Dragons can now be healed by the First Aid Tents.
- The model of Shadya was corrected.
- When Gating is used, the clone will no longer be a normal creature.
- Incorrect message in the 'Rumours' interface in the Tavern was fixed.
- The game now renews the list of sessions in the lobby after the player has
left the session.
- Unreachable Dolmen of Knowledge was fixed on the 'Land of Outcasts' map.
- A non-activated dialogue cutscene was fixed on the 'A Tear for Ossir' map.
- Mages and Archmages now use their shot ability properly.
- Gating works for a lone Horned Overseer now.
- The ATB-bar now shows proper information about the turns queue.
- The problem fixed with the bottom part of buildings models in the Preserve
appears through the water.
- When an Archangel dies of 'Harm Touch', he no longer remains hanging over the
field.
- In Time Pressing mode, the time is now shown.
- Texts are no longer duplicated in the chat after leaving the combat.
- The puzzle map now works correctly in the Underworld.
- The problem with the incorrectly positioned camera at one of the Grass arenas
was fixed.
- The player can no longer gain two levels of the same skill with one
Level-Up.
- Summoned creatures are no longer shown in the Combat Results calculations.
- Time overlaps with the icon in Dynamic Battle.
- The 'Resisted' inscription now appears in the right place.
- On 'The Betrayal' map, there is no longer a message when approaching the
garrison.
- Vampires and Vampire Lords no longer restore their health when attacking
Undead creatures.
- Heroes now move with the correct sound at x3 speed.
- Lethos now uses his Decay ability properly.
- It is now much easier to move the cursor to objects.
- The user can no longer hear the opponents by using Monolith.
- The hero in the Haven town garrison now gains weekly movement bonus from
Stables.
- The Sphinx' text box was changed.
- The player starting the game with the Random Hero option can no longer have a
hero already selected by another player.
- In the multiplayer game, if one of the players quits while the map is being
loaded, the other players can start their session anyway.
- The message which appears when a combat is lost to Possessed creatures was
corrected.
- A Hero leaving a town no longer returns there immediately as sometimes
occurred.
- The Sparkling Fountain now correctly gives Luck +2.
- Objects on the map now have correct tool tips.
- Description of the Silent Stalker perk was fixed.
- The hero Sinitar now has an accurate description of his 'Catalyst' ability.
- The Deep Hydra now restores its health completely.
- The error in the description of the Idol of Fortune was fixed.
- The spell 'Weakness' is correctly explained in the tool tip.
- The hero is no longer able to take troops from allies.
- With faster hero movement settings, other map animations are no longer
accelerated.
- The text was formatted in the 'Ritual Pit' interface.
- The Scouts' and Assassins' 'No Range Penalty' are contrary to fact.
- Problem with creatures overlapping with fragments of ruined fortifications at
the siege arena was fixed.
- The Dragon Bone Greaves artefact now gives initiative bonus to melee-fighting
creatures.
- Damage prediction was corrected.
- The error in how the 'Frenzy' spell works was fixed.
- The error in how the 'Puppet Master' spell works was fixed.
- Numerous minor defects and bugs were fixed.

Known issues
===============

- Switching off the 'V-Sync' option on your video driver options may cause
twitchy animation in Towns if you rotate the camera manually.
- Loading a saved game from a different language version may cause broken fonts
in menus, or textual information to be shown in a language other than that of
the current version.

You can download the US version patch from Gamespot or you can download the EU version patch from http://www.mightandmagic.com/uk/.

Alternatively, you can use the auto-update function to update you game. You can reach the auto-update program by click on Start > Programs > Ubisoft > Heroes of Might and Magic V > Check for updates (for v.1.01).

First post. What is GameBlog?

This is the first post for this upcoming new gaming blog. This blog is not just a blog, but it is a informative web site that provides informations to the growing gaming community about what is going on in the gaming world.

Why blog? Because blogging is a very popular media element in the online world, it allows bloggers to share their experience through words, pictures and videos. I believe that playing game is a valuable experience. People may think that games are for children and teenagers, but they are wrongs. MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, MapleStory are games that attract gamers from all stages of life. Executives, professionals and even homemakers do play these games.

My intention to set up this website is to allow gamers to get news first hand by using this website. I will try to update the website as frequently as possible, in order to benefits the gaming community.

I hope that you guys do revisit this website soon again to check out the updates for some popular games (for now) coming soon to this website.