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Massively multiplayer online games can be a difficult industry to break into and succeed. For every Blizzard or Sony Online Entertainment, there are several smaller companies brimming with ideas about how to inject change into the MMO market. Some succeed by breaking from the World of Warcraft parad...

November 2nd 2008 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Auran's reportedly $13.2 million PvP-based MMO disaster Fury will shut down within the next 48 hours. The official Fury forums announced those handling the game could not find a way to keep the servers running, so both the game servers and Fury forums will shut down imminently.We're not exactly sur...

August 5th 2008 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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It has happened again. Another MMO with a unique idea is shutting its doors for good. Sadly enough, it's not the first and won't be the last. According to the official announcement made today in the forums, Fury has reached their time limit for finding a solution to keep the servers open. Since no...

August 5th 2008 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Masthead Studios has licensed SpeedTree modeling software to add a higher degree of realism to their upcoming MMO Earthrise. The software suite is now used extensively in the game industry for foliage modeling. What, you've never heard of SpeedTree? Well you've almost certainly seen it before. You'r...

May 19th 2008 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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In a recent blog post, Elder Game's Eric Heimburg takes a sardonic look at some of the more heavily worn bumps on the road that is MMO development. Without naming any names, Heimburg suggests developers conduct an intervention if their company meets a certain number of the criteria, lest their game...

May 19th 2008 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Fury, the maligned combat MMO by Auran Games, has had a pretty rough history. Despite the critical drubbing, the low player numbers, and the loss of a huge portion of its development crew, Auran has managed to stay together with a skeleton crew, working on the problems that made Fury such a target f...

May 7th 2008 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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John Romero and Mike Wilson might be indulging in increasingly childish verbal fisticuffs over the famous "John Romero's about to make you his bitch!" advertisement, but all of that testosterone-laden scuffling kind of glosses over the fact that antagonizing and belittling your players is not a grea...

January 27th 2008 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Before everyone permanently erases the memory of Fury from their minds, you may want to check out TechDomain's review for the other side of the story. They've written what they say is "a fair review that accurately reflects the state of the game". The game has not received much praise from the media...

January 8th 2008 at 10:05pm 0 Comments
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There's a forum post at atomicmpc.com that involves itself with the fact that Fury is still being sold in retail outlets (Electronics Boutique specifically named, though apparently there are others), when the game is free to download and free to play. As written here, though, it's not quite so cut-a...

December 30th 2007 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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The entire Auran staff may have been let go earlier this week, but former Producer David Gillespie has a post up on his personal blog that defends Auran's staff, and the decisions made by management. This is the "Game flopped and the entire team was laid off, but the staff were the best!" law -- a f...

December 16th 2007 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Yesterday, Games Radar ran a piece on the ugliest video game box art of 2007, which got me to thinking about some of the MMO boxes sitting up on the shelf next to my desk. Now, one of the earliest things that ever drew my best friend into EverQuest so long ago was the presence of a hottie blond elf...

December 15th 2007 at 8:15am 0 Comments
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Fury developer Auran has reportedly entered voluntary administration after closing shop and laying employees off yesterday afternoon. Gamespot AU reports via an insider that the company will meet with creditors in a month to decide whether it will fully liquidate or restructure. Fury, which alleged...

December 13th 2007 at 10:30am 0 Comments