Ok, 2 weeks back I tried to come up with something call the Weekend Rant, and I know that it didn’t go as well as I planned with the content. So, I will be using the more generic term, “The Weekly Journal”, to cover some of the “smaller news”. By smaller news I meant… well, opening up new individual posts for them will be equals to eating up more front page space… And yes, the image above is from Guild Wars 2’s novel cover artwork. Let’s move on.
NCsoft is at it yet again. After announcing its new mega headquarters, signing a partnership contract with JYP Entertainment (Wonder Girls’ company), applying to form a new baseball team in the popular Korean Baseball League and making guitars, the company has now confirmed yet another deal with entertainment company, iHQ. The company is in the multimedia business, with a stable of singers and artistes, dabbling in music industry, TV, film and more.
And yes, NCsoft aim to integrate and expand their own media empire through all these partnerships. I was looking through iHQ’s stable of stars, and saw quite a few familiar faces seen from various dramas (I am a drama fanatic), the most obvious being veteran Chae Rim, if you know her. Personally, I am expecting more business expansion by NCsoft this year, with eyes upon the console market and of course, social and mobile games.
Dragona, one of the latest MMORPG to hit Korea, released information about the game’s latest class, Scout, just recently. As you can see from the video below, the class actually specializes in planting various kinds of traps. To be honest, I can’t remember when was the last time I see a trap planting class… Ragnarok Online’s Hunter class? Gosh, my memory is failing me…
Anyway, the game is coming out in English this year, through the Korean developer/ publisher’s own Philippines MMO portal, GameClub. More information about the game here!
I am kind of perplexed at how some games name their expansions. Most are pretty bland but straightforward, but for Twelve Sky 2 (Korea), the game is taking it to the next level with giving expansion names. Just have a look below… Tasteful or tasteless? Hmn…
The final part…. let me end this with a personal rant. I need a new challenge at work! Yeap, serious. I am not allowed to talk about it, but I guess it should be ok by being a little bit more discrete. I still harbor lofty intentions of working overseas, and when I graduate from college this year end, I really do hope to start the new year in a different country (USA or China) and doing more on researching games, writing reports about current trends, being the producer of a game title myself etc. Ok, that’s all for this week,thanks for reading!