Posts Tagged ‘OMG’

OMG! zOMG! nets half a million signups!

Monday, December 8th, 2008

OMG rly?  Gaia Onlines’ first entry to the casual MMO space has certainly stuck a chord with audiences world wide, with Gaia recently reporting that zOMG! has reached the 500,000 player benchmark – clearly indicating that they’re onto something good.  Something VERY good.

The new MMO entered it’s open beta testing phase on November 6th, and in just over a month Gaia has seen a landslide of registrations and active players on it’s servers.

As discussed in our coverage of the opening of the beta, zOMG! is flash based a casual MMORPG that pits players against monsters and enemies in 16 different zones with a wide variety of battle rings and recipes to choose from.  The main story centers around the unexplained transformation of inanimate objects into now living beings bent on wiping out the human race.  The ‘Animated’, as they’re know in-game consist of yard flamingos, gnomes, plungers, etc. can only be defeated by characters equipping themselves with magical rings and battling it out.

Existing zOMG! players now have an entire new army of fellow players to engage and play with in their ongoing campaign to smash the evildoers and live in peace and harmony.  And it’s not all just smash and grab in the land of zOMG! as the game also incorporates elements of social networking and entertainment, streaming music, and naturally, Gaia Online’s in-game, microtransaction based item mall.

When zOMG! went into an open beta phase, Senior Producer David Georgeson stated,

“Our top priority is providing a high-quality MMO gaming experience that’s fun and challenging, and also user-friendly for all levels of players.  We received a lot of great feedback from gamers during our Closed Beta, so we’re throwing open the doors as we update the game with new features and additional content.”

It seems like Gaia and company are and have been listening to players’ feedback,

“Positive feedback from satisfied players not only aids our team in modifying and ultimately perfecting the zOMG!! gameplay experience; it is truly rewarding,” said David Georgeson, Senior Producer of zOMG!! at Gaia Online. “After a lengthy development process, it’s almost surreal to watch players dig right into the storyline and begin realizing the game’s full potential.”

While Gaia Online is no stranger to massive usership, currently home to seven million plus gamers that enjoy Gaia’s wide selection of free-to-play titles, another 500,000 players in the zOMG! space doesn’t hurt anything.

Given the troubling financial climate, Gaia Online is also attributing a bit of the success of zOMG! to the inherent nature of the business model: Free-to-play.  If the price wasn’t enough of a selling point, providing a feature rich game in a browser based format makes adventuring through zOMG! even easier with no download, or credit card required.

Learn more and take zOMG! for a spin on your own over at zOMG.com.

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My gaming Rig is better than yours!

Monday, May 5th, 2008

One of the beauties and attractions to MMO gaming is the incredibly detailed artwork and sound that goes into their creation. Many of us even support the graphics card industry by continually upgrading cards and even overclocking them (you never heard that nvidia) ;)

Well, ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your hats, as record label owner Jeremy Kipnis has created what we believe to quite possibly be “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

OMG! This is what $6 million will buy you. Kipnis’ theatre is installed in his home in a vaulted ceiling room that measures 8 feet high at the rear of the room and 16 feet high at the screen end of the room, with dimensions of 26.5 feet wide and 33 feet long. In other words: large, but not a tremendously big room.

Within this room, he’s packed one of the largest screens installed in a home in the world, measuring 18 feet wide! Just give that a think for a sec. Even if you’re gaming on a 30″ Cinema HD cinema display on your desktop, this guy plays on something 7x as large!

The main video comes from a Sony SRX-S110 Professional Video Projector and is supplied by a variety of inputs:

Sony BDP-S1 Blu-ray Player
Sony PlayStation 3 Gaming Console
Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player
JVC HMDH-5U D-VHS Recorder
SATA Drive (72 HDTV Hours Total)
Mark Levinson N° 51 DVD/CD Media Player
Pioneer HLD-X0 Hi-Vision HDTV MUSE Laserdisc Player

If the video isn’t enough to blow you away, let’s talk about the sound. Kipnis is running 13 Theta Digital Generation VIII 32-bit 8x Oversampling Dual Processors (link this) for audio processing, and then amplifying it via:

2 Mark Levinson N° 33h Amplifiers
30 McIntosh MC-2102 Amplifiers
3 Crown Macro Reference Gold Amplifiers

Being projected through:

16 Snell 1800 THX Music & Cinema Reference Subwoofers
8 Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference Towers
10 MuRata ES103A Super Tweeters
3 Snell THX Music & Cinema Reference LCR-2800 Center-Channel Speakers

Umm… yeah. Kinda makes my rig look mighty sad at the moment.