Final Fantasy XI gets serious. 50 Billion worth of Gil Vanished.

•February 23, 2007 • 2 Comments

Final Fantasy XI Online bans many players on Real Life Trading.

We would like to report the termination today of multiple accounts held by players involved in the usage of third-party tools or cheats, or engaged in RMT (Real Money Trading) activities.

Based on the results of our investigation, over 4000 PlayOnline accounts were terminated while over 1000 accounts were temporarily suspended.

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Fury Online: Needs Alpha Testers!

•February 22, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Online gaming company, Auran, is now recruiting Alpha testers for their new online game Fury. Fury is an online game that features instant action and diverse game play. To register, simply click here.

For more information, visit their website at 

The Doctor’s New Blog

•February 19, 2007 • 1 Comment

I would like to inform you that The Crouch Chronicles will no longer be operational. However, a new blog will take it’s place. My new personal blog will be Technoia.

New Screenshots for Pirates of the Burning Sea Released

•February 17, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Pirates of the Burning Sea Online has released some screenshots from their game last February 14, 2007. Here are the screenshots:

“Our Lesson for Today is… MMORPG”

•February 8, 2007 • 2 Comments

SINGAPORE—Some of you may think that school and games don’t mix. But what if I tell you that 1 month from now, atleast two schools will be adopting MMORPG as a part of the curriculum? Unfortunately, two of these schools aren’t named yet since everything is not finalized.

According to Assistant Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, “I see gaming as a new and broadened platform for learning, and by making it interesting to students, it will help motivate them to learn new skills.”

But what game will be introduced by this curriculum? After a focus group discussion between teachers, principals, students, councellors and academics they have selected Granado Espada.

The Director of Education Initiatives at Infocomm Asia Holdings, Mr. Thomas Chong, which is leading the initiative, defended that it’s not a typical “slash-and-kill” game, rather it can help the player/student to develop critical thinking and decision making.

“This is not an educational game dressed up as an MMOG (massively-multi-player online game). Rather, we want to ask students whether, say, a war can be won without fighting, but instead by signing a treaty? We want them to see the merits of discussion, strategising, and coming up with alternative ideas,” he said.

Singapore is the first country in the world to use Granado Espada as a Learning tool.

Source: Learning by joystick By Lee U-Wen, TODAY


What’s Next After World of Warcraft?

•February 8, 2007 • 1 Comment

With the success of World of Warcraft by Blizzard some of us are wondering if there will be another online game to be developed by Blizzard. Fortunately, the answer is yes. Before you start to be excited of a possible Starcraft game or Diablo game, I am telling you now that it is a possibility but it might not happen. One thing is sure though, it won’t be another World of Warcraft game.

Iztik Ben Bassat, the vice president of development, revealed that Blizzard will develop another online game. He said, the project will be revealed years from now but definitely not more than a decade. The only hint he gave the British film magazine empire is that it will be [I Quote] “something innovative and new that really brings entertainment to another level.”

Did I mention there will be a World of Warcraft movie too? No details yet but he did say that Blizzard is “pushing” for it.

The Doctor gets a Column in Game! Magazine Blog

•February 8, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Recently, I was given a spot as a Columnist for the Game! Blog in Game Magazine’s Website. I am truly honored in this opportunity given to me. I can finally blog out my thoughts regarding games on public. I am required to give atleast 4-6 blog articles each week.

Hoping for your support on this matter. Just Visit the Game! Website every now and then.