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Artix on FOX News!?

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FOX 13 News Artix Entertainment

Achievement Unlocked: "Appear LIVE on the News without being in handcuffs" 

Last Wednesday, we were on TV. FOX 13 News (Tampa Bay, Florida) featured our team and the Secret Underground Lab in a segment on the future of Video Games. Players were surprised to see how much the lab actually looks like the recreation inside AdventureQuest Worlds. (/join UndergroundLab) For the promo bits, we were asked to go to the studio in costume and be on camera LIVE. We were told we could do whatever we want while the field reporter Jeremy was talking -- we broke out into a Good vs Evil fight. The news segment should also be airing in Orlando tonight, and there is a small chance it could get picked up nationally. You do not have to wait though... Fox put the video of us in the news on their website for you to watch!

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"We are LIVE on TV... how about we just start fighting?" ..... "OK!" ......"Not so Fast Paladin!"

I wish they had put the clip of when I pole vaulted using the axe and double drop kicked Sepulchure.

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We get a fair amount of visitors at the Lab these days. Watching how the artists draw the art for the games is really fascinating. Each and every week, a single AE artist must create an insane amount of monsters, backgrounds, swords, armors and items.

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View from the other angle!

 

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Nythera and the Player Support help fix hacked AQWorlds accounts (This is the room that answers your help emails!) They help about 4,000 players a week with their account problems.

 

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AdventureQuest 3D has been quiet for the past month... spookily quiet. We are probably up to something :-)

Thoughts on the News Segment & the Future of Gaming

The focus of this news report was the future of gaming is changing. Just like CDs to iTunes.... Movie Rentals at BlockBuster to Netflix.... the way we buy games is changing. It is changing fast, and it is changing right now. Of course, it is not changing for us, we have been doing this for 10 years now. It has been odd watching the rest of the game industry making the switch to the way we have been doing things. That is... acquiring the games on the device you play them on, playing them for free and upgrading later (and optionally), and getting ongoing updated game content.

A successful indie game dev studio!?

Normally the word "indie" is met with thoughts of people squeazed into their garage working endlessly through the night on a sugar and stale coffee induced frenzy to create a video game before an impossible deadline. We have been at this for 10 years - doing new releases for you every single week. To show for it, we get to work in the fun and creative lab, endlessly  through the night on a sugar and stale coffee induced frenzy to create a video game before our impossible deadlines. We love the lab and hope you will one day get to visit in person -- or maybe build video games with us! Of course, if anything ever goes wrong and we are building our games from a cardboard box with a modem connection... we hope you will come visit and make games with us too. BATTLE ON!

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Of course you do not need to wait... you can go to the recreation of the Artix Entertainment Lab in AdventureQuest Worlds right now. (/join SecretLab)

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Did you guys script that fight?

We showed up at the FOX 13 studio at 9pm on Wednesday in costume. We were told we could do anything we wanted. The segment was going to air at 10pm, but they were going to do four LIVE clips promoting it. We are not sure why they were going to be LIVE... they could have recorded them. Maybe they were hoping we would do something supernaturally stupid. (We did out best!) The camera was setup just outside the studio under their giant doppler radar thing (for the weather.) Each of the live bits were going to be about 15 seconds. During the first one we were all standing and smiling, yelling "Battle On!" and then Sepulchure shoulder checked me. Everyone say it and we all drew our weapons. In the next segement it was an all out brawl. Miko was being chased around while Faith and Nythera squared off, and Sepulchure and I clashed weapons. The third and forth segements were my favorite... the camera man missed some of the best shots, but a girl was recording with her cell phone off to the side and got them. I will try to get the footage and post it for you. After the news cast the security guard said, "You guys need to take this show to the Childrens Hospital." O_O  Nythera started making some calls immediately.

QUESTION!

Do you still love us knowing we are cheesy, crazy, game-obessed geeks in real life?

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Cool!
Cool!: Nice! i want to be a member!
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GiraAzuha
GiraAzuha: hope someday i could join you guys XD

check my arts >>> twitpic.com/photos/GiraAzuha

Battle On!!! >:D
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Glenn
Glenn: Well, so that is what my hundreds have been doing. And still Artix you are to cheap to get a helm. Skulls break and then you can't fight undead anymore.
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Crawler3333
Crawler3333: I would've been quite disappointed if you were cold and calculating game-designers. I think your "geekness" (and dedication) is one of the main reasons of your success, so keep it up !! :)
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Deathwisper_Yura
Deathwisper_Yura: of course :3 what fun would life be if we didn't have fun with our spare time?
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Voodoo
Voodoo: Of course we still love you!

Anyway, it was quite disappointing to see that all the clips showing DragonFable were recorded years ago, before the game's art became as amazing as it is today... it makes this game look lame.
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Gjappy
Gjappy: @Troy, that guy is named Dage the Evil.
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Rezilia
Rezilia: LOL I saw the video. When they were trying to showcase AQWorlds they showed clips from DragonFable instead xD

Epic Flail! xD
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Magyarka
Magyarka: If u guys happen to accept me as a not paid idea creator machine that can make ANYTHING out of ANYTHING like u guys just more instant then feel free to e-mail me erik.fejes@gmail.com XD yeah like its gonna happen. But maybe 10 years later when im 23.
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Durandal
Durandal: While the clips could have been chosen much better, I'm glad to see that AE didn't suffer like FOX's less then ideal game coverage in the past.
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Lifetrain
Lifetrain: I am so proud to even play these games
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Mega Mike
Mega Mike: Do you still count as an Indie game studio when you get 15x the amount of players as World of Warcraft does? And yes we still love you guys because most of US are also cheesy, crazy, game-obsessed geeks in real life too!!!
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boshfighter
boshfighter: why cant nulgath be in the news?His part of artix entertianment.
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boshfighter
boshfighter: artix entertainment headquarters started as a garage O_O!!!!!!!
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skytime
skytime: somehow i thought artix's voice would be deeper
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skytime
skytime: and q&a MAYBEY i will let the secret hold
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Paragonian
Paragonian: I Love You GUYS <3
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powerdragonae
powerdragonae: Why is there a clown in the background picture where Dage is drawing in front of children?
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Aroninia
Aroninia: Of course we still love you! Most of us are cheesy, crazy, gameobsessed (*cough* and good-looking *cough*) geeks in real life anyways :D
/salute gamers!
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mlkk22
mlkk22: yeah. that makes you better
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KJinx101
KJinx101: Wow. This is all so awe-way-some!!!
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Paulpo215
Paulpo215: yes I still love you guys (and girls?)
yeah it is pretty funny how these "new ideas" people talk about are exactly what you have done for 10 years. TotalBiscuit said he had never heard a free to play Single player model. I am like DF. personally I Prefer the single player games you make, they just are more interesting than your MMOs. please make new single player games
Battle On
John
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Fife M
Fife M: Of COURSE we love you people!!!
a. You're cheezy in an entertaining way
b. Crazy is good. Sanity is more of an insult.
c. Aren't we ALL game-obsessed geeks?
d. We'll only start not-loving Artix Entertainment when you stop making games. (Which will NEVER happen.)
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Lyraxiana
Lyraxiana: MAN why can't I live in Florida?! My sister and I love you guys! And I'm so happy you've come so far!
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pkmnmastah
pkmnmastah: they showed dragofable when they said AQworlds was the most popular game. Just thought it was funny
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KV_kidd
KV_kidd: The old-dude Reporter hasn't heard of Donkey Kong 64, apparently :P
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Hunterbk2
Hunterbk2: Awwwww, I'm so battling proud of you guys!!
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Den-o
Den-o: From garage to kingdom O_O!'
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Hamofawe367
Hamofawe367: This just proves how awesome you guys are!
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Allsaint
Allsaint: Cool, thanks for putting a little something about AQ3D, now I'm excited again!
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Alithia
Alithia: I read the last paragraph and wasn't surprised at all. You guys are awesome!
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Blackelemental
Blackelemental: I usually hate FOX news, but this is a great story. It's awesome to see AE getting some love! Battleon!!
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Martial
Martial: I totally love you guys! You are the funniest group of people whose video games I have ever had the pleasure of playing. I really do appreciate you guys' sense of humor. I think you're all great!
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jeroniah
jeroniah: Actually, it makes me feel better knowing there are nerds bigger than me lol. You are fine guys. After all, your employment focuses around the happiness of a younger audience. And childrens hospital, A GREAT
idea. [is great publicity too] Why not go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital? [I was a patient there]
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Fyrebrand
Fyrebrand: The guy fighting Dage, was that Nulgath? Well, good to know what both lords of evil look like in case I ever run into them.
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Belhunter
Belhunter: I've been plaing your games since DF and love them, i'm a member in all your single player games and hope you come out with and single player 3-D one soon, doesn't have to be legend of lore though, so just take your time.
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Colossus
Colossus: Why does an underground lab have sunlight streaming through the windows?
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Ai No Miko
Ai No Miko: Synthetic UV rays for our daily vitamin D!
theDecimo
theDecimo: Artix's Team is so Famous they got in the NEWS
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helllo
helllo: what the hell were that???
lol XD
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Gynorc
Gynorc: LOL! At 4:00 look in the background. You can see Artix and Sepulchure fighting. And when the girls walked up to the guy he was like "Hello!" That was great. Totally made my day.
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Dracojan
Dracojan: we still love you :D
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captaindoom
captaindoom: i started playing ae's games in 08 so maybe b4 that and showed my coisan so ae games are great :D
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rj_dragon10
rj_dragon10: YEAYA! , Been Playing AE since like 2003 :D BATTLEON!
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helllo
helllo: how?! no pewdiepie :( for fox news? D:
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helllo
helllo: sorry :D
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Irenes
Irenes: The fact that you guys are game obsessed geeks makes us love you even more :D!
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Lionfang
Lionfang: Exactly :D
SasumiNeko
SasumiNeko: Of course I love you guys, hopefully once I get a bike and set up a date, I could possibly come biking from Georgia to visit.
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