Warrior King Online Wikipedia Bibliography

Warrior King (born Mark Dyer) was born in Kingston Jamaica on 27 July 1979. He is a Jamaican reggae singer known within the Caribbean and internationally for his music that is focused on messages about education and uplifting women.[1] Some of Warrior King's best known hits include "Virtuous Woman" (2001), "Hold Da Faith" (2005), "My Life" (2005), "Can't Get Me Down" (2005) and "Wanna Give You Love" (2009).[2] "Never Go Where Pagans Go"(2002).

Musical career[edit]

Warrior King's musical career began in high school where he performed in talent shows. At that time, he followed the musical style of reggae artiste Bounty Killer.[3]

Over time, his style evolved eventually leading to his international chart topping single Virtuous Woman in 2001 (produced by Michael Johnson).[4] In October 2001, this song was # 1 on the Jamaican reggae charts, as well as, the New York Top 30 Reggae Singles chart.[5] In 2002, his debut album Virtuous Woman was released by VP Records and spent nine weeks on the Billboard.com charts.[6] This album included the songs Hold Da Faith and Breath of Fresh Air. Many established producers in the reggae industry contributed to this album including Sheldon 'Calibud' Stewart (Sizzla Kalonji), Lion Paw (Luciano and Junior Kelly) and Penthouse (Buju Banton and Beres Hammond).[7]

In 2005, he released another album called Hold Da Faith whose songs were on the charts for Jamaica's Weekly Countdown [8] and included singles such as My Life, Baby Girl, Education and Can't Get Me Down.[9] His music became known, not only in his native Jamaica, but also Tokyo, London, New York and Africa.[10] His 2009 album Love is in the Air[11] featured the hit "Wanna Give You Love" which spent two weeks at the top of the Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 Reggae Singles Chart.[12]

In September 2011, he released a new album called Tell me how me Sound featuring songs such as Jah is the Only One and System is Crazy.[13]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2001 when the hit "Virtuous Woman" became well known on the international reggae scene, The Jamaica Observer declared Warrior King "one of the artists who made a difference in 2001."[14] In August 2010, Warrior King was recognized by the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) Marcus Garvey Awards for his contribution to music.[15] He continues to tour the world including Europe, South America and the United States.[16] In April 2011, he completed a tour with renowned reggae singer Luciano, focused on raising funds for countries that recently suffered natural disasters such as Japan.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Warrior King was born in Kingston but moved to Clarendon, Jamaica during his early years. He went to ST Andrew Technical High School(Staths)and studied Human Rights and African Awareness at St. Andrew's Technical College, and then was a mechanical engineering student at the National Tool and Engineering Institute before he changed gears to pursue his musical career.[18] Warrior King is a devout follower of the Rastafarian faith and continues to use his music to reinforce messages about love, tolerance, education and upliftment [19]

Discography[edit]

YearAlbum NameRecord Label#1 SingleChart Toppers
2002Virtuous WomanVP RecordsVirtuous Woman"Jah is Always There"; "Never Go where Pagans Go"; "Rough Road"; "Empress So Divine"
2005Hold Da FaithVP RecordsHold the Faith"Can't get me Down"; "My Life"; "Another Love Song"
2009Love is in the AirRoots Warrior RecordsWanna Give You Love"Girlfriend"; "Loneliness"; "Yesterday has Gone"; "Wanna give you Love"
2011Tell me How me SoundTads RecordsTell me How me Sound"Jah is the Only One"; "I Can See It (ft Barrington Levy)" ; "System is Crazy"
2016The Rootz WarriorRootz Warrior Productions/Irie Sounds InternationalAin't Giving Up"Heartbreaker (ft Richie Spice)" ; "I wouldn't do that (ft Beres Hammond)";"Rastafari Protect I"

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  2. ^Reggae, United. "Warrior King Discography". Warrior King Discography. 
  3. ^World a Reggae. "Warrior King". Warrior King. 
  4. ^CD Universe. "Virtuous Woman CD". Virtuous Woman CD. 
  5. ^Reggae Review. "Warrior King tops the charts in Jamaica and New York". Warrior King tops the charts in Jamaica and New York. 
  6. ^Billboard. "Warrior King-Virtuous Woman". Warrior King-Virtuous Woman. 
  7. ^Cervantes Masterpiece. "Warrior King". Warrior King. 
  8. ^Yard Flex. "Jamaica's Weekly Top 30 Dancehall/Reggae (Singles) Hit List". Jamaica's Weekly Top 30 Dancehall/Reggae (Singles) Hit List. 
  9. ^Music. "Warrior King-Music, Artist, Band Bio". Warrior King-Music, Artist, Band Bio. 
  10. ^Walboomers Music, VP Records. "Warrior King Biography". Warrior King Biography. 
  11. ^United Reggae. "Warrior King-Love is In the Air". Warrior King-Love is In the Air. 
  12. ^The Jamaica Online STAR. "Warrior King Still Making Hits". Warrior King Still Making Hits. 
  13. ^Mukko. "Warrior King 'Tell me How Me Sound'". Warrior King 'Tell me How Me Sound'. 
  14. ^Big Up Radio. "Warrior King-Reggae Artist". Warrior King-Reggae Artist. 
  15. ^Jamaica Observer. "Jimmy Tucker, Warrior King receive Marcus Garvey Music Awards". Jimmy Tucker, Warrior King receive Marcus Garvey Music Awards. 
  16. ^Songkick. "Warrior King Tour Dates". Warrior King Tour Dates. 
  17. ^Images Newsletter. "Disaster Relief Concert in Australia". Disaster Relief Concert in Australia. 
  18. ^Jamaica Gleaner. "Warrior King Turns To Love". Warrior King Turns To Love. 
  19. ^Big Up Radio. "Warrior King-Reggae artist". Warrior King-Reggae artist. 
  20. ^United Reggae. "Warrior King, Discography". Warrior King, Discography. 

MechWarrior Online is a free-to-playvehicular combatvideo game, officially launched during September 2013 by Piranha Games for Microsoft Windows. The game takes place within the larger BattleTech universe.

Gameplay[edit]

In MechWarrior: Online, the player takes the role of a "MechWarrior", piloting large bipedal combat vehicles known as BattleMechs ('Mechs for short). Players can customize their BattleMech with an array of weapons and equipment and engage 12 versus 12 battles, the outcome of which earns the players experience and c-bills for future BattleMech purchases and customization.[3] There are currently two game types : Quick play and Faction play.

Quick play implements six game modes that involve protecting and attacking a single base (Assault), capturing and holding several points (Conquest), take and hold the center of the map (Domination), leading a VIP to a pickup point (Escort), protecting and attacking field bases with turrets and walls spread across the map (Incursion), and team death-match (Skirmish).[4][5]

Faction play is implemented as part of the Community Warfare (see below) and implements two game modes: Scout and Invasion.

- Scout: involves a team of 4 Medium or light mechs that tries to gather intel and then to escape from the map and another team of 4 Medium or Light Mech that tries to prevent the first team from escaping. If a faction is successful at scouting, it provides advantages to its Invasion teams and disadvantages to its enemies.

- Invasion: for this game mode you have to build a deck of 4 mechs within the weight allowance. You start with one mech from you deck and when it is destroyed you can choose another mech within the remaining mechs of your deck as reinforcement. Invasion has several phases, according to the phase you can play the following game mode : Skirmish, Assault, Incursion, Domination, Conquest (see Quick play game modes above) and Siege/counter Attack. Siege counterattack is an asymmetric game mode : one team protect the orbital cannon that prevent the invasion of the planet and the other team tries to destroy the cannon.[5]

Other features include Community Warfare, which will allow players to align with one of six factions[6] or mercenary corporations to impact a galactic map, as well as the addition of new Clan factions. Community Warfare was originally stated to be due out within 90 days of open beta (i.e. by January 2013).[7] Subsequently, the release date for this feature was stated by the creative director of Mechwarrior Online to be all 3 phases inclusive by launch.[8] Details about Community Warfare and a preview of the new user interface were revealed during the official launch party on September 26, 2013.[9][10]

Since the official launch in September 2013 did not include either the updated interface or long-awaited Community Warfare, a new road map was announced in December 2013 stating a goal of getting Community Warfare implemented by fall of 2014,[11] stating a worst case delivery date of October–November 2014. These goalposts were subsequently moved by Bullock to December 21, 2014 during a Twitter AMA (Ask Me Anything) session,[12] while the scope of feature delivery was also reduced from 'Complete' to 'Version 1'.

The Beta release of Community Warfare was released on December 11, 2014.

Mechwarrior Online implements two types of technologies for the Battlemech Inner Sphere technologies (IS) and Clan Technologies (Clan). These technologies are incompatibles. Recently (date to be confirmed), new technologies for both types were added in the game. (New weapons, new armors, new engines,....).

Development[edit]

Jordan Weisman, founder of Smith & Tinker and previously founder of the disbanded FASA Corporation which worked on the MechWarrior series, negotiated the license back from Microsoft after that software company had left the property idle for years. Russ Bullock of Piranha Games, a longtime fan of the series, contacted Weisman in October 2008 to discuss a collaborative prototype project that eventually became the new iteration of the MechWarrior series. In March 2009, after coming up with a presentation for a prototype scenario, both studios assigned a team of full-time designers and programmers.[13]

The game was officially announced in July 2009 with a three-minute debut trailer. At the time, the game was dubbed simply MechWarrior, as it was meant to be a reboot of the series and not a continuation of the previous four games.[14] The official title of MechWarrior Online came later in development. In October 2011 a Twitter campaign was launched as the start of the advertising campaign.[15]

Initial problems over finding a publisher were resolved when a new Canadian publisher in Vancouver, Infinite Game Publishing (IGP), who had been interested in developing and publishing such a title, agreed to back the project. This was precipitated by the purchase by Piranha of the licensing rights to MechWarrior from Smith & Tinker, which it was hoped would create more positive responses from publishing companies.[citation needed]

On May 22, 2012, Piranha Games announced the start of closed beta testing for Mechwarrior Online.[16] The game was scheduled to enter open Beta on October 16, 2012, but the date was pushed back due to stability and playability issues. Open Beta commenced on October 29, 2012.[17]

The game was officially released on September 17, 2013.[18]

On September 1, 2014, Piranha Games acquired the game's publishing rights from Infinite Games Publishing.[19]

Marketing and release[edit]

As a pre-purchase promotion, MechWarrior Online offered three tiers of Founders packages—Legendary, Elite, and Veteran[20]—all of which provided advanced beta access. Founders packages also offered exclusive perks scaled based on price, including months of premium account access, in-game currency and Founder's Mechs. The Atlas was the first Founder's Mech to be unveiled. It made its debut in the first week of August 2012. The remaining three Mechs were the Hunchback, Jenner, and Catapult, for a total of four. Each Mech sported a unique paint job and unique in-game bonuses. The Founders program officially ended on October 14, 2012. The Founder's Packs raised more than US$5 million.[21]

Project Phoenix packages were announced on June 25, 2013. The package has four tiers, offering a new BattleMech from each weight class, along with premium time and cockpit items. The packages were delivered on October 15, 2013.[22] An additional package, the Saber Reinforcement, including two further medium class BattleMechs, was unveiled on August 28, 2013.[23]

On July 23, 2013, Piranha Games added a custom BattleMech for a player's daughter who died of cancer. The proceeds were donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.[24] At the end of the charity drive, over $122,000 USD was donated.[25]

On December 13, 2013, PGI introduced new Mech Packages that include Clan Mechs. Packages ranged from $30 up to $240. Special mechs with a gold-plate skin were also announced, costing US$500 and included bonus items.[26] Player backlash over the gold plated mechs noted the high price of the packages for a small free-to-play game, as well as the addition of such items while other player-requested features have not been addressed.[27][28]

On September 14, 2014, PGI introduced a second Clan Mech Package that included the 2nd wave of Clan Mechs. Packages ranged from $30 up to $120. Each package includes a custom chosen warhorn, mug and colors of any one of the chosen clans, increasing every time the next package was bought. If the player had previously bought the top tier package of the first Clan Mech package, they would receive the bonus Mech of the 2nd package. Clan packages would be sent to players who ordered them on December 16.[29]

On October 22, 2014, PGI introduced an Inner Sphere Mech package, Named Resistance. Packages ranged from $20 up to $80. Each package included a badge and a faction pack. Each faction pack was doubled for each higher tier.[30]

The game was released for Steam on December 10, 2015.[31]

Legal issues[edit]

On September 3, 2009, shortly after posting preview videos and images of the game, IGN was issued a cease and desist order by Harmony Gold USA (owners of the Robotech franchise), citing copyright infringement over the use of several BattleMech designs allegedly based on mecha designs derived from the Macross series. Specifically, the trailer for MechWarrior featured the Warhammer, which is similar in design to the Destroid Tomahawk from the Macross and Robotech Series.[32] The Warhammer, as well as several other BattleMechs, such as the Marauder and Archer, were an important part of the early BattleTech universe and image, but were based on images from Macross and other mecha anime series that FASA had licensed from the original Japanese creators but which Harmony Gold claimed as their own property inside the United States.[33] In June 2011, Bryan Ekman, from Piranha Games, tweeted that there was, in fact, no dispute with Harmony Gold, and that they were not responsible for the game's delay.[34]

Reception[edit]

MechWarrior Online received mixed reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic rated it as 70.60% and 68 respectively.[35][36]

IGN gave the game a score of 7.3, stating that gameplay is solid and characterized it as an alternative to twitch-reflex based shooters in that MechWarrior Online rewards cautious play, thoughtful weapon use, and using advanced tactics. However, IGN criticized the games for being inconsistent in that matches swing between fast and furious and long and drawn out.[39]

GameTrailers awarded a score of 6.0 out of 10 praising the ability for players to customize their BattleMechs, but criticizing the cumbersome user interface and that the game did a poor job at explaining its systems. GameTrailers also stated that though gameplay was generally enjoyable, it quickly became repetitive because only two game modes (Assault and Conquest) were available at the time of the review and that the game lacked a larger framework linking battles together.[38]

GameSpot gave MechWarrior Online a score of 60 out of 100. GameSpot praised MechWarrior Online's graphics, gameplay, and customization, but criticized it for its high learning curve, lack of game modes, and lack of maps that supported 12v12 gameplay.[37]

Delays of major features, design decisions, and lack of communication from the developers led to growing community backlash over the course of 2013, with commentators suggesting that the developers were totally out of touch with the community and the needs of the game (Murff, James (August 30, 2013). "A Cautionary Tale: The Rage of the Mechwarrior Online Community". Game Front. Archived from the original on September 3, 2013. ) Comments from senior PGI employees in 2014 cited a number of factors in the delays, including technical debt from the game's aggressive release schedule;[42][43] a user interface that bottlenecked new features[44] and automation of community events;[45] the choice of CryEngine 3 for the game engine, which contributed to ongoing performance issues;[46][47] and IGP's lack of support for Community Warfare and new maps in favor of development of the Clan 'mechs.[48] From 2014 onward, development and iterations of existing features became steadier.

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  2. ^Goldfarb, Andrew (November 17, 2011). "MechWarrior Online To Use CryENGINE 3". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
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  11. ^"2013 State of The Inner Sphere". Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
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