Now Available – The Evil Within Comic #3
Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 4:25 pm
The perfect stocking stuffer — issue #3 of Titan Comics’ prequel series for The Evil Within is now available at your favorite comic book store. Check out our preview gallery for issues 1-3 in the imgur embed above.


Descendants Kickstarter promises 'real freedom of choice'
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 2:00 pm

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One thing you can say about Descendants, a new space sandbox that's asking for fan donations via Kickstarter, is that it's certainly not lacking in ambition. This creators of this sci-fi title promise that players really will make a difference: "Our main goal is to create exciting game mechanics with real freedom of choice."

The rundown of Descendants' proposed feature list is staggering: The game will have 20 playable races, 50 base classes, 20 prestige classes, crafting, land ownership, and a full-fledged political system. Cities can be built and spaceships designed from the inside-out. Of course, this sort of ambition doesn't come cheaply; Descendants is asking for $900,000 to get this game cooking.

The team created a 40-minute overview video of the project that you can watch after the jump to see if this is a game worthy of your interest -- and your dollar.

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Camelot Unchained's fourth newsletter covers the state of the game
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 4:00 pm

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While you were enjoying turkey, they were... um... well, also enjoying turkey.  Queued dispatches.
The build for Camelot Unchained is constantly improving in functionality. Dual-targeting is now implemented, allowing players to have separate friendly and hostile targets for various effects. The hotbar UI is improving. Auto-run is in the game. How do we know all of this? It's all in the latest newsletter from the development team, which discusses every aspect of the title from the stability and performance of the current build to future plans and technology integration.

Aside from the current state of the alpha testing build, the newsletter answers several community questions about possible new races and weaponry, shows off some of the armor designs that are being explored for mages, and talks about the game's reward structure. And even that isn't a full rundown of everything in the dispatch. If you're a fan of what's going on with Camelot Unchained, it might be best to just curl up with some holiday leftovers and read the full newsletter.

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“Framed” Design Review (and the concept of Design Space)
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 2:29 pm
“Framed” is a brilliant experimental iPhone game, built on one incredibly genius design idea, but appears to run out of room quickly. First off, I love the look and the style of this game.  The character design is strong, given … Continue reading


Ask Massively: Ridiculing e-sports is bad for MMOs
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 12:00 pm

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I don't love e-sports. I've never really been a fan. I used to enjoy spectating Guild Wars matches, but only in short bursts. Truth is, I prefer playing in PvP to watching it. I feel that way about real sports too; the ones I like, I'd rather play than watch. (Except tennis. I have no idea why, but I could watch that all day.)

And if the MMORPG community's comments are any judge, I am not alone in my indifference to e-sports. Actually, "indifference" is probably too tame a word; some MMO gamers are outright hostile to e-sports, be those e-sports jammed into proper MMORPGs or waaaaay out on the fringes of the online gamosphere.

That hostile ridicule of e-sports, however, degrades online gaming, our corner of it as much as anyone's.

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    Super Joystiq Podcast 123: Persona Q, Tales from the Borderlands, Escape Dead Island
    Posted by The Joystiq Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 1:00 pm

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    This week's Super Joystiq Podcast loves a good turkey warble sound effect.

    Happy Thanksgiving/Black Friday/regular Friday! We are here to talk games --and Harry Potter-- but mostly games. Ludwig, Susan, Richard, and Anthony convene to discuss the recent trend of games not working as intended at launch, the lovely Persona Q, the not lovely Escape from Dead Island, and TellTale's take on Borderlands.

    *The podcast feed is currently non-functional as we do some work behind-the-scenes. Please use the direct download link or embedded player after the break. Thanks!

    Listen to the Super Joystiq Podcast: Podcast timestamps and relevant links are available after the break.

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    Massively's Black Friday MMO sales and deals roundup
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 10:00 am

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    Happy Black Friday, everyone! We've been keeping an eye on MMO-related sales and promotional events just for you. Here are a few of the bigguns that might be worth taking advantage of today and through the weekend:

    And don't forget all the MMOs and MMO bundles/DLC on sale on Steam for the fall sale, as well. Elder Scrolls Online and The Secret World are among them!

    If you know of others -- and we're sure there are several -- sound off in the comments!

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      Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer #1
      Posted by Heartlessgamer.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 10:39 am


      Hell to the yeah.



      The Daily Grind: Are superhero MMOs doomed to be niche?
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 8:00 am

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      When Valiance Online launched its Kickstarter a few weeks ago, Massively's commenters posed an interesting debate over the viability of the superhero MMO market in general, not just the workability of a genre with three competing City of Heroes spin-offs. Some readers are convinced that the superhero genre is too risky and niche for MMORPGs, noting that the existing superhero MMOs have been more or less solid but small, nowhere near World of Warcraft huge. Fantasy, and to a lesser extent sci-fi, just dominates this scene. (Although we had a moment of hope when Blizzard first revealed Overwatch, it turned out to not really be much of an MMO.)

      And yet superheroes are killing it in movie theaters; the comic genre has transcended geek culture to become thoroughly mainstream. There should be a huge audience for such games, and superhero MMOs just plain make sense: They're an ideal setting for fun skills and powers, beating up bad guys, and dressing up in costumes.

      So what's the deal? Why haven't we seen a staggeringly huge superhero MMO? Are they in fact too niche after all?

      Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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        TL;DP: Fowl Space
        Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 6:45 am

        Time Played: 15 Minutes I'll never be able to un-play.

        Sponsored by: I have nobody to blame but myself.

        Nugget review:

        On this day where we're enjoying leftover bird, let me just say that I'm thankful I don't ever have to play any more of this game.

        Coq Au Vin review:

        I want to start this review with a tearful apology to the unfortunate GWJ member who received a green envelope with this game in it during the Summer Steam Sale. I'm sorry. I really really am. It was $0.24, and the art style from the screenshots looked cool and the concept of playing as a rooster in a space helmet fighting space vikings who are trying to steal the sun seemed too redonkulous to pass up.

        So I bought it for somebody. Then I bought it for me. Then I played it. Then I sent an email apologizing profusely.

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        Brain Training Online Games Advantages
        Posted by Write The Game [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2014, 1:28 am
        Brain guidance games at the moment are a sizzling topic within the battle alongside cognitive decline additionally, the rise associated with diseases similar to Alzheimer’s and also Dementia. One really recent entrant to this very market will be brain training games. These adventures are preoccupied with not definitely being games in the slightest degree, but […]


        Black Friday Gaming Deals
        Posted by Heartlessgamer.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 November 2014, 12:40 am
        Its that fateful day of the year where our wallets scream in terror: Black Friday.

        The fall Steam sale is already in full swing.  Check it out here.  General Steam sale reminders:
        1. Don't buy a game unless its on the daily sale.
        2. On the last day of the sale buy any game you wanted that was not on the daily deal.
        3. Buy early as sometimes the number of copies of a game on daily sale are limited!
        4. You can use http://isthereanydeal.com/ to see if a game is on sale cheaper somewhere else with a copy that will activate on Steam.

        Another great place for Black Friday game deals is Amazon, albeit not as organized as one would like.  The first place to start is on the limited-time (aka lightning) deals page here.  You can set the category at the right hand side to PC & Video Games or Toys & Games (for board games).  Note: these things sell out fast, sometimes within a matter of seconds.  Keep an eye on the sales coming up in the future so you know when to be there to try and snag a copy.  If you see "Join Waitlist" that means it was gobbled up, but if a clicker does not check out with the sales price the copy will go back in the pool.

        For board/card gaming it is best to keep an eagle eye on Board Game Geek's Hot Deals forum.  Users post deals all day long to this forum.  On Black Friday it can move quick so keep an eye posted.  Keep in mind for board gaming, shipping costs will often kill any great deals.  Look for sites that have free shipping on orders of a certain size like Cool Stuff Inc that has free shipping for orders over $100.

        For anyone venturing into the real world; may you go bravely and return safely.  Also don't punch any kids...


        ...unless its for the last one on the shelf.



        The Stream Team: Gorging on SWTOR's XP bonus for the holiday
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2014, 9:00 pm

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        Last week Massively's MJ showed what Star Wars: The Old Republic's duodecupled experience rush can do: two levels in one cutscene! But the 12X XP bonus is not over yet, and her level can only skyrocket once she has a speeder to get around on. To take advantage of this final week of bonus, MJ is diving back into the dark side with the aim of getting her Sith through a planet or two's worth of story. Can she keep up the evil on her Inquisitor? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. and see just how many levels she can get this hour!

        Game: Star Wars: The Old Republic
        Host: MJ Guthrie
        Date: Thursday, November 27th, 2014
        Time: 9:00 p.m. EST

        Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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          The Think Tank: Giving thanks for MMOs
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2014, 6:00 pm

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          Indulge us a little today, won't you? In our Think Tank today, we the Massively writers gather 'round the virtual feasting table on our virtual golden yacht to express thanks for those MMO-related things we're grateful for. Won't you share yours down in the comments also? We can get back to arguing over raidmills and gankboxes tomorrow -- I promise.

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            Lost Saga now on Steam
            Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2014, 4:00 pm

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            Does the West need another free-to-play "MMO action" brawler import from Korea? Smilegate and Steam Greenlight voters think so, and as such Lost Saga is now available on Steam.

            How MMO is it? Well, not very, since it's limited to 16-player PvP action. That said, Smilegate has included MMOish mechanics like PvE dungeons and customizable gear. You can catch a brief trailer after the break.

            [Source: Smilegate press release]

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              Star Citizen eclipses $63 million, adds pets
              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2014, 2:00 pm

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              Cloud Imperium has a lot to be thankful for, including the fact that Star Citizen surpassed the $62 and $63 million crowdfunding plateaus during Thanksgiving week. Chris Roberts has published a new celebratory letter in which he outlines the latest stretch goals (the Genesis-class Starliner at $62 million and the Reliant at $63 million).

              The upcoming $64 million goal should please pet lovers. "From Jones the cat in Alien to the Battlestar Galactica's Daggit, pets have a place onboard starships," Roberts writes, "and we want to give you that option in Star Citizen."

              What about $65 million? "We have a major feature we're investigating as an option. Suffice it to say, we've heard a lot of your feedback about modular ships and we want to expand our plan for how to do them," Roberts teases.

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              Norrathian Notebook: First impressions of EQII's Altar of Malice
              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2014, 12:00 pm

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              Norrathian Notebook:  First impressions of EQII's Altar of Malice
              Although Altar of Malice has been available to All Access subscribers for two weeks, EverQuest II's 11th expansion just opened up to everyone on Tuesday. That makes this a great time to share my initial impressions of the new lands and new content. Mind you, these are literally only first impressions: I am not one to blow through the content at a break-neck speed just so I can consume it all in as little time as possible. That's relegated to pecan pie. MMOs aren't a race to me. I prefer to gradually savor the content, stretching it out so the experience lasts. I've actually also been holding myself back from doing too much so I can run through things with those who can finally join me now that the expansion is fully released. I will continue to poke though it at my pace while I continue my other endeavors (do you realize just how long it takes to decorate a house?!). As such, a full review of everything will have to come at a later date.

              So what my thoughts as I amble amble my way through the land of the lost... er, jurassic park... I mean, Altar of Malice? EQII's dino-riffic expansion definitely has its highlights, like offering a heaping helping of nostalgia, but it has its disappointments as well. Here's my take.

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                PSA: Elite pre-order customers can play right now
                Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2014, 10:00 am

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                I didn't back Elite: Dangerous through its various crowdfunding stages, but I'm nonetheless playing Frontier's space sim today in between trips to the kitchen.

                How so? Well, I pre-ordered the Mercenary Edition this week, and the devs have graciously allowed latecomers like me to partake of the game's single-player combat tutorials from now through the December 16th launch. It's a good thing, too, because my dogfighting skills are a little rusty and there's a lot to learn about Elite before the big day.

                If you are a backer, you can play the full game via the gamma client. Don't forget to catch up on all the latest Elite happenings via Newsletter #51.

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                From All of Our Tables to Yours
                Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2014, 10:00 am
                Our offices are closed today as we give thanks and devour the delicious food placed in front of us. We hope that everyone celebrating Thanksgiving along with us have a fantastic day with friends and family! From all of our tables to yours, have a Happy Thanksgiving!


                Be Thankful
                Posted by Heartlessgamer.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2014, 7:58 am
                Have a great day everyone and be thankful.





                The Daily Grind: Are you gaming on Thanksgiving?
                Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2014, 8:00 am

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                It's Thanksgiving in the States, which means that no one's manning the Massively yacht! Ahhhhh! Just kidding. It mostly means that I'm eating too much stuffing and mashed potatoes and hopefully gorging myself on some uninterrupted MMO time after dinner.

                What about you, Massively readers? If you're celebrating today, will the festivities include any game time?

                Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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                  Stability
                  Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 November 2014, 11:51 pm
                  I think we’re there. I was actually standing in the aisle at Fry’s pondering what RAM to purchase when I decided against buying it.  I realized at that moment that I needed to account for everything that was drawing power directly from the power supply that went south on Sunday afternoon. And, it turns out, […]


                  That Stephen Seagal Moment
                  Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 November 2014, 8:25 pm
                  About a year ago, I decided to lose some weight with the Rock Band Exercise program.  In short, Rock Band on Expert Drums will totally and completely kick your ass.  Along the way to losing about 40 pounds, I gold … Continue reading


                  The Stream Team: Enjoy a heaping helping of pre-holiday ArcheAge adventures
                  Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 November 2014, 7:00 pm

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                  What do ArcheAge and Thanksgiving dinner have in common? A plethora of turkeys, ducks, geese, pumpkins, yams, corn, cream, and more. Tonight, Massively's MJ is taking a break from holiday preparations to dive into more ArcheAge adventures. (OK, let's be honest here -- she's been taking a break from ArcheAge to actually try to prepare for the holiday!) What's on the menu? It could be the Minions in a dungeon, some sneaking around the Nuian continent, or maybe just having a few hauler races! Join us live at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy a slice of ArcheAge life before your yearly turkey coma.

                  Game: ArcheAge
                  Host: MJ Guthrie
                  Date: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
                  Time: 7:00 p.m. EST

                  Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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                    Bungie's COO thinks Destiny and games like it are hard to review
                    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 November 2014, 8:00 pm

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                    Bungie continues to hype its Destiny shooter post-launch, with the latest bit of messenging courtesy of COO Pete Parsons and an interview at GamesIndustry.biz.

                    "The launch of Destiny was the starting line," Parsons says, before going on to explain how Bungie's Destiny operations center "looks like a NASA control room" and how "it's very difficult to sit down for nine hours, 11 hours, and write up a review of game like Destiny."

                    Parsons takes that notion a step further and asks how similar titles will be reviewed in the future when game journos face "a nearly impossible challenge" due to an inability to experience PvP, the campaign, and endgame activities on a deadline.

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