Not So Massively: Dota 2’s $15M compendium, Vainglory’s Android launch
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 8:00 pm
Star Citizen started delivering weekly progress updates on its overdue FPS module this week, and two developers talked about how you’ll be able to repair your ship. SMITE made some changes to its jungling and warding mechanics to help keep the game fresh and released its new melee brawler god Ravana, Demon King of Lanka. Path of Exile‘s developers are [...]


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The Stream Team: Returning to Rogue in Marvel Heroes
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 8:55 pm
With the introduction of so many new heroes in Marvel Heroes over the last few months, MassivelyOP’s MJ has been distracted from playing her true love: Rogue. Now that the birthday celebration seems to have diverted the dev team’s attention from releasing more right now, she’s got a chance to dive back in on the maven of multiple powers. Join [...]


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The Daily Grind: What’s the best storyline in an MMO?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 8:00 am
Story is a polarizing word to MMO players: Either you love it or hate it, or maybe you just think it stinks or isn’t worth the money — yet. Today’s Daily Grind, posed to us by Kickstarter donor Spagomat, asks you to put aside your grievances with the idea of story and decide… What’s the best told storyline (not overall [...]


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The Alexander raid dungeon launches in Final Fantasy XIV
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 9:00 am
Yesterday, Final Fantasy XIV previewed Alexander; today, the game has patched it in. That’s a pretty aggressive patching schedule even with the game’s reputation of huge patched content. Not that this was exactly news, as players knew that the first weekly lockout for the expansion would be patched in after two weeks had passed. The first parts of the dungeon can [...]


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World of Warcraft asks why you use the Black Market Auction House
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 9:30 am
It turns out that you can bring the Black Market Auction House to your very own Garrison in World of Warcraft if you so choose, thus giving you even fewer reasons to ever leave the Garrison for any reason whatsoever. It’s also possible that you forgot the BMAH even exists, which is one of the answers on a new survey [...]


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TERA’s latest patch invites you to go berserk
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 10:00 am
Do you want to get angry? Do you already feel pretty angry? Do you feel so angry that you want other people to hit you in the face just because you’re so angry? Then you’ll be very happy with TERA‘s latest update, Go Berserk, with its headlining feature that allows Berserkers to become front-line tanks. If you want to tank [...]


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Skyforge wants you to break its servers today
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 10:30 am
“We welcome you to break our servers.” This tongue-in-cheek invitation comes from the Skyforge devs who are running one final pre-open beta test designed to load the servers and see if the tech will handle the upcoming strain. The test, which is open to any and all, is currently running and will conclude with a total wipe tomorrow morning at [...]


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A third of Crowfall backers live outside North America
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 11:00 am
In a new interview at a German Crowfall community fan site, ArtCraft’s J. Todd Coleman fielded several pressing questions for European audiences, including how many backers are from the continent. While Coleman couldn’t break it down into regions, he did say that 31.8% of Kickstarter backers came from outside North America and an addition 30% of website donors were from the [...]


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Guild Wars 2 datamining uncovers Engineer drones
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 11:30 am
It’s been a little while since Guild Wars 2 revealed another of the elite specializations coming to the game with Heart of Thorns, and players with as-yet unrevealed elite specializations are getting understandably anxious. The good news on that front is that Engineer players have a bit more to speculate about now. Datamining has uncovered several new drone designs for [...]


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Tamriel Infinium: Elder Scrolls Online’s Veteran Ranks are here to stay
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 12:00 pm
I am forever on the fence about gated content. One day I’ll find myself championing the idea that veteran, loyal players should have access to content that is meant for them and only them. The next day, I’ll remember that preventing players from being able to play with their friends is wrong, too. It’s wrong because when you design an MMORPG, it [...]


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Batgirl joins 'Batman: Arkham Knight' on July 14th
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 1:54 pm

Gotham, get ready. The first bit of DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight stars Batgirl, and it's due to hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 14th for $7 in North America (£5.80 in the UK). This is a story-based expansion called Batgirl: A Matter of Family, Gamespot reports, and it puts players in Batgirl's badass boots with new missions, side quests, a fresh hacking feature and Dual Play with Robin. A Matter of Family is the first installment in Arkham Knight's bulk-DLC season pass program, so anyone who purchased that will get the add-on at no additional charge.

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Check out Predator's gory moves in 'Mortal Kombat X'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 3:20 pm

Predator -- the Invisible Eviscerator; the Brutalizer in the Brush -- creeps into Mortal Kombat X tomorrow, July 7th, for anyone who owns the $30 Kombat Pack as well as the full game. For everyone else, the Dreadlocked Destroyer will be available to buy as a standalone character on July 14th. The Terror of the Trees enters Mortal Kombat X as part of the Predator Bundle, which includes three additional character skins: Commando Johnny, Infrared Scorpion and Carl Weathers as Jax. Predator joins fellow movie murderer Jason Voorhees as a DLC character in Mortal Kombat X -- and the two face off in the following trailer. Spoiler: It doesn't end well for Jason.

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YouTube star PewDiePie made $7 million in 2014
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 6:28 pm

Last year around this time, word got out that Felix Kjellberg, a 24-year-old Swedish bro known online as PewDiePie, made $4 million a year by playing video games, recording his reactions and uploading the resulting videos to YouTube. At the time, he had 27 million YouTube subscribers. Today, Kjellberg has 37.7 million subscribers on YouTube and his company, PewDiePie Productions, pulled in roughly $7.4 million in revenue in 2014, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen. It looks like this whole "watch people play video games on the internet" craze is here to stay.

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Microsoft has $500K in prize money for HoloLens science projects
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 7:37 pm

Microsoft wowed me a few weeks ago with its internal HoloLens programs, but like we've seen with Kinect, the coolest uses aren't always the ones Redmond devised. To help make more applications a reality, the tech giant has opened up what it's calling the Academic Research Request for Proposals. Five awards -- each including $100,000 and two HoloLens development kits -- will go to accredited universities and be announced this October 6th. The official reasoning here is that Microsoft wants to "better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society." So, to see what people outside of the Redmond campus think augmented reality is capable of. Got it. Other objectives include spurring research for mixed reality and generally getting more people to make holograms. A few examples the company lays out are data visualizations (similar to Epic Games) and creating 3D models for medical training.

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Documentary explains why 'Shenmue 3' is a big deal
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 7:54 pm

The Shenmue series represents a milestone in the gaming industry for many fans, a point where console experiences truly took off. The first Shenmue, released in 1999 for the Sega Dreamcast, was an immersive, emotional, cinematic role-playing game that expanded the definition of an action experience and pushed existing technology to its limits. A new documentary from filmmaker Adam Sipione and Fauxpop Media, A Gamer's Journey: The Definitive History of Shenmue, dives into the franchise's history and explores the recent announcement of Shenmue 3. Series creator Yu Suzuki revealed Shenmue 3 and its $2 million Kickstarter on-stage during Sony's E3 2015 press conference, and nine hours later, the project had cleanly smashed that goal. Check out the teaser for A Gamer's Journey, including footage direct from Sony's E3 showcase and accompanying fan reactions, below.

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A visual tour of the Pokémon Research Lab
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 10:00 am

A visual tour of the Pokémon Research Lab

There's no better way to inspire children into a career in animal taxonomy and species classification than Pokémon. Possibly. A temporary Pokémon Lab in Japan is opening its doors to wannabe researchers (and their parents), offering them a Poké ball and 12 different stations to test and identify the critter inside. Once you've derived the specific pocket monster (fortunately, at this junior research center, it's limited to a pool of around 30), there's also a healthy spoonful of real science and biology at the end -- oh yes, it's edu-tainment. This part of the exhibit tries to convey how important discoveries have occurred through observation and categorization of animals and creatures (the game's creator was famously fascinated by categorizing insects as a child). There was also a giant Pikachu in a lab coat to assist where needed -- although he didn't really help all that much. %Gallery-slideshow303449%

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I won't be playing 'Halo 5: Guardians' and here's why
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 10:30 am
Microsoft 343 Industries Halo 5

In the early 2000s, four-player, split-screen Halo was a revelation for my then-girlfriend Jenn (who would later become my wife), her two sisters and me. It was amazing, frantic, swear-filled fun. Controllers were thrown; tempers flared. But that's all sadly in the past. Last week, Halo's current custodian, 343 Industries, revealed that it's abandoning local split-screen multiplayer and native LAN support for this fall's Halo 5: Guardians. We knew from earlier reports that local campaign co-op was out of the question, at least at launch, but the Ars Technica report confirms we won't see any split-screen multiplayer modes or native LAN support. Allow me to repeat: No local multiplayer. None. In a Halo game. For me, and likely many other longtime Halo fans, the news is a bitter pill to swallow.

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Sony's Shuhei Yoshida reacts to the 'Nintendo PlayStation'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 10:46 am

Not long after our last intimate chat with Shuhei Yoshida, the President of Sony Computer Entertainment's Worldwide Studios at E3, a Redditor managed to dig up a prototype of the never-released "Nintendo PlayStation" that eventually led to the birth of Sony's very own gaming console. Naturally, when we caught up with Shuhei-san again at a Project Morpheus event in Hong Kong, we showed him our article on the priceless gem and asked for his thoughts. After some reminiscent giggles, the exec gave a brief account on the time he spent with a device with matching description, as you can see in our interview video after the break.

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Free Champion Rotation
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 3:33 pm

This week's free champion rotation has been posted. These champions will become free to play starting tomorrow July 7th.




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[NA] Server Maintenance: Patch 5.13

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On 07/08/15, starting at, 01:30 Pacific time (08:30 UTC), ranked queues will be disabled in preparation for patch 5.13. At 03:00 Pacific time (10:00 UTC), the servers will be shut down and all games currently in progress will end in a draw and stats will not be recorded. We estimate the battlegrounds will be unavailable for 3 hours.


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On 08/07/15, starting at 03:30 UK Time (02:30 UTC), ranked queues will be disabled in preparation for patch 5.13. At 05:00 UK Time (04:00 UTC), the servers will be shut down and all games currently in progress will end in a draw and stats will not be recorded. We estimate the battlegrounds will be unavailable for 3 hours.



Ronin
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 4:00 pm
Platformers are one of my least favorite genres. Aside from fighting games, nothing is as guaranteed to get me as frustrated. As a result usually I’ll immediately lose interest in a game when I find out it has platforming elements. Portal and Portal 2 being rare exceptions, in large part because they do such a […]


My First Steam Refund
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 10:00 am

The only game I paid more than a few dollars for on the Steam Sale a few weeks ago was Europa Universalis IV.

I started it up and within five minutes I knew it had been a mistake buying it.  The premise and description had gotten me intrigued, but the reality of the game was much too complex to be fun for me.  It was overwhelming and I knew I wouldn't like it.

So, I did my first Steam refund.  I just went to the support page, requested a refund, gave my reason as "Game is not fun" and went on my way.

Within a few days I had all the money refunded.  It was super easy.  I chose to put all the money into my Steam wallet since I know I'll use it eventually, but there was also an option to refund to credit card.

I was super impressed with the new Steam refunds.  I think this will actually end up getting me to buy more games to try since I know I can return them as long as I play them for less than two hours.  It's awesome!


Heavensward Leveling Woes
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 July 2015, 10:00 am
This still isn't my full review of Heavensward, but I need to vent a little bit.

The story in this expansion is great, I have fun every time I get to do main story quests.  But, the experience curve in Heavensward is crazy.



There is so much downtime between levels and since story content is level locked it gets annoying quickly.

I would pay good money to just skip leveling and be able to play the story quests of this game without being interrupted.

I want to see the end of the story, but I really don't like grinding levels in MMOs.  It's not my thing.  I hope this doesn't turn me off of the game permanently.


Deed hunting and blue whales in Wurm Online!
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 July 2015, 4:36 am
I am an eternal Wurm noob, so here I am running off in search of a server crossing and deed placement. I see a blue whale hunt as well! Play free at www.wurmonline.com ! — Watch live at http://www.twitch.tv/beauhindman


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