World Championship Preview: SK Gaming – Cool and Collected (Group B)
Posted by Cloth5 [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2014, 11:00 am

SK Gaming is a team with a long history in both competitive League and eSports as a whole. We will gloss over the days of Ocelote; the story of the current SK started in late 2013. The team was almost entirely rebuilt at this time, with CandyPanda as the lone holdover. The fledgling team made it back […]

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ArcheAge PSA: There are no illegal farms!
Posted by Mystic Worlds [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2014, 10:47 am
The past few days I've seen a string of players on trail baffled as to what they've done. It's happened so much recently that it became a topic of discussion in guild voice chat. Our opinions ranged from people are lying to avoid guilty convictions or they're plain stupid. Their rap sheet is right there stating all of their crimes.


STO: These are the voyages of the Black River
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2014, 9:00 am
Yesterday I splurged my game time mostly on Star Trek Online.  I couldn’t help it — I was in the middle of a series of really fun missions (the Guardian of Forever one for starters) and on the verge of … Continue reading


The Elder Scrolls Online pushes players to Upper Craglorn in Update 4
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2014, 10:00 am

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I'll up YOUR Craglorn!  I... no, wait, please don't draw your weapons, adventurers.  I'm... I'm so lonely.  I don't know what I'm saying any more.  My life just hurts, and every time I think it's not going to hurt any more it keeps going.  I walled myself away so I could live better, but all it did was make me long for contact I don't know how to have.  I just want friends.  All I need is for you to hear me out, and maybe we - oh.  Okay, you can stab me.  Maybe it's better this way.
You've been to Craglorn? Pff, that's boring now. Upper Craglorn is where the real action is these days. And by complete coincidence, Upper Craglorn is now open on The Elder Scrolls Online's servers, as the game's fourth major update has just dropped. The zone will wrap up the Celestial storyline as your character takes on the Scaled Court. That also ties into the new trial, Sanctum Ophidia, which is a direct strike against the heart of the Court; players will take on the minions and end up fighting the Celestial Serpent.

The new Dragonstar Arena also debuts with this patch, asking players to fight against waves of oncoming enemies. Plus there's a new crafting trait available, improved grouping mechanics, various bugfixes, the usual assortment. So if you can't wait to go knife up a really important snake and check out the places that all the hip new kids are heading for, go check out the update.

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Skyforge eschews gank PvP, teases PvPvE battles
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2014, 11:00 am

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"Fighting fair is the name of the game," say Skyforge's devs in a press release today, which is totally what the characters pictured here represent. (Sorry, that was a... low blow.)

My.com says Skyforge will allow small-scale PvP in designated maps with varying team sizes; it will also include a matchmaking system to protect noobs and make it "almost impossible to gank someone." Large-scale PvP, known as Pantheon Wars, is another story, one the studio isn't telling just yet except to hint that it'll involve "complex PvPvE-battles where proper role assignment is crucial."

Enjoy the new screenshots.

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We had an interesting question come up in the office the other day concerning all of the open world housing in ArcheAge. What if the game (perish the thought) shrunk in population and then faced server merges. How would the studio handle merging populations that had equal claims on housing plots?

It seems to be a recipe for disaster any way that you look at it. One solution would be to force everyone out of the pool, er, server and then make a completely new server for those populations to fight over. Another solution would be to award a housing plot to the character with the most seniority.

What do you think? How should studios handle server merges with open world housing?

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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    Extra Credits – Free to Play Is Currently Broken
    Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 September 2014, 5:00 pm
    Not really about MMOs, but certainly could be applicable in some cases, as it takes on the whole “whales” concept in free to play. (Direct Link) This goes well with their episode Doing Free to Play Wrong.


    Wrapping Up and Summing Up Pokemon White Version 2
    Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 September 2014, 1:00 pm
    I made it to through the final four and defeated Iris, the Unova champion, the evening after my last Pokemon post. It was pretty much inevitable that I would win sooner rather than.  I had already made it through the final four to Iris on my second attempt.  It was just a matter of tuning […]


    Nostalgia, Name Wipes, and the Next Expansion in Azeroth
    Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 1:00 pm
    Various World of Warcraft topics combined into a single post. Timeline to Draenor We are getting there.  There is now less than two months to go until until November 13, when Warlords of Draenor launches. (I’m still wondering if this was all foretold in the hint we got back in January)  And the reality of […]



    Texture Rebalances

    Context on Red Baron Corki

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    It seems like we iterated on a older, less cool version of Red Baron Corki where he didn't have the Iron Crosses. Expect them back tomorrow.

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    Abyssal Nautilus

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    Champion Changes

    Sona

    Hymn of Valor [ Q ] - Range is now 850 (up from 700)




    New Gameplay Trailer for Tokyo Game Show!
    Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2014, 4:03 am
    With Tokyo Game Show taking place this week (September 18 – 21) in the home city for Shinji Mikami’s team, Tango Gameworks, it only made sense to come up with a new gameplay trailer for The Evil Within. In our newest footage, the game’s primary antagonist Ruvik (voiced by Jackie Earle Haley), narrates and gives clues […]


    Into Sharpwind Mines
    Posted by MmoQuests.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2014, 4:12 am
    Around level 20 you’ll run into your first dungeon in ArcheAge, though it may be earlier / later depending on how much ‘stuff’ you do while leveling. My paladin obtained the quests for this zone at 22, which is a … Continue reading


    Donation Drive 2014 Update #1!
    Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 11:13 pm

    Hi everyone! Very happy to say the donation drive is going well so far. We're definitely trending a little bit behind last year without the personal rewards, but we're still on track to unlock a bunch of cool projects and prizes this year! Each and every person who donates to the site is carrying hundreds of users who get to enjoy an ad-free experience and an amazing community of people. Thanks to all of you who put something in the pot to make this a great place for everyone.

    We've cleared our first stretch goal which means community guest podcasts are a go! Next up are live podcasts, custom forum icons for some lucky donors and the coveted "Make Julian write about something weird" tier. Keep it up!

    Jump in after the break to see the list of heroes so far. If you'd like to join the fun and get your forum icon hit the donation page and give whatever feels good.

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    GWJ Conference Call Episode 414
    Posted by Gamers With Jobs - Conference Call [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 11:03 pm

    Episode 414 - September 17th, 2014
    Destiny, Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut, Diablo, What Keeps You in A Franchise?, Donation Drive Update, Your Emails and More!

    Right Click Here and 'Save As' to Download!
    (Destined For DLC 45.5 MBs, 1:19:32)

    This week Shawn, Julian and Russ Pitts talk Destiny and what keeps them locked into a AAA game for months on end.

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    Delta Rising Debrief
    Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 8:20 pm
    Several dev blogs have come out in the last two weeks that I’m just now catching up on. My favorite new feature has to be Grapple Guns! While I would love to be able to use these anywhere, I really doubt that will be the case. None of the existing maps will have been developed […]


    Grimoire asks for funding to put FPS wizard multiplayer in your hands
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 10:00 pm

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    You've played pretty much every first-person shooter that there is, but have you done a multiplayer FPS where there are no soldiers but wizards and no guns but fast-flung magic spells? This unusual bent on the formula is the basis for Grimoire, which has just begun a crowdfunding campaign.

    According to the Kickstarter description, "Grimoire is a multiplayer mage FPS with MOBA-style abilities that puts the player in control of devastating magic." Players can fight from first- or third-person views and take on the role of one of 10 wizard classes.

    Grimoire's been in development for a year, is currently being voted for on Steam Greenlight, and even has a combat preview demo that you can download and try right now. The makers said that the game's had "practically no budget" up this point, which is why they're looking to raise $42,000 to improve what's already been made. The soundtrack is being composed by Pirates of the Caribbean Online vet Marcus Zuhr.

    [Thanks to Dengar for the tip!]

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    Pumpkin Online hits its funding goal
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 11:00 pm

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    It might look rough, but it seems like it'll go.
    Starting out with a niche premise of farming and inclusivity, Pumpkin Online was never going to hit record-breaking numbers during its Kickstarter campaign. But fans can rejoice today, as the game met its funding goal with just a bit over 48 hours to go on the overall campaign. That's a far sight from hitting any stretch goals, but it means that development on the game should continue.

    The Kickstarter page launched with a modest goal of $30,000 in funding; the game is also seeking entrance on Steam Greenlight. If you were fond of the concept but didn't want to toss money in without the safety of a funded campaign, there's still a little more time to throw money into the pot.

    [Thanks to wolfyseyes for the tip!]

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      Backward Incompatibility
      Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 8:08 pm

      I don't know what came over me. Really. Usually I am scrupulous to the point of obsession about playing games in order. I can't even watch a serialized TV show a la carte. If there's a big story arc, I have to watch it all, or not at all.

      So why did I play Fallout 3 before I played any Elder Scrolls games?

      I read the reviews, I listened to the podcasts. I knew it was Oblivion with Guns, even though people strenuously insisted it wasn't.

      For whatever reason — lost now to the sands of time (not to be confused with the Sands of GWJ, who is right this moment playing Europa Universalis 4) — I bought Fallout 3 and skipped over the entire Elder Scrolls lineage that would have given me context.

      And I can't go back.

      I mean that quite literally. How do I know? I know because I tried.

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      The Stream Team: Black market dealings in Elite: Dangerous
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 8:00 pm

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      Massively's Mike Foster has spent the last two weeks investigating the friendlier and more legal areas of Frontier Developments' Elite: Dangerous. In tonight's stream, however, he'll be investigating the shady underbelly of Elite by attempting to take on (and complete) black market contracts for some of the game's less-than-honorable individuals. Choose My Adventure's voters have spoken; it's time for Mike to get his hands dirty.

      Will he end up blown to bits by overzealous federal ships? Or can he make a career as one of Elite's next great outlaws? Tune in at 7:00 p.m. EDT to find out.

      Game: Elite: Dangerous
      Host: Mike Foster
      Date: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
      Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT

      Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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        Global Chat: Blaugust triumphant
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 9:00 pm

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        Last month, Tales of the Aggronaut issued a community-wide challenge for MMO bloggers to commit to posting (at least) once a day for all 31 days. This challenge was called Blaugust, and it caused a tidal wave of additional posts, top 10 lists, and random cat pictures as writers struggled to keep up with the rate of output.

        While not everyone who signed up succeeded in sticking out the entire month, it certainly injected some life into summer doldrums and got people talking. The 2014 Blaugust Wrap-up does a great job giving an overview of the challenge and a list of all of the blogs involved. If you're looking for outspoken opinions put forth at a prodigious rate, I'd suggest checking these out.

        Speaking of outspoken opinions, we've also got plenty of them in the form of the most interesting posts from the past two weeks! Global Chat... away!

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          Server Maintenance, Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
          Posted by Lineage II [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 3:56 pm
          All game servers will be down for maintenance on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, at 5am PDT / 7am CDT / 8am EDT / 12pm UTC/GMT and will end at 9am PDT / 11am CDT / 12pm EDT / 4pm...


          The name Dark Passage can be traced back to a Turkish Counter-Strike team formed in 2003. DP has since grown into a world-class eSports organization with competitive teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike, FIFA, Starcraft, and more. Dark Passage won the 2013 Turkish Championship and has been dominating the Turkish scene for quite some time […]

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          Now Live: ESO Update 4!
          Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 6:39 pm
          Update 4 for The Elder Scrolls Online is now available on both the North American and European megaserver, and there’s a ton to see in it! The roads to Upper Craglorn are open, and new quests, delves, and the conclusion of the Celestial storyline are all waiting for your group to explore. Visit Dragonstar and […]


          Massively Speaking Episode 313: ArcheRivals
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 7:00 pm

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          With several major launches and releases this past week, MMO gamers have been drowning in so much good stuff. As such, we brought Jef on the podcast today as our designated lifeguard who is certified in digital CPR. Join the crew today as we talk about the ever-changing landscape of this industry and what these releases mean for you!

          Get all of our opinions and analysis on the most important stories of the past week right here on Massively Speaking, the industry's leading MMO podcast. And if you have a comment, question, or topic for the podcasters, send an email to podcast@massively.com. We may just read your email on the air!

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            Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 9/16/2014
            Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 September 2014, 5:08 pm

            WIP Post


            Texture Rebalances

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            Red Baron Corki

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            Abyssal Nautilus

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            Champion Changes

            Sona

            Hymn of Valor [ Q ] - Range is now 825 (up from 650)




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