H1Z1
Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2014, 1:57 am
As SoE close the door on some of their titles such as Vanguard and Free Realms their efforts are being refocused on the newer MMO games on the horizon, one of which is H1Z1. I’m a little dissapointed that Free Realms is going, as Little Troll gets older I was hoping to introduce him to […]


PAX East 2014: Can World of Warcraft's garrisons live up to the hype?
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2014, 4:00 pm

Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Like many players, I have very mixed feelings about the garrisons being added to World of Warcraft's latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor. At this year's PAX East, I sat down with Blizzard Entertainment to discuss the feature, and the studio reps explained garrisons as a way for Blizzard to bring a bit of Warcraft into the WoW universe. As a fan of WarCraft 3, I left the interview feeling hopeful and excited. But the more I thought about it, the more I began to worry that garrisons will boil down to one of three things: an expanded version of Mists of Pandaria's farms, a new daily quest hub, or just another time-sink that will keep players isolated from one another.

Continue reading PAX East 2014: Can World of Warcraft's garrisons live up to the hype?

MassivelyPAX East 2014: Can World of Warcraft's garrisons live up to the hype? originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments




    The Stream Team: Esper adventures in the WildStar beta
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2014, 2:00 pm

    Filed under: , , , , , , ,

    It's time once again for Massively's MJ to grab her ectoplasmic throwing stars and leap back into the WildStar beta! There are plenty more adventures to be had (and Dominion to eradicate) on her journey to a level that allows housing. That's right -- MJ is going to push for the exalted level of 14! How much experience can she store up in one hour? Join us live at 1:00 p.m. for the wild XP ride.

    Game: WildStar
    Host: MJ Guthrie
    Date: Saturday, April 19th, 2014
    Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

    Continue reading The Stream Team: Esper adventures in the WildStar beta

    MassivelyThe Stream Team: Esper adventures in the WildStar beta originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

    Permalink | Email this | Comments




      Perfect Ten: Strategies for juggling multiple MMOs
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2014, 1:00 pm

      Filed under: , , ,

      Among my friends, I have a reputation for being "that guy who plays all the games." People are constantly asking me how I manage to handle so many MMOs simultaneously on top of work and family, as if I've managed to clone myself or I never sleep. The truth is far more mundane: Work and family get top priority with my time, and what I have left for gaming is simply spent wisely.

      The thing is that I'm just always enamoured with so many MMOs that I can't just play one and nothing else. I have to be a "juggler:" a player who balances online worlds. With limited time at my disposal and a desire to be in three or four MMOs at any given time, I've done a lot of experimenting with different ways to juggle titles.

      There is no one best way, I've found. It depends on how "fair" you want to be to your MMOs and whether it's a priority to you to give each of them more or less the same attention and time. Each of the following strategies has pros and cons, and if you're trying to handle two or more titles, you're simply going to need to figure out what works best for you and your allotment of time.

      Continue reading Perfect Ten: Strategies for juggling multiple MMOs

      MassivelyPerfect Ten: Strategies for juggling multiple MMOs originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

      Permalink | Email this | Comments




        My WildStar crew, part 2
        Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2014, 9:00 am
        And here are my efforts to create fun-looking characters over on the Dominion side of things: It might just be me, but it seems as though Cassians get better options, especially in the hairstyle department.  Seriously, how could I *not* … Continue reading


        WRUP: Oversaturation
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2014, 11:00 am

        Filed under: ,

        Hearthstone
        Welcome back to Massively's What Are You Playing, the game where we tell you what we're playing this weekend and you try to convince us that what the genre needs next is a zombie MMOTCG or possibly a zombie MOBA. With motorcycles. And then we make this froggy face at you.

        Continue reading WRUP: Oversaturation

        MassivelyWRUP: Oversaturation originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

        Permalink | Email this | Comments




          The Daily Grind: What naming restrictions do you approve of?
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2014, 9:00 am

          Filed under: , , ,

          WildStar
          A recent beta patch in WildStar included several changes to its naming rules. Numbers in names are out but special characters are in. I'm really not a huge fan of most special characters because they're used to circumvent the fact that your desired name was chosen and so you're going to create a similar-looking name that will be all but impossible for your friends and guildies to type.

          Of course, in some games this isn't a problem because players can pick any name they like as long as it's attached to their permanent handle. But that's got its pros and cons too.

          What naming restrictions do you approve of? Personally, I wish all MMOs allowed for first and last names, since this usually solves the problem of taken names while increasing variety. I also don't know how prevalent "leet-speak" is these days to necessitate the removal of numbers.

          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!

          MassivelyThe Daily Grind: What naming restrictions do you approve of? originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

          Permalink | Email this | Comments




            RIFT's Dragon Update | Ten Ton Hammer
            Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 12:31 pm
            Rift Dragon Update
            Two dragons are back from the past in the latest RIFT update and we've got the information on these dragons directly from Trion, including what kind of gear you'll need to face off against these beasts.


            WildStar Guild Spotlight: Enigma | Ten Ton Hammer
            Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 2:38 pm
            WildStar

            In this weeks WildStar Guild Spotlight we sit down with Enigma, a guild who have had plenty of press coverage in the past because of their success in World of Warcraft. Here's how we got on.


            Enigma Guild Spotlight




            Warlords of Draenor: Flight Path Upgrade | Ten Ton Hammer
            Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 9:54 pm
            OrgSkies.jpg
            With players firmly grounded in Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard is introducing an upgrade to new flight paths in Warlords of Draenor.


            Skyforge posts Q&A on character development and more
            Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 10:00 pm

            Filed under: , , , , , , ,

            The Skyforge team today selected and answered 10 community questions on the official forums ranging from "when's beta" (effective answer: no comment) to "how will names work" (answer: given name plus surname). Perhaps the most interesting tidbits focused on character development: The team confirmed that you can switch classes on the fly "whenever you like" and that because of this mechanic, you're unlikely to need alts. Moreover, says the team, "character progression in the game is not level based," and "players will always have ways to advance their characters further."

            The free-to-play sci-fantasy MMORPG's full Q&A is available on the official forums. The developers have promised to post more answers every two weeks.

            [Thanks to Paul for the tip!]

            MassivelySkyforge posts Q&A on character development and more originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

            Permalink | Email this | Comments




            Warlords of Draenor: Flight Path Upgrade | Ten Ton Hammer
            Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 9:54 pm
            OrgSkies.jpg
            With players firmly grounded in Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard is introducing an upgrade to new flight paths in Warlords of Draenor.


            Camelot Unchained dishes on design progress, racial lore
            Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 8:00 pm

            Filed under: , , , , , , ,

            Camelot Unchained
            City State Entertainment's Mark Jacobs has been a busy bee over on the Camelot Unchained blog today, delivering two posts about the game. The first discusses the world editor and progress on the programming front. Writes Jacobs,
            We've kicked it up a notch with our combat system. We've now got character stats in the game. We've got more interesting abilities that can apply buffs and debuffs and affect your character's stats. Active effects on the character are passed to the UI layer so you can see what effects are active on your character. Abilities are saved to the database and updates can be pushed straight to the Live or Stable server. Cooldowns are in place and can affect one or more abilities.
            The second blog post includes new concept art and a lengthy lore piece on the Caretakers of the Tuatha De Danann. Enjoy both on the official site.

            MassivelyCamelot Unchained dishes on design progress, racial lore originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

            Permalink | Email this | Comments




            Betawatch: April 12 - 18, 2014
            Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 9:00 pm

            Filed under: , , , , , , ,

            Betawatch
            This week, Trion expanded Trove's "adventurer" supporter tier, which costs $20, to include instant access to the game's ongoing alpha test. What else is new in the world of MMO betas this round?
            • Shards posted a survey for hopeful alpha test candidates (thanks, Siphaed!).
            • WildStar showed off new body customization options in its latest round of beta.
            • Face of Mankind's open beta begins... today!
            • Swordsman joins our list with its closed beta signups.
            • Archlord 2 opened its closed beta registration earlier this week.
            • Landmark implemented a major building patch for its beta.
            • We streamed Origins of Malu's alpha with the developer team.
            • Icarus Online's Korean open beta got a video preview.
            • HEX announced its closed beta will begin on April 23rd.
            • Monkey King Online soft-launched into open beta.
            • CasinoRPG, which does call itself an MMORPG, officially moved from beta to launch on April 16th.
            Read on for the complete Betawatch roundup!

            Continue reading Betawatch: April 12 - 18, 2014

            MassivelyBetawatch: April 12 - 18, 2014 originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

            Permalink | Email this | Comments




              Dark Age of Camelot plans character transfer service and new art
              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 7:00 pm

              Filed under: , , , , ,

              DAoC
              Dark Age of Camelot's grab bag -- written by Sir Grabford B. Bagsworth III Esq., no less -- is back, and at the top of the most pressing questions is the issue of character transfers. Broadsword said that these are indeed in the works: "We would like to provide the opportunity to allow consolidation. This will be among the many updates and upgrades to the Broadsword account center that is currently underway. Currently, it's planned as a premium service -- but there are no details on the prices as yet."

              Broadsword mentions how art improvements have been going in the game following the studio's acquisition of DAoC. "We have renewed investment in this area, and we're really excited about updating art for various features in DAoC. Things we're currently discussing are: fixes for art-related bugs, new maps, UI skins, new items, monsters, and more!"

              Other topics in the grab bag include the return of in-game surveys, the status of the new website, and details of the next patch. The studio teased that it will be adding "a new long-term live event with a very cool surprise" with the update.

              MassivelyDark Age of Camelot plans character transfer service and new art originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

              Permalink | Email this | Comments




              Quote of the Day: Trait revamp
              Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 4:24 pm
              “Between the level increase to unlock traits (seriously, waiting until level 30 is terrible. If it had to have been changed, it should have been to level 20, at the highest), and the requirements to then unlock traits, I see … Continue reading


              Ascent: The Space Game on building a better sci-fi sandbox
              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 5:00 pm

              Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,

              Ascent
              You'd be forgiven for not having heard of Ascent: The Space Game before. EVE Online is the sci-fi sandbox dominating headlines, and Star Citizen and other upcoming games are breathing down its neck. Is there room in the genre for, well, an indie space MMO that isn't all about cutthroat politics or hardcore ganking?

              James Hicks, the founder and CEO of Fluffy Kitten Studios and the man behind Ascent, says yes. He took the time this week to answer our questions about his already-playable-but-still-in-development game in deep detail, focusing on the game's complexity, player feedback, business model, mechanics, and how Ascent can truly expand the genre.

              Continue reading Ascent: The Space Game on building a better sci-fi sandbox

              MassivelyAscent: The Space Game on building a better sci-fi sandbox originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

              Permalink | Email this | Comments




                Hands-on with Windborne's early access
                Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 6:00 pm

                Filed under: , , , , , ,

                Screenshot -- Windborne
                The breakout success of Minecraft has inspired a slew of creative sandbox games since its release in 2011, and the trend has shown no signs of dying down given the ever-increasing number of sandbox titles hitting the market. Hidden Path Entertainment's in-development title Windborne is certainly one such game, and at first glance one might be tempted to write it off as a clone of Mojang's golden child, but that would be more than a little disingenuous.

                The folks at Hidden Path were generous enough to provide me with a key to get some hands-on experience with Windborne, but I'd like to make special mention of the fact that the game is currently part of Steam's Early Release program, which of course means that it's still unfinished and under constant development. With that in mind, I dived into Windborne's world of mystical floating islands, and I've got more than a few thoughts about the game, where it's going, and where it needs to be.

                Continue reading Hands-on with Windborne's early access

                MassivelyHands-on with Windborne's early access originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

                Permalink | Email this | Comments




                  Remembering Our Time in Zul’Gurub
                  Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 4:00 pm
                  Part of being able to blog regularly is having a routine.  There is a time I sit down and write and another when I review screen shots and so on. For the Saturday night instance group, I usually sit down Sunday, start the post, sketch out what I will write, noting down some key events […]


                  My WildStar crew, part 1
                  Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 3:39 pm
                  With the WildStar beta weekend and the new patch boasting additional body options and hairstyles, I knew I had to make it my goal to log in and work on my future characters’ looks.  Here’s the crew of possibles that … Continue reading


                  Check out WildStar's new body customization options
                  Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 4:00 pm

                  Filed under: , , , , ,

                  WildStar
                  Earlier this month we discovered that Carbine was planning to add additional (as in "more than one") body types for each race and gender in WildStar. The changes are in with this weekend's beta test update, and YouTube sensation and friend of Massively Richie "BogOtter" Procopio made a 21-minute video looking at all of the new options for characters.

                  He's got the video broken down into sub-sections, so if you want to skip to a certain race/gender combo, you can do so. He also includes the new hairstyles that went in with the patch. Give the video a watch after the break and let us know whether Carbine did a good job with these additions or not!

                  Continue reading Check out WildStar's new body customization options

                  MassivelyCheck out WildStar's new body customization options originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

                  Permalink | Email this | Comments




                  WildStar Guild Spotlight: Enigma | Ten Ton Hammer
                  Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 2:38 pm
                  WildStar

                  In this weeks WildStar Guild Spotlight we sit down with Enigma, a guild who have had plenty of press coverage in the past because of their success in World of Warcraft. Here's how we got on.


                  Enigma Guild Spotlight




                  When I hear a honk …
                  Posted by Welshtroll [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 2:03 pm
                  I’m suddenly thrown back into Left for Dead 2 at the Dark Carnival panicking that a clown is about to attack us


                  Atlantica Online gets new class, dungeons, and more
                  Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 3:00 pm

                  Filed under: , , , , ,

                  Atlantica Online Celestial Hunter
                  Nexon has added new dungeons, a new merc, and a new class to Atlantica Online. The Empires of Gold update boasts dungeons including the Forgotten City of Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, the Golden City of El Dorado, and the Gold Empire of Defense.

                  Atlantica's new class is the Celestial Hunter, "a fierce archer who can best any challenger with her bow and arrow skills."

                  We've embedded the update trailer for you after the break!

                  Continue reading Atlantica Online gets new class, dungeons, and more

                  MassivelyAtlantica Online gets new class, dungeons, and more originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

                  Permalink | Email this | Comments




                  RIFT's Dragon Update | Ten Ton Hammer
                  Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 12:31 pm
                  Rift Dragon Update
                  Two dragons are back from the past in the latest RIFT update and we've got the information on these dragons directly from Trion, including what kind of gear you'll need to face off against these beasts.


                  · Older Entries >>

                  Show: [ALL] [NEWS] [BLOGS] [PODCASTS]

                  Updated Today:
                  Bio Break [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Game Truth [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Gamers with Jobs [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Joystiq MMO [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Massively [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Ten Ton Hammer Headlines [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Welshtroll [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  WoW on TTH [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Updated this Week:
                  Bioware TOR Dev Blog [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  DDOcast [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  GWJ Conference Call [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Lineage II [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  MMO Gamer Chick [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  MmoQuests.com [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Morphisat's Blog [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Player Versus Developer [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Raph Koster [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Troll Racials are Overpowered [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Write the Game [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Updated this Month:
                  A Green Mushroom [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  BestLeagueBlogNA [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Finding Fiero [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Joe Ludwig's Blog [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Lost In The Grind [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  MMORPG.COM News [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Mystic Worlds [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Psychochild's Blog [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Sweet Flag [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Terra Nova [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  The Old Republic News from Bioware [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Zen of Design [HTML] [XML] [FULL]