Arcfall delays PvP patch as it prepares to transition into alpha
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2017, 11:00 am
Here’s a little bit of bad news that’s followed by a large dose of good news for Arcfall fans. The team announced that it decided to move back the implementation of the game’s PvP system by two weeks. Bummer, right? Well, it’s actually because of an unexpectedly good thing. The team said that it’s been making such great progress on [...]


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Guild Chat: What to do if drug use impacts your MMO guild
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2017, 12:00 pm
Welcome along to Guild Chat, the column through which we all band together to help someone get on top of his or her guild-related issue: While I give my two cents here in the article, plenty of useful advice and different perspectives on the matter at hand emerge in the comments section. This time, reader Michael has a rather challenging [...]


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Kingdom of Loathing spin-off West of Loathing launches
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2017, 2:00 pm
Sinister clowns. Demon cows. Filthy spittoons. You know you’re intrigued already, but why stop at mere words when a world of western stick figures is available to play right now? West of Loathing, a western-themed spin-off of Kingdom of Loathing, launched this week on the PC. While the latter is a punny quasi-MMO, West of Loathing is a strictly single-player affair, [...]


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The MOP Up: Portal Knights splits up the party (August 13, 2017)
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2017, 4:00 pm
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line! Maybe [...]


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Dead Maze shuffles into the crowded zombie survival gamespace
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 August 2017, 6:00 pm
It’s been years since slapping zombies into your game was a novel attraction, yet it still remains a popular feature for players and developers alike. With The Walking Dead still generating water cooler discussions and geeks dreaming of that glorious post-apocalyptic fantasy, it is to be expected that more games take a stab (and a slice and a shot) at [...]


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Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! If our poll is any guide, a whole lot of our readers — and presumably the broader MMO playerbase — were immersed in Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire preview event this weekend, putting out actual [...]


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The Daily Grind: Are you a fan of Guild Wars 2’s non-traditional mounts?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 8:00 am
Mounts are the big new thing in Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire expansion, and as I’ve previously mentioned, I was initially concerned about their inclusion, given that traditional mounts would seem to necessitate a major revision of the game’s foundation. But of course, the new mounts aren’t traditional mounts; they seem more like toys to help players navigate parts [...]


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Video games can grow or shrink your brain, study finds
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 9:00 am
Does your brain feel a little lighter or heavier this week? It could be because of your gaming habits. A recent study on video games hosted by the University of Montreal took a group of people and subjected them to either first-person shooters or Super Mario Bros. It turns out that there was “statistically significant” less grey matter in the hippocampus [...]


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A Dota 2 pro was beaten by Elon Musk’s OpenAI bot during this year’s International
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 9:30 am
Dota 2’s The International 7 tournament is over, having concluded this weekend by crowning EU group Team Liquid — which arrived to the finals by way of the loser’s bracket — champions. Liquid walks off with over $10M in earnings. But perhaps the most interesting bit for folks who don’t follow Dota 2 closely came on Friday when the ubiquitous [...]


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Black Desert offers NA players a compensation package for emergency maintenance
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 10:00 am
Good news for Black Desert players in North America, you got some free compensation! The bad news is that it’s to make up for emergency maintenance on the game; the good news again is that you probably were not playing at the time? It’s a multi-faceted situation, that’s what we’re getting at here. While the official sources seem oddly reluctant [...]


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VR is still on the table for Star Citizen
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 10:30 am
VR-centric website Road to VR has a brief quote from Cloud Imperium Games that might be good news to those of you still hoping to someday see Star Citizen in virtual reality. “Nothing new really to report here,” CIG told the publication in response to its status request. “We do plan on having VR support for Star Citizen. But it’s [...]


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Dark and Light turns on three new servers, does a few magic tricks
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 11:00 am
Attempting to keep up with the current demand of the early access fantasy sandbox, Snail Games announced this morning that it is activating three new servers for Australia, the US, and Europe. Last week, the dev team wrapped up a lengthy look at its various schools of magic. The final videos looked at air, beast, and earth spells, such as [...]


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The Elder Scrolls Online’s Horns of the Reach DLC is live
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 11:30 am
Horns of the Reach is live in The Elder Scrolls Online today as ZeniMax’s first major update since the Morrowind campaign/expansion rolled out in June. As planned, the paid DLC includes two new dungeons (Falkreath Hold and Bloodroot Forge) and plenty of new kit. And even if you don’t pay for the DLC, you’re getting Update 15 for free; it [...]


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Wisdom of Nym: The winning jobs in Final Fantasy XIV right now
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 12:00 pm
Last time around, we looked at the jobs everyone thinks is deep in the loser category in Final Fantasy XIV. Some of them are really in a bad place, some of them just seem to be in a bad place due to perception, and some sort of have both going on at the same time. But now it’s high time for [...]


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League of Legends skin based on soccer player Edgar Davids is going to cost Riot money
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 12:30 pm
See the charming dark-skinned gent in the header image? That’s the Striker Lucian skin in League of Legends. It also strongly resembles the kit, hairstyle, and distinctive eyewear of Edgar Davids, a retired soccer player who was pretty good at the game and wore a similar kit at the time of the skin’s introduction. And now that skin is going [...]


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If you thought that Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones pirate MMO wasn’t going to have lootboxes, seriously, what rock are you living under? (And is it comfy? And can you maybe scoot over and make room for the rest of us?) In a new interview with Gamespot, Ubisoft creative director Justin Farren says that the studio is going for “more of [...]


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Almost nobody is happy with Pokemon Go’s irritating ‘exclusive raid battles’ plan
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 1:30 pm
Pokemon Go players are buzzing today over the release of legendary Pokemon Mewtwo at the Yokohama, Japan, event, which according to Niantic allowed “thousands” of players to grab the critter. “In the coming weeks, you, too, will have the opportunity to battle and catch Mewtwo with the new Exclusive Raid Battle feature,” Niantic says. “Exclusive Raid Battles are similar to [...]


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Leaderboard: Did Guild Wars 2’s preview weekend convince you to buy Path of Fire?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 2:00 pm
This past weekend, the gaming segment of my Twitter feed was positively dominated by chatter about Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire expansion free preview weekend. I even saw a few of my guildies dip back in, which shouldn’t have surprised me — quite a lot of our readers and friends told us in last week’s Leaderboard poll that they had plans to [...]


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Elite: Dangerous is retiring its 32-bit client
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 2:30 pm
Despite the name, Elite: Dangerous has never required a particularly elite home computer to run. But it will be getting just a little bit more elite with its next patch, as 2.4 is removing support for the game’s 32-bit client. Players who wish to play the 2.4 test version will need a 64-bit version of the game; according to the [...]


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Korea’s FTC to investigate Blizzard’s StarCraft: Remastered hourly fees
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 3:00 pm
The Korean StarCraft community is up in arms this week over Blizzard’s rerelease of the game — more specifically, its plan to effectively double-dip into the pockets of the very internet cafe culture that’s kept StarCraft a household name into 2017. The Korean Herald reports that South Korea’s PC bang association has petitioned Korea’s Fair Trade Commission to intervene, arguing [...]


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The PAX West City of Heroes and Ashes of Creation panels are a go
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 3:30 pm
A few weeks back, we reported on the City of Heroes-themed panel coming to PAX West in Seattle at the beginning of September. With the release of the PAX schedule on Friday, we can confirm that it is indeed happening on Sunday, September 3rd, at 8 p.m. in the Cat theater, with reps from City of Titans and Ship of Heroes [update: [...]


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EVE Online revenge war update: The war machine stalls
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 4:00 pm
Last week we brought you the news of a massive new war brewing in the north of EVE Online, and The Imperium’s threat of revenge to the alliances that live there. The Imperium has been farming hard in the southern Delve region for months and has built up a massive war chest since it was kicked out of its northern territory during the [...]


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Shroud of the Avatar is playable for free right now
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 5:00 pm
If you haven’t been aware of it, Shroud of the Avatar is currently running yet another extended trial for the remainder of the month. That means that even if you haven’t purchased the game, you can still jump in and try it out between now and August 30th. Of course, it is to be expected that a trial will come with [...]


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Blizzard has decided to keep Battlenet around after all
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 6:00 pm
Remember last September when Blizzard said it would be “transitioning away from using the Battle.net name” for the “central nervous system for Blizzard games”? Remember when Blizz came up with the idea to call it as “Blizzard Streaming” and “Blizzard Voice” under the “Blizzard Tech” umbrella? Remember rolling your eyes and thinking that was silly? Apparently Blizzard’s reversing course. “When [...]


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RuneScape beefs up inventions, offers more path to skill gear
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 August 2017, 7:00 pm
With RuneScape, it always helps to wear specialized outfits to help you level up a particular skill more efficiently — but sometimes this gear can be difficult to acquire. Happily, the studio opened up more paths to grabbing skill outfits by playing particular minigames that are related to each profession. Along with this change, this week’s patch opens up a [...]


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