Lasers and Towers and Black Legion in Pure Blind
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2014, 2:00 pm
The tempo of operations has picked up a bit in Deklein.  The rumor on coms is that The Mittani has returned from some press junket and is getting all the veterans of foreign wars, now loafing about the region, warmed up and engaged so that we are ready to go when all eyes turn towards […]


Quote of the Day – When You Have a F2P Hammer, Every Nail is a Microtransaction
Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 12:00 pm
The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model. I think all companies have to transition over to that. Tommy Palm of King.com, interview at IGN IGN is becoming the place to talk about free to play and micro transactions.  And King.com, the new Zynga, certainly has reason to support that point […]


DAoC and Ultima Online Take to Steam Greenlight | Ten Ton Hammer
Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 12:56 pm
Steam Greenlight

Two of the industries oldest MMOG's have taken to Steam Greenlight to attract new blood. Are you interested?




Top Five Reasons to be Excited for ArcheAge | Ten Ton Hammer
Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 2:57 pm
ArchAge Boats
We just got access to ArcheAge, a game we've been excited about now for the longest time and think you should be excited to. So we list our top five reasons for why you should be interested in this sandbox MMO.


New Theme: Fictive
Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 3:00 pm
Fictive is about your style, your look, and your story. With plenty of ways to customize, it's a great option for a travel blog or personal website.


Guild Wars 2 MEGASERVER Impressions
Posted by Heartlessgamer.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 3:53 pm
The Guild Wars 2 April 2014 feature pack (aka patch aka update aka the "new" shiny) hit clients this week and along with it Arena Net unleashed the MEGASERVER (yes; you have to type it in all caps because it contains the word MEGA).  Now, the technology has not enveloped all zones at this time, but a few zones got the early MEGASERVER treatment.  I was able to venture into the MEGA version of Brisban Wildlands and experience the technology first hand.  Here are my impressions.

"WTF!? someone just helped me back up"  The statement was odd for me to make in /map chat.  I had spent a lot of time in the Brisban Wildlands as of late eating dirt and it was fairly odd to have another player present to help me back up this time.  There simply wasn't supposed to be more than a few players in this zone at any given time and there certainly wasn't supposed to be any working on the event the same event at the same time.  Let alone was there supposed to be one there to save my warrior from a tough tangle with a veteran.

In fact, Brisban Wildlands was hopping.  It was a happening place, if such a thing means something.  I was absolutely in awe of the number of players moving through the zone and elated at the pace of events occurring.  My map was full of orange circles and rapidly depleting orange bars appeared in my notification area.

What kind of bizarro world was I in?  This wasn't Queensland!  This wasn't a living event zone!  This was the boring and forgotten Brisban Wildlands!  There shouldn't be anything more than those one or two newbie Asura players that don't know any better!  Truth be told I was learning very quickly that the MEGASERVER technology was at work ensuring my lonely adventuring was no more.

Color me impressed with the MEGASERVER.  It was my most anticipated feature with the patch (unlike the majority that were hyped on the wardrobe system which has turned into a complete mess post-patch) and it has lived up to my expectations.  It is a truly marvelous change for the game and Arena Net should make sure 100% of their effort is placed behind rolling this out to every zone in the game.  I can't help but believe there are players leaving every day because they get sick of boring game play in empty zones.  Dynamic events sell Guild Wars 2 and with zones full of people those events are almost always happening.

In conclusion, the MEGASERVER is MEGA awesome.



Sony: VR 'might be quite a social experience'
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 2:00 pm

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Sony is following Facebook onto the mass-market virtual reality bandwagon, according to comments made by the firm's London studio boss.

Speaking with MCV, Dave Ranyard says that Sony has worked "quite hard" on something called the social screen in concert with its Project Morpheus VR headset, the former of which will attempt to link tablets or phones to a TV version of what the Morpheus user sees and thereby facilitate companion app play.

"The 1970s future vision of virtual reality was a very solo experience of people playing on their own, Ranyard says. "But actually it might not be that, it might be quite a social experience."

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Elite: Dangerous Cobra MK III
Frontier has sent out issue #19 of its Elite: Dangerous newsletter. As usual, there's plenty of interesting info on the upcoming space sim sandbox, from how heat (and heat management) factors into Elite's gameplay to the design philosophy behind the iconic Cobra MK III.

This latest letter concludes with more "mostly harmless questions" from the community, including bits about Kepler data and traversing Elite's mind-bogglingly big playfields.
There are two modes of super luminal (faster than light) travel. Super cruise (or frame shifting) is used for travel inside systems. It was originally conceived as a sub-luminal drive, but based on the fantastic collaboration we have been having with our Design Decision Forum backers it was re-worked and is now itself a super luminal system to allow relatively rapid travel within systems. Hyperspace drives are used to travel between star systems.

Hyperdrives with different ranges, charge up times and fuel consumption parameters are available, and so your particular model of hyperdrive governs your specific ability to move around the galaxy.

Both will make their debut in Alpha 4 (not counting the early version of hyperspace in Alpha 3).

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DAoC and Ultima Online Take to Steam Greenlight | Ten Ton Hammer
Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 12:56 pm
Steam Greenlight

Two of the industries oldest MMOG's have taken to Steam Greenlight to attract new blood. Are you interested?




Norrathian Notebook: Landmark update highlights the power of players
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 1:00 pm

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As a long-time gamer, I have to admit: I never expected I'd really see the day. What day is that? The one where a studio says one thing... and does it!

True to SOE's word, the development process for Landmark has been quite open. Between social media, livestreams, and posts, the devs have been very forthcoming about where they are and where they are going, giving players a pretty clear picture of what's going on. But that's only the half of it. What impresses me most about this whole situation is that player input is actually recognized as a valuable commodity, not a nuisance to be brushed aside and ignored. I'm not just referring to the opinions offered during the various Round Table polls either, even though those are a welcome component to the the mix. I'm talking about the fact that players are a driving force behind the direction of Landmark's development. And yesterday's update really brought that fact home.

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    Wildstar beta weekend plans
    Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 11:58 am
    I have a long weekend before me, 4-day Easter weekend. Which happens to coincide with a Wildstar beta weekend. Now I don't want to play the beta too much and then get bored on release. But I do want to use the beta weekends to make some decisions on my release main. The last beta weekend already helped me to decide to go warrior as a class, and this weekend I'm trying to decide on a path.

    Now the path decision for me is between settler and explorer, after having tried all four paths in the low levels. The scientist path is for people who like to read all those lore books in games like Skyrim, but I was never that interested in game lore. Call me a snob, but in my experience the writing in games isn't all that great, even if you compare it to "pulp fiction" fantasy novels like Conan the Barbarian. And if you have to find the lore in bits and pieces, you're usually missing half of the picture. I also tried the soldier path, but the "extra" activity of the path was way too similar to what I was doing already all day long when questing.

    In the low levels I did like the settler path, because it is a bit like a scavenger hunt with picking up resources everywhere. But at level 10 I realized I would want a resource gathering tradeskill, and so now I wonder if all that gathering isn't again going to be too much of the same. I was more skeptical of the explorer path at first, because I am not a huge fan of jumping puzzles in MMORPGs. But I played an explorer to level 10 and there were some cool parts like being able to run along specially marked explorer flags to get huge speed boosts. At least the flags were marked with an explorer symbol, so I assume other paths can't use those. I assume the trampoline mushrooms are useable by everybody.

    So what I am going to do this weekend is mainly to play my level 10 warrior / settler some more, maybe up to where you get housing, and do all the settler path missions I come across. Then I'll see if there is a bit more variety there than just gathering resources for building buff stations. I hope that after a few more levels I will be able to decide whether settler is the path I really want to play in the long term.
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    Quote of the Day – When You Have a F2P Hammer, Every Nail is a Microtransaction
    Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 12:00 pm
    The micro-transaction is so strong and it’s definitely a much better model. I think all companies have to transition over to that. Tommy Palm of King.com, interview at IGN IGN is becoming the place to talk about free to play and micro transactions.  And King.com, the new Zynga, certainly has reason to support that point […]


    Quote of the Day: It’s business
    Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 10:12 am
    “Videogame design is not a democracy; first and foremost it’s business and sneaky psychology.” ~ Syl


    Archlord 2 closed beta registration is open
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 11:00 am

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    Webzen wants you to play Archlord 2, and as such the company is inviting you to pre-register for the fantasy sequel's upcoming closed beta test. You can use your existing Webzen, gPotato.com, or gPotato.eu account as well as your Facebook profile.

    It's worth noting that registration does not guarantee closed beta access, according to the company's press release. Rather, you'll be entered into a key lottery. The closed beta is currently scheduled to begin in June.

    "Archlord 2 is a medieval fantasy-based MMORPG that takes place in the mysterious and dangerous world of Chantra," Webzen explains. "Players will join in a never-ending conflict between the two opposing factions of the Azuni and the Crunn. They will be able to satisfy their thirst for power by participating in enormous PvP battles holding up to 400 players and fighting to claim the ultimate prize and to become the Archlord -- the world's supreme ruler."

    [Source: Webzen press release]

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      Trion hosting ArcheAge combat and crafting livestream tonight
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 12:00 pm

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      If you're an ArcheAge fan and you're not in Trion's alpha, you'll want to set aside 45 minutes starting tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT to watch the latest dev livestream hosted by producer Victoria Voss and community guru Evan Berman.

      The duo will examine ArcheAge's combat classes and crafting skills live on Twitch.

      Trion also announced its first official AA competition which takes the form of a caption contest. The prize is a spot in the sandpark's alpha, and you've got until April 23rd to work on your entry.

      [Thanks WNxArcticwolf!]

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      The WordPress.com Transparency Report
      Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 11:00 am
      WordPress.com is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received.


      Elder Scrolls Symphonic Sounds
      Posted by Bethesda Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 10:05 am
      If you’re in or around St. Petersburg, FL this weekend, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, a concert series highlighting music from your favorite games, including music from The Elder Scrolls, will be playing the Mahaffey Theater on Saturday night at 8pm. Not a able to make it to Florida? rePLAY will be touring this to a […]


      LOTRO: The day after
      Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 9:00 am
      The title here has a double meaning, in that I not only started playing the new Update 13 epic story the day after it came out, but the storyline itself begins the day after the Battle of Helm’s Deep.  Time … Continue reading


      The Daily Grind: What's your favorite browser MMO?
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 9:00 am

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      Browser-based MMOs aren't normally my bag, but yesterday's Heroes & Generals update reminded me that there are a couple of nifty ones out there. Aside from H&G and SOE's late great Clone Wars Adventures, though, I don't have much experience with the genre.

      So, help me out, Massively readers. What's your favorite browser-based MMO title?

      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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        The Secret World's new ARG opens signups for loyalists
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 10:00 am

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        A newsletter sent yesterday to current and former players of The Secret World invites them to sign up for the game's upcoming Black Watchmen alternate reality game, which is due to officially kick off in September. Here's the hard pill to swallow for those of you used to the B2P nature of TSW: The ARG isn't free. Players who sign up will be funding the game's previously announced Crowdtilt crowdfunding campaign and will receive a year's worth of ARG gameplay and missions and a special in-game outfit for $20 ($10 off the normal fee).

        Massively's MJ explored the ARG in detail just a few weeks ago. Enjoy the trailer below!

        [Thanks to Dengar for the tip.]

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        Putting the bite on players
        Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 7:27 am
        “The latest round of player scams” – sounds like a phrase about Eve Online but it isn’t – it’s about Elder Scrolls Online.   Players who wish to have characters that are vampires are werewolves, as they could in Skyrim, can do so online…but it will cost you.  Not because of anything Bethesda did (maybe...


        WildStar Newsround (April 16) | Ten Ton Hammer
        Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2014, 9:56 am
        WildStar News Roundup

        In this weeks WildStar Newsround, we dust ourselves off after PAX East and catchup on all that's been happening in the developer and community corners.




        Is WildStar the Last Triple-A Subscription MMO? | Ten Ton Hammer
        Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2014, 11:19 am
        WildStar Subscription Model

        PAX East 2014 helped reinforce the notion that the MMOG industry is moving into a new era, but will WildStar truly be the last triple-A subscription-based title released?




        Hearthstone Launches on iPad, Adventure Mode Coming | Ten Ton Hammer
        Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2014, 6:11 pm

        Blizzard expands the availability of Hearthstone to iOS devices and announces that a new Adventure Mode is in development.

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        Low Elo Podcast EP. 107 - The Wriggles
        Posted by Low Elo: The League of Legends Podcast for the Players - Low Elo [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2014, 8:32 am
        With Jeff busy at PAX, Compy, Erik and Gankenstein toss spit wads and paper planes at the chalkboard. They also talk about All Stars, chime in with their thoughts on the controversial Feral Flare, lament the disappearence of tanks, and give advice to new players how to find your next favorite champion. This week's game is continued from last weeks. Send us what kind of local business your favorite champion would open, what their crappy daytime TV commercial would be like and include thier cheesy slogan! Send us your game entries and other email at team@lowelo.com. The hosts can be reached @LowEloDave, @belsaas, @RustyBlitzCrank. This episode's soundtrack is Le Petit Jardin by Lee Maddeford.


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