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The first stage of testing for WildStar‘s free-to-play conversion has been a success on the whole. Sure, there have been aspects that veterans didn’t like, such as the Sprint changes (which are being altered anyhow, allowing players to turn off the always-sprinting option), but the majority of the changes have been well received. So now it’s time to move on [...]


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Senior citizen dragons fly into Trove
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 10:30 am
What, can’t dragons be old? Sure they can — just look at Trove! The colorful sandvox added a new type of dragon ally and mount yesterday, as powerful as it is elderly. The ancient dragon might sport some out-of-control eyebrows and a long flowing beard (because how can a dragon shave, really?), but he’s got moxie to go with that style. Players [...]


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Elite: Dangerous welcomes pilots to close quarters combat
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 11:00 am
Players have a new way to experience Elite: Dangerous with the advent of the close quarters combat (CQC) mode. The beta test for the new mode began yesterday and includes several new ships and outfitting for CQC. Close quarters combat is a timed arena mode that pits players in quick firefights in smaller ships against each other for rankings and [...]


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Tranquil snowboarding game 'Alto's Adventure' is coming to Android
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 10:21 am

There are basically no downsides to using Android anymore, but one of the few remaining bummers is that most great mobile games hit the iPhone first. That was the case with the wonderfully tranquil and beautiful snowboarding game Alto's Adventure that came out this past February, but fortunately that'll be rectified soon. Developer NoodleCake is working with the team that originally created Alto's Adventure to port the game over to Android and the Kindle Fire, and it should be ready to go soon. Unfortunately, that's not now, but you can stay tuned to the Alto's Adventure Twitter feed for updates. And if you're an iOS user and haven't tried this game yet, do yourself a favor and give it a go -- it's an endless runner that manages to somehow be relaxing, a rare combo.

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More Sci-Fi Movies!
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 10:00 am
I'm still on a Sci-Fi movie kick.  I feel like I'm playing movie catch-up lately.  I've been behind on my movie watching ever since my first kid was born and now I'm finally working through my backlog.  It just happens that a lot of my backlog is Sci-Fi.  Here we go with more impressions:

Oblivion - Tom Cruise is the last repair man on earth, maintaining drones until the automated machines have enough fuel to launch the last of humanity to our new home on Titan.  Until things start to go wrong.  I really liked this movie.  I could say more but it would start giving away the plot.  Overall, it's a good Tom Cruise sci-fi/action movie.  But, I like most of his stuff.

Jumper - The premise of this one was good.  A teenager learns he can teleport, starts using it to rob banks, and creates a new life for himself where he jumps around the world.  The first half was a lot of fun.  Then the second half jumped the shark and got stupid, predictable, and boring all at the same time.  I can't recommend Jumper.

Looper - A bunch of really good actors in a time travel movie where a present day character has to kill a future version of himself.  If I say any more of that it will give away too much of the plot.  But, this is a really good movie.  I recommend it.

Transformers Age of Extinction - Bad.  So, so bad.  I know last time I was checking out Sci Fi movies I said Jupiter Ascending was bad.  This is so much worse.  I couldn't finish it.  Avoid at all costs.

Elysium - In the future all the rich people have moved to a giant space station orbiting the earth while life on Earth keeps getting worse.  Matt Damon is a resident on Earth who gets screwed over by corporate safety standards, gets a huge dose of radiation, has fives days to life, and decides he has to make it to the space station (Elysium) to use their advanced technology to heal himself.  The first half of the movie took awhile to set up.  Probably too long.  The rest was just a Matt Damon action romp.  Overall it was ok, but not great.  If you love Matt Damon it might be worth your time.

Godzilla (2014) - This one was really good for a Godzilla movie.  But, it was still a Godzilla movie.  I enjoyed it once but I don't see myself ever watching it again.

Divergent - There's a huge Hunger Games vibe to this film.  But, that being said, it was good.  I liked it a lot.  In the far future humanity has been divided into 5 factions.  Everyone fits into one of these factions and it determines the course of their life.  Divergent is about the people who don't neatly fit into just one faction.  It's a cool setup and premise.  I liked the way they executed it.  This is another one that's definitely worth seeing once.


Guild Wars 2 hints at an event and starts a guild recruitment drive
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 9:00 am
The first Guild Wars 2 expansion is coming shortly, and players are going to have something to do before the expansion hits. The official Twitter account for the game recently revealed a teasing image about what’s coming next, which probably won’t be a huge surprise (everyone expected to see some plant minions, after all) but will still make players happy. [...]


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The latest ROG laptop comes with a giant water cooler
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ASUS ROG GX700

ASUS is one a rare few companies that's both a mainstream PC manufacturer and a respected name among the gaming community. Its ROG (Republic Of Gamers) line is a favorite, with giant laptops like the G751 earning top marks from gamers and reviewers alike. We're looking forward to its replacement, the ROG G752, but first let's talk about the GX700 in the image above. ASUS is only teasing this laptop, but it's going to have an overclockable Intel K-series Skylake processor, the latest graphics from Nvidia, and, a 17-inch 4K display. Oh... and that giant thing you see next to it? That's apparently a water-cooling system. Details are scant, but an educated guess would suggest you'll only be able to overclock the GX700's processor and graphics when you're docked to it. I don't know whether to laugh or take out my wallet.

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Live from Sony's 2015 event at IFA!
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 9:00 am
Germany Electronics Fair

Sony's press events at IFA are the very model of efficiency, with nearly every division of the company announcing some new product in just under an hour. The highlight of the show is likely to be the the Xperia Z5, a premium device that was unfortunately leaked last week. Still, while the headline act may not be a surprise, there should still be plenty of exciting things for the company to whip out on stage. If that sounds like fun, then come back to this page at 4:00pm CEST / 3:00pm GMT / 10:00am ET / 7:00am PT for the madness to begin.

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Minor comfort feature
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 7:53 am
So patch 6.2.2 arrived and brought flying in Draenor to World of Warcraft. Despite the huge fuzz that was made about this feature, for me it doesn't change the way I play all that much. It is a minor comfort feature to reduce travel time a bit sometimes. My first use of it was with my freshly leveled to 100 paladin traveling between the garrison and the shipyard a bit faster. Not a big deal, but rather a minor comfort feature.

Flying used to be more useful to me in previous expansions, where gathering materials was still a big deal. But even with the added chance of finding Felblight in Tanaan Jungle, I don't see myself gathering resources in this expansion. The resources you get from garrison mine and herb garden have pretty much killed the interest in gathering professions. Neverthless I am thinking ahead: On two of my now five level 100 characters I abandoned one crafting profession and went back to mining instead. The idea is that come next expansions gathering skill will be needed again, and it is easier to skill mining up now with the help of the garrison mine than to try to rush it when the next expansion comes out.

I wonder if I should take up herbalism again as well, for example with my mage who has inscription. On the other hand I don't have a character with alchemy any more, that profession felt so utterly useless in WoD. What do you think?
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Free2Play MMORPG goes subscription-based
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 8:37 am
Now this must be a first! A Tale in the Desert changes its business model from Free2Play to subscription based. After a million headlines of games heading in the other direction, this is an interesting move.

I believe the economics of this is based on the fact that A Tale in the Desert is very, very niche. It doesn't profit much from a Free2Play approach, because it can't really hold casual players very long, being too far away from people's expectations. So for a very small and dedicated player base, the subscription model probably works better.
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The Daily Grind: What are your fall MMO gaming plans?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 8:00 am
Hope you had a good summer, ’cause it’s pretty much over. Yes ma’am, we’re staring right into the pumpkin spice corridor known as “fall,” which means that things are about to get downright crazy in MMO town. So what are your plans for this fall? Will you be picking up Heart of Thorns? Is WildStar’s free-to-play conversion got you anxious [...]


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Acer's Nitro notebooks put gaming power into a regular case
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 6:00 am

Acer has revealed its latest Aspire V Nitro notebooks that are aimed at gamers without looking like gamer laptops. Dressed in basic-black, tapered cases, the 15- and 17-inch models still bring the latest Intel Skylake sixth-gen core i7 and i5 mobile chips and NVIDIA GTX960M graphics with up to 4GB of RAM. You also get up to 512GB of M.4 SSD storage (2GB if you opt for hard disks), 32GB max of DDR4 RAM, USB 3.1 Type-C ports and 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 on the top-end "Black Edition" models. All models can also be had with up to 4K screens. Slideshow-316654

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Acer adds two laptops and a tablet to its Predator gaming line
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 6:00 am

Acer Predator familyAcer revealed an aggressive new design for its duo of Predator gaming desktops earlier this month, but at IFA today, the company's focusing on powerful portability. Acer's been pretty open about its plan to introduce Predator laptops and a gaming-centric tablet, but until now, details have been sparse. Now, we've got the full skinny, starting with the new Predator 15 and Predator 17 notebooks. If you hadn't guessed already, the main difference between the two is their screen sizes. The Predator 17 sports a 17.3-inch 1080p display, while the smaller model's 15.6-inch screen comes in full HD and 4K options. Slideshow-316636

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Acer has a gnarly gaming phone with a deca-core processor
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 6:07 am

Acer Predator 6

Acer's at IFA in force this year, showing off a wide array of gaming PCs, laptops, tablets, and now, a phone. The Predator 6 looks a lot like the company's new gaming tablet, with some super-gnarly black-and-red styling and four front-facing speakers. Details are thin on the ground at the moment, but inside is an unspecificied MediaTek deca-core processor with 4GB of RAM and dual haptic feedback motors for rumbles. It has a 6-inch HD display, it runs Android, and around the back there's a 21-megapixel camera. We don't have pricing or release date on this just yet, but rest assured we'll keep on poking Acer until someone gives us more info.

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MSI dresses up its gaming lineup with Skylake
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2015, 12:01 am

GT72 with Skylake

With Intel's new Skylake processor inbound, it was only natural that gaming notebook manufacturers would jump on board to offer this latest boost to their machines. MSI is no exception, kitting out a few of their existing machines with the 6th-generation processor. If the promise of a CPU that can be overclocked 30 percent higher isn't enough to entice you, there are plenty of other new goodies packed into the lineup that might be worth the ding to your bank account. Slideshow-316463 Slideshow-316492

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Unpacking PAX
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 8:55 pm

I got back home from PAX late last night and my mind has just been unpacking everything since then.  I'm mentally worn out from the long weekend, but it was a ton of fun!

It was my first PAX and I didn't know what to expect.  The show floor spanned multiple expo halls, all sorts of nooks and crannies, and offsite theaters.  We visited the expo floor every day and we got out to a few panels too.

Some of my highlights:

  • Watching Acquisitions Inc live on stage.
  • Hunting down the Talent Pipe pin for my wife.  That took so much effort and I'm super happy that I found it in the end.
  • Defusing a bomb with my brother in Keep Talking and No One Explodes.
  • Playing Dreadnought a bunch of times even though I hadn't heard of it before the show.
  • Getting hands on time with Gigantic, and winning both times.
  • Trying out Eon Alter which my blogger/Twitter friend Talarian is developing.
  • Hands on time with the new Star Wars mobile game.
  • So much more
I'm sure there's a ton I'm not even listing there.  It's hard to get everything out of my head and down on the page.  There was so much to see and do in the 4 days we spent in Seattle.

I think I'm going to randomly post thoughts about the various games over the next few days to help me mentally unpack my PAX experience.  So, expect posts on top of my normal posts.



Server Maintenance: Wednesday, Septmember 2nd, 2015
Posted by Lineage II [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 2:48 pm
All game servers will be down for maintenance on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at 5:00am PDT / 7:00am CDT / 8:00am EDT / 12:00pm UTC/GMT and will end at 10:00am PDT / 12:00am CDT / 1:00pm EDT / 5:00pm...


Wizard101 turns seven while Pirate101 prepares new PvP season
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 7:30 pm
Happy birthday, Wizard101! The kid-friendly fantasy title will celebrate its seventh anniversary tomorrow. KingsIsle has a few surprises up its sleeve for the momentous occasion: “It’s not a birthday without a party, so we’ve got a big one planned for you! We can’t spoil all of the surprises yet, but there is an extra special week ahead. Celebrate with fun [...]


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The Stream Team: City festival fun in EverQuest II
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 7:55 pm
The first week of every month EverQuest II brings back one of the six city festivals. This month, it’s Neriak’s turn, and MassivelyOP’s MJ wants some of of the goodies you can get from those merchants. On top of special tasks to collect a slew of tokens, there is also an aerial race to participate in. Tune in live at [...]


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Jukebox Heroes: My top six favorite MMO soundtracks of all time
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 9:00 pm
In ranking MMO soundtracks, there are a lot of ways to do it. You can pull out individual tracks or praise a game for its sheer quantity of musical material. You could even give props to well-known composers such as Jeremy Soule and Inon Zur. You might point to certain game soundtracks as triggers for powerful nostalgia. Today I want [...]


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Valiance teases its character creation progress
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 6:30 pm
In-development superhero MMO Valiance Online updated its website today with a few pics showing off its character creation system. The textual description refers to the images as work-in-progress concept art for “future updates” to the character creator. Still, they seem pretty slick and they boast a broad range of customization options ranging from color palettes to costume pieces with multiple layers [...]


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Wild Terra delivers an isometric sandbox medieval world
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 7:00 pm
Looking for an up-and-coming sandbox that isn’t some weird jumble of voxels? Wild Terra would respectfully submit that you check out its isometric medieval world as a possibility. Survive, craft, build, fight: These are the core pillars of the Wild Terra experience. Juvty Worlds expects that players will shape the game world and build up towns and castles while fighting [...]


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PlayStation 4 jumps on the YouTube Gaming bandwagon
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 6:29 pm

Believe it or not, the PlayStation 4 is almost two years old already. I know, i'm surprised too. To celebrate, Sony is rolling out its dashboard preview program and from the looks of it, firmware version 3.0 is positively massive and rife with some huge changes for the console. Let's start at the top: online storage has been increased from a paltry 1GB to 10GB, which should make accessing all of your game saves where ever you are a ton easier. With the advent of YouTube Gaming comes the ability to livestream from Sony's latest game console to Google's video wing, much like you could already do via the system's built-in Twitch functionality. And joining screenshots, you can share video clips to Twitter now too. Sadly, they're limited to 10 seconds apiece.

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Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 9/1/2015
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2015, 7:08 pm

*Championship Kalista and Ironsides Malphite in PBE

Championship Kalista

Championship Ward

Champion Changes

Braum

  • Winter's Bite [Q] - Mana cost increased to 55/60/65/70/75 (up from 45/50/55/60/65)

Ezreal

  • Arcane Shift [E] - Now has a 0.75 AD ratio

Morgana

  • Dark Binding [Q] - Mana cost now 50/55/60/65/70 (down from 50/60/70/80/90)

Item Changes

Zeke's Harbinger

  • Armor reduced to 30 (down from 35)



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