Gabriel Knight 2: Werewolf hunt
Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 12:10 pm
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FFXIV's Yoshida on successful relaunches, switching from sub to F2P
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 12:00 pm

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Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida speaks from a unique position, both because he's responsible for an ultra-rare triple-A MMO relaunch and because Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn debuted with -- and continues to sport -- a subscription model.

Gamasutra recently interviewed Yoshida about FFXIV's success, whether or not he feels any sort of vindication, and his thoughts on the future of future subscription-based MMOs. While Yoshida says that there are pros and cons to both subs and F2P, he ultimately prefers subs, and he believes that most other MMO developers do as well.

"Some titles have to make the hard decision to switch over to free-to-play and try to gain a quick buck, pretty much, and raise their ARPU, and try to gain revenue in that manner," Yoshida explains. "I feel that they're not flipping over because they want to; sometimes, they're forced to go into that because they need to update."

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Ask Massively: What's with all the WoW hate?
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 1:00 pm

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Today's Ask Massively question comes from Kirk because he wanted to open up a can of worms all over the column apparently.
Why do people have to hate on World of Warcraft so much? I quit playing WoW about two years ago and never looked back, but that game encompassed the best gaming experience of my life! Now everyone wants to say its crap. But I have roamed the landscape without a real home for gaming; nothing has ever been as much fun as WoW. What person who plays MMOs didn't play Warcraft? How many of us had a great time in that game at some point? Can't we just leave it at that? I look back and admire a game that brought even my wife to the MMO table! I have no hate, just love for a game that I no longer play, and I think that's OK. Can we all move on now? What is the hold up? Let people who play WoW play WoW, and everyone else can play the game of his or her choice. Why does every chat panel in every game need to have the WoW topic constantly flowing through its veins? Honestly, I'm tired of it. Let's move on already!
Because hating is fun! No, wait, that's true, but there's so much more to it than that.

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    A Quiet Tower Shoot at KDV-DE
    Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 11:00 am
    There was another chance to shoot things with lasers last night.  Reagalan was leading a fleet into Pure Blind to finish off one of the towers that had previously put into reinforce.  The destination was KDV-DE. We were a little slow getting off.  There was a call to meet up at the staging POS, where […]


    Three Quick Tips for Better Blogging
    Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 11:00 am
    Learn how to edit your tagline, customize comment prompts, and schedule posts -- three great tips to have in your blogging back pocket.


    SOE's new Player Server initiative debuting in H1Z1
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 10:00 am

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    Did you watch SOE's late-breaking H1Z1 livestream last night? Are you excited for the zombie survival sandbox MMO? Well, here's another nugget to chew on courtesy of CEO John Smedley and his Twitter feed.

    The game will feature private servers.
    Today I'd like to announce H1Z1 will be the first game to implement our new Player Servers. In addition to the traditional servers that we set up and run (what you've come to expect in MMOs), we will allow the players to come together in any way they wish and if they can get enough people together to vote for the server we will make it for them.

    At first this will be for specific pre-defined rulesets. Later we will expand past rulesets into adding more features. For example perhaps one community prefers to go more militaristic. So they add more military vehicles. So we're truly letting you, our players get exactly the kind of thing you're looking for.

    Mechanically this will allow players to buy pledge tokens in Station Cash to vote on a proposal. However, should the vote [succeed] we refund.
    [Thanks BabaGraPL!]

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    World of Tanks' 9.0 out this week, includes Historical Battles
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 11:00 am

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    Wargaming has released World of Tanks' ninth iteration, complete with redesigned battlefields and vehicles and a new game mode called Historical Battles.

    "With a focus on competitive balance and exciting gameplay, combat locations including Severogorsk, Pearl River, Malinovka, and Serene Coast have all received an overhaul," Wargaming says. The firm has also revamped many of the game's vehicles with new high-resolution models and textures.

    Finally, the new Historical Battle mode aims to recreate famous tank engagements and simultaneously fill your garage with credits and XP. Don't forget to watch the Update 9.0 trailer after the break.

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    The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best economy?
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 9:00 am

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    I'm an incurable trader and merchant, maybe even more than I'm a crafter, so I'm forever droning on about the good ol' days in long-gone sandboxes where players, not raid bosses, delivered all the objects used in the world. Making stuff is great, and lots of MMOs, even themeparks, have that, but I also I like setting up shops, trading on auction halls, finding great deals, and knowing just went to buy low to sell high, which isn't always the type of creative PvP gameplay that modern MMORPGs enable, let alone embrace.

    But you can't trade in long-gone sandboxes, either, so today I want tap the collective wisdom of the Massively readers: Which MMO has the most vibrant crafting and trading economy, right now, in a legally playable and living MMO? Specifically, where's the best MMO to truly be a player merchant?

    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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      LotRO: Sometimes You Eat The Bear... | Ten Ton Hammer
      Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 5:10 am
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      LotRO's new class comes late to the party, but it is certainly an interesting choice.


      LotRO: Sometimes You Eat The Bear... | Ten Ton Hammer
      Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2014, 5:10 am
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      LotRO's new class comes late to the party, but it is certainly an interesting choice.


      Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Skip the Warlords of Draenor Beta Test | Ten Ton Hammer
      Posted by World of Warcraft Features, Guides, and more [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 9:40 pm
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      Five reasons why playing the beta isn't always a good idea.


      Narrative Character Development – 5 Year-Old Edition
      Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 10:20 pm

      I present the following selection of statements as narrated by my youngest son during his genesis of a terrifying new creature. Why he suddenly began inventing this horrifying monstrosity, this harbinger of Ragnarok, this singer of the songs that will rend the very sun is one that scholars could debate for years to come and fail to arrive at a full and satisfying answer. There were but two imperatives of us as his scribes. Imperative the first: that we were to listen carefully to this description. Imperative the second: that we document, presumably for posterity, said description.

      I hasten to point out that this account is as close to precisely dictated as we could manage. He was talking fast, and, honestly, there was a lot of us trying to stifle our laughter.

      So, after the bump below – with a few editorial notes of my own – I'd like to introduce you to the Chopper Shark. May you live in fear of its uncertain benevolence for your years to come.

      -- Credit to ElysiaGWJ for dictation and images --

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      Five reasons why playing the beta isn't always a good idea.


      Classic Guild Wars' ninth anniversary celebration is underway
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 10:00 pm

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      If you're not too busy checking out the new feature pack in Guild Wars 2's version of Tyria, you might be interested to know that the more classic edition of the game world is celebrating its ninth birthday this month. Also, it has Cantha. Just saying.

      Yes, Guild Wars 1 is having a party, and you're invited. Though the anniversary update was originally scheduled to begin on April 22nd, a note from Joe Kimmes on the official wiki mentions that a fortuitous typo led to the event's partial stealth-implementation on April 2nd instead, so while you'll have to wait until next week for the complete event, players are reporting that bonus items have been dropping all month and that some of the minigames are underway as of today.

      The official site is silent about the anniversary so far, but the login screen announces the festivities:
      The party is on for the anniversary of Guild Wars! Starting April 22nd at Noon Pacific (-7 GMT), we open Shing Jea Boardwalk, Dragon Arena, and the Rollerbeetle Races. In addition, Birthday Cupcakes and many other special items will drop all throughout this weeklong event.

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      SOE is streaming H1Z1 live right now
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 8:00 pm

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      SOE has just announced that members of the H1Z1 dev team will be streaming the recently revealed zombie survival sandbox for the first time tonight on Twitch starting at 7:00 p.m. EDT, which is right this very minute. We've included the stream embed after the cut for your entertainment. Popcorn sold separately.

      [Update: The devs streaming are Game Designer Jimmy Whisenhunt and Technical Director Tom Schenck]

      [Source: SOE press release]

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        EverQuest II producer's letter outlines All Access changes
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 8:30 pm
        Making your own access.
        On April 23rd, big changes are coming to Sony Online Entertainment's All Access membership. The latest producer's letter for EverQuest II outlines how those changes will affect players as well as what updates are around the corner. All Access players in EverQuest II will have seven available character slots, a boost to both coins earned and mount speed, and doubled gain rates for alternate currencies earned in-game. There will also be early access to content and promotions available for members.

        The first bit of early access content will be the contested version of the High Keep dungeon, exclusive to members for two weeks and sporting all-new story and characters therein. There are also plans to create a more reliable resource to look up what's being updated in the game's near future, a necessity as the updates switch to a weekly schedule. Take a look at the full letter for more details on exclusive member perks as well as the immediate agenda for updates.

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        The Think Tank: Thoughts on PAX East 2014
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 9:00 pm

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        PAX East came and went last weekend, and as we do most years, the Massively writers got together to discuss the highlights and the disappointments of the con. Join the conversation -- what did you think was the best (and worst) MMO or reveal at PAX?

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          Cooperative Development in Trove | Ten Ton Hammer
          Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 4:54 pm
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          Trion is working alongside the community to develop the next biome in Trove. We sit down with Trion to discuss the cooperative initiative and provide details on how you too can join in the fun.


          LOTRO 7th Anniversary Festival Guide
          Posted by Casually Strolling Through MMOs [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 6:46 am
          LOTRO is celebrating seven years! This year’s event is going on from April 15 – 29th.


          Destiny parts ways with composer, growing 'close to shipping'
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 7:00 pm

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          Destiny Composer Marty O'Donnell was either fired or peacefully left Bungie last week, depending on whether you take his or the studio's testimony on the event. In either case, the fact remains that O'Donnell is no longer part of the studio.

          Bungie Chief Operating Officer Pete Parsons refused to comment on the specifics of the decision but said that the game is still on track for release. He said that O'Donnell's contributions will remain part of the soundtrack, which is also being worked on by a few others.

          "We have a fantastic team. We're pretty close to shipping. There's a lot of polish left to do, lots of tweaking and tuning, but a lot is already complete," Parsons said to Eurogamer.

          Bungie claims that the studio and O'Donnell parted as "friends" while the composer tweeted yesterday that he was "terminated without cause."

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          The Elder Scrolls Online launches Craglorn teaser site
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 7:30 pm

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          ZeniMax has just launched a sub-site for The Elder Scrolls Online featuring Craglorn, the adventure zone that will serve as host for the MMORPG's first major content update. Aimed at veteran groups, the zone promises new quests and delves for four-person groups, a plotline revolving around "the mystery of the missing constellations," 12-man trials and leaderboards, and new gear.

          While the teaser site is light on new information and does ask you to click through yet another age-gate (yes, we all know you were born January 1st, 1900), it does feature some gorgeous artwork and the Craglorn trailer released earlier in the month. We've embedded it after the cut.

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          Neverwinter launching Curse of Icewind Dale on May 13th
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 6:00 pm

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          All right, I can get this thing to work, don't worry.
          If you're ready to have some chill adventures in Neverwinter, you'd better be ready on May 13th. That's when the Curse of Icewind Dale module will launch for players, bringing with it two new adventure zones, a new open PvP region, and new factions for players to fight over. Also a new Hunter Ranger Paragon path, but that really only affects Hunter Rangers, which as infographics show make up only half of the characters in the game.

          But why are you going to Icewind Dale? What's so important? If only there were some sort of lore trailer past the break that will give a concise explanation of exactly what's going down in the region and why players are taking part, as well as outline the factions fighting over the valuable Black Ice. That would be very convenient, wouldn't it? Perhaps you should click past the break to check out that exact trailer, then.

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            Pathfinder Online shows off its map
            Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 6:30 pm

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            Lead Game Designer Lee Hammock is your host and guide to a tour through Pathfinder Online's detailed maps.

            Pathfinder's maps look a little different than a typical MMO map, offering more of a malleable report on shifting allegiances and events in a hex layout. The main map is color-coded to show terrain type, with symbols and lines representing cities, trade routes, player towns, security levels, and points of interest. Knowing which resources come from which terrain type will be crucial to building up player settlements.

            Hammock and his beige shirt of stunning good looks star in a nine-minute developer video that you can watch after the break.

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            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
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            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.


            Cooperative Development in Trove | Ten Ton Hammer
            Posted by Ten Ton Hammer [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2014, 4:54 pm
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            Trion is working alongside the community to develop the next biome in Trove. We sit down with Trion to discuss the cooperative initiative and provide details on how you too can join in the fun.


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