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Hyperspace Beacon: First Impressions of SWTOR's Galactic Strongholds expansion
It's been an exciting weekend: I've spent many hours just absorbing the contents of the new expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Of course, the largest part of Update 2.9 is Galactic Strongholds. I'll come right out to say that the SWTOR livestreams do not do it justice. I'm finally glad that I could get my hands on it to see exactly what the hook system feels like, where I can find all the furniture, and mostly importantly, how much it is going to cost.

Beyond the strongholds themselves, BioWare also introduced a new planet and flashpoint this weekend. I took some time to also visit Manaan, and I know I'm going to sound like a fanboy when I say that it blew me away. I was absolutely not expecting something that gorgeous for a simple flashpoint.

We have a lot to talk about, and if you've spent some time on the SWTOR PTS, I'd like to read your opinions in the comments. But first here are a few of my thoughts.

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    Fight at the POS in A-ELE2
    Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 12:00 pm
    The battle had been raging for a while when I sat down at my computer and saw a list of pings from Blawrf McTaggart, CFC Skymarshall.  Most of them were old enough to discard, fleets long since off to the races, and trying to catch up by yourself is a mugs game.  But the last […]


    OGN Champions: Semifinals Week preview, Day 1
    Posted by Cloth5 [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 11:00 am

    Hello everybody and welcome to the OGN Champions Summer 2014 Semifinals week. The first match this week is a bout between two younger but up-and-coming teams: KT Arrows and SKT S. Not only is a trip to the Grand Finals on the line, but also a chance to qualify for Season 4 Worlds. Both teams […]

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    Early Theme Adopters: Bloggy
    Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 11:00 am
    In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great sites with recent additions to the Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit a few sites using Bloggy, a premium theme that offers many different looks.


    New Editing and Media Updates Are Here
    Posted by WordPress.com News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 11:42 am
    From a new grid look in your Media Library to a streamlined Post Editor, the latest updates to your WordPress.com site will make creating and publishing even easier.


    Thomas Was Alone is now on Android and iPhone
    Posted by Casually Strolling Through MMOs [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 9:54 am
    Mike Bithell’s minimalist narrative-rich platformer Thomas Was Alone has arrived on Android devices and iPhones, the ports’ developer Bossa Studios has anno… See Full Article Link This link was shared via our social networks and tagged to automatically post to the blog.


    Battle Bards Episode 32: The Secret World
    Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 9:00 am
    It’s the show that Syl’s been dreading for almost eight episodes now: The Secret World!  Between conspiracies, zombies, ancient myths, and present-day cabals, is there actually music in this game — and is it any good?  The bards investigate in … Continue reading


    Guild Wars 2 launches part one of The Dragon's Reach today
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 10:00 am

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    It's Tuesday, so you know what that means: Another installment of Guild Wars 2's living story is here. Today, ArenaNet releases The Dragon's Reach: Part 1. "The third episode in this second season of Living World sees the whole of Tyria now threatened by the Elder Dragon Mordremoth," says the studio. "Attacks by Mordremoth's minions have stretched ever-farther, from the arid Maguuma wastes to the Timberline Falls and the heart of Kryta. [...] Now the threat is making itself felt in the far reaches of Ascalon. The charr in the Iron Marches have witnessed an outbreak of Mordremoth's corruptive power, and they're in need of your aid!"

    Massively's GW2 expert Anatoli Ingram wrote in-depth about the lore behind this episode last week, and we've included some new screenshots and the trailer below.

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      Firefall's launch-day roundup
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 11:00 am

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      MMOFPS Firefall officially launches today after several years of development drama and 180-degree design turns that saw CEO Mark Kern ousted last December as the game shifted from a PvP-oriented e-sport extravanganza to a game with no PvP at all to a game that just reintroduced battlegrounds in the last few weeks.

      To celebrate the fact that Firefall is (finally!) launching, we've rounded up some of our best news, opinions, and videos of the game from the past year after the cut. Enjoy!

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        Battle Bards Episode 32: The Secret World
        Posted by MMO Gamer Chick [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 9:01 am
        A new episode of Battle Bards is up! Oh boy oh boy oh boy, am I excited for this! This is the show I’ve been dying to do, and which Syl has been dreading, for a while now. After playing The Secret World continuously for more than two years, and with my regular Monday TSW […]


        The Daily Grind: What constitutes a grind in an MMO?
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 9:00 am

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        I can't remember when I first heard the term grind, but I imagine it might have been Ultima Online, when you could grind your way to Glorious Lady status killing a mongbat a minute (or was it five?). Then there was grinding mobs for levels in EverQuest, grinding missions for skill and money in Star Wars Galaxies, and then, finally, deliverance in the form of World of Warcraft, in which we'd level by completing quests! No more grinding! Right?

        Well, not really. After a while, quests became grinds. Daily quest grinds. Achievement grinds. Faction grinds. Crafting grinds. Guild grinds. Pretty much everything can be made into a grind if studios infuse enough repetition into a game. We don't know what grind is, but we know it when we see it!

        Let's try to define it once and for all. What constitutes a grind in an MMO?

        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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        Landmark sale on Steam
        Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2014, 4:07 am
        For another 9 hours the Landmark founder's sets are on sale on Steam with a 66% reduction. I decided the game has enough potential for me to spend €6.79 on it. Not sure I will play it much before they add the monsters though.
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        Important: Champion Sneak Peek - Gnar


        [NA] Server Maintenance: Patch 4.13

        Originally Posted by Riot (View RedTracker Source)

        On 07/30/2014, starting at 01:30 AM PDT, ranked queues will be disabled in preparation for patch 4.13. At 03:00 AM PDT, the servers will be shut down and all games currently in progress will end in a draw and stats will not be recorded. We estimate the battlegrounds will be unavailable for 6 hours.


        [EUW]

        Originally Posted by Riot (View RedTracker Source)

        On 30/07/2014, starting at 03:30 GMT, ranked queues will be disabled in preparation for patch 4.13. At 05:00 GMT, the servers will be shut down and all games currently in progress will end in a draw and stats will not be recorded. We estimate the battlegrounds will be unavailable for 6 hours.



        #LOTRO Just a normal Dum Time in Bells of Dale
        Posted by Casually Strolling Through MMOs [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 9:13 pm
        Just a normal Dum Time spent with the entire group purposely jumping into a stuck spot in “The Bells of Dale” whilst Opdum serenades us with the A-Team Theme. You know. Normal Monday night.


        League of Legends previews Gnar without a word
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 11:30 pm

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        Well, this won't work out badly at all.  Ain't nothing terrible going to happen today!
        Who is Gnar? An upcoming champion for League of Legends. How does he or she play? We don't know. All we know is a little bit of what Gnar is all about, and that is shown in a quick teaser site that manages to convey a story without using a single word other than Gnar's name.

        Gnar seems like a pretty happy sort at first, but when a calamity befell Gnar's family, Gnar didn't handle it too well. Gnar can be seen breaking out of an ice tomb and setting forth on what we can only assume will be a rampage filled with enemy champions. Take a glance at the preview page to watch the whole thing play out, and keep your eyes peeled for more information on how Gnar will play. (Speculation has him focused on crowd control and area denial.)

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        Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.
        • Destiny closed the gates on beta until its launch in September. Analysts predict as many as 20 million units could be sold.
        • SMITE posted dates for its world championship event in Atlanta, Georgia: January 9th through 11th, 2015.
        • Heroes of the Storm announced new hero Rehgar Earthfury.
        • Former Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell settled his lawsuit against Bungie for "$95,000 in unpaid work, vacation time and damages."
        • League of Legends unveiled new cinematic, A New Dawn, and cracked down on bad seeds.
        • ESPN says it is "delighted" with Dota 2's tournament performance.
        • Warframe has opened up PC-to-PS4 account migrations through Friday. (Thanks, Olorunsegun Adewumi.)
        • Firefall implemented new raids just ahead of its relaunch.
        • Hearthstone opened up the first wing of Naxxramas.
        • Transformers Universe now has motorbikes because of course it does.
        • Games of Glory launched Steam Greenlight and Kickstarter campaigns.
        • Path of Exile ends the sale of its supporter packs at midnight tonight.
        • DUST 514 shut down its Oceania server.
        • Riot Games promised to increase diversity in League of Legends.
        • Shroud of the Avatar posted beta release 8, which emphasizes tutorials and PvP.

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          DDOCast 344 – Through a Mirror Darkly
          Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 8:32 pm

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          DDOCast returns with episode 344.  Patrick gives a brief overview of the news and does a walkthrough of Through a Mirror Darkly! Check out www.ddocast.com for mp3 audio, our show calendar, swag, archives, and more! Want to support the show?  You can feed the kobolds (give money) on our website www.ddocast.com or you can send […]


          RuneScape announces Twitch integration
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 8:00 pm

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          Imagine this, but moving.  That's what it's like.
          Do you want to show the world your adventures in playing RuneScape? It's going to be just a wee bit easier to do so now. Jagex has announced today Twitch has been successfully integrated into the game, allowing players to start streaming at a moment's notice with no need to run external software. The community team celebrated with a four-hour livestream event delving into the lair of the spider lord Araxxor, a new boss voted on by the player community as a whole.

          Jagex has gone on to announce that RuneScape will not be the only game to feature built-in streaming capability, with Transformers Universe (currently in open beta) set to receive the functionality as well. Marketing director Neil McClarty stated that RuneScape is already one of the most popular games in terms of audiance, so players taking part in the streaming process will find it that much easier to keep viewers happy with this integration.

          [Source: Jagex press release]

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          Champion Sneak Peek - Gnar
          Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 6:40 pm

          Champion Sneak Peek - Gnar

          Check out special promo site!

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          Path of Exile Supporter Packs are about to disappear
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 6:00 pm

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          Speaking of support, this guy could use some.  Like, a heal, a potion... maybe even just a cheering section?
          If you love Path of Exile but haven't converted that support into monetary form yet... well, that's fine, the game is free-to-play. But you're running out of time to take advantage of the Supporter Packs that were introduced as part of the game's launch. The packs will be officially discontinued very shortly, so if you haven't grabbed one yet, now's the time to do so.

          The official announcement notes that you will be able to arrange a payment plan and/or upgrade your pack, but you need to set that in motion before the packs are gone for good, not after. So if you've been loving the game and want to buy a little power boost... do it now. You're running out of time.

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          Get the full story of Warcraft in 40 minutes
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 7:00 pm

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          The story of Warcraft is large, if I'm in the mood to be understating the real truth. If you feel overwhelmed by the decades of lore that Blizzard's built up around the game and have only scratched the surface of who did what and why this is here, then we have a way to help you get a handle on it all.

          In just a little over 40 minutes, an annotated video covers the highlights of the entire Warcraft timeline and universe. Even without going into great depth, it's an excellent crash course for the aspiring loremaster. It's too bad you don't get an achievement once you've mastered it! You can give it a watch after the break.

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          Pokemon Y and the Nintendo 3DS XL
          Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 5:00 pm
          Back in April I mentioned that I had picked up a Nintendo 3DS XL and a copy of Pokemon Y with some Amazon gift cards and credits I had. I haven’t really said much about it for a few reasons.  Mostly it my feeling that single player games don’t quite have the same “shared experience” […]


          Super Week 11: Fantasy Predictions and Analysis
          Posted by Cloth5 [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 5:00 pm

          It is the last week of the season with one final super week to decide final standings for both NA and EU! This leaves us with just one super week to decide the final standings for fantasy LCS. Luckily for me I am in contention for first place in all of my leagues and hopefully […]

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          Champion Preview - Gnar
          Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 4:44 pm

          Champion Preview - Gnar

          Check out special promo site!

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          Quote of the Day: Kickstarter dreams
          Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 July 2014, 4:40 pm
          “It’s seen as churlish to say this out loud during the fundraising period, since a lot of attraction about Kickstarted video games is they are bringing dreams and aspirations to life. Telling people that their dream project is almost certainly … Continue reading


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