Perfect Ten: Terrible, terrible MMO names
Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2014, 4:00 pm

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

ever jane
A catchy, vivid title is essential to getting your game noticed and establishing a strong brand. Yes, we as gamers will get used to pretty much any dumb name (unless it's Daikatana), but a great one allows us to mention it in polite society without getting spat on or rejected for dates.

The best MMO names in my opinion are single words that sound cool or conjure up a strong association. I'm less fond of ALL CAPS ACRONYMS and any game that can't be more inventive with its title than to put "Online" after it. For the most part, MMOs play it safe and boring with titles, with only a few outliers in the awesome or terrible fringes. Today, we're going to examine the latter.

I want to make a couple of quick qualifiers here. I'm not judging these games by their names; an MMO can be good or bad independent of how silly its name is. And while I know that some of these names make more sense in context, I generally feel that if I have to have it explained to me, then it's a fail.

Continue reading Perfect Ten: Terrible, terrible MMO names

MassivelyPerfect Ten: Terrible, terrible MMO names originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments




    The Stream Team: Anchors away in ArcheAge!
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2014, 2:00 pm

    Filed under: , , , , , ,

    Braving the hostile enemies or ArcheAge's queue -- which is worse? At least fighting enemies is fun, even if you lose. Massively's MJ has beat down the queue monster but now must face a sea of reds as she attempts to get the battle pet from the other continent. That means a trek across the water depths. Can the Massively Minions be successful in this raid? Join us live at 1:00 p.m. to cheer them on.

    Game: ArcheAge
    Host: MJ Guthrie
    Date: Saturday, September 20th, 2014
    Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

    Continue reading The Stream Team: Anchors away in ArcheAge!

    MassivelyThe Stream Team: Anchors away in ArcheAge! originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

    Permalink | Email this | Comments




      ArcheAge battles queues with new servers, character creation blocks
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2014, 12:00 pm

      Filed under: , , , , , ,

      ArcheAge
      In a post on the official ArcheAge site last night, Trion Worlds confirmed that it had opened two new servers and shut down character creation on others to alleviate some of the queue congestion plauging players since the game's head start last weekend. The entry reads,
      We've added two new worlds to our North American server list: Ezi (NA) and Lucius (NA)! These servers were racked (physically installed) and imaged (updated with ArcheAge server software) in our Texas data center all in the past day. Here you can see Ezi (NA) and Lucius (NA) in their new home with Senior Systems Engineer Jonathan Johnson. These two servers will be on the new Auction House cluster 5 (AH5). These new servers are now online and available to play right now: Friday September 19 at 4:15 PM PDT (GMT-7).
      Critically, four US servers -- Kyrios, Ollo, Salphira, and Aranzeb -- have been "temporarily closed to new character creation," so we sure hope you aren't trying to join friends there today.

      The studio also says new European servers are physically en route to the Amsterdam data center.

      [Thanks, Siphaed.]

      MassivelyArcheAge battles queues with new servers, character creation blocks originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

      Permalink | Email this | Comments




      WRUP: Queue zen
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2014, 11:00 am

      Filed under: ,

      Welcome back to Massively's What Are You Playing, the game in which we tell you what we're playing this weekend and you tell us how long you waited in the queue to post on this article.

      Continue reading WRUP: Queue zen

      MassivelyWRUP: Queue zen originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

      Permalink | Email this | Comments




        The Daily Grind: What's your favorite "Oh %$#@" button?
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2014, 9:00 am

        Filed under: , , ,

        wildstar
        I'm not the best under pressure in video game sometimes. When something really bad starts happening that I'm not prepared for, what I need the most -- and am always denied -- is the time to think it through. Whoops, I accidentally aggroed 25 hellbugs in RIFT when I only meant to grab three, and there's no place to run. What do I do?

        Well, my friends, that's why devs give you the informally named "Oh %$#@" buttons. When the crap hits the fan and you need a little bit of breathing room to figure out how you're going to survive, these skills help by making you invulnerable, upping your dodge chance to 75%, completely refilling your health bar, or knocking all enemies away into the next time zone.

        So what's your favorite "Oh %$#@" button? And how often does it get used?

        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!

        MassivelyThe Daily Grind: What's your favorite "Oh %$#@" button? originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

        Permalink | Email this | Comments




          How Does your Garden Grow
          Posted by MmoQuests.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2014, 8:57 am
          The situation with queues has been pretty bad this weekend, I don’t think anyone will deny it. Even as a patron, I had a 3 hour queue on Thursday night, as well as Friday afternoon. By the early morning hours … Continue reading


          Your loss, Amazon!
          Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2014, 2:49 am
          I don't watch live TV. Having to be there at a specific time, and then sitting through the ads, not my cup of tea. But I do watch a lot of TV shows, either recorded with a hard drive recorder, or bought as a full season of one TV show on DVD. Usually from Amazon UK, because I prefer English with English sub-titles, that being the neutral ground between me and my wife. Obviously I would be interested in TV on demand, but here in Belgium that used to be extremely difficult: For example Amazon Instant Video is offered in three neighboring countries that have their own Amazon website, but you can't access any of them from Belgium due to rights issues. There are a few Belgian companies with streaming services, but they only have movies, and no TV shows. Not even Apple iTunes is selling TV shows in Belgium.

          Yesterday that changed and the 21st century of TV finally arrived in Belgium: Netflix.be opened their doors. As you probably live in a civilized country that had Netflix for years, I don't need to tell you how great that is. Lots of TV shows and movies on offer. And a monthly flatrate that is less than half of what a single season of a single TV show costs on DVD. Which is great, because now I can try out TV shows I wasn't sure about without paying for a full season in advance.

          I was especially impressed that Netflix works on so many devices. I can watch it on my TV screen either via the Apple TV box I have connected to it, or directly via the Smart TV application. My second TV is connected to a Playstation 3, and it works on that too. I could watch on my PC screen. Or I could go mobile and watch on my iPad. And in spite this being Belgium, I can get movies and TV shows in English, some even with English subtitles.

          That means that an TV show I am interested in I will first check availability on Netflix. Only if Netflix doesn't have it would I consider buying the DVD from Amazon any more. Your loss, Amazon! You could have made Amazon Instant Video available here. If Netflix can do it, it obviously wasn't impossible.
          Tobold's Blog



          Fnatic Championship Skins Splash

          Order of the Lotus Karma Splash




          What Their Right Wing Nutjob Heroes Say About GamerGate’s Hidden Ideology
          Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 10:44 pm
          #GamerGate diehards insist that the current discussion has nothing at all to do with politics and that they are, in fact, trying to keep politics and ideology out of gaming. 


          WildStar: Wrapping up Whitevale
          Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 September 2014, 9:00 am
          As I previously said, my recent adventures in Whitevale have finally propelled me past my previous high-water mark in the game.  It looks as though I’ve cured my rerolling addiction and am sticking with the Engineer to the glorious end. … Continue reading


          Quest for Glory: The Three Stooges
          Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 September 2014, 11:46 am
          (This is part of my journey playing through Quest for Glory 1. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.) After far too many failed attempts, my hero finally scrabbles over the wall and into the brigand’s fortress.  … Continue reading


          The Secret Adventures: Tutorial
          Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 9:00 am
          While I am certainly full on gaming as of late, I’ve begun to keenly miss The Secret World.  Over the past several months, our regular group has dwindled in both size and focus, popping up only to tackle the new … Continue reading


          TSW: RICKYYYYY PAGAAAAAN!
          Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 3:36 pm
          Last night Massively’s MJ and I livestreamed one of the new Tokyo missions featuring a new instant favorite character, Ricky Pagan.  It only took us an hour and a half to bumble our way through it, but I gotta say … Continue reading


          The Stream Team: Custom decks with HEX: Shards of Fate
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 8:00 pm

          Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,

          HEX: Shards of Fate
          In last week's stream of Cryptozoic's HEX: Shards of Fate, Massively's Mike Foster opened 20-ish booster packs and used the cards he discovered to build a haphazard custom deck. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time left in the stream to actually hop into a live match with another player. In tonight's stream, Mike will take his probably terrible deck into the wild and see how it fares against a real-life HEX opponent.

          Card-slinging begins at 7:00 p.m. EDT.

          Game: HEX: Shards of Fate
          Host: Mike Foster
          Date: Friday, September 19th, 2014
          Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT

          Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

          Continue reading The Stream Team: Custom decks with HEX: Shards of Fate

          MassivelyThe Stream Team: Custom decks with HEX: Shards of Fate originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

          Permalink | Email this | Comments




            Betawatch: September 13 - 19, 2014
            Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 9:00 pm

            Filed under: , , , , ,

            EQ
            This week, classic EverQuest began the beta test for Darkened Sea, its 21st expansion. You read that number correctly! What else is new in the land of MMO testing? The full Betawatch roundup is below.

            Continue reading Betawatch: September 13 - 19, 2014

            MassivelyBetawatch: September 13 - 19, 2014 originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

            Permalink | Email this | Comments




              This EVE LEGO ship will rock you like a hurricane
              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 7:00 pm

              Filed under: , , , , ,

              Imgur user Dinklebob has uploaded pics of his latest LEGO creation, an homage to EVE Online's Hurricane battlecruiser. The project is currently in-progress, according to Kotaku, and it even features a drone bay filled with cute widdle LEGO drones.

              MassivelyThis EVE LEGO ship will rock you like a hurricane originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

              Permalink | Email this | Comments




              Filed under:

              Image
              This week's Super Joystiq Podcast is considering getting butt injections.

              There is no doubt now, it's big releases season. Join Ludwig, Jess, Anthony, Earnest, and Danny as the cover a wide range of new big and smaller releases. Final Fantasy talk kicks-ff the show with thoughts on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call and the brand-spankin'-new, road-trippin' Final Fantasy XV trailer out of the Tokyo Game Show. Also on the show, two small releases you might have heard of, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Hyrule Warriors. A smaller game also gets its due time with discussion of the superbly executed Murasaki Baby for PS Vita.

              Prepare yourself for next week's show as well, because the release train keeps on rolling with Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, D4, and Wasteland 2!

              Listen to the Super Joystiq Podcast: Podcast timestamps and relevant links are available after the break.

              Continue reading Super Joystiq Podcast 113: Hyrule Warriors, The Master Chief Collection, Murasaki Baby, Theatrhythm

              JoystiqSuper Joystiq Podcast 113: Hyrule Warriors, The Master Chief Collection, Murasaki Baby, Theatrhythm originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

              Permalink | Email this | Comments


              Elite: Dangerous beta 2 coming September 30
              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 5:00 pm

              Filed under: , , , ,

              elite
              Those cockpits weren't meant to look fresh off the factory floor forever; it's time to take Elite: Dangerous' ships out for another tour of duty. Frontier announced that beta 2 for Elite: Dangerous will begin on September 30th.

              This round of testing is being promoted as a great improvement on the last, with combat ratings, reputations, 500 new star systems, and the Lakon Asp Explorer ship added to the mix. The team is still on track for a late 2014 release for the space sim, but in the meanwhile Frontier is giving away free copies of the original Elite as part of the franchise's 30th anniversary celebration.

              [Source: Frontier press release]

              MassivelyElite: Dangerous beta 2 coming September 30 originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

              Permalink | Email this | Comments




              Gaile Gray returns to the community team for Guild Wars 2
              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 6:00 pm

              Filed under: , , , ,

              Just another day in paradise.
              If you played Guild Wars when it launched, you remember Gaile Gray. Heck, odds are you remember her if you've been at all active in the community for Guild Wars or Guild Wars 2 over the past decade; she's worn many community-facing hats over the years. She's donning a new one now, or perhaps more accurately re-donning an old favorite, as game support lead Michael Henniger recently took to the forums announcing that Gray has moved from customer support to the community team.

              Community interactions were a large part of Gray's role when the original Guild Wars launched, and long-time fans in the thread are happy to see her making the move. If you had a sudden sweep of nostalgia, you're not alone.

              MassivelyGaile Gray returns to the community team for Guild Wars 2 originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

              Permalink | Email this | Comments




              TSW: RICKYYYYY PAGAAAAAN!
              Posted by Bio Break [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 3:36 pm
              Last night Massively’s MJ and I livestreamed one of the new Tokyo missions featuring a new instant favorite character, Ricky Pagan.  It only took us an hour and a half to bumble our way through it, but I gotta say … Continue reading


              The Stream Team: Wandering through Wakfu on Steam
              Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 4:00 pm

              Filed under: , , , , ,

              Wakfu has launched on Steam, and Massively's MJ is taking her first steps into the game to check it out. That means there is plenty to of places to explore while wandering around this world. There's also crafting, cannons, and a host of other things to get into (including trouble!). What kinda of adventures will she uncover? Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to see!

              Game: Wakfu
              Host: MJ Guthrie
              Date: Friday, September 19th, 2014
              Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

              Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

              Continue reading The Stream Team: Wandering through Wakfu on Steam

              MassivelyThe Stream Team: Wandering through Wakfu on Steam originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

              Permalink | Email this | Comments




                382 - The Instance: Doctor Barber
                Posted by The Instance: World of Warcraft Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 2:07 pm
                On this episode of The Instance, people really need to hear Metzen talk. The Barber can now fix your damn face. Ben Broade wants to sell you things. Lords of War is now 3 episodes in and it's fantastic. Upgrade to CE! Garrison info a plenty. The removal of the cloak questline. What the blues say about the Blood Elves. GromLoc is yours at Blizzcon! Calls about space in the game, how to fix PVP, and actually botting. Plus, swedish boys are learning all their english in WoW.


                Media Link

                World of Warcraft's next Lord of War is Kilrogg Deadeye
                Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 2:00 pm

                Filed under: , , , , , , , , ,

                WoW
                Were you tired of the parade of Orcs in World of Warcraft's Lords of War video series? We're sorry to disappoint you once again. Today's Warlords of OrcnorDraenor lore video features Kilrogg Deadeye, the one-eyed chieftan of the Bleeding Hollow clan. This guy is so brutal that he tore out his own eye and ran headlong into his foretold doom. OK, maybe he's worthy of a video after all. Enjoy it below!

                Continue reading World of Warcraft's next Lord of War is Kilrogg Deadeye

                MassivelyWorld of Warcraft's next Lord of War is Kilrogg Deadeye originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

                Permalink | Email this | Comments




                  Wakfu lands on Steam, nixes subs
                  Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 3:00 pm

                  Filed under: , , ,

                  The unique tactical MMO Wakfu is getting sort of a re-launch today with a debut on Steam. This "new and revamped" version of the game will feature a new beginner experience and completely eliminate subscriptions. The studio is selling booster packs as one of the ways to make ends meet.

                  Ankama COO Olivier Comte celebrated the release: "We are proud to bring Wakfu on Steam and give the opportunity to more and more players to discover this universe. We are starting with English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Thai players, but more will follow soon."

                  [Source: Ankama press release]

                  MassivelyWakfu lands on Steam, nixes subs originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

                  Permalink | Email this | Comments




                  MMO Blogesphere Feed – Version 3
                  Posted by The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 1:00 pm
                  This was going to be something for the top section of the month in review, but it ended up being a bit longer than I would like, so I’ll just complain about WordPress.com or something on the 30th. So over there in the side bar on the right hand side of the blog, there is […]


                  << Newer Entries · · Older Entries >>

                  Show: [ALL] [NEWS] [BLOGS] [PODCASTS]

                  Updated Today:
                  Bethesda Blog [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Bio Break [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Blue Kae [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Cloth 5 [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Gamers with Jobs [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Lineage II [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Massively [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  MMO Gamer Chick [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  mmocam! [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  MmoQuests.com [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Morphisat's Blog [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Raph Koster [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Reign of Gaming [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Star Wars: The Blog Republic [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  The Ancient Gaming Noob [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Tobold [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Updated this Week:
                  A Green Mushroom [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  BestLeagueBlogNA [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Bioware TOR Dev Blog [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Game Truth [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  GWJ Conference Call [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Joystiq MMO [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Mystic Worlds [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  The Instance [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Welshtroll [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Write the Game [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Updated this Month:
                  Acid for Blood [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Elder game [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Finding Fiero [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Heartless Gamer [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  kfsone's pittance [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  MMORPG.COM News [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Player Versus Developer [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Split and Defiled [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Sweet Flag [HTML] [XML] [FULL]
                  Wondrous Inventions [HTML] [XML] [FULL]