The Daily Grind: How do you handle the wait for an anticipated game?
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Time is so frustrating, because sometimes you want it to slow down, sometimes you want to reclaim the past, and many times you wish it would speed up so that you could get to the good stuff. It's especially hard for an MMO gamer who is waiting for the arrival of a much-anticipated title.

Therefore, today I'd like us to discuss how we handle the long wait for upcoming MMOs or expansions. Unless you have a time machine that I don't know about, how do you pass the months? Do you eat up all of the information you can on the game and practically live in the forums? Do you do everything in your power to get into the beta? Or do you try to ignore it while immersing yourself in another game for the time being?

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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    'World's biggest LGBT guild' celebrates FFXIV's same-sex marriage
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 July 2014, 10:00 am

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    Members of the Rough Trade Gaming Community, which bills itself as "the world's biggest LGBT guild," staged an Eorzean parade last weekend to celebrate Final Fantasy XIV's decision to reverse its restrictions on same-sex marriage.

    You can watch highlights from the event in the 11-minute video after the cut.

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    League of Legends unveils A New Dawn cinematic
    Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2014, 8:00 pm

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    In this cinematic, people hurt each other, with no attempts to connect any of that to a larger theme.
    Did you know that a game of League of Legends involves your team fighting another team? It's true! And you can watch a dramatized version of exactly that in the game's latest cinematic trailer, A New Dawn, embedded just past the cut. Spoiler warning: There is blood, people die, and it would all be very dramatic if not for the fact that most of them will respawn in the not-too-distant future.

    Want a peek behind the scenes? You can get more than that; Riot Games has also released a full making-of featurette that shows exactly how the newest cinematic went from concept to completion. And you can also check that out past the cut. Consider it the bonus feature.

    [Source: Riot Games press release]

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      The Stream Team: Returning to Aurin roots in WildStar
      Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2014, 8:30 pm

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      The Stream Team: Returning to your roots in WildStar
      Even though she was even closer than ever to her ultimate goal of housing in WildStar, Massively's MJ just couldn't take it anymore! She had to start over so she could choose the Aurin starting area instead. The more she leveled, the more it nagged at her that she abandoned her own people to hang out with those humans. So she's gone back to make it all right. Join us live at 7:30 p.m. to see if the switch was worth it!

      Game: WildStar
      Host: MJ Guthrie
      Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
      Time: 7:30 p.m. EDT

      Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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        Global Chat: Doom and WAAAGH!
        Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2014, 9:00 pm

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        It's time for our second edition of Global Chat, the column that scours the blogosphere (or blogorama if you prefer) for engaging insights, intelligent essays, and whoopie cushion goofiness. We had a good response to our first column, so I'm glad you all want to hear more about what bloggers are saying regarding MMOs!

        In this week's edition, we'll look at Warhammer Online's fatal flaw, adventure through Neverwinter's foundry missions, and speculate on the status of a certain Norrathian sandpark. Remember that it's not all doom and WAAAGH! in this community; it's excitement and cherished outings as well!

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          Server Maintenance, Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
          Posted by Lineage II [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2014, 5:31 pm
          All game servers will be down for maintenance on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, at 5am PDT / 7am CDT / 8am EDT / 12pm UTC/GMT. Estimated downtime is approximately 4 hours. With this maintenance: The 300% Vitality XP Boost...


          RuneFest 2014 dated for October 11
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2014, 6:00 pm

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          Jagex has announced the date and a few key details on this year's RuneScape-flavored real-life event, RuneFest.

          On Saturday, October 11, Jagex will be returning to London's Tobacco Dock for the largest RuneScape event of the year. This year will feature panels and parties that promise to be bigger and better than ever before. While more details are still forthcoming, we do know that the cost will be £99 for a full One-Day Pass. You can keep an eye on any further RuneFest news by watching the event's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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          Let's all dye our armor black in The Elder Scrolls Online
          Posted by Massively [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 July 2014, 7:00 pm

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          When The Elder Scrolls Online's third patch arrives next month, players will be bombarded with customization options, says a new developer blog on the official website. ZeniMax outlines its plans for armor dyes, which come in over 200 colors in accordance with the "artistic scheme" of the game, including rare iridescent shades. Just wanna dye everything black to show what a badass you are? You're in luck; in ESO, unlike many other MMOs, black will be a snap to obtain. In fact, dyes unlock as players complete specific achievements in a variety of gameplay modes from PvP to questing to crafting.

          The studio will also shower guild leaders with new guild ranks to play with, new heraldry for use on guild tabards, and new traders that guilds can rent to vend guild goods to the public.

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          General: Preview - Il-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2014, 4:16 pm

          Preview - Il-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad

          MMOs are among the most intimidating genres for entry-level gamers, second only perhaps, to flight simulators. Mash the two concepts together and you've got one heckuva scary-sounding game--well, not really, but that's the impression many people have--one the fanatic flyboys at 1C Game Studios are hoping to dispel with their new-player-focused flight sim, Il-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad.




          World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Beta Sweepstakes - Week 3!
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2014, 3:26 pm

          Warlords of Draenor Beta Sweepstakes - Week 3!

          MMORPG.com is very pleased to present this exclusive sweepstakes event! We have partnered with Blizzard Entertainment to give away 1,000 beta access keys for the new World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor!




          General: 5 MMOs to Play with Non-MMO Players
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2014, 9:10 pm

          5 MMOs to Play with Non-MMO Players

          By design, MMOs are more fun to play with your friends. Most of them encourage or even require grouping for a lot of the best and most rewarding content, which necessitates either being social in the game world, or coming into the experience with a pre-determined group of friends to play with. Sometimes though, it can be hard to find people. Whatever the case may be, every MMO player wishes X friend would play in their favorite virtual worlds with them.




          Shroud of the Avatar: Release 8 - Good Old Ultraviolance
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2014, 11:25 pm

          Release 8 - Good Old Ultraviolance

          I rolled into Austin beneath dark and water-laden skies last week to see what the guys at Portalarium were cooking up for Release 8 of their Shroud of the Avatar. Thunder rocked the sky as I stepped from my truck and turned to see lightning striking across the menacingly named Greystone Building. The drama of the moment seems appropriate in hindsight, because I've now seen what the team has planned for their next release.




          Trove: Alpha Key Giveaway!
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 July 2014, 2:37 am

          Alpha Key Giveaway!

          MMORPG.com and Trion have partnered to bring you alpha test access keys for Trove - the exciting new open ended voxel MMORPG! Get your key now while supplies last!




          Guild Wars 2: The Importance of the Guild Hall
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 July 2014, 7:29 pm

          The Importance of the Guild Hall

          Most players in an MMO band together to form guilds. Members of a guild can call upon one another for help, or to join in on a tough dungeon. I've made a lot of friends playing in guilds over the years, in several different MMOs. There's one game that really made the guild experience feel important, and that was the original Guild Wars, which had a nice feature called the guild hall... a feature that Guild Wars 2 is sadly missing.




          General: The Wrong Way to Do Free to Play
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 July 2014, 7:41 pm

          The Wrong Way to Do Free to Play

          Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade and the developers' decision to limit free players to the deliberately weaker Ork Boyz is a troubling precedent in the freemium game space. It's not unheard of for some games to limit your race choice based upon how much you are or aren't paying. This is the situation in the upcoming PvP-oriented game, and it's concerning.




          Elder Scrolls Online: The Future of ESO & Our Interview Matt Firor
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 July 2014, 7:47 pm

          The Future of ESO & Our Interview Matt Firor

          ZeniMax Online Studios had plenty to say about The Elder Scrolls Online at this year's QuakeCon in Dallas. Seven members of the design team took nearly an hour and a half to regale the excitable crowd with enticing glimpses of the game's future, eliciting cheers and applause at the most dramatic reveals.




          WildStar: Next Update, 'Sabotage', Slated for Later This Month
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 July 2014, 8:13 pm

          Next Update,

          Carbine Studios is ready to reveal first information about the next major WildStar content update. Called "Sabotage", the update is focused primarily on PvP action and will include mounts, airstrikes and explosives, all neatly packaged in the new PvP game mode that players can take part in starting at level 30. To give players a taste of what's to come, Carbine has released a new 'DevSpeak' to get the buzz started.




          Trove: 2000 More Alpha Keys!
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 July 2014, 11:24 pm

          2000 More Alpha Keys!

          MMORPG.com has just been given a second batch of 2000 alpha keys for Trove. Get it while they last!




          General: This Week's Live Stream Schedule
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 8:31 am

          This Week

          We've published this week's live stream schedule for the MMORPG.com Live Stream Team. Check it out and be here at the appointed time to join in!




          General: Xeno Quest Enters Open Beta
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 1:23 pm

          Xeno Quest Enters Open Beta

          NGames has announced that its multi-platform MMO, Xeno Quest, has officially entered its open beta phase of development. The open beta will be launching for Android and iOS gamers on July 30th and July 31st respectively.




          Destiny: Vanguard Armory Stars in New Video
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 3:29 pm

          Vanguard Armory Stars in New Video

          The Destiny beta kicked off this past week to great success. Bungie has released a new video about the Vanguard Armory, a special pre-order trailer aimed at enticing folks to pre-order. The Vanguard Armory will be unlocked early for folks who pre-order Destiny, meaning that on launch (9/9), you'll get better gear faster from the Vanguard representatives.




          General: UemeU: "A Next-Gen Sandbox Experience" Revealed
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 4:26 pm

          UemeU: "A Next-Gen Sandbox Experience" Revealed

          Omnigon Games has unveiled what it is calling "a next-gen sandbox experience" in the form of UemeU (You-Me-You). The game features two different modes: Play and Build. In build mode, players become a gauntlet avatar that creates every portion of the game space. In play mode, a fully featured avatar experiences the world as created in build mode in each person's own sandbox, or in one created by another and experienced in multiplayer.




          DC Universe Online: DCUO Celebrates 75 Years of Batman
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 4:30 pm

          DCUO Celebrates 75 Years of Batman

          Who'd think that the legendary Batman is now 75? To honor the Caped Crusader's 75th birthday, the DC Universe Online team has released a trio of videos featuring Jim Lee and the voice of the Dark Knight, Kevin Conroy alongside members of the development team. Check out the trio of videos and leave us your memories of Batman in the comments.




          Guild Wars 2: Tyria's New Threat Revealed in 'The Dragon's Reach' Video
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 6:58 pm

          Tyria

          Guild Wars 2 Season 2 is in full swing and ArenaNet is ready to reveal more about Episode 3. Called "The Dragon's Reach", Tyria's latest threat is revealed in the form of the Elder Dragon Mordremoth. Attacks by minions of Mordremoth are taking place across the world that draw the attention heroes. Find out more about the dire threat in the video below, The Dragon's Reach Part I.




          General: Lichdom: Battlemage Updated for Early Access Beta
          Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 July 2014, 7:12 pm

          Lichdom: Battlemage Updated for Early Access Beta

          Steam Early Access partners can now enter Lichdom: Battlemage now that it has entered its beta phase of development. Developer Xaviant has updated the game with several new or updated features including crafting improvements, UI and balance improvements, performance optimizations and the Sigil System. Lichdom: Battlemage is set for final deployment on August 26th.




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