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For example, the game has a new UI for placing structures within houses and nations, allowing objects to be rotated and scaled as the placer desires -- and there's the option to save the rotation and scale settings for easy cut-and-paste placement. A new calendar system was also introduced, and the inquiry system has been expanded to allow players a chance at tracing the source of an NPC's problems via the Diplomacy skill. Players looking forward to the sandbox title should take a look at the full rundown of November updates.
The Repopulation improves housing and inquiries in November originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Additionally, the studio has announced a number of special events during the seven-day closed beta that players can participate in, each with prizes that will carry over even when all other player data is wiped. The various prizes include free VIP access for leveling, free diamonds for slaying select NPCs (as well as diamonds raining down from the sky twice a day!), and more items to level your angels with the more angels you collect. Specific events will also be held rewarding players for things such as bug hunting, guide writing, and helping other players.
[Source: GTArcade press release]
League of Angels announces beta events, releases trailer originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Luckily, overindulging in Massively TV does not have any of those pesky side effects the holiday dinner has; you can watch The Stream Team as much as you like and never feel as if you have to roll out of the room. Why, you can even watch while using the bench press if you want. If, however, you'd rather not mix the two activities, use the schedule below to sort out when to do each.
The Stream Team: Stuffed to the gills edition, December 2 - 8, 2013 originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Until 11:59 p.m. PST today, all Station Cash purchases receive a bonus 25% Station Cash above and beyond the normal amount. That's not counting various games holding their own sales within the in-game marketplace, meaning that you could wind up with more Station Cash and individual items costing less money. So it's sort of like everybody winning, except it's really just you winning multiple times. But get on the deal soon before it evaporates.
Sony Online Entertainment offers bonus Cyber Monday cash originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Some MMO companies are taking advantage of this day to promote their own deep discounts, while others are carrying on with business as usual.
Are you seeking out the big online sales today, or is it just another manic Monday for you?
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!
The Daily Grind: Are you participating in Cyber Monday? originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Did you think Thanksgiving is about turkey and football and gluttony and buying stuff and "giving thanks"? It's not. It's about Star Citizen. It's about livestreams and speculation and piles of money and spaceships. Lots of spaceships. The spaceships are probably rolling around in said piles of money right now. So I guess it is still about gluttony. Huh.
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Developer Netmarble has apparently been focusing more upon the mobile market rather than the PC game market, and the game presumably hit the spot of no longer being profitable to keep running. There had been rumors of a sequel, but this could kill any hopes for that as well as any lingering aspirations toward another American revival. It may have died many times before its final death, but it seems like this is finally the end of the road for the game.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Filed under: Sci-Fi, Business Models, Culture, Economy, Events (Real-World), Events (In-Game), MMO Industry, News Items, Opinion, EVE Evolved, Promotions, Sandbox, Crowdfunding, Player-Generated Content, Subscriptionwhen typhoon Haiyan made landfall on November 8th, leaving over half a million people displaced and millions without food and basic supplies. Countries and organisations around the world have been sending relief aid into the region, and gamers have once again proven to be a generous bunch. Several livestreamers have been running donation drives; the developers behind Luvinia Online even promised to donate 100% of the income from three new in-game items to the Philippine Red Cross. EVE Online has now also joined in the fundraising by reactivating its popular PLEX for Good scheme.
CCP started the PLEX for Good scheme back in January of 2010 as a way for players to donate in-game assets and ISK to help people in the real world. EVE Online players have collectively donated over $150,000 US in aid following 2010's Haitian earthquake, tsunami devastation in Japan, flooding in Pakistan, and tornadoes in the US two years ago. Players hope to smash all fundraising records this time around with dedicated fundraising auctions, events, and liquidation firesales happening across the game. There are even ways for ex-players without active subscriptions to donate their idle in-game assets to charity.
In this week's EVE Evolved, I look at the PLEX for Good scheme, the fundraising efforts players are using to help out a country in need, and how you can donate your ISK to charity even if you've long since quit EVE.
EVE Evolved: Donate your old spaceships to charity originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 01 Dec 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Players will start their journey in the character creator by picking an alignment (hero, villain, or freelancer) which will determine the type of stories that they'll experience. Apparently, alignment isn't permanent, but can be changed over time via actions. The next steps for a budding superhero will be to pick an origin, an archetype, power themes, non-combat skills, positive and negative traits, an optional secret identity, and visuals for the hero's body and costume.
You can check out what some of the costumes and game locales may look like as well as the first shot of the character creator in the gallery below.
[Source: Plan Z Studios]
Heroes and Villains shares character creator details originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.