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Not only is Karma Koin available at 75,000 stores in North America and Oceania, but one percent of all sales go directly to charity. "We're committed to providing our players with as many flexible and safe payment options as possible," said Mike Turner, Vice President of Business Development at Wargaming. "Our new partnership with Nexon America and Karma Koin will address that desire, and we're excited to give our players a new and philanthropic payment option to enhance their in-game experience."
Wargaming partners with Nexon for prepaid card options originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Nexon press release
As the wildly popular sci-fi and fantasy fan event caters to more genres than you realized existed, the MMO track is the one most up our alley. But sadly enough, 2013 marks the final year of the MMO track as it will be rolled into the more general video gaming track next year. This includes the always-fun MMO trivia event that will be converted to "online gaming trivia" for the first time next year.
If you'd like to see more from this year's Con, check out the list of galleries and an official video of the traditional costume parade just after the jump.Permalink | Email this | Comments
A free-to-play browser-based title, CasinoRPG combines roleplaying and city-building elements with gambling; players can take their virtual winnings from games like poker, blackjack, and slots and use them to create casino empires, design luxury apartments, and basically build and manage the cities within the game. Why an RPG? With the increased popularity of social casino gambling on various platforms, James Simpson, founder and CEO of GoldFire Studios, explained his project by saying, "Innovation has stalled, and we wanted to do something new."
To get into beta, sign up on the official site. For a look at other projects in the crowdfunding arena, check out Make My MMO.
[Source: GoldFire Studios press release]
Open beta is in the cards for Kickstarted CasinoRPG originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
You can learn more about the Yutonian humans on the lore page and a short video just after the jump.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: Yuton race intro
"Users who have yet to enter their registration codes will receive an additional seven-day trial should they register before 11.59 pm (PDT) on September 9, 2013." Square Enix said in a statement. "Moving forward, we will continue monitoring the servers to ensure that quality service and support are provided in a timely manner."
The servers will be taken down tonight at 8pm EDT with an expected downtime of 10 hours. This downtime will introduce new Worlds to increase the number of concurrent logins allowed for each server.
FFXIV extends free game time (again) after rocky launch (again) originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 03 Sep 2013 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Eurogamer
The flip side to this is that it can be cathartic to just open up and complain on the forums. Even if you know full well that launch week results in server issues for every game, it helps let out frustrations to just explode about those server issues on the forums. The other side would be that this sort of behavior contributes to an atmosphere of negativity rather than discussion. So do you take part in forum rage? Does it depend on the conditions or the problem? Or do you just stay out altogether?
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!Permalink | Email this | Comments
Turbine sat down with us to give us a broad overview of LotRO's fifth expansion with a special emphasis on its much-vaunted epic battle system. Let's start with the bullet points: Helm's Deep (officially Update 12) will contain five new zones, three additional books for the epic story, 300 quests, a 10-level bump in the cap to 95, plenty of awesome new armor and cosmetic models, and a new crafting tier. It will not contain traditional instances or skirmishes (more on that later), the much-anticipated housing update, or more mounted skills.
But let's go beyond mere lists to take a closer look at an early view of the expansion and what it will hold when we finally move on to eastern Rohan.
The determined defense of Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 03 Sep 2013 08:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The game's other mechanics have also received further tuning. Cities can now benefit from new happiness-increasing structures and more flexible placement options, combat values have been tweaked, and new engagements have been added for siege warfare. There is also a variety of bugfixes and general balance tweaks, which can be found in the full patch notes included with the development blog.
The Repopulation introduces new event systems in its August updates originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 02 Sep 2013 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: End of August Update
Filed under: Betas, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Trailers, Video, Bugs, Business Models, Events (Real-World), Expansions, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Patches, PvP, News Items, Opinion, Free-to-Play, Mobile, Dev Diaries, Not So Massively, Sandbox, MOBA, League of Legends, Diablo III, Crowdfunding, Star Citizen, Path of Exile, Buy-to-PlayPAX Prime week, and that means it's time for competitive MOBA tournaments! League of Legends led the pack with its North American Regional Playoffs to determine which team will represent the region in the world championship. Third-person MOBA SMITE ran a full stage event for its $20,000 5x5 North American Invitational Tournament and showed off new character Zhong Kui for the first time. Dota 2 fans were outraged to find that the game was no longer available on the freeplay computers, prompting accusations of its being purposely uninstalled to promote competing games.
Guardians of Middle-Earth launched on Steam this week to a deluge of complaints, negative feedback, and refund requests after it emerged that the game's peer-to-peer networking isn't working well on PC. Sneaky Games announced its intention to release console MOBA Arena of Heroes on the OUYA crowdfunded console, and developers looked at the game's upcoming Patch 1.4.
Star Citizen's showing at PAX and recent release of the hangar module have helped push the game's crowdfunding tally over the $17 million mark, making it all but certain that the team will reach the ultimate $20 million goal. Diablo III officially launches on PS3 and XBox 360 tomorrow, and developers revealed that a PS4 version is already in the works. And Path of Exile's developers passed on PAX Prime this year and instead worked on the next update, which introduces the Endless Ledge event and a strange new Empower support gem.
Not So Massively: PAX Prime, MOBA tournaments, and Star Citizen hits $17m originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Join us after the cut as we break down our chat with Behaviour studio head Miguel Caron and talk about space marines, ARGs, and friendly fire.
PAX Prime 2013: Behaviour on WAR40K Eternal Crusade's friendly fire, ARG, and more originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 02 Sep 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.