Virtual World News
If you could pull your eyes away from your shiny new consoles, then you would know that MMOs also deserve your attention, even if they can't say hello to you from across the room or spy underneath your hoodie. This week, EVE Online launched its Rubicon expansion, World of Warcraft turned nine years old, EverQuest Mac's servers went dark permanently, and after a brief delay, Lord of the Rings Online opened the gates for Helm's Deep. Er, opened the gates for you to defend Helm's Deep. That makes more sense.
Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.
MMO Week in Review: Expansions, birthdays, and sunsets originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Filed under: Sci-Fi, EVE Online, Economy, Expansions, Game Mechanics, Patches, Previews, PvP, Endgame, Opinion, Hands-On, First Impressions, EVE Evolved, Sandbox, Player-Generated Content, SubscriptionEVE Online needs more deployable sandbox structures that any player can use, so I was naturally pretty excited to hear that this was to be one of the key features of the Rubicon expansion. The Mobile Depot sounded like a great freeform sandbox tool when it was announced, but I didn't understand quite how awesome it was until I started setting up my own. While the depot is ostensibly a fancy item container with a ship fitting service, anchoring one feels almost like planting your flag in space, and spotting another depot on the directional scanner means war.
I've spent this week exploring low-security space in the new Stratios Sisters of EVE faction cruiser, stealing rare moon minerals with a Siphon Unit, and desperately searching for the elusive but valuable ghost sites. As expected, players have already found some creative uses for the new personal deployable structures: Mobile Depots are being used as advertising billboards in Jita and to bait aggressive players into becoming flagged as criminal suspects, Mobile Tractor Units have seen some unorthodox usage outside of missions, and the Siphon Unit will literally print money if you find an unsecured moon-mining operation tucked away in space.
In this week's EVE Evolved, I test-drive the Rubicon expansion's new structures to find out if they up to expectations.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Flash forward well past those betas and Minecraft has become an empire. There are Minecraft toys, clothing items, building sets, and all sorts of real-life tie-in merchandise. It's a popular game on both console and PC and has bridged the age gap between millions of gamers. But we don't talk much about it on Massively. Why? Well, it's not an MMO.
Or is it?Permalink | Email this | Comments
Perhaps reader Michael18, who took this particular photo, can: "To celebrate the release of the Helm's Deep expansion, I send you some of my screenshots. I tried to capture the beauty of the old zones of Lord of the Rings Online like Angmar. With all the Rohan pictures to be seen on the web over the next couple of weeks, this might be a nice diversion."
That's it, Angmar; you're going down. I'm going to get some flowers and go plant them all over your fields. Take that!Permalink | Email this | Comments
Do you like this? I'm a fan not because I'm anti-social but because sometimes I want the dungeon experience without the hassle of a group finder or going at the team's pace. Hey, my dungeon runs have lots of breaks for alt-tabbing to see what's happening on Massively, so don't judge.
Solo dungeons: Do you like them?
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
That one little bit of intel set off quite a flurry of comments, from valid concerns to some head-scratching claims. Some folks had questions as to whether these packs have anything to do with EverQuest Next (they do not); there seems to be some overall confusion and misinformation mixed in among legitimate points and vitriol alike, so today I'm going to address some of the concerns that cropped up.
The Tattered Notebook: The EQN Landmark founders pack fallout originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Still, it matters only in the broadest sense; after all, most of the references packed in hearken back to the first game in the set, and I didn't need a pre-order to know that I wanted a gunblade. So I've been following along with Final Fantasy XIV's event and dutifully progressing along the quest chain for the week.
But I wasn't terribly impressed all around. I think there were some very nice touches coupled with some really baffling decisions here and there, and the overall effect was rather lackluster. It isn't really the fault of the event so much as a problem with popularity.Permalink | Email this | Comments
All players also have access to a whole new category of store items called weapon moulds. Here, players can acquire reusable weapon skins. Veterans do, however, get an exclusive perk in the form of Venetian Exemptions. Coming in stacks of five for the cost of five Veteran Points, these remove the lockout timers on scenarios.
The Secret World adds remote banking and other vet rewards originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Host: Larry Everett
Date: Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
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Anyway, what's up for today's topic? We're going to look at another MMO that didn't make it to the starting gate even with some genuine enthusiasm and hype surrounding it, and that game is wrrrshhsish. Wish. That game is Wish.
While memories of this never-launched title have faded with time, Wish is still remembered for two things: a truly audacious feature set that promised the world and an abrupt, bizarre end that seemed to come out of nowhere. What made this MMO so special and why did it die so young? Our very own Game Archaeologist is on the scene with a special report.Permalink | Email this | Comments