Virtual World News
Someone in the discussion will inevitably mention EVE Online, and that's when things get complicated. The New Eden star cluster is lightyears across, and its 7,699 accessible solar systems have earned it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, but can EVE's map even be compared to accessible landmass in a fantasy MMO? All of the space between stars is currently empty and inaccessible, and players warp between points of interest within a solar system without interacting with any of the space in between. With that and the relative difference in scale between EVE and land-based games, it isn't immediately clear whether EVE Online still has the world's largest playable MMO map.
In this week's EVE Evolved, I look at how empty space works under the hood in EVE Online and crunch some numbers to find out whether it really does have the biggest playable game world.
EVE Evolved: Does EVE Online have the world's largest MMO map? originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 18 Aug 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Festivities include a tournament, developer meet-and-greets, upcoming feature sneak peeks, and more. Piranha has also announced new loyalty rewards as part of its Project Phoenix package program. The rewards will be unlocked as more packages are purchased. So far, players have managed to unlock the phase one Phoenix colors reward.
[Thanks Dire Phoenix!]
MechWarrior Online announces launch party, new Project Phoenix loyalty rewards originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Launch event
Current highlights include active four-vs.-four warzone arenas which feature small-scale PvP and a last-team-standing best-of-three format. BioWare has also removed eight-vs.-eight ranked warzones from the ranked warzone queue. Finally, the patch includes a number of class and crew skill tweaks as well as an adjustment to daily and weekly PvP missions that removes the win component in favor of a participation component.
SWTOR's 2.4 PTS patch notes highlighted by PvP tweaks originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Patch notes
Classic MOBA fans probably feel differently, however.Permalink | Email this | Comments
"This is my highest-level character, a Beastlord called Kaesk who has recently just dinged level 85," Paul writes. "This means that I can now fly, hence the wings, and it also means even more opportunities to get distracted. While it looks like the Hue Mein pandas are sizing me up for the cooking pot, they are actually dancing -- and they know how to shake their booty, it seems. I just wasn't expecting to find pandas in EverQuest II, let alone dancing ones, so it made me giggle."
You giggle bravely into the belly of the beast there, Paul. We admire your laughter in the face of doom. And speaking of doom, what other light-hearted pictures await us in this week's One Shots?Permalink | Email this | Comments
I loved everything I wore and used in Fallen Earth, for example, because I crafted every single piece of gear and weapon in that game. A pistol wasn't a mere drop; it was the result of a lot of scavenging, part-making, and skill points. One of my all-time favorite possessions in World of Warcraft was my helicopter mount created by countless hours of engineering.
So our topic today is pretty simple: Do you appreciate MMO items more if you make them than if you acquired them otherwise?
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: Do you appreciate items more if you make them? originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 18 Aug 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
"Here" is of course the Reddit link we've posted below. If you'd like to see the graphic without heading to Reddit, you can click past the cut.
Fan-made infographic summarizes Guild Wars 2's first year originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Reddit
If you haven't been to SOE's annual "family reunion" in a while, you might not realize just how big it has grown. And adding EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark to the already expanded portfolio of games represented made for more news than could reasonably be condensed into nice little packages. That's where The Tattered Notebook comes in! I'm going to share an assortment of hidden gems and hilarious moments from the convention, including plenty of EQ Next intel from various developer interviews.
The Tattered Notebook: Quips, quotes, and EQ Next tidbits from SOE Live originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 17 Aug 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Well, it affects Age of Empires Online players by limiting their ability to purchase DLC after the closure date. According to a post on the game's official forums, players may still download and enjoy previously purchased content through Games for Windows LIVE after the 22nd, even if said content was originally purchased via Steam. And even though marketplace purchases are going away, in-game purchases using Empire Points will still be available.
Microsoft PC Marketplace closure to affect Age of Empires Online originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 17 Aug 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Age of Empires Online forums
Instead, I'm going to offer some advice to my fellow players coming back into the game with older characters. Think of these not as strict guidelines but as suggestions, tips to make the path through beta and early access just a wee bit easier. I spent most of phase 3 preparing for the launch along these lines, and it might make the transition a bit more gentle for everyone.
The Mog Log: Returning to your Final Fantasy XIV friends originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.