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The game will refund any cash purchases made during the last two months (from October 22nd through December 21st).
If you're curious how this interactive version of the TV animated series performed, you can check out Beau's Rise and Shiny expedition.
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- Source: Shutdown announcement
Danuser also teased the next big content addition for the game: "The next zone we will roll out for high-end players is Pankor Zhi, which begins a storyline that will carry forward into future content. The team is really enthused about revisiting this under-utilized area and adding a compelling new experience to the game. Pankor Zhi will feature content for soloers, groups, and raids. Obviously this is an ambitious undertaking, but we feel we have a realistic scope that can be achieved with our team."
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- Source: Design update
In the meantime, the site's screenshot section has been updated, and there are plenty of new environment shots to tide you over.
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Burning Dog updates Origins of Malu website, beta dates to be announced next week originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 22 Dec 2012 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: December update
The website is the home of Von Bach Industries, a corporation responsible for harnessing EGO technology in the world of Defiance. The tech, which was "brought to earth by Votans and brought to life by Von Bach Industries," serves as a lore-appropriate explanation for the game's user interface. In other words, it's "a symbiotic neuro-muscular bionetic implant [that] alters its host at the genetic level, providing encyclopaedic heads-up intelligence while simultaneously unlocking and managing corporeal-maximization, or EGO Powers."
Von Bach Industries website offers Defiance beta signups, lore originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Neoseeker
Both of these comments prey on ugly gaming stereotypes: the guy who plays so much that he neglects the rest of his life and the guy who plays so little that he bumbles along incompetently at the expense of skilled players. I might be naive, but I don't think either one of these guys is the norm. I've always assumed that most people out there are playing as hardcore-casuals with reasonable levels of both competence and time invested.
What do you think -- how much game time is "just right" to become skilled at MMOs without degenerating into the basement-dwelling-loser archetype? Is "just right" even possible?
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: How much game time is just right? originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Gallery: MMO Burnout - Guns of Icarus Online
MMO Burnout: Quality time with Guns of Icarus Online originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Submissions will be accepted through January 13th, and you can see some of the competition (and get a few ideas) via the video after the break.
[Source: Notorious Games press release]
Xsyon architecture contest runs through January 13 originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Each tier grants special bonuses and benefits; some bonuses include a 10% store discount, RuneCoins, beta access, and armor. The gold package also grants all 2012 promotional items. The bronze package gives three months of membership for $21.95, the silver is six months for $39.95, and the gold lasts 12 months and costs $74.95.
If you want to get your hands on one of these packages, you'll have to act fast. Players must subscribe to RuneScape between December 20, 2012 and January 31, 2013 in order to take advantage of this offer. For more details, check out the official FAQ.
[Source: Jagex press release]
RuneScape offers limited-time Premier Club memberships originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
So what is so special about this one, especially compared to other location-based MMOs like Fleck or Parallel Kingdom? There are several differences, most of them focused on the art style, unique world map, and cool collectible card game-ish system that ends up being the best part of the game.
Gallery: Life is Magic screenshots
MMObility: A look at the location based MMO Life is Magic originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
With an elegant combat style rooted in dance, scholars use flourishing, theatrical moves in swordplay. They also use musical frequencies to cause internal damage; one legend tells of an ultimate song that can deal fatal damage to a foe without spilling a single drop of blood. You can check out the Scholars moves in Massively TV's Age of Wushu stream.
Age of Wushu's Scholar school teaches the art of death originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Scholar highlight