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The move to an official online version is not unexpected. Back in January, the voice chat update brought the franchise one step closer to MMO-dom. We've even done an impressions piece on a multiplayer version of GTA San Andreas. And last month, Massively mused on the possibility of an MMO after noting some online features in the reveal trailer for GTA V. But will GTA Online be an actual MMO, or will it just be a multiplayer lobby for GTA V? The answer may be forthcoming Thursday.
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Massively Speaking Episode 259: The beginning of civilization originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Players, on the other hand, have plenty to look forward to: As characters created at launch reach their first birthdays, they'll receive a gift in the form of a miniature Queen Jennah, a 24-hour birthday booster item, and an experience scroll. Completion of the event meta-achievement will award an infinite watchknight tonic that will allow you to turn into one of Jennah's spooky clockwork gynoids whenever your heart desires.
Other features include a new trebuchet mastery trait line and Healing Oasis skill in World vs. World, as well as an increase to the rate of world experience gain. From August 23rd, the Black Lion Trading Company will run a 10-day sale during which limited weapon skins and items from the past year will be available for purchase.
The Queen's Speech update goes live on August 20th, and GW2 will mark its one-year anniversary on August 28th.
Lend your ears to Guild Wars 2's Queen's Speech update originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Sometimes it's just an isolated thing when we have a free weekend and wind up spending all of it gaming. Other times we step back and realize we're devoting too much of our time and energy to our games of choice and we need to back off a little bit. So does that sound like you? Have you ever fallen into unhealthy play habits by accident? Or do you feel you've never been a bit too focused on playing your MMO of choice?
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: Have you ever fallen into unhealthy play habits? originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 13 Aug 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Filed under: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Video, Business Models, Events (Real-World), Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, Patches, PvP, News Items, PvE, Free-to-Play, Casual, Dev Diaries, Not So Massively, Sandbox, MOBA, Diablo III, Crowdfunding, Star Citizen, Elite: Dangerous, Infinite Crisis, Path of ExileTribes: Ascend community this week as developer Hi-Rez Studios shut down the game's forum and told players to go to Reddit instead. Threads erupted on the third-party site asking for official Hi-Rez accounts to be banned from /r/Tribes. Dota 2's World Championship tournament got underway this week as top competitive teams from around the world fought for a slice of The International's $2.8 million US of prize money. And it looks like Heroes of Newerth has a companion on the way, as developer S2 Games recently revealed its new and potentially more casual MOBA Strife.
In a new video devblog, Elite: Dangerous creator David Braben discussed plans for ship passengers and luxury cruise liners in the upcoming space sandbox game. Diablo III Community Manager Grimiku hinted that developers are looking into the possibility of adding an official self-found mode, and Blizzard announced its plans for Gamescom 2013. Path of Exile wrapped up the end of its third season of race events and announced that seasons four and five are already in the planning stages. And Star Citizen's weekly updates focused on the upcoming Hangar module.
Not So Massively: Hi-Rez Reddit controversy, new MOBA Strife, and Dota 2 World Championship originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
TSW has the best -- or worst, you could say -- of both worlds. Bet you didn't know you would take up coin collecting when you started playing, did you? With a plethora of different currencies that can be spent only at certain places for certain things, players have keep tabs on whom they can spend what with and where said whos actually are. Wondering what those Credits of Ca' d'Oro are good for? What about whether Sequins of Solomon Island can be used in Transylvania? This handy guide will help demystify coin collecting and show you the ins and outs of all those tokens filling up your wallet.
Chaos Theory: A guide to The Secret World's tokens and currencies originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Game Informer reports that the event has brought in $100,000, with more to come since Sarah's Jenner remains on sale through August 20th. "The response from the MechWarrior community and from the games industry at large has been overwhelming," said Piranha creative director Bryan Ekman. "We can't thank everyone enough for unifying in this effort to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society and cancer research."
MechWarrior Online, Sarah's Jenner pull in $100k for cancer research originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Game Informer
While the changes for each class are different, all of the classes have had several unappealing talents improved and a few overpowered talents toned down a bit. There are also several changes based on situational power -- Holy Paladins, for example, had too much mana when able to get into melee and too little mana when forced to stay at range. If you want to see how your class fared in this round of rebalancing, take a look at the full rundown before posting your rant about being horribly nerfed.
Details on the class changes for World of Warcraft's 5.4 patch originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Patch 5.4 Class Changes
According to an official statement, the addition of the admin tag was purely a display glitch and no players actually had access to admin powers. Whether that's accurate or it's simply a matter of no players figuring out the admin commands before the issue was fixed is slightly ambiguous. Either way, the patch is now live and everyone can enjoy it, but not everyone can enjoy the sort of unfettered PvP you'd find in a world of admins -- which is probably a good thing.
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Darkfall Unholy Wars accidentally logs everyone in as an administrator originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Aeria Games is calling Aura Kingdom its "biggest title to date." Players with an Aeria account can sign up for a closed beta slot on the official website; in the meantime, check out the teaser trailer after the break.
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