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The European Commission feels that "consumers and in particular children need better protection against unexpected costs from in-app purchases." The Consumer Protection Corporation and EC member states have condemned various forms of misleading advertising in games, along with direct purchasing appeals like "buy now!" or "upgrade now!"
"The use of the word 'free' (or similar unequivocal terms) as such, and without any appropriate qualifications, should only be allowed for games which are indeed free in their entirety, or in other words which contain no possibility of making in-app purchases, not even on an optional basis," the European Commission says.
European Commission examining 'free' games with in-app purchasing originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: GamesIndustry.biz
Last year's 10th anniversary Fanfest was the biggest one yet, with information included on World of Darkness and DUST 514 and the official reveal of Oculus Rift-based dogfighter EVE Valkyrie. This year's attendees can look forward to the first ever live demo of EVE's yet-to-be-revealed summer expansion, hands-on experience with the next major evolution of DUST 514, and playtests of a brand-new build of the virtual reality dogfighter EVE Valkyrie.
This year's Fanfest will also see a special monument dedicated to EVE Online players revealed to the world; The "Worlds Within a World" monument will be installed in Reykjavik Harbor and will be etched with the names of all active EVE subscribers on March 1st. It's also hoped that crowdfunded EVE Online documentary A Tale of Internet Spaceships will be premiered during the Fanfest weekend, and we'll reportedly hear the latest on CCP's new EVE comic book and live action TV series. The event takes place from May 1st to May 3rd, and I'll be attending this year's event on behalf of Massively to bring you in-depth first-hand coverage of all the big reveals. Stay tuned!Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: CCP Games press release
A new video from SOE shows this unusual (at least for MMOs but not for Batman) method of rapid transporation. The grappling hook can launch out to snag surfaces a good distance away (or straight up) and pull the user to them. It's part of the EverQuest Next focus on increased movement options, and it is something you have to see in action.
Check out the video after the break and let us know: Should all MMOs put in grappling hooks? I think we know the answer to that.
EverQuest Next Landmark shows the awesomeness of the grappling hook originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Game: Final Fantasy XIV
Host: Jasmine Hruschak
Date: Thursday, February 27st, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. EST
Enjoy our Stream Team video below.Permalink | Email this | Comments
I started playing CoH on the very day it went free-to-play, but it struck a chord with me nearly instantly. I soon found it had an amazing community on top of everything the developers were responsible for, and that's when I fell in love. It went from "that old game probably no one plays anymore" to "the best MMO I have ever played" to "the cancellation that broke my heart" in all too short a time. Fortunately, the example set by the incredible community and its determination to carry the torch helped to mend my coronary fractures. As much as there is to learn from all aspects of MMOs, the single most important element will always be community. I can think of no finer example to look to than CoH.Permalink | Email this | Comments
There's something awesome about each stage of the journey from announcement to launch, even if it brings out the crazy in many of us. Now that I think about it, if MMOs didn't exist, where would the drama llamas go to bleat out their discontent? Would trolls go extinct under their mossy bridges? That sounds just awful.
I don't care if liking all of this stuff makes me a big lame-o. I eat lame-os for breakfast because they're high in fiber and there's a free beta key in every box. So get ready to face the full might of my unadulterated joy in three... two... one...
Perfect Ten: The journey from announcement to launch originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The Carnival of the Ascended is rolling back into the game and helping create a more positive atmosphere as well, giving players a plethora of minigames to enjoy. RIFT Junkies has a full guide to the event available now, walking players through the steps necessary to unlock mounts, pets, and fun cosmetic pieces. So enjoy the addition... assuming you haven't run afoul of the more aggressive behavior policies.
[Thanks to Cederhill for the tip!]
RIFT willing to ban players for toxic forum behavior originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
[Thanks to Snap for the tip!]
Grab your rod and reel: It's open season in World Tour Fishing's open beta originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Open beta begins
Unlike many such analyses, this piece sees a bright potential future for The Elder Scrolls Online, explaining that even a small percentage of Skyrim customers buying the game will make back the game's production budget. It also examines the emerging tablet and mobile market, arguing that this is the most obvious sector for substantial growth over the next few years. For a more detailed look, take a read through the full article.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: alist Daily
[Source: Snail Games press release]
Save your Age of Wushu valuables in new Item Locker originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.