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All that said, I felt similarly about RIFT when it launched. There's no way I could have seen even a fraction of what the game offers in an hour's worth of play time, but an hour was nonetheless all I could stand.
So, how about it, Massively readers? How long does it take you to judge a new MMO?
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 long does it take you to judge an MMO? originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
When used, Bonds can be redeemed for 14 days of play time, eight Squeal of Fortune spins, or 160 RuneCoins. You can also redeem them for RuneFest tickets (although it takes more than one Bond for that). In a video from Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard, the genesis of Bonds is explained -- this is the latest step in the game's long-standing battle with gold farming accounts, offering players more control over membership costs while cutting out the need to pay money to third parties. So spend cash on improving your in-game fortune or spend your in-game fortune to save some cash, it's up to you.
[Source: Jagex press release]
New membership currency introduced to RuneScape to help fight gold farming originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you were looking for something to do, that something might be a shiphand mission. Shiphand missions "play like extended, sequential quests," according to the latest WildStar Wednesday reveal. They scale from one to five players, and they're also repeatable. "Shiphands are ideal for doing something a little more involved than a normal quest with a few friends," the post says. "They're not as challenging as dungeons or adventures; they're just a fun vacation from Nexus for about 15-45 minutes of your time."
Shiphand experiences vary quite a bit, but to find out how you'll need to click through to the links below.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: WildStar Wednesday
This week I wanted to try out the two options that were put up for polls, and once again Age of Wushu Community Manager Earthquake and Massively columnist Patrick Mackey joined me to explain, hand out tips, and to help me remember how much of a newb I still am.
Choose My Adventure: Learning and seeking revenge in Age of Wushu originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Now that Neverwinter's had a season to launch, settle down, and add its first major update, we wanted to touch base with Cryptic about the progress of the title. We called Velasquez to chat about the ups and downs of development, the ever-present lockboxes, and a few tantalizing teases regarding Module 2.
Neverwinter's Velasquez on lockboxes, Foundry, and Module 2 originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
However, autoguard isn't as bad as people think. In fact, it is an exceptional answer to poor latency and is completely controllable. The truth is, not many people understand it at all, and even fewer realize the benefits of the system.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Despite those "signifcant blows, gold farming continues to survive," Gerhard explains. He also says that 40 to 50 percent of the game's active playerbase buys gold "on any given month!" The solution to what is clearly a thorn in Jagex's side is something called RuneScape bonds. Bonds are a tradeable membership item that can freely gifted or traded for any other tradeable in-game item. As a result, players will be able to pay for their game memberships via in-game wealth and gold farmers will theoretically have no customers. The bonds update will also include a gold-sink designed to help the economy recover from extreme inflation. Full details are available via the video after the cut and the links below.
Jagex introduces RuneScape bonds, new business model originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Announcement
Turbine's super-hero MOBA is still in the beta stages, but you can sign up for free at the game's main website. Be sure to check out the video after the cut for more details on Catwoman and Infinite Crisis.
[Thanks to Johnny for the tip!]
Infinite Crisis spotlights Catwoman in newest champion profile originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Cat Woman profile
Patrick is a lively personality who is what players would call a min-maxer. A theory-crafter. He is someone who takes hold of a game and learns it backward and forward, something I can only wish I could do. Not only do I not have the mental ability to sit still that long (and no, that's not an attempt at bragging about the size of my brain), but I physically cannot read that much text or spend more than several hours online without taking a break for fear of a days-destroying migraine.
This physical inability to study up came well after my already-established love for virtual travel, however. I am an explorer of virtual worlds, an occupation that does not permit sitting at one stop for long. But this hurts me as a player. I realize this and accept it.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Before the big reveal, Senior Producer Andie Nordgren will recap the recent past and share the future vision of the game. Then the game designers will step in and reveal the winter expansion, going in-depth on many of its features and showing off concept art for the new ship designs. And of course, the devs will be in chat to answer questions and hang out with players.
[Source: CCP press release]
CCP to reveal EVE expansion live on September 26th originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.