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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.
Or not. Because I've got a lot of fishing to do.
Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one leaves. Vote to make your opinion known, and see whether your choice tops the Leaderboard!
Leaderboard: What's your favorite FFXIV class or job? originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Regardless of what images the terms "sidescrolling free-to-play fantasy brawler" might conjure in your head, the team at R2Games and Elex emphasize that the game features more than simply action combat. Players choose between three classes and can take part in both group and solo content, join guilds, and engage in PvP. It might be just the thing for anyone looking for a bit of a break from the norm on the go.
Sidescrolling MMO Excalibur available for download on Android devices originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Open beta on Android
Here's how it works. When players are logged in at 6:00 p.m. GMT (1:00 p.m. EDT) between today and September 27th, they have a chance to receive the second anniversary gift box which contains a free set of Phoenix Wings. Players not logged in on at that time can purchase the wings directly for 35,000 NX during the limited sales windows: 4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. GMT (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT), September 28th until October 3rd.
Players who are uninterested in chasing wings can also take part in the new Siege Mode PvP matches by speaking to the Battlemaster in Rocheste. So everyone gets something for the second year.
Vindictus celebrates two years in Europe with wings originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Is it a good idea for MMO studios to pay attention to player behavior outside of the games and take action on that? Does this -- or the threat of it, at least -- foster accountability and community growth, or usher in a weird digital police state where kobolds might come and arrest you and your family for a Twitter expletive? We're sure you have an opinion on it, so let 'er rip!
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: Should MMO studios punish out-of-game behavior? originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Richard Garriott will field pre-submitted questions during the broadcast. If you've got something to ask, send it via Google Hangout at #LBSotA_Hangout or via the comment section of the announcement post.
Garriott fielding Shroud of the Avatar questions this Friday originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Announcement
Not so long ago, the studio even held a contest for fans and artists to submit additional tunes to be included in the game, ending up with 11 new tracks that you might hear while clothes shopping, hanging out at a club, or perusing records at a store. Some are pretty darn good, too.
So let's dispense with the traditional format of this column today and take a listen to what Radio TSW has to offer us. Alas, there will be no "Thriller." We checked.Permalink | Email this | Comments
However, many MMO gamers aren't looking for story, specifically. These gamers want to hear about the mechanics. I can appreciate that. Once the story becomes tired, the mechanics of a questline are going to be what holds a player to the game. How does the new questlines on Oricon stack up? That's a good question. I'd usually judge quests on the environment, challenge, flow, and overall immersion. But since these quests are supposed to be done on a regular basis (thus the name dailies), that means there has to be a repeatability factor. Let's examine these categories.
Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR's Oricon daily adventures originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
I've spent most of this past week finishing up the move to a new apartment, but I've still made time to throw myself at Guild Wars 2's buffed-up Tequatl the Sunless fight. I was pleasantly surprised by the encounter and the community's reception of it, and it's definitely given me hope that ArenaNet will be able to add more complex and fun fights of this kind to GW2's open world in the future. Tequatl is like the star of a teen movie, turning every head at the prom after a radical makeover. I know you needed that mental image. You're welcome.
Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2's dragon evolution originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.