Virtual World News
Content update 1.0.2 releases this Wednesday, but you can get a peek at it in the video below. More information on the patch will be posted on the official site soon.
You may have heard the saying as "Thanks for the memories," but I counter that it would be more appropriate to say "Thanks for the cranberries" at this time of year. Why, you ask? Because Thanksgiving just isn't Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce, even if nobody likes it except for that one uncle. That cranberry sauce is just a part of the variety of the traditional holiday feast, just as different games are a part of our whole MMO spread. Maybe not everyone likes the cranberry game (you know, if we look hard enough I bet we can find a game all about cranberries!), but it is there for those who do.
How boring would feasting/life/gaming be without all the glorious choices to sample, gorge on, and enjoy? And just think how dull it would be if The Stream Team had only turkey and stuffing to show on Massively TV. Life sans cranberry sauce would be bad! Wouldn't you agree? Something to contemplate while checking out this week's schedule.
The Stream Team: Thanks for the cranberries edition, November 25 - December 1, 2013 originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
As for the dabblers, they are: DC Universe Online, Lord of the Rings Online, PlanetSide 2, The Secret World, Final Fantasy XIV, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and War Thunder.
What about you, Massively readers? Do you keep a bunch of MMOs on your machine in case you feel the urge?
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: Do you keep a bunch of MMOs installed at all times? originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
This latest free content update introduces two new contacts that offer 20 more levels of high-level progression, a radar tower car mod that lets you see when enemies pass by your vehicle, a blowtorch weapon, remote detonators, additional slot unlocks, and much more. In addition to the free content, Version 14 also introduces a new purchasable bundle that includes the Rocker Outfit, the TAS20 Shotgun, and the Vegas G20 Muscle Car and Body Kit.
If you're a Steam player, this update introduces two new packs: the New Blood Pack with 14 days premium time and some nice starter weapons, and the Key to the City Pack that gives an impressive collection of high-end cars, guns, gear, designs, and emotes.
[Source: GamersFirst press release]
APB: Reloaded brings loads of new free content with Version 14 originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you could pull your eyes away from your shiny new consoles, then you would know that MMOs also deserve your attention, even if they can't say hello to you from across the room or spy underneath your hoodie. This week, EVE Online launched its Rubicon expansion, World of Warcraft turned nine years old, EverQuest Mac's servers went dark permanently, and after a brief delay, Lord of the Rings Online opened the gates for Helm's Deep. Er, opened the gates for you to defend Helm's Deep. That makes more sense.
Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.
MMO Week in Review: Expansions, birthdays, and sunsets originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Filed under: Sci-Fi, EVE Online, Economy, Expansions, Game Mechanics, Patches, Previews, PvP, Endgame, Opinion, Hands-On, First Impressions, EVE Evolved, Sandbox, Player-Generated Content, SubscriptionEVE Online needs more deployable sandbox structures that any player can use, so I was naturally pretty excited to hear that this was to be one of the key features of the Rubicon expansion. The Mobile Depot sounded like a great freeform sandbox tool when it was announced, but I didn't understand quite how awesome it was until I started setting up my own. While the depot is ostensibly a fancy item container with a ship fitting service, anchoring one feels almost like planting your flag in space, and spotting another depot on the directional scanner means war.
I've spent this week exploring low-security space in the new Stratios Sisters of EVE faction cruiser, stealing rare moon minerals with a Siphon Unit, and desperately searching for the elusive but valuable ghost sites. As expected, players have already found some creative uses for the new personal deployable structures: Mobile Depots are being used as advertising billboards in Jita and to bait aggressive players into becoming flagged as criminal suspects, Mobile Tractor Units have seen some unorthodox usage outside of missions, and the Siphon Unit will literally print money if you find an unsecured moon-mining operation tucked away in space.
In this week's EVE Evolved, I test-drive the Rubicon expansion's new structures to find out if they up to expectations.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Flash forward well past those betas and Minecraft has become an empire. There are Minecraft toys, clothing items, building sets, and all sorts of real-life tie-in merchandise. It's a popular game on both console and PC and has bridged the age gap between millions of gamers. But we don't talk much about it on Massively. Why? Well, it's not an MMO.
Or is it?Permalink | Email this | Comments
Perhaps reader Michael18, who took this particular photo, can: "To celebrate the release of the Helm's Deep expansion, I send you some of my screenshots. I tried to capture the beauty of the old zones of Lord of the Rings Online like Angmar. With all the Rohan pictures to be seen on the web over the next couple of weeks, this might be a nice diversion."
That's it, Angmar; you're going down. I'm going to get some flowers and go plant them all over your fields. Take that!Permalink | Email this | Comments
Do you like this? I'm a fan not because I'm anti-social but because sometimes I want the dungeon experience without the hassle of a group finder or going at the team's pace. Hey, my dungeon runs have lots of breaks for alt-tabbing to see what's happening on Massively, so don't judge.
Solo dungeons: Do you like them?
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!Permalink | Email this | Comments
That one little bit of intel set off quite a flurry of comments, from valid concerns to some head-scratching claims. Some folks had questions as to whether these packs have anything to do with EverQuest Next (they do not); there seems to be some overall confusion and misinformation mixed in among legitimate points and vitriol alike, so today I'm going to address some of the concerns that cropped up.
The Tattered Notebook: The EQN Landmark founders pack fallout originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.