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Another issue that struck them hard -- probably harder than the Imperial race addition -- was the preorder bonuses. And I'm not talking about the five-day early access. No, the hate swelled over the preorder ability to play any race in any faction. I'm sure that some of them would say that I am being obtuse, but I really can't wrap my head around why they seemed more upset about this bonus more than previous bonuses given for MMORPG preorders.
Tamriel Infinium: Fleecing Elder Scrolls Online fans with preorders originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
But would we be better off? Would you want to pay $30 subs, play EverQuest VI: The Sandboxening, or consider 200,000 players a spectacular launch? Would you want to play MMOs without ideas and conveniences like the group-finders and UI mods and auction halls and quests that WoW popularized? Would you prefer a genre taken even less seriously by mainstreamers and studios and investors than it is right now? Would we, in fact, be better off without WoW?
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: Would we be better off without WoW? originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Enjoy our Steam Team video below.
The Stream Team: Celebrating Vanguard's seventh birthday originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Vanguard was the diamond in the rough that never got polished. It was a gorgeous world, with some hints of truly innovative gameplay, but it was often overshadowed by intrinsic problems at the core of the game. Despite it all, Vanguard has one of the best communities around, and there were many ways in which the game brought players and guilds together. Let's look at what will be missed in this week's Guild Counsel.
The Guild Counsel: Guild-friendly Vanguard features I know I'll miss originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The first thing I'd like to point out is that those statements, regardless of variation, are all wrong. LoL as a game changes wildly from patch to patch and season to season, and while the existing Summoner's Rift solo queue metagame is more or less fixed in terms of roles (duo bot, one jungler, a "support" who does not CS in favor of giving it to an ally), none of that applies to premades of three or more players or other game modes. Even between the roles, there's a wide variation in expectations of what those roles should do. Stop blaming the game; think outside the box and start seeing the game for what it really is.
The Summoner's Guidebook: Stop worrying about the LoL metagame originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Ellingsen told Massively that while Funcom is "fully cooperating" with the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime, it's now back to business as usual.
Production on all Funcom games continues as normal, and the company remains fully committed to games in development as well as the continued operation and updating of existing live games. Yesterday's events is not expected to have any impact on the company's continued operation or the development on future releases.
Funcom's key priorities are the development of the upcoming LEGO Minifigures Online, as well as supporting and expanding on the live games Age of Conan, The Secret World and Anarchy Online with new and exciting content.
In terms of The Secret World, developers are currently in the process of finalizing its ninth content update, which will send players on a grand adventure through Tokyo, and Funcom will be releasing new information and screenshots from this update soon. Trading in the company stock was only suspended temporarily yesterday, and trading was back to normal shortly thereafter.
Funcom back to business as usual after Ã˜kokrim document seizures originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The judges have eliminated all but 24 teams, with the next round of cuts scheduled for January 31st. You can watch some of the judging via the Roberts Space Industries YouTube channel at 6:00 p.m. EST on the 31st.
"The quality of the entries has been amazing," said Roberts via press release. "And we had quite a variety of entrants including a husband-and-wife team, a father-and-son team, several high school level teams, automotive designers, bartenders, DJs, filmmakers, and of course several professionals from the gaming industry."
[Source: Cloud Imperium Games press release]
Star Citizen's starship design competition down to 24 teams originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
But does it work? Obviously it's working well enough to make it a growing trend, but I was curious about how the Massively staff members felt about this. Do they pay attention to developer livestreams?
The Think Tank: Do you pay attention to developer livestreams? originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
This patch contains performance tweaks, new environments, a duel system, and the new weather effects system.
Aventurine says that "74 new environments have been added all around Agon." The update post on Darkfall's official website -- viewable via the links below -- contains a full list of fixes and changes.Permalink | Email this | Comments