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No, I -- sir, please put down the torch. Ma'am, stop eating your chair. That's not the exit; that's the window, and we're two stories up, and -- well, that went about as well as I had expected. Most of you are just shaking and silently screaming.
While I'm definitely in the minority in terms of liking daily quests, that's mostly insofar as I don't find them vile anti-hope toxins. (I also was not around for the launch of Mists of Pandaria.) The addition of beast tribe dailies in Final Fantasy XIV might not set some people on fire. But the way these quests are handled not only is pretty darn good but might actually appeal even if you're one of the people fleeing in horror at the very mention of dailies.
The Mog Log: Making nice with beastmen in Final Fantasy XIV originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The Repopulation delivers third alpha trailer, conquers another stretch goal originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We've included the full press release after the cut.
Albion Online trading levels for the Destiny Board originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Game: Dota 2
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST
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Mithril coins were added in March 2013's Update 10, and their purchasing power expanded in subsequent updates. Basically, the mithril coin was a new type of currency that offered a quick and clean solution to buying goods and services in the game without the player's having to go through the LotRO store. Think of them as video arcade tokens, obtained with real money and used on the entertainment that you desire. Turbine saw these coins as a way to streamline certain pay-for-service portions of the game that had their own separate currencies (such as revival tomes and stablemaster writs). One unified currency for a variety of uses.
I haven't seen a lot of chatter on these coins as of late, leading me to believe that their inclusion in the game is more or less accepted now. Some people find the coins irritating and an abuse of free-to-play moneygrabbing tactics. Others find them very useful and welcome in the game. I have a foot planted in both camps, and today we're going to look at the ins and outs of using mithril coins.
The Road to Mordor: The ins and outs of mithril coins originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Then the entire staff is slowly eaten by hyenas.
So now we... oh, wait, that's next week's episode. So please try and put all that out of your head as you read this week's WRUP about what we're going to be playing, and leave your own weekend plans down in the comments. You'll note that I left several other people's fates ambiguous, so guess your own conclusion! (Here's a hint: It's hyenas.)Permalink | Email this | Comments
The phrase "past economic viability" is odd since SOE has literally been giving Vanguard away for nearly two years now. The other part of the equation that doesn't add up is why SOE -- or any other firm that insists on closing down a license-free MMO -- doesn't first reach out to the affected playerbase and offer them a chance to save the day.
It might go something like this. "Dear Vanguard player, we thank you for your support and we regret to inform you that the game is not doing well financially. In order to avoid shutting it down, we require you and every other current player to pay a $50 monthly subscription fee."
Sure, 50 bucks is an arbitrary number that I just made up and a large number for an MMO sub. But can anyone credibly state that loyal players wouldn't gladly pay $50 or more if it meant saving their game? How would we know since no MMO company can be bothered to try it? Which leads in to today's Daily Grind question. How much would you pay to keep your favorite MMO alive?
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 much would you pay to keep an MMO alive? originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
CEO John Smedley took to Reddit to answer questions following the announcement, and while it makes for a sobering read if you're a Vanguard, Wizardry Online, Free Realms, or Clone Wars Adventures fan, there was a hopeful nugget buried in there for sandbox lovers and more specifically, fans of Star Wars: Galaxies.
"SWG players, our next game (not announced yet) is dedicated to you," Smedley wrote. "Once we launch it... you can come home now."
Smedley: SOE's new unannounced MMO is dedicated to SWG players originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Hearthstone entered into its open beta, although its functioning cash shop since closed beta puts it directly into the "soft launched" category for reasons discussed in last week's Betawatch. Star Wars: Attack Squadrons has also entered a second phase of closed testing for those who can't get enough dogfighting but don't want to play Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Oh, and there's the usual list of betas and our Testing Notes just past the break. Like always, feel free to let us know in the comments if something slipped into open testing or the like without our catching it!Permalink | Email this | Comments
Game: Guild Wars 2
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Friday, January 24th, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Enjoy our Steam Team video below.
The Stream Team: A triumphant return to Guild Wars 2 originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.