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Archives for May 3rd, 2011

New contest for Gods and Heroes offering a toga getaway

To look at most of the screenshots for Gods and Heroes, you might think that life in ancient Rome was nothing but gladiators fighting mythical monsters and one another. But if you went to college (or watched Animal House at some point), the first element of Roman culture that springs to mind is t...

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Ryzom now available on Apple Store

Good news for all citizens of Atys and Mac users! Fresh on the heels of Ryzom's recent port to Linux, Winch Gate has just announced that its open source MMO is now available in the Apple Store. Boasting the title of "the first and only MMORPG available in the Mac Apple Store," Ryzom recently went...

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City of Heroes account reactivation delayed

Paragon Studios has announced that the next City of Heroes account reactivation week has been pushed back. While the event was originally planned to begin today, May 3rd, undisclosed circumstances have delayed it until Tuesday, May 10th. At that time, all players with accounts that are inact...

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SOE answers our questions about the recent database incursion

After PSN's data breach a couple of weeks back, questions and rumors spread across the internet, including speculation about the source of the incursion and how many records were actually taken. However, we still did not have all the answers. Customers of Sony Online Entertainment have been curio...

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The Game Archaeologist plays with MUDs: Your journeys, part 2

This is the end, my only friend, the end. Of our elaborate plans, the end. Of everything that MOOs, the end. No safety or aggro radius, the end. Man, listening to The Doors early in the morning does not put you in a happy state of writing, let me tell you! In any case, we've extended our MU...

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Hyperspace Beacon: Wonderful, we are now part of the tribe!

Last week, we mentioned that multiple fan sites took a trip to BioWare to tour the Austin studio, play Star Wars: The Old Republic, and interview the developers. It is a daunting task to sift through all that information to find the golden nuggets, but I've done my best to pull the most useful (o...

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Funcom teases new Age of Conan group dungeons

The city of Paikang is getting a bit of an update in the next few weeks, and players of Funcom's Age of Conan should be pleased to note that the Imperial capital will soon be the home of two new level-80 instances. The dungeons are designed for elite groups and take place in two outdoor zones ...

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One Shots: That's not really how you're supposed to ride those

Bug week continues on One Shots, and today Paula treated us to an amusing World of Warcraft glitch: The holiday transformations are quite fun, but beware riding in Choppers while transformed! I hopped into the sidecar and got my poor gnome head bounced around upside down all over Dalaran! Thank...

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BBC assembles experts to comment on Sony crisis

The fact that it's been one of the worst couple of weeks for Sony -- and its customers -- cannot be disputed. However, the future of this crisis, which started a couple of weeks ago when Sony's network was hacked and user information was stolen, is anybody's guess. As such, BBC News assembled a p...

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Explore Realms Online on a new mount from Massively and GameSamba

GameSamba, one of the newest names in the free-to-play MMO world, has big plans for new titles this year. The company's third title, Realms Online, began open beta today, and we've got a gift for you to celebrate! We've got an Alsius White Wolf mount so you can enter the game in style. "Brough...

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CCP converting EVE PLEX to currency for storm relief

CCP has a long history of lending a helping hand during times of crisis. Whether it's the Haiti earthquake, the Japan tsunami, flooding in Pakistan, or most recently, the severe storms in the southeastern United States, the developer of EVE Online and World of Darkness is usually at the forefront...

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MMObility: Order and Chaos online bring potential to the market

As soon as I saw the trailer for Order and Chaos Online, I knew it would at least sell very well initially. Would the World of Warcraft-clone (note the first-time use of the phrase I normally despise) also sell beyond its three months of free time given out with the client purchase? Would players...

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The Soapbox: Why we grief - a therapy session

Disclaimer: The Soapbox column is entirely the opinion of this week's writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Massively as a whole. If you're afraid of opinions other than your own, you might want to skip this column. Welcome to the Massively Psychiatric Center for Gamers, Griefer...

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Hold the gates: Dawn of Fantasy dev diary gives an overview of stronghold defense

We haven't heard from 505 Games' Dawn of Fantasy for a while, but it looks as though the MMORTS is coming along quite nicely. In a first of hopefully several developer diaries, Lead Writer and Associate Producer Gordon Farrell shows one of the game's modes: stronghold defense. Dawn of Fantasy ...

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LEGO Universe unveils May contest schedule

May in LEGO Universe is all about faction pride, and as such, players are invited to participate in a host of exciting contests to demonstrate their factions' superiority. Well, that and win prizes. You can have your blocky cake and eat it in LEGO Universe! The site has posted its May contest ...

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Black Prophecy patch brings new missions, fixes

Black Prophecy's first monthly patch is here, and today's update brings a bit of new content to the free-to-play sci-fi title -- as well as a number of smaller improvements. The content additions take the form of 10 new missions now available in the game's open sectors, and there are a variety of...

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APB Reloaded open beta coming May 18th

Mark your calendars, APB fans. May 18th is a big day in the history of the resurrected title since it marks the official start of open beta. Bjorn Book-Larsson broke the good news yesterday on the APB Reloaded blog, and he had a few other interesting nuggets to discuss as well. GamersFirst's c...

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SOE releases further breach details, 24.6 million accounts compromised

There's an old adage that things are always darkest just before the dawn, and right now the folks at Sony Online Entertainment -- as well as millions of customers -- are enduring another round of grim news. The San Diego-based MMORPG publisher has just announced that approximately 24.6 million ac...

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The Daily Grind: Are there too many new MMOs?

There was a time not too long ago (although about a decade in internet time) when new MMOs were a rare event, the sort of launch that happened irregularly at best and promised to whisk you away for quite some time. Of course, a cursory glance would make it clear that this is no longer the case --...

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Wakfu shows off ecosystem mechanics in newest trailer

The trailers continue to surface for Wakfu as potential players in the U.S. anxiously await word on an official beta date. For those players in other regions already participating in the beta, that wait is a bit less pressing. But whether you've been enjoying the game for some time in its testing...

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