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The Stream Team: Gorging on SWTOR's XP bonus for the holiday

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Last week Massively's MJ showed what Star Wars: The Old Republic's duodecupled experience rush can do: two levels in one cutscene! But the 12X XP bonus is not over yet, and her level can only skyrocket once she has a speeder to get around on. To take advantage of this final week of bonus, MJ is diving back into the dark side with the aim of getting her Sith through a planet or two's worth of story. Can she keep up the evil on her Inquisitor? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. and see just how many levels she can get this hour!

Game: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Star Citizen eclipses $63 million, adds pets

Sci-Fi, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Sandbox, Crowdfunding, Star Citizen

Cloud Imperium has a lot to be thankful for, including the fact that Star Citizen surpassed the $62 and $63 million crowdfunding plateaus during Thanksgiving week. Chris Roberts has published a new celebratory letter in which he outlines the latest stretch goals (the Genesis-class Starliner at $62 million and the Reliant at $63 million).

The upcoming $64 million goal should please pet lovers. "From Jones the cat in Alien to the Battlestar Galactica's Daggit, pets have a place onboard starships," Roberts writes, "and we want to give you that option in Star Citizen."

What about $65 million? "We have a major feature we're investigating as an option. Suffice it to say, we've heard a lot of your feedback about modular ships and we want to expand our plan for how to do them," Roberts teases.

PSA: Elite pre-order customers can play right now

Sci-Fi, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Sandbox, Crowdfunding, Elite: Dangerous

I didn't back Elite: Dangerous through its various crowdfunding stages, but I'm nonetheless playing Frontier's space sim today in between trips to the kitchen.

How so? Well, I pre-ordered the Mercenary Edition this week, and the devs have graciously allowed latecomers like me to partake of the game's single-player combat tutorials from now through the December 16th launch. It's a good thing, too, because my dogfighting skills are a little rusty and there's a lot to learn about Elite before the big day.

If you are a backer, you can play the full game via the gamma client. Don't forget to catch up on all the latest Elite happenings via Newsletter #51.

Bungie's COO thinks Destiny and games like it are hard to review

Sci-Fi, Culture, Interviews, MMO Industry, News Items, Destiny

Bungie continues to hype its Destiny shooter post-launch, with the latest bit of messenging courtesy of COO Pete Parsons and an interview at GamesIndustry.biz.

"The launch of Destiny was the starting line," Parsons says, before going on to explain how Bungie's Destiny operations center "looks like a NASA control room" and how "it's very difficult to sit down for nine hours, 11 hours, and write up a review of game like Destiny."

Parsons takes that notion a step further and asks how similar titles will be reviewed in the future when game journos face "a nearly impossible challenge" due to an inability to experience PvP, the campaign, and endgame activities on a deadline.

A whole bunch of MMOs are discounted on Steam

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, MMO Industry, News Items, Promotions

Is your wallet ready for Steam's annual holiday assault? We hope so, because in addition to the usual triple-A and indie single-player smorgasbord, quite a few MMORPGs are getting in on the act. Discounted titles include RIFT, LotRO, The Secret World, EVE Online, Shroud of the Avatar, The Elder Scrolls Online, Defiance, Star Trek Online, and perhaps most appropriately, City of Steam.

SWTOR players love that butt-ugly black-yellow lightsaber blade

Sci-Fi, Classes, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, PvE, Star Wars: The Old Republic

BioWare has released another Shadow of Revan dev blog focused on Star Wars: The Old Republic's class changes. This time, Scoundrels and Operatives take center stage.

The firm has also published one of those really long infographic things that gives your scroll wheel a workout. Among the stats are the number of active players (one million), the number of PvP kills since launch (1,790,161,866), and the game's most popular lightsaber crystal (that godawful yellow-with-a-black-center debacle).

Click past the cut to see all the numbers!

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Defiance gets new Aftermath content, Thanksgiving event

Sci-Fi, Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, News Items, PvE, Defiance

Defiance has received a free update called Aftermath that builds "off of the climactic season two TV finale," according to a Trion press release. There's new content that will "carry players across various locales from Silicon Valley to Paradise as the world teeters on the verge of all-out war between the Earth Republic and Votanis Collective," and it includes new events, contracts, pursuits, and enemies.

Don't forget about the Thanksgiving-themed New Frontier Harvest, which runs from November 26th through December 10th. As well, don't forget about the Aftermath trailer that's waiting for you behind the break.

[Source: Trion press release]

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Star Wars: The Old Republic explains 3.0's Sniper and Gunslinger

Sci-Fi, Classes, Expansions, Game Mechanics, Patches, News Items, Free-to-Play, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Subscription

Keeping it at arm's length.
Star Wars: The Old Republic finishes up its series examining the class changes coming with the 3.0 update today with the Sniper and the Gunslinger. Why were those two the last on the list? Probably because they were hiding way in the back. That's sort of how they do things. As both of the base classes (Smuggler and Imperial Agent) have seen some significant changes, some of the changes to Snipers and Gunslingers focus around keeping the core utility of the advanced classes while removing unnecessary or superfluous buttons.

Sharpshooter/Marksmanship are fairly unchanged from their current incarnations, save for a new ability replacing an older ability in regular rotation. Engineer/Saboteur is largely unchained, but the changes to abilities should produce smoother overall rotations. Last but not least, Virulence/Dirty Fighting specialties both gain a new ability that functionally replaces an older option and a new passive ability to spread damage over time. Check out the details on the new tricks on the official development blog.

WildStar releases Voyage of the Nomad, plans story rollout

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Lore, News Items, Roleplaying, WildStar, Subscription

WildStar
Carbine Studios has just announced new content for WildStar... well, for the WildStar website, anyway. Voyage of the Nomad, a short story that "recollects the tale of the Cassians' first steps into the vast world of deep-space exploration," will go live on the official site's story page today.

And it won't be a lone entry. Carbine plans to publish 11 such tales starting today and running every other Tuesday until the plots are played out. "The stories will unfold chronologically, until they reach the events that players have already experienced in WildStar's main story," says the press release.

Hey, at least the lore-fiends among the greater MMO playerbase will be happy!

SKIES opens up its Kickstarter campaign

Sci-Fi, New Titles, News Items, Post-Apocalyptic, Miscellaneous, Crowdfunding

Seven hundredth verse, basically the same as the first.
It's Tuesday, so that means it's time for another MMO to launch on Kickstarter, and here we are with SKIES. But to the great surprise of any and all reading this, instead of an open PvP fantasy sandbox, it's a post-apocalyptic pseudo-sandbox. That's novel, at least. The campaign is running until December 23rd; developer Eforb LLC set a target of $350,000 for development and several stretch goals..

SKIES is being pitched as a sort of hybrid between FPS, MMORPG, and single-player RPG; it includes dialogue options while dealing with NPCs and a number of economic and supply options. Take a look at the page if it sounds like an interesting prospect (and you can tolerate some iffy translations on the project page).

Destiny's Dark Below gameplay previewed in new video

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Expansions, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, News Items, Destiny

Bungie's response to last week's Destiny expansion leak takes the form of a new dev diary video. Joystiq reports on the "one way trip" nature of The Dark Below's design on display in the new clip. The vid also introduces Eris Morn who serves as a quest giver and offers insights based past encounters with the expansion's baddies.

The Dark Below will cost you $20 when it launches on December 9th, unless you already have the $35 Destiny season pass, of course. Game Informer holds exclusive rights to the diary video, so you'll need to follow the links below to watch it.

SWTOR's Revan Returns trailer has a lot of Revans in it

Sci-Fi, Expansions, MMO Industry, News Items, Star Wars: The Old Republic

How many times can you say Revan inside of a minute? Quite a few, if the latest Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion trailer is any indication. It's called Revan Returns, and it's all about the Shadow of Revan expansion slated to launched on December 9th. Click past the cut to have a look!

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Elite's Duxford event launches Gamma, iOS app

Sci-Fi, Events (Real-World), MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Sandbox, Crowdfunding, Elite: Dangerous

Frontier held an Elite: Dangerous premiere event at RAF Duxford Imperial War Museum last Saturday. The gala served as a launching pad for the sci-fi title's final Gamma build and its new iOS companion app.

Gamma is open to everyone who crowdfunded via Kickstarter or Frontier's website prior to mid-December 2013, and it unlocks "the full 400 billion star systems of the most advanced virtual representation of the Milky Way galaxy ever created for a videogame," according to a company press release.

You can download the Elite companion app via iTunes right now. Frontier says Android and Windows Phone versions are "expected before the end of the year.

[Source: Frontier press release]

EVE rookies, look here first

Sci-Fi, EVE Online, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, Sandbox

Are you an EVE Online newb? Are you a vet who's returned thanks to that trailer and who's basically forgotten the game's finer points? CCP is calling your attention to a new blog post designed to mitigate a bit of the sci-fi sandbox's infamous learning cliff.

You'll find a terminology and new player FAQ, EVE University guides, chat tips, and more, all waiting for you via the links below.

Skyforge details the Berserker's rage mechanic

Betas, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Trailers, Video, Classes, Game Mechanics, Previews, News Items, Skyforge

Skyforge
A new Allods Team/My.com dev post today reveals yet another class for upcoming sci-fantasy MMORPG Skyforge: the Berserker. Wanna rush into battle, smash enemies in the teeth with a giant chainsword, dish out massive AoE damage, and annoy opponents with AoE crowd control? Of course you do. But there's a catch: This classic RPG archetype comes with a rage mechanic.
The Berserker's powerful attacks consume Rage. Outside of battle, they only have half their maximum level available but once engaged in a fight, damage inflicted upon or by the Berserker will cause their Rage to build and rapidly reach its limit. Only then will the Berserker be able to use their most effective abilities - inflicting massive damage on all who would oppose them
Skyforge concluded its first tech beta period last week. Check out the Berserker trailer after the cut.

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