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Shawn Schuster

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Shawn has been a gaming geek since before geeks were cool -- ask anyone from his high school! He's been playing video games since the the Atari 2600 and online gaming since Legend of the Red Dragon through his 1200-baud modem.

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Order of Magic releases on popular GameXP Connect F2P platform

"Hardcore PvP gameplay and [a] Western-style fantasy setting are the basic values to define Russian online gamers' product preferences," says Nikita Online's Pavel Elchenko when referring to the company's latest MMO, Order of Magic. The Russian publisher, along with indie developer RosIgra, has...

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Choose My Adventure: MAXing out in PlanetSide 2

Back in PlanetSide 2 for this week's Choose My Adventure, I found myself strangely drawn into the game every chance I got. And that's really part of the beauty of PlanetSide 2: You can jump in and out of the action without any unnecessary foreplay. I continued to play my Heavy Assault for most...

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Black Gold Online unleashes the Beastmaster

Snail Games has announced the new Beastmaster class for its steampunk-flavored MMO Black Gold Online. As you might imagine, the Beastmaster commands beasts and the power of nature. Its main role is that of summoner and crowd control, but with heavy mail armor and two-handed weapons at its...

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Perpetuum is dropping its sub fee on April 2nd

As Perpetuum approaches a rebranding of sorts with a new player experience and a new early access status on Steam after a successful Greenlight, the dev team at Avatar Creations has one more thing it'd like to announce: a payment model change. Starting April 2nd, Perpetuum will be dropping its...

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Ten things to do in Free Realms before it's gone

Free Realms is set to close down at the end of this month, and despite the fact that the game is aimed toward players much younger than I am, I'm going to miss it. When the game first launched, my two oldest daughters and I played religiously. It was an easy way for us to interact and play...

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Elder Scrolls monthly content will go beyond 'a new sword or a funny hat'

In a recent interview with Gamespot, Bethesda's VP of PR, Pete Hines, described what the publisher sees as a value proposition for The Elder Scrolls Online's $14.99-a-month sub fee. "We're also very confident in our ability to support [the sub fee] with content. And not content of the magnitude...

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Former Free Realms lead reflects on the best and worst practices in F2P

Peter Molyneux's critical stance on free-to-play was all the rage earlier this week, prompting several developers in the F2P market to voice their own opinions. Laralyn McWilliams, former creative lead on Sony Online Entertainment's Free Realms, took to Twitter to voice her own opinions. ...

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Choose My Adventure: Heavy Assault with PlanetSide 2

Jumping back into PlanetSide 2 is always fun because, as they say, war never changes. Sure, the maps might get tweaked and new vehicles might be introduced here and there, but it's still a contest of shooting one's enemy in the face repeatedly. For this edition of Choose My Adventure, you voted...

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World of Tanks adds limited-time campaign for Xbox 360 players

Beginning March 18th through the 24th, World of Tanks will offer a brand new campaign that's only available for a limited time to players of the game's Xbox 360 version. Map Madness allows players to combine forces to cumulatively reach a tank destruction quota used to unlock three possible...

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Perfect World enjoys a profitable 2013

Perfect World Entertainment is celebrating this week as the most recent financial reports show a revenue increase of 11% for last year, thanks to forward-thinking initiatives aimed at investments in other companies and a focus on mobile gaming for the future. Most impressive was the Q4 results...

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