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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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Infinite Crisis hits open beta on March 14

Turbine has announced that its Infinite Crisis MOBA will launch its open beta on March 14. Former Lord of the Rings Online and current Infinite Crisis executive producer, Jeffrey Steefel, commented on the game's growth since closed beta began: "We now have three maps, three modes, a huge amount...

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Looking for Guild: In preparation for Wildstar

So I guess people are pretty excited about WildStar. Once again, all entries for this LFG column consist entirely of players looking for a guild in the upcoming WildStar, and they may just have the right idea. If you're a guild leader looking to populate your guild with the smartest and possibly...

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The Think Tank: Are unofficial MMO fansites and forums important to you?

With the often unpleasant turnaround rate of fansites and unofficial forums, one can't help but wonder about the viability of such websites in relation to the bigger picture. Often times these sites are created and maintained purely from player passion, even when official support is nowhere to be...

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Talking the past and present of MMOs with Brian 'Psychochild' Green

If you've been MMO gaming for more than a few years, you might be familiar with Brian "Psychochild" Green. Approaching his 15th year professionally developing in the genre, Brian started out with Meridian 59 and most recently headed up the Storybricks team. But now that he's back to being a free...

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Allods Online Heart of the World update patch notes translated

As a Russian-developed game, Allods Online usually gets each game update in Russia before it hits the rest of the world. Luckily for those of us who don't speak the language, fansite Allods Oracle has been translating these Russian patch notes into English so we know what to expect. The latest...

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The Think Tank: How do you feel about press-only beta coverage?

Here's a thing that happens sometimes: A high-budget MMO has a tiered beta with an NDA that is lifted in parts. Sometimes those parts include early access for press, and sometimes that NDA lifts for press before anyone else. This has only happened a handful of times, and it never really works as...

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Looking for Guild: WildStar needs you!

I'm happy to say that we have another large list of players looking for a guild this week, and almost every one of them is (or will be) playing Carbine's Wildstar. An MMO like this (triple-A publisher, currently in beta) is perfect for this this LFG column as it allows players to get themselves...

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The Think Tank: What's your favorite game genre (other than MMOs)?

You'd think that a bunch of MMO bloggers would pick the MMO genre as their favorite, but that's not necessarily true. But that's precisely why we have such a great team here! So many game genres come together to form the MMO genre, so it only makes sense that we like other games too. So I picked...

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The Think Tank: Do you pay attention to developer livestreams?

Along with Reddit AMAs, developer livestreams are turning out to be all the rage these days. Studios are turning to the live format to show off upcoming game features, tease new content, and just show the players what the development team is like behind the scenes -- but with pants (sometimes). ...

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Monument to be built for EVE's largest battle ever

EVE Online is known for its epic battles. Not only did last Monday see the biggest EVE battle to date, but the developers and players have already started work on a monument to remember the event. The Bloodbath of B-R5RB, as the battle is now known, will be commemorated in game with the...

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