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Not So Massively: Diablo III's console constroversy and Wrath of Heroes' shutdown

It's been a huge week for MOBAs, with the release of several new characters, a ton of balance changes, and even a game closing down for good. League of Legends announced that it will start officially supporting Mac and released a new Smart Ping system designed to help players work together as a...

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best maps?

Unless you're the type of nostalgic gamer who loved to draw his or her own maps on graph paper, chances are that you depend on the in-game map pretty regularly for navigation. But all maps are not created (or drawn) equal; some maps are more informational, some are more decorative, and some are...

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Not So Massively: Diablo III launches patch 1.0.7, Path of Exile gets new content

Path of Exile released several patches this week, adding new map types and fixing a number of bugs. Developers also revealed that the schedule for upcoming open beta content additions will begin with the next patch. Diablo III released patch 1.0.7 this week, adding a new dueling mechanic to the...

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Massively Exclusive: Check out these sweet Blacklight: Retribution screenshots

Blacklight: Retribution is getting its "largest update ever" soon. What better way to whet your appetite than with some tantalizing screenshots of two upcoming maps? Welcome to Safehold and Metro, agents! The Metro map is set underneath the ruined cityscape, bringing players into the old...

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The Mog Log: The zone design of Final Fantasy XIV

I love Final Fantasy XIV, something that comes as no surprise to regular readers of this column. But the game's zone design is not its highlight. This is one of those design aspects that really bothered everyone in the world when the game launched, and it was for good cause, but I think there's...

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Not So Massively: LoL's Jayce patch and D3's endgame woes

Blizzard admitted that Diablo III lacks a long-term endgame this week and explored five options to nerf players who swap to magic find gear before the final blow on an elite or boss. Upcoming free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile explored its own plans for a long-term endgame in a new video...

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Not So Massively: Path of Exile's map system, D3 drop rates, and MOBA news

Upcoming MOBA SMITE met some opposition from The Universal Society of Hinduism this week as the game lets players control the Hindu gods Kali, Vamana, and Agni. Developers also released Guan Yu this week, a new character based on an ancient Chinese general. Lord of the Rings-based MOBA Guardians...

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Glitch dev Google Maps all of World of Warcraft

What do MMO developers do on their days off? If you're Tiny Speck co-founder Cal Henderson, you engage in huge projects concerning other MMOs. The man partially responsible for the sleeper hit Glitch spent a gob of time recreating World of Warcraft in Google Maps, and the result is awesome. ...

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The Daily Grind: Does instant travel trivialize MMO worlds?

Among hardcore MMO fans, there's a theory that instant-travel is a bad thing. If you can just click a map or teleport somewhere instantly, they say, you lose your sense of place in the world along with your appreciation for the setting. Everything feels close together when you didn't have to...

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Flameseeker Chronicles: I hope you like PvE stuff

Guild Wars 2 folks: What a week it's been, am I right? After the flood of impressions and videos after the select press embargo lifted, ArenaNet decided to whip fans into a veritable frenzy by accepting beta signups from Wednesday to Friday. Fan response was insane -- over 1,000,000 signups in...

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