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Cryptic eyeing single shard for Neverwinter, merge details 'coming soon'

Cryptic has posted an interesting news blurb related to Neverwinter's server technology. It seems as if the company is getting ready to merge the fantasy MMO's three shards into a single uber-server. The firm says that "it's always been our goal to allow all players in Neverwinter to play together ...

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EVE Evolved: How would you build a sandbox?

Themepark MMOs and single-player games have long dominated the gaming landscape, a trend that currently seems to be giving way to a resurgence of sandbox titles. Though games like Fallout and the Elder Scrolls series have always championed sandbox gameplay, very few publishers seem willing to thr...

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Why I Play: EVE Online

Sci-fi MMO EVE Online is possibly the most polarising online game in existence. It has some of the genre's most loyal fans and spawns some of its biggest news stories, but most people just can't stand the user interface and gameplay. It's been called boring, overcomplicated, and a griefer's parad...

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EVE launches in Japan, adds multilingual search tool

Japanese sandbox fans are saying domo arigato this morning as CCP and Nexon have officially launched a localized version of EVE Online in the land of the rising sun. Japan boasts the world's fourth largest gaming community, and CCP has added it to an impressive list of conquests that include E...

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CCP acquires new FCP hardware to fight EVE Online lag

Insomnia can be dealt with in different ways. Some people count sheep. Others pop pills. For those of us whose eyes are prone to glazing over upon hearing computer-related techno-babble, reading a dev blog such as the new network performance-related piece from CCP might be just the thing we need ...

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Earthrise going with single server worldwide

The team at Masthead Studios has provided a bit more information about Earthrise's recently announced February release date. While Monday's press release revealed that the sci-fi sandbox is coming to European retail in a few short weeks, it conspicuously left out any mention of an American launch o...

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EVE Evolved: The war on lag

It seems as though everywhere I go to read about EVE Online, someone is complaining about lag. Throughout the game's seven-year history, developers and server engineers have waged a constant battle against the lag monster. Frequent upgrades and code overhauls have ensured that the capacity of each ...

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A look into the nuts-and-bolts of EVE Online's single-shard architecture

Have you ever wondered why MMOs have multiple servers and limitations on the number of people that can be squeezed onto each? It's a good question, especially when you consider EVE Online's impressive single-shard (single-server) setup, where tens of thousands of concurrent players can log on in th...

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EVE Online turns 7 today, BIG corp runs huge anniversary lottery

On May 6th 2003, a little online space game by a relatively unknown independent Icelandic games company was officially released. Fast forward seven years down the line and that little company is a megalithic giant in the games industry. Spanning four countries and leveraging hundreds of staff, the ...

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EVE Online sets new peak concurrent user record

The sci-fi MMO EVE Online set a new record this past weekend for users logged in at a given time: 54,181 pilots, up from the previous record of 53,850 set in March of this year. This new peak concurrent user (PCU) count is a significant milestone for the single shard setting of New Eden, where all...

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