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The Stream Team: RUSH edition, November 12 - 18, 2012

I can't help it... I have Rush on the brain. Not even Sandy and her airport-closing ways could detour me from heading out to see what is possibly the greatest musical trio of all time (I say possibly because I didn't personally hear what was going on back during Aristotle's time!). Anyone who...

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The Daily Grind: Will you be playing SWTOR for free?

So Star Wars: The Old Republic's free-to-play conversion is almost upon us. The title throws open its doors on November 15th, and whether you're a Star Wars fan or just curious to see what all the fuss is about, it's a prime opportunity to sample BioWare's MMO story opus on the cheap. While...

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MMO Blender: Larry's anti-power-creep MMO

On Tuesday, I suggested ways to get rid of power creep in MMOs. You know power creep: the constant treadmill of stats that keep getting better and strong but ultimately start to feel like more of a grind? It's very annoying to long-term players, and I'd imagine that it's frustrating to game...

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The Daily Grind: What's the worst thing a cash shop can try to sell you?

MMO gamers, including our commenters and even some of our own writers, are in an uproar over the terms of Star Wars: The Old Republic's upcoming free-to-play transition. The game's F2P matrix seems to be hitting all the industry low points: lottery tickets, combat-affecting items, travel buffs,...

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Cryptic, Riot, and more weigh in on free-to-play growing pains

Anyone adamantly wanting a return to gaming where a handful of publishers and platforms run the show might need to acquire a time-machine to do so. In a recent article, various development studios -- including Cryptic Studios, Riot Games, and EA -- discussed the growth of free-to-play and how the...

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The Perfect Ten: Character creation options nobody uses

There are two types of people in the world: those who can't get through the character creation menu fast enough to start playing "LordBladezz" and those who spend hours crafting the perfect face that will be seen by the player only 0.03% of the time. I've heard rumors of a species of...

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Star Wars: The Old Republic dev blog outlines upcoming F2P transition

BioWare will be rolling out Star Wars: The Old Republic's official transition to a free-to-play business model very soon, so today the game's lead designer, Damion Schubert, has put out a new developer update apprising players of the status of SWTOR's F2P incarnation. In this new missive,...

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SWTOR developers talk about update 1.5

Star Wars: The Old Republic's game update 1.5, HK-51 Activated, is looming ever-closer. To stir up some interest, the dev team has released information about the new HK-51 companion and the patch's graphical updates. Now it's time for a look at the big picture. A new developer dispatch gives...

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Leaderboard: One character or many?

Final Fantasy XIV does not encourage players to have multiple characters. Even disregarding the game's somewhat strange pricing structure, you're expected to have one character because that one character can level every class and clear every quest. All that having another character does is slow...

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The Stream Team: Election edition, November 5 - 11, 2012

With all the mud-slinging, subterfuge, switching sides, terrible tantrums, and outright fights, who wouldn't want to get away to find some relative peace... and that's just from your groupmates! So take some time to escape the chaos of grouping and chill by while watching a few of your favorite...

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