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World of Warcraft increases fees in China

It's going to be a little more expensive to vacation in Azeroth from China in just a couple of weeks. MMO Culture noted that Chinese publisher NetEase is jacking up World of Warcraft's fees for the first time ever in the region. As of October 16th, the fee will go up by about 45% to become 30&ye...

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WildStar's Stephan Frost on using the subscription model

Launching with a subscription fee in the current MMO market isn't a winning proposition; pretty much every newer title that has done so has moved over to free-to-play before long. A recent interview with WildStar's design producer Stephan Frost saw him liken the subscription fee to the extra fee fo...

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Minecraft creator Notch's 0x10c is aiming at a monthly subscription fee

Minecraft has had a substantial impact on gaming in general and MMOs in specific, which means that Markus "Notch" Persson's next project is going to be watched closely by a lot of people. So it's interesting to note that in a recent interview he discusses giving 0x10c a sort of shared living spac...

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The Perfect Ten: Holiday shopping for the MMO gamer

With Thanksgiving almost under wraps in the states (Canada got an earlier patch of Thanksgiving because the devs love that country), the starter pistol is about to go off for the busiest shopping season of the year. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and oh-crap-it's-Christmas-Eve-and-only-a-gas-station...

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SWTOR begins testing Update 1.6

Hot on the heels of last week's Update 1.5 release, Star Wars: The Old Republic has begun testing its next content patch. Update 1.6: Ancient Hypergate is currently on the test servers and allows players to experience a new warzone and tougher space combat. The Ancient Hypergate PvP warzone ha...

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MMO Blender: Beyond Shawn's Thunderdome

If there's one thing I've noticed about these MMO Blender articles, it's that the Massively staff members seem to really like their sandboxes. Maybe it's not even so much a staff preference as it is a statement about where we all are as MMO players. Themeparks have been done and have been perfect...

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EA given best workplace title for LGBT employees

If there's one thing reading Massively's comments has taught me, it's that major big-budget game companies are evil and probably kill kittens. But a recent rating by the Human Rights Campaign might work towards changing your mind about EA a bit. The Human Rights Campaign has given the company ...

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Everything you need to know about Star Wars: The Old Republic's free-to-play update

Listen up, pilots: The devs have made a critical update, and the time for our return has come. Star Wars: The Old Republic is releasing both Update 1.5 and its free-to-play transition today, which means that the doors are open for both new and returning players to join BioWare's flock. That's rig...

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Rumor: Origin hacked, EA denies intrusion [Updated]

If you have created an EA Origin account for any reason, such as for Star Wars: The Old Republic or Ultima Online, we advise you to change your password posthaste. Numerous sites are reporting that hackers have breached Origin's security and are potentially modifying account information and steal...

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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 th...

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