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MapleStory gives presents for its 10th anniversary

You know what we miss about birthday parties from when we were kids? That the guest of honor would typically get presents for everyone who showed up. Apparently MapleStory is fond of that approach as well, as the game is handing out gift packs to those who log in to celebrate the game’s 10th anniversary.

To get your free gift pack, you’ll need to log in between tomorrow and June 24th with a character that’s level 31 or higher (as of April 30th). The pack contains goodies such as a safety charm, AP and SP reset scrolls, tab slot coupons, a “10th anniversary effect,” and hundreds of potions.

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Wargaming is celebrating National Military Appreciation Month

World of Tanks and World of Warplanes developer Wargaming is celebrating National Military Appreciation Month by giving a portion of its cash shop proceeds to several veteran organizations. Each week in May, 25 percent of the take from “dedicated in-game currency support packages” will be donated to one of the following organizations: AMVETS, Wounded Warriors Canada, the National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation, and Operation Supply Drop.

You’ll need to purchase a specific bundle if you want to support a specific organization. Wargaming has also posted the dates and times that each bundle will be available.

[Source: Military Appreciation 2015]


TERA turns three, preps for big month of May

Can you believe that TERA turns three today? Yep, it’s true, and May is a big month for En Masse’s action-combat MMO. There’s the new Gunner class, a Steam launch (on May 5th), a leveling event with double XP, and the return of the T.E.R.A. event wherein players are encouraged to hunt letter drops throughout Arborea’s vast zones. If you manage to collect all four, you’ll get a Jadeheart dragon mount that replenishes your stamina.

Beyond May, TERA players can look forward to two new dungeons and a new battleground in July, along side tier seven gear and materials.

[Source: Anniversary announcement]


Marvel Heroes adds achievements and Vision

Life is moving ever-faster for Marvel Heroes. Not only is the game currently in the grips of the movie tie-in Avengers Assemble event, but now it’s added an achievement system for those who love to chase higher and higher numbers. This new system isn’t pure epeen boosting, as some of the achievements will unlock usable rewards such as titles and pets.

Players have plenty of other content to check out as well. There’s the Ultron challenge for level 60 heroes and the addition of Vision to the roster. Vision is a ranged character with 24 powers spread across three trees: density control, solar power, and android. You can see him (it?) in action after the break!

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SMITE adds achievement system, omnipotence queue event

It’s a big week for SMITE, as the deity-filled MOBA has added several new features with yesterday’s patch. Arguably the biggest addition is the achievement system, which currently contains over a hundred goals to accomplish.

Also with the patch, SMITE began selling 2015 season tickets (which come with extra in-game goodies), overhauled the in-game store, and added new voice packs, ward skins, and god skins — including the Kawaii Pop skin for Bastet. The game is also preparing a new event for this weekend: an omnipotence queue special event that ties into the achievement system and allows players to win free gems.

Finally, the patch ushered in a fearsome god, Ah Puch, who loves to play with dead things. Ah Puch commands and controls decaying corpses, as you can see in the god reveal video after the break.

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Watch Dota 2’s Red Bull Battle Grounds America regionals… now

Dota 2’s Red Bull Battle Grounds e-sports event has been winding its away across the world with only one regional champ left to be decided: the American one.

Teams from Europe, China, Russia, and Southeast Asia have already competed to crown their regional victors; today’s winning American team will join the other four at the playoffs in Santa Monica a week from today, with the final champion being crowned the following Sunday. In fact, you can still grab tickets for the live Grand Finals on May 10th in San Francisco; the cheapie seats are only 40 bucks.

Who’s representing the Americas?

America’s Champion will be decided on April 28th when brand-new-to-DotA ROOT GAMING faces off against long-time juggernaut TINKER in the same group as DotA 2 Badboy Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho’s SUMMER’S RIFT and Peruvian super-squad NOT TODAY.

The action begins live at 5 p.m. EDT; enjoy the stream below!
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Guild Wars recalls what a long, strange trip it’s been

As you might have already been aware, today is the original Guild Wars’ 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Community Manager Gaile Gray wrote up a post in which she walks down memory lane to talk about the formation of ArenaNet, the debut of Guild Wars Prophecies, and the game’s subsequent updates.

“I think it says a great deal about the company’s founding philosophy that — years before the release of their game — they were thinking not solely of development but were also thinking about how to communicate with their future players and fans,” Gray notes.

The article covers several quotes from current and former ArenaNet team members while noting some of the game’s important milestones. With 10 years of Guild Wars behind us, what are some of your favorite memories from the game?

[Source: Guild Wars 2]


Dark Age of Camelot welcomes traveling merchants, prepares next patch

If the latest Dark Age of Camelot newsletter is any indication, the team and community are crazy involved with this classic RvR MMO. Broadsword said last night that it is preparing Patch 1.118 for late May or early June with “exciting new content” as well as fixes for pet pathing issues, revamps to several old dungeons, and improvements to the casual group finder.

The team says that a traveling merchant with special wares is visiting the game until May 4th and invites players to apply to be one of a select few volunteer helpers. As for upcoming events, the newsletter reports that a 5v5 free-for-all tournament is in the works, as are tweaks to the UI, the new account center (scheduled for this fall), and the reskinned Camelot Herald (coming before the end of the year).

[Source: Newsletter]


Children’s Week returns to World of Warcraft

Won’t somebody please think of the children! Oh… someone did? And there’s a whole week dedicated to those wee ‘uns without parents? Now we feel like a heel.

Children’s Week has returned to World of Warcraft, giving every player the chance to be a big brother or sister to orphaned tykes. Of course, you’re not just doing this out of the kindness of your heart; you can earn one of several special pets by taking an orphan on tour of the world. This year there are a few new rewards, including a pet care package and a couple of toys.

The event is already underway and will end on Monday, May 4th.

[Source: Children’s Week via BlizzardWatch]


Not So Massively: LoL’s Reddit controversy, HotS’ Heroes of the Dorm

If ever we needed evidence that e-sports are fast becoming more like real-life sports, this week’s MOBA news provided it. Dota 2 announced that a new seasonal Major Championship league will fill in the gap between world championships and that there will be strict transfer windows for teams just like in real life sports. Top North American League of Legends player Hai Lam retired this week due to an injury, and controversy unfolded over potential cheating in this week’s IQCI Finals. Heroes of the Storm got an official launch date of June 2nd following an April 19th open beta, and its ESPN-sponsored Heroes of the Dorm tournament finals were completed.

Hundreds of Grand Theft Auto 5 players’ accounts have been reportedly compromised due to a security breach at an unknown website, but Rockstar insists that its Social Club servers have not been breached. Path of Exile started the beta for its upcoming expansion, The Awakening, and SMITE revealed its next character is Mayian death god Ah Puch. Elite: Dangerous spoiled us with details of its Powerplay territorial warfare update that lets players pick a side in an ongoing interstellar war. Star Citizen showed off its plans to let players manually load and unload cargo and then sailed past the $80 million mark by selling MISC hull hauler ships.

Read on for detailed breakdowns of the stories above and other news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively.

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Marvel Heroes throws Avengers Assemble event

If you’re a superhero fan, there’s a slight — slight — chance that you’ve heard of this Avengers: Age of Ultron movie that’s coming out soon. Seeing as how there hasn’t been a Marvel film in the past couple of years that Gazillion hasn’t cross-promoted, Marvel Heroes will indeed be piggybacking on this movie event with an event of its own.

Marvel Heroes has begun the first phase of its Avengers Assemble event, which allows you to play any of the Avengers (but you can only take one up to level 60) and enjoy a 50% XP boost while on those characters. Other facets of the event include attacks by Ultron sentries, Avengers mystery boxes, and special boosts that stack if you’re partied up with others who also sport the same bonus.

The studio is also selling costumes from the new film. It remains to be seen what will transpire with future phases of the event.

[Source: Marvel Heroes]


Daybreak launches new site, triggers week of celebratory events

Daybreak Game Company now has a new home and logo to make its transition from Sony Online Entertainment complete.

“We are so proud of our new company branding as it truly reflects who we are as an organization and captures our vision of approaching each new day as an opportunity to move gaming forward,” said Daybreak President John Smedley on Reddit.

To celebrate the re-launch of the studio, Daybreak is hosting a week of events and activities, both in-game and out. These events include double XP boosts in EverQuest, EverQuest II, and PlanetSide 2, as well as several developer livestreams.

[Source: Daybreak, Reddit, Daybreak Week schedule]


ArenaNet is hosting a Guild Wars 10th anniversary contest

Do you fancy yourself a Guild Wars expert? If so, you should enter ArenaNet’s new Guild Wars 10th anniversary contest. There are 10 questions that need answering, and 10 winners will be randomly drawn from the pool of people who submit correct answers to said questions.

ArenaNet hasn’t spelled out the prizes in detail, but a quick scan of the contest rules reveals that “each winner will receive a piece of Guild Wars swag such as a t-shirt or pin, not to exceed $25 USD each.”

[Source: Announcement, Trivia questions]


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