WRUP: Cool guys don’t look at fireworks edition

As we all know, cool guys don’t look at explosions (they blow things up and just walk away). This is true as few things in life are. We also are all aware that fireworks are just particularly small and colorful explosions which are at least ostensibly under the control of operators. Thus, we can conclude that it’s more cool to go to a fireworks show and then not look at those boring explosions for even a minute.

I suppose not going at all would be a faster and cheaper solution, but this way you can specifically not look at the explosions, then explain why you’re not looking while trying not to sound like some kind of detonation hipster. And… actually, now that I type all of that out, it seems like it might be easier to just check out our entries for this week’s entry of What Are You Playing along with some of our Patrons, then let us know what you’re up to in the comments. Seriously, that makes you automatically cool.

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The Daily Grind: Do you like playing as an evil character?

In most MMOs, your moral compass and career objectives are fixed for you: You’re a hero-for-hire who’s only out to save the world, rescue lost bunnies, and eviscerate nasty demon spawn. You’re the good guy or gal, in other words.

And while there’s nothing wrong with that, the “R” in the MMORPG genre means that sometimes we like to roleplay a little differently. Maybe we prefer to be on the side of the villains or in the murky grey middle. Maybe the anti-hero trope appeals to us or we just want to watch the world burn.

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Betawatch: July 3rd, 2015

I freely admit that I never actually played Glitch, but I was glad it existed and sad at the people who never even had the chance to play it. So it does my heart good to see that Eleven is rallying on full steam ahead to produce a playable version of the game for everyone. You guys keep doing your thing.

Meanwhile, there were no other beta things happening, and by “no other beta things” I mean “several other beta things.”

We also have a full list of games past the break, and of course, we’d love to know if there’s a game on that list which shouldn’t be or one that jumped statuses without telling us. Games are sneaky, sneaky things.

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The Division gets a Dark Zone story trailer

Earlier this week Ubisoft revealed a Dark Zone gameplay trailer for its forthcoming action shooter called The Division. This week, the firm released a story trailer for the same zone, and though it’s quite a bit shorter than the previous offering, it’s worth watching if you’d like to know the hows and the whys behind the game’s quarantine zones, masked gunmen, and various and sundry end-of-the-world trappings.

“They said it was just the flu, but it turned out to be something else entirely,” the trailer explains, while delivering a montage of eerie concept art and ominous music. See for yourself after the cut.

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Star Trek Online details its upcoming fleet armadas

The latest Star Trek Online dev blog talks up the sci-fi MMO’s forthcoming fleet armada system. Lead programmer Daniel Razza says that the improvements will enable fleets to form vast armadas to both share resources and speed the construction of fleet holdings, and that armadas can house up to 13 fleets which all share a chat channel and which can contribute resources to any fleet project in the armada.

With all this cooperation comes the need for better logistics management, and Cryptic is tweaking the fleet roster window and adding a slash command that generates a CSV file with useful fleet info.

Source: Dev blog

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Skyforge scoots in one last pre-open beta stress test

If July 16th is just too dang long to wait for more Skyforge, then at least you now have a little something to tide you over until the open beta goes live. Allods Team announced today that it will be hosting a 24-hour stress test on July 7th from 9:00 a.m. EDT until the same time on the 8th.

The team said that any and all interested are encouraged to come jump up and down on the server: “Pushing our server’s capabilities to the max is a crucial step to help guarantee Skyforge has a successful OBT launch, so we encourage everyone to spread the word and invite all of their friends to come participate!”

Source: Skyforge. Thanks to Strana for the tip!

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The Stream Team: Landmark be a land of pirates!

Arrrrg! Thar be pirates skulking about Landmark! At least there are plenty of their hideouts scattered about. Previously, Massively OP’s MJ has shown off spaceships, castles, trains, and even different IPs; this time she’s highlighting pirate-themed builds. Join us live at 3:00 p.m.for a tour of coves, ships, and other assorted pirate hangouts, and take a chance at collecting some treasure of your own with our seven-day beta code and goody giveaways!

What: Landmark
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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Elite: Dangerous downgrades graphics, plans appearance at Lavecon

If you have been wondering if Elite: Dangerous looks a little less gorgeous as it did before, trust us, it’s not just you.

After players started posting a slew of comparisons showing that Patch 1.3’s graphics are a downgrade from what came before, Frontier at least admitted that it made adjustments to how it renders dust and fog and said, “Performance and visual consistency should be improved in the general case, however it does seem that some systems are not looking as good as they did.”

On the plus side, Elite: Dangerous is basically getting its own convention this year. Lavecon, a sci-fi and fantasy convention in Northamptonshire, UK on July 11th and 12th, is revolving around Elite’s presence. The con will feature Q&As with the devs, a state of the game planel, an Elite LAN party, and places to experience the game with the Oculus Rift.

Source: VG24/7, Official forums #1, #2, Lavecon. Thanks to Dirtyklingon and Colin for the tips!

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RIFT 3.3 is going to be awesome for dimensioneers

New planar crafting mechanics aren’t the only things Trion has planned for RIFT‘s next update. Patch 3.3 Waking Nightmares will unleash a number of new dimension keys for fans of the MMO’s building sub-game, including Octus Monastery, Mathosian Cascades, Tempest Island, Tulan, and Everywhere, the last of which is the most epic foggy snowscape ever. There’s also a bunch of new dimension items up for grabs, like the monstrously huge and painstakingly animated Sea Strider frigate that would look awesome half-sunk off the coast of Tempest Island, hint hint.

Check out Riftgrate’s video of all the new bits below.

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FFXIV halts sales of Mac client, offers full refunds

Are you a Mac gamer who bought Final Fantasy XIV only to find that your Mac couldn’t handle it? I have good news and bad news for you today. FFXIV head honcho Naoki Yoshida has penned a giant letter to fans explaining the problems with the Mac client and offering full refunds to affected players, regardless of whether you purchased it from Square directly or through a private retailer. There’s even a form you can fill out if your retailer balks at your request.

So what exactly happened with the Mac version to lead Yoshida to refunds? Yoshida writes,

I believe that the biggest problem with the Mac version release was the significant discrepancy between the performance of the product our development team produced and the expectations our customers had for it, which was due to the lack of information available on our product when sales commenced, as well as other issues.

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Check out all of Black Desert’s costumes

If you’re like me, then one of the first questions you have for any new MMO isn’t what classes or systems it offers but how good you can look while playing it. Hey, fashion and style matters to a lot of players, which is why Steparu has put together an exhaustive 10-part video series covering all of the outfits that are currently in Black Desert.

Steparu notes that in the current version of the game, all of these costumes have to be purchased through the cash shop (although they can be sold to other players through the auction house). Outfits are also bound to characters when applied and provide additional stat bonuses.

If you have a good chunk of time, you can check out all of the outfit previews after the jump!

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