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Star Trek Online offers free stuff for its eight-year anniversary

It can’t be right that Star Trek Online is really eight years old, can it? Eight full years of boldly going? The answer is that it hasn’t quite been eight years yet (the actual anniversary is February 2nd) but the team behind the game is already starting to celebrate by giving away stuff in the game’s store. For the first day, it was a set of different uniforms for everyone; claim them once and they’re yours forever for the low price of absolutely nothing.

Fans are advised to keep checking back every day to see all of the free offerings for the game’s anniversary event on a daily basis. Each item is available to claim for 24 hours and a new set rotates in daily at 1:00 p.m. EST through January 23rd, so be sure to catch up on your rewards and get some free stuff to celebrate eight years of history.

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Blade & Soul previews its anniversary update and tailor shop in new videos

Video previews of patches are like a chance to try before you buy. Except that you aren’t really trying so much as you’re watching someone try it. Also, since this is Blade & Soul, you wouldn’t be buying it regardless; the title has a free-to-play business model. But you can still enjoy a pair of videos showing off both content and new features coming with the second anniversary patch, including the tailor shop’s outfit customization.

For some things, this is more useful than others. If you’ve seen the fight against Poharan before, this is not only not elucidating but specifically unhelpful, as the preview is more concerned about what the event adds after you beat her (a new merchant!) than how to beat her. On the other hand, seeing the pattern selection options in the tailor shop are going to help anyone curious about how the feature will expand player costume options. Check out the both videos below, although fair warning: Don’t start watching if your boss is walking over.

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The Stream Team: Cheers to seven years, DC Universe Online

Happy seventh birthday heroes — and villains! DCUO turned seven today, and to celebrate the occasion, you get the presents! Massively OP’s MJ is excited to be a part of the festivities… and to get the cool stuff. She’s looking forward to having her own Krypto base pet, but that’s just the tip of the goodies iceberg. There are more gifts in store. There are also anniversary activities to partake in, so tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for the fun.

What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

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DC Universe Online celebrates seven years and you get the gifts!

Today marks the seventh anniversary of DC Universe Online, and players are getting some goodies in honor of the occasion. Lead Producer Leah “Katnikov” Bowers posted a note outlining the gifts as well as offering a quick look back over the happenings of 2017. Take a stroll down memory lane then hop in game to get your anniversary items.

What gifts await players? All players, be they All-access members or non-members, can claim a new, updated Dark Spector Batsuit for 2018. Current members can claim a unique box that contains an unlocked Paradox time capsule, an in-game poster of Earth 3’s epic Superman vs. Ultraman art, and a collection of emblems modeled after Metal, the current special series from DC Comics. Past members (accounts that had their last member log in between August 1, 2014, and October 31, 2017) get membership benefits — minus the monthly currency grant — throughout the rest of January.

With exception of the free membership that is auto-granted to eligible accounts, the gifts must be claimed by logging into the game by January 31st, so jump in and grab them soon. Then be sure to tune in to OPTV tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST to help celebrate with an anniversary stream.

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RuneScape dishes out its 2018 roadmap

Get ready to “juice your sq’irks,” whatever that means, because RuneScape is hitting 2018 at a dead run. Looking at the year ahead, Jagex had plenty to say about some of the content coming to the game over the next several months.

Upcoming events and patches include a giant eyeball dungeon, RuneScape’s 17th birthday (with cake!), a divination outfit, more use for gems, benefits from the bank rework, and an aura interface. And that’s just January.

“The move away from expansions bears fruit, and the fruits are juicy,” teased Mod Raven. More fun additions and changes are planned for the spring, such as a Robin Hood outfit, a clue scroll log, deep sea fishing, a group ironman mode, a minigame hub, a calendar of events, and the launch of RuneScape Mobile later this year.

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Blade & Soul improves items with its anniversary update

The anniversary update for Blade & Soul brings with it, well, an anniversary event. But it also brings a number of other system changes to the game to reduce the number of different bits you have to carry around in your inventory, improve drop rates, and generally make the game more rewarding to play. For example, players will now have nine different quests to choose between for daily challenges, but successful completion will still only require three quests. So you can pick and choose between the three daily challenges you want to complete.

The game is also streamlining Draken Legendary tokens to straightforward Draken Cores, introducing an alternate cost for Legendary Jewels and Legendary Elements, and reducing crafting costs across multiple guilds. The 3v3 matchmaking bracket for Tag Matches is also being changed to better reflect player skill. All in all, the stuff that you’re already doing in the game will become more straightforward, more rewarding, and more fun all around. Not a bad start to the year and another year of operation.

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DC Universe Online brings back its anniversary event with a Krypto base pet

As one year passes into the next, DC Universe Online gets to celebrate another anniversary, and this time around it’s bringing in a beloved pet to gallop around your base. If you’re allergic to the more silver age stylings of the universe, you may want to pass on picking up your very own Krypto the Super-Dog, but you can still pick up some Braniac-themed decorations if you’re afraid of whimsy.

The event also offers new costume stylings for the first superpowered people resulting from the exobytes and a new trial for players to take on during the struggle against the Anti-Monitor. There are even new artifacts and adjustments to old content to make sure that this anniversary event is even better than last year’s event. Jump on in if you want to celebrate another year turning over or if you can’t spend another minute in a game without a super-powered pup waiting at your lair.

If you’re a villain, just assume you kidnapped him.

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Blade & Soul celebrates its second anniversary with a new costume

Congratulations are in order for Blade & Soul as it celebrates its second year of operation, and as is most often the case with these celebrations, most of the presents are going to players. Yes, the game is bringing out an anniversary event, starting with a free package heading out to all players on January 17th. Players can also earn more limited-time rewards like the new Purity Costume via daily dungeon quests and challenges, so you’ll have more to earn after the initial set of gifts.

More improvements are coming to the game alongside the anniversary celebration as well, though; players can take on an updated version of the classic Blackram Supply Chain, use the new costume customization feature, or just take advantage of a simplified and improved premium membership system. It’s still a wee bit away, but come January 17th you’ll be able to look back on two years in the game while looking ahead to more.

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Diablo III brings back the Darkening of Tristram for an anniversary reprise

Did you miss out on Diablo III’s reenactment of the original Diablo a while back? You’re in luck, then, because Blizzard is preparing the content for another go-around when the game hits its anniversary in January.

From January 1st through the 30th, players can revisit the Darkening of Tristram event, which contains the legendary cathedral dungeon from the original Diablo recreated inside Diablo III. Blizzard teased unique transmog gear, portraits, pets, and achievements that only can be obtained through this time-limited event.

“You’ll soon find yourself in a realm of glorious RetroVision™, where an all-too-familiar cathedral looms,” the studio teased. “Explore the depths and you’ll discover familiar enemies and iconic items, all brought to life in the Diablo III engine. Meanwhile, deep beneath the catacombs, the Dark Lord himself awaits any intrepid adventurer who dares to challenge him…”

Source: Diablo III

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Atlantica Online celebrates its 10th anniversary with free level 130 characters

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for Atlantica Online, that is. The long-running fantasy MMO just marked its 10th anniversary with a large update and a few special events.

The December 21st patch contains a level cap increase to 180, the Abyssal Armory gear, a new dungeon, and the introduction of the latest mercenary, Ninetails. Players can catch up with an instant level 130 character and go through tutorial quests designed to bring them up to speed.

There’s also a Christmas event going on inside the Holy Town that involves monsters and rabbits for some reason. Until January 18th, players level 60 and above can use special tickets to go inside the Holy Town and help out a matchstick girl, chown down on a buff-inducing feast, exchange rabbits with Ms. Santahontas for gifts, and play a slot machine.

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SWTOR delivers anniversary gifts, runs a holiday bonus XP event, and patches in a new warzone

Happy birthday SWTOR!

It has been six years since BioWare’s MMORPG launched, and that means plenty of presents for everyone. In addition to previous year’s rewards, players can log into the game to pick up a Valkorian statue (never sick of looking at that guy) and special flair. The Coruscant and Dromund Kaas strongholds are also significantly discounted during this anniversary event, costing only six credits apiece.

Game Update 5.6.1 also went out today, bringing a brand-new Yavin 4 warzone to the game. Additionally, players will see a significant increase in the command XP rewards they get from planetary heroics and daily missions.

Finally, SWTOR is hosting a “double rewards” event from now through January 1st, doubling experience points, CXP, and more.

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The Daily Grind: Are you celebrating World of Warcraft’s anniversary?

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, but unlike many such years, it’s not “just another Thursday” to everyone else. No, this marks the actual 13 year anniversary of World of Warcraft, as the game was released on November 23rd, 2004. It proceeded to shatter pretty much every conception of what MMOs could achieve in terms of financial success, redefining the genre, the company that birthed it, and the career of Chuck Norris in one fell swoop.

Explaining that last one would take a long time, but trust us on that one.

The truth is that I wasn’t there quite on launch, but I was there a couple of days later, and I only later found out that the game was hard to find elsewhere. (I worked at Target at the time and we had a wall full of copies.) And while the game has had bright points and low points, good and bad, it’s still been running for a really long while now. So are you celebrating the anniversary today, dear readers? Or are you too busy with holiday plans and/or otherwise disinterested?

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World of Warcraft kicks off Pilgrim’s Bounty while time-locking its anniversary transmog

Here’s the good news: World of Warcraft has turned on Pilgrim’s Bounty once again, which means that you can jump through some holiday achievement hoops and get yourself a title and pet. If that’s something you urgently require, it’s here! This event is more helpful than most as a way to powerlevel your cooking, so if you need to do that, your ship has come in. Or if you really love flinging food at people, that’s on the table as well. (Literally on the table in major cities.)

Here’s the dumb news: World of Warcraft’s developers have revealed at this point that the Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses, the big new cosmetic item that was released with the anniversary event, can only be used for transmog during the anniversary. If you bought them so that you could finally be wearing something approaching glasses on your character, sorry about the 200 badges you spent on them.

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