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Get a glimpse into RuneScape’s die-hard fandom

Have you ever found yourself scratching your head and trying to understand the rabid devotion that has grown up around RuneScape? It seems that you either get it or you don’t, and if you’ve been ignoring the game until now, its fans are more than happy to tell you what you’re missing.

In an interesting exposé on the RuneScape phenomenon, Eurogamer took to this past September’s RuneFest as well as interviewed several players and streamers to see what was the appeal of this popular MMORPG. For some fans, it’s the MMO they grew up playing. “This is going to sound ridiculous and cheesy and a little bit cringe,” said one gamer, “but there’s just something that’s really comforting to me because I played it so much in my childhood.”

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World of Warships is raising money to keep the USS Texas afloat

The USS Texas launched more than a century ago, and at the time she was one of the most advanced warships in the world. Now, though, she’s a victim of bad weather, an aging craft that’s nearly sunk. But World of Warships has a bit of a thing about old warships staying afloat, so the game is offering players a chance to purchase items in the game and contribute to charity in the process. There are four new bundles available to add the USS Texas to your ship collection, along with a gaudy “Lone Star” camo patterns and a commemorative flag.

Players who opt for the largest bundle will also get a special mission to undertake 20 random battles with the USS Texas. If you already own the ship, buying one of the bundles which includes the ship will credit you for her normal purchase price for the in-game store, to boot. Check out videos of the ship in action and a bit more about the real ship just below.

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TERA goes on pink overload for breast cancer awareness

We are sure that you are one of the good ones that do not need any prompting to give to worthy causes, such as fighting breast cancer. But for your… friends who might need some personal incentive to donate, TERA is selling a new cosmetic bundle with the proceeds going to breast cancer research.

And before you can ask, yes, it is pink. It is all of the pink in the world.

The “Pink Power Bundles” contain pink wings, pink sunglasses, and a pink crown of flowers, all of which will do double duty by raising more awareness of this cause and completely baffling the monsters that you fight. “Are you sure that you came to battle?” they will ask. “Perhaps you got lost on your way to a Barbie convention?”

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World of Warcraft’s pink Gnomes raise $16,000 for breast cancer vaccine

Pink Gnomes as far as the eye can see, a mass of hopping, big-haired lads and lasses all surging together as they run slipshod over Azeroth. The goal? To raise awareness and funds to help prevent breast cancer.

The latest Great Gnomeregan Run in World of Warcraft has wrapped up and proved to be a resounding success. Over 7,000 players joined together for the pink ‘do race, and their efforts culminated in a $16,000 haul to fund the Tuohy vaccine. This new vaccine creates a “shield” against breast cancer and has shown remarkable promise so far.

“The World of Warcraft Community is completely amazing,” the event organizers posted. “Thank you so much for coming out and being patient, awesome and generous. While I host the party, all of you are the people who can make something like this happen. Thank you for being amazing human beings.”

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Shroud of the Avatar sells toilets and wheelchairs for charity

While it still continues on that long road to launch, Shroud of the Avatar is using some of its development time and resources to help those in need outside of the game studio. In this past weekend’s newsletter, Portalarium mentioned a few new store items that it’s created for the purposes of raising money for charity. One of these? A toilet.

Yes, if you buy SOTA’s steampunk toilet (“an ingenious contraption that brings bodily evacuations indoors through the clever use of Kobold technology”), you’ll be pitching in to help with Water.org’s World Toilet Day effort to address a sanitation crisis in impoverished nations. Other charity-related items include a wheelchair for children’s hospitals and Doctors Without Borders.

The team also showed off some new Halloween-themed rewards, new houses for SeedInvest backers, and Oktoberfest cosmetics for postmortem rewards. Shroud of the Avatar recently raised an additional $80,000 through an October 12th telethon and is working toward Release 47 on October 26th.

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Warframe: New Plains of Eidolon trailer, players host 100-hour charity stream

Digital Extremes told Warframe players yesterday that the Plains of Eidolon expansion was planned to launch “within the next 10 days,” and today’s press release and landing site confirm the launch next week and tacks on a new trailer.

“Independent game developer and publisher Digital Extremes is ready to open the flood gates of its cooperative online action game, Warframe, to a whole new wave of players. With Plains of Eidolon’s release hitting PC and Steam next week, Digital Extremes’ new Open Zone design offers a vast new geography packed with exploratory daytime activities and towering night-time battles unlike anything Warframe players have seen before. The Plains of Eidolon expansion will launch on PC first, on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One this November, and is free to play.”

We spoke to the DE team back at Tennocon this summer, when we learned that Plains of Eidolon intends to add some game-changing MMO flair to the shooter, with more open-world landscapes, interactive NPCs, a “gripping” story, a diurnal cycle, and new mission types, with an emphasis on exploration.

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WoW’s Running of the Gnomes, BlizzCon’s virtual tickets, and patch 7.3.2 story spoilers

Did you drop $40 on a virtual ticket for BlizzCon 2017? You won’t have to wait until the convention starts in November to enjoy some of the benefits that come with such a golden pass.

Blizzard has started to post pre-show videos leading up to the show, and while the public can view some of them for free, others are exclusive for virtual ticket holders. Three videos can be access with the ticket, looking at casual and advanced cosplay as well as a trip into the Blizzard museum for memorable stories about the community.

Speaking of the community, World of Warcraft players are organizing another Running of the Gnomes on October 14th to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer. While there is now an official micro-holiday spawned from this player event, this particular run is purely community-operated. Participants are urged to roll a pink-haired Gnome on the Scarlet Crusade server and have their guilds donate to charity.

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World of Warships is offering charity bundles for donating to hurricane relief

If you’ve somehow missed the news, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have pretty well pounded the daylights out of the Caribbean, Florida, and eastern Texas. There are a lot of people struggling right now, and World of Warships is doing what it can to suppose relief efforts by adding new bundles to the game for sale. 100% of the proceeds from the bundles will be donated to Team Rubicon, a charity organization that helps veterans transition into civilian service.

Not interested in playing the game or getting bundles? That’s fine, too; you can make a donation directly to Team Rubicon and have Wargaming.net match the donation up to $20,000. It’s an effort to provide some extra help to the regions afflicted by the hurricane, and if you want to get a little game benefit out of it in the process, that’s fine as well.

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WoW sells charity pet for hurricane relief, plus more on Overwatch’s Junkertown & Hearthstone’s Oktoberbrawl

We’ve got a fun roundup of Blizzard’s doings, so let’s get started! The studio is selling a new “Shadow” fox pet with adorably huge ears for $10 in World of Warcraft’s cash shop. So why is this special? Because the studio is donating all profits to charity to benefit the victims of the current hurricane season.

“For every Shadow pet purchased between September 12, 2017 and December 31, 2017, 100% of the adoption fee will be split equally between American Red Cross Disaster Relief and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Fund to assist with relief efforts around the world,” the studio said.

Moving on to Overwatch, the devs are busy putting the final touches on the game’s newest map. Junkertown is coming on September 19th to all platforms, but you can get a preview of the map right now.

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Valiance Online puts out a call for hurricane heroes for charity event

When real-life tragedy occurs, it’s perfectly OK to give priority to assistance over interest in video games. But what if you could do both?

Valiance Online has joined the growing club of MMOs and communities looking to do something to ease the suffering and assist in the recovery for those affected by the recent hurricanes in North America. For the duration of this Wednesday, September 13th, the superhero title will shunt all donations made on its website to hurricane relief instead of game development.

This puts Valiance in good company. Final Fantasy XIV’s community recently ran a blood and charity drive for victims of the hurricanes, Destiny 2’s Bungie organized charity events, and even Ultima Online chipped in by disabling housing decay while hurricane victims get back on their feet.

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Final Fantasy XIV players donate money and blood for charity

The Final Fantasy XIV community is large, diverse, and focused on a variety of different issues. But it does seem to be a community that likes being charitable, as evidenced by the results of the game’s Stormblood-themed blood drive. A new video is available just below showing off the themed bus itself and celebrating the estimated 1,200 lives saved by blood donated through that means lone.

But maybe that was just because it was an official outlet and was kind of visible? It doesn’t seem so, as the player-organized charity stream event from the weekend raised over $21,000 for disaster relief. That’s pretty cool, too. You can check out the blood drive video just below if you’d like to see more about how it looked… and if you missed either of the above, you could always just go donate some blood and money today. Hurricane victims will need both, and no one will stop you from muttering “for Ala Mhigo” while you do it.

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Final Fantasy XIV players to host in-game events, charity stream for hurricane relief Saturday

Hat tip to MMO blogger Aywren, who picked up on a Final Fantasy XIV-based Direct Relief charity event “to raise awareness and bolster hurricane relief efforts” — referring of course to Harvey, which ravaged the gulf coast of the US just a few weeks ago, and now Irma, which is already devastating the Caribbean with its sights set on the whole of Florida, never mind Jose behind them.

Streamer denm0 will begin the charity stream on Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT) and asks players to roll up a potato-themed Lalafell toon to join up with what looks like an airship tour, leveling-up race, march across Eorzea, and a party, all in the service of raising money for disaster relief.

“The starting server is a secret that will be announced at the start of the stream. This way everyone begins at level 1. Getting through MSQ takes about 2-3 hours, so you have plenty of time.”

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Bungie, MMO vloggers organize charity events for Harvey victims

If you’re sitting in your comfy gaming chair right now wondering what you can do to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which is continuing to sink cities on the Gulf Coast even still, we have two ideas for you.

The first is quick and easy and will appeal to Destiny fans: Bungie is awarding Destiny 2 goodies to those who donate $14.99 to its foundation, which benefits victims. “Your purchase will benefit Direct Relief in their mission to support the people of Houston, Texas,” says the studio. The rewards include a physical pin and an in-game code for a special emblem.

The second is closer to home: MMO vlogger TheHiveLeader is planning a charity stream event through GlobalGiving — the stream itself begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

If you know of others, please drop ’em down in the comments.

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