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The Stream Team: A first look at MUD Lusternia

Have you ever watched a MUD? Have you ever played one? Massively OP's MJ can say no to both! How can that be? Today she's fixing that by delving into her very first MUD experience at the request of a patron! A fan of roleplay and tabletop games, she thinks this will be quite interesting, and we have our...
Drift-slidin' away.

Betawatch: Worlds Adrift gets a new experience for PvE and tutorials

Are you a fan of Worlds Adrift but hate having any PvP in your mixture? Good news, then, you can go check out the game's PvE experience on the test server! You will fight the environment, but never other players. Except with words. And for resources. And maybe through exploiting loopholes in the system... the point is,...

Tencent launches new battle royale title Ring of Elysium on Steam Early Access

A new challenger is approaching the quickly-growing (or, depending on who you ask, already too-crowded) arena of battle royale games: Tencent Games's first foray into the genre, Ring of Elysium, has just hit Steam as part of its Early Access program. The free-to-play title takes place on a snow-covered mountain being "assaulted by a disastrous snowstorm," where...

Dual Universe details upcoming improvements to Lua scripting system

One of the key selling points of Novaquark's upcoming self-billed "civilization building MMO" Dual Universe is the insane degree of customization it provides players in creating and configuring their starfaring vessels, which can be tweaked and fine-tuned by way of Lua scripts. A recent update from the dev team dives into some of the improvements coming to...
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Blizzard targets third-party Overwatch apps, deep-dives Torbjörn rework

Blizzard is putting its foot down on the use of "unauthorized third-party applications" in its popular competitive shooter Overwatch, according to a recent post on GamesIndustry.biz. Announced in an official post by Overwatch Community Manager Tom Powers, the crackdown is targeting "any third-party application that impedes on the competitive integrity in Overwatch." "For example," Powers continues, "a third-party...

Elder Scrolls Legends’ huge ‘ground-up’ reboot is happening next week

Remember back in May when Bethsoft announced it was nixing its partnership with Dire Wolf Digital and bringing in a brand-new studio to work on Elder Scrolls Legends? Not only that, but the new studio, Sparkypants, was apparently on track to heavily reboot the game from the ground-up, with a graphics overhaul and console port...

Fortnite counts almost 80M players per month as the Fall Skirmish boots up

Still snubbing Fortnite as a kids game? You're not alone, but you're definitely in the minority. It turns out that Epic Games has roped in a tremendous number of players: 78.3 million in August alone, which Epic says was the game's "biggest month yet." As Polygon notes, that's now bigger than Minecraft's monthly headcount. It's not bigger than...

It’s already Halloween in Monster Hunter World

If it's still 90 degrees where you are, too bad: Tomorrow's the autumn solstice, which means it's time to start rolling out fall events in online games. Monster Hunter World is inexplicably leading the pack by putting live its Halloween patch live for the last day of summer. "The Gathering Hub will be fully decorated, themed after everyone’s...

Chaos Theory: The rosy side of the Secret World Legends’ less-than-ideal scenario situation

Do you know that feeling of anticipation? That's what I'd felt when I was given the heads-up at DragonCon that Secret World Legends was finally adding not just a new scenario but a new type! That may not be cartwheel-inducing news like more story would be, but it's good nonetheless. Long we'd waited on that promised blessing...
Is this food?

Crowfall’s latest Q&A is all about power and food

Powers are pretty important in Crowfall, since they're the tools you use to do damage, heal, mitigate damage, and basically do everything else in the game. The most recent live Q&A is thus not covering everything about powers, but it is covering a lot of stuff about powers, including showing off the game's sprawling power interface for...
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Here’s what’s going on with China’s video game approval process in simple terms

We all know that China is a big and expanding market for video games, and you probably know that this year has seen a freeze on releasing new games for public consumption, with Monster Hunter World serving as an early victim of the process. What the heck is going on? A post on Gamasutra explains it in...

World of Warcraft cracks open a cold one with this year’s Brewfest, WoW player multiboxes with 26 accounts

October is just around the corner, and World of Warcraft players know what that means: Brewfest! Yes, everyone's favorite booze-centric celebration returns for another year, bringing with it a slew of festivities including wolpertinger chasing, ram racing, and of course storming the Grim Guzzler and brutally murdering dozens of bar patrons for trinkets and a shot at exclusive...
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Vague Patch Notes: Trickle-down metagames in MMORPGs

A while back, there was an interesting set of data coming out of a discussion about Overwatch. The discussion was about the concept of trickle-down meta, and the takeaway was just the most popular heroes in each tier of competitive play. Of course, the latter doesn't really prove or disprove anything about the former; at a glance,...

Star Citizen ATV covers mining, the Hammerhead, and what’s been delayed to alpha 3.3.5

Space mining runs the risk of being extremely boring, as boring as long-distance freight hauling, but damn if the community video headlining Star Citizen's latest Around the Verse doesn't make it look like a "blast," complete with soaring frontiersy music. ATV also covers Cloud Imperium's development efforts on the mobiGlass, route planning (navigation mode looks so good you...

Massively Overthinking: Which MMORPG, living or dead, offers the all-time best crafting experience?

Over the last couple of weeks, when I was putting in sometimes 18-hour days working on the site, I didn't really have much time for big blocks of gaming - sleep and work won out. I did, however, manage to sneak into Star Wars Galaxies Legends a few times to flip my harvesters and craft a few things...
Remember, you were the ones who couldn't wait for this game.

Bless Online rolls back 18 hours of progress and offers players compensation

It was earlier this month when Bless Online unveiled its plan to compensate players for extended downtime and unexpected maintenance. Now the game gets to put that compensation to the test for unexpected maintenance from its most recent patch. Of course, that maintenance came along with a shiny 18-hour rollback of progress for most of September...
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WildStar is probably not sunsetting until at least the end of the year

When NCsoft announced it was closing Carbine and sunsetting WildStar, it didn't include one key detail: when that sunset will occur. In fact, it so panicked us that MJ raced into the game for a stream, not knowing whether it might be her last. But then Carbine - or what's left of it - kept turning on and promoting...

NCSoft announces Lineage II Classic server coming October 3rd

Old-school MMO fans might want to pack their bags because next month, NCSoft is gonna take everyone on a nostalgia trip back to the halcyon days of the early 2000s with the launch of Lineage II Classic. Releasing as a new server type within the current Lineage II client, Classic servers will retain "Many of the...
Because the franchise is being brought back from the dead, you see.

A now-deleted tweet states that a Diablo animated series is in the works

It's honestly difficult to imagine a world wherein Blizzard's promise of multiple new Diablo projects includes an animated series, but that appears to be the case. Andy Cosby, the writer for an upcoming Hellboy animated series, confirmed in a tweet that he is in final talks for writing and show-running a new Netflix series based on the Diablo franchise. He...

The Daily Grind: How do you pick your MMO character names?

Embarrassing confession time: I was a teenager when I first started playing MMOs, and my first characters were all named after Wheel of Time characters. Humiliating. But I bet a lot of you have a similar tale! I've been thinking about that since Quantic Foundry - which we normally cover for its games research - posted up its newly...

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