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Aura Kingdom’s Valleys of Ice Hearts update brings a level cap raise, new dungeons, and a true class master feature

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It's time to get frosty in Aura Kingdom as the anime MMORPG has added the Valleys of Ice Hearts update, bringing with it a new level cap raise, a chilly new set of maps, and a number of other things associated with both of those features. Players can now reach for the new maximum level of Slv25, all the while...

2016 lawsuit over CS:GO skin gambling gets thrown out on a technicality

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The slow, grinding gears of the legal system has finally yielded a verdict in the last of a series of CS:GO lawsuits from 2016. Valve was being sued by parents who alleged the company knowingly facilitated CS:GO skin gambling on third-party websites, but the judge hearing the case ultimately dismissed the complaint on January 7th, ruling that the plaintiffs...

Torchlight Infinite’s mobile beta starts this week

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Are you ready to give the Torchlight series another shot? While the underwhelming rollout of Torchlight III may have soured people on this franchise, we have to admit that it's not the worst idea ever to bring this colorful ARPG series to mobile devices, although we might have hoped it was multiplayer, and this one is not. We'll certainly find...

RuneScape talks up the first Ninja Strike update of 2022 and Oasis Restoration community rewards

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New year, new Ninja Strike update to RuneScape! The game's latest weekly newsletter is heralding the first "scattershot" quality-of-life update made by the Ninja team at Jagex, which features a variety of improved tooltips for various combat items like luck rings, god books, and slayer gems among other things. This week's update also adjusts certain pets, lets the Auto-Retaliate...

Fractured Online shares a preview of every combat school in the sandbox

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Fractured Online is continuing to roll out its re-introductory series of dev blogs that showcase the sandbox MMORPG's feature set, with the latest one all about skills and combat schools. And when we say "all about," we emphasize the "all" part of that statement, as the post grants a look at every single combat school in the game. Each school,...

The Elder Scrolls Online teases 2022 release theme with mysterious clues

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Yesterday, streamers, podcasters, YouTubers, and lowly game journalists began receiving a suspicious package teasing the next year-long theme for The Elder Scrolls Online. The letter appears to have been intended for another (Magus) but was intercepted by someone named Lady Arabelle Davaeux and diverted from its intended destination. The note itself reads: Magus, Our knights obtained this medallion during a raid on...

The Elder Scrolls Online kicks off another region roaming event on January 20

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The Elder Scrolls Online has run events before where players were rewarded for going back to previous zones, and the game is doing so once again with the Daedric War Celebration between Thursday, January 20th, and Tuesday, February 1st. Players who perform tasks like take down monsters, defeat world and delve bosses, or close abyssal geysers at Morrowind, the Clockwork...
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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV and the ongoing balance pass

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So how's your job doing in Final Fantasy XIV right now? Mine are a mixed bag, and I know I'm not alone in this regard. Over in the tank side of things we've got problems with both Dark Knight and Paladin, healers are discovering that Scholar is actually really good and that Astrologian's new minor arcana really blows, I...

Multiplayer ARPG Mad World’s alpha 5.0 is set to begin on February 25

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Are you ready for yet another alpha test of the grimdark browser-based multiplayer ARPG Mad World? Another test is on the horizon as alpha 5.0 of the game is set to begin on Tuesday, February 25th, and will run until Thursday, February 27th. Those who have been registered for any of the several previous alpha tests are able to play...

Activision-Blizzard addresses Call of Duty mess, striking devs report ‘radio silence’

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Raven Software, developer of several Call of Duty titles including COD: Warzone, is still on strike due to a sudden bout of firing of QA staff ahead of the holidays. As one might suspect, this is putting a damper on fixes and updates to some of the series' most recent titles, which brought forth a message from the COD...

The Wagadu Chronicles plans its first alpha test for sometime this February

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If you've been keeping the Twitter account of The Wagadu Chronicles on your feed, you know that the game has been teasing a big announcement for the past few days. This Sunday, the announcement cat was released from the secrets bag: The afro-fantasy MMORPG is heading for its first alpha test this February. A calendar date for when alpha one...

The Daily Grind: Do you have any real-life foibles you carry into MMOs?

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My husband likes to tease me because I have this thing about consumables. If I have two lotions or soaps or snacks, I am inevitably going to use the one I like least first. I am going to save the good one, my favorite one, for some ephemeral someday. I'm going to hoard it and probably never get around...

MMO Week in Review: Lord of the Putting Those Plans On Hold For Now Online

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Standing Stone Games floated - and then withdrew - yet another set of controversial changes for Lord of the Rings Online this week, this one prompting angry pay-to-win complaints, proving once again that the only thing standing between SSG and the game's slow demise is player protest. Meanwhile, Star Citizen is on fire, Elder Scrolls Online is on fire, and...

Freeland VR is a Kickstarted VR MMO offering multiple planets with various activities

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Looking through the website and watching the video for Freeland VR, it would appear that this new VR MMO is looking to be a little bit of everything to everyone. This upcoming title promises a small galaxy of planets, each one with its own distinct biome and features - Mount Dark lets players engage in open PvP warfare; Beach...

The MOP Up: Vendetta Online adds 27 custom missions

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Vendetta Online warped into the new year with a slew of events, more functionality for capships, and 27 additional custom-made missions. Reader Jason keyed us into what's coming for this space sim, inclulding more work on the UI, additional language support, an improved economy, "new types of persistent gameplay," and more goodies for guilds. And this is just the beginning of the rest...

Martial arts survivalbox The Swordsmen X Survival details planned features as it eyes a 2022 launch

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Last July, we wondered what happened to the Age of Wushu franchise, and in our digging around we came across The Swordsmen X: Survival, an in-development martial arts-filled multiplayer survival title that looked close enough to a Wushu sequel that it caused some confusion among series fans. For those who are interested in where this game is headed, the...

The Stream Team: Taking a return trip to Dungeons and Dragons Online

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While most of the Dungeons and Dragons Online livestreams have been with MJ, this time it's Chris's turn to step into the shoes of his fantasy character and come back to this MMORPG world as commanded by the Choose My Adventure readers. It's a quick bit of CMA Live, and it's kicking off today at 12:00 p.m. EST! What: Dungeons...

Lawful Neutral: Recapping the MMO industry’s legal dramas, 2021 edition

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With meatspace commitments causing no-end of stress and herculean amounts of work for me, Lawful Neutral had a bit of a slow year that I'd like to amend in 2022 (which surely has to be better than 2020 and 2021, right?). But the MMO legal news feed definitely didn't slow down at all. If 2020 was the Year That...

One Shots: It’s not easy being green

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Kermit the Frog famously said that "it's not easy being green." But I think he was an ungrateful amphibian who didn't comprehend that his skin tone helped him blend into the foliage and avoid being eaten by giant felt predators. Happily, Hirku Two is more appreciative of this color: "It’s always nice to return to nature in Villagers & Heroes. Back...
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The Daily Grind: What kind of update would bring you back to a lapsed MMO?

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If the biggest thing that kept you away from Elyon was the lack of an ability to arrow things in the face, the game's most recent patch will no doubt be enough to bring you back to the game. At the same time, it's possible that your lack of interest in the game had nothing to do with archery or...

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