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Make My MMO: WoW’s esports crowdfunding, Legends of Aria’s spring delay

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Blizzard is making its debut in this column, as it officially announced that it will be partially crowdfunding World of Warcraft's upcoming esports prize pools. Esports fans will already be aware that other companies - including Riot, Valve, and Hi-Rez - have utilized community sales and contributions to bolster prize pools before, but...

The Stream Team: Spicy times with the Dauntless Scorchstone Hellion

Dauntless has once again added a superheated new monster to the Shattered Isles and it looks like it's a zesty little fight. It's the Scorchstone Hellion, and MassivelyOP's resident large critter exterminator Chris is ready to face the heat. Join us this Sunday, January 20th, at 2:00 p.m. EST for another heapin' helpin' of Behemoth slaying. What: Dauntless Who:...

PSA: Grab three free Star Trek Online ships right now

Kicking off a week of free giveaways ahead for Star Trek Online, Cryptic's made a trio of Tier 5 (T5) starships available for free in the game store. But you're going to need to move quick to grab them, because this promo will end on Monday at 1:00 EST. There is one ship for each of the game's...

Global Chat: The big question mark of Anthem

What's the biggest gaming unknown for you going into 2019? For MMO blogger Cary at Virtual Bastion, it's whether or not BioWare is going to stick the landing with Anthem. I think that's a question a lot of us have right now. "I think I’m in the 'just cautious' boat," Cary writes. "Its latest trailers have revealed more about...
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Dragon Saga is a sidescrolling MMO brawler you probably didn’t know existed

Hey, are you itching for a new game to play in the "sidescrolling MMORPG beat-em-up" subgenre? It seems weird that this is a whole subgenre, sure, but the important thing is that you do have an option you may not be aware of in the form of Dragon Saga. Don't let the 3D graphics fool you, this is...

One Shots: Dream home

Housing wish fulfillment (or lack thereof) was the main theme running through last week's community postings here at One Shots. Where would we like to live in MMOs, either virtually or for real? One thing is for certain: Toy Clown is far too classy for the likes of us. I mean, my own house doesn't look anywhere near as nice...
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The Daily Grind: Do you wish more MMOs celebrated character birthdays?

It always struck me as a cute trick that the original Guild Wars gave your characters birthday presents. Sometimes they were even valuable birthday presents, seeing as how your characters had to be around for quite a while before they could pick up presents. It's a little trick that I'm sad more MMOs haven't picked up on, especially when it's...

Classic MapleStory is bumping its level cap in next week’s Black Mage: New Beginnings update

Over in classic MapleStory, players are anxiously awaiting the launch of Black Mage: New Beginnings next week on the 23rd, which itself will be followed by traditional Lunar New Year events on the 30th and three additional events in February. "In the next phase, Maplers will see the level cap increased to level 275 after more than 5 years...

The Stream Team: Happy third anniversary Blade & Soul

What do you envision a three-year-old to be like? Well, Massively OP's MJ can show you! Blade & Soul just turned three today, and she's heading in to celebrate with TestSubject and her ferocious furball sidekick, Sleepyhead. Join us live at 6:00 p.m. for an anniversary romp through... What: Blade & Soul Who: Name When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday,...

The multiplayer Skyrim Together mod is about to hit closed beta

If you've been around the Elder Scrolls modding community long enough, you know that fan efforts to bring multiplayer elements to the franchise's single-player games are a never-ending thing, perhaps especially in Skyrim, which has benefited (or suffered, depending on your view) from the longest gap between games than any of its predecessors. People have been mucking with...

The Stream Team: Going to the green cave in ARK’s Extinction

The green cave. It's an interesting little death trap on ARK's Extintion server, and Massively OP's MJ can't wait to explore it! Her team has prepared plenty of dinosaur troops to delve in and raid this place for whatever resources and goodies it can find. Will they all be able to avoid death? There's at least one extra dose...

The Game Archaeologist: Fury

Back in 1997, Australian game developer Auran arrived onto the scene with the real-time strategy title Dark Reign. While it wasn't exactly Command & Conquer or Warcraft, the game sold over 685,000 copies and was a strong success for the fledgling studio. After developing another Dark Reigns title, Auran moved on to train simulators for a while and made some serious...

Fortnite is apparently fertile ground for doing crimes, like money laundering

Hey, you know what is fun? Money laundering! Wait, did we say "fun"? We meant "highly illegal and full of dire consequences." It's probably not something most of us have entertained, but there's a chance that it is going on underneath your very nose in one of the most popular games on the market. The Independent reports that organized crime...
Eh, close enough, right?

WRUP: Reasons why you have angered the minotaurs edition

You have angered the minotaur. That was dumb. If you already know why you have angered this minotaur (and, by extension, the remainder of the minotaurs), please explain in the comments to this week's What Are You Playing and make the necessary acts of contrition. Otherwise, please examine the following list of common minotaur enraging techniques (which is also...

The Daily Grind: Is player competition in MMOs healthy or harmful?

Youngsters these days probably won't ever experience the real struggle of logging into an MMORPG and endlessly fretting that other players will get to a resource node first and "steal" it outright. Today's multi-tap nodes are everywhere, and that's just one way that MMORPGs have reduced competition, especially in the PvE market. But still, competition is everywhere in our multiplayer...

Finger guns and Vulcan ships target Star Trek Online’s ninth birthday

Pew pew! The noises by themselves aren't enough; you need the full finger gun action to really make an impression on everyone else. It's a mark of bravado and authority in Star Trek's universe, or so the Chris Pine movies tell us. Soon you'll be able to act just as immature as an alternative universe Kirk would, thanks to...

The Stream Team: A song in ice and fire in Conan Exiles

After surviving the flames of the Conan Exiles' volcano, Massively OP's MJ feels invincible! (Just don't take her near high ledges!) She's ready to take on more ice and fire adventures, and sing while doing it. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as MJ tours a black ice lodge and ventures back into the volcano. What: Conan Exiles Who:...
Huh.

Betawatch: Atlas addresses hacks and gets hacked

Screw you, hackers in Atlas! You don't get to ruin this game for people, according to the developers! They're working to fight you, and... oh, look at that, an admin account has been compromised. That just couldn't have happened at a worse time, huh? The team is still hard at work improving the game, but...
Well, this isn't ideal.

Tree of Savior introduces class progression overhauls and new raids in Re:Build update

A massive shake-up has come to Tree of Savior with its latest update, the scope of which is suggested by its official title -- Re:Build. The patch, which went live a couple of days ago, not only brought some huge overhauls to the game's existing class and rank systems but also introduced new endgame raid content. One of the...

Torchlight Frontiers previews gear progression, redesigned alpha UI, and pets

It's been about a month since Torchlight Frontiers concluded its second alpha test, and the devs have been hard at work making changes based on players' feedback. Project Lead Tyler Thompson and Perfect World Community Manager Jared Browar aka Sofech sat down yesterday for the first dev livestream of 2019, over the course of which they gave...

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