ArcheAge celebrates its third anniversary with giant corgis

    
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It’s hard to believe that ArcheAge has been with us for three years now, but that’s what the game is celebrating with its new anniversary event. Starting today, players can claim  a package for free containing a temporary mount, balloon furniture, ballroom outfits, and other goodies. Players can also take care of Amary’s giant corgi named Kirby, petting and comforting the enormous dog to earn coins for prize capsules with all sorts of fun goodies inside.

Players can also take part in the third annual Shadowguard Festival, which has a quest tying it in to celebrating with Kirby if you’re so inclined. There’s also a discount for listing items on the auction house, so you get to sell things with larger profit margins. Check out the event page for all of the awards you can pick up, and get ready to celebrate history through October 18th.

Massively OP met with ArcheAge’s Seraphina Brennan at PAX earlier this month with a full report on the anniversary and the upcoming update, so make sure to check that out too!

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netsky999

Its an insult to corgis that they are used by this hideous company

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Dystopiq

I remember when this game had a medieval style then it bombed and they decided “Screw it!”

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Godnaz

RIP Archeage Alpha we miss you.

The alpha was what the western version should have been all along.

Whether for or against the change at launch, it was imo, the best mmorpg I’ve ever played… in alpha.

Trion has as much to blame as XL Games for its down fall.

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Shiro Madoushi

Their upcoming major update (4.0) is about the size of a monthly patch in any other mmorpg.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

True story. Famous LA Times columnist Jack Smith bet a friend that no one would talk to him if he spent an hour in very busy MacArthur Park in central LA. For those unfamiliar with why this is such a risky bet, it’s because no one talks to no one in LA. If you say “hi” to the checkout person in the store you’re been frequenting for a decade, they’ll give you a suspicious look.

His friend took the bet and he and Jack spent an hour in MacArthur Park and talked to many, many people. Jack lamented that of course many people came up to them. His friend had brought his beautiful St. Bernard dog.

Moral of this story: The dog always wins.

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A Dad Supreme

“For those unfamiliar with why this is such a risky bet, it’s because no one talks to no one in LA.”
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I’d be more impressed with this story if you inserted “Central Park” instead of MacArthur Park.

That would be the real test.

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Toy Clown

I loaded up the game again and giving it a go. I want to see how the changes to crafting and gear is for myself. So far I’ve enjoyed character creating with the new races and hairstyles, as well as the free packages that included outfits, mounts, armor, etc.

It’s probably more a passe while I wait for GW2 expansion to drop, but it would be neat if they were starting to sort out the problems with the game. I can only hope, and doesn’t hurt to log in and see.

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A Dad Supreme

How many MMOs will this be that Trion inserted corgis in an some kind of attempt to raise the subscription base with new ‘content’?

I know they are in Rift, but I’m sure they put them into a few other games too as some kind of “special thing”.

By meme-ing them out in this way, don’t they know they are making corgis less special than more special?

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Remember Shakespeare in Love? This is the bit with the dog.

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A Dad Supreme

Hmm.. I know they put corgis in Trove and possibly Defiance (don’t know about that one). I’m surprised they didn’t make the robot dog in Atlas Reactor a robot corgi dog though.

They probably had to strap Hartsman down to his chair when they told him which direction they were going for in a dog character for that game.

I guess if you’re a Trion diehard it’s great news, but as someone who watches from outside, it seems rather dull running it through every bit of content they own.

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styopa

Always on the verge of reloading this to give it another go, just to see if it’s interesting again. I understand the bots and hacks are mostly gone. Even in the worst days of launch, there was a lot I liked about the game mechanics-wise (I’ve always felt they were the true descendants of the GW1 mix-class paradigm abandoned by GW2…), while the world was a fun one.

But then I delve into this place, reddit, etc and what I seem to see is that while yes, it’s just p2(reduce time investment), but when that (reduce time) is a factor of probably hundreds, it really does seem p2w.

Particularly for a game where gear quality is SO important and where you can’t really ever escape the chance of world PVP, I then decide that grinding my way to level cap just to have a credit card warrior one-shot me like a bug because he’s willing to drop $thousands while I haven’t spent the YEARS grinding comparable gear…well, I decide there’s other games I’m more interested in.

Seriously, I’d pay $15/mo to play this game IF for that sub fee the server had no cash shop at all, ever. How curious is that? (And not their Korean MMO-strategy of ‘new server, new everything, have fun!….oops, now we open cash shop again…”)

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MesaSage

It’s hard to believe that ArcheAge has been with us for three years now…
/story

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Armsbend

Here is hoping we don’t see a fourth. Cheers.

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Eliandal

Agreed! . . . and for all the hate…Celestrata, Amary, and even going back to Scapes (and all the other players), all worked very hard to goad, cajole and persuade XL to work the NA/EU model a little differently. Yes, they made a lot of mistakes – but things are definitely far better than they were at launch. Wishing a games death because you don’t enjoy it/the company is quite…gauche!

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Armsbend

Those CMs are the absolute WORST. They talk out of one side of their mouth while the company they work for rakes the players over the coals. CMs are a huge part of the problem. Their only job is to know things and then lie. Run them out on a rail.

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Armsbend

One of the biggest problems is that people are so worried about keeping the jobs of horrible companies. If you are talented you will find work. If not, hit the bricks pal.

I root for the demise of horrible companies that are bad for us every day. Enron, Goldman Sachs, Monsanto, Comcast, Trion – you name it. Instead of wishing it away I actively promote their demise so people who are keeping them around – think twice.

My maturity level has always been and will always be poor – so I’m going to stay this course due to other people being tricked that “what will happen to the poor coders” garbage.

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A Dad Supreme

“If you are talented you will find work. If not, hit the bricks pal.”
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This is about the only time I generally agree with a Republican point of view, that the market will dictate what a good company is and true talent will always rise (and be employed).

The problem is that many people who are personally connected to this gaming industry, including many writers of blogs, forums, fansites and sites not unlike this believe that this industry should have 100% employment.

Most of the time it isn’t because they believe full employment is better for the games industry or will produce better games but usually it’s based on a “well gee.. it would be bad if anyone lost a job, plus I know some of those people so I hope that average/horrible MMO stays open or that they get hired on another game!”

The problem is that’s exactly what’s happening; in an attempt to help everyone keep their industry-related swag, perks, job, etc all that happens is that the same combination of individuals who made 10 bad games and 1 good game over their career keep bumping into each other in this universe and keep making worse and worse games.

I never actively root for anyone to lose a job, but the problem is the MMO industry kind of has a system of social welfare where less talented people get fired or laid-off from poor games they ran or worked on and end up working some other projects elsewhere that needed new blood to change things up.

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Armsbend

That is all I am saying more or less. The fact people think we are bad people because we want bad companies to fail is absolutely ridiculous to me.

The guy who came up with horse armor dlc? I want him to never work again.

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Fisty

People think you’re bad people because of the negativity. It’s kind of off-putting. Could simply wish the horse armor dlc would learn from his mistakes. So if you ever wonder, that’s why

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Malcolm Swoboda

Some people never learn from their mistakes. But they keep their positions regardless. Or fail upwards. Negativity is often empowering and reconstructive.

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Fisty

Not disagreeing. Just talking about the trolling fuck you, hope everyone loses their job or dies mentality people have.

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Armsbend

“that you are doesn’t do anything.”

Then take your own advice and let it pass. If what I do is meaningless then surely it won’t matter.

Or not – I am completely comfortable talking about my side. The passive nature of gamers is why the entire industry is in the sorry state it is in today. We, as a group, welcome abuse.

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John Mynard

That’s the thing. You are rooting for the demise of multiple companies that have issues with on ethical or moral grounds based on what you’ve heard, not because of anything you actually know.

Enron was shady. Goldman Sachs is a banking concern, given your proclivities, I don’t think there’s anything they could do to earn your trust. Monsanto is the primary victim of one of the most successful propaganda efforts of the 20th/21st centuries. Comcast(and most other cable companies) should be reined in a bit, but not dissolved.

And Trion, what in hell did Trion ever do besides make a mediocre WoW clone, a quite nice Minecraft/Diablo mashup, and westernize an actually playable Korean grinder. I am at a loss as to why Trion gets so much hate from certain sectors.