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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...

Worlds Adrift previews PvE ruleset and new tutorial experience on its PTS

The Worlds Adrift public test server is back, and it's been updated with a test build of the upcoming Update 27, which introduces PvE servers, a new tutorial experience, new crafting materials and schematics, and... guitars? Worlds Adrift players who want the opportunity to explore, craft, and build without the constant threat of a sudden and untimely death...
Check out my sick, uh... planetary surface.

Warframe brings back Operation: Plague Star through September 30th

Warframe is not a game in which you have space to debate moral niceties most of the time. There's an infected boil on the surface of the planet, but the person who has a toxin to get rid of it won't help. What do you do? You go steal it, obviously. This means that you can enjoy

Red Dead Redemption 2 devs discuss Red Dead Online details in new interview

Yesterday, Rockstar Games officially announced that Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of its upcoming wild-west title Red Dead Redemption 2, will be going live "as a public beta" in November following the game's PS4 and Xbox One launch on October 26th. Now we've got our first round of details about RDO courtesy of an...
Well, there are woods. There might be an elf or two in there.

Check out the animations and look of Dungeons & Dragons Online’s Wood Elf

A new race added to an existing game like Dungeons & Dragons Online is a big deal, and it leaves players with lots of important questions. What can the new race do? What are its specific racial boosts? What does it look like when it dances? Fortunately, DDO Players has taken a look at the upcoming new Wood...
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SCUM celebrates a million sales with a golden gun

It turns out a lot of people are eager to play a survival game wherein the players are questionably moral going into the arena. SCUM is a survival game filled with convicts all beating the snot out of one another, and it's proven popular enough to pass a million copies sold in less than a month on early...

Conan Exiles shows off the Midnight Grove dungeon and the Jhebbal Sag religion

This week's Conan Exiles community newsletter is all about the new Midnight Grove dungeon and the Jhebbal Sag religion path. The Midnight Grove is a dungeon "meant for a party of several high-level players," full of dangerous wild creatures, including a particularly brutal bull, and guarded by a werewolf champion of Jhebbal Sag. The dungeon certainly seems to...

Star Control Origins releases with multiplayer fun

The latest in the beloved Star Control series is finally live with today's release of Star Control Origins. Stardock's alternate universe reboot (yes, it's confusing) aims to capture the goofy humor, bizarre aliens, and freeform space exploration of the 1990s PC games. "Take command of Earth's first and only interstellar starship in this exciting open universe space-adventure RPG!"...

WildStar announces Boss Hunter Challenge event

Despite the sad news that WildStar and its creator Carbine Studios are shutting down, the game isn't dead yet, and there are still nasty critters that need killin'. Starting tomorrow, September 21st, until September 28th, WildStar players can undertake the Boss Hunter Challenge, which tasks players with taking down as many world bosses or legendary champions...

Old School RuneScape boots employee for in-game cheating, police are involved

Jagex has apparently fired a member of the Old School RuneScape mod team for "gross misuse of moderator privileges." "During our rigorous routine system checks, irregular activity was identified on small number of accounts, including the movement of wealth and items back into the live game," the studio announced today. "Following our investigation, we were able to resolve...

The Stream Team: See the new Secret World Legends Scenario

Secret World Legends has finally added a new scenario, and Massively OP's MJ is diving in. Who wouldn't want to throw themselves into a (hopefully) defensible spot and battle wave after wave of increasingly deadly foes? How long will MJ be able to hold out? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for a peek into this new scenario. What:
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EVE Online revises its online harassment policy, loses another staffer

CCP Games says it's updated EVE Online's policies governing harassment. The changes came after the player-elected Council of Stellar Management called for a session with CCP's customer support team "after a number of high profile cases in recent months." The new policy, now public, reportedly came about as a result of that session. "The policy covers examples of...
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Champions Online is hosting a streamed costume contest today

It's kind of difficult to miss that it's the ninth anniversary of Champions Online, because the game has been celebrating it pretty much non-stop. And there's another celebration right here, too, but you'll need to get ready for it pretty quickly if you'd missed it. The game is hosting a costume contest tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT,...

You can safely ignore those weird Lord of the Rings Online subscription messages

If you got a cryptic letter from Lord of the Rings Online payment processing company Xsolla in the last day, you can safely ignore it. The message told lifetime VIP members that their credit card had expired and included a link to register a new card, warning players that their subscriptions would otherwise be canceled - in 2038. Our...

RIFT Prime is preparing for the Storm Legion expansion

RIFT's progression server is about ready to go where this MMO has only gone once before: into Storm Legion. On October 3rd, the subscription-only Prime server will break out of vanilla content and into the first of RIFT's three expansions. Storm Legion greatly expanded the game's territory with the two continents of Brevane and Dusken. There's plenty more to...

France fines Valve and Ubisoft over consumer protection laws

Valve's been fined in yet another consumer protection case, this time in France, and this time with Ubisoft in tow. Gamers will recall that Valve spent several years fighting the Competition and Consumer Commission in Australia, which alleged that Valve had breached Aussie consumer law because Steam "had engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and made false or misleading...

Dauntless celebrates first birthday with The Middleman and matchmaking update

It's been a year now since Phoenix Labs's Monster-Hunter-inspired MMO Dauntless first commenced its closed beta testing. Now, as the game chugs along through its open beta testing, the devs have released an infographic made using data compiled during Dauntless's first year to commemorate the anniversary. The numbers are interesting and fairly impressive: Over two million players...

Amazon is apparently batch-sending fresh New World alpha invites

It looks as if a new round of alpha invites are going to some folks signed up for Amazon's New World. Our tipster says he signed up through the Amazon "stay updated" clicky when the game was first announced, and he's also an active Prime member. There are folks on Reddit claiming that they signed up much more...

Interview: Bless Online on early access, pay-to-win, and its western refuge on Steam

Last night's bombshell that Bless Online is closing down its final Korean servers, leaving the game's Steam version in the west as the only one still running, surely has the community wondering about Neowiz's intentions here. We recently spoke to the studio on multiple subjects revolving around Bless: on the curse of early access expectations, localization, the game's age,...
No, you can't be quite this evil.

Valve has finally decided to start moderating its Steam forums cesspool

Steam's forums are notorious throughout the gaming industry for being truly awful. Journalists across the industry have been pestering Valve for almost a year on the subject of Steam's player toxicity; you'll recall one particularly scathing piece from The Center for Investigative Reporting (via Motherboard) last winter that attempted to examine the hate groups thriving on...

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