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Final Fantasy XIV makes Chinese vanity items available for sale

A new patch just arrived in Final Fantasy XIV, complete with a plethora of items that you can use to glamour your gear. But do you still want more options for prettying up? Then you might be happy to know that a new set of items have gone up for sale in the game’s cash shop, allowing you to dress up Eastern-style.

The new offerings include three-piece outfits with experience bonuses to level 30, a new set of chocobo barding, and a new emote. These items were originally Chinese-exclusive promotional pieces, but you can now get them here. Dark Brown Dye is also available in the usual purchasing quantities of a single pot or 10 pots at a discount.  If you’re already in need of even more vanity options when you stride about town, it’s nice to know you can buy a few more things.

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WoW Factor: The Legion prepatch brings the storm front

On some level, it honestly feels weird to be excited by this patch in World of Warcraft. There’s no new stuff to actually do, and I’m running up against that a fair bit myself. It’s still Warlords of Draenor, and that means it’s still kind of the same old mess with the same old issues. All that’s really new is our abilities and our wardrobe. That’s not all that much.

On the other level… it means something. Not just that this is a thing that is actually happening now, but that this is something happening soon, that we’re going to be into the next expansion in the near future, and the game now has more motivations for players to go out and take care of various bits of content. And all of those ability changes are pretty cool on their own, to boot. We’re into the almost-Legion period of the game, and even though the pre-launch events haven’t started yet, it feels like the clouds have gathered.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic will add weapon tunings outside of the cash shop

Cosmetic options are a very big part of Star Wars: The Old Republic, so adding a new cosmetic option to the game is going to turn some heads. The introduction of Weapon Tuning almost seemed like an afterthought, but the fact that it offered players a new cosmetic slot on a limited number of items that could only be gotten from the Cartel Market rankled some players. Community manager Eric Musco took to the forums to address some of the most pressing questions regarding the tunings.

While the first tuning is in the Cartel Market, there are plans to add more tunings to the game available from a variety of sources, including straight gameplay. The tuning is also not any more rare than other items within a given pack. There are also plans to add slots to more items that don’t currently have the tuning option, so if your preferred weapon lacks the option, that may not be forever. The answers may not mollify everyone, but they do at least address concerns.

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Diablo III adds its five-year sword as a transmog reward

How long do you have to work at your current job before you get a sword? If you worked for Blizzard Entertainment, the answer would be that you get a sword after five years, which is either too much time before you get a sword or not nearly long enough. If you want the sword but don’t work for Blizzard, however, you’re out of luck… unless you play Diablo III and you take the time to hunt down the transmog Easter egg that was added with the game’s most recent patch.

So how do you get these swords? They’re very rare, and thus the only way to unlock these items is to defeat those who already have them. That’s going to take a bit of scouring the hidden corners of Sanctuary. Isn’t it worth it for a sword with such special connotations, though?

Note: By defeating those who already have them, we mean defeating things in-game. Please do not go to the Blizzard Entertainment offices and try to defeat someone who actually owns one of the five-year swords. By definition, they have a sword, which is a substantial advantage in a fight.

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The Daily Grind: What MMO has your favorite non-combat pets?

Non-combat pets are one of those things that lots of MMOs have hanging around in their own ways. They’re little vanity rewards that allow you to show off some of your accomplishments and look cool, so that’s nice. But every game handles them a little bit differently, and I think it’s indisputable that some games just do the job better than others.

Final Fantasy XIV, for example, doesn’t just have an entire strategy game played with your vanity pets; it also has a variety of options for players to interact with those pets. The Coeurl Kitten bats at whatever you’re fighting and hisses if someone has a dog minion. Several pets will ride on your shoulder. Moogle pets will start dancing with one another. There’s lots of attention to detail, and that keeps my interest.

I also respect World of Warcraft‘s account-wide pets, complete with a minigame and some customization and interactive toys. But what about you, dear readers? What MMO has your favorite non-combat pets?

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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s silent design plans

I do not envy the team behind Final Fantasy XIV in some respects. In many ways, the game is the poster child for developing a plan and following through, delivering content updates with a regularity and a quality level that other games frequently strive and fail to match. But in other ways, that just makes the few things that the title hasn’t implemented that much more glaring. All of the major features that are promised are delivered, features that are just mentioned as jokes are also delivered, and… then there are the things we haven’t heard mentioned again.

Today, I want to dive into that realm, some of the stuff that’s been mentioned as an offhand at various points, features “promised” insofar as someone said they were coming along at one point or another, and so forth. Some of these features are still coming. Some of them probably aren’t. And some of them… we might not really want after all.

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Black Desert players are up in arms over the P2W Ghillie Suit

There’s some controversy in the Black Desert community about an item that you can buy offering a serious advantage, and yes, it’s the Ghillie Suit. You knew it was going to be the Ghillie Suit. “No, I didn’t know that,” you say. “What the heck is the Ghillie Suit?”

The Ghillie suit is one of the many costumes available in Black Desert‘s cash shop that can alter your character’s appearance. It also has another advantage, allowing players who wear it to hide their nameplates. A relatively small advantage in a PvP situation, but still an advantage.

A poster on Reddit has claimed that this completely ruined the game for him, as he is red-green colorblind, and without the additional contrast from a character’s nameplate, it’s impossible to see someone stand out from the background while moving around. There’s no official word on the situation from the developer, but players are upset that a vanity item is providing a sizable in-game advantage to those who purchase it — upset enough to lodge 1500+ posts as of this writing, pushing the post to the front page of Reddit.

Source: Reddit; thanks to Jasdemi for the tip!

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ArcheAge introduces stat-granting costumes and clothes laundering

After a long night of play in ArcheAge, do you stare at your costume slot and wonder why it can make you look so good but can’t offer you one lousy stat boost? Stupid freeloading costumes. The good news is that you can soon use that slot to provide you with a few points of additional min-maxing glory, as the upcoming costume synthesis system allows players to equip stat-boosting costumes for more power without sacrificing looks.

Players will start out by purchasing a Basic Costume in one of four types, then infuse it with Synthium Stones. The item will level up and improve in rank, gaining a random set of statistics related to the costume’s type (so melee costumes receive random melee-related stats). You can also fuse existing costumes to your Basic Costume, letting you keep your favorite look and look more fashionable in the process. Fashion and function, all wrapped up in one crisp package.

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Entropia Universe sells invisible clothing for $5,000

Are you a fan of Entropia Universe? Then you can –

I’m sorry, I can’t do this. I don’t know how in the world to contextualize this. I can understand the idea that Entropia Universe wants to sell a thing to its biggest fans for money. That’s fine. I can even almost understand the fact that it costs $5,000 out of the gate. Sure, that’s insane and a half, but we’re also dealing with a game that allows for a 1:1 exchange of its in-game currency for real money, that makes a certain amount of sense.

But then there’s the fact that it’s invisible, and at that point I officially don’t understand. $5,000 for a piece of clothing that you will not be able to see because that is its main selling point. I cannot contextualize this. I am sorry, everyone. Let’s just make this a memetic thing; the Grand Magistrix has power over time, I’m setting the clock back.

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The Daily Grind: What’s the ideal reward for an MMO holiday event?

Every time holiday events roll around in Final Fantasy XIV, I feel compelled to do them on my main character if no one else. Here’s the problem: I basically never use the rewards. I just want to have them in the event that I ever want them, but so many of the rewards are cosmetic gear that I would never use for glamours. But every so often it’s a bunch of decorations or chocobo bardings or items I’m happy to use, and then I’m very happy.

I don’t mean to criticize cosmetic armor – I just don’t personally have much use for Christmas-themed outfits on the regular. Some people probably do. Some people have very little use for anything that isn’t an actual mechanical upgrade. So what about you? What do you think is the ideal sort of reward for a holiday event? What are you happy to see, and what would you be happy to never see again?

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WildStar’s massive INVASION: Nexus patch is live

Do you want a pet? Do you want to take on some contracts? Are you excited to play around with an expanded wardrobe? Is it time for a new raid? Literally all of these things are contained in the latest WildStar patch that’s just hit the live servers. No, really, all of them; we have a tendency to list one humorous item on the list at the end, but this time they’re all in there. They’re focal points, even.

As revealed in the full patch notes, the update contains various other quality-of-life fixes including more consistent gold rewards from Shiphand missions and a material vendor allowing players to trade lesser materials for higher-tier ones. Enjoy all of the new features live in the game right now, or in the next several hours, depending on your work schedule. Surprise!

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The Daily Grind: What character look are you most proud of?

The image above was used as a header elsewhere, but other than the fact that I never fixed her belt (it was a placeholder belt since I knew I’d be replacing the gear there quickly) I’m still proud of how good that set looked on my Blood Elf in World of Warcraft. It feels like an archetypical sort of Blood Knight look, even though it’s assembled from bits and pieces of other sets. Just like my favorite looks in Final Fantasy XIV or Star Wars: The Old Republic, a collection of pieces that works right for the character and possibly no one else.

Obviously, some of you don’t care about this stuff, and that’s fine. But for those of you who do, what character look are you most proud of? What outfit made you stop, take screenshots, and nod in approval?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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