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Yesterday's news that The Elder Scrolls Online is going buy-to-play in time for its console launch surprised... well, not many of Massively's readers. You pretty much saw it coming. Some folks around here said this move was a certainty even before launch and consequently refused to buy it, deciding...

January 22nd 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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One of my personal pet peeves in any roleplaying game is to have to navigate around an overly large city. I guess I'm just not a city guy at heart. But that annoyance is doubly so for any video game metropolis that suffers from poor design. I can name several examples, although today World of Warc...

January 21st 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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In the wake of WildStar's rocky first half year, some players have defended the game's self-destructive gameplay decisions by declaring traditional gameplay tropes "niche." It's meant to be a niche game for that tiny niche of hardcore raiders, defenders argue, and therefore criticism is unwarranted...

January 20th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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This month I've made a point to dabble in Trove and check out how far the game's come now that it's in a semi-launched state. So far I'm somewhat pleased as it's running well, intuitive to handle, fun to play, and not half bad on the eyes. I don't think anyone, Trion included, is under the impress...

January 17th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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This week's Crowfall character creation screenshot was pretty and all, but it was the unassuming "hunger resistance" stat down in the statistics panel that caught my eye. A huge fan of cooking and food mechanics in games, I was simultaneously excited and concerned over the inclusion. I have seen hu...

January 16th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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I've returned to EverQuest II. Seems like that happens every year around the time I get fed up with the rest of the industry and start yearning for a full-featured MMO. It's such a sprawling game at this point that despite my stable of max-level characters, I've probably only played through half of...

January 15th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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I have to say, Marvel Heroes preys relentlessly upon the weaknesses of an altoholic like myself. I want to collect and play all of the title's (currently) 43 characters, even though I could spend countless hours working on just one superhero to get him or her up to spec. Squirrel Girl is my curren...

January 14th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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I hope it goes without saying in 2015 that Kickstarter really, really isn't an investment; it's a donation. There are no safeties, assurances, or returns on the sums you hand over to indie developers on crowdfunding platforms, even if they promise (without using that word) you a game or a t-shirt a...

January 13th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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I typically roll with game-related desktop wallpapers on my computers, and those wallpapers relate to something I'm currently playing (or wishing I was playing, in the case of Star Citizen). Sometimes I go with concept art, sometimes I go with developer- or community-created wallpapers, and sometim...

January 12th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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I was browsing the Elite: Dangerous forums the other day when I came upon this ad for a PvE-only private group. It's a good idea in theory, as it's a way for a large, dedicated community to insulate themselves from griefers and other undesirables while still playing an online multiplayer title. I'...

January 11th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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A lot of times when we look at the proliferation of fantasy in the MMO industry and the community's apparent fascination with it, we often take a negative view in criticizing it. We pick out the well-worn tropes, the absurd elements, and the lack of distinction between fellow titles. But today I'd...

January 10th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Lost now to the ages (at least until player teams finish rebuilding the game) is the crafting system of Glitch, a wee and sunsetted indie MMORPG dismissed out of hand by those who cluelessly believe browser-MMOs without ultrarealistic gore are for grandmas. But Glitch's crafting system was way ahea...

January 9th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments