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With the success of Football Manager Live in the U.K., Sega is open to the possibility of making other niche MMOs in the future. During a Sega event in New York City last week, I spoke with Sega West president Mike Hayes about the MMO market. He said that the company's subscription-based sports MM...

August 17th 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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After reading the recent interview between Tracey John of MTV Multiplayer and DC Universe Online developers Wes Yanagi and Jens Andersen, we're left with the impression that bringing the PS3 and PC players to the same servers may be unlikely. There's some legit concerns there, with PC players leani...

February 7th 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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MMOs are primarly a PC business. They started here, and they're certainly dominating the PC gaming industry, one hard drive at a time. But why must we limit the MMO to simply the PC machine? What about the untouched masses of the console market? Why must we keep our games to ourselves when we s...

December 13th 2008 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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It's true that Phantasy Star of today is hardly recognizable to those who grew up playing with talking cats, but that probably doesn't keep Sega awake at night, especially given reports that its PSP RPG Phantasy Star Portable has been difficult to keep in stock since it was released in Japan last w...

August 6th 2008 at 3:58pm 0 Comments
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Let's be honest for a moment - there are a ton of MMOs out there. We have everything from fantasy, to dystopian future, to fantasy, to horror, to fantasy, to pirates, to fantasy, to sci-fi, and even all the way down to fantasy. While this is great for people who love choice, this is a complete nigh...

May 14th 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Normally, we get our daily One Shots submissions from folks wanting to show off how cool their world is, but with very little beyond that. Today's One Shots, however, came to us last night from Tink who not only wanted to show off how pretty the Cherry blossoms were behind her Newman character, but...

April 21st 2008 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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The list of them can be counted on the fingers of one hand: Phantasy Star Online, for the Dreamcast; Everquest Online Adventures and Final Fantasy XI for the Playstation 2; and Phantasy Star Universe for both the PS2 and the Xbox 360. And that's it. The only MMO currently thought to be planned for r...

April 19th 2008 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Congratulations! You finished your taxes (at least you did unless you're Wesley Snipes, or an extension-getting slacker like me), and now there ain't nothing to do but sit back and... work for another year only so you can pay them again. But in the meantime, there's lots of MMO playing to do! So,...

April 18th 2008 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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If you were left wondering what happened to Maximum Attack in the Phantasy Star Online series, wonder no more.Maximum Attack G has been announced for Phantasy Star Universe, and it's going to be a doozy! This year, starting April 25th, the GUARDIANS will be traveling to a mysterious virtual world ca...

April 15th 2008 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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It was so exciting at first to read that Phantasy Star Universe is headed for the PSP. Developers have theorized before that a PSP MMO might be worth trying, and PSU is the perfect candidate because of its small-scale group battles and its pick-up-and-play approach. At first, it looked like this wou...

December 7th 2007 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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We should add a disclaimer -- when we say port, we mean port sans a true online mode. Yeah, it's what makes Phantasy Star Universe tick, but if you've been a loyal Phantasy Star phan, you'll have played the story mode of the original as well as episode 2 and the beginning of 3 with the Ambition of...

December 5th 2007 at 10:45am 0 Comments
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Phantasy Star Universe's first expansion pack, Ambition of the Illuminus, launched in the North American market today. The update adds more single and multi-player missions and storylines, new character customization options, a new single-player game mode, some social environments, and retro environ...

November 21st 2007 at 4:31pm 0 Comments