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Nothing says "leveling up" more than a zone of trolls, golems, and alligator people, and you can bet RIFT's level 20-27 zone Stonefield has packed in the maximum number alligator people. Join Massively's Jasmine live at 3:00 p.m. as she takes her Cleric through Stonefield's higher-level quests! Ga...

February 20th 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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My column has typically heralded modern MMOs as superior advancements of the genre we all adore, but in this week's MMO Mechanics I want to share a small list of some old mechanics I still mourn today. Many older MMOs featured gameplay that could simultaneously exasperate and impress players, espec...

February 12th 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Massively's Mike Foster was seduced by Guild Wars 2's buy-to-pay payment model and beautiful graphics, but fell off the wagon due to the encroachment of other titles. Tonight, he's leaping back into Guild Wars 2 full-force to re-capture his love for the game and to pay a much-needed visit to the Gu...

January 24th 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Alright people you'll have to bear with me on this one. In my quest to earn money on a near-dead server with a terrible economy and a glacial auction house, I've been making a farm. Playing nice with the Tillers, pretending to like Gina Mudclaw, that sort of thing. And suddenly, it's occurred to me...

January 10th 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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I've always been pretty open about my feelings on RIFT: I have an immense admiration for the mechanical ideas and the sheer effort Trion makes, but the world-building and aesthetic choices put me to sleep. The game firmly belongs in the category of those games I wish I liked but don't. While I pla...

January 9th 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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All right, I admit that the headline is a dirty lie. It hasn't been a full week however you slice it; the patch dropped on Tuesday, and I've only been able to play it for two days before writing this. To make up for that fact, I've devoured Final Fantasy XIV's patch with a zeal I usually reserve fo...

December 21st 2013 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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World of Warcraft is often credited with inserting questing into MMORPGs, but veterans know that classic MMOs like Ultima Online, EverQuest, and Asheron's Call all featured quests, be they simple escort quests for gold or elaborate multi-week quests for epic weapons that required a few dozen of you...

November 22nd 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Craig Amai, Lead Quest Designer, sat down with other developers on the WoW gameplay and systems panel to discuss the future of questing in Warlords of Draenor. We learned more about the level 90-100 experience as well as Blizzard's plans for max level PvE content outside of dungeons and raids. Lev...

November 9th 2013 at 9:59pm 0 Comments
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We've gotten some substantial updates about WildStar over the last two weeks. Not as substantial as we might necessarily want, but I don't think anyone realistically expected this much news. Frankly, after an extended drought of worthwhile information, I'm happy to get as much as we have. Some of i...

October 14th 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Anyone who attended SOE Live this year heard quite a bit about EverQuest Next. Even if the upcoming sandbox was not the reason you came, you couldn't help but learn a thing or two. And for those who braved the crowds to attend multiple panels focused on the game, chances are you are still trying t...

August 5th 2013 at 8:30am 0 Comments
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I heard an odd complaint in the Massively offices this week: One of our writers was annoyed with Guild Wars 2 because it isn't delivering enough backstory through regular gameplay and normal questing. He couldn't figure out what was happening in the plot and didn't want to have to hunt down an out-...

August 2nd 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Two new gear vendors were added in Patch 5.3 that sell ilevel 232 gear so that you can immediately do the Blackrock Cavern and Throne of Tides dungeons upon reaching level 80. The ilevel requirement for both dungeons is 226 which is greater than the questing and dungeon gear from Wrath of the Lich...

June 3rd 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments