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9:00 AM on 08.15.2014

EverQuest II's 11th expansion, Altar of Malice, brings new playable race

EverQuest II is approaching its 10th anniversary. It originally released in 2004, the same year that Kanye West's genius debut College Dropout dropped. Altar of Malice brings with it a new playable race, the Areakyn. They off...

Steven Hansen

8:30 AM on 08.15.2014

EverQuest's 21st expansion is The Darkened Sea

EverQuest has been going strong since 1999. That's when the Slim Shady LP and "Thong Song" released. Or, much better, Black on Both Sides. It will be getting its 21st expansion, The Darkened Sea, on October 28 for All-Access ...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 08.15.2014

You'll be playing PlanetSide 2 on PS4 before the end of 2014

The wait for PlanetSide 2 on PS4, since delayed from early 2014, will end late 2014. Details from SOE Live 2014 remain similar to what we learned last SOE Live. PlanetSide 2 on PS4 is equivalent to the PC version on Ultra se...

Steven Hansen

12:45 PM on 08.14.2014

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor launches November 13

Blizzard has announced a November 13, 2014 release date for its next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, which features customizable garrisons, better-looking player character models, and, uh, time travel. I know so very little about WoW, but damn do I love me some Blizzard cinematics.

Jordan Devore

3:57 AM on 08.13.2014

Next Star Wars: The Old Republic update will let you build homes

EA revealed the next update for Star Wars: The Old Republic at its gamescom press conference. The Galactic Strongholds downloadable content will let you build a home in the game. Yup, SWTOR is now Sims. You can show off your cribs to friends in the game.  The update will also include Guild flagships, used to go around space and conquer planets. 

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:30 PM on 08.12.2014

Robin Williams to be memorialized in World of Warcraft

The world lost one of the best people to have ever existed with Robin Williams' passing this week. Fans were moved by his death and took to Change.org to get Blizzard to memorialize the comedian as an NPC in World of Warcraft...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:00 PM on 08.08.2014

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn's anniversary site opens, events detailed

Square Enix will celebrate the one-year anniversary of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's launch starting this month. Although the game technically launched on August 27, it'll be celebrating all throughout August and Septem...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 08.07.2014

This MMO Armored Warfare dev diary sure is a dev diary

Obsidian Entertainment and MY.com are collaborating to release Armored Warfare, a F2P team-based MMO in the vein of World of Tanks. A new dev diary concerning the project has been released, and you can watch it above.  ...

Brittany Vincent

4:00 PM on 08.06.2014

World of Warcraft's tenth anniversary will include a corgi

Oh, so that's how you get me to write about World of Warcraft -- corgis. Blizzard has a number of plans for the MMO giant's tenth anniversary this November. The notable one, at least to my eyes, is a Molten Corgi pet, obtaina...

Jordan Devore



Do you refer to players online by their callsign or real name? photo
Do you refer to players online by their callsign or real name?
by Chris Carter

I was playing Final Fantasy XIV the other day, engaging in my weekly static raid group (we just beat Turn 7!) when I realized something -- I refer to most of them by their callsigns and not their real names. In fact, I stopped calling a few friends that I've known for years (and went to college with) by their given names, just to uniformly refer to everyone as their in-game character.

It got me thinking on the etiquette for asking for players' real names online, and the reasons why someone may not want to divulge that information.

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10:00 AM on 08.06.2014

Phantasy Star Nova demo includes four-player co-op

The upcoming demo for Phantasy Star Nova will feature cooperative multiplayer for up to four players over a local Wi-Fi network. The demo will not allow character creation or story progress, but will feature a battle against ...

Brittany Vincent





8:30 PM on 07.31.2014

Final Fantasy XIV kicks off the 'Recruit a Friend' campaign

In addition to offering a 14-day free trial for Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix has launched a new campaign aimed at bringing in newcomers. The concept is simple -- you log into Mog Station, recruit a friend (link accounts, es...

Chris Carter

2:45 PM on 07.31.2014

Final Fantas-free: 14 day Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn trial

Square Enix is offering 14 days of free Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on PC. As someone who doesn't like MMOs, but likes Final Fantasy, I might just try it out. Fourteen may be the perfect number of days for me to get my fill. Or maybe I'll find myself a convert and end up a paying customer, as Square Enix likely hopes. 

Steven Hansen

8:00 PM on 07.30.2014

Wander is an MMO free of combat

One of the titles playable at gamescom's Indie MEGABOOTH is Wander, described as "a collaborative, non-combat, non-competitive MMO game focused on narrative, exploration, and joy." It stars you, at least at first, as a tree ...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 07.30.2014

Xbox One's adding Neverwinter to its stable of free-to-play games

Xbox One has a handful of free-to-play titles, and all of them were built specifically for the console. That'll change in the first half of 2015 as Neverwinter, a popular PC action MMO role-playing game, hits the Microsoft pl...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 07.29.2014

Bungie doesn't think you should be disappointed by the lack of exploration on Earth in Destiny

For fans concerned that the amount of areas available to players in Destiny, Bungie has spoken out in a bid to reassure the masses. And their idea of reassuring those who participated in the Destiny beta is to basically pop o...

Brittany Vincent