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That's So MMO!: Shocktober Sensations


Oct 15
// David Moore
Hail and well met, half-orcs and hobgoblins! Let’s open the door on last week’s MMO news and see how many skeletons fall out.
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That's So MMO!: Dark Age Decade


Oct 08
// David Moore
Greetings and salutations, MMO fans! A glance at the sundial tells me it’s time for a look back at the week in persistent gaming. So, without further ado -- let’s see what’s new.  
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That's So MMO!: Freedom Rings


Oct 01
// David Moore
Hearty October greetings to you and yours and welcome to another scintillating collection of massively multiplayer news & views. Let’s reach deep down into our weekly Bag-of-Holding and pull out some especially sharp bits!

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That's So MMO!: Love Thy Companion


Sep 24
// David Moore
Hail, movers & shakers and welcome to another loot-filled bag o’ massively multiplayer madness. Let’s set those important delivery quests and faction grinds aside for a brief moment and get right down to it!
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That's So MMO!: Wee Warriors


Sep 17
// David Moore
Howdy, MMO cowpunchers! I was waylaid by an exploding snake trap last week and was unable to join you. That means we’ve got some catching up to do. Let’s get down and dirty with the week in MMO news!  
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That's So MMO!: Playin' Republic Lotto


Sep 03
// David Moore
Hello MMO fans and welcome to another go around with That’s So MMO! With PAX Prime having just ended and Dragon*Con now in-session, I’ve barely managed to get my Gollum loincloth dry cleaned in time for the costume contest.  
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That's So MMO!: Super Secret Edition


Aug 27
// David Moore
Hail and well met my MMO brethren! PAX Prime is underway and exciting reveals are sure to arrive at any moment. The week leading up to the event, however, has been fairly quiet. Still, there are a few stories worth mentioning--so, let’s take a look!
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That's So MMO!: Birth of a Star


Aug 20
// David Moore
Hello MMO connoisseurs and fellow cheese enthusiasts. How goes the raiding and invading? Gamescom 2011 is underway in Germany and exciting details are streaming out of the land of the Beer Garden. Let’s drink it up!  

That's So MMO!: Attack of the Tree Babes

Aug 13 // David Moore
“Hot Plants” Woodsmen! Grab your axes and chop your way over to the official Guild Wars 2 site where it’s Slyvari Week. What the heck is a Slyvari? It’s the newest playable race in Tyria and a cross between an elf and … a tree. The Sylvari are here to defend the land and fight the Elder Dragons. Too bad the poor things are so damn flammable! How can beings that “do not have internal organs, but instead are formed of growing plant matter, (with) sap for blood, leaves and bark for skin” be so damn sexy? I’ll leaf that to your imagination.   “Artificer Flavoring” Turbine have outlined Update 11 “Secrets of the Artificers” for Dungeons & Dragons Online. Hitting servers next month, the free add-on brings a new Artificer class. A velvety blend of Rogue and Arcane classes, the Artificer wields specially created weapons (like a nifty Arm Cannon) and commands mechanical pets in battle. Do you smell steam, punk?   “MegaServer Four” A heroic series of server merges has begun for DC Universe Online. 26 servers are set to be squeezed into four regionalized “MegaServers.” What’s great about server merges? Many more players to adventure with and a robust auction house with a greater variety of items. What’s not so great? Forced character name changes and a worry in the back of every hero’s mind that the game may be dying on the vine. Don’t despair. I’m sure Krypto the Superdog and the Wonder Twins will swoop in and save the day soon!   “LEGO Cap” Newsflash! Idle bricklayers gain new motivation! A Leveling System has been added to kid-friendly MMO LEGO Universe. Experience points can now be earned by completing missions and unlocking achievements, allowing players to rise all the way to level 40. Jordan Itkowitz, Design Director for LEGO Universe, says “With the addition of the leveling system, we’re looking to inspire players to explore deeper into the universe, and tackle more difficult goals than they may have considered before.” Ding and “Gratz” kids.   “The Singing Dragon” Busy chewing your fingernails, anxiously awaiting Diablo III? You may want to investigate Bigpoint’s Diablo-esque action-MMO Drakensang Online which has just entered Open Beta. I haven’t played the game yet (damn you, busy schedule) and can’t vouch for its quality--but it sure looks the part. It’s also free-to-play and runs happily in your browser. Worth a shot!   “Blackstar Bow” Spacetime Studios, makers of the world’s largest mobile MMO, Pocket Legends, has launched Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles for Android devices. Star Legends is set in a Sci Fi 41st century, features cartoony 3D graphics, Commando, Operative and Engineer classes and is free-to-play. An iOS version is promised in the near future.   “A Nation Free of Debt” In a nice turn-of-events, Trion Worlds has announced that Petroglyph-developed RTSMMO End of Nations will be free-to-play when it launches later this year. An optional “premium subscription” will also be available for wealthy, fancy-pants gamers. The publishers have offered assurances that free players will be able to access the entire game and will not be gimped compared to those paying for extras. Golly gee whiz, I think this F2P thing might finally be catching on. That’s all she wrote for this week my fine, feathered friends. Keep your digits on the keys and keep it logged-in.   ----- David Moore has run the site gamebunny.com for the past ten years and co-runs torwars.com, a site focused on all things Star Wars: The Old Republic.
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Greetings, massively multiplayer mavens. How was your week online? Did you destroy numerous beasties and loot their shiny baubles? I sure hope so! Let’s dive right in and take a look at “The-Week-That-Was” in persistent gaming.

That's So MMO!: Pandas in the Mist

Aug 06 // David Moore
“Pandas to the rescue!” A number of juicy World of Warcraft stories have cropped up. Firstly, MMO Champion uncovered a Blizzard-filed game copyright for the title “Mists of Pandaria.” Speculation is running wild that this may be the name of the next WoW expansion and feature a playable Pandaren race (yes, anthropomorphic pandas.) All may become known at BlizzCon in October. Speaking of BlizzCon, virtual tickets for the big show are now on sale for $39.99 USD (WoW and StarCraft II in-game items included). Also of note, WoW players raised $1.9 million for Japan earthquake relief by buying in-game Cenarion Hatchling pets. Finally, CEO Mike Morhaime says WoW has lost 300k subscribers in the period covering May to July. Will pandas with attitudes be enough to bring fleeing subscribers back?   “Greek Peek” Curious about the mythical it’s-actually-been-released-after-six-years Gods & Heroes? Satisfy your curiosity with Heatwave Interactive’s new three-day free-trial offer. The Heatwave team has also recently added a new Scout class for those who'd like to infuse their Strider fantasies with the “Power of the Gods”.   “TERAble news” En Masse Entertainment’s fast-action MMO TERA has had its release date pushed from this Fall into Spring 2012. North American producer Chris “Chager” Hager says “When the beta phase starts in early 2012, TERA will be operating like a well-oiled machine.” Remember folks, that MMO you’re anticipating will be delayed at least once. Factor that into your stress management plan.   “Flickering 'Light” Being a big fan of single-player hack ‘n’ slash dungeon crawler Torchlight I was greatly excited back in 2009 when Runic Games announced an MMO follow-up. Due to the surprising success of Torchlight, the devs instead focused on getting Torchlight II done ASAP. TL II brings small scale multiplayer into the mix but isn’t massive by any means. In an interview with Eurogamer, Runic CEO Max Schaefer says the MMO is still far off and may be delayed yet again if Torchlight II rocks the sales charts like the original. I love me some Torchlight--but I demand my MMO version NOW!   “Winter brings ‘Fall” Red 5, who have been developing the massive sci fi shooter Firefall for many a long year, have finally announced a December release date for the game. An “expanded” Beta will be on offer following Pax Prime in late August. Jetpack over and sign up.   “Spandex Spendthrifts” NCsoft’s long-running City of Heroes title recently announced it was going free-to-play when the “Freedom” update launches later this year. Now, Paragon Studios are giving up secrets regarding the free game’s upcoming Cash Shop, or, Paragon Market. New costumes (‘natch!), power sets and character slots will all be available for purchase. Just remember to stay away from the capes. You’ll end up caught in a jet turbine or sucked into a vortex!   “Loving the Alien” How would you like a free Star Trek Online client, 60 days of subscription time and a Tribble pet? If you answered “Make it so” you’ll want to beam down to the Alienware Web Site and sign up for an Alienware Arena account. Yes, that’s free too. The trouble with this Tribble? You’ll need to be a brand new STO player to qualify. Hurry though. At the time of this writing only 1k giveaway packages were left.   That’s going to do it for this week cats & kittens. Keep on leveling up and keep it logged-in.   ----- David Moore has run the site gamebunny.com for the past ten years and co-runs torwars.com, a site focused on all things Star Wars: The Old Republic.
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Hello MMO groovers. It’s time for another healthy helping of the latest massively multiplayer news. While things have been relatively quiet leading up to PAX Prime and Gamescom, I have found a number of newsy nuggets to foist upon you.

That's So MMO!: San Diego Surprise

Jul 30 // David Moore
“Death of a Galaxy. Birth of a Republic.” The big MMO story out of the past week and a half has to be Star Wars: The Old Republic and BioWare’s info overload stemming from their appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. Not only did we get Pre-Order and Collector’s Edition details, we were provided with a narrowed release window of “Holiday 2011.” If that wasn’t enough, we also learned of Beta Weekends coming this September with a promise to invite “thousands” of fresh testers. We were also shown new Flashpoints, sexy new speeder bikes, Companion Character customization options and much more. Barring any disasters - The Old Republic is launching this November. That’s my highly-educated guess. Thank me or laugh at me later.   “PvP promises” ArenaNet, makers of the hotly-anticipated Guild Wars 2, are promising big reveals for their upcoming appearance at Germany’s gamescom (August 17-21.) In addition to all seven professions, the Sylvari and Asura character races and the Charr starter experience being playable - the devs will be unveiling PvP for the first time. Whew. If you are anywhere near Cologne you need to get to gamescom and make war on some guilds. If SWTOR has a prime competitor it’s certainly GW2. It’s going to be an interesting Holiday 2011 sales battle for fans to watch unfold.   “Clan slam!” Jagex has launched the Clan Citadel system for their long-running, immensely successful MMO Runescape. Clan members now have access to customizable, floating Clan Castles and new Clan Battlefields which can be used “to generate their own gameplay.” Clan Citadels can be upgraded a full seven tiers with unlocks such as travel portals and a dragon perch for your very own Clan Dragon available. Jagex are certified masters at shoving a whole mess of Java programming into our little overworked browsers.   “The fires of Isengard will spread” The next big expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, “Rise of Isengard,” is fast approaching its late September launch. Players will be soon be able to advance to level 75, visit three new regions including the Gap of Rohan and stumble their furry Hobbit feet into the 24-player Draigoch raid. Those keen enough to Pre-Order will be showered in fancy extras including XP Boosts, a Rohirrim Style Mount and preferred Beta access (which began on Wednesday.) Isengard isn’t just for naughty old wizards anymore.   “Myth Information” HanbitSoft’s revamp of free-to-play hack ‘n’ slash MMO Mythos is cutting a path toward fun with the addition of a new PvP arena system. The latest patch has also raised the level cap from 50 to…wait for it…51! Now, that is Myth management!   “Nest Test” Open Beta is underway for Nexon’s cute and surprisingly-compelling free MMO Dragon Nest. Developed by Eyedentity Games, this fast-paced, third person action’er offers up warm and friendly graphics spiced with foxy females and goofy monsters. Battles involve skill-shots and combos and rely on the user’s targeting skills rather than behind-the-scenes dice rolls. PvP matches (with a ranking ladder system included) are said to feel more like online shooters than traditional MMO click-fests. I’m somewhat egg-cited to learn more.    “Wet ‘n’ Wild” Rift’s Update 1.4 “Legacy of the Fallen” will be diving in soon and features an “epic” Water Saga quest series wherein players lock tridents with the Abyssal for a chance at fresh loot drops which may include a Crocnard Mount (a dinosaur/crocodile half-breed.) Players will also visit the Drowned Halls, another liquid lair, where you’ll face off with the faceless sorceress Hydriss. In related news, Rift’s head honcho Scott Hartsman has been complaining to industry mag Gamasutra about unscrupulous gold farmers and their evil, credit card-stealing ways. Harstman says CC theft is more common than many might believe. To the depths with them!   “Earth Abides” Raise your hand if you remember the cute, anthropomorphic MMO Earth Eternal -- a free-to-play title that died before leaving Closed Beta. Damnit, am I the only one with my hand up again? This little-known title featuring a veritable zoo of animal races, such as fox and bear, is back (under the new ownership of TurnOut Ventures.) If you like your playable races covered in fur and sporting claws you’ll want to investigate the new Beta.   “The spirit of Ensemble compels you!” Microsoft is set to launch Age of Empires Online in just a few short weeks (August 17th.) This fine, free-to-play RTS will remind you more of Age of Mythology (minus the insane God powers) than AoE III. My time spent in the Closed Beta was very enjoyable and this new, persistent version is shaping up to be fun and polished. Opinions vary on the cartoon-like visuals but I absolutely adore them. The words “Disney and “Blizzard” come to mind. Best of all - the game plays well. Highly-recommended.    OK, MMO masters and mistresses, that’s going to do it for this time around. I’ll see you back here next week with more MMO news than a +4 Bag of Holding can hold. Keep it logged-in.   ----- David Moore has run the site gamebunny.com for the past ten years and co-runs torwars.com, a site focused on all things Star Wars: The Old Republic.
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Hello persistent friends! I’m back in action after a week away working at Comic-Con. It was fun and exhausting geeking out in San Diego, snapping pictures of Mark Hamill signing $100 autographs and trying not to be crushed by sweaty cosplayers dressed up as the cast of Glee. So, what did we miss? Let’s investigate. Without further ado -- there’s games to pursue!

That's So MMO!: Summertime Sizzlers

Jul 16 // David Moore
“In brightest day, in blackest night” SOE have announced the first DLC pack for DC Universe Online. "Fight for the Light" focuses on The Green Lantern and introduces a seventh power set -- Light. When the DLC hits this summer players can visit the Green Lantern Corp's home planet Oa and battle Brainiac inside S.T.A.R Labs. Ryan Reynolds shiny teeth and washboard abs not included.   “Prophet of boon?” Reakktor Media’s space combat MMO Black Prophecy has launched for North America. Featuring attractive visuals and a universe created by Sci-Fi author Michael Marrak, BP claims “fast and exciting real-time combat space battles” and “quick and easy game fun without the necessity to develop your character over months.” Those adverse to EVE’s deliberate pace may want to take notice. Most enticing -- the game is free-to-play.   “Secrets spilling” The unknown is fast becoming known inside Funcom’s The Secret World. Recently, the developers of this modern day fantasy MMO have unveiled fresh locales such as The Polaris and The Savage Coast, shown off spooky new monsters like The Wendigo and Deep Ones and have even presented lengthy video walkthroughs. If you really want this one to remain a secret you might want to stop paying attention. A PR conundrum for sure.   “Mobile Moogles?” Multi-platform Final Fantasy XI (PC, PS2, 360) may be adding yet another way to play the nine-year-old game. According to Famitsu, FFXI’s Hiromichi Tanaka says the team is looking at porting the MMO to PlayStation Vita. In related news, FFXI’s July update added new NPC vendors, job improvements and perhaps most welcome for an aging game: a higher maximum resolution and more-detailed icons.   “Nex flex” CCP has attempted to quell dissent in EVE Online by assuring the player community: “It is CCP‘s plan that the Noble Exchange (NeX store) will be used for the sale of vanity items only. There are no plans, and have been no plans…to introduce the sale of game breaking items or enhancements.” Many players were satisfied by the statement while others pointed out that the word “never” was missing. Some still fear game breaking items may appear eventually. Whatever’s Nex?   “Alt-Create” Russian-made, free-to-play MMO Allods Online pushes ever-forward like a beaten circus bear bent on revenge. Patch 2.0.04 introduced a reincarnation system sure to please alt-o-holics. Players of at least level 46 can now create an alt who will share gold, astral ships and all purchased item shop goodies. This is a nice nod to faithful players who may cringe at buying important upgrades for yet another character. Na zdorovje!   That’s going to do it for this week, my friends. Tune in next time for more MMO madness. Keep it logged-in.   ----- David Moore has run the site gamebunny.com for the past ten years and co-runs torwars.com, a site focused on all things Star Wars: The Old Republic.
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Hello massively multiplayer enthusiasts and welcome to another exciting edition of “That’s So MMO!” Before we get down and dirty with the weekly wrap-up (July 10 – 16), I thought I’d tell you a...

Introducing That's So MMO!, a weekly MMO news column

Jul 09 // David Moore
  “Battle of the planets” - SOE has been busy shuffling its deck. After killing off one eight-year-old game, Star Wars Galaxies, they’re pumping new life into another eight-year-old game with the confirmation of a long-rumored sequel to PlanetSide. PlanetSide 2 doesn’t yet sport a release date, but Sony is promising that “technology” has now caught up with their original “vision.” Those looking for a space age Call of Duty, with customizable players and weapons, may want to enlist.   “Let the blood flow freely” - Funcom’s barbaric MMO Age of Conan has gone free-to-play. If you have any desire to quaff mead with brazen wenches, ride exotic beasts and behead your sworn enemies, now would be a good time. Check into AoC’s “Unchained” offering and commence with the slurping and slaying.   “Raid Aid” – You may have heard about World of Warcraft’s new “Starter Edition”, which allows prospective players to fire up a character and reach level 20 without time constraints. What’s new and fabulous for the subscribed faithful? Patch 4.2 introduced a Dungeon Journal containing locations, loot tables and boss abilities for all instances in the game. Your need to Alt-Tab out of WoW for tips & tricks has just decreased.   “Origin Story” – EA’s recently announced Origin digital download service will be the only way to obtain a digital client for Star Wars: The Old Republic when it launches later this year. No Steam for you! If you are worried about lack of content in SWTOR, simmer down. EA Games President Frank Gibeau has stated that each character class in SWTOR offers 200 hours of fresh gameplay. Let’s see: 8 classes x 200 hours = like … a bazillion hours! Not bad.   “Trails and tribulations” – With the new "Waves of Madness" Update 1.3 certain shards (servers) in Rift have been re-designated as “Trial” servers. These Trial shards will be destinations for the waves of incoming newbies sampling the game with trial accounts and promotional offers. What does this mean for paying players with characters already living on these shards? Eviction notices!   “Macro not micro?” The just introduced “Incarna” patch for EVE Online brought with it the Noble Exchange (NeX), or “Item Shop.” Many players are up in arms at the high prices and possible future introduction of non-vanity items, such as ships and powerful guns, which could unbalance gameplay, favoring those with thick wallets. Player protests are ongoing. Stay tuned.   “Opening the gates of Hell” – T3 Entertainment has remade Hellgate: London and are inviting interested adventurers to jump into the fire with the debut of the Hellgate Global Open Beta. Is this formerly derided and failed game now worthy of your time? Hey, it’s free-to-play. You’ve got nothing to lose by burning your shoes with a download.   That’s going to do it for this time around worldly ones. I’ll see you next week with the latest and greatest in Massively Multiplayer. Keep it logged-in.
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[Editor's Note: Hey, everyone! I would like to introduce David Moore. He has run the site gamebunny.com for the past ten years and co-runs torwars.com, a site focused on all things Star Wars: The Old Republic. Basically, he i...


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