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7:15 PM on 08.02.2012

League of Legends Summer Arena broadcast this weekend!

League of Legends is that massive choo-choo train pulling free-to-play gaming goodness into the competitive sphere. Multiple circuits have been running across the globe, sponsored from not just the game developers themselve...

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Preview: Phantasy Star Online 2 photo
Preview: Phantasy Star Online 2
by Sterling Aiayla Lyons

Sega announced this week that Phantasy Star Online 2 is headed to the United States and Europe come 2013. This is great news for fans of the series, especially for those who thought that the spinoff sequels deviated too much from the formula that people fell in love with originally. Recently, I donned my pointy ears, grabbed my future laser lance, and snuck my way into the Japanese open beta to experience just how awesome a pure sequel to Phantasy Star Online is.

This being a Japanese beta, I will not be talking about anything story related. I'll also not be able to comment on anything related to content that must be paid for to use, mainly due to being mostly unable to determine what that content actually was, though I did manage to find the cash shop.

Aside from that, however, I will be talking about the fluff of PSO2, the core aspects, and some of the "new" and returning features of the game.

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3:00 PM on 05.07.2012

League of Legends: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

League of Legends, the fantastic competitive online game brought to you by Riot Games, has been going through a lot of changes over the past couple of months since the last time we posted about the game here on Des...

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Revisiting the Kerbal Space Program photo
Revisiting the Kerbal Space Program
by Sterling Aiayla Lyons

Last year, I got to take a quick look at the in-progress alpha for an interesting little game called Kerbal Space Program. The game was centered around building a rocket ship -- or, more a kind of rocket-propelled contraption -- to help propel some brave Kerbal astronauts into space and orbit.

It was somewhat limited at the time in that it did not have any targets for you to reach and contained only a small supply of building parts by default. Since then, improvements have been made to the game and some new content has been added.

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9:30 PM on 03.16.2012

Linden Lab CEO talks future of company and Second Life

Second Life. The name alone brings about a variety of images, usually ones involving furries and other odd debaucheries. It's really an odd amalgamation: one part chat, one part 3D world, one part faux-game. To me, it's...

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10:00 PM on 02.18.2012

Guild Wars 2 PvP to set worlds against each other

I'm always a big fan of when game developers share philosophies and general development methodologies behind the games that they are working on. This week, Mike Ferguson -- of the Guild Wars 2 development team at ArenaNet -- ...

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Impressions: Dota 2 beta photo
Impressions: Dota 2 beta
by Sterling Aiayla Lyons

The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre has been fascinating to watch grow. Like many popular independent works, it started from humble beginnings with a little mod for a well-known game. I can only imagine that few could foresee just how popular the mod would get.

This appeal resulted in full retail releases of multiple games, taking the same basic gameplay and adding original spins to the formula. Some tried to refine and improve the base to be more accessible, while others went in different directions to have less-than-stellar success. A lucky few have become popular enough to find a spot within competitive gaming.

What of the original source? What of Defense of the Ancients, the mod map for Warcraft III that started the whole genre? Some still consider it the best of the bunch. For the most part though, it still remained in the realm of Warcraft mods, never seeing its own conversion to retail like Counter-Strike.

Thus, Valve shocked many when they announced Dota 2, which skips over the entire process of making a real "DOTA 1" to simply go for the sequel. The big question is, what makes this Dota 2? Is it merely Defense of the Ancients with a nice coat of paint, or is there something bringing it into a new generation of gaming? Read on to find out what I think after spending time with the ongoing beta.

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8:00 PM on 01.26.2012

Location trailer for The Secret World sets the spooky

I've found over the years that lots of MMORPGs release with a good artistic style while at the same time missing out on offering an engrossing atmosphere. Funcom's The Secret World is one that definitely takes an intere...

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7:30 PM on 01.24.2012

New League of Legends patch adds Skynet

Last week, League of Legends saw a patch that swept the game with a massive change: the removal of the dodge statistic. Beyond this, a character was completely reworked, and a new one was introduced. Though it should be an o...

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7:00 AM on 01.14.2012

Lots of details on new patch for League of Legends

The removal of the "Dodge" statistic has been something that Riot Games has been very open about sharing with the community. Today marks the big announcement that the stat removal will be completed with the patch coming next...

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11:30 PM on 01.02.2012

It's not too late to sign up for the Dust 514 closed beta

This weekend saw much fun and excitement for many people as they searched to resolve themselves for the new year. Of course, such celebration makes for rather lacking gaming news on most fronts. The December e-newsletter for ...

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11:30 PM on 12.14.2011

Join the League of Legends Snowdown Showdown!

[Update: Logins are reenabled now, and all the content is in the store for purchase] This past Tuesday saw the release of a new patch for League of Legends. It had the usual contents, another character, some new skins, and ga...

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9:30 PM on 12.09.2011

Blacklight: Retribution dev diary details customization

The Blacklight development team is back with another video to follow their dev diary video series. Before, they just showed off their own excitement, and talked about the technology and art behind the game. This time, they t...

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3:30 PM on 12.01.2011

Terraria patch 1.1 adds amazing!

Terraria released one day in May to the wide world of PC gaming. When it came out, many claimed it to be a two-dimensional version of Minecraft. To an extent, that is correct. The game offers a much more adventure filled sen...

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8:00 PM on 11.29.2011

League of Legends patch: New characters and jungles ahoy!

Patches are about a dime a dozen for the highly popular League of Legends. The Volibear patch that dropped today marks some changes that are small signs of bigger things to come. Riot Games has put out a preview video, which...

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5:45 PM on 11.18.2011

League of Legends hits 32 million players

Riot Games announced that League of Legends, their free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, has hit the 32.5 million player mark. With this, comes a wide selection of cumulative statistics relating to the game that they ...

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