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10:00 AM on 08.30.2014

ArcheAge launch date announced, coming soon

Out of all of the MMOs that are coming out in the near future, ArcheAge is at the top of my watch list. It promises a more sandbox-like style compared to the themepark MMO experience, with more open world activities...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 08.28.2014

Final Fantasy XIV celebrates its anniversary with 'The Rising' event

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a year old as of yesterday, and to celebrate, a new event is happening in the town of Limsa Lominsa. Fans will be able to complete a small questline (about 10 minutes) to unlock the "Huzza...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 08.20.2014

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is having another free period this month

In addition to its 14-day free trial campaign, Final Fantasy XIV is hosting a one-year anniversary login period. From August 22 at 11:00 GMT to September 1 11:00 GMT, players who have previously purchased the game and do...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 08.19.2014

Final Fantasy XIV patch 2.35 allows you to change your Chocobo's color, adds more content

Patch 2.35 has hit Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and in addition to adding some new content and questlines, it also tweaks a few things. Some of the major changes include the addition of Ixali beast tribe quests, al...

Chris Carter

3:00 AM on 08.19.2014

Rocket No. 9, take off to the planet Venus...in Destiny

Destiny's about to come out soon, and then we can put all of these trailers behind us. But for now, let us check out this new gameplay trailer detailing the planet Venus. I think I vastly prefer the prior trailer from only a...

Brittany Vincent



H1Z1 is a lot more playable, still a ways out photo
H1Z1 is a lot more playable, still a ways out
by Steven Hansen

I stopped tallying at ten counts of the word "iteration" in the early goings of the SOE Live 2014 presentation for SOE's upcoming (PC, PS4) survival zombie sim H1Z1. Okay. I get it. That's why the game wasn't so hot when it was first shown off and why there's still work to do before it comes to Steam Early Access "soon."

"It kicked us in the butt," I was told of initial previews, which were not all that kind to the project (our own Wett Brett Makedonski called it "almost unplayable").

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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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