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11:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Another EA closure: This is Ultima Forever's final month

Given that publisher Electronic Arts closed Mythic Entertainment earlier this year, it's not unexpected to hear that the free-to-play mobile RPG Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar will also be shut down soon. Once it closes...

Jordan Devore


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The joy of MMOs
by Chris Carter

Read this list and let me know if it sounds like a good time.

Crunching numbers in the wee hours of the night to maximize damage output. Grinding out levels and letting auto-attack handle things for a few seconds while you play the air drums to Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight." Watching 10 different damage meters and battlelogs to see if everyone is running an efficient rotation.

Do these things sound like hell to you? To me, it's by and large why MMOs bring me joy that many other genres can't.

Allow me to explain why.

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Review: Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar photo
Review: Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar
by Chris Carter

It took me quite a few years to get on the Ultima train. The series started in 1981, but it wasn't until the mid-'90s until I would discover Ultima Online -- the catalyst that allowed me to really embrace the franchise. But my enthusiasm would be short lived, as the departure of series creator and legendary game developer Richard Garriott would ensure a downward spiral for the once-great series for years to come.

Now in 2013, EA is at it again, attempting to strike gold with Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar -- with a heavy emphasis on free-to-play mechanics, and in-app-purchases. It's a shame though, as Ultima Forever is actually a pretty damn solid mobile RPG.

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4:00 PM on 06.14.2013

Ultima Forever reduces freemium prices due to fan outcry

As we all know, freemium models tend to do more harm than good if they're not well designed. There's a very fine line between "wanting to monetize your game" and driving players away, and in the Canadian beta for Ultima Forev...

Chris Carter



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Why people hate Electronic Arts
by Vito Gesualdi

It wasn't much of a surprise when Electronic Arts was recently voted the Worst Company in America by readers of Consumerist for the second year in a row. Though the game publisher's sins are arguably less substantial than those of their competition, nerds have soundly declared that borked SimCity servers are officially worse than the predatory housing loan tactics responsible for the current financial crisis. 

Regardless of whether you agree with EA's win, it's obvious that gamers really dislike this software giant. Let's take a look at the reasons why.

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2:30 PM on 03.21.2013

Shroud of the Avatar gets Kickstarted with 16 days left

Here's some news that will likely surprise not one single one of you: Richard "Lord British" Garriott's latest foray into roleplaying and morality, Shroud of the Avatar, has gone past its Kickstarter goal, and is now sitting ...

Fraser Brown

7:00 PM on 03.20.2013

Ultima creator thinks other designers 'really just suck'

Richard Garriott, known for creating the venerable Ultima series and sometimes known as Lord British, had some harsh truth bombs to rain down on his contemporaries. Speaking with PC Gamer, Garriott said, "I’ve met virtu...

Steven Hansen

11:30 AM on 11.09.2012

BioWare Mythic is now just plain old 'Mythic'

Mythic Entertainment has seen its fair share of name changes over the years. What's one more? The company announced on the Warhammer Online website that it will be called Mythic going forward. This comes "in the wake of a new...

Jordan Devore



The trials, tribulations and rebirth of Ultima Forever photo
The trials, tribulations and rebirth of Ultima Forever
by Allistair Pinsof

“We went back in time to go forward," Ultima Forever creative director Paul Barnett said during a GDC Online presentation, Wednesday, on the game's tumultuous production history.

Ultima IV is one of those much praised games that I know I will never play despite it sounding incredible. Well, at least not play in its original form. Lucky for me, the game is being remade for mobile and PC. The original is much more than just a fantasy RPG or, you know, an Ultima game. Instead of focusing on saving the world, the game's plot centered on the player's quest for nobility and virtue. The chosen hero must level his or her's virtues by performing kind deeds, such as giving food to a beggar even though that means you'll risk starving to death (as in, taking HP damage until you eat).

It's a one-of-a-kind game that many Ultima fans consider the high-water mark of the series, alongside Ultima VII.

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9:17 AM on 07.12.2012

EA and BioWare announce new F2P RPG Ultima Forever

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be waking up in 2012 to news of a new Ultima game. But lo and behold, EA and BioWare have just announced a brand new entry in the series: Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar. Th...

Chris Carter



Grab some free old games on Good Old Games today photo
Grab some free old games on Good Old Games today
by Chris Carter

As of today, you can log onto GoG.com and nab two free titles: Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire and Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams. If you aren't hip to the series, these two games are spinoffs of the Ultima series, using the same engine as the critically acclaimed Ultima VI: The False Prophet.

I barely remember playing these back in the day (1990 and 1991 respectively), but out of the two, I'd recommend Martian Dreams, due to the fact that Buffalo Bill and Rasputin both make appearances (among others)! Even if you don't have a GoG account, you can simply create one, and redeem these two free titles in your account forever -- according to GoG, this promotion has no expiration date. Go do that.

[Thanks Tom!]

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12:00 PM on 11.29.2011

Ultima VII Complete available on GOG for some dollars!

One of the most revered monarchs in roleplaying history is now available on Good Old Games for the regal price of six bucks. Electronic Arts' recent dealings with GOG have allowed for Ultima 7: The Complete Edition to make it...

Jim Sterling

5:00 AM on 09.06.2011

Richard Garriott open to working with EA on more Ultima

In a recent interview with IndustryGamers, Ultima creator Richard Garriott mentioned an interest in working with the series' current owner, EA, on another installment in the iconic franchise. The space faring developer brough...

Fraser Brown



Ultima IV now free on Good Old Games photo
Ultima IV now free on Good Old Games
by Alasdair Duncan

PC download service Good Old Games has been on a bit of an Ultima binge recently. Not only did it put out a bundle of the first three Ultima games, but now it's gone and released Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar for free! Yes, for free!

Ultima 4 changed things up on the PC RPG scene by offering more freedom than most previous games but also with the core idea that there was no main villain. You were to become a moral and upstanding hero that the citizens of Britannia would look up to. Kind of like the Fable games but without the farting. 

As someone who's only recently come round to using GOG, I've come to appreciate the work they put into these re-releases. There's also the small fact that GOG will give you free games just for signing up. Now you can add Ultima 4 to a list that includes Beneath A Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress and err... Teen Agent

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