AGH. Do I ever get a day off?!! Better pour some coffee….it’ll be a long night. http://t.co/NHsyTGIMEM


Old one on the left, re-do on the right. Newer type joints, more detail. CooOoooL! http://t.co/fUrFRzTJLr


The Daily Grind: What’s the oldest MMORPG you still play?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 8:00 am
Later this fall, Ultima Online turns 18 years old. Even more crazy? It’s launching its ninth expansion before the year is out (it’s on the test server now). Even more crazy? I still play it. I don’t play it all the time, just for a month every couple of months or so. I check out the latest patch, play with [...]


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RSI’s attorney responds to Smart’s Star Citizen demands
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 9:00 am
The strange saga of Derek Smart’s quixotic campaign against Star Citizen continues. The game developer sicced his lawyer on RSI last month, delivering a series of legal demands that include a public audit of the company paid for by Smart and the resignation of Chris Roberts. While RSI declined to post its response by its lawyers, the studio did anticipate that [...]


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Devilian begins alpha testing for Obsidian founders
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 10:00 am
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting your chance to get your hands on Devilian even in just a test stage, your wait is over. At least, it’s over if you purchased the appropriate level of founder’s pack for the game: The alpha testing has begun, and all holders of the Obsidian tier are able to start downloading and playing the game now. [...]


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SkySaga’s latest alpha patch adds playable monkeys and a dinosaur zone
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 11:00 am
Alpha 5 for SkySaga has landed — and the monkeys have hit the fan. Playable monkey characters are only the surface for this massive game update. The patch for the upcoming sandvox includes more character creation options, a streamlined early game experience, a leaderboard for popular islands, a jungle with dinosaurs, community quests, and rebalanced combat and enemy AI. Players [...]


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A wicked hive of synth and vibrancy: First impressions of Otherland
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 12:00 pm
I first covered Otherland, the Gamigo-turned-Drago MMORPG based on Tad Williams’ sci-fi book series by the same name, at E3 2012. The idea of having multiple genres in the same game was cool, as was instanced personal housing complemented by (at the time) non-instanced guild housing where players could donate “eDNA” to build NPC mobs that would guard guild lands during [...]


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Champions Online kicks off anniversary event, explains how to play a supervillain
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 1:00 pm
Yesterday, we noted that Champions Online seemed to have missed out on its anniversary event, which is a bit sad for players of the rather quiet title. Turns out that an anniversary event is here after all, just a bit belated, which is a much better option. Yes, it’s a little bit late, but it’s a birthday party with armor [...]


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Stick and Rudder: Star Citizen is starting to come together
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 2:00 pm
Last Tuesday I woke in the wee hours of the morning to install Star Citizen’s 1.2 patch. I wasn’t battling insomnia or anything like that; on the contrary, I set my alarm and made sure to start the mammoth download so that it would be finished when I rolled out of bed for real. Why not Monday or even last week when the [...]


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The Stream Team: Take me down to New Landmark City
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 2:55 pm
Take me down to New Landmark City, Where the grass ain’t green but the buildings are pretty… MassivelyOP’s MJ belongs to the city, concrete under her feet — which makes a tour of New Landmark City the perfect way to spend an afternoon! Join us live at 3:00 p.m. for a jaunt through this intricate build (and wherever else MJ’s [...]


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Leaderboard: What’s the greatest MMOFPS of all time?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 4:00 pm
Yesterday’s Heroes & Generals post got me to thinking about MMOFPS titles. Heroes & Generals really isn’t one, in my opinion, despite its developers referring to it as such in multiple press releases. It’s too small in terms of concurrent player count to really deserve the “massively” part of the MMOFPS moniker, at least to my mind. When I think [...]


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EverQuest II is throwing a double XP party all weekend
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 4:30 pm
Looking for something to do on Labor Day? If you’re not going outside, you could always go to Norrath and enjoy a 100 percent XP bonus in EverQuest II. You’ll need to be an All-Access member, and of course the bonus is a no-go on the new progression servers. But if you’re playing on one of the regular shards, you [...]


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SWTOR outlines expansion changes to the Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 5:00 pm
Here’s a friendly PSA for Star Wars: The Old Republic players: Don’t become so consumed by the big ticket features of the upcoming Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion that you overlook the fact that each of the classes are receiving significant changes when Game Update 4.0 hits this October. The Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior are the subject of today’s [...]


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Here are the winners of Guild Wars 2’s emblem contest
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 5:30 pm
Remember Guild Wars 2’s guild emblem contest? Well, it’s over! And ArenaNet has chosen five winners from more than 500 entries, after a judging process that the company described as “very tough.” The first place winner received 2000 gems, a Heart of Thorns t-shirt, a Heart of Thorns lanyard, a signed art book, and a Mist Herald Back Item Skin [...]


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Destiny is hosting a Crucible preview event next week
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 6:00 pm
Destiny’s 2.0 update is heading our way next week on September 8th, and Bungie is busy getting players ready for the major changes to come with the game’s second year. A new weekly update post from the studio contains a handy checklist of what the patch will hold and what players should (and should not) be doing between now and [...]


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GTA Online is having a Labor Day sale plus bonuses
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 7:00 pm
Rockstar has announced that Grand Theft Auto Online is having a Labor Day sale. No, it’s not a cash shop sale, but an actual in-game sale where various merchants including Elitas Travel, Dock Tease, Warstock Cache & Carry, and Legendary Motorsport are offering their wares at a discount. Each vendor gets a dedicated sale day starting on September 4th (Elitas) [...]


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Betawatch: September 4th, 2015
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 8:00 pm
The pre-alpha testing for Crowfall has started, which is really great even if it’s mostly just people beating the snot out of one another whilst I complain about the very notion of “pre-alpha” as a test phase. Seriously, we have a term for when parts of the game are in an early test stage, that’s what an alpha is. You [...]


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'Batman: Arkham Knight' for PC should be less broken now
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 8:44 am

Batman: Arkham Knight was supposed to be the perfect swansong for Rocksteady's Dark Knight trilogy. While the game was received positively on PS4 and Xbox One, the PC version was a mess -- so bad, in fact, that Warner Bros. eventually pulled it completely. That was in June and only now, 10 weeks later, are PC players getting a patch that should fix the most glaring issues. The new update claims to solve the game's fluctuating frame rate, while also improving its overall performance on all GPUs. Warner Bros. says it'll also remedy any low resolution textures and add a deeper set of in-game settings for you to play with. If you were hoping to buy the game now that's in a better state, bad news -- Arkham Knight is still unavailable to purchase on Steam. Perhaps that's an indication of where the game now stands -- better than before, but still a little way from what PC players deserve.

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OSVR's open-source VR headset is slowly taking shape
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 9:21 am

OSVR headset

The Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset will get a significant upgrade soon. Gaming peripheral company Razer announced the OSVR program back in January, but the first prototype headset was an underwhelming affair with uncomfortable ergonomics and a so-so display. That wasn't really the point, though. Rather than a single company aiming to dominate the VR market, OSVR is a loose band of hardware and software companies hoping to do for virtual reality "what Android did for mobile." Since then, OSVR has continued to work on improving the system, adding features like positional tracking and, aptly, Android support. The idea is to perfect the basics, open-source the hardware and software, and let anyone build on and improve it.

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'Bedtime Stories for Awful Children,' a free ebook from 'Year Walk' devs
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 4:40 pm

The dark, freezing woods of Sweden are the perfect breeding ground for terrifying tales of naughty children who get what they deserve. This week, Simogo -- the developer of beautifully macabre game Year Walk, and mysterious narrative experiences Device 6 and The Sailor's Dream -- released a free, illustrated ebook collecting a handful of five re-tooled, scary Swedish folk tales. It's called Year Walk Bedtime Stories for Awful Children, and it's available in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. "We think obnoxious children all over the world deserve dark nightmares," Simogo writes.

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Playdate: Trying out 'Super Time Force Ultra' and 'Grow Home'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 5:30 pm

Here's a tough choice: would you rather play a game about a gardening robot that experiments with new methods of character animation, or a ridiculous time-travel action game that throws paradoxical caution to the wind? Lucky you -- you don't have to decide at all. On today's Engadget Playdate, we're playing both: Ubisoft's procedurally animated Grow Home and absurdly silly Super Time Force Ultra. Both are new to PlayStation 4 owners this month and free for subscribers of PS Plus. Are they worth the monthly dues? Join me and Tim Seppala at 6PM ET (3PM PT) right here, on the Engadget gaming homepage or at Twitch.tv/Joystiq to find out.

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'Halo,' 'Surgeon Simulator' devs join the War Child game jam
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 7:58 pm

War Child, a London-based charity that aims to improve the lives of children affected by war, is collaborating with influential developers to create a collection of games titled HELP: Real War is Not a Game. Participating developers include 343 Industries (Halo 5: Guardians), Bossa Studios (Surgeon Simulator), Creative Assembly (Alien: Isolation), Team 17 (Worms) and Hinterland (The Long Dark), all of which will participate in a six-day game jam organized by War Child. This means the studios will have just six days to create the games for HELP, and the full compilation will be sold digitally in late March 2016. Proceeds will go toward funding War Child's efforts in global conflict zones.

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Unofficial PBE Patch Notes for 9/4/2015
Posted by News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 8:29 pm

Champion Changes

Lulu

  • Base health raised to 626.76 (up from 600)
  • Health per level lowered to 74 (down from 82)

Mordekaiser

  • Base armor lowered to 25.75 (down from 28.38)
  • Armor power level raised to 3.75 (up from 3.5)
  • Harvesters of Sorrow [W] - Contact damage reduced to 140/200/260/320/380 (down from 180/250/320/390/460)

Darius

  • Decimate [Q] - Heal lowered to 12% (down from 15%) but maximum heal increased to 36% (up from 30%)

Elise

  • Spider Form [R] - Spiderlings now deal 10/15/20/25 (down from 10/20/30/40) and now take 25% reduced aoe damage (up from 20%)



Windows Upgrade
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 9:43 am
Yesterday I worked from home since I had Comcast scheduled to come out and fix my Internet issues. I had been intending to upgrade to Windows 10 for a while, but hadn’t done it yet as every evening I decided I’d rather play games than deal with waiting on the upgrade and fixing any issues […]


Movies Galore
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2015, 10:00 am
After catching you up on my Sci-Fi movie kick yesterday I thought I'd touch on some non Sci-Fi movies today!

500 Days of Summer - This is a movie I've seen before, but I remember liking it.  I rewatched it for the first time in years and still like it a lot.  It's a relationship movie without being a relationship movie.  At times it almost feels like a rom-com, but it definitely isn't.  It's a movie about different people's perception of the same relationship.  It feels a lot more grounded in reality than most Hollywood relationships movies.  That's probably why I like it so much.

Wreck it Ralph - I completely missed this one in theaters but I'm glad I got around to it.  Wreck-it-Ralph is an animated Disney movie that stars arcade game characters in an old-school arcade.  I loved the premise and the visual style of this movie.  And come on, it's a video game movie that doesn't suck, of course that appeals to me.

Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall - I went back and rewatched all the Daniel Craig Bond films.  I think he's probably my favorite Bond at this point.  I still love Casino Royale even having seen it a bunch.  Quantum of Solace is the weakest of the three films and it actually manages to diminish Casino Royale because it's a direct sequel.  Skyfall I had only seen once in theaters and I was very happy that it still holds up to my memories of it.  Skyfall is an amazing Bond movie.  It might actually be my favorite now.

It's been fun playing movie catch-up lately.  Like I mentioned in a previous post, movies fell off the priority list when my first kid was born.  Now that both of them are beyond toddler age I'm finally getting back to it.

So please, if you have any movie recommendations from about 2009 to 2015 let me know.  I'm not even sure what I've missed.


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