Dual-Spec Doritos FTW -- (NSFW!)
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 June 2010, 2:20 am

My good friend @Gloobert sent over a link to this hilarious, VERY NSFW music video made by a guy he works with. It's funny, but again, not safe for work.

So many great quotes from this rap video, but I'm not really sure what else to say, so I'll get out of the way. This video's been around for 6 months and only has a couple thousand views... let's do something about that:

While you're at it, you really ought to check out more of the Bootlegblackguys videos. There's some great stuff in there.




Red 5's "Project Offset"-Powered MMO Dev Continues
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 July 2010, 6:36 pm

There is a lot of chatter going on around last week's announcement by Intel that it is cancelling its Project Offset development. The reason this matters in the MMO space is that the only (that I know of) project to officially license that magnificent engine for a game is Red 5 Studios. Since I can not play Project Offset (unless Fractiv, the new company formed by the ejected devs is taking over the PO reigns... hope, hope, hope!) I am now squarely watching Red 5 to see if they can pull out a game of a quality to match the wonder I've seen from the Project Offset demos.

The reason this is less exciting to me is that Red 5 has recently been acquired (a "majority interest" technically,) by The9 in China. Yep... there has been a lot of attention paid by R5 over the years towards the specific catering to "the Asian market and what makes a game fun to play for their tastes." (That's a paraphrased quote pulled from 3 year-old memory, but I can't find the original interview.) Whether the game they're working on will be something I care to play is unclear, as they still have not announced what they're actually creating. One thing I imagine to be true is that it will look friggin' stunning.

Gamasutra also has some more background and quote-y text about Red 5's continuance: "Red 5's Offset Engine-Powered MMO Still On, Despite Offset Cancelation"




LEGO Universe Celebrates "Going Gold" at PAX Prime
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2010, 4:39 pm

 Huge news out of Louisville, CO today, as it's been announced that LEGO Universe has "gone gold" and will be available to play at the PAX Expo this weekend!  I've known many of the original guys at NetDevil for many years so I'm a little biased on this one.  They've gone through a lot over the years -- from a tiny start in a little office with game servers crammed in the corner, to a large warehouse transformed into a fantastic, creative space for their ever-growing team.  I can't deny that I just flat want this game to succeed.

There is still time to pre-order the game and get in on some special goodies, including early access to the game starting October 12 -- the game is set to launch October 26, 2010.  For the more adventurous among you, they are still accepting applications for the ongoing closed beta.

 




Miner Wars Trailer and New Build Info
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2010, 8:10 pm

Press Release Summary:

 Just got a note from the folks at Keen Software House about their in-development MMO/singer-player space shooter called Miner Wars.  They've got a new trailer showcasing this "outer space First Person Shooter with a fully destructible environment."  To be clear, you're piloting a ship from a first-person perspective, so you won't be walking around as is typical from the FPS genre.  However, that doesn't make it look any less fun from an FPS-ey perspective.

Remember Descent?? That old-but-great game had a similar vibe to at least the initial look at Miner Wars -- you're piloting a ship that has full six degrees of freedom to fly around and shoot stuff.  Yay!  I loved Descent.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descent_(video_game) ) This time though, you get to blow up everything in front of you, apparently, meaning you can tunnel your way through the rock walls in front of you instead of just getting dizzy as you try to maneuver yourself into a proper orientation to fly through the environment.

I suppose since I brought up Descent, I should point out that the newest trailer was created by a member of the old Descent team, Dan Wentz.  He's the Audio Director on Miner Wars, incidentally, but my rummaging through their "team" list brought up no other Volition hits, so other Descent lineage appears to be in spirit more than direct aside from Mr. Wentz.  Cool enough though... just looking for some other familiar names from the way-back.  Anyway, check it out:

Great music and it's looking mighty-fine all around. Fully destructible environments coupled with the theme of being a deep-space asteroid miner gets me downright interested in checking this out more.  So... let's go see what they've got in store!  (Well, besides an early-adopter discount of 70% to buy up the game now and get early access to another just-released alpha test of the game.  Nice!)

Full press release after the jump...

 

 

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System Upgrades Afoot
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 March 2011, 7:10 pm

 It's been quiet around here lately, as we've been preparing some big changes to both the hardware and software behind MassMOG.com.  I've been swamped with all the work that needs to be done, so posting has been suffering horribly.

Soon, we'll get back up and posting regularly again --- maybe with some new "faces" around here, too!

(Oh, that reminds me:  you want to write for us?  Apply here for a currently-volunteer position -- volunteer until you show you're committed and then we'll see about appropriate compensation:  Send us info about you and links to writing samples.)




RIFT Opens Today
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 March 2011, 8:10 pm

Press Release Summary:

 (Urgh.. that headline was a very unintended pun, but I'm leaving it.)

Today marks the big launch of a big MMO by Trion Worlds called RIFT.  Numbers floating around claim pretty large initial player populations and there were a reported 31 new servers brought online for the launch, bringing the total up to a very impressive 99 server worlds split unequally between U.S. and European markets.  Pretty big launch, eh?

Rift has launched today (March 1, 2011) in the U.S. and will be available in Australia tomorrow, Europe on March 3rd and in the U.K. on Friday, March 4th.  Take note that their "Founder's Pricing" plans will provide for some discounts to long-term subscriptions if you sign up for them before March 15th. Details in the press release below.

The linked developer diary is worth a look to get some nice views into what the Rift team is striving for with this game: "This Is Rift" video developer diary.

Full press release after the break...

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Rift Extends Discounted "Founder's Pricing" To March 31st
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 March 2011, 10:43 pm

 Trion Worlds has announced the extension of their early-adopters' Founder's Pricing discounts.  Previously available only for the first couple weeks after launch (through March 15th), the extension puts the availability until March 31st, 2011.  The discounts are available for multi-month subscriptions of 3 months ($11.99/month) or 6 months ($9.99/month), down from the monthly price of $14.99.  This should relieve some pressure on the less decisive among who are considering a longer-term plunge.

Full press release right here since it's so short:

Trion Worlds today announced that the “Founder’s Pricing” plan for the studio’s recently released MMORPG Rift™ has been extended until March 31st. Exclusively available to early adopters of the online fantasy game, the Founder’s Pricing plan features a $9.99 USD/month price for a multi-month subscription. For more information on Founder’s Pricing, along with details on additional subscription plans, please visit www.RIFTgame.com/subscriptions.  




Eternal Destiny Begins Open Beta Testing
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 March 2011, 11:21 pm

Press Release Summary:

 Don't hold me to this, as these aren't my words: "Eternal Destiny, The Most Anticipated Browser Based MMORPG In 2011 Begins Its Open Beta Testing On WarpPortal.com."  Yeah, I don't know which official source of poll data is pulled from to produce this coveted "most anticipated" title, any more than I understand how the guy down at the corner cafe can claim in foot-high painted windows that he serves "The Worlds Best Cup of Coffee!"

At any rate, maybe you know about this game and are very much anticipating its release?  I'm way too short on time to play even a small percentage of the games out in the world right now, so hopefully this is something you folks will be interested in and want to take part in.  After all, people are always asking me if/when there are going to be open betas they can dive into.  Here you go!  The open beta runs through to the 24th of March, so get crackin'.

Of special note this time is that they're offering up some special goodies for these early testers that will persist in their accounts through to the launch of the game.  That's pretty slick, I figure.  Check out the full press release after the break and go to the WarpPortal.com site to get signed up. (No special codes required. Just run over and sign up.)

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Hi-Rez Studios Pledges 100% of Global Agenda Weekend Sales To Japan Relief
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2011, 7:06 pm

 I'll just cut right to the full press release on this one.  Maybe there are some people interested in getting in on this -- a place to donate a small amount towards Japan relief efforts, while getting a game in return:

Shooter MMO On Sale For $9.99 Thru Sunday With All Proceeds Going To Red Cross

ATLANTA - March 18, 2011 — In response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, Hi-Rez Studios has pledged to donate 100% of this weekend’s website game sales to Red Cross’ Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief effort:

Effective 1pm EST today Friday March 18, through midnight on Sunday March 20, 2011, the Shooter MMO Global Agenda is being discounted to $9.99 on the Hi-Rez Studios web store (down from the regular price of $29.99) and all game sale proceeds will be donated toward relief activities.

This promotion and donation opportunity is available to gamers world-wide at www.globalagendagame.com/japanrelief

Global Agenda community members and supporters are encouraged to spread the word about this weekend donation opportunity, as well as other efforts around the world to help the people of Japan. Additional donations can be made by visiting the Red Cross website.




SOE Closes Three Studios and Lays Off 205 People
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 April 2011, 1:21 am

 Well, this just plain sucks.  There's not a good way to say it -- especially since I'm very biased, with some good friends involved -- but Sony Online Entertainment has shut down three studios, laying off 205 people!  Bugger.  I've got good friends in the SOE Denver studio, so this hits me a bit harder than this news might otherwise, but is bummer news any way you get it.  I hate to see creative teams disassembled like this.  Best of luck to all of those displaced.  I hope you all find new places to create as soon as possible.

Here's the news via Gamasutra: SOE Hit With 205 Layoffs, Three Studio Closures, "Agency" Cancelled

Incidentally, this also marks yet another blow on the console MMO front, as The Agency was looking to be a big entrant into that field.  It seems that Sony's push for MMOs on the PS3 is still struggling to gain traction... understatement, I suppose.




SOE Closes Three Studios and Lays Off 205 People
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 April 2011, 1:21 am

 Well, this just plain sucks.  There's not a good way to say it -- especially since I'm very biased, with some good friends involved -- but Sony Online Entertainment has shut down three studios, laying off 205 people!  Bugger.  I've got good friends in the SOE Denver studio, so this hits me a bit harder than this news might otherwise, but is bummer news any way you get it.  I hate to see creative teams disassembled like this.  Best of luck to all of those displaced.  I hope you all find new places to create as soon as possible.

Here's the news via Gamasutra: SOE Hit With 205 Layoffs, Three Studio Closures, "Agency" Cancelled

Incidentally, this also marks yet another blow on the console MMO front, as The Agency was looking to be a big entrant into that field.  It seems that Sony's push for MMOs on the PS3 is still struggling to gain traction... understatement, I suppose.




Hi-Rez Studios Pledges 100% of Global Agenda Weekend Sales To Japan Relief
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2011, 7:06 pm

 I'll just cut right to the full press release on this one.  Maybe there are some people interested in getting in on this -- a place to donate a small amount towards Japan relief efforts, while getting a game in return:

Shooter MMO On Sale For $9.99 Thru Sunday With All Proceeds Going To Red Cross

ATLANTA - March 18, 2011 — In response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, Hi-Rez Studios has pledged to donate 100% of this weekend’s website game sales to Red Cross’ Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief effort:

Effective 1pm EST today Friday March 18, through midnight on Sunday March 20, 2011, the Shooter MMO Global Agenda is being discounted to $9.99 on the Hi-Rez Studios web store (down from the regular price of $29.99) and all game sale proceeds will be donated toward relief activities.

This promotion and donation opportunity is available to gamers world-wide at www.globalagendagame.com/japanrelief

Global Agenda community members and supporters are encouraged to spread the word about this weekend donation opportunity, as well as other efforts around the world to help the people of Japan. Additional donations can be made by visiting the Red Cross website.




Eternal Destiny Begins Open Beta Testing
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 March 2011, 11:21 pm

Press Release Summary:

 Don't hold me to this, as these aren't my words: "Eternal Destiny, The Most Anticipated Browser Based MMORPG In 2011 Begins Its Open Beta Testing On WarpPortal.com."  Yeah, I don't know which official source of poll data is pulled from to produce this coveted "most anticipated" title, any more than I understand how the guy down at the corner cafe can claim in foot-high painted windows that he serves "The Worlds Best Cup of Coffee!"

At any rate, maybe you know about this game and are very much anticipating its release?  I'm way too short on time to play even a small percentage of the games out in the world right now, so hopefully this is something you folks will be interested in and want to take part in.  After all, people are always asking me if/when there are going to be open betas they can dive into.  Here you go!  The open beta runs through to the 24th of March, so get crackin'.

Of special note this time is that they're offering up some special goodies for these early testers that will persist in their accounts through to the launch of the game.  That's pretty slick, I figure.  Check out the full press release after the break and go to the WarpPortal.com site to get signed up. (No special codes required. Just run over and sign up.)




Rift Extends Discounted "Founder's Pricing" To March 31st
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 March 2011, 10:43 pm

 Trion Worlds has announced the extension of their early-adopters' Founder's Pricing discounts.  Previously available only for the first couple weeks after launch (through March 15th), the extension puts the availability until March 31st, 2011.  The discounts are available for multi-month subscriptions of 3 months ($11.99/month) or 6 months ($9.99/month), down from the monthly price of $14.99.  This should relieve some pressure on the less decisive among who are considering a longer-term plunge.

Full press release right here since it's so short:

Trion Worlds today announced that the “Founder’s Pricing” plan for the studio’s recently released MMORPG Rift™ has been extended until March 31st. Exclusively available to early adopters of the online fantasy game, the Founder’s Pricing plan features a $9.99 USD/month price for a multi-month subscription. For more information on Founder’s Pricing, along with details on additional subscription plans, please visit www.RIFTgame.com/subscriptions.  




RIFT Opens Today
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 March 2011, 8:10 pm

Press Release Summary:

 (Urgh.. that headline was a very unintended pun, but I'm leaving it.)

Today marks the big launch of a big MMO by Trion Worlds called RIFT.  Numbers floating around claim pretty large initial player populations and there were a reported 31 new servers brought online for the launch, bringing the total up to a very impressive 99 server worlds split unequally between U.S. and European markets.  Pretty big launch, eh?

Rift has launched today (March 1, 2011) in the U.S. and will be available in Australia tomorrow, Europe on March 3rd and in the U.K. on Friday, March 4th.  Take note that their "Founder's Pricing" plans will provide for some discounts to long-term subscriptions if you sign up for them before March 15th. Details in the press release below.

The linked developer diary is worth a look to get some nice views into what the Rift team is striving for with this game: "This Is Rift" video developer diary.

Full press release after the break...




System Upgrades Afoot
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 March 2011, 7:10 pm

 It's been quiet around here lately, as we've been preparing some big changes to both the hardware and software behind MassMOG.com.  I've been swamped with all the work that needs to be done, so posting has been suffering horribly.

Soon, we'll get back up and posting regularly again --- maybe with some new "faces" around here, too!

(Oh, that reminds me:  you want to write for us?  Apply here for a currently-volunteer position -- volunteer until you show you're committed and then we'll see about appropriate compensation:  Send us info about you and links to writing samples.)




Miner Wars Trailer and New Build Info
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2010, 8:10 pm

Press Release Summary:

 Just got a note from the folks at Keen Software House about their in-development MMO/singer-player space shooter called Miner Wars.  They've got a new trailer showcasing this "outer space First Person Shooter with a fully destructible environment."  To be clear, you're piloting a ship from a first-person perspective, so you won't be walking around as is typical from the FPS genre.  However, that doesn't make it look any less fun from an FPS-ey perspective.

Remember Descent?? That old-but-great game had a similar vibe to at least the initial look at Miner Wars -- you're piloting a ship that has full six degrees of freedom to fly around and shoot stuff.  Yay!  I loved Descent.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descent_(video_game) ) This time though, you get to blow up everything in front of you, apparently, meaning you can tunnel your way through the rock walls in front of you instead of just getting dizzy as you try to maneuver yourself into a proper orientation to fly through the environment.

I suppose since I brought up Descent, I should point out that the newest trailer was created by a member of the old Descent team, Dan Wentz.  He's the Audio Director on Miner Wars, incidentally, but my rummaging through their "team" list brought up no other Volition hits, so other Descent lineage appears to be in spirit more than direct aside from Mr. Wentz.  Cool enough though... just looking for some other familiar names from the way-back.  Anyway, check it out:

Great music and it's looking mighty-fine all around. Fully destructible environments coupled with the theme of being a deep-space asteroid miner gets me downright interested in checking this out more.  So... let's go see what they've got in store!  (Well, besides an early-adopter discount of 70% to buy up the game now and get early access to another just-released alpha test of the game.  Nice!)

Full press release after the jump...

 

 




LEGO Universe Celebrates "Going Gold" at PAX Prime
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2010, 4:39 pm

 Huge news out of Louisville, CO today, as it's been announced that LEGO Universe has "gone gold" and will be available to play at the PAX Expo this weekend!  I've known many of the original guys at NetDevil for many years so I'm a little biased on this one.  They've gone through a lot over the years -- from a tiny start in a little office with game servers crammed in the corner, to a large warehouse transformed into a fantastic, creative space for their ever-growing team.  I can't deny that I just flat want this game to succeed.

There is still time to pre-order the game and get in on some special goodies, including early access to the game starting October 12 -- the game is set to launch October 26, 2010.  For the more adventurous among you, they are still accepting applications for the ongoing closed beta.

 




Red 5's "Project Offset"-Powered MMO Dev Continues
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 July 2010, 6:36 pm

There is a lot of chatter going on around last week's announcement by Intel that it is cancelling its Project Offset development. The reason this matters in the MMO space is that the only (that I know of) project to officially license that magnificent engine for a game is Red 5 Studios. Since I can not play Project Offset (unless Fractiv, the new company formed by the ejected devs is taking over the PO reigns... hope, hope, hope!) I am now squarely watching Red 5 to see if they can pull out a game of a quality to match the wonder I've seen from the Project Offset demos.

The reason this is less exciting to me is that Red 5 has recently been acquired (a "majority interest" technically,) by The9 in China. Yep... there has been a lot of attention paid by R5 over the years towards the specific catering to "the Asian market and what makes a game fun to play for their tastes." (That's a paraphrased quote pulled from 3 year-old memory, but I can't find the original interview.) Whether the game they're working on will be something I care to play is unclear, as they still have not announced what they're actually creating. One thing I imagine to be true is that it will look friggin' stunning.

Gamasutra also has some more background and quote-y text about Red 5's continuance: "Red 5's Offset Engine-Powered MMO Still On, Despite Offset Cancelation"




Dual-Spec Doritos FTW -- (NSFW!)
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2010, 2:20 am

My good friend @Gloobert sent over a link to this hilarious, VERY NSFW music video made by a guy he works with. It's really, really funny, but again, not safe for work.

So many great quotes from this rap video, but I'm not really sure what else to say, so I'll get out of the way. This video's been around for 6 months and only has a couple thousand views... let's do something about that. Hilarious:

While you're at it, you really ought to check out more of the Bootlegblackguys videos. There's some great stuff in there.




Welcome to the new WoW FAQ!
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 March 2010, 11:39 am

Welcome to the new home of the World of Warcraft F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions) site www.WoWFAQ.com, a part of the www.MassMOG.com site network!  This has been a long time in development and still has a long way to go -- as evidenced by the near-complete lack of content.  Soon, we'll be rolling out some features to get the ball rolling, like articles about the latest and upcoming changes to World of Warcraft and a World of Warcraft glossary of terms.  I know that doesn't sound like too much, but it's a start!

I'll try to get some stuff written up regularly, but it still may be a bit before we're in regular update mode, since there's more work to be done behind the scenes.  Thank you for coming by and please let us know what you'd like to see on the site!  We'll let you in on some plans as soon as we can.




Alice's Adventures in Wonderland MMO announced
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2009, 7:14 am

Press Release Summary:

Virtual Fairground has announced it's upcoming MMOG title coming to a browser near you: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland MMO .  V.F. has built and launched another Flash-based MMO, Club Galactic recently and is drawing on that project to build out the Alice game.  AAiW (yeah, I just needed to abbreviate that -- it's not official.. I'm just lazy) is being targeted at girls as "an online hang-out with a darkly romantic and mysterious style."  Uh... what?

So, I suppose if you're a girl and you like your romantic games to be dark & mysterious... well, I suppose you have your target.  Look for this one sometime in mid-2010.  Read more of the press release after the break...




Final Fantasy XIV Online Goodies
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2009, 8:07 am

An article over at SCRAWL extracts mass quantities of information about Final Fantasy XIV Online from a video interview on the DVD of a Japanese magazine, Famitsu Wave.  I clearly need to read up on this game more, as I've (embarrassingly) been completely clueless about it.  I'm not very well versed in the worlds of FF, much less Final Fantaxy XI, which I absolutely should have played more -- maybe I need to fire that sucker up and give it a whirl again?

At any rate, if you want some spiffy info on FFXIV Online, straight from the developers, you can get a synopsis, along with the video itself at SCRAWL:  Final Fantasy XIV 'Famitsu Wave' Interview Pours Information.

...BTW, I'm not sure how excited I should get about this game, but watching their teaser and checking out some screenshots, I'm thinking "gorgeous" would be a word that works.  As usual, it's unclear how much of the visuals in their marketing gobbledy-gook is pre-rendered nonsense, but looking through the screenshots on the official Final Fantasy XIV Online site, they've got a stunner brewing at Square Enix.  Zowie!

We'll see what claims of "You can trust that we plan to create a world of new possibilities that redefine the MMO" end up producing.  I'm not sure exactly what that means, but it sounds good to me!




Limited Champions Online Subscription Deals announced
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 August 2009, 3:38 am

Press Release Summary:

Oh... crud.  Again I'm faced with the temptation to pony up the dough for a "lifetime subscription" for a game that I haven't yet played.  How the heck am I supposed to know if I want to play it for the rest of my life?  Oh, and of course, you had better damn well keep the game going until at least one day after my last heartbeat or I'm going to be complaining to someone... someone important, I tell you!

*ahem*.. Anyway, the point of this is to say that Cryptic has unveiled the special "Limited Champions Online Subscription Deals" that include both discounted 6-month 'scrips as well as the ever-tempting "lifetime" subscription.  Details after the break...




Free Champions Online Trial This Weekend
Posted by Massive Multiplayer Online Games - MassMOG.com -- MMORPG Stuff: News, previews, screenshots & other info [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 October 2009, 2:22 am

A quick bit of news about the free-play trial weekend happening roughly now in Champions Online.  The "Blood Moon Weekend" will allow you to play the MMO Champions Online for free from 10:00 a.m. October 30th (today) until 10:00 a.m. November 2nd. (Pacific time zone, U.S.) 

There are some funky-looking things going on revolving loosely around a Halloween theme, including the obligatory "zombie apocalypse" that is all the rage in gaming these days.  (Yeah, I'm hooked on Left 4 Dead too, so I'm always up for training for when the real zombie apocalypse is upon us!) For the full info on the Blood Moon events and to see a video showing some of what's coming up, see the official Blood Moon page.  (There, I've said "blood moon" just about more than I care to.)

Get over there and download the client to get underway.  




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