Mojang's next game is 'Cobalt,' a 2D platformer due in October
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Mojang's 'Cobalt' for Xbox One

Mojang isn't just focused on shipping endless variations of Minecraft -- it can publish other games, too. As proof, the Microsoft-owned team has announced that Cobalt, an Oxeye-developed 2D platform game for Mac, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, will finally arrive (it was unveiled in 2012) in October. The title has you employing hacks and stealth to learn why a human colony vanished on an alien world. It's big on multiplayer, too, with cooperative play, six competitive multiplayer modes and 30 dedicated maps. If you're eager to give Cobalt a shot before the fall, you can try pre-release Mac and Windows versions today.

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The 'Halo 5' 1TB Xbox One is up for pre-order today
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 11:25 am

Among the bullet storms and massive explosions of today's Xbox conference, Microsoft unveiled a limited edition, Halo 5-branded 1TB Xbox One bundle, and it's so, so shiny. The bundle is available for pre-order today and it drops on October 20th. Microsoft launched the standard 1TB console back in June, complete with a new controller. That console isn't so shiny -- because it's matte.

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'Halo Wars 2' exists, hits Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2016
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 11:51 am

Halo Wars 2 is the sequel to 2009's troubled yet generally beloved real-time strategy game, and it's on its way to Xbox One and Windows 10 in fall 2016. Microsoft presented Halo Wars 2 as the cherry on top of its Xbox Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, today, offering us a short and sweet cinematic. Halo Wars 2 comes from current Halo developer 343 Industries and Alien: Isolation studio Creative Assembly.

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EverQuest II plans server ‘consolidation’ in August
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It’s all well and good to prefer lower-population servers, but you can also reach a point when the population is so low that you can no longer find players to actually share the game with. This is the motivation behind EverQuest II‘s upcoming server consolidation, but the newest letter from the producer promises that it will be an actual consolidation rather [...]


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Camelot Unchained newsletter discusses combat philosophy and developer status
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 10:00 am
The Camelot Unchained test phases had to be delayed, and that means that the latest newsletter for the game is in an odd place, as the opening itself states. On the one hand, the team has accomplished a lot since the last community newsletter; on the other hand, obviously that wasn’t quite enough. But there’s still plenty of talk about [...]


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We're live from Microsoft's Gamescom event!
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 9:45 am

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Gamescom doesn't even officially start until tomorrow, but Microsoft is in Cologne early to show off everything Xbox and Windows 10. Chances are we'll see a lot of footage from upcoming exclusives like Quantum Break, and perhaps some new software tricks for the Xbox One like the oft-rumored DVR function. Other than that, your guess is as good as ours -- will we get pricing and a release date for HoloLens? What t-shirt will Phil Spencer wear under his lovely blazer? Will someone talk way too long about a car slowly descending from the ceiling? Tune in at 4PM CEST (10AM ET / 7AM PT) to find out.

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[NA] Server Maintenance: Patch 5.15

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On 8/5/15, starting at 1:30 PDT, ranked queues will be disabled in preparation for patch 5.15. At 3:00 PDT, the servers will be shut down and all games currently in progress will end in a draw and stats will not be recorded. We estimate the battlegrounds will be unavailable for 6 hours.


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On 05/08/15, starting at 2:30 GMT, ranked queues will be disabled in preparation for patch 5.15. At 4:00 GMT, the servers will be shut down and all games currently in progress will end in a draw and stats will not be recorded. We estimate the battlegrounds will be unavailable for 6 hours.



Mushroomology 101 – Am I Doing This Right?
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The Daily Grind: Have you ever run an event in an MMO?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 8:00 am
Long ago, I used to live for player-run MMO events. In old-school MMORPGs, people judged a guild’s quality as much on what it did for the community as how well it fared in PvP and PvE — maybe even more. We hung out in taverns in Ultima Online, held overwatch/buffing nights for server newbies in EverQuest, told stories in Dark Age of [...]


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A practical approach to game monetization
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 4:29 am
Over the last decade paying for a game has gotten increasingly complicated. Among MMORPGs there are very few subscription games left, and even those all have shops and/or systems to buy in-game currency with real money via game time codes. The "buy once, play forever" payment model for other game genres is also on its way out: Buying once now frequently only gets you the base game, and you need to do additional payments for DLCs and expansions to get all the content. And the "forever" part is now not just limited by new operating systems not able to play old games any more, but also by games now frequently requiring connection to an online server, and the game becoming unplayable when those servers shut down.

Instead of simple buy once or pay monthly systems, we now have far more complicated systems where you can pay a variable amount of money for a variable degree of service. It is understandable that there is a certain degree of resistance, because there clearly are games which use the complicated monetization systems to nickel and dime their players, or make them pay far more money than those players would have been willing to pay in a buy once system. But it is becoming increasingly obvious that this is yet another case of resistance is futile: If you refused to buy all games that don't have only buy once or pay monthly monetization, you'd be left with not much choice of games at all. Absolute refusal to play games with variable payment models simply isn't practical any more.

A major reason why resistance failed is that most gamers were never very principled in their resistance. Even the most hardcore gamers flocked to Free2Play games like League of Legends and Hearthstone, or bought and sold in-game currency in EVE Online via PLEX. Game companies never felt they were losing customers by using variable payment systems, and simple economics show that variable payment systems earn companies more money than fixed payment systems. So for gamers it is time to let go of the hypocrisy, posting a refusenik position on various gaming forums and blogs while participating in the system anyway. What we need is a more practical approach to game monetization.

One thing that the panoply of game monetization systems has shown is that there are clearly some systems which are fair and acceptable to most people, and others that feel much more unfair and exploitative. The problem here is that it is nearly impossible to define criteria for fairness that everybody would agree with. That is because complex games often leave room for different player motivations, and different player motivations lead to different attitudes towards different monetization schemes. If I don't play PvP in a MMORPG, I don't care whether you can buy uber PvP gear in the item shop. But if I PvP was the main reason for me to play that game, I would care very much. Thus the only way to approach game monetization systems is to have a set of personal criteria.

For me personally one major criterion is how optional payment is. I like systems like in Hearthstone / Magic Duels where I can get exactly the same cards by playing, and paying is basically just a shortcut to get stuff faster. However there is a fine line there somewhere, as perceived fairness depends on how fast or slow you advance without paying. Recent example: Magic Duels giving 10 gold for a medium difficulty AI match plus 40 gold for a daily quest to buy a 6-card booster for 150 gold felt reasonable to me. Warhammer 40k Deathwatch giving only 6 credits per match to buy a 3-card booster for 100 gold is starting to feel sluggish. Another factor in the same example is that in Magic the cards I buy will be useful as long as I play the game, while in Deathwatch a higher tier card I find in a booster later will make my previous card obsolete.

One example of how personal fairness criteria can vary from person to person is the wide-spread system in mobile games to have some amount of "energy" which limits how long you can play in a session. You then need to either wait for that energy to restore itself slowly over time, or pay for an immediate energy boost. Me, I am totally okay with those systems. I don't mind at all to play a game for half an hour and then close it an do or play something else while I wait for my energy to come back. Other people are far more impatient with regards to this, and find such systems totally unfair and unacceptable.

With regard to content, that is most of the time something I am willing to pay for. In spite of other people's protests, I found the expansion for Guild Wars 2 perfectly reasonably priced (although communication could have been better). I'm okay with the business model of Destiny, and many other games with expansions or DLCs. That is because in those examples like GW2 or Destiny I felt I got a full game for the first payment, and the expansions and DLCs are more content for more money. In other cases I was less happy, because the base game felt far more unfinished, and day zero DLC and annual DLC passes made it look as if I was sold a salami slice by slice.

My recommendation for everybody is to think very hard about what variable payment systems you find acceptable and which not, and then check carefully each game what exactly you are supposed to pay for. There are no simple rules any more where you can boldly state that every Free2Play game is evil, and then sneak off to play League of Legends. I'd rather play a game for free and then see in practice whether what is for sale is fair or exploitative. Both exist, and you need to find out for yourself which is which.
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The Gamer To-Do List
Posted by A Green Mushroom [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 1:46 am
I'm inspired by Izlain's post on the first day of this Blaugust event.  He has created a gamer to-do list.  I'm constantly doing this in my own head as I'm working through my backlog, but I never formally write it down.

But since I loved his idea so much, I think I will write it down this time just to try it out.  It might be nice to have a gaming to-do list formally written out.  Izlain did a top 10, but I think mine will be slightly less:
  • Persona 4 Golden - Continue playing until I either beat the game or grow bored of it and decide to retire the game.
  • Hearthstone - Get to at least rank 20 by the end of the month.  Do the Tavern Brawl's every week for card packs.
  • FFXIV Heavensward - Do the daily trial roulette as long as I keep having fun with it. (I'm already bored of the other roulette options)
  • KOTOR II - Finally try the PC version since it got a major official update and has a community content fix patch on Steam.
  • Valkyria Chronicles - Get back to this game and keep playing it.  It was a lot of fun and I haven't beaten it.
  • Dirty Bomb - Try out this game because it's a recommended Blaugust F2P game that a lot of the community is trying.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening - I loved this game and want to go back to play a new game + if available.  Otherwise I want to just play the game again because I'm excited for the new Fire Emblem games.
  • Lightning Returns - I bought this game on super sale for PS3 right before I moved the system to another room and stopped playing it.  I need to get around to trying it
There we go, 8 items.  It's kinda nice to have some immediate goals written down.

I'm sure this list will change and morph as time goes on.  It always works that way in my head when I'm juggling games anyway.  For example, you may have noticed Arkham Knight is off this list.  Since I last wrote about it I've beaten all the side missions and activated the Knightfall protocol at the end of the game.  It was a great game, but I'm basically done with it now.

And I also have a couple games on the backburner that I only play when my friends want to.  Games like Rocket League and Heroes of the Storm.  They're fun with friends and they're good games, but they aren't games I'm inspired to sit down and play single player.

How about all of you, how are your gaming to-do lists looking?



Xbox Live and ID@Xbox indie games coming to HoloLens
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Microsoft Debuts New Products For Its XBox Gaming Unit

Microsoft's promise of unifying its disparate platforms with Windows 10 has even more going for it with some surprise announcements ahead of this week's Gamescom show in Germany. We knew that Xbox Live was coming to the desktop -- for free, even -- but that extends to HoloLens too. That's right: online multiplayer, friends lists and your achievements (anything tied to Redmond's gaming service, from the sounds of it) will be available on the augmented reality headset, according to VRFocus. The site also reports that HoloLens, Windows 10 and Xbox One will share a universal store for apps and the like "in time." Some purchases will also apparently be pay-once-play-anywhere affairs too. And similar to Microsoft's push to get Android and iOS developers to bring their apps to Windows 10, the ID@Xbox program will work to court indie game developers and extend across Redmond's latest operating system, HoloLens and Windows Phone.

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GenCon 2015 Part 2
Posted by Blue Kae [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 August 2015, 12:37 am
Blaugust 2015 Day 03 I spent the first half of Friday at GenCon in the Exhibit Haul Hall. Harebrained Schemes was demoing a new game called Necropolis.  It’s a take on the Roguelike genre, which I’m usually not a fan of, with a really cool art style that reminded me a bit of Massive Chalice, which I […]


'Guitar Hero Live' is a karaoke simulator
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 10:17 pm

This October, prepare to bring the house down with wild guitar riffs and your mad karaoke skills in Guitar Hero Live. That's right, it's official: Guitar Hero Live brings singing back to the franchise, alongside the new guitar and all of the fresh online features, challenges and songs available in Guitar Hero TV. A behind-the-scenes video posted just before Gamescom kicks off this week in Cologne, Germany, provides an overview of online features in Guitar Hero Live and drops the mic on singing in the game.

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Long Forgotten Systems with some Meh Loot and Some Good Loot #2
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 9:10 pm

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Continue on with the much copied but never exactly duplicated crafting systems in DDO. Lets take a look at what you can get out of Necro 2!! Just like the first series of quests, running each quest and the end quest will provide you with 5 unique Scara...


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What's on your HDTV: 'Innerspace' Blu-ray, 'True Detective' finale
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 9:48 pm

This week season two of HBO's True Detective is coming to an end, plus a few oldies on Blu-ray with Innerspace and Free Willy. In gaming, there's a Rare Replay pack of oldies on Xbox One, Submerged on PC, PS4 and Xbox One and some new DLC for the latest Call of Duty -- including a new zombies pack -- on Xbox. ABC Family's Stitchers also has a season finale this week, while Melissa & Joey airs its last episode ever. For football addicts, preseason action is in full swing, so keep an eye on the rosters and get ready for those fantasy drafts.

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Not So Massively: Dota 2’s $18m main event, Hearthstone’s expansion
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 8:00 pm
This week, third-person MOBA SMITE revealed its new support character Khepri, the ancient Egyptian scarab god. League of Legends pushed its HUD overhaul to the ranked queue and temporarily killed off champion Gangplank with the opening of a new Black Market Brawlers game mode. Heroes of Newerth released the first of its new Paragon avatars designed to raise money for [...]


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The Stream Team: Giving Project Gorgon a go
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 8:55 pm
Deciding which game to play can be hard for MassivelyOP’s MJ, but thankfully sometimes our Patreon backers make it easy by choosing for her! Such is the case tonight, when MJ delves into the alpha version of the upcoming Project Gorgon. There’s been a bit of buzz swirling around this old-school sandbox that made its Kickstarter goal in just a [...]


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'Gunjack,' a VR space shooter that puts you in the cockpit
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 7:16 pm

You're sitting in the pilot seat of a cutting-edge spacecraft outfitted with two heavy-duty turrets. The inky universe expands around you and begins to populate with enemy ships: You pull the triggers and shoot them down, gathering new ammunition for more coordinated, deadly attacks and powering up your craft. This is Gunjack, a new virtual reality game from Eve Online and Eve Valkyrie developer CCP, created specifically for the Samsung Gear VR. It's an arcade shooter (think more Star Wars Battle Pod than Space Invaders) set in the Eve universe, and it's due out in the fall.

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Wandering Around
Posted by MmoQuests.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 8:10 pm
When it comes to game subscriptions I tend to buy a few months at a time, even if I don’t plan on playing the game steadily. One, because even if I play it only...


Hi-Rez is making Paladins, a team FPS with deckbuilding
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 5:30 pm
Hi-Rez has been hinting at its new project in recent weeks, and while we were expecting to get an eye full of it at Gamescom, the firm has gone ahead and spilled the beans to IGN. Paladins is an objective-based team FPS for PC and current-gen consoles that is scheduled to launch sometime in 2016. It’s set in a whimsical [...]


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DC Universe’s Episode 15 content arrives this week for subscribers
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 6:00 pm
Daybreak has announced the official launch date for DC Universe Online’s Episode 15 update. Members can take the new content for a spin on August 5th, while free-to-play types can get it via the game’s marketplace a week later on August 12th. Episode 15 includes an 8-player operation called The Bombshell Paradox as well as the beginning of DCUO’s League [...]


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DayZ associate producer talks cheaters and how to stop them
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 7:00 pm
DayZ associate producer Eugen Harton spoke to a GDC Europe crowd earlier today about how Bohemia Interactive handles cheaters in its open-world zombiepocalypse survival title. Harton said that Bohemia has built a library of roughly 400 cheats to date, and he notes that over 76 percent of DayZ players who are banned for cheating come back and get caught cheating [...]


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These are the companies that are trying to build the metaverse
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 4:00 pm
Did you know that Linden Lab is hard at work on a sequel to its Second Life virtual world? Yep, it is, and Recode has published a lengthy piece that not only looks at Linden’s Project Sansar but also at a handful of other companies who hope to create some sort of metaverse in the vein of Stephenson’s Snow Crash [...]


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An exclusive talk with RIFT’s Chris Junior on the Nightmare Saga and more
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2015, 4:30 pm
RIFT is starting to make more noise as 2015 marches on, particularly with its recent Patch 3.3. This newest update added a major saga to the game and other neat features, and so to catch up on all of these changes, Massively OP sat down with Trion Worlds Game Director Chris Junior to get the full scoop. Join us as [...]


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