One Shots: I am no man!
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2017, 10:00 am
The big screenshot challenge last week was to capture action, not just still shots, in MMORPGs. This is tricker than it sounds, because you have to be quick with the screenshot key and manipulate the camera just right to get the perfect picture. It is easier to do this with other characters, obviously, including those in cutscenes. Borghive gets headlining [...]


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Ben Heck's Portable N64, part 2
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2017, 10:00 am

When Ben began his Nintendo 64 build, he knew it wasn't going to be easy. In this episode, he shrinks down the size of the controller, embeds the RAM expansion and begins to construct the case with design cues from the Nintendo Switch. To embed the controller, he has to get creative: The notorious analogue stick needs to be reworked. Thanks to an Arduino Pro Micro, though, it can be replaced with a joystick from Sony's PlayStation Vita.

Further hackery comes in the form of a custom-made printed circuit board to house the controller chip, as the one from the original joypad is far too big. Unfortunately, there's one final problem to overcome, but you'll have to watch the episode to find out what it is. Do you have any ideas on how this portable console could have been built differently? Or have you made your own? Let us know over on the element14 Community.




Postcards From The Edge Of The Known World
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2017, 7:53 am
I've spoken before about the 'awesome visual wealth of New Eden' and how accidents of cosmic geometry produce 'transient moments of hypnotic beauty'.


The Daily Grind: What do you think about slavery as a concept in MMORPGs?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2017, 8:00 am
Last week, MJ and I were discussing a stream she was planning on Conan Exiles where she planned to help friends capture "thralls" to bring back to their bases and put to work. The term "thrall" is the game's way of softening what it really is: slavery. The slaves are NPCs, mind you, not other players, but honestly, the idea creeps me [...]


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CSM Candidates Roundup 13-17 February
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2017, 5:36 am
Hello there. Given that the CSM applications hit the cutoff date of 17th of February this will be the last CSM Candidate roundup in this format, … [visit site to read more]


Make My MMO: Smed's new studio, Camelot's beta, and Elite's Holo-Me (February 18, 2017)
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 8:00 pm
This week in MMO crowfunding, we did a retrospective on why crowdfunded MMOARPG Hero's Song failed. It's almost as if Justin knew (cue spooky music) because two days later, Hero's Song's John Smedley and most of the Pixelmage team showed up at Amazon, announcing a new studio and a new game for the shopping giant's games division. In other words, don't expect [...]


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The Stream Team: Celebrating SMITE's new Kuzenbo with codes
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 3:55 pm
Have you always wanted to play as a ninja turtle in SMITE? Are you itching for a new god to rule the map with? Well you can possibly kill two birds with one tortoise thanks to the new god Kuzenbo. Massively OP's MJ is diving in to check out this new hard-shelled killer with the crazy grin, and she's got a [...]


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AdventureQuest 3D cranks it up with its open beta trailer
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 6:00 pm
It has been a while since AdventureQuest 3D kicked off its open beta phase -- since last October, to be more specific -- but the team wants to keep excitement high for this cross-platform MMO. After presumably considering a massive publicity stunt involving cloud writing, Mount Rushmore, and legendary crooner Wayne Newton, the dev team decided instead to produce an open [...]


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The Stream Team: ARK's big Broodmother raid, take two
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 11:55 am
The first attempt at facing the Broodmother in ARK's newer raid arenas ultimately failed in the end. The team just didn't have the numbers they needed for this DPS challenge. But now, Massively OP's MJ has learned that they can take 20 dinosaurs into the raid instead of just 10. Between those beasts and more alliance members joining in, it [...]


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Project Gorgon previews its Orc community dungeon
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 1:00 pm
The largest and toughest dungeon in Project Gorgon to date is getting ready for its online debut. The team gave a sneak peek at Gazluk Keep, an Orc-themed dungeon intended for a group of a half-dozen players who are level 65 or higher. So what makes this type of dungeon special? The devs said that Gazluk Keep is loosely based [...]


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LOTRO Legendarium: Checking out LOTRO's housing improvements
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 2:00 pm
Like probably most of the population of Lord of the Rings Online, I was initially interested in player housing when it first came out, gave it the ol' college try for the first year or so to work within its limitations, and mostly forgot about it after that. It was a sore point with the community, a subpar housing experience [...]


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Legacy – Episode 1 (Feat. Longinius Spear & NoobMan)
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 11:01 am
It’s time for Legacy, THE Eve Online podcast for all capsuleer, a show where we focus on our guests and discuss topics related to the Eve Online … [visit site to read more]


WRUP: This ham is your ham edition
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 10:00 am
Hello, reader. Hello, and good morning. Or should I say... good ham? That sounded clever before I typed it out. Look, the point is that I have your ham. This ham right here is yours, and if you ever want to see it again, you... well, you'll look at the header, but if you ever want to have your ham [...]


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Camelot Unchained talks about development challenges and beta announcement
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 11:00 am
There are several notable quotes in this week's progress report from the Camelot Unchained team. Mark Jacobs said that encumberance penalties are being worked into the inventory system and explained why doubling the programmer team hasn't resulted in double development speed. "The fact remains that for a programming team whose size just reached the double-digits, making a game like the [...]


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VILLORE - The Senate has released a short-notice statement after a memo leaked from within the Federal Intelligence Office has confirmed an outbreak of the Kyonoke Plague in the Gallente system of Postouvin.

The memo, which appears to have been written to Mentas Blaque, Director of the FIO's Special Department of Internal Investigations - more commonly known as the Black Eagles - details suspicions from the unnamed author that the events in Oijanen and Postouvin may be linked, and that an outbreak of the Kyonoke plague may be to blame for the loss of communication with the Hemorphite processing facility in orbit of the system's fourth planet.

While the memo was heavily censored, removing any specific names, the date on which it was filed - February 13th - appears to have been deliberately retained in the leaked copy, the same day that contact was lost with the RP4 facility.

Critics of President Roden's administration have been swift to remark on the withholding of information that was contained in the memo, with some suggesting that the Federal Intelligence Office could be blamed for any loss of life that occurs on board the RP4 installation.

The President's Office of Press has declined to comment on the contents of the memo, however the Senate has confirmed that secure channels of communication with RP4 have been re-established, and that while the installation remains isolated from the outside world, testing has confirmed the presence of the Kyonoke Plague among the general population of eight million who were sealed inside after the lockdown.

In the last half hour, Astral Mining has released a statement in response to words from the Senate via Commander Audere Esmoreures, Regional Security Chief for Solitude that confirms "Astral Mining continues to put the safety and wellbeing of its employees above all else, and is co-operating with the Federal Government to ensure that the situation remains under control."

As a closing remark, Commander Esmoreures noted that a full quarantine cordon has been issued for the RP4 facility, and that the Federal Marines and Federation Navy have deployed to ensure the location remains secure.




The Daily Grind: What's the most boring part of MMORPGs?
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 8:00 am
While MMORPGs are supposed to be these giant buffets of entertainment options available at our fingertips, the truth is that there are always parts of these games that are... less exciting, shall we say, than the others. I can think of a few that are usually systems I avoid because they're pretty boring. Crafting is unfortunately one of these. In [...]


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The Morning After: Weekend Edition
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 8:00 am

Letter from the Editor

We live in a time when what previously would have been surreal is now reality. And I'm not even referring to the fact that our president fails to see the need to secure his smartphone, nor that the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency is probably less concerned with the environmental than with serving the oil industry -- though these and other governmental actions would have been appropriately Kafkaesque fever dreams in an earlier decade.




Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival XIV Europe: Samurai, Doma, and theme songs
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2017, 6:00 am
If you're a fan of Final Fantasy XIV, the European fan festival is something you've been waiting for more or less since December's Japanese fan festival. We've been eagerly anticipating the reveal of the remaining new jobs for the expansion, more mechanical details, and whatever else can be teased out about the game's second expansion. At long last, the keynote [...]


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OOC Minutes the third
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2017, 10:21 pm
sigh The New Eden Store It hurts the mercantile side of me to see money left on the table.  I don’t think gouging is a good idea but to ignore a sale is just plain wrong.  The store is slow, … Continue reading →


The Stream Team: Catching thralls in Conan Exiles
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2017, 8:55 pm
Conan Exile doesn't have pets like most games -- here, people are the pets. And to acquire said slave labor you need to hunt down NPCs and drag them back to be chained to a wheel of pain to make them your thralls. Yes, you literally have to completely break their spirits! Massively OP's MJ is not sure she's up [...]


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Now Microsoft's Twitch competitor has an Xbox One app
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2017, 9:04 pm

Microsoft bought livestreaming service Beam last August to fold its advanced viewer interactions with its gaming services on Windows 10 and Xbox. They finally opened testing up to select users at the end of January, but today, they're taking the next step in competing against Twitch by launching the Beam app for Xbox One. As with the previous trials, only certain members of the Xbox Insider Program get first crack at it, but you'll now be able to watch our favorite streamers right from your console.

Source: Xbox Newsroom




2017: The State of Wormholes
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2017, 6:32 pm
Last April CCP released the Citadel expansion to New Eden; complete with new capital hulls, a replacement for the POS system and a shakeup of the … [visit site to read more]


Mind Clash Podcast – Episode 24: Self Exploration
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2017, 7:15 pm

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For the 24th fateful installment of The Mind Clash Podcat, Kael and Meredudd are joined by The Gentleman Gamer and Reload to discuss the finer points of the Exploration career field in EVE Online. We also dive into some of the announcements that were made on Sunday’s o7 Show and do a little bit of digging into the Lore and some tinfoil hattery.

Kael announces that he is looking for fellow homebrewers to get in contact with him for a specialty podcast that brings EVE nerd space brewers together to develop a brew based on lore!

I am aware of an issue on the Twitch side that is cutting our VOD’s off early before the show ends, and I am working to fix it with them. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our wonderful viewers and listeners.

 

Please join us on our discord at https://discord.gg/MjjfrVd and don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes to tell us what you think of the show.

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The Mind Clash Podcast – Episode 24: Self Exploration
Posted by evebloggers.com [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2017, 7:21 pm
For the 24th fateful installment of The Mind Clash Podcat, Kael and Meredudd are joined by The Gentleman Gamer and Reload to discuss the finer … [visit site to read more]


Edengrad starts players down the Lost Highway
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2017, 7:00 pm
When you first step into the wasteland of Edengrad, you'll be treated to the classic post-apocalyptic experience of trekking through a dry and mostly abandoned American southwest desert. That isn't to say that it will be devoid of interesting sights and locales, however. The devs shared some pictures from the Lost Highway and talked about how they worked to make [...]


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