One Shots: Better virtual homes and gardens

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One Shots: Better virtual homes and gardens

Lately I’ve been overdosing on some serious Sims 4 time (blame the Seasons expansion announcement for this!) and indulging in my long-standing passion for player housing. I don’t always get that fix in every MMO I play — looking sideways at you, Blizzard — but I do enjoy expressing myself and seeing what other players have come up in their...

The Daily Grind: Are MMO collector’s editions worth it?

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The Daily Grind: Are MMO collector’s editions worth it?

The allure of the collector’s edition has always been a strange one. I remember when it started, of course, when you could get the occasional little gewgaw for pre-ordering a title (I have a cloth map for Final Fantasy VIII that I later defaced due to not liking the game, for example). But then it got a bit out of...

The Stream Team: Sun and fun in LOTRO’s summer festival

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The Stream Team: Sun and fun in LOTRO’s summer festival

It has been… well, almost a fortnight since LOTRO’s last festival, so it’s obviously time for another! The summer festival has begun, and Massively OP’s MJ heard tell of a peacock pet available from it. Of course she just has to get one of those, so you know that she will be heading in to revel, soaking up the pixel...

Vampire MMO Shadow’s Kiss turns on its alpha servers

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Vampire MMO Shadow’s Kiss turns on its alpha servers

Six months after raising over $80,000 in its Kickstarter campaign, Shadow’s Kiss is drawing players into its dark alpha test. The alpha servers are now online for this horror-themed MMORPG, which the team describes as a “modern Game of Thrones for vampires,” whatever that means. If you don’t have alpha access yet, the most straight-forward way to obtaining a key...

Final Fantasy XI developers answer fan questions on Reddit

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Final Fantasy XI developers answer fan questions on Reddit

Age is catching up to Final Fantasy XI, but the development team remains as passionate as ever. For the game’s 16th Anniversary, English-speaking fans asked a number of questions, and 20 of those questions have been answered by the development team and posted on Reddit. And the one bit of bad news in the whole answer is a confirmation that...

The Stream Team: Raiding ARK’s island ascension cave

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The Stream Team: Raiding ARK’s island ascension cave

With access to a full set of ARK servers, Massively OP’s MJ and the crew have their choice of adventures. And today, they choose to raid the ascension cave on the island. That final dungeon kicked their kiesters the last time they went. Will this time be different? They are going in with Tek gear, so odds are better… but...

The Game Archaeologist: Raph Koster on MUDs and Privateer Online

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The Game Archaeologist: Raph Koster on MUDs and Privateer Online

The release of Raph Koster’s monster book of game essays, Postmortems, was of high interest to Bree and me for different reasons. For her, it was because Koster was a creative driving force behind two of her favorite games, Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. For me, it’d because Koster shares my passion for MMO history and has some unique...

WRUP: House evaluation edition

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WRUP: House evaluation edition

11:43 (User NVT): Team on-site and beginning inspection. 11:44 (User JPE): Taking half of the team for upper floors. 11:44 (User TTB): JPE is reminded that there are three of us and she does not “count twice.” 11:50 (User JPE): Upper floor appear to be infested with some sort of beetle. 11:58 (User NVT): Basement appears fine. Aside from the...

The Daily Grind: Which in-development MMOs are you hoping to hear more about?

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The Daily Grind: Which in-development MMOs are you hoping to hear more about?

One of the downsides of only following the gaming news cycle is that if there isn’t news, you’re not really paying attention to a game. It’s happened countless times that we initially report on a title, only to see its development or movement fall silent for a lengthy amount of time. That results in every so often remembering that game...