MMO Round-Up 25.06.2013 - GW2, DayZ, Firefall, Destiny, Wildstar & more!
EverQuest 2 [Darkness Dawns, the game's 67th Update is coming on July 30 - old dungeons made relevant again, Character Advancement Templates, Three New Contested Avatar Raids, Arena of the Gods (a raid instance that allows 24 players to challenge any of the 9 avatars that are in game)] - Everquest 2 Official Site
EVE Online [CCP devs sure love their graphs, and even better, they love to show them on their blog as well. Today they gave us a look at Odissey's impact on Exploration Sites. Spoilers: it's huge] - EVE DevBlog
Anarchy Online [Happy 12th Birthday! Special offer for players that extend their game-time during this period and there are also lots of special events / loot prepared for new and old players] - Anarchy Online Off Site
No birthday without the crazy woman controlling the entertainment! "The Tinker" is back in Newland Desert and is ready to make large and explosive gifts for her favorite enemy, "The Desert Rider". Join her in her madness and take out the many "Desert Nomads" to find parts for the many gifts she wants to make. The "Desert Nomads" will be located in Newland Desert, Mort, Perpetual Wastelands and Broken Shores.
Top 10 Korean Gaming list [3 MMOs in the list, SC2 on 5th spot, and LoL is a try-hard. Also, Warcraft 3 still in top 10?! :o Koreans sure love old RTS games, with BroodWar probably being just outside this list.] - MMOSite
Upcoming / Beta
Firefall [Final closed beta phase live this Thursday + new trailer to celebrate the occasion. About time!] - MMORPG.com
DayZ [Dean Hall, the brainzzzzz behind the zombie shooter says the team is planning to add even more sandbox features to the game, taking a cue from EVE. Also, the game is close to the end of alpha and apparently a weird kind of closed "buy-in" beta will come around soon enough after.] - Rock, Paper, Shotgun
“So we were like ‘Fuck it’. We may as well make this a good game. The best way to hate on haters is deliver on your promises. So the idea is, we want it to be a good game, and we’re not there yet. But I like to think we’ve addressed some of the elements that were the worst problems of the lot. We’ve attacked them. We might not necessarily have solved them completely, but we’ve made good progress.”
Wildstar [Jeff Kurtenacker reveals official Aurin and Exile audio themes. Check the link to listen to them.] - Wildstar Fans
Jeff has since uploaded an arrangement of the official Exile theme as well! The tune is entitled "War Will Come" and Jeff describes the theme as follows:
Guides / Tips / Giveaways
LOTRO Giveaway [The "A Casual Stroll to Mordor" blog goes out in style, organizing a huge giveaway for anyone interested in turbine points] - A Casual Stroll to Mordor
No rules on what to buy yourself with it but make sure it’s something totally awesome!
Videos / Pics
Opinions / Interviews
Destiny [Mail Sack - Bungie employees answer questions from the community] - Bungie.net
It’s a dangerous game you invite us to play. Here is who flocked to your dare.
My god, it’s full of stars.
Kevin Yanes, Production Engineer
At E3, you only saw a tiny fraction of the kinds of things you’ll be doing in Destiny.
Lars Bakken, Design Lead
The one in which Destiny is released to our beloved community of Guardians in waiting.
You didn’t really think it would be that easy. Did you? Silly rabbit.
Human Risks [very interesting comparison of single-player and multiplayer games, based on the effect they have on certain types of players] - Kill Ten Rats
If you are the sort to laugh it off or counter-troll, the downside of PvP and multiplayer gaming is limited for you. If you seek conflict rather than avoiding it, the internet will always have more for you. If you remember the positive and forget the negative, the downside is temporary while the upside is lasting.
21 Things You Don’t Hear in Raid Finder [funnily enough, some of these actually apply to the entire internet] - World of Matticus
I’m just running raid finder for fun. I don’t need valor or loot.
I respect your opinion. I think it’s absolutely valid.
Gee guys, I’d love to queue up with all of you again!
Misc / Off-Topic
Firefox [The latest FF version gives a significant boost to the browser's performance in games and other high-intensity applications. Keep it up FF, I'd love to have a good excuse to ditch Chrome ^^] - Gamasutra
Routine [Wow. This one really took me by surprise! :o Seems like Amnesia with guns, based on the Moon and oh yeah, with perma-death. wat] - Lunar Software
Be immersed with Full body awareness, Deadzone aiming, no HUD, no health bars or points system... you must run, hide and survive the best you can against what lurks in the base.
World of Tanks vs XBOX One [Wargamings CEO Victor Kislyi has some criticism on Microsoft and its F2P support on their upcoming console] - GamesIndustry.biz
Daily AMA: Got any questions about today's news or MMOs in general? Leave them in the comments. You'll probably get quick and awesome answers from TF's members, but if not, I'll give it my best to give you an answer in tomorrow's article.
Euph: What games are you expecting Blizz to pop out at BlizzCon 2013?
All except Titan really. This means expansions for the 3 power-houses, everything about HS (it might be already launched or might even launch around that time) and even ample details on All-Stars.
Euph: Do you think that Blizz will introduce Smurfs to WoW in the next expansion?
Why would they put gnomes in the game again? Doesn't make sense.
Euph: If you were a game, what game would you be and why?
Solitaire, because I'd be incredibly popular with bored secretaries. ^^
Stream Highlight: Evrelia - An entertaining and especially informing stream for WoW players, especially warlocks. The guy even has training courses for the class and as far as I can tell they're (almost) worth it! (I'm not really a fan of paying people to teach you how to play a game)
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