Lords of the Dead

Lords of the Dead guild message board.

Filed under: Betas, Horror, MMO Industry, News Items, Sandbox, Buy-to-Play
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DayZ may be losing creator Dean Hall toward the end of 2014, but the popular zombie sandbox project will be gaining several additional developers. "We are inducting a large number of new people to the team, effectively doubling the whole project," wrote Hall on the DayZ dev blog. GamesIndustry.biz reports that Hall also reiterated his intention to move on, but stated that he will remain "in a leadership role until at least the end of the year."
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DayZ's dev team doubling up originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this |...
Filed under: Sci-Fi, Culture, MMO Industry, News Items, Opinion, The Daily Grind, Sandbox, Music, Crowdfunding, Star Citizen, Buy-to-Play
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I spent part of the weekend listening to Star Citizen's blowaway-badass unofficial soundtrack. It's unofficial because award-winning composer Pedro Camacho has been tapped to score Cloud Imperium's space sim sandbox opus for realz. Fortunately, though, that hasn't stopped an enterprising group of musicians from creating their own pro-quality digital album and releasing it for free on the SC forums. What about you, Massively readers? Have you created any noteworthy fan content for your favorite game?...
Filed under: Sci-Fi, Culture, MMO Industry, News Items, Opinion, The Daily Grind, Sandbox, Music, Crowdfunding, Star Citizen, Buy-to-Play
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I spent part of the weekend listening to Star Citizen's blowaway-badass unofficial soundtrack. It's unofficial because award-winning composer Pedro Camacho has been tapped to score Cloud Imperium's space sim sandbox opus for realz. Fortunately, though, that hasn't stopped an enterprising group of musicians from creating their own pro-quality digital album and releasing it for free on the SC forums. What about you, Massively readers? Have you created any noteworthy fan content for your favorite game?...
Filed under: Video, EVE Online, Business Models, Culture, Events (Real-World), Expansions, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, PvP, Opinion, Hands-On, Events (Massively's Coverage), World of Darkness, EVE Evolved, DUST 514, Dev Diaries, Player-Generated Content
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Almost 10 years ago, EVE Online developer CCP Games started a new tradition with the first ever annual EVE Fanfest. The event started out as a largely informal gathering in a tiny venue that allowed players and developers to...
Filed under: Sci-Fi, Video, Game Mechanics, Lore, MMO Industry, New Titles, PvP, News Items, PvE, Destiny, Buy-to-Play
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If you're not sure what to make of Destiny, a new 42-minute video from Destiny Updates is worth watching. The clip touches on the game's MMO, RPG, and shooter aspects, as well as its social building blocks, its economy, and its gear and progression systems. The video is filled with timestamp links, so if you want to skip ahead to the section on, say, cooperative multiplayer, you can. Click past the cut for the full clip. Continue reading This 42-minute video contains all you need to know about Destiny...
Filed under: Business Models, Culture, Game Mechanics, PvP, Opinion, Second Life, Free-to-Play, Browser, Casual, Free for All, Miscellaneous, Sandbox, MMORPG
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It's been all gloomy around here lately, hasn't it? Well there's a good reason for that, as you might know. Luckily I have survived the cuts that affected much of the AOL Tech network, although that means that Rise and Shiny and MMObility, my two other regular columns, will be consolidated into this one. While it might seem like less work for me, in actuality it means that I have less room to tell you, fair reader, about all of the fantastic MMOs that continue to come out. Yes, I said continue to come out. It's easy to become...
Filed under: Fantasy, MMO Industry, Opinion, The Daily Grind, Races
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Anthropomorphic races are old hat in MMOs at this point. Nearly every fantasy title has a humanoid cat, dog, lizard, dragon, or any one of a dozen other furry/scaly options to satisfy your exotic character creation needs. I'm kinda partial to cat people myself, though unlike most of my fellow feline aficionados I tend to roll tomcats. What about you, Massively readers? Do you like anthropomorphic MMO races, and if so which is your favorite?
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/>Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!
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The Daily Grind: What's your favorite anthropomorphic MMO race? originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 02 Mar 2014...
Filed under: Culture, News Items, Browser, Miscellaneous
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When is a single-player game an MMO? When you hook it up to a chat parser and let everyone fight for controls, much like wrestling with five other people to play a single-player game. Twitch Plays Pokémon has garnered a great deal of attention based on its quirky premise and execution, but all good things must come to an end. After 16 days of play, the game has finally concluded with victory for the multitudes. The channel is currently counting down to something happening on Sunday morning. Will it be a restart? Another Pokémon title? An attempt to use a similar premise on another game? No one knows. (Most theories involve a restart or the next generation of Pokémon titles, though.) You can keep an eye on the page to see what happens next, or you can just enjoy one of the strangest stories of turning a single-player game into a multiplayer online one... even if it was just for half a month.
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Twitch Plays Pokémon... beats Pokémon originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 01 Mar 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our...
Filed under: Betas, Fantasy, Video, Business Models, Previews, News Items, Hands-On, The Elder Scrolls Online
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Friend of Massively Richie "Bogotter" Procopio has YouTubed up for MMO fans a detailed tour of all of the bells and whistles included in The Elder Scrolls Online's super-special Digital Imperial Edition. His new video walks players through the creation of an Imperial character, the adorableness of the mudcrab minipet, and the extra bonuses Imperials can brag about. Butt sliders are included! Enjoy it after the break. Continue reading Video: The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition goodies
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Video: The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition goodies originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please...
Filed under: Asheron's Call, Dark Age of Camelot, EverQuest, Guild Wars, Meridian 59, MMO Industry, Opinion, Ultima Online, Vanguard, Free Realms, The Game Archaeologist, Miscellaneous, Sunsets
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When an MMO has reached a certain age and dwindled to a certain player population, what do you do with it? Do you put it out to pasture, nurture it, or put it down? With some of our older graphical MMOs approaching their 20th anniversaries, the question of what studios should do with aging titles is becoming very important. It's not just important for the games in question but as a precedent to the population of games that will one day become just as old. Lately we've seen different studios act on this topic in a wide variety of ways, all of which I find fascinating. Some of these games have seen tragic ends, while others may be entering into the enjoyable golden years. If nothing else, it's shown me that there isn't just one...