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Chapter Two: All the Mirandas We Have Known – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | January 24, 2015.

The USS Oxford was an aging Miranda-class starship berthed out of the Sol system with a distinguished record of service. Her angular lines spoke of an era long past when starships were built for function over form–displaying a carriage of a single heavy saucer about the middle and boom-lowered nacelles like a metal catamaran.

The ship had many scars from her travels, none visible on her hull–the engineering team at Utopia Planetia pride themselves in sleek, unmarred hull plating. However, age and injury did show amidst her superstructure, far out of sight and mind.

For Helvetica’s first assignment, after being placed aboard the Oxford, the captain put his newest Ensign to work crawling through the Jeffries tubes in order to hunt down and tag potential engineering problems.

The work was boring but it gave her experience. Mostly it meant walking down a corridor, talking to someone who was having a problem (“My replicator just …

Elder Scrolls Online will drop subscriptions March 17

Posted by | January 21, 2015.

This morning The Elder Scrolls Online developer ZeniMax announced that the MMO title will be dropping subscriptions and become buy-to-play for PC players. The title is also expected to launch on PS4 and Xbox One, with the same deal, on June 9th.

The title will be rebranded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited to reflect this change.

While the game will become buy-to-play without a subscription, ESO is offering a premium subscription membership called ESO Plus. This is expected to provide exclusive in-game bonuses including a monthly allotment of the premium currency, crowns. ZeniMax announced during the live stream that the crown allotment will be 1500 a month.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited includes all the great gameplay from the original PC/Mac game, plus all the updates and content additions, including the exciting new Justice and Champion systems. All existing PC/Mac

Chapter One: The Voyage – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | January 18, 2015.

The mouse arrow traversed the screen slowly, like a prowling cat maneuvering into position. It avoided the Microsoft Word icon, skirted World of Warcraft and Diablo 3, although it did hover briefly near Five Nights at Freddy’s 2—but ultimately, the mouse pointer would come to settle on Star Trek Online.

Helvetica had not braved an MMORPG in a few months now. School, drama, and growing up had taken their toll on her free time, and the confused disarray of her room reflected this fact. Sometime in the past months she’d gotten to cleaning, the carpet could be plainly seen in several paths between boxes between bed, computer, closet, and door to the hallway. The computer, of course, shed the only light, which lit the towers of cardboard boxes with a slatted glow, casting shadows of ruined columns on the wall.

The chair creaked beneath Helvetica as she turned slightly to the side. …

Neverwinter Online Beta Coming to Xbox One

Posted by | January 17, 2015.

Cryptic Studios’s free-to-play Neverwinter Online has a beta coming to Xbox One, signups are already available on the Perfect World Entertainment’s Arc Games website. It will arrive on the console during Feburary 5-8 and is slated for an early 2015 launch for Xbox Live Gold members. Read more about it with Kyt Dotson’s GameOgre coverage.

Guild Wars 2 ‘Point of No Return’ will change the landscape of Tyria [Spoilers]

Posted by | January 17, 2015.

The champions of Mordremoth, the jungle dragon, have been rampaging across the living story of NCSoft’s Guild Wars 2 for months now and finally the end chapter of the current episodic series has been released. The content released on January 13th brings new events to the Silverwastes zone as well as a new episode for the living story that finishes the “Seeds of Truth” arc.

This leads into the heir-apparent new expansion “Heart of Thorns” teased at the end of the most recent episode.

If you’re not interested in spoilers stop reading at this point.

The new content adds an interesting new boss known as the Vinewrath, or known to the population as the “Mordrem rose.” Seen in the trailer above, the Vinewrath is a giant flower that appeared in the Western Silverwastes and seems to be the origin of the vines …

‘Do You Want to Build a Golem?’ with Guild Wars 2 Asura (Parody Song)

Posted by | December 11, 2014.
“Do You Want to Build a Golem?” by Eexa

So this just happened. Guild Wars 2 has been going for two years and it seems that good machimina for the title has been somewhat thin—although it may be unfair to compare it to cultural juggernauts such as World of Warcraft. That said, there are a constant stream of gems in the rough and “Do You Want to Build a Golem,” by Eexa on YouTube is excellent.

The song presents the narrative of an asura—the tiny-goblinoid race of Guild Wars 2—who wants to build a golem—a mechanical robot indicative of the asura.

Star Trek Online: Yes, Captain Virginia there is a Breen Carrier

Posted by | December 3, 2014.

With the Q’s Winter Wonderland event blowing in with a chill wind, speculation has been rife about exactly what ship would be sledding down the slopes in Star Trek Online and it looks like it’s an honest-to-Q Breen carrier. In a post that outlines the Sarr Theln Breen Science Carrier, Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios are bringing out the big guns.

Previous Q’s Winter Wonderland gave us the Chel Grett cruiser and the Plesh Brek raider. The Plesh Brek is returning as well as a frigate pet for the Sarr Theln, alongside Blesh Chaos fighters for those two hangars.

From a first glance, the Sarr Theln is a science carrier through-and-through with +10 shields and auxiliary as well as a 3/3 weapons layout—it also comes with subsystem targeting. With four Tactical consoles it won’t be for want of firepower (except for missing two guns) but it

Warframe since 2012: There’s an infographic

Posted by | December 1, 2014.

Digital Extreme’s launched “Project Lotus” in February 2012 and this has since evolved into Warframe—a free-to-play game that crosses platform between PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Its growth has been demonstrable with numerous additions in the past two years and an audience to match.

During that two years, Warframe expanded to 10 environments from one; 21 warframes from eight; 17 mission types from eight—and the game just hasn’t stopped growing since then. With the addition of solar rails, the game added a reason for alliances to recruit players to fight for them; and the recent Archwing expansion launched the space ninjas who play the game into space.

To commemorate this, Digital Extremes has released a mouse-wheel killing infographic about the journey of Warframe.


Warlords of Draenor Garrisons for the pre-release overachiever

Posted by | November 11, 2014.

Just in time to prepare everyone for the November 13 drop of World of Warcraft’s Warlords of Draenor expansion: here’s everything you ever wanted to know via Ask Mr Robot.


GameOgre: Intellect Devourer Review

Posted by | November 5, 2014.

Sometimes, in the midst of the horror of battle, only a monster will do. The blight of the Spellplague has tainted much of the lands, and with the Illithid in the depths, it’s time for a new weapon. The Intellect Devourer is a potent companion from Neverwinter Online—especially for those who would not mind the companionship of a slowly pulsing brain on legs. Read the full review by Kyt Dotson over on GameOgre.