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Star Trek Online: Delta Rising Launches October 14

Posted by | September 17, 2014.

The Delta Quadrant of Star Trek: Voyager fame is coming to Star Trek Online with the upcoming expansion Star Trek Online: Delta Rising, which will release October 14, 2014. Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment has been teasing content from this expansion for months now with ever informative dev blogs describing a multitude of things.

For STO players content changes will include the introduction of the Delta Quadrant itself and the addition of the Kobali ground adventure zone. The mechanics of the game will change with Delta Alliance reputation—sporting fun stuff such as bio-neural gel packs and other Voyager references—a gear upgrade system, the introduction of Tier 6 ships, and a whole new hybrid-class called Intel ships.

The whole affair may yet prove to be a very interesting experience. We voces look forward to reviewing the experience.

Microsoft buys Mojang for $2.5 billion

Posted by | September 17, 2014.

Among other unnatural numbers, $2.5 billion is the number of the day because that’s the amount that Microsoft will close a deal with Mojang AB for the developer and publisher of Minecraft. According to The Wall Street Journal, the two companies signed an exclusivity agreement in July this year and this deal is confirmed by a blog from Mojang themselves.

The curious thing: all of the founders will be leaving the company. Notch, Carl, and Jakob are headed to other pastures—with a lot of green of their own.

Notch, the face of Minecraft, has gone on the record saying that he’s leaving because he wants to be an indie programmer, not someone who is the face of anything. C’est la vie, we still love you Minecraft.

The Voyage: Tribble Test Server on Star Trek Online Gold Only for Now

Posted by | September 1, 2014.

The newest video from The Voyage speaks to how Cryptic Studio’s has set the test servers to Gold subscription only access. Check it out via YouTube.

Why We Can’t Use the ‘Quinnspiracy’ to Talk About Gaming Journalism

Posted by | August 31, 2014.

This month has been a very bad month for gaming culture. Embarrassing stints continue to rock the foundation of the gaming community and the gaming journalism industry. The result has been a tide of the internet hate machine revving its engines in order to harass yet-another-woman who is involved in or speaks about gaming. The fallout is real and the injury to actual human beings (and not just to the targets of the scandal du jour) continues to mount. We cannot use scandals of this type to discuss any other problem than the cultural reaction itself, without adding further fuel to the problem.

It’s a sad, deplorable state that the media just cannot put down because it’s ever-present, loud, and extremely sensational. Worse, it doesn’t need to be sensationalized at all; the explosive reaction to what happened with Zoe Quinn (death and rape threats continue) and more recently (again) with …

GameOgre: Neverwinter Online Tyranny of Dragons First Impressions

Posted by | August 30, 2014.

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studio’s D&D-based MMORPG Neverwinter Online has had dragons invading with the release of the Tyranny of Dragons expansion. Kyt Dotson from GameOgre has reviewed much of the content that came with the game and reports that it’s pretty good. The expansion not only brings dragons (in full living, clawing color) but a campaign to defeat them, the Scourge Warlock class, as well as the Dragonborn race. Read more at GameOgre’s coverage.

Move aside Google, Amazon just bought Twitch

Posted by | August 25, 2014.

Earlier reported that Google had penned a deal to buy video game livestream company, just today it was announced that Amazon is the lucky bidder to win the company at $1.1 billion dollars.

According to CNN Money, Twitch receives over 55 million visitors per month and “represented a whopping 1.35% of all Internet traffic in March, according to networking company Sandvine.” This means that Twitch generated more traffic than even HBO GO.

"Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently," said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear.

Amazon said the all-cash deal will close during the second half of 2014—and has stressed that Twitch will remain independent of the main company, keeping its branding, the same team, and the same offices.

The Zoe Quinn Saga: The State of Video Game Journalism and Psychodrama

Posted by | August 23, 2014.

An explosive scandal is taking place amidst the audience of video game journalism that surrounds an indie game developer named Zoe Quinn. The controversy that has risen around Quinn involves alleged affairs between her and several men in the video game journalism circuit (including a staff writer from video game site Kotaku.) As Quinn is the developer of the video game Depression Quest, a Steam Greenlight game, her relationship to journalists who would be tasked with covering her game.

Many of these alleged affairs are only known of from her now ex-boyfriend, Eron Gjoni, who posted a long winded, winding post brimming with claims of infidelity against Quinn. Many of these claims come from a WordPress blog started August 16, 2014 from Gjoni called “The Zoe Post.”

Since these allegations have been made public, Zoe Quinn and others have weathered a massive storm of controversy and

Nude Mods Lead Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Downloads

Posted by | August 23, 2014.

Nude women outpace better performance, high quality eyes, and detailed faces and bodies when it comes to the favorite downloads amid mods for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. According to Curse Gaming statistics, “Nude Females” comes in topmost at 18,136 monthly downloads, a full 495% higher than the second in the list “Detailed Bodies” at 3,660 monthly downloads.

Looking even further down the list, however, men aren’t entirely left out of the nudity mod market—but they receive much less attention than women at a mere 1,499 monthly downloads.

The Nude Females mod was created in November, 2011 and is still going strong today with version 1.4 (also released November of 2011.) The mod claims to “remove the underwear from female characters in the game, and updates the textures based on what one would expect to see underneath.”

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Summer Returns to Neverwinter Online with the Midsummer Festival

Posted by | August 22, 2014.

The acolytes of the Goddess Sune have once again set up in the summer fields—adding a party and adventure zone to Neverwinter Online—the Summer Festival celebrating the Goddess Sune, mistress of beauty and tender emotions.

It’s that time of the year again when farm animals invade Neverwinter, water balloon fights are breaking out, and everyone is picking flowers! It just wouldn’t be summer in Neverwinter without the Summer Festival Event. This year’s festival features fun, new activities and brand-new rewards for players to earn, so log in now and celebrate the Summer Festival!

The event begins Thursday, August 21st and lasts until Thursday, September 11th ending 10am PDT.

It also comes with similar quests from last year such as the Hungry Trolls and the Summer Feast (see: chase pigs and chickens back to the yard) and adds a water balloon battle.

How has the Ferguson news affected the MMO gaming community? (Not much)

Posted by | August 21, 2014.

Almost twelve days ago a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. The resulting protests by the local community against the police department went from tense to terrible after ever-escalating hostility of responses by the police and now is a leading national story of race politics and the mishandling of community-level first amendment rights.

It may have taken a while, but the story is finally getting into the media.

This means that the MMO community by now may have been impacted by the news. So how have video game players and MMO gamers been affected and what sort of opinion is forming? The answer is hard to frame because the MMO gaming community itself doesn’t do politics and extends way beyond the borders of the United States.

There is no singular “MMO community” it is a global phenomenon of players who tend to …