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Miradorn Theta-class heavy raider [T6] review

Posted by | May 8, 2017.

Mercenaries, privateers. and those that enjoy some only-slightly-lawless activity have gotten a bit of a fist-bump with the addition of the Privateer lock box in Star Trek Online now that the box drops the Miradorn Theta-class Heavy Raider. This is a versatile raider-class ship with a heavy forward-facing weapon layout and a really, really big engine to keep it on the go.

Are you the type of captain who wants to nimbly dodge through space with barrel rolls and sudden bursts of acceleration or deceleration? Then keep reading, as the Theta-class also reintroduces the Tactical Maneuvers ability that, until now, could only be used with the Zen store Pilot ships.

The Theta-class also helps beef up the number of cross-faction raiders in Tier 6 available to Federation, Klingons and Romulans.

In this review, readers will discover how to get this ship, its vital stats and other …

Explore the human body with Project Remedium now on Kickstarter

Posted by | March 15, 2017.

For anyone who grew up curious about the human immune system and discovered ancient classics such as the Fantastic Voyage (1966) and Innerspace (1987) – or, for those not into classic films, who could possibly forget, Osmosis Jones (2001) – will find the charming and biological video game Project Remedium an interesting find.

Developed by Atomic Jelly, Project Remedium thrusts the player into the role of a nanobot designed and deployed to save the life of a dying little girl in desperate need of medical attention. Her body is ravaged by disease, organs are failing and even her potential saviors—other medial nanobots—have gone haywire and are causing more issues than they were designed to repair.

The game is currently on Kickstarter with a meager-sounding funding goal of $7,474. The funding round has 38 days to go and is already almost 30 percent funded. It is also possible to find

Unity Keynote at GDC 2017

Posted by | February 28, 2017.

The Unity Labs keynote at Game Developer Conference 2017 started with an introduction by CEO John Riccitiello at Unity Labs. who spoke to the growth the game engine had seen and how it’s looking forward to the future.

Unity has seen a huge growth in the number of platforms it supports over the years now including upcoming platforms such as Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Hololens (for augmented reality) and virtual reality devices such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR.

According to Riccitiello, in the last quarter games using Unity reached 2.6 billion unique devices. This is up a solid billion devices from the same quarter last year.

The keynote felt somewhat complicated and involved a lot of different people speaking about specific elements within Unity and its vision for 2017. As a result, only highlights of what was spoken about can be easily summarized here.

Unity 5.6 with

BURN gathers in GW2 city Hoelbrak to support gravely ill guildmate

Posted by | February 18, 2017.

Today, visitors to the Norn capital city of Hoelbrak in the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game Guild Wars 2 will find a group of friends gathering in support of one of their own who is currently in the hospital.

Desertfox, one of the leaders of Dragon Slayers aka [BURN], is said to have been fighting cancer for years and recently went to the hospital for surgery. According to guild members, Desertfox’s condition took a turn for the worse during the early hours of the morning.

Current BURN leaders, Enlightened Queen and Nikki Fayre, spoke during the vigil and numerous guild members gathered both in GW2 and the guild’s TeamSpeak channel.

Although this morning’s prognosis gave him mere hours to live, news at the moment is that his condition has improved. As a result, guildmates have been waiting for further updates.

“We’ve been chilling waiting for updates and we got another update that he was …

Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Reveals Pact Commander Mastery

Posted by | August 12, 2015.

Guild Wars 2 is closing in on its third year of life and we’ve heard that Heart of Thorns, it’s first-ever expansion, will be coming to us before the end of 2015. Along with that revelations are slowing leaking out about various elements (from specializations to new maps to masteries) and the most recent is the Pact Commander mastery track. To learn more about this socially-enabled mastery track, read up at SiliconANGLE by Kyt Dotson.

Star Trek Online ‘Season 11: New Dawn’ Teases Exploration

Posted by | August 11, 2015.

Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment teased Star Trek Online Season 11: New Dawn over the weekend. Highlights include a new exploration system, the Admiralty System (commanding fleet missions), Tholians, Mirror Universe, and voice work coming. Oh yes, the Iconian War will be over this month on the next. Read more about it at SiliconANGLE with Kyt Dotson’s coverage.

Blizzard Unleashes a Boatload of News at #Gamescom15

Posted by | August 6, 2015.

It’s going to be a banner year for Blizzard’s top MMO World of Warcraft next year when the newest expansion, Legion, drops. Although WoW is currently embattled when it comes to population—subscribers fell to 5.6 million, down from 10 million at the release of Warlords of Draenor—the hype train for this new content is unending. This week at the Gamescom 2015 conference, Blizzard representatives revealed a new Demon Hunter hero class, artifact weapons with their own skill trees, a level cap increase to 110, new content related to Azshara, and lots of content incoming. Read more about the reveals at SiliconANGLE with Eric David’s coverage.

Chapter Twelve: Subscription Cancelled – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | July 31, 2015.

“I sssay we just ssshoot it, Captain,” Boots hissed.

“I am inclined to agree,” Helvetica said to him. As the conversation continued, she poked through the reply options, grinding her teeth. “Does this dialogue ever end? It’s like I’m playing a Foundry mission. Which one of these conversation trees leads to ‘a gunfight ensues.’” A few more clicks through blocks of text (that she’d already read) and she finally found something that she liked.

“I was sent by upper management, they are not happy with your numbers. Stand down and I promise to be gentle with the audit.”

“Good one,” Rocky-Road said.

“Resistance detected,” the Borg creature said. “Hard sell mode engaged.”

Rocky-Road blinked and hissed with a sharp intake of breath. “I…don’t think it believed you.”

The supervisor gestured towards the window and the USS Oxford. Outside the Borg sphere, the tractor beam glow increased in intensity and the starship shuddered as bulkheads began to …

World of Warcraft Players Now Get Lap Cats

Posted by | July 21, 2015.

The news is out that cat pets in World of Warcraft will sit in your lap if you sit down. Players everywhere are testing this out, and having their furry companions join them. There’s also been one player who shared his story about how he remembers his beloved cat in WoW and had the joy of seeing him leap into his lap unexpectedly with this new addition. See details at SiliconANGLE written by Kyt Dotson.

MMO Anthropology Friday: Skyforge Tonight

Posted by | July 17, 2015.

Just a reminder to everyone who follows the MMO Anthropology livestream. Tonight will be My.com’s Skyforge.

The game is an interesting sort of action-combat, free-to-play MMORPG that mixes fantasy and scifi into a game of gods. Your character is an immortal tasked with protecting a world against strange invaders and gifted with godly powers.

While new players have access to only three starting classes—Paladin, a tanky melee sword-and board fighter; Cryomancer, a ranged ice-based caster; and Lightbinder, a light-based ranged support—our friends have access to the Gunner and Berserker as well via a Founder’s pack.

You can expect Vox Ex Machina Editor-in-Chief Nelson