Star Trek Online’s Season 14 and Tzenkethi Lockbox Bring More Functionality to the Game

Posted by | October 7, 2017

Alongside the launch of Star Trek Online Season 14: Emergence on Tuesday, Oct. 3, Cryptic Studio’s also released the Tzenkethi Lockbox. This lockbox includes a few new ships, and additions to the lockbox currency lobi store, and some items and elements that add interesting developments to STO’s functionality.

Most notably the lockbox features a vanity-only shield drop that can only be used in the costume slot of new ships and it introduces a new ship role called the scout ship.

Season 14 also introduces the new captain specialization “Miracle Worker.” This specialization introduces a lot of heavily-engineering focused abilities that bolster defenses as well as intensify firepower, often at the cost of energy levels. It also introduces the concept of critical heals. Many of the ships introduced in the new lockbox also feature stations that can use these new officers.

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Guild Wars 2’s disconnection problem distances the game from players

Posted by | September 22, 2017

Guild Wars 2 is a magnificent massively multiplayer online gaming experience that has brought some of the best graphics to MMO gaming as well as compelling storytelling and built a lasting community. Like it game franchise it is not without its flaws, however, and one of those flaws disconnects GW2 from its customer base.

We refer specifically to disconnections.

When suddenly, without omen or warning, the game loses connection to servers and unceremoniously boots you back to the character select menu.

Sometimes this even happens so gracelessly as to get you stuck with the client running, unable to act or even close it. However, this is not the problem that brings us here today.

That problem is that sometimes these disconnections occur in the midst of what GW2 is known as living story instances. Little episodic parts of the game that occur outside of …


Guild Wars 2 Elite Path of Fire Specialization Preview Weekend Begins Tomorrow

Posted by | August 17, 2017

With the second expansion to Guild Wars 2 flying fast towards us – launching Sept. 22 – Arena Net is rolling out the red carpet for players to experience some of the new content new. As hype roars in the ears of the player-base, tomorrow GW2 clients will make available the nine new elite specialization classes in the World vs. World game mode.

Players who want to test out the elite specs need not do anything. A client patch will take care of that and two beta slots will appear. Just pick one, make a character and then roll into WvW to test it out.

In a developer livestream published today, Anet employees talked about what players can expect from these specializations. Keep reading for the thoughts of the voces about how these new character class changes will affect everyone.


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.


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.


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