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MMO Anthropology Friday: Skyforge Tonight

Posted by | July 17, 2015.

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

Guild Wars 2: Revenant final legendary Shiro Tagachi revealed

Posted by | July 16, 2015.

As the Revenant is the newest up-and-coming class in ArenaNet’s Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns, much of the community has been eagerly awaiting the final core legend that this class will channel. That legendary figure has been confirmed as Shiro Tagachi—a villain from Guild Wars who wielded twin long-blades.

ArenaNet has also added that dual-wield swords will be the newest addition to the Revenant’s arsenal.

As a legend stance for the Revenant, Shiro is also expected to fill a role that seemed neglected with the other three—condition control, healing support, and tank support—which is a damage role.

The name for Shiro’s set of capabilities is called “Slashing Destruction,” which echoes Shiro’s past life as an assassin and his penchant for blades and the mist. His abilities manipulate the mists in rapid, flashy attacks that rip opponents to ribbons.

Rift Slash, this attack will

Epic’s forums hacked, offline

Posted by | July 14, 2015.

The forums for Epic Games have been hacked, according to an e-mail being circulated by the game developer. Currently the forums are also offline and an investigation into the hackers’ modus operandi is being done. Meanwhile, users have been told that when the forums come back online they will need to reset their passwords.

Epic also warned that hackers had unrestricted access to usernames, passwords, e-mail addresses, birthdates, and other personal registration information. For more information read Kyt Dotson’s coverage at SiliconAngle.

Star Trek Online: Year of Hell Lockbox – Hey, it’s Got Puppies!

Posted by | July 14, 2015.

Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment have released another lockbox–shortly on the heels of a 15% off lockbox keys extravaganza—and this one continues to feature the Star Trek: Voyager-related Delta Quadrant treatment with a reference to the Krenim and time travel. The so-named “The Year of Hell” lockbox hearkens back to the Voyager episodes where ship and crew are chased across the quadrant by a power-hungry time-altering madman.

Also: for those who didn’t notice, the lockbox release also brings a new pet to the lobi store: puppies! Five new breeds of beagle vanity pets have been added to the Star Trek Online lobi store. Those who watched Star Trek: Enterprise will immediately recognize Porthos, the faithful dog of Archer, Captain of the Enterprise (NX-01).

Also featured in this lockbox is the grand prize of the Krenim Imperium Warship [T6]—which is touted as a slower, heavier destroyer-class outfitted

Chapter Eleven: The Boss – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | July 14, 2015.

Resistance detected,” the Borg supervisor said, the volume of its voice swelling in an uncanny crescendo of voices. “Activating Supervisor 341 adjunct 2 of Store 551 of 600. Stand by for direct interaction.

The trio didn’t kick in the door to the vinculum (aka Manager’s Office) but they also didn’t knock. Apparently, these two possibilities carried equal weight in the world of the Borg Collective. The drone behind the incongruously large desk that dominated the room leapt up from his seat as Helvetica, Boots, and Rocky-Road entered the room with such alacrity that it almost seemed as if he’d left his suit behind in the chair as he advanced.

No, Helvetica realized suddenly, he did leave his suit behind in the chair.

The abomination standing before them looked less like a man and more like a collection of man-parts assembled haphazardly in the silhouette of a man-shape held together by a loose collection …

Revenant Hands-On: Guild Wars 2 new class first impressions

Posted by | July 13, 2015.

ArenaNet is starting to roll out the big guns in beta with the forthcoming release of the Heart of Thorns expansion to its popular buy-to-play MMO Guild Wars 2. This last weekend those who preordered Heart of Thorns had the chance to try out a limited-form of the new class being added to the game: the Revenant.

Hands on, the Revenant is a heavy-armor utility-based melee-caster with a lot of support. In the beta we had access to three different “stances” or legendary heroes that the Revenant can channel: Ventari, Jalis, and Mallyx. Each of these stances changes the 6-0 utility skills that the Reveant has access to, but the weapon remains untouched—and Revenants do not have weapon swap.

To best understand the Revenant we should go over what each of the channeled legends does.

Ventari the Centaur: this legendary stance is primarily

Nintendo CEO and Gaming Luminary Satoru Iwata Dies at 55

Posted by | July 13, 2015.

It’s a dark day in the gaming world today as Nintendo CEO and president Satoru Iwata died today at age 55.

Nintendo announced the death of their chief executive in a statement:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

Iwata already missed showing up at E3 2015 this year as doctors told him not to appear. Instead, a pre-recorded video with Iwata and other executives presented as puppets became the center of the show.

As CEO and president of Nintendo, Iwata oversaw some of the greatest successes of Nintendo as a console company – with the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii – he also oversaw some of the darkest days for Nintendo with the 3DS and the Wii U.

Numerous news outlets have covered

ArenaNet: Get on the Ball About Communicating Heart of Thorns Information for Guild Wars 2

Posted by | July 6, 2015.

As Guild Wars 2 continues the apparently long road towards the expansion Heart of Throrns things keep changing in the game world. The hype is real and the preorders have already been announced—we even had a Revenant, a new class coming with the expansion, appear in the main social hub of the game. The problem? It taking ArenaNet, developer of GW2, far too long to release information about what’s in the expansion.

This problem led to a great deal of player frustration during the announcement of the preorder and it continues to grate on the nerves of both media and community.

The GW2 community right now relies heavily on dataminers such as that_shaman from Reddit to reveal what ArenaNet has not. Leaks have been leading the way in information about HoT for the past few months.

In any sense of marketing and information leadership this

YouTuber DarkSydePhil Visited by SWAT During Arkham Knight Livestream

Posted by | June 29, 2015.

Swatting, the “not actually a prank” criminal act of calling in a fake police report to get a SWAT team to visit someone, happens more often than it should and it happens considerably often to popular streamers. The most recent victim of this malicious activity has been YouTuber DarkSydePhil. According to a report on SiliconANGLE, not only did the swatter hit him—during an Arkham Knight livestream—but they have also sent police to the home of a family member.

Chapter Ten: Working for the Collective – The Helvetica Voyage

Posted by | June 29, 2015.

“Hey there,” the Borg chef said. “Can I perhaps implore you to stop shooting the employees? They’re just trying to do their job.”

“They tried to asssimilate usss,” Boots hissed with a sneer. He pointed his rapier directly at the throat of the drone and growled.

Helvetica put up a silencing hand and Boots stepped back. “The reception we’ve been given has been less than peachy,” she said. “In fact, I’d say that the hard sell is what goes for a greeting around these parts. They stop doing that and I’ll stop shooting them.”

“They are just doing their jobs,” the chef drone said.

He shook his head and went about wiping down the counter in front of them—which, to Helvetica, appeared spotless. As he worked, she inspected him. He looked to have once been human. Slightly taller than she even as he stood with a slightly stopped posture, perhaps from years of tending …