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Old World of Warcraft equipment nets $330,000 for charity

By John Keefer, Jul 15, 2012 8:30am PDT

An auction of old World of Warcraft server blades raised more than $330,000 for Blizzard's charity of choice, St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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Field Report: The Secret World

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 12, 2012 1:30pm PDT

Age of Conan developer Funcom has jumped back into the MMO space with The Secret World. However, I have reservations as to whether this game can sustain a monthly subscription model.

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"I use a G13 and move with the thumb stick while looking with the mouse. Enemies are auto ..."

- Duma see all 14 comments

Shack PSA: The Old Republic free trial now has no time limit

By John Keefer, Jul 10, 2012 9:00am PDT

Star Wars: The Old Republic has launched its 1.3.2 patch, which now allows players to play the game to level 15 free with no time limit.

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"Oh please! This game is FAR from "thriving" no matter how much you try to say otherwise. And ..."

- Lycronis see all 40 comments

Vanguard's Free accounts detailed, Silver membership axed

By John Keefer, Jul 03, 2012 1:30pm PDT

As Vanguard moves closer to the launch of its free-to-play model, Sony Online releases a list of features available for free and for a fee, while offering an FAQ on some of the more pressing issues.

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"This game is still alive?! I think I was one of the few that enjoyed playing when it first came ..."

- Saldrin see all 2 comments

CCP rolls back players' profits from EVE exploit

By John Keefer, Jun 29, 2012 9:30am PDT

Five players who made trillions of ISK via an EVE Online game exploit will have their accounts rolled back by CCP to remove the ill-gotten gains. They will remain in good standing, however, since they did report the exploit, albeit two weeks late.

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"Anyone else fascinated that "The Trenches" recently had the same story line?"

- MondayJBlack see all 2 comments

Tera's Night Mare mount costs $24.99

By John Keefer, Jun 27, 2012 4:30pm PDT

En Masse unveils a new mount for its MMO Tera that will strike fear into the Big-Ass Monsters in the game.

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"I think we've found the solution to the war on drugs. Simply teach the Columbian drugs lords how ..."

- MondayJBlack see all 13 comments

Shack extra: Get into the End of Nations alpha

By John Keefer, Jun 27, 2012 8:00am PDT

It hasn't happened for awhile here at Shacknews, but we have some keys to give away. We have partnered with Trion Worlds to get 20 people into the End of Nations alpha. All you gotta to be considered for a key is to register in our forums and post a response to the comment t...

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"im definitely looking foreword to thEON. it has cought my eye for some time"

- matt114090 see all 200 comments

Tera seven-day trial launches

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 14, 2012 6:45am PDT

MMORPG fans, are you looking for a new game to provide you with the goals, structures and satisfaction you cannot find in your daily life? You can now give Tera a go for free, thanks to a new seven-day trial, and see if it fills that gaping void.

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"I'm with you. I want to like it because the gameplay sounds interesting but egad their character ..."

- holinka see all 7 comments

A disappointing first look at The Elder Scrolls Online

By John Keefer, Jun 11, 2012 12:00pm PDT

Zenimax Online has a lot riding on the The Elder Scrolls Online, a game that has been in development for five years so far. I would have thought they would have wanted to make a bigger splash with their E3 presentation.

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"I think this should be cancelled. I'm not even going to try and add any "if" or "unless". This ..."

- el0j see all 66 comments

Rift: Storm Legion expansion will triple game world

By John Keefer, May 31, 2012 5:15pm PDT

The Defiants and Guardians get even more real estate in the new expansion pack for Rift, entitled Storm Legion.

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"what in the sam hell makes you think this is going to be free?"

- Home Nugget see all 17 comments

Elder Scrolls Online dev discusses interesting quest design

By Alice O'Connor, May 29, 2012 6:45am PDT

Ah, dull quest design! Every MMORPG likes to think they don't suffer from it, yet most do. The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest to talk up its adventures, with Zenimax Online Studios explaining that quests are tied together in little connected TV drama-sized episodes.

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"[Refuse Quest] [Exclamation Mark re-appears above quest giver] [Click on Quest Giver ..."

- razoric see all 4 comments

Report: Average Old Republic server has less than 350 players online

By Andrew Yoon, May 24, 2012 12:00pm PDT

How many players are playing The Old Republic at any given time? The numbers are shockingly low.

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"<continued> So if you look at his data, you might estimate that... Light is less ..."

- Scorpienne see all 74 comments

New Pandaren mounts revealed for World of Warcraft

By John Keefer, May 24, 2012 11:00am PDT

As with any new race in World of Warcraft, new mounts have to be created so they can get around. Blizzard has finally unveiled the new mount for the Pandarans.

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"I think your comments are getting filed under stupid, turn your stupid filter on, stupid..."

- scatterblack see all 15 comments

New Copernicus screens leaked in fan forum

By John Keefer, May 24, 2012 10:30am PDT

Hot on the heals of the first video release of Copernicus from 38 Studios, new screens show up on a fan web site showing three of the game's races.

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"I love this art style. Definitely a good looking game visually. "

- DougL see all 5 comments

Star Wars: The Old Republic team hit with layoffs

By Andrew Yoon, May 22, 2012 10:30am PDT

BioWare is laying off members of the Star Wars: Old Republic team. "Sadly, we are bidding farewell to some talented, passionate and exceptionally hard-working people who helped make SWTOR a reality."

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"Same. They are too addictive for me. I cant come any close to any of them."

- excessus see all 68 comments