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Star Wars: The Old Republic gives players 25 friend invites

Star Wars: The Old Republic gives players 25 friend invites

Electronic Arts is awfully keen for you to try Star Wars: The Old Republic. After holding several free trial weekends, BioWare's midichlorian-powered MMORPG has now doled out heaps more friend trial invites to every player, going from a limit of three to a whopping 25.

Read more: Play for seven days to level 15 »

"^^^^^This, so hard. I would love to get into AC again if it went F2P. In fact i'd probably end ..."
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Pandaria to change Raid Finder looting rules

Pandaria to change Raid Finder looting rules

Joining up with unknown groups for World of Warcraft instances can be a pain, especially if you have unscrupulous sorts that like to ninja need loot and drop group. To alleviate some of that anxiety, the pandas will be bringing in a new Raid Finder looting system when the Mists of Pandaria expansion launches later this year.

Read more: Kill --> Roll --> Loot »

"Well, it's like with Diablo 3, I'm sure they're going to have great small group mechanics that ..."
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C&C Tiberium Alliance in open beta

C&C Tiberium Alliance in open beta

Battling over tiberium has had its entertaining and pulse-pounding moments, unless you played Command & Conquer 4. Hopefully, the excitement will return now that the series has gone browser-based MMORTS. And now you can help test the game before it goes live.

Read more: Closed beta players keep their bases »

"Nobody ever really considered Generals a C&C gme though. Generals was brilliant but it really ..."
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Marvel Universe MMO renamed to 'Marvel Heroes'

Marvel Universe MMO renamed to 'Marvel Heroes'

The upcoming Marvel MMO from Gazillion Entertainment, formerly known as Marvel Universe, has a new name. The official title is now "Marvel Heroes." In the announcement, Gazillion notes that the moniker better reflects how "pivotal" heroes are to the world. Also, it allows the team to essentially steal the logo from PlayStation Move Heroes.

While little else was revealed about the MMO, the publisher did release an image of one of its more iconic heroes: Spider-Man.

See: A skinny new Spider-Man »

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DC Universe Online gets free holiday season-themed update

DC Universe Online gets free holiday season-themed update

DC Universe Online has received one final update for the holiday season, available to all players on PC and PS3. "Larfleeze--"greedy, devious leader of the Orange Lanterns"--has hidden items throughout Gotham and Metropolis, waiting for the perfect time to ship them back to the forbidden territory of the Vega System and it's up to heroes and villains to hunt down the treasure.

Green Lantern Hal Jordan will direct heroes, while the menacing Sinestro will lead the villains in the rush to "locate the presents." Stealing "presents"? It's the closest thing the DC world has to a happy holiday season!

Read more: Details on the Holiday Update »

"If I didn't have to wait like a whole day to download it (ultra slow download), and then an ..."
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Star Wars: The Old Republic pre-loading now; early access begins Dec. 13

Star Wars: The Old Republic pre-loading now; early access begins Dec. 13

With Star Wars: The Old Republic is less than twenty days from launch, developer BioWare has decided to allow pre-order customers to pre-load the game now. "To ensure that players can get into the game as quickly as possible when their Early Game Access begins, we are now allowing everyone who has redeemed a Pre-Order Code at our Code Redemption Center to pre-load the game to their computer," the developer announced.

According to an official post on the game's blog, Star Wars: The Old Republic will begin rolling early access to the game for users beginning December 13.

Read more: Details and stipulations on early access, pre-loading »

"Only took me 1hrs 45min to download the 18.4 GB. I was getting about 4.9 down speeds. Now I hope ..."
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Transformers Universe MMO: first-look

Transformers Universe MMO: first-look

Jagex, best known for their work on RuneScape, is working on a brand new free to play browser MMO based on the Transformers universe called... Transformers Universe. Hasbro and Jagex are aiming at a late 2012 launch, but plans on giving fans a first-look at the game at New York Comic-Con, which begins tomorrow.

Shacknews received an early look at the Comic Con presentation, which shows off the "graphical style and direction" of the upcoming MMO.

See: The first very screenshots »

"I like the art style. The look of the 'robot' is decent, BUT facially, I think it looks more ..."
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DC Universe Online going free-to-play

DC Universe Online going free-to-play

DC Universe Online is the latest MMO to join the free-to-play craze. Beginning in "late October," Sony Online Entertainment's online action game will be free to download on both PC and PS3. As with every other F2P game, there will be multiple tiers of membership following the transition.

Free players will be able to get access to "current gameplay," which includes Gotham City, Metropolis, and "all current raids and alerts." You'll be able to create two characters, join a league, and will be able purchase more content, such as DLC expansions and additional character slots.

Read more: Premium and Legendary memberships »

"Yes that was made clear by the DEVs anyone who bought the game and created an account before it ..."
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NASA 'Astronaut' MMO aiming for iOS, PC beta

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NASA 'Astronaut' MMO aiming for iOS, PC beta

NASA'a plans to make an educational space MMO may finally turn into reality. Titled "Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond," the official NASA MMO is set in the year 2035, and takes players to Mars, the asteroid belt, and the outer planets. "You will uncover secrets about a threat to civilization as we know it, and build you and your team a high-tech inventory of space gear including a home base, somewhere out there," the pitch reads.

The developers at Project Whitecard are calling Astronaut a "once-in-a-lifetime project." While there are ambitious plans to release both an iOS and PC beta--running on Unreal Engine 3, nonetheless--the team has a speed bump to overcome. The team needs money.

Read more: How much the project needs »

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Family Guy Online character creator open today

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Family Guy Online character creator open today

Family Guy Online, the MMO based on the popular TV series, is offering a taste of what's to come today, reports GameSpot. Tying in with the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, the game's character creator is expected to hit through the game's official Web site. You can head over and make your own Quahog resident and dispense with the pop culture references.

READ MORE: Details on what to do in Quahog »

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Age of Conan now free-to-play, 'Unchained'

Age of Conan now free-to-play, 'Unchained'

As promised, Funcom's barbaric MMORPG Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures has switched to the increasingly popular free-to-play model. Age of Conan: Unchained, as it's now called, is available now.

As is standard for the model, Age of Conan will be supported both by microtransactions and an optional premium subscriptions. Non-paying players will have access to fewer character classes, areas, dungeons, raids, character slots, bank space, and other assorted disadvantages. Premuium subscriptions cost the same $15 monthly fee they always have. Read more »

"let me guess, its free, but it will be micro transactions out the ass unless you want everything ..."
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SOE 'Station Access' relaunched cheaper as 'All Access'

SOE 'Station Access' relaunched cheaper as 'All Access'

MMO magpie Sony Online Entertainment has relaunched its 'Station Access' subscription under the new name 'All Access' and knocked $10 off the monthly price. It includes membership to ten SOE games, four of them free-to-play, for only $5 per month more than a single subscription.

An All Access sub will let you play DC Universe Online on PC, EverQuest, EverQuest II, EverQuest Online Adventures for PlayStation 2, PlanetSide, and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes with the single subscription fee. Read more »

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Report: Chinese prisoners 'forced' to farm gold

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Report: Chinese prisoners 'forced' to farm gold

Inmates at a prison in China were "forced" into gold farming, respectable British newspaper The Guardian has reported. 300 people at one particular prison were made to collect virtual currency in online games, to be sold for real money to people who didn't want to gather it themselves.

"Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labour," Liu Dali, a pseudonymous former prison guard who was jailed for three years in 2004, told The Guardian. "There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn CN¥5,000-6,000 [$770-925] a day. We didn't see any of the money. The computers were never turned off." Read more »

"In Venezuela prisoners would happily trade places with them, being the choices: playing video ..."
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DC Universe Online servers being merged

DC Universe Online servers being merged

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that it will merge its DC Universe Online servers later this month, slimming its count crop to just four servers in total.

DCUO players on servers located in the United States will be merged into two separate servers, one each for the PC and PS3 versions of the game. Users connecting to European servers will see an identical shift to the two-server setup. In the announcement, SOE called the servers "super servers," pointing to the possibility of new accounts or a delicious play on words based on the server's contents. Read more »

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The Mummy Movies Inspire Free-to-Play MMO

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After announcing a free-to-play web-based Battlestar Galactica MMO earlier this year, Universal Partnerships & Licensing and Bigpoint have announced another free-to-play collaboration: The Mummy Online.

Based upon Universal Pictures' film franchise, The Mummy Online is described as "a free-to-play Action-RPG MMO game with adventure elements inspired by the films, players will take on heroic roles as adventure seekers with various talents and skills that will allow their characters to be unique within the MMO virtual world." Read more »

"All they'd have to do is clone Diablo 2's Act 2 and they'd be golden."
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