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Morning Caffeinated! -- Diablo stories, Black Mesa, and so long Paragon

By John Keefer, Sep 04, 2012 5:30am PDT

Ramblings and musings of occasional significance to the Shacknews audience. This is the morning edition for September 4, 2012. Topics include: We get behind-the-scenes stories on Blizzard and its games; Black Mesa: Source finally has a release date; and NCSoft pulls the plug...

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"Black Mesa on the 14th and Torchlight 2 not too far behind it? Its gonna be a sweet month."

- limpossible see all 35 comments

Guild Wars 2 diary: What nightmares are made of

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 31, 2012 1:00pm PDT

We track the trials and travails of Ozzie's Syvari Mesmer as he gets comfortable in his new surrounding of Guild Wars 2. Read on for part 2.

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"I like that the bank is for your whole account. No more playing "Which of my alts has the ..."

- MH Knights see all 9 comments

City of Heroes to end this year, Paragon Studios closing

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 31, 2012 12:00pm PDT

NCsoft's long-running hero-themed MMO, City of Heroes, will be closing later this year as part of a "realignment of company focus and publishing support."

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"That was my very first build! Totally unoptimized but was still really fun."

- one random winner see all 20 comments

Guild Wars 2 dev suspends digital sales to control 'high player concurrency'

By John Keefer, Aug 31, 2012 11:30am PDT

Guild Wars 2 dev ArenaNet had vowed that a pleasant gaming experience for it players was paramount to game sales, and it enforced that my closing digital sales on the game's official site until the player population stabilizes.

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"Good for them. I went to the launch party and every one of them were super nice. I haven't met a ..."

- NinjaGamerGirl see all 41 comments

Guild Wars 2 devs addressing account hacks, bots

By John Keefer, Aug 30, 2012 9:00am PDT

The ArenaNet dev team has been spending a lot of time on Reddit recently discussing Guild Wars 2. Now, a list of issues with the game and the status of fixing said issues has appeared on the site.

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"What do you do if your account email got changed? That'd be handy info to put in this article."

- Nat King Cobra see all 55 comments

Guild Wars 2 diary: Brave new world

By Ozzie Mejia, Aug 29, 2012 1:00pm PDT

We track the trials and travails of Ozzie's Syvari Mesmer as he gets comfortable in his new surrounding of Guild Wars 2.

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"This is an excellent game. I buy pretty much every MMO that comes out (I have a problem) and ..."

- CyCo_PL see all 12 comments

Guild Wars 2 player hits level cap before launch with crafting

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 28, 2012 6:05am PDT

In the run-up to the launch of any new MMORPG, scheming hardcore players plot the fastest possible route to the level cap, hoping to hit it first and briefly become an Internet celebrity. This was accomplished in Guild Wars 2 before the game even officially launched, and wit...

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"This is something I never understood about people. Why do people rush through the game instead ..."

- TheEmissary see all 23 comments

Shack PSA: Guild Wars 2 headstart access starts tomorrow

By Steve Watts, Aug 24, 2012 9:00am PDT

Guild Wars 2 is launching next Tuesday, but pre-orders can get early access to the game tomorrow.

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"For what it's worth, I bought the game this afternoon from their site. No problem at all."

- Bamii see all 32 comments

En Masse settles Tera suit with NCSoft

By John Keefer, Aug 10, 2012 3:30pm PDT

En Masse has finally settled its lawsuit with NCSoft over whether developer Bluehole Studios had used proprietary material from Lineage 3 in developing its MMO Tera.

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Guild Wars 2 preview

By Ozzie Mejia, Jul 23, 2012 12:00pm PDT

The next phase in Guild Wars 2's beta has begun. The final beta phase will introduce players to the last of the game's two playable races, the Asura and Sylvari, and we got some play time with the Asura.

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"not sure what you are talking about, i played all 3 beta weekends, never had a problem with ..."

- CrazyRussian1989 see all 18 comments

Guild Wars 2 cinematics detail the races

By Steve Watts, Jul 19, 2012 7:45am PDT

ArenaNet has released the intro cinematics for three of the races in Guild Wars 2, giving a taste of their lore and history.

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"he didn't even bothrt to get a new image for this post, they have been using this one for almost ..."

- CrazyRussian1989 see all 5 comments

Guild Wars 2 launches August 28

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 28, 2012 6:45am PDT

When's Guild Wars 2> coming out? August 28, that's when, publisher NCsoft announced today. That should give you plenty of time to file a time-off request at work and stock up on supplies for the customary MMO launch binge. There's a new trailer, too.

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"Well fuck. Day before ,my birthday. Guess I know what I'll be doing for the few days I took off."

- MacemanInTW see all 19 comments

Guild Wars 2 dev: MMO subs can hurt fun design

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 20, 2012 10:30am PDT

"What if your content-design motivations aren't driven by the need to create mechanics that keep people playing as long as possible?" asks GW2 lead content developer Colin Johanson. The answer for ArenaNet's subscription-free MMO, he says, is to ask "Is it fun?"

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"while i agree with you that exp given to you for quests is low, it was a good thing for me, as ..."

- CrazyRussian1989 see all 15 comments

Guild Wars 2 first beta weekend announced

By Steve Watts, Apr 19, 2012 9:30am PDT

Guild Wars 2 is launching its first beta weekend April 27-29, NCsoft and ArenaNet have announced

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"You have to pre-purchase to get guaranteed beta weekend event access. And you are incorrect, ..."

- Lycronis see all 20 comments

Guild Wars 2 pre-purchasing begins with beta access

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 10, 2012 9:15am PDT

April 10 is here, and so you can now pre-purchase Guild Wars 2 to secure entry into the weekend beta events.

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"I think its mostly because the whole experience was new to me now then. It was the first game I ..."

- SlingBlaze see all 19 comments