mmorpg

No longer just free of subscription, Guild Wars 2 client now free to download

While Guild Wars 2 always lacked a subscription, players had to pay a one-time fee for the game client. Not anymore, though. The base game is now free, so users can jump in, download the client, and play without spending a dime.

Computing

Struggling MMO WildStar could drop its subscription model, head to Steam in August

A new entry in the Steam database points to WildStar -- an MMO that launched less than a year ago -- dropping its monthly subscription fee and moving to Steam as a one-time purchase, similar to Elder Scrolls Online.

Gaming

ArcheAge: Trion brings a very pretty new MMO out to play

The gorgeous MMORPG world of ArcheAge manages to impress us, and offers up an extremely wide range of choices for players.

E3

Couple neglect, imprison children to play World of Warcraft all day

Definitely a deplorable situation, a California couple put their World of Warcraft addiction ahead of the well-being of two young children in their care and now face up to seven years in prison if convicted of child abuse.

Gaming

Blizzard’s ‘Titan’ MMO undergoes ‘large design and technology changes’

Blizzard Entertainment's long-in-development MMORPG, codenamed 'Tita,' is to be torn down and rebuilt as the size of the development is pared down and release hopes reportedly slip to 2016 or beyond.

Gaming

Weather advisory: Google Reader proves that cloud apps can just … blow away

The shows we watch, the tools we use to work, and the services we use to stay in touch with each other could disappear at any time now that we’re hooked on cloud computing. Whoops.

Computing

To finance my ‘Vette: BioWare details pricing on Star Wars: The Old Republic’s first ‘Digital Expansion’

Rise of the Hutt Cartel, the first major expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, boasts a ton of new content, and we now have word on how much these novel concepts will cost players.

Gaming

Jetsetter: Czech game developers face trial for espionage in Greece

This week in Jetsetter, we follow up on the imprisoned Bohemia Interactive developers charged with espionage in Greece before looking at the tale of a Dutchman that stole an entire MMO.

Gaming

It’s not just because you suck: Guild Wars 2 explains account suspensions

Guild Wars developers ArenaNet stopped by Reddit to explain, in gory detail, why certain gamers got kicked out of the fantasy world.

Gaming

EverQuest II characters mimic real-life facial gestures with SOEmote technology

Sony's SOEmote system translates real-life facial expressions to in-game characters, lending EverQuest II another layer of immersion.

Cool Tech

Blizzard announces 600 layoffs, game development staff spared

Blizzard, developer of WoW, Starcraft and Diablo has announced that it has cut 600 global jobs, though its game development staff remains largely untouched

Gaming

Star Wars: The Old Republic nears two million subscribers

While Activision Blizzard deals with players leaving the World of Warcraft for other games, Electronic Arts and Bioware appear to be welcoming them into the Star Wars universe according to the latest sales numbers.

Gaming

Star Trek Online switches to free-to-play model

While the popular World of Warcraft continues to bleed paying customers, more MMORPG titles are moving to the free-to-play model in order to attract more users and generate revenue through micro-transactions.

Gaming

Star Wars: The Old Republic explodes with up to 1.5 million pre-release players

With the official launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic hitting on December 20, many players are already populating Bioware's MMORPG and starting to explore the universe.

Gaming

Free-to-Play Star Trek Online launching January 17

Mark your calendars Trekkies, Star Trek Online has gotten an official date for its free-to-play conversion. Cryptic Studios announced the F2P model will be launching on January 17, 2012. Become a captain and travel to all the iconic locations you love from the…

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