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The British Are Coming! World Of Tanks Stiffens Upper Lip

Tanks: like, the scariest thing there is.

I was thinking, seeing that World Of Tanks has unveiled its 8.1 update with accompanying video, that this isn’t a Halloweeny thing. What are they doing releasing it today? And then it occurred to me: tanks are actually scary. Ghosts and monsters may be the more traditional source of chills, but their overall efficacy at being frightening is somewhat limited by their not existing. Tanks exist. They blow people up. They could blow you up. Thanks are fucking terrifying. Everyone: dress up as a tank tonight.

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Wuh Oh: PlaySpan Got Hacked, World Of Tanks Affected

Tanks: like aggessive safes

You’re familiar with the routine by now. If you’ve got a World Of Tanks account and bought anything, to be sure change your password, and any passwords associated with it. And if you’re still not using unique passwords per account, go change all the others too. PlaySpan, the software World Of Tanks uses for financial transactions in WoT and a thousand other games, has been compromised, with two million account details put online. That’s usernames, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. Credit card details are believed not to have been accessed, but obviously keep an eye on your bills.

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Magic: The Tankening – World Of Tanks Generals

The twist is that WoT players have actually just been reenacting a giant card game all along.

Huh, this one sort of came out of nowhere. You know World of Tanks? The game with all the explosions and tactical action and worlds and tanks? Well, it’s a collectible card game now. Or rather, Wargaming’s releasing an F2P TCG extension of the absurdly popular mechanized carnage semi-sim, because why not? These sorts of things tend to be pretty hit-or-miss, of course, but as a childhood TCG fiend, I must confess slight interest in World of Tanks Generals and maybe a relapse-borne cold sweat or two.

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A Whole New World (Of Tanks): WoT’s Massive 8.0 Update

Stay off my lawn, you crazy kids!

Back in my day, you could rely on certain things – ravages of time aside – to stay largely the same. Sure, times may change and people may come and go, but one shining beacon of stability has always kept me feeling warm and cozy. I’m speaking, of course, of World-War-II-era tanks. But now – at least, in World of Tanks – they’re getting gargantuan sets of new guts and fresh coats of paint. I ask you: is nothing sacred anymore?

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World Of Warplanes’ World Of Control Options

I like to imagine this is some kind of Escher-themed level, and the plane's wing is stuck on that island due to a zany perspective trick.

Do you like controlling things? Do you become unreasonably enraged at the idea of controlling them with anything other than the incredibly specific implements of your choosing? Well then, World of Warplanes might just be the game for you – unless you despise planes, war, or the entire world, anyway. It’s offering precision-tweaked plane reins that include everything short of Kinect and masterfully articulated political coercion. That said, if you couldn’t care less about whether you’re putting your virtual life in the hands of a joystick or a particularly modest mouse, there’s still quite a bit of very nice-looking WOWP footage accompanying all nuts ‘n’ bolts chatter.

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World Of Tanks’ Solution To Balance Issues: More Tanks

This image looks like it belongs in some tank-based post-apocalyptic horror. Like, a poor young tank returns home to find that everytank he loves has been devoured by zombies. Zombie tanks. It made more sense in my head.

We recently sent Brendan into the line of fire at Tankfest, and it resulted in pretty much the most amazing thing ever – which is significantly different from the normal result of sending one tiny human into a heaping herd of tanks (hint: horrible death). But there is also a game buried beneath all the harrowing war stories and tank puns, and it’s actually a pretty good one! However, World of Tanks has, in its time, seen some fairly serious ups and downs in terms of balance, and Wargaming’s not afraid to admit it. So patch 7.5 is aimed at knocking the lumbering tier 10 heavies back down to size – with more tanks. Mediums and tank destroyers, to be specific. Want to see a few of them? Of course you do.

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Dog Fight Dog: World Of Warplanes Has Modes

This is more or less what I imagine when people cut me off in traffic.

Whenever I see “World of Warplanes,” I always read it as “World of Warp Lanes.” I have no idea what a warp lane is, but I just wanted to share that with you. Anyway, World of Warplanes is rapidly making its way down the warp lane to completion, and – in order to make sure everything comes out just right – Wargaming.net is narrowing its focus to a few select modes. Specifically, the latest developer diary highlights Superiority (think team deathmatch with a point-controlling twist), Escort, and Training – in Russian. Do those things strike your fancy? They should. And if not, well, let me also remind you that this is a fantastic opportunity to watch some planes go boom.

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Carry On Crew: World Of Warplanes

Aircraft carriers, majestic caravans of the sea, are apparently home to all sorts of winged wonders. A combination of being disturbed by having no land in sight and a terrible fear of being shot at means I’m unlikely to pilot any carrier-based aircraft in real life, so perhaps the addition of nine such warriors into World of Warplanes provides my best chance to take them for a spin. They’re all from the US Navy and include the “Grumman F2F and Brewster F2A Buffalo, the first biplane fighters with retractable undercarriage, as well as the boldly designed Chance Vought F5U and Vought F7U Cutlass fighters, both of which pioneered the use of turbojet power.” This isn’t Flare Path and none of that means much to me, I just used a picture of the funniest looking one. The rest are idling in the trailer below.

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Hi Sky! First World Of Warplanes Video

Unseen below, the tanks of World of Tanks sadly look to the heavens
Taking the free-to-play dogfight to the air is WoW, known globally as World of Warplanes. The skyborne sister to World of Tanks has finally decided to stop being shy and graced us with some in-game footage. I’m particularly taken with the mix of old and new flight beasts, and the notion of flying in formation with friends under bridges. I’m not one to ignore a massive, immobile, heavy structure when I’m falling through the sky in an unstable tube of thin metal.
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Alpha Dog Fight: World Of Warplanes

These planes are all piloted by pandas

To the skies, brave few, to the skies. Wargaming.net, developers of World of Tanks have just fuelled up the global alpha for World of Warplanes so they’ll presumably be hoping the brave many sign up so that they can test the capacity of the blue yonder and receive plenty of radio chatter feedback. If you fancy yourself a fighter ace, you can sign up here if you are in Europe, here if you are in Russia or here if you happen to be in America. The game will offer a full career mode and covers several eras beginning in the 1930s. Jim spoke with the developers at the end of last year and I shall cheekily direct you toward that conversation if you desire more information.

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World Of Tanks: Free Tanks And Stuff

Tanks vs evil giants.
Polite notice: THE CODES WORK FOR NEW EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN REGISTRATIONS ONLY. If you are already a WoT player they won’t be much use to you. Unless you want to get a chum involved or whatever.

Anyway! If our interview with the producer from World Of Warplanes got your pseudo-World War II PvP glands engorged, then you might want to try their original game, World Of Tanks. We’ve got 1000 starter codes to give away, which will apparently boost you on your way into the game with a free premium tank, one day of full premium play, and 300 gold. To to claim a code you have to be logged into RPS. If you click here you will automatically claim a code, and also get to see the sign up instructions.

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Aces Higher: World Of Warplanes Explained

Like angry folded sheets of paper.
A giant V-formation of free-to-play air combat is on the horizon: World Of Warplanes from the makers of World Of Tanks. To find out a bit more of what to expect from a persistent dogfighting game, I had a chat with Wargaming.net’s Anton Sitnikov, and he explained exactly whether a Spitfire could take a jet-propelled plane in a fight.
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Sky Battles Afoot: World Of Planes Trailer

PEW PEW PEW!

Oh this could get awkward. Wargaming.net recently announced World Of Warplanes to join World Of Tanks and the forthcoming World Of Battleships. But it seems another MMO already had a very similar idea. The imaginatively titled World Of Planes from Gaijin Entertainment was first announced in April, and has a debut trailer out today. In a world where you can’t have The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Scrolls without trouble, I’m impressed that this one hasn’t kicked off yet. (Let alone Blizzard getting involved.) Also, World Of Planes’ trailer is pretty.

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