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Runescape

3 months ago

RuneScape Classic closing down after 17 years online

It feels like the end of an era when a game as venerable as this shuts down, even if it is just a particularly dusty old legacy incarnation exclusive to long-time subscribers to the game. Browser-based MMORPG RuneScape has been chugging along since 2001, offering exploration, questing and eternal grind to practically anyone with an internet connection. While RuneScape itself has evolved into something far more…

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10 months ago

Feature: Guilty as charged

Podcast: Guilty pleasures and Opus Magnum

It's a simple theme this week with the Electronic Wireless Show. We're talking about guilty pleasures - the games that make us feel a wee bit embarrassed but not so much that we won't squirrel away at them while grinning  like idiots. Alec feels a bit sheepish bringing his toy steering wheel to work when planning to play American Truck Simulator. Meanwhile, Matt remembers how…

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11 months ago

2 years ago

Feature: Better With Age.

Have You Played… Runescape?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Runescape [official site] is a bizarre thing because it's one of the few MMORPGs that seems to be improving with age. Where most slowly fade and die out, Runescape is only growing prettier and more intricate. Oh yeah, then there's that bit about…

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RuneScape Adding Auctions For Banned Players’ Stuff

RuneScape [official site] players will soon be able to buy the possessions of banned players by bidding on them in Storage Wars-style blind auctions. Players will bid on a banned character's possessions as a job lot, a sealed box containing... who knows what? It could be treasure or trash. Maybe Bank Bidders will be be a raffle rather than a police auction; they're not sure…

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Runescape Marks Anniversary Of 6/6/6 Glitchy Massacre

Ten years ago to this very date, the world of Runescape [official site] was devastated by an event so malicious, so evil, that of course it could have only happened on the six day of the six month of the six year of this millennium. I'm talking about the dreaded Falador Massacre—where thousands of Runescapians lost their lives and their items in the span of…

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RuneScape Gets Fancier And Faster With NXT Engine

Free-to-play MMORPG RuneScape [official site] is still ticking away after fifteen years, with developers Jagex actively updating it. The latest was a pretty big one, bringing a new game client and engine named NXT which finally takes the game away from Java and makes it look a fair bit prettier - while running faster than the previous version. For starters, the game is no longer…

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3 years ago

Old-School Runescape Adds Brand New Continent

Oh, Runescape. It seems like just yesterday someone lured me into your wilderness, stabbed me in the back, and took all my stuff. [Looks at calendar] Aaaaand damn it. It's been over a decade. But don't get all "Dust in the Wind" on me yet. To celebrate the game's fifteenth anniversary, Old-School Runescape (a.k.a. 2007scape) [official site] is getting a brand new continent, and the…

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4 years ago

RuneScape Legends Takes A Card From Hearthstone

Jagex, the company behind RuneScape, has announced HearthScape! Actually, that's a lie. They've announced Chronicle: RuneScape Legends! It's a collectible card game based on the RuneScape universe so you can see the possible influence of Blizzard's recent Warcraft-based hit, Hearthstone, though. The developers explain that the game will be "played out within the pages of a living book" and will feature such things as quest-building,…

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5 years ago

Runescape Is Back, Back! BACK!

Jagex send word that their third iteration of the enormously popular fantasy MMO - Runescape 3 - has materialised on this internet, right here. The game is kicking off with a ten-week event, in which the players must battle for "Lumbridge". That might not sound very glamorous, but it gives players the chance to work together in PvP activities, with the ultimate goal of being…

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Runed Awakening: Runescape 3 On 22nd Of July

"Runescape, eh?" I say, to the cold silence of the RPS virtual office. No one is listening. And, well, cards on the table: none of us have ever played Runescape. Adam was living in the jungle at the time, Alec was trapped inside a Micro-ATX case in a cupboard at Future Publishing, and I hadn't yet taken material form out of my constituent angry ghosts…

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Runescape Still Exists, Is Getting A Threequel

I never actually played much Runescape. Growing up, I was a snobby, Everquest-obsessed so-and-so. "Look at all these graphics," I'd say. "My Iksar warrior is made up of so many polygons that you practically can't count them but still kinda can." I did have a few friends who swore by the lo-fi MMO, though, and it's not hard to see why. Back then, free, easily…

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Looking For Party Like It’s 2007: Retro Runescape Reborn

A shame SOE didn't do this for Star Wars: Galaxies, or it might still be with us now. Following enthusiastic voting from some 440,000 paying RuneScape players, Jagex have resurrected the apparently beloved 2007 version of their long-running, secretly enormous MMORPG, to run alongside the flashier current version. It's being pitched not as a roll back but a favour to the faithful, who will also…

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7 years ago

Not LFG: 250K Sign Up To RuneScape Clans

Quietly one of the most popular games on the net, RuneScape is not exactly short of players. It has, for the longest time, however, been short of a way to provide those players with the same kind of community-building infrastructure as other popular online games. The latest update fixes that, and it's proving popular, as Jagex report: "In just 24 hours more than 250,000 RuneScape…

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9 years ago

The Great Runescape: Jagex And The Future

I suspect Jagex are off your radar. They were off mine. While I was more than aware of their enormous success with the free MMO Runescape, I never quite filed it as something directly relevant to my interests in PC Games. A chance meeting with their recent brilliant arcade football game Kickabout League made me reconsider, so I grasped the chance to hook up at…

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