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Posts tagged “Everquest”

Feature: It's been a pretty good run

The RPG Scrollbars: EverQuest Next Killed The MMORPG

Light a candle for the genre, it's basically done. Oh, it'll keep ticking along, of course. This month we've seen Black Desert Online, there's others on the way, and there'll always be some audience for both the mostly Korean-born clickers and the occasional new idea. Personally I'm hoping for City of Titans to scratch that superhero itch that Champions Online sure as heck can't, and…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Just Go Along With It, Okay?

Spoiler alert, RPGs are kinda ridiculous. Most games are, of course. While the Mythbusters may have shown that carrying Doomguy's loadout into battle isn't as bad as it might sound, there's a reason they've never done a follow-up about doing it after taking a few rockets to the face. Likewise, we can't know the effect of glugging down fifty health potions a day, but it…

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How Players Revived Star Wars Galaxies And EverQuest

I am standing in a place that shouldn't exist. It shouldn't exist because back in 2011 it was decided that this place and the countless others connected to it were no longer financially viable enough to warrant their own existence. Four years ago, almost to this date, thousands of players gathered where I am standing right now to witness the final moments of Star Wars…

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PlanetSide 2 Dev SOE Is Now Daybreak Game Company

Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) will now be known as Daybreak Game Company after being acquired from Sony by investment management firm, Columbus Nova. SOE is the studio responsible for games including EverQuest, PlanetSide 2, and the early access zombie survival game, H1Z1. The company notes that the acquisition will not disrupt any of its current games, but will allow them to pursue multi-platform projects.

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Going Analogue: What MMOs Can Learn From LARPs

In theory, MMORPGs are my favourite PC games in the world. Exploring strange new worlds, dressing up in shiny armour, and kicking butt are my primary gaming motivations and MMORPGs have those in spades. Richard Garriott sold me the dream of a living fantasy world to inhabit in my early PC gaming days and it's a dream I've never quite given up on. Yet the…

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EverQuest And Vanguard Creator Announces Pantheon

Have you been looking for an MMO to round out the less massive, woefully lonely aspects of your life? And not just any MMO, but The MMO, one that can be summed up using a checklist of vague yet overwhelmingly familiar elements? Well then, have I got a game for you (to Kickstart, naturally). Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen has the pedigree of EverQuest and…

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Foreverquest: EverQuest Will Never Stop Expanding

I remember when I first played Everquest. I was younger then - naive, optimistic, and completely unable to grasp the concept that a PVP server meant idly tapping the attack button around other people could cause an international incident. Still though, it was my first MMO, and what a magical experience it was. I'll never forget my first death by Sand Giant or related, nearly naked…

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SOE Reveals Steam-Workshop-Ish ‘Player Studio’

MMOs are pretty much about two things: breaking and taking. Kill ten things, take six things, etc, etc, etc. Monsters, boar gizzards, fish, barrels - nothing is safe. But all that destruction can get a bit exhausting at times. I mean, who hasn't met an Orc, ogre, or space marine who just wanted to paint? So now SOE's letting players balance out their wanton destruction with…

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Free For All: Aion And Everquest

I'm starting to view the paid-for period of an MMO's life as the pre-pubescent stage: the inevitability of growth into F2P is starting to look like it's in the DNA. Both Everquest and Aion are noticing other MMOs, worrying about their acne and taking an interest in clothes. Aion in particular is experiencing a growth spurt, finally readying version 3.0 for everyone to play.

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First In, Last Out: EverQuest 1 Goes F2P

I can't help but wonder how many of today's crop of MMOs will manage to last 13 years. Running expenses are surely so much higher than they were in dear old EverQuest's day. The major precursor to the dark age of grinding and number keys that we know so well has indeed managed a baker's dozen-sized lifespan, and while its days as a subscription game…

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Alsoquest: Everquest II Goes F2P

Right then, what's left? Everquest 1, Ultima Online, World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online, Lineage... What else yet stands firm against the free to play tide? The latest to switch is SOE's 2004-launched Everquest II, which will offer itself to the microtransaction gods next month. It's dabbled before with a F2P parallel client, with but as of the Age of Discovery expansion free-to-play will be active…

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Gaming Made Me: EverQuest

This week in our series of highly personal retrospectives on landmark computer games, videogames PhD researcher and independent games developer Mitu Khandaker looks back to the wonder, exploration and lofty world-building of what might well be the most defining entry in the history of MMOs: EverQuest. Everquest was like magic. I feel like I’m cheating a bit writing this; after all, this isn’t about one…

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The Future Of Everquest: Everquest Next

EQ's Fan Faire event in Las Vegas has had a big reveal: the working title for the next Everquest title is... Everquest Next. Which is exciting, I suppose, because it means that there really is another Everquest game in the works. EQWire totally blogged the panel in which the new game was mentioned, and although details remain fairly scant, it seems that Everquest Next will…

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Another Level? Free Everquest for Lapsed Subs

Ah, I'm late on this. I meant to post it a couple of weeks back, but got distracted by laserbeams firing from the heavens. But it's still relevant, so it's getting a quick nod here, in time for the weekend. After all - you weren't planning on going outside or something crazy? In short: Sony announced that anyone with an inactive account for either Everquest…

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Everquest Turns Nine

The MMO that spawned so many imitators has now been running for nine years. To celebrate, the EQ dev blog have produced a gigantic super-detailed timeline, recording all the major events of the game over that not-quite-decade. You can see the entire graphic here. Massively.com conducted a big old interview with EQ's player-turned-lead designer, Travis McGeathy, to celebrate the anniversary.

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Let Me Be Your Fansy

Pre-empting my Rainz was a Patsy JFK/Lord British feature idea, The Escapist has an interview with Fansy the Famous Level 5 Bard, the infamous old-skool Everquest Griefer. For those not aware of Fansy's infamy... well, get to the page, already. In short, on the original hardcore PvP Everquest server - i.e. anything goes - he found a loophole which he abused in such a dramatic…

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