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Posts tagged “Free Realms”

SOE Shuttering Vanguard, Free Realms, Wizardry, More

All good things must come to an end. Even MMOs, and - at least, these days - especially MMOs. Between shifting business models and "there ain't room enough in this town for the six thousand of us" syndrome, niche standouts are finding it harder and harder to keep their heads above water. That sorry truth curling up like a cold, uncaring cat on our hearts…

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Oceans Apart: Planetside 2 Region Locked?

This is big news for all SOE games, actually, including EverQuest II, DC Universe Online, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, and Free Realms. PCG points out that SOE are signing a European publishing deal with Germany company ProSiebenStat. According to SOE's proposals this could mean that SOE customers will no longer be able to play on both American and EU servers, and in fact existing…

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Virtual Kisses: Valentine’s Day Events 2012

As RPS' only painfully single person at the moment, I'm happy to inform you that Valentine's Day is cancelled. A pox on all happy couples, literally and figuratively. Return to your empty, silent houses with the biggest bag of sweets you can, turn off the lights, and spend the evening sobbing until the sweet, sweet chocolate oozes out of your eyes and anus. ...or alternatively,…

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Best Of All The Animals: Free Realms Trailer

There's a trailer out for Free Realms, showing off their ponies, both walking and flying. I'm posting it first, because it made me think of I'm On A Boat. And second, because it made me think of I Love Horses. And believe me, they're below. But then I went to the game's site to check stuff out, and it sort of needed me to be…

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Free Realms: Three Million In Seven Weeks

The chaps at SOE must be rather pleased with themselves. Their free-to-play-except-with-micropay-stuff MMO Free Realms has had three million registrations in just seven weeks. Not bad going, even by free-to-play standards. “We are pleased to be able to provide such a vast, in-depth and, most importantly, fun world to an average of 500,000 new gamers per week,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment.…

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Free Realms: Open For Business (Nearly)

Firing up the server-engines today is Sony Online's teenager-targeting, micropayment-funded MMO Free Realms. The sign-up site's currently battened down the hatches in preparation for the coming storm, but in a few hours you'll be able to create a cutsey avatar and dabble in a bunch of cheerful mini-games comprising stabbing, driving, collecting and match-3ing, amongst others.

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Y’know, For Kids: Thoughts On Free Realms

Imagine a greatest hits of all the games that have found success with non-gamers. The compulsive sight-puzzles of Bejewelled, the dress-up roleplaying of The Sims, the cartoon brawling of World of Warcraft, the micropayment hats of Maple Story, the bumper car silliness of Mario Kart, the customisable animals of Neopets, the ancillary merchandise of Pokemon... Free Realms, the kid-orienated MMO that Sony clearly hopes will…

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Free Realms Free

SOE's new MMO, Free Realms, opens its public beta this weekend. The concept is that this is the free MMO for children, so expect to run a gamut of cute if you're heading in its direction. It seems relatively simplistic with a Wow-but-more-cartoony-by-half game world, and absurdly sugary character creation. There's also the MMO standard of quest-based monster-monstering, and a whole bunch of mini-games that…

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RPS-ish At-Ish E3: Housecleaning – SOE

[Thanks to extreme tiredness, I didn’t manage to write up all of my impressions from E3. Over the next couple of days I’ll clean house and post up my leftover thoughts.] So if the Sony Online Entertainment game that you are looking forward to is DC Universe Online, well, E3 wasn’t for you. Because cleverly, SOE are going to reveal all of the details of…

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