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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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Feature: The only game I need

Have You Played… Ace of Spades: Battle Builder?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Ace of Spades: Battle Builder imagines Minecraft as a multiplayer shooter, where 16 players on each side shoot, build and tunnel their way to victory. The gunplay never really held enough satisfaction for the game to have any staying power, but it was an interesting experiment…

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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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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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Powering Down: Transformers Universe Closing In January

Transformers Universe will shut down at the end of January, having never properly launched. First announced as a MMO in 2011, it shifted into a free-to-play Dota-y sort of a thing (MOTA was the horrible word developers Jagex used), and launched into paid beta this year followed by an open beta in July. And soon it'll shut down. Jagex didn't give a real reason, but…

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Testers In Disguise: Transformers Universe’s Open Beta

The Turing test is all very fascinating for academics, I'm sure, but how does it apply to video games? How could we tell whether a Transformers Universe player is an abusive, incoherent teenager or a robot? Maybe every other player is an AI training for the day it's housed within a fighting robot that's also a beat-up Chevy? We'll be able to test our robot-detecting…

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Feature: The wait is over - finished!

First Look: Transformers Universe

'Massively Online Tactical Action, eh? We've been wondering for several weeks now what a MOTA is, after this new acronym turned up applied to Jagex's rebooted Transformers MMO. Turns out it's Team Fortress 2 meets WoW PvP meets League of Legends, obviously. Even with a collection of Jagex staff noisily demoing the game to a room full of assembled hacks, it took a while to…

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Here’s What Transformers Universe Plays Like As A ‘MOTA’

I still don't know what MOTA stands for. I mean, obviously it's a play on MOBA, but is Jagex branding Transformers Universe as a Multiplayer Online Transformer Arena, or is there more to it than that? Is MOTA supposed to sound like "motor" when said aloud? Is it also "atom" spelled backward on purpose? We're still in the dark (of the moon) on so much.…

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Autobots Rock’n’Roll Out: Transformers Universe

Off the back of news that Jagex's Transformers MMO has bumblebeen re-imagined as a MOBAy thing comes a noisy old trailer full of big metal things hitting other big metal things. It also features several Notimus Primes and Megishtrons, suggesting that the game will be perfectly accommodating to anyone who prefers a simulacrum of their most beloved Cybertronians to playing with more bespoke bots.

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Transformers: Universe MMO Transforms Into “MOTA”

We need a summit, where all game developers of the world gather together and decide on an agreed genre title for DOTA-clones. There's MOBA, there's ARTS, "hero-brawler"... We all have to agree on just one. In the meantime, Jagex, they behind the monolithic Runescape, have declared that their mysteriously silent Transformers Universe has chi-cha-cha-cho-chood from an MMO to one of whatever they're called. In their…

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Battlestar Evelikia: Entropy

Claiming that your game "brings fast, real-time, player-controlled space combat to the space MMO genre for the first time" is probably not the wisest opening salvo, because... Well, I'm not sure it really needs saying. Instead I'll say that this post brings human-written words to the videogaming blogging genre for the first time and see how seriously you take me. Such marketingballs aside, Entropy, a…

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Give8-Bit Collates Videogame Charity Campaigns

More and more people are using videogames as a medium through which to support charities. As reported by Wired, Give8-Bit is a YouTube channel designed to act as a hub for highlighting videogame-powered charitable campaigns and documenting their impact. Come watch the launch video of game developers who are doing nice things, and of Ian Livingstone in a choir.

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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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First There Was Runescape, Now There Is Three Of It

We've not been pointing the lidless burning eye of the internet at Runescape 3 all that much, which is perhaps an oversight on the part of the beleaguered word-hamsters of the RPS blogmill. The game is looking rather spiffing for a browsering thing, and its masters Jagex are going all out to prove that this third Runescape is the scapiest and runiest of them all.…

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