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Understanding PvP in ArcheAge Understanding PvP in ArcheAge
PvP is a pretty big part of ArcheAge, and there is really no way to avoid it; at least not completely. There are, however, things that can be done to better protect yourself while roaming the world and – to a point – possible methods for avoiding it in most areas.... >>more
Mon Sep 15 18:52:45 2014

ArcheAge - Is It Truly F2P? ArcheAge - Is It Truly F2P?
When we look at free-to-play games, there are some that are truly free (in which you can do anything in the game without paying) and others that aren’t. With ArcheAge being the next game to be released under the “F2P” title.... >>more
Sat Sep 13 07:07:07 2014

TERA - BAM Crowdsourcing Event Opinions TERA - BAM Crowdsourcing Event Opinions
With the latest event held in TERA – a BAM-hunting one – EME decided to think outside the box on how to handle it and get players to take part. For this one, they went with the idea of holding a sort of “crowdsourcing” event – kind of like Kickstarter but without the money involved. Instead, the currency was BAM kills.... >>more
Thu Sep 11 07:07:07 2014

ArcheAge Preparing for the Early Launch ArcheAge Preparing for the Early Launch
In MMORPGs, there is a common idea that getting in the game and progressing ahead of the herd is a good idea (which it is, if you’re able to). This brings benefits like not having to farm the same mobs hundreds of other players are working on, and being more competitive (or at least being able to protect yourself) in PvP.... >>more
Sun Sep 07 14:13:10 2014

Why TERA and RIFT’s F2P Models Are Awesome Why TERA and RIFT’s F2P Models Are Awesome
When it comes to having a subscription-based game that goes free-to-play, it’s important to do things the right way to keep the game from crashing. The goal is to bring in income, while allowing players to make their own choices as to whether or not they want to spend their hard-earned money.... >>more
Sun Sep 07 07:03:33 2014

TERA - Instance Matching Exploitation and Group Accountability TERA  - Instance Matching Exploitation and Group Accountability
TERA's biggest tool for getting into dungeons is the Instance Matching System (also known as the IMS). This is a tool designed to help group players up in pick-up groups, allowing solo players to jump into a group easily (although sometimes at a disadvantage of time.... >>more
Fri Sep 05 23:27:18 2014

GW2: What to Expect From the Summer 2014 Feature Pack GW2: What to Expect From the Summer 2014 Feature Pack
Guild Wars 2 is going through a massive update in September’s feature pack. This is designed to help increase the quality of life of players, adding in new systems and revamps to existing ones. There is a lot coming, so check out what you can look forward to with this new update!... >>more
Fri Sep 05 10:00:00 2014

Guild Wars 2 - Upcoming Changes for New Players Guild Wars 2 - Upcoming Changes for New Players
Most MMORPGs are a bit difficult to grasp at first, and Guild Wars 2 is no exception. There are a lot of things to do within the game, and a ton of special qualities you need to get used to. To help new players ease into the game.... >>more
Thu Sep 04 10:32:56 2014

TERA - Why Equalized Battlegrounds Rock TERA - Why Equalized Battlegrounds Rock
EA One of the biggest problems players report with PvP in TERA is that it just isn’t equal. Different players are going to be equipped with different gear, even if they are all the same level.... >>more
Tue Sep 02 20:22:41 2014

Guild Wars 2 - A Look at The Commander System Guild Wars 2 - A Look at The Commander System
One of the best things in World vs World that helps out players is the commander system. This is designed to help players get organized and better protect objectives against enemies, as well as capture enemy objectives.... >>more
Tue Sep 02 07:07:07 2014

TERA - Understanding Corsairs Stronghold Changes TERA - Understanding Corsairs Stronghold Changes
TERA’s Corsair’s Stronghold battleground has needed some changes for quite a while now, and the map has finally been updated to help work out some of the previously annoying problems. While most game changes only affect one or two minor problems, the latest battleground update is pretty much a complete overhaul of the map and how it works. Let’s take a look at the changes and what they mean for...... >>more
Mon Sep 01 04:00:00 2014

Why MMOs Need Grinds Why MMOs Need Grinds
A lot of MMO players complain about games that have a grind in them, but most don’t understand why games have this. In actuality, the vast majority of the games do have grinds; whether they are easily noticed or not.... >>more
Tue Aug 26 07:07:07 2014

ArcheAge - Leveling Mounts Like A Pro ArcheAge - Leveling Mounts Like A Pro
When it comes to mounts in ArcheAge, it is important to get them leveled up quickly. This will boost their stats and will allow for equipping better gear. There is a lot of confusion about how the mounts are leveled.... >>more
Mon Aug 25 09:07:17 2014

TERA - Why Corsairs Stronghold Needs Changed TERA - Why Corsairs Stronghold Needs Changed
Out of TERA’s battlegrounds, Corsair’s Stronghold has the most promise yet needs the most work to help make it more fun and to bring more players into it. Right now it is utilized mostly just for the daily quests, rather than as a way to get a break from the grind or otherwise get some enjoyment.... >>more
Mon Aug 18 07:07:57 2014

ArcheAge - Farming, Stealing and You ArcheAge - Farming, Stealing and You
While farming is a big part of ArcheAge, there is more to it than just throwing down some plants, trees and animals and harvesting them on a regular basis. The system comes with its own rules, as well as different ways to break them. Let’s take a look at the farming system, how stealing works and how to better protect yourself from thieves so you don’t lose your hard-earned Labor!... >>more
Sat Aug 16 02:19:29 2014

ArcheAge: Guide to Pack Running ArcheAge: Guide to Pack Running
Pack running is a major part of ArcheAge. It’s used to carry materials for building things (like houses, ships, etc.) and is also used for trading materials for gold or Gilda Stars. Because it is such an integral part of the game, it’s important to understand how to run packs effectively (and as securely as possible). Let’s take a look!... >>more
Thu Aug 07 13:30:42 2014

ArcheAge - Understanding the Trial and Court System ArcheAge - Understanding the Trial and Court System
ArcheAge has a great court and trial system that allows players to take part in deciding what punishments there should be for different crimes. Players that commit crimes end up being defendants, and those that are law-abiding and choose to can be on the jury.... >>more
Tue Jul 29 07:07:07 2014

ArcheAge - Guide for Traveling Across the World ArcheAge - Guide for Traveling Across the World
Traveling across the world in ArcheAge is a huge part of the game, as a lot of it revolves around transporting items from one area to another.Due to this, there are many ways to handle the traveling, and each of them has their own benefits.... >>more
Mon Jul 28 10:10:10 2014

ArcheAge Gathering Guide by Raptorak ArcheAge Gathering Guide by Raptorak
Everything within ArcheAge that can be made is done so through materials. These are found all throughout the world in many different types and formats, and can also be converted into other materials for crafting.... >>more
Thu Jul 24 07:07:07 2014

Raptorak's Review for New MMO ArcheAge Raptorak's Review for New MMO ArcheAge
ArcheAge is a MMORPG that is considered as “sandbox” game, in that it’s not developers that design the in-game world, but rather the players. Players are able to plant their own trees, plants, grow their own animals.... >>more
Tue Jul 22 00:00:42 2014

TERA Priests vs Mystics TERA Priests vs Mystics
Priests and Mystics in TERA are both designed to be healers, but they are both played in very different ways. Understanding the difference between the two is important when it comes to deciding which one you wish to play as.... >>more
Mon Jul 21 12:12:12 2014

Rift Guide to Obtaining Ravensong Summerfest Mount Rift Guide to Obtaining Ravensong Summerfest Mount
Unlike a lot of mounts Rift has to offer players, Ravensong, the Ash Walker is not as simple as just purchasing it. Instead, players must go through multiple steps.... >>more
Mon Jul 14 20:00:04 2014

Rift Guide to Planar Attunement Rift Guide to Planar Attunement
Rift's Planar Attunement system is a form of alternative advancement. While the game currently has a total of 60 levels, players can continue leveling through the ability to earn points that unlock passive and active bonuses and skills. This system is called Planar Attunement.... >>more
Mon Jul 14 07:11:55 2014

Rift 3.0 Preview Recap Rift 3.0 Preview Recap
Daglar, Rift's executive producer, has made a blog post talking about Rift 3.0: Nightmare Tide. Through this post, Daglar states that we can look forward to multiple things with the upcoming expansion.... >>more
Sun Jul 06 21:21:21 2014

TERA - Are Aesthetic Additions Really Content? TERA - Are Aesthetic Additions Really Content?
When it comes to content updates for MMORPGs, different companies take different approaches with how to handle it. For example, Guild Wars 2 releases patches every month (on average) with new content and Rift releases theirs every few months (with expansions released more rarely).... >>more
Fri Jul 04 01:52:09 2014

Rift - How to Upgrade PvP Gear Rift - How to Upgrade PvP Gear
When it comes to Rift's PvP system, often times people are confused about how you are supposed to get from the lowest set (Freelancer's) to the highest set (Myrmidon's). In the past, it was as simple as just purchasing the lowest set using Favor, and then trading it in (with some extra favor) to a NPC for the next piece up. ... >>more
Mon Jun 23 10:10:10 2014

Guild Wars 2 WvW Tips and Tricks Volume 1 Guild Wars 2 WvW Tips and Tricks Volume 1
When it comes to gaming, we often like to just throw ourselves out into the midst of battle and hit the ground running. If you want to be efficient, however, you need to pick up on different tips and tricks that will make you much more effective while out on the battlefield.... >>more
Mon Jun 23 02:36:03 2014

GW2 Updates and Content GW2 Updates and Content
When it comes to MMORPGs, new and refreshing content is important. This is what keeps players in the game and brings about the entertainment that makes it worth staying day after day.... >>more
Sun Jun 15 20:24:32 2014

TERA BG - Kumasylum Overview TERA BG - Kumasylum Overview
Kumasylum is the latest addition to TERA's battleground system, introducing an entirely new method of doing PvP. This is a match designed for a team of three and a team of ten, and is very different from how any of the other ones work.... >>more
Wed Jun 04 01:41:46 2014

TERA - A Look At the Revised Crafting System TERA - A Look At the Revised Crafting System
With the introduction of TERA's Reaper patch, the game's crafting system has gone through major changes. The goal was to merge the system together and make it easier to understand, although a side effect of this is that it is now more time-consuming to level up crafting.... >>more
Mon May 26 04:04:04 2014

GW2 Understanding the sPvP Track System GW2 Understanding the sPvP Track System
The reward track is designed to give certain rewards players can chase after. With each match that is played (whether won or lost), there is contribution towards completing the currently chosen reward track. ... >>more
Sat May 17 19:39:04 2014

The Elder Scrolls Online vs Guild Wars 2 Sieging The Elder Scrolls Online vs Guild Wars 2 Sieging
The Elder Scrolls Online and Guild Wars 2 both have awesome siege systems built in to them as part of their end-game. They are also pretty similar, in that if you have played one game it is easy to adapt to the other.... >>more
Wed May 07 01:01:01 2014

Guild Wars 2 April Updates sPvP Changes - How They Affect You Guild Wars 2 April Updates sPvP Changes - How They Affect You
The latest update to Guild Wars 2 in April came with a lot of changes to sPvP. For those who have been playing the structured PvP system for a while now, the reward changes are by far the biggest difference we are now facing.... >>more
Fri Apr 25 15:15:15 2014

TERA review: Why Gold Rewards Need to Be Nerfed TERA review: Why Gold Rewards Need to Be Nerfed
One of the worst things to come with the introduction of TERA's free-to-play model is the addition of much more gold to the economy. The quest rewards have increased, the drops have increased, and there are even boosts to how much gold you get as a reward for quests. These have done considerable damage to the economy of the game, and the situation is only getting worse.... >>more
Fri Apr 11 01:19:10 2014

Guild Wars 2 Guide to WvW Guild Wars 2 Guide to WvW
A lot of players get involved with the World vs World without having a full understanding of how the rankings work within it. Each server has its own ranking, and who you will be fighting against will be determined based on your rank relative to that of others. Understanding how this works will help better understand why earning points is necessary, and why you should continue going for the most (or...... >>more
Wed Apr 09 00:11:47 2014

Guild Wars 2 - WvW Siege Weapon Overview Guild Wars 2 - WvW Siege Weapon Overview
When jumping in to Guild Wars 2's World vs. World combat, it is important to understand how things work. When in the different Battlegrounds,you will be using and encountering different types of siege weapons. ... >>more
Tue Oct 15 10:10:10 2013

TERA: Flaws, Fixes and the Future TERA: Flaws, Fixes and the Future
Arguably, TERA has a lot of work to go and many issues to work out. In the MMORPG space, getting fresh new content and fixes to existing content on a regular basis is imperative to keeping players engaged with the game and happy with continuing their play. The goal with the game should be to increase the amount of time players spend in the game (therefore also presumably increasing the game's revenue...... >>more
Mon Oct 14 00:57:45 2013

Guild Wars 2 - WvW Skill Guilde Guild Wars 2 - WvW Skill Guilde
When getting involved with WvW in Guild Wars 2, it is important tomake the most of what's available to you. This includes things likeunderstanding your class and siege weapons, but it goes a little further thanthat as well. With the introduction of WvW skills, things have changed a littlebit. ... >>more
Thu Oct 10 23:39:24 2013

GW2 - Why AFK Players are Killing sPvP GW2 - Why AFK Players are Killing sPvP
Guild Wars 2's Structed PvP system has been having problems since the beginning due to AFK players ending up in matches. The solution to this problem was to only reward players for things they do in the matches, so that there are no real benefits to being AFK, although it does not work too well.... >>more
Wed Jun 26 03:20:27 2013

GW2 - The Problem With WvWvW GW2 - The Problem With WvWvW
When it comes to the WvWvW (World vs. World vs. World, often just referred to as “WvW”) system in Guild Wars 2, it has a lot of promise but also has some major flaws. There have been quite a few attempts to make the system better, and while they have helped slightly, the main problems are still present. Throughout this article we are going to take a look at the issues that are found in the WvW system...... >>more
Tue Jun 11 03:43:26 2013

TERA - The Problem With Lagging Behind kTERA TERA - The Problem With Lagging Behind kTERA
In the case of kTERA vs. NATERA (Europe's servers are really grouped in here as well, as another separate style), this lag created between releasing patches in one country and releasing them in another is problematic.... >>more
Tue Jun 11 00:07:10 2013

Guild Wars 2 - Guide to Understanding the Market Guild Wars 2 - Guide to Understanding the Market
Time and time again, players make comments about how the market in GW2 is “fixed” to keep prices from going too high/low. There appears to be a big misunderstanding as to how the market works, as well as how it affects us as individuals and as a whole. ... >>more
Thu May 09 02:10:37 2013

Defiance - Guide to Shadow Wars Defiance - Guide to Shadow Wars
Shadow Wars are a massive PvP battle that pits two teams against one another for control over different locations. The wars take place in the same map you're already used to, so the more familiar you are with the terrain the better off you will be.... >>more
Mon Apr 15 19:35:14 2013

Defiance - Why the Gear System Needs Improvement Defiance - Why the Gear System Needs Improvement
Defiance is a lot different from most games in that the gear doesn't have a true sense of progression. Whether you're wielding a low-level (in the case of Defiance, “EGO”) weapon or a high-level one, they are very similar. Instead, what makes the items different is the small changes between them. ... >>more
Mon Apr 15 03:03:49 2013

TERA - Should Spawn Camping Be Allowed in BGs TERA - Should Spawn Camping Be Allowed in BGs
One of the biggest things players fear when it comes to battlegrounds is the concept of spawn-camping. This is when one team dominates the other to the point where they can't even leave their spawn point without being farmed.... >>more
Tue Apr 02 23:21:17 2013

TERA: Why Battlegrounds Are Gear-Based TERA: Why Battlegrounds Are Gear-Based
If you've taken part in TERA's battleground system yet, the first thing you'll notice is that the entire PvP battle is based on gear, rather than skill. A well-geared player can one-shot a lesser-geared one, regardless of their class, making the battle very one-sided when dealing with PUG's.... >>more
Tue Mar 19 20:20:48 2013

TERA - Tips to Maxing Out Elite Status Perks TERA - Tips to Maxing Out Elite Status Perks
If you've already gotten Elite status or at least plan to, maximizing the benefits of it is important. After-all, we're talking about money here! We're going to take a look at the perks and how to ensure you're using them the best you can, enhancing their value-per-dollar along the way.... >>more
Tue Mar 19 02:45:04 2013

TERA - Tips for Leveling Alts TERA - Tips for Leveling Alts
Once you have a character that is maxed out (or sometimes even before), you might want to level up some alts to play. This gives more variety in play-style from day to day, but the time commitment to leveling up multiple characters, especially with the same quests and progression paths, can be daunting.... >>more
Mon Mar 18 00:08:20 2013

TERA End-Game Gear Sets Guide TERA End-Game Gear Sets Guide
While leveling up is a big part of TERA, getting to level 60 is just the beginning of end-game. Once you make it, it's time to start working on getting good (and better) gear. What we're going to focus on here is the actual end-game gear and how to obtain it.... >>more
Thu Mar 07 01:00:42 2013

TERA Elite vs Founders TERA Elite vs Founders
When playing TERA, there are three different classifications of accounts: free, Elite and Founders. We're going to be taking a look at the Elite and Founders classes, going into the benefits of each (and what it really means to you as a player) and their values.... >>more
Wed Mar 06 00:50:42 2013