A new wardrobe to incite fright in Silkroad Online

October 31, 2009 · Filed Under Fantasy, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Ghostly Gear Available for the Historical Fantasy MMORPG

Joymax has announced that haunted Halloween garb is now available for fantasy MMORPG Silkroad Online. The dark and sinister Duke outfit, complete with top hat and cape, is a perfect choice for any warrior about to seek revenge on his enemy. The Countess gown combines elegance and appeal while still exuding the ferocity of a female warrior.

These costumes aren’t just for scaring friends, either! Players can speak with the blacksmith NPC in town to upgrade avatar gear by adding individual attributes. These upgrades can enhance the gear with vitality, strength, magic and defensive traits. There are varying amounts of upgrades available per item, so choose your attire wisely.

The Duke and Countess outfits are limited edition items and will be replaced once the frightening festivities have ceased.

To learn more about Silkroad Online and the spooky threads, visit the official website at www.joymax.com/silkroad.

Silkroad Online
Silkroad Online is a massively multiplayer online RPG that puts the player deep into historical fantasy, joining the Chinese and European civilizations along the Silk Road trade route. Traveling across Jangan, from China to Constantinople, players can make their fortunes as merchants, prey on the rich as thieves, or be protection-for-hire as hunters. The most recent expansion, Legend IV Plus, provides players with an all-new dungeon to explore atop Roc Mountian. Those who survive the battle with its guardian, the monstrous King of the Rocs, are rewarded with some of the finest treasures the game has to offer.

Full Moon arrives to the free In-line Skating MMO Street Gears

October 29, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

A bunch of exciting Halloween events, a new playable character and a new track are awaiting riders in Park Town from the 29th October 2009

The dark season is coming closer and closer and with it the most scary time of the year: Halloween. The gPotato Europe team is glad to announce many different Halloween events as well as a brand new track to discover in Street Gears, the free cel-shaded in-line skating MMO, available in French and German throughout Europe.

Get a costume and celebrate with us the ancient festival of Halloween in Park Town from the 29th October to the 12th November 2009. The Street Gears team has been busy over the last few weeks and has prepared many different and exciting events during this period.

From the 29th October to the 12th November we will start our event with the Pumpkin Tournament and the Ghost Pole Gate Attack. And for all bright minds we’ll have the Halloween Quiz on the 30th and the 6th November. For participating in the events, the best riders among you will be rewarded with fantastic prizes.

All players who log in on the first day of our event will have the chance to win a great prize, as the Street Gears team will raffle 5 new Brian character skins. And all players that will log in between the 29th October and the 1st November will receive a special Halloween gift!

Who is Brian? The 28 year old Brian is our new playable character that arrived in Park Town as an undercover agent and joins Dr. Brown’s archaeology team. He has a strong personality and is a master of disguise, survival and high precision weaponry. In his spare time he enjoys classical music and hard rock. Since the 29th October Brian has been available in the character shop.

Beside all those events and our new character, we are also going to present you a new track to discover: “Forbidden City“. The Asian style track holds a few surprises and requires both speed and control in order to succeed in recording the best times. The course includes jumps, speed ways and high slopes that require great agility and high speed!

For more information on our Events and Update visit the official Street Gears website at http://sg.gpotato.eu.

Haunting Tricks and Treats are unleashed in GamersFirst titles to celebrate the Season

October 28, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

GamersFirst, today’s most popular free2play online game destination, is embracing the spirit of Halloween by unleashing special holiday features for its titles; Knight Online, Runes of Magic, Sword of the New World and War Rock. In addition, the Turkish language channels will be commemorating Turkish Republic Day with the release of symbolic Turkish flags in-game.

This special holiday promotion will begin on October 29th and end on November 5th. The Halloween Haunt features will include:
– Halloween themed in-game maps
– Themed Halloween costumes (featuring Jack-o-lantern heads in some games)
– Various in-game Zombie invasion/release and Game Master events with holiday-only prizes
– Special holiday bonuses that include; 25% discounts on various items, experience increases and Halloween-themed weapons
– Pumpkin carving contests (entries can be viewed on game forums)

“We have linked our flagship titles to mirror real-life celebrations for many years; nurturing a connection between our gamers and their in-game personalities,” says Joshua Hong, CEO of GamersFirst. “The value of identifying with our gamers in and out of game has proven to be a bond that creates consistency and loyalty in our community relationships.”

To see specific features that will apply to individual titles, you can visit each game’s respective news alerts at the following links:

Knight Online – http://knightonlineworld.gamersfirst.com/news_archive.php?n=2

Runes of Magic – http://www.gamersfirst.com/runesofmagic/?q=ToplulukHaberleri

Sword of the New World – http://www.gamersfirst.com/swordofthenewworld/?q=News

War Rock – http://www.gamersfirst.com/warrock/?q=News

2009 UK National Gamers Survey

October 27, 2009 · Filed Under Business, Consoles, News · Comment 

Gamers want instant pleasure.

Digital distribution booming on all game platforms.

Online distribution and direct sales of games is rapidly expanding into the console and PC game market, traditionally serviced by retail. For the business of mobile games and games accessed via game portals direct online sales and distribution has always been key.

New data coming from the UK National Gamers Survey 2009 and identical surveys in the US and other EU markets confirm this and reveal new facts on different aspects of games industry’s hottest topic: “digital distribution”. Conducted by TNS and Gamesindustry.com, the survey found that 25% of all console users in the UK have downloaded and paid for complete games or extra levels via their console. 7% state that, when acquiring new games, they usually buy the game directly via their console. For PC games this figure is double: 14% of PC gamers are accustomed to buying and downloading directly online. Figures from the identical survey held in the US shows even more dramatic figures: 16% and 23%, respectively.

Game portals and mobile
19% of the UK population plays games on their mobile phone. 44% actually downloads new games and pays directly via their handset. The enormous reach of casual game portals – used by 32% of the total UK population – is due to the fact most games are free, but 20% of UK game portal players state they spend money on the portal. In the US this is even 33%. Paid subscriptions are the most popular in both countries but already 6% of all UK and US game portal players frequently buy premium games online.

Console and PC games
55% of the UK population plays games on consoles and 35% state they play PC games. 27% of UK console players state they download levels or complete games via their console, almost all have experienced paying for this. For Xbox 360 and PS3 the figures go up dramatically: 51% and 55% respectively; 25% for Nintendo Wii. When buying complete new games, 7% of all console players states they usually do so directly via the console. 14% of PC gamers pay and download games directly. As can be expected percentages are even higher in the younger age groups.

Video content and demos
Online distribution is not only a factor in purchasing games. Almost 25% of UK console game players state that the availability of a downloadable trial version or demo is a crucial factor in their buying decision. This is close to the 30% for PC gamers that traditionally have online access. 45% of PS3 users downloads or accesses video content via their console. This is 41% for Xbox360 and a mere 22% for Nintendo Wii.


Game market revenues

Fast growing segments of the game market such as MMOs, mobile games and game portals are already attracting significant revenues through direct online payments. With the addition of console and PC game revenues shifting away from traditional retail, additional tools and approaches are needed to get the full picture of the games market.

Peter Warman, from Gamesindustry.com adds:“With the growing part of games being played and paid for online, a key way to monitor the complete games business is by asking consumers directly about their overall game behavior and spending. An additional advantage of this approach is insight across all platforms as the traditional divide between the online casual and core console market has evaporated.”

Free Killing Floor Level Up content pack released

October 26, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Premier videogames publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Tripwire Interactive have yesterday released a huge free content pack for Killing Floor named ‘Level Up’, as well as the Defence Alliance mod. Killing Floor was released over Steam earlier this year and has been one of the its best selling shooters, triggering Iceberg Interactive to take over European retail release for the exciting co-op horror shooter.

Iceberg Interactive CEO Erik Schreuder said: “Our friends at Tripwire Interactive really deserve a lot of credit for caring for the community so much. They keep supporting their game and keep releasing great new content for the addictive 6 player co-op shooter that is Killing Floor. It is uncanny that such a huge update with so many extra’s is released for free and I believe this is not even the end of it. At Iceberg we’re very excited to play this update and recommend that anyone who has a taste for horror survival and co-op shooters, does exactly that as well. I may not be objective but I really recommend this very, very highly: it’s actually inexpensive, guarantees months of fun and enjoys continuous support and expansions.“

In celebration of the Free Content Pack a Free Weekend will run from Thursday 22nd through Sunday 25th October and will allow anyone to play the full game, including all the additional free content, all weekend. If you already own the game, the ‘Level Up’ content pack will update automatically. If you have never tried Killing Floor, get it now from your local retail store or click here to start the pre-load: http://store.steampowered.com/app/1250/.

The details for the Free Content Pack:
• 3 New maps: Bedlam, Wyre and Waterworks.
• New specimen: the Husk. Adds more tactics to the game as this is a long range attacking enemy.
• Introduction of a 7th Perk: Demolition. With this new Perk you become a specialist in proximity charges and grenade launchers, adding even more tactical depth to the team’s ability to stop the advancing hordes.
• A new perk level for all perks increasing the max level from 5 up to 6 including new benefits for all classes.
• 7 New Weapons, varying from the medic gun to cure teammates from a distance, to various automatic guns and shotgun additions, as well as several weapons for the all new Demolition Perk.
• 20+ New Steam Achievements, upping the total to 60+. Getting them all feeds the need to play.
• Revamped User Interface.
• The first ever total conversion mod for Killing Floor entitled “Defense Alliance 2” released over Steam as an official mod for KF.

Killing Floor
Killing Floor is a co-op game mode for up to six players obliterating multiple waves of specimens, with the following features.

• Persistent Perks system, allowing players to convert their in-game achievements into permanent improvements to their character’s skills and abilities
• Watch those crucial and violent creature deaths in slomo “ZEDtime”, even in multiplayer
• Solo game mode for offline play
• 10 different monster types trying to eat your face off, armed with everything from teeth and claws, through to chainsaws, chainguns and rocket-launchers
• Over 20 weapons for the players to chose from, ranging from knives and fire-axes up to pump shotguns, rifles and a flamethrower. Add in a welder, medical tools and body armor to help the players survive
• 9 official maps included and more than 100 custom maps created to date!
• 14 player characters to chose from (including additional DLC characters available)
• Players choose one of 7 Perks to play with, so they can best balance out a co-op team to survive the horrors
• Open, non-linear play areas: choose when and where to fight – or run; weld doors closed to try and direct the monster horde
• Fully-configurable, allowing players to change things as simple as the difficulty level or number of creature waves, or go so far as to set up their own favorite waves of monsters
• Includes SDK for the creation of new levels and mods

Dragonica gets a spooky makeover this Halloween

October 25, 2009 · Filed Under News · Comment 

A Halloween makeover, new monsters and quests take over Dragotaka this October

Dragonica, the free arcade-style 3D side-scrolling MMORPG from the gPotato.eu games portal, is getting a spooky makeover as the gPotato team are proud to announce Halloween in Dragotaka.

Between October 22nd and November 5th, a simple automatic patch gives players logging into Dragonica a treat! For these two weeks, all the major towns including Odellia, Port of the Winds, Libra, Fungoid Village, Ellora Camp and Ash Mist Village have had a spooky Halloween makeover!

A brand new quest NPC called Randy has also been added into the game. He’s had some Halloween trouble and needs your help, and in return for assisting him with the new quest chain, players can earn a great Halloween themed weapon for their characters!

There are also a number of new Halloween related quests and a selection of new monsters including Werewolves, Vampires and Pumpkin Heads swarming over the lands. They will all be dropping unique consumable Halloween items. Finally, a very special Halloween Achievement is now available for players who wish to attempt it.

If you are new to Dragonica, check out the official European Dragonica website at http://dragonica.gpotato.eu or watch the YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/dragonica to find out what the game is all about. Players interested in playing free for life can download the game client at http://en.dragonica.gpotato.eu/Download/Client.aspx and a torrent to get the game legally over Bittorrent is also available.

Dragonica
Dragonica is the free arcade-style 3D side-scrolling MMORPG. Developed by Korean developers Barunson Interactive, it is published in Europe in English, French and German at the www.gPotato.eu gaming portal. It features original keyboard-controlled gameplay, combo-based action that rewards skilful players, a vibrant 3D universe and plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour along the way. Dragonica has universal appeal, and is a game for all ages. Dragonica is currently in Open Beta and available to players by downloading the game from the official website at http://dragonica.gpotato.eu and signing up for a free gPotato.eu account.

MMO Calendar 2010

October 24, 2009 · Filed Under Business, MMO, News · Comment 

It is officially that time of year again. The 4th annual MMO Calendar is now on sale!

MMO Calendar is an annual, non-profit fund-raiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

With the help of amazing developers we have put together another one-of-a-kind calendar featuring original artwork from some of your favorite MMO’s. MMO Calendar 2010 includes:
• Age of Conan
• Dungeons & Dragons Online
• Eve Online
• EverQuest II
• Free Realms
• Guild Wars 2
• Lord of the Rings Online
• Runes of Magic
• RuneScape
• The Secret World
• Warhammer Online
• World of Warcraft®

As a special thank you to everyone that purchases a calendar we have a bag full of prizes to give away! Upon placing your order you will be entered to win 1 of 10 prizes for each game featured in the calendar!

List of Prizes
• Age of Conan – 30 Day Subscription
• Dungeons & Dragons Online – 30 Day VIP Subscription
• Eve Online – 30 Day Subscription
• EverQuest II – 30 Day Subscription
• Free Realms – 90 Day Premium Subscription
• Guild Wars 2 – Boxed Copy of Guild Wars Trilogy
• Lord of the Rings Online – 30 Day Subscription
• Runes of Magic – 30 Day Subscription
• RuneScape – 90 Day Subscription
• The Secret World – Closed Beta Slot
• Warhammer Online – 30 Day Subscription
• World of Warcraft® – 30 Day Subscription
Keep in mind though… even if you don’t win a prize in one of the drawings you are still a winner! As always, 100% of the proceeds of the sale of MMO Calendar go directly to the amazing people at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping them in the fight for children’s lives.

Reserve your 2010 MMO Calendar today at http://www.mmocalendar.com!

*All calendars will be shipped on Dec. 5, 2009, ensuring Christmas delivery worldwide.

**10 of each prize will be given away in a drawing to be held on Dec. 7, 2009 at 8 pm CST. Winners will be notified by email immediately following the drawing. Odds of winning are dependent on the number of people that purchase the calendar.

Final Fantasy XI Ultimate Collection

October 23, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER THE ENTIRE GAME UNIVERSE AVAILABLE IN ONE DOWNLOAD

Square Enix Ltd. announces that the entire FINAL FANTASY® XI universe, including all previous expansion packs and add-on scenarios, will be available for the first time ever in one download from 12th November 2009. FINAL FANTASY XI ULTIMATE COLLECTION will be available exclusively for Windows® download.

The Ultimate Collection will include the original FINAL FANTASY XI and all four expansion packs to take your adventure even further. These include Rise of the Zilart™, Chains of Promathia™, Treasures of Aht Urhgan™ and Wings of the Goddess™, plus three recently released add-on scenarios comprising “A Crystalline Prophecy™ – Ode of Life Bestowing,” “A Moogle Kupo d’Etat™ – Evil in Small Doses,” and “A Shantotto Ascension™ – The Legend Torn, Her Empire Born.”

FINAL FANTASY XI takes you into the world of Vana’diel® during the aftermath of a great war, as you answer a desperate call to defend your people. Unite with other warriors as they save their world from utter destruction.

For more information about FINAL FANTASY XI, please visit the official website: http://www.playonline.com/ff11eu

FINAL FANTASY XI
With fans across Europe, North America and Japan, FINAL FANTASY XI is the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game capable of simultaneous multiplayer cooperation across three different platforms. Now in its eighth year of service, FINAL FANTASY XI enjoys a community from around the world. The series continues to evolve and expand, offering newcomers and fans alike an immersive, engrossing and engaging universe to traverse, defend and explore.

NCsoft gives players plenty of Tricks and Treats this Halloween

October 22, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

In honor of Halloween, NCsoft is providing its players with additional in-game content and activities to get into the holiday spirit. Along with in-game events, quests, costumes and contests across NCsoft’s portfolio of games, including Aion, City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Lineage, Lineage II and Exteel, players will find themselves face-to-face with zombies, werewolves, undead creatures and plenty of other foul dwellers along the way.

Below you will find a brief overview of the Halloween activities across NCsoft’s portfolio of games. For additional information and screen shots of the various in-game prizes, please visit www.press.ncsoft.com.

Aion – Harvest Revel
During the Fall harvest, the people of Atreia have always celebrated the bounty of the land. Years ago, the joy of the annual revels was troubled by an eclipse—a peculiar and magical eclipse that brought darkness to Asmodae and Elysea. Ever since, for days during Harvest Revel, the sky goes dark and the people of Atreia join in the hunt.

Asmodians celebrate the bounty through the Wild Hunt, racing after the Wild Kurthanir hunt leader and cooking special dishes made from the meat. On the other side of Atreia, the Elyos encounter undead creatures pulled back into a semblance of life by the power of the eclipse. Elyos must join roving Dark Night bands to hunt and destroy the undead before they invade Elyos villages.

Each day during Harvest Revel players will be rewarded for their investment with new lore and tasty treats including a Halloween Hat and candy that will transform players into in game creatures!
• Starts: Sunday, October 25, 2009
• Ends: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Visit www.aiononline.com for more Aion-specific information.

Guild Wars – The Return of Mad King Thorn
It’s Halloween in Tyria, and that means one thing: the return of Mad King Thorn! Similar to years past, the maniacal monarch has come to play, and he’s got a bag full of tricks and treats to delight and dismay. But non-tricksters fear not, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween – participate in several special events (a new series of quests and a costume PvP brawl) or explore the decorated cities/towns adorned with Halloween décor.
• Starts: Friday, October 23, 2009
• Ends: Monday, November 2, 2009
Visit www.guildwars.com for more Guild Wars information.

City of Heroes – Triumph over the New Deadly Halloween Apocalypse
Players brace themselves for a new apocalypse as City of Heroes’ annual Halloween Event returns with legions of Zombies, Werewolves, Jack-o-Lanterns, and other foul denizens descend upon Paragon City and the Rogue Isles. This year they’re bringing even more powerful allies! The new apocalypse is deadlier than ever as mysterious monstrosities join forces with the Eidolons, Shivans, and others. Paragon City and the Rogue Isles are in terrible peril, and only the greatest Heroes and Villains can turn back the tide. The greater the challenge, the greater the reward!
• Starts: Tuesday, October 20, 2009
• Ends: Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Visit www.cityofheroes.com for more City of Heroes information.

Lineage II – “Scarecrow Jack” and Halloween Adena Art Contest
Halloween is just around the corner and players can win in-game prizes by showing off their creative holiday spirit. Players are encouraged to create and share their Halloween and/or autumn themed adena art (visual art created by dropping adena on the ground in-game to create an image seen from above.) For those just looking to have fun this Halloween, players can don a “Scarecrow Jack” illusion featuring two animated emotes. Along with the illusion, players will receive 5 revita pops to refill their vitality bars while in game.
• Starts: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
• Ends: Thursday, November 19, 2009
• Deadline for art submissions is Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 11:59pm CDT
Visit www.lineage2.com for more Lineage II information.

Lineage – “Cavern of Chaos” Costume Party
The Lineage team is hosting the in-game party of all parties this Halloween – costumes not required, but highly encouraged! In addition to free polymorph “costumes,” most monsters will drop pumpkin seed, which is redeemable for prizes like a Pinewand to spawn monsters of choice, accessories, and Stat t-shirts from NPCs. No tricks about it, as an added bonus, players will be treated to increased item drops from Bosses. See you at the “Cavern of Chaos!”
• Starts: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
• Ends: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Visit www.lineage.com for more Lineage information.

Exteel – Halloween Event
Smashing pumpkins and bag snatching is easy! Try picking on a Mechanaught your own size, even if it is painted Orange and Purple! Exteel players are encouraged to celebrate this Halloween colorfully with free Orange and Purple paint. But that’s not all! Players will receive +50% bonus credits during the week-long Exteel Halloween celebration!
• Starts: Wednesday, October 28, 2009
• Ends: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Visit www.exteel.com for more Exteel information.

Frogster America celebrates Halloween in Runes of Magic

October 21, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Real World and In-Game Events Give the Community Lots of Opportunities to Get in the Spirit and Have fun

Frogster America, Inc. announced its plans to celebrate Halloween in the free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is redefining the genre, Runes of Magic (www.runesofmagic.com). Over the next two weeks, the publisher will be giving away Halloween-themed in-game items, holding real world and in-game decorating contests, running special events and selling special Halloween bundles. Runes of Magic has more than two million registered users worldwide and over 750,000 in North America where Frogster America operates the game.

“Halloween is an important holiday for most MMO games, but we really get into the holiday spirit at Frogster America,” said Jeremy Monroe, director of marketing and business development at Frogster America, Inc. “With a lot of different events, giveaways and contests for the community, we want our players to know that we appreciate their support and we’re constantly working to make the game better and more enjoyable for our users.”

Here are just some of the events that Frogster America has planned over the next two weeks:

In-Game Item Giveaways – October 23rd-October 31st
In-game items including Jack-O-Lantern, Frankenstein and Werewolf masks, and a Witches’ Hat will be given away starting October 23rd on partner sites including www.Massively.com, www.ZAM.com, and via the official Facebook group and Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/RoM_US).

Real World Halloween Decoration Contest – Now until October 30th
Now until Oct. 30, players can send their pictures of real-life Halloween decorations — such as jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses or costumes — that have a Runes of Magic twist to: romcomm@frogster-america.com. Frogster America will post their favorites on www.runesofmagic.com. Entries that are posted will be rewarded with in-game Halloween-themed items.

Halloween Bundle Sales – Now until November 1st
Frogster is offering special Halloween themed items and bundles, from ghostly housing decor to pumpkin pets, there’s something for anyone that likes a scare. The items will be available until November 1st at Midnight EST.

In-Game Decoration (Screenshot) Contest – Now until Oct. 28th
The company will give rewards to the players Frogster feels do the best job in decorating their Character in Costume, House, or Guild Castle.

In-Game Events – Now until October 31st
Frogster also has multiple in-game events planned every Tuesday and Friday until Halloween. ‘Hide-n-Seek’, ‘Your Scary Costume’, and ‘Offer to the Goblin King’ will be run in-game by the community events team.

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