Halloween 2010: Zombie Infection Spreads Through GamersFirst

October 28, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Halloween Haunts GamersFirst’s premier MMO Titles with Zombies, Pumpkins and Promos

GamersFirst, today’s most popular Free2Play destination, announced in a statement this morning that its headquarters and games have been breached by a mysterious infection throughout the publisher’s premier online MMOs and website (now) www.zombiesfirst.com.

Footage of the infection was first discovered on a weekly vlog produced by a GamersFirst employee of the pseudo name, Neume; where traces of the mysterious transformation first began during a producer interview. Neume’s vlogs seem to be the only connection between GamersFirst headquarters and the outside world. Regardless, game operations seem to be intact and are falling in line with new in-game content.

“We are doing the best we can to remedy this strange situation,” says Joe Rush, Director of Game Operations for GamersFirst. “It’s not out of character for our staff to play War Rock for several hours at a time, but to do it without blinking (and foaming at the mouth) leaves me feeling a little uneasy. Some of the staff has been in good spirits and are trying to pull through this ordeal, but we have had to separate ourselves from some of our more aggressive infected coworkers, to keep the games alive.” Read more

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

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.

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.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning – Halloween to be marked with a Daemon Moon Rising event

October 18, 2009 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

The Moon Rises and Chaos Reigns October 23rd through November 2nd

Mythic Entertainment™  announced that the critically acclaimed MMORPG, Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning® (WAR), will host a special live event, Daemon Moon Rising, for a limited time during the 2009 Halloween season. Daemon Moon Rising, will run in-game from October 23rd through November 2nd, and will feature the Daemon Mask event quest, a new Daemonball Rally Public Quest, a special Realm vs. Realm™ scenario, and treats both fair and foul.

In Daemon Moon Rising, a fiendish sub-cult of Chaos artificers have bound savage daemons into innocuous carnival masks and smuggled them into the Empire. The Daemon Mask event quest will task players with collecting these possessed masks and defeating the daemons bound within. As a reward for halting the menace of the masks, players will receive a souvenir Daemon Mask and a chance to discover the rare and powerful Magus Daemonarium within a sack of sinister secrets.

The Daemonball Rally Public Quest will pit players of Order and Destruction versus one another in a battle to seize the Daemon Cradle and empower the essence of nightmares against their opponents.

“This is a terrifying time of year within the world of Warhammer and the Daemon Moon Rising live event is our way of fighting against the darkness that encompasses the land,” said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer for Mythic Entertainment. “We call on all players to rise up against the malevolent creatures that threaten the land and keep safe the Realms. But beware, for under the cold, dark madness of the Daemon Moon, anything can happen!”

Players can also don their masks and participate in “Wake the Dead”, a special running of the High Pass Cemetery RvR scenario available to characters of all tiers during the Daemon Moon Rising live event.

Other fiendish rewards available to event participant include: the Fiendfang with bonus to healing, damage, renown, and XP; the Face of the Unborn mask; the Meatcleaver’s mask; the Face-Eater’s mask; the arcane Malleus Daemonarium; and special talisman components imbued with the might of Chaos itself.

To learn more about the Daemon Moon Rising Live Event, please visit: http://www.warhammeronline.com.

Based on the popular tabletop war game from Games Workshop, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm conflict that will provide players with an engaging battleground for years to come. Available now for PC and rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB, WAR will be available for the Mac on October 28, 2009. For more information about Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning or to download the 10-day free trial, visit http://www.warhammeronline.com/

GameSpot Breaks Down its List of Scary Videos into Different Flavors of Fear

October 30, 2008 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Over the years, video game developers have tried to “one-up” each other on their video game scare tactics, making titles more gory, bloody, frightening, or just plain weird. To commemorate Halloween, GameSpot (www.gamespot.com), a leading source for trusted gaming information and a property of CBS Interactive, gives the fans of fright a rundown of the best titles to play this October 31 for consoles and PC.

“While horror movies have been a longtime staple of the Halloween season, we also realize that games have the potential to match and even surpass them,” said Ricardo Torres, Editor in Chief at GameSpot. “Besides offering the scares of a movie, games offer an interactive experience that can’t be beat when done right.”

GameSpot editors have structured the titles in categories, highlighting the different flavors of fear for any game fanatic. Be warned, you shouldn’t play alone.

ABRUPT SCARES (games that make you jump out of your seat with a sudden scare)

  • Doom 3 (PC, Mac, Xbox)
  • Resident Evil (PS, SAT, PC)
  • Resident Evil 2 (GC, PS, N64, PC, DC)

ATMOSPHERIC TENSION (games with excellently tense, spooky atmosphere)

  • BioShock (PC, 360, PS3)
  • System Shock 2 (PC)
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl (PC)
  • The Thing (PS2, PC, Xbox)
  • Alone in the Dark (PC)

GROSSOUT HORROR (horror-themed games that are just super-disgusting)

  • Silent Hill 2 (PS2, PC)
  • Dead Space (X360, PS3, PC)
  • Clive Barker’s Jericho (X360, PS3, PC)
  • Silent Hill: Homecoming (X360, PS3, PC)

ADRENALINE RUSH (horror-themed games with fast-paced action elements)

  • Resident Evil 4 (GC, PS2, PC, Wii)
  • Resident Evil 5 (PS3 | 360)
  • Doom (SAT, PC, GBA, 3DO, 32X, JAG, SNES, PS, X360)
  • Clive Barker’s Undying (PC, Mac)
  • Left 4 Dead (PC, X360)

PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR (games that get in your head)

  • F.E.A.R. (PC, X360, PS3)
  • Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (GC)
  • Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (PC | Xbox)
  • Condemned (X360, PC)
  • Condemned 2 (X360, PS3)

Source: CBS Interactive