Heroes of the storm seeks to silence abusive players

Some people who play mobas are jerks who love to abuse other players — teammates and opponents — in chat. This should come as no surprise to anyone. But blizzard’s taking an unusual step to try and literally silence these kinds of players in heroes of the storm. When the next patch hits, you’ll be able to report players for a wide range of different behavior, including abusive chat, feeding, and chat spamming. If a player receives enough negative reports for abuse or chat spam, he or she will be silenced for 24 hours, unable to send messages through most…
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WOW Reixa join hunting Heroes of the Storm

Through it all, Viryx’s thoughts had remained on Ikiss. She had no sympathy for the heretic. According to the sun-priest, Ikiss had been conspiring with the Outcasts against the Adherents. He would be exiled in a few days. His wings would be cut and he would be cast out. He deserved that and more. The latest storm warrior hero is a familiar face to fans of Warcraft Hearthstone world. Orc half ogre Rexxar will soon look at Nexus, you can now check out his ability to preview video from Blizzard. Rexxar is always accompanied by his faithful pet bear Misha…
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Another game (Pathfinder online) did not start

It seems that we can take another “to see the next mile pile. Pathfinder online join funding club for growth failure group game. Members include similar games such as the temple: the rise of fall. Pathfinder had to lay off all but three (read: all employees because “money not to,” and some other things, not ordinary people, I like your important. The truth: the game will never succeed. Their business model and their game, this is the future. Now my money in a Kickstarter, I am sure, you will at least offer something, but I generally in the congregation raised…
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WHERE METERS REIGN WAY PAST THEIR GLORY DAYS

In her latest blogpost “Living by Numbers”, the ever-enthusiastic Mistress of Faff deplores the meters game and status quo of hunter DPS in Warlords of Draenor. This struck a particular cord with me because ever since returning to WoW, I perceive this dissonance more strongly than ever – a dissonance between what is essentially a very casual-friendly game and a rabid, vocal group full of stat zealots. Naturally, the latter is hardly new: WoW has been heavily modded and then datamined, optimized and cookie-cut from the get-go. Yet, having been away for three years and finding things unchanged in that…
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TIME VS. MONEY IN MMOS AND ARBITRARY LINES IN THE SAND

Two bloggers against whom I harbor no particular ill will, which helps when ordering and formulating thoughts, are going at it: Eri is very angry at the free-to-play model, in regards to a specific, exploitative subset of games. Tobold argues that free-to-play games aren’t in fact funded by masses of poor and gullible people, again by example of a specific subset of games (which gets another reply from Eri). They’d probably really agree on many basic principles, if they were actually talking about the same thing; there are some pretty awful mobile games out there right now and some MMOs…
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EQNEXT’S SANDBOX: A LOOK AT LANDMARK AND THE ADVENTURER CLASS

This year’s Gamescom has come and gone and with it, more juicy info on Everquest Next was let off by David Georgeson during SOE’s presentation. What caught my eye in particular, were some very new and interesting tidbits concerning EQN Landmark and a so far unrevealed class concept, called the Adventurer Class. Okay Sony, this is how you get my attention. (For those who still aren’t quite sure what EQNext Landmark is: Landmark is essentially the Minecraft mode for new Norrath. Players will not only get creative/constructive but social tools to realize and share their own idea of a virtual…
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FRIDAY LINKAGE

Battle Bards episode 13 has aired this last Tuesday and it’s adventure time! One of our most abstract theme shows so far, it was both interesting and challenging to think of MMO tunes that convey the spirit of adventure; that feeling of setting sail into the blue. Adventure and travel are every explorer’s bread and butter but no matter your Bartle profile, it means a great deal of different things to different people. What does it mean to you? Find out and tune in! Episode #13 – Spirit of Adventure OR Direct Download Rate & follow the Battle Bards on…
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Humble Indie Bundle All Stars Offers Super Meat Boy, Braid and Others!

The new Humble Indie Bundle All Stars features some favorite indie games of recent memory. With the bundle you can grab these games for a heavily discounted price. For any amount of money, you can purchase: World of Goo, Super Meat Boy and Dustforce DX. If you pay more than the average you can grab: Dungeon Defenders Collection, Limbo and Braid. And finally you can pay $1 more than the average to get: Risk of Rain and Antichamber. To view this amazing deal on some beloved indie games you can visit the Humble Bundle website here. So go ahead and…
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Riot Donating 2014 LCS Fines to Charity

Riot games has been trying to improve its professional gaming scene by setting down rules that players must abide by in order to try and achieve this goal. Today Riot has announced the charity they will be donating the money they have collected over the past year, a total of $31,850, from players who have broken the rules. According to a post from LoLesports, Riot will be donating $31,850 to The Trevor Project, which is a charity that is set on helping prevent suicide in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. From the post itself,…
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Why We’re Hopeful for the Future of Champions Online

I’ve been a lifelong lover of superheroes and comic books. Whether it was the Uncanny X-Men, Batman, the Question, Magnus: Robot Fighter, the New Mutants, or the Justice League, there was always something that was incredibly appealing about fighting crime while wearing an colorful costume. Sadly, the options for gaming online as a superhero were pretty slim until City of Heroes came along. I spent countless hours in that game, before moving on to Champions Online for a number of reasons, and I greatly enjoyed playing the online rpg. It is true that the game has been in a lull…
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