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By Tiffany Marshall On 28 May, 2015 At 01:00 PM | Categorized As Featured, International News, PC Games, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments

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This morning it was announced via social media that WildStar will be going free-to-play.

My opinion on this is it’s about time! I think the subscription models for MMOs is becoming outdated and a lot of people are more hesitant for shelling out that kind of money, especially for a game that’s new and people don’t know a whole lot about. I think if your game is good enough, you can survive as a free-to-play game and get people to pay for other things.

I first saw WildStar at PAX East a couple years ago and I was intrigued. I love MMOs. They manage to engulf my life when I start playing. What would an MMO be without that?! 😉 I decided to jump in and bought the game while there. Hey, why not? I was caught up in the craze of PAX.

I played it a bit here and there and it was okay, but it was hard to justify paying a subscription for it. Now that that’s finally being taken away, I may just jump back in again.

The Free-to-Play won’t be available until the fall, but you can sign up for the beta here.

What do you think? Will you play? What do you think of the subscription model for MMOs?

Source: WildStar’s Facebook

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At PAX East earlier this year, it was announced that there would be a PAX South in San Antonio, Texas. PAX South is to be held from January 23 to January 25.

Yesterday, Penny Arcade randomly announced at 1:11 pm via Twitter that PAX South tickets were on sale.  Within 2 hours, 3 day passes sold out.

Fortunately, single day passes are still available for purchase at http://south.paxsite.com/registration.

You can follow Penny Arcade on Twitter at @Official_PAX.

I will be at PAX South. Will you? What did you think of how they informed the public about the tickets being on sale? Let us know in the comments!

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PAX East 2014 was my fourth PAX but my first time going as Media.  As always, PAX East was a great experience! Every year PAX East is held in Boston, so I enjoy being able to see another part of the East Coast while checking out all the video games.

This year I got to see many different video games, the most notable of which included This War of Mine from 11 Bit Studios, Sniper Elite 3 and Defense Grid 2 from 505 Games and Hidden Path Entertainment, and Framed from Loveshack Entertainment.  All of these games were very different from one another but brought a lot to the table to create an enjoyable experience. This War of Mine allows you to gain insight into the struggle of a war torn country from a very individual level of trying to survive day to day.  Sniper Elite 3 brought a new and fun entry into shooters with absolutely amazing and awe-worthy graphics.  Defense Grid 2 was an amazingly fun tower defense game that doesn’t fail to keep you on your toes.  Framed was a very unique entry with a puzzle style journey through a mystery.  I plan to get all of these games the minute they’re available and I highly recommend each and every one of them.

Of course, there was far more to see during PAX East as the expanse of the show floor and panels is ginormous! 2014 was definitely the year of the indie games for PAX East.  The presence of AAA games seemed to be a bit light and I was quite worried when I saw the schedule, but PAX East did not disappoint.

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An organization I would definitely like to highlight is Operation Supply Drop. As an Army brat (my parents served in the Army for a long time) and having a lot of friends in the military, it definitely makes me happy to see an organization that makes it their mission to help out the troops.  Operation Supply Drop does just that and more. I met with Captain Stephen Machuga of the US Army and Charity Founder. Captain Machuga, as well as everyone at OSD’s booth exhuded passion and enthusiasm about their mission to bring “video games to soldiers in combat zones and military hospitals.”  Being in a combat zone, in military hospitals, and other areas where soldiers serve can be extremely stressful so OSD does their best to make “fun where there is none!” There was never a dull moment at the booth while there or passing and I’ve seen so much enthusiasm from the gaming community to help their cause.  It’ll be very interesting to see how OSD expands and grows further to be such a great presence for our troops.  For more information about their cause and how to help out, check out their website at www.OperationSupplyDrop.org, their Twitter @OpSupplyDrop, and their Facebook page at Facebook.com/OperationSupplyDrop.

I also got to check out numerous booths on the show floor which is always exciting. GUNNAR Optiks never disappoints with their selection of gaming eyewear. I even snagged myself a pair from their Intercept line in Ink (purple). I always get a pair of GUNNARs every time I go to PAX East and absolutely love them. Whether I’m gaming or staring at a computer screen, GUNNARs help reduce the strain in my eyes. I’ve also found that their line of sunglasses are absolutely wonderful and are far better than all of the other sunglasses that I own.

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As always, PAX East was a great experience and I highly recommend going if you ever get the chance.  It’s worth the fun and craziness and the video game culture galore!  Everyone is excited and happy to be there with so many things to do with such a short amount of time!

Although I may not attend next year, you may be able to catch me at PAX South and PAX Prime next year. I, also, plan to be at Otakon this summer and Baltimore Comic Con this fall.

Did you go? What did you think of PAX East? Is there anything from my experience at PAX East that you’d like to hear more about? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @LadyLoveMonster!

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Who’s Going?

This year it will be me and fellow editor Sean Jacobs aka NoirZillaGamer that will be at PAX East.

Where to Find Me

We’ll be all over the place, especially the show floor as that’s where all the gems are at! We’ll also be at a few of the parties. You can find me and say hello at these parties:

Thursday, April 10th : Pokecrawl (registration for this closed)

Friday, April 11th : 8-Bit Boston, Indies Need Booze party (registration for this is sold out)

Saturday, April 12th : Bethesda party, the ASUS/PC Gamer party

Keep in mind this is a tentative list as my plans may change when I’m actually at PAX East.

To get live updates follow me on Twitter at LadyLoveMonster.

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Jumble Rumble is a rhythm RTS game developed by Disco Pixel.  It’s a very colorful game that involves you protecting bananas that belong to a clan of monkeys from their rival clan.

For a preview of the game, here is the dev diary:

For those interested in checking out the game early, it will be available to demo at PAX East 2014.  Jumble Rumble will be arriving on iOS and Android in late April.

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Sources:  Disco Pixel, Jumble Rumble Official Website, The Bohle Company

If you’re interested in learning more about Jungle Rumble, check out an impression of an earlier Jungle Rumble demo by another ROG member here.

No GravatarPAX East has announced the games that will be in their indie showcase this year.  Here are the games and trailers:

Crowman & Wolfboy : Developer – Wither Studios LLC; Platform – iOS; Genre – Action/Adventure

 

Duet : Developer – Kumobius; Platform – iOS; Genre – Action/Arcade

 

Framed : Developer – Loveshack; Platform – iOS; Genre – Narrative Puzzle

 

The Spookening : Developer – Modesty; Platform – iOS, Android; Genre – Horror

 

Tiny Dice Dungeon : Developer – Springloaded; Platform – iOS, Android; Genre – Combat RPG

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Although there is no video for this game, there are screenshots and more information on the official website.

 

Wayward Souls : Developer – Rocketcat Games; Platform – iOS; Genre – Action/Adventure

 

PAX East is from April 11, 2014 to April 13, 2014.

Sources: PAX East Indie Showcase, Wither StudiosDuet official website, Framed official website, The Spookening official website, Tiny Dice Dungeon official website, Rocketcat Games

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Yesterday, January 1, 2014, Mike Krahulik aka Gabriel or Gabe from Penny Arcade wrote a blog about his resolutions for 2014.  Amid the controversies of 2013, Penny Arcade will be distancing itself from PAX.

In his blog, Gabe goes into more detail about his own issues and realizing how those issues are impacting others, Penny Arcade, and the PAX conventions.  As a recap of some of the problems Penny Arcade and Gabe have sparked over the course of 2013 there was the comic strip making light of rape, tweets from Gabe that were transphobic-esque, and a chronological lack of remorse regarding the effect of these comments until now.

In many ways, I believe this is a good move as I’ve heard movements of boycotting the conventions due to the actions of an individual, which would be a shame.  As I have only attended PAX East, I can only speak on my experiences with that convention.  It is a wonderful convention and an amazing experience for all gamers alike. It is the best convention of the conventions I have attended.

I wish nothing but the best for Gabe and his endeavors.

The blog written by Gabe can be accessed at http://penny-arcade.com/2014/01/01/resolutions and if you want to learn more about PAX go to http://www.paxsite.com

By SarahTheRebel On 1 Apr, 2013 At 03:18 PM | Categorized As Conventions | With 0 Comments

No GravatarI recently had the opportunity to attend PAX East for the first time. The event was packed and a riot of colors, games and people.

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To give you an idea of how crowded it was (besides these crazy pictures), I really wanted to play The Last of Us demo, but the line was already hours long at 10:20 AM… ten minutes before the show floor actually opened up! Luckily, the line for the DuckTales was much shorter.

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PAX East had multiple sections, including a massive table top gaming area, a console and PC gaming area, the expo floor and an Indie game section. The indie games section was my favorite, filled with innovative and experimental games by developers creating games that they themselves actually wanted to play. Some of my favorites were Guacamelee, Transistor and Secret Ponchos.

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Secret Ponchos: Indie Gold!

Secret Ponchos stole my heart as a quirky little spaghetti western top-down shooter with awesome music, lush art and a simple premise: this town ain’t big enough for the both of us. The game really gave me the feel of the old Westerns, as I hid behind a wagon and reloaded my gun, praying that the other outlaw was far enough away for my melee to recharge. I spoke with Eduardo Echeverria, the interface developer, who told me that the game will allow you to customize your character as you gain a reputation, essentially allowing you to create your own outlaw. He also revealed that they are developing a female character. Check her out on the far right and check out my preview article for more information on Secret Ponchos.

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Saints Row 4: The Darling of PAX East

Of the big name games, Saints Row 4 promises to be the most outrageous, with a gun that allows you to dubstep people to death and the admission that there would have been a dragon you could ride if they’d had enough time to fit it into the game.

Players control the President of the United Saints (which you can import from your old game save) and must battle evil aliens in a computer generated world using only their super powers and wits. And guns. And monster trucks. Etc., etc., etc.

Check out my preview article for more information about the upcoming sequel to Saints Row the Third.

Panels, Parties and More

Besides the show floor and gaming areas there were also more panels than you could shake a stick at! Check :23 seconds in to see my lovely face at the TGS Podcast panel, for example. There were also parties like the one Twitch hosted and fun hangouts like the BioWare Base.

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Despite the lack of many big name game releases, I still had a great time at PAX East and can’t wait to return to PAX Prime!

 

By SarahTheRebel On 1 Apr, 2013 At 12:56 AM | Categorized As Conventions, Featured, International News, Otaku Events, Previews, ROG News | With 1 Comment

No GravatarOf the big name games shown at PAX East, Saints Row IV promises to be the most outrageous, with a gun that allows you to dubstep people to death and the admission that there would have been a dragon you could ride if they’d had enough time to fit it into the game.

Plot

Players control the President of the United Saints/States (your main character which you can import from your old game save) and must battle evil aliens in a computer generated world using only their super powers and wits. And guns. And monster trucks. Etc., etc., etc. Check out the teaser trailer here.

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Gameplay

Gameplay is similar to the previous Saints Row games, but with even more insanity. Players roaming this sandbox style game will have new found superhero powers, such as jumping to the tops of buildings, freezing people, flying around and throwing cars with your telekinesis. There will be drop in/drop out co-op as well as mechs you can ride around.

Most of the gameplay will take place in a cyber world, where the President will have to subdue alien hotspots in order to regain control. You will also occasionally get back into the real world before jumping into your cabinet members’ virtual realities to rescue them.

So What’s New?

There are a lot of things different with this game as opposed to the previous titles, but the changes make sense. There will be less choices in this game based on feedback from the amount of choices in the previous games. You will also start from a position of power instead of starting as a nobody and working your way up to leader of the Saints. You will also only fight one unified enemy: the Zen, an alien race bent on indoctrinating you.

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The weapons are now very customizable as well. For example, you can have a gun that looks like a guitar case. Volition also claims the weapons and super powers will work together to create fun and exciting effects.

Jim Boone, the senior producer on Saints Row IV, emphasized that they wanted the game to be over the top for the sake of being fun, not over the top for the sake of being over the top. Hopefully they have found the right balance of challenge and hilarity in this newest entry in the series.  I got a very “final scene of Avengers” vibe from the demo and can’t wait to check out more Saints Row IV.

Saints Row IV comes out August 2013.

By SarahTheRebel On 25 Mar, 2013 At 10:48 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Editorials, Featured, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarI know you all are eagerly awaiting our write ups on some of the cool things we saw at PAX East 2013! In the meantime, here’s a quick look at some of the most exciting news from PAX:

  • Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced their new free-to-play collectible card game HearthStone: Heroes of WarcraftThis new game is focused around 1v1 and also allows for matchmaking through battle.net. This online capability will allow players to duel with other players, and will also allow for medal ranking boosts. There will be 300 cards based on the character classes from their game World of Warcraft (WoW) available at launch. You can purchase cards in packs for about $1 each.  The beta will be available this summer for PC, MAC, and even iPad gamers. The actual game will be available at the end of 2013.

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  • Capcom has announced that they are resurrecting Duck ales and will be remaking the original game from Nintendo into a game available for PSN, Wii/WiiU, and Xbox Live that will be called DuckTales: Remastered.

  • Ms. Splosion Man, a long-awaited iOS game created by Twisted Pixel, will be released by the end of this month. Joystiq says this version will have power-up capabilities, one of which will let you skip levels if they are too difficult for you. The game is $10, and will also be available on Steam and Windows Phone.

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  • Assassin’s Creed Creative Director Jean Guesdon and the team at UbiSoft Montreal talked about what motivated them to take the game to the sea. Jean Guesdon stated that the idea behind making the protagonist in Assassin’s Creed IV a pirate was the fact that it was an incredibly interesting time in history with compelling characters. One of the characters you can look forward to seeing in the new game is none other than Blackbeard. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be hitting the shelves on October 29, 2013 and is currently available for pre-order for $59.99.

  • Marvel Heroes will be released on June 4th. Marvel Heroes is a free-to-play MMO set in the Marvel universe. Marvel Heroes combines the core gameplay style of action RPGs and MMOs with the expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. In the game, players can collect and play as their favorite Marvel superheroes, and you can even go further and customize your character. It’s F2P and will have PvP at launch.

  • Mass Effect retrospective video was released today by Bioware. It includes memories from a ton of people who worked on the games.
  • Red 5 Studios discussed their MMO Firefall (currently in beta) and also announced the development of a brand-new channel devoted exclusively to gaming. The channel will be called Stage 5, and can be found both on YouTube and the Stage 5 website. The channel will soon be available in app form for iPad, Android, and Ouya. Read all about their thoughts on Firefall, the industry, and their new channel here.

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  • The nineteenth EVE Online expansion, Odyssey, was announced today. A website has been launched, and it will be out on June 4th. Odyssey will focus on exploration and will “shake up the status quo.”

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  • Dust: An Elysian Tail is coming to Steam and might be available as soon as next month. The game was originally only available on the Xbox Live Arcade. Creators Dean Dodrill and Alex Kain also discussed Dust 2, with both saying that they have lots of ideas for the sequel.

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  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be coming to Mac on April 25th and will include all of the previously-released extra content for the game. It will also be released for iOS devices this summer, and will be a complete port of the console and PC/Mac game (minus some maps, due to file size limitations on iOS). Work on the port began a year ago, and the team is really happy with the touch controls. Price is unknown beyond being “premium priced.” 

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  • Fuse will be released at the end of May – May 28th in North America, May 31st in Europe. Fuse is a four-player co-op shooter from Electronic Arts and Insomniac Games. You play one of four agents – Dalton Brooks, Izzy Sinclair, Jacob Kimble, and Naya Deveraux – each of whom has their own unique skills and weapons. You’ll be able to get it for PS3 and Xbox 360.
  • Blizzard announced that the PlayStation 3 version of Diablo III will feature an in-game menu that allows players, both online and offline, to trade items between each other, as long as they are in the same game. This new system will be making up for the lack of the auction house from the PC version. Diablo III will also have online and offline co-op for up to four players on its console version. There is no release date yet.
  • Blizzard’s Rob Pardo talks to Chris Grant from Polygon about the company’s new game, Hearthstone. Check out the video.

  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger will bring a new spin to the series. Techland shows us a mix of myth and truth in this downloadable title. Some of the “based on real-life” characters you will see in the game are Pat Garrett, Wild Bill Hickok, and Billy the Kid. With arcade-like action, new environments, and an old west style, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger sounds very promising.

  • The Elder Scrolls Online boasts new character advancement. This new MMO is just what fans of Elder Scrolls and MMOs have been waiting for. The game will feature PvP, lots of action in the combat system, and skills that level with use. Build your characters the way you want with use of any weapon or armor, but also gain item-specific abilities with each one you choose. The game launches later this year.

 

  • Borderlands 2 has a new playable character: Krieg the Psycho. This melee-based character is based on the psycho enemies in the game. Your action skill for Krieg is Blood Axe Rampage, which allows the character to regain health while dealing damage with your Buzz Axe. Krieg will be out in May, and is a $10 standalone DLC. Read more about him here.

 

What was your favorite part of PAX East 2013? Let us know in the comments!

 

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