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  1. Ingress Diaries: In the Cemetery, At Midnight, with the Flashlight

    How Agent ArielSkye Got Over Her Fear of Werecoyotes Eating Her Face Off (kind of)

    I startle easily, and I have a vivid imagination. So when I'm parked in a cemetery at midnight and the wind makes a tree rustle and drop acorns on the ground, I imagine that I'm being surrounded by a pack of werecoyotes bent on slowly eating my face off. What am I doing parked in a creepy cemetery at midnight, gripping my cell phone in one hand and one of those giant flashlights that doubles as a bludgeoning tool in the other? Well... I'm playing a game called Ingress.

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  2. Study Finds That Online Gaming Is Actually Good For Your Social Life, Mom

    It's like going out to socialize, except less pants.

    Online gaming is not solely the refuge of lonely, anti-social nerd bros like Warcraft guy from that episode of South Park. A new study, surprising no one who actually plays games online, shows that gaming online actually expands players' social lives, instead of limiting them. Almost like you're playing with real people online. Because you are.

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  3. Blizzard Scraps Development Team On ‘Titan’ MMO

    I don't know if it's possible for an unannounced project to become more unannounced, but if it is, that just happened.

    Blizzard's upcoming MMO project -- known only by its codename 'Titan' -- has been the subject of plenty of speculation and anticipation. Gamers may want to tamp down their anticipation, though, as it looks like we have one more hard fact to go on about the project today, and it's not an encouraging one. According to VentureBeat, Blizzard has scrapped the all-star, 100-person-strong development team that developing the game, reassigning more than 70 staff members to other projects while the remaining staff reboots 'Titan' from scratch.

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  4. Google Takes Over the World With Augmented Reality MMORPG for Android

    Google is launching an augmented reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game on its Android operating system. The game is called Ingress, which is a word that essentially mean "an entrance," and looks to be played by using a phone to interact with the game and the real world around the player at the same time. It gets even weirder, though.

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  5. Final Fantasy XIV Ends With an Epic Final Cutscene

    Final Fantasy XIV has had a tough life. Panned by critics and released at a time when the traditional subscription-based MMO is on the decline, Square Enix's second online adaptation of the classic RPG franchise undeniably fell flat, even by the relatively low standard set by cult classic Final Fantasy XI. This weekend is the game's so-called "grand finale," where loyal players can sign on and take giant, high-level boss battles before the servers shut down tonight at midnight, Pacific time. In honor of the game's "ending," Square Enix has released an extended cutscene to serve as the game's cinematic climax.

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  6. Star Wars: The Old Republic Is Going Free-To-Play Next Week

    We knew it was coming, but now we know when. BioWare's attempt at a Star Wars MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, will be going free-to-play starting next week, Thursday, November 15. The game released on December 20 of last year, and a little less than one year later, is making the move to a free-to-play model, like most of the rest of the MMO market. Makes you wonder why any MMO developers think their game can launch without a free-t0-play option nowadays.

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  7. MMO RIFT Successfully Set That Guinness World Record for In-Game Marriages

    MMO RIFT announced that they were attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the most in-game marriages in a 24 hour period. Those wondering where one could go to find a virtual spouse will be happy to know RIFT did indeed set that record. Between 9 am PST on February 14 to 9am PST on February 15, 21,879 virtual marriages were confirmed.

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  8. MMO RIFT Attempts to Set Guinness World Record for Most Virtual Marriages in 24-Hour Period

    In this day and age of MMOverflow (I just made that up!), MMOs need a way to stand apart from one another, especially since most MMOs (EVE Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online excluded) and  get stuck in the same routine of killing or collecting X of Y, leveling to the max level, then killing bosses that drop good equipment, so you can harder kill bosses that drop better equipment, so you can kill even harder bosses that drop even better equipment. Trion Worlds is looking to separate their MMO RIFT from the rest of the pack, not with gameplay mechanics, but by attempting to set a Guinness World Record. Which one, you ask? The most virtual marriages in a 24-hour period, of course!

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  9. Hilarious Bug in Star Wars: The Old Republic Prevents Damage When You Dance

    Yes, every single MMO nowadays has an array of dancing animations, but BioWare's venture into the kill-ten-rats arena, Star Wars: The Old Republic, is the only MMO where that simple, intended-to-be-benign dancing animation prevents a whole bunch of damage by consistently interrupting an enemy's casting. Not working as intended, as you may have guessed, and BioWare was rumored to be handing out bans for those caught abusing the exploit, but BioWare has responded to those claims saying that no, they aren't banning anyone.

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  10. Server Failure Permanently Ends Japanese MMORPG

    The bummer about MMORPGs is that, eventually, they end. Star Wars Galaxies will be undergoing a galaxy-ending disaster in only a month or so. The Matrix Online and Tabula Rasa also had big, planned events to give their players some semblance of closure and a goodbye to remember. Players of the Japanese MMORPG M2, however, got no fond adieu when the game was taken down out of the blue, permanently, due to a simple server malfunction.

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