(This is part of my journey going playing through 2004’s Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.) Every good RPG has at least one area that helps to establish the game’s legacy, and for Bloodlines, it has to be the Ocean Hotel. While slightly hokey and crude by today’s standards, back when this game released it was a genuinely terrifying level that was right up there with your Silent Hills and Resident Evils of the day. It had me pretty freaked out playing through it when I was younger, and even now I can appreciate it as a second cousin to The Secret World. Anyway, what we have here is a mission to enter a haunted hotel that is definitely, certainly, most assuredly not trying to be the Overlook Hotel from Stephen King’s The Shining. Except it totally is, and that is OK. There are no enemies to fight anywhere in this place, although you don’t know that the first time going in. No, what this level is … [Read more...] about Vampire Bloodlines: Grim grinning ghosts
Mega Sale. Naturally, people took advantage of the crazy low prices and went on buying sprees. Unfortunately, this was a good way to get your account locked and flagged as fraudulent as one customer pointed out on Twitter. Epic Games Senior PR Nick Chester explained to GameRevolution that it was part of the store’s anti-fraud system. “This was a result of our aggressive fraud rules,” says Nick. “If players run into this issue, they should contact player support so we can investigate.” The problem seems to stem from the store’s lack of a cart. With games being offered at discounted prices, it’s more than likely that people will buy more than one game. Without a cart, they’d have to buy each game separately instead of one big transaction and would’ve set alarm bells ringing by a certain number of purchases. While fraudulent activity is indeed a cause for concern, this recent issue counts as another mark against Epic’s new game … [Read more...] about Epic Games Store Accounts Locked Out For Buying Too Many Games
Over the last few days I have been doing a number of minor renovations to AggroChat.com which is a site that you may or may not know about. Essentially the site is a mirror of the content that the various members of the AggroChat podcast do on the interwebs along with the resting place of each of our episodes. We use a plugin that is no longer actively supported… but still seems to work… to make a local copy of each post that comes out on the various sites that make up our group. What this means in practice is that the site is mostly filled with Aggronaut posts and podcast episodes given that I am way more prolific than the rest of our crew. The site itself had been in a weird place for some time, largely due to the fact that the previous web host made it very hard to modify anything as I had to go through a manual install process. So over the last few days since moving the sites over the weekend I have been making small tweaks here or there to the site to refresh it. … [Read more...] about Minor Renovations
With all the talk and testing swirling about World of Warcraft Classic this past week, the full nostalgia gates have reopened and a flood of memories are washing over the gamer community. Everyone seems to be stumbling over each other to share their favorite story from “back in the day.” I think that’s pretty awesome, to tell the truth. I love hearing tales from back when MMOs were young and we were but fledgling adventurers in these seemingly endless worlds. There’s something special about looking back at the original, “vanilla” version of an MMO and thinking of hours spent exploring and fighting in them. For today’s discussion, let’s open the field to ALL vanilla editions of games — what was your favorite memory from those early days of playing that MMO? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite ‘vanilla’ MMO memory?
Drieghan, the newest region in Black Desert SEA, is now live! Adventurers exploring this region will come upon a mountainous country ripe for exploring. With a bloody and cursed past stemming from the conflict between dragons and giants from the east who called themselves Sherekhans, a myriad of new content can be found in Drieghan, including over 300 challenging quests and fresh nodes to conquer. Those who wish for a greater challenge can face off against a new, menacing world boss—Garmoth, the Red Dragon! Those who defeat Garmoth may be rewarded with the Heart of Garmoth, which can be used to power up sub-weapons, as well as a chance to obtain a Young Crimson Dragon as a new pet. With Drieghan’s gates now open and so many new adventures lying in wait, Adventurers are ready to explore the land of dragons! Alongside new lands to explore, Adventurers can now take part in new game features that Drieghan has to offer. Gatherers can test their skills through a new … [Read more...] about Drieghan Arrives On Black Desert Online SEA Today