The Star Trek Online team has laid out the brand new details about the new Personal Endeavors system, essentially an account-wide progression system for captains of level 60+. Each day, captains will be given a trio of "Personal Endeavors" (easy, medium, hard) "that are shared account-wide and unique to every account" and are an addition to the "Universal Endeavors" (formerly server endeavors). These endeavors will "unlock account-wide stat increases". Personal Endeavors yield experience that, when enough is gained, will earn captains a Perk Point. These can be spent on one of three random options "for advancing a stat in the game". Personal Endeavors were designed to give small objectives when you log on, but nothing so overwhelming that you weren’t able to do the other things you wanted to do with your time in Star Trek Online. Examples of Personal Endeavors could be as simple as doing damage of a certain type, or going to a specific Battlezone to defeat a particular … [Read more...] about Star Trek Online High-Level Captains Can Now Unlock Account-wide Progression
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A week ago, I finally sat down and cleaned out my ancient Ultima Online account, picking up a thousand items from my house and putting them in my characters’ inventories and banks in preparation to cancel my sub. That included at least 300 messages-in-bottles, which are the seafarer’s version of treasure maps. My fellow podcasters teased me for hoarding, but fishing up treasure in my boat on the high seas has been my favorite activity in Ultima Online for the past many years, and so I wanted to hang on to those little quest-starters for future me. In the meantime, my account is ready to hibernate for a bit, and I was feeling a little less cluttered. And then Friday, what drops in my inbox but the first Ultima Online newsletter of the year, in which Broadsword announces that the big 2019 content will be centered on… the high seas. Just when I though I was out, they pulled me back in! “Since its release in 2010, High Seas has been one of the most commonly talked … [Read more...] about Ultima Online announces a year of high seas content, starting with publish 104: Rising Tide
Bethesda has a big reveal planned for Elder Scrolls Online on January 15, 2019, but players have already data mined the biggest reveals: a new zone called Khajiit and the new necromancer class. Venture to the land of the Khajiit in The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, our newest chapter, an epic story in an all-new zone. Face dread creatures from the past—Dragons!—and discover the dark skills of a new character class, the Necromancer, as you join with new friends and old enemies to save Elsweyr from war and devastation. ESO reaches new heights of storytelling with a war against the Dragons that unfolds and builds over four quarterly releases to an unexpected climax. While the above hasn't officially been announced yet, its practically been confirmed already by an official tweet from the The Elder Scrolls Online account saying "Cat's out of the bag!'. An official reveal and announcement is set to happen on January 15, 2019 on their twitch page Twitch.tv/Bethesda at 2PM PST / … [Read more...] about Next Elder Scrolls Online Update Titled ‘Elsweyr’ and Adds Necromancer Class
Korea has always had stiffer gaming regulations than the West. For years, account registration on Korean portals like Nexon or NCsoft required users to enter their Korean Social Security numbers, something alien to those of us who often use throwaway emails, names, and birthdays when registering. On November 20, 2011, Korea's Youth Protection Revision Act came into force. Commonly reffered to as the Cinderella Law, the act forbids children under the age of 16 from playing games between midnight and 6am. There are also a host of laws restricting the amount of time minors can play games per day. Westerners who play Korean games will likely have noticed reminders that they have played for x hours and should consider a break. Those notices carry far more weight in Korea, where in-game mechanics hamper players' progress if they play for too long. Now, Korea has introduced another piece of legislation that restricts gameplay. Account Boosting, the act of artificially increasing a player's … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Korea Makes Account Boosting Criminal, Should The West Follow?
Play EVE Online for freeY’all remember the wild mess in EVE Online last winter and spring, when CCP Games said it was “coming for the bots” and getting tough on botting in the space sandbox? At the time, CCP said it had already banned 1800 accounts just in the month of January – and that was after a group of bot-hunting vigilante players had exposed the scale of the problem by taking down some of the outrageously expensive supercarriers owned by an RMT crew and piloted by bots. CCP Games put out an update on its progress in the war on bots today, saying it understands that it’s “a key issue in the eyes of [its] community.” It says it’s banned 18,398 accounts since February: 8771 for RMT, 4250 for botting, and 5377 for account hacking. The studio also says it has implemented a new password checking system to prevent account hacking and further asks the community to help by voluntarily enabling two-factor authentication on EVE Online … [Read more...] about EVE Online has banned almost 20,000 accounts since February for botting and RMT