Guild Wars 2 is back with a brand new prologue to Season 5 of ArenaNet’s epic ongoing story. Before the release of Bound By Blood, we got hands-on and rocked out with the Charr. advertisement The Icebrood Saga is almost upon us. Bound By Blood isn’t quite the start of this epic journey, but more of a preparation for the player. This new beginning offers fans of ArenaNet’s MMORPG a moment to party before the real war for the North begins. Follow us as we take a tour of the newest addition to Guild Wars 2’s Living World with Bound By Blood and find out if it is all a piece of party cake.Throughout the Living World, we’ve seen stories that center on the Asura, an entire expansion that put the spot lamp on the Sylvari, and a whole bunch of political warfare in the Human court. This season Guild Wars 2 will likely take a more definitive look at the Norn and Charr, two races that many of us fell in love with when Guild Wars 2 launched and were … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 Bound By Blood Living World Preview
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MapleStory 2 as part of the Project New Leaf update, the first part of which rolled out just last week. Nexon is now working on improving the in-game economy with a new currency exchange called the Meso Market. The Meso Market will give low-level players a chance to earn a few extra Mesos and veterans extra Merets that they can use to buy cosmetic items. Players will be able to access the Meso Market through the Black Market UI. Once in the Meso Market, they can then create a listing for 5 million Mesos, setting a price within 20% of the current average with no transaction fees. A buyer then goes to the Buy Merets menu to purchase Meso Tokens which have the same value as Blue Merets. The buyer then goes to the Meso Market and purchases the 5 million Mesos for the listed price using Meso Tokens. The seller then gets Blue Merets in return for his Mesos. There are of course a few restrictions in place to prevent abuse and preserve the game’s balance. Sellers will be able to create a … [Read more...] about MapleStory 2 To Introduce New Currency Exchange System And Other Economic Improvements
During last week’s podcast, Justin and I were discussing MMOs that seem to make it hard for us to give them money, which led us to talk about a cash shop tactic that drives me nuts: limited-availability items. I understand why MMOs put these types of items in the cash shop; as MOP reader TomTurtle noted, in Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet’s “limited availability tactic works better for impulse purchases” because “a good number of players make purchases that they probably wouldn’t have made otherwise.” I know he’s right. But I am so not one of those people! As I was saying, I am a lister. I made endless lists of things I want to buy and do, and I let them stew a while before acting on them. I try to avoid impulse anything, and I have a system and a hard budget so that I can plan everything to avoid waste and regret. Guild Wars 2’s system of rotating things in and out of the store to try to get me to buy them just in case … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Are you an impulse buyer in MMO cash shops?
(Legal Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and as such nothing in this column constitutes legal advice. All opinions expressed are my own and based on research into case precedent and interpretation of relevant laws and statutes, as well as discussion with the MMO Fallout legal team) It has been four long years since ArcheAge launched in the west and some people are still wondering: How did Trion Worlds avoid getting sued for its rather blatantly false advertising regarding that 10% discount for Patrons that never surfaced, and was the advertising of the game against the law? If you’ve forgotten or just weren’t around, when Trion Worlds was initially pitching its founders packages to the west, they advertised a perk for Patrons that included 10% discounts on cash shop purchases. The page advertising the promotion had been stealthily edited close to launch to include the wording that the perk wouldn’t be applied immediately, only for Trion to throw their hands up months … [Read more...] about In Plain English: An ArcheAge Lawsuit and the Fraudulent 10% Discount
Alibaba, as most of you know, is a wholesale supplier website where you can interact with and purchase from suppliers all over the world. AliExpress is another offering from Alibaba. It is an online e-commerce store and acts as the retail arm of Alibaba. Although Alibaba is a reputed company, the quality of the sellers is not always consistent. A lot of times people have been cheated or have gotten below-par products. The best way to have a good experience from AliExpress is to prepare yourself. Here are 10 AliExpress safety tips that will save you from being scammed. Look for Years Open, Feedback, and Buyer Protection 1. When was the store opened? This data point tells you when the seller opened shop. If it is more than two years, then they have some credibility and, to a certain extent, longevity. If it has been open less than a year, their quality hasn’t been validated yet. So if you are making a very expensive purchase or a product that is technology … [Read more...] about 10 AliExpress Safety Tips To Avoid Being Scammed