One thing I love about GDC compared to other conventions I cover is how many actual developers I get to talk to, especially without PR and Marketing handlers. Everyone has his or her job, I understand that, but my job as press it to cut through those two departments to get what the actual product is. Nothing helps that more than understanding the thoughts behind design decisions, and that can rarely come from people who aren’t keyboard deep in code and design docs. My talk with Citadel Studios’ Founder and CEO Derek “Supreem” Brinkmann and Lead Designer Jeffrey “Miphon” Edwards felt like the right kind of interview for just that. I’m not someone who backed their project, and I’m not sure if Legends of Aria (formerly Shards Online) is my type of game, but after checking it out for myself, I feel like the game is in capable hands. Designing post-Trammel PvP I’ve gotten to talk to a lot of developers over the years, and … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: The Legends of Aria devs talk closed beta, gankbox PvP, and the MMORPG genre
Today, Cryptic Studios announced 3D starship printing is now available for Star Trek Online. In a partnership with San Francisco-based integral reality company, Mixed Dimensions, Star Trek Online now offers players the chance to log into the PC version of the game and order a custom 3D-printed model of their favorite in-game ships. These handcrafted resin starship collectibles can be delivered almost anywhere around the world and base pricing will begin at $200, depending on size and customization options. Officially licensed by CBS, Star Trek Online is the only free-to-play MMORPG that allows players to become a captain and explore the iconic Star Trek universe from within. The game currently offers more than 500 starships hailing from the United Federation of Planets, Klingon Defense Force and Romulan Empire factions, many of which are captured directly from the franchise’s most popular films and televisions shows. Star … [Read more...] about How Would You Like Some 3D Printed Starships From Star Trek Online?
Just before the new year, the gaming community was mortified to learn that an innocent Kansas man had been shot by police following a fake crime report targeting the victim’s residence over a video game – i.e., a swatting incident that actually came to its intended deadly end. Now, the caller, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, as well as with giving false alarm and interfering with a police officer. According to original reports, Barriss was intending to target a Call of Duty player over a bet. His doxxing attempt went awry when he was given the wrong address for his victim, and so when he phoned police with his long and drawn out story about a murder/hostage/arson in progress, he sent them to the house of a completely unrelated father of two, Andrew Finch, who was subsequently shot and killed by police after opening his door. It is not clear yet whether the officer who killed Finch will be charged; he is currently on paid … [Read more...] about Accused Call of Duty swatter charged with involuntary manslaughter
Star Trek Online devs are welcoming captains to the Age of Discovery starting today. Players can log in to the first part of the new content that is based on the Star Trek: Discovery series from CBS All-Access and will see players face off against the Klingons and working alongside Cadet Sylvia Tilly. Tilly is voiced by series actress Mary Wiseman. Age of Discovery is available for Captains of all levels and does, in fact, "unlock level requirements for all of the game's story content and provides a streamlined mission flow for new players while providing active captains with a new Random Task Force Operation System, added Reputation Tiers and other new features". Age of Discovery is set in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Binary Stars. Player characters are Starfleet Academy graduates who take off on a mission with their "close friend Sylvia Tilly". A vicious Klingon attack interrupts their maiden voyage, as they are confronted by J’Ula, matriarch of the House of … [Read more...] about Star Trek Online Launches Its Age of Discovery Content
Today, Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios announced that the first update for Age of Discovery is now available for the PC version of Star Trek Online and releases on consoles at a later date. Starting today, players can log into the free-to-play MMORPG based on the iconic Star Trek universe to experience brand new content expanding on the popular CBS All Access series, Star Trek: Discovery. As Star Trek fans wait for the series’ second season to begin early next year, they can jump into the game for free on Arc and Steam to create a Starfleet Captain from the Discovery timeline and fight the Klingons alongside Cadet Sylvia Tilly, voiced by Mary Wiseman from the show. Check out the official launch trailer for Age of Discovery here. A full list of features introduced with the first Age of Discovery update includes: Playable Discovery Era Federation Faction – … [Read more...] about Age of Discovery Update Is Now Live On Star Trek Online