World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria : All Races Available in v5.0.4World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria : All Races Available in v5.0.4


The World of Warcraft community page has been updated with the news that when patch v5.0.4 is released on August 28th, all races will be available to players.
With the release of patch 5.0.4, we’re making all the races of Azeroth playable by anyone, no matter which version or expansion of World of Warcraft they own. This includes the enigmatic pandaren, who will become available for play when Mists of Pandaria is released on Tuesday, September 25. We want the entire World of Warcraft community to be able to embrace their inner goblin, blood elf, worgen, draenei, or pandaren from the moment they step foot into the world of Azeroth.



The Secret World : Location Preview – The Carpathian FangsThe Secret World : Location Preview – The Carpathian Fangs



Funcom has partnered with to bring our readers exclusive first looks at locations throughout The Secret World. In our latest launch day edition, we head to Transylvania to preview the very mysterious Carpathian Fangs. See what you think and then leave us a few comments!
As the players enter the Carpathian Fangs, they also climb to the peak of the story mission. After a long journey through the zombie apocalypse in New England and the rise of the Sun God in Egypt; after fighting their way through the vampire frontlines of the besieged farmlands and the fairytale darkness of the shadowy forest, they now stand face to face with the consequences of that journey.


Community Building & Paper WorshippingCommunity Building & Paper Worshipping




One of Funcom’s most laudable goals with The Secret World is to keep players engaged both in and out of game as the recent ARG (Alternative Reality Game) event showed. We’ve got an interesting take on the ARG that is worth the read so hop through the jump to see what it’s all about.
Let’s start at the beginning. The Secret War was a somewhat underwhelming Facebook game that scored the people taking part access to the beta weekends and some pretty cool in-game items. However as it drew to a close we received a link to a strange console like interface. From this humble beginning that took all of twenty minutes or so to solve we started an odyssey that would see puzzles spanning days and therapist bills in the thousands.


What’s for Sale and What’s at StakeWhat’s for Sale and What’s at Stake


Cash shops in our MMOs are fast becoming the norm whether in free to play titles or in full blow subscription titles. In today’s Devil’s Advocate, we take a look at the phenomenon and its repercussions. See what you think and then discuss it in the comments.

One path taken by a good number of online game developers these days is the cash shop route, and today’s Devil’s Advocate seeks to discuss whether there are legitimate concerns to be had in certain cash shop practices. We’ll look at some practices that have occurred in recent years, and discuss how these practices have shaped the MMORPG landscape and what you can do to alter the landscape yourself.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.’s The Devil’s Advocate: What’s for Sale and What’s at Stake.



our latest official review.our latest official review.

We’re putting Pirates of the Caribbean Online through its paces in our latest official review.
In Pirates of the Caribbean Online, players become pirates sailing the Caribbean in the time period of the movies. Many of the characters of the movies exist within the game, complete with likenesses of the actors, and serve as quest givers to provide direction during your looting and pillaging. Fans of the movies will find that characters, places and ships from the movies are abundant and help bring the game to life, but there is fun to be had for players new to the series as well. While possessing a number of flaws, Pirates of the Caribbean Online still serves as an entertaining way for pirate fans, especially younger fans, to get their daily dose of plundering.



General : Knight Age: Closed Beta BeginsGeneral : Knight Age: Closed Beta Begins


Joymax has announced that the closed beta phase of development for Knight Age has officially kicked off. Participants will be able to take part in a host of in-game events and promotions.
Kick-off Package with Great Items: All Closed-Beta Testers will receive a free special package filled up with 7 helpful items!
Get a Legendary Pupa: Own 15 different Pupa, the adorable pet fighting alongside the player, during the CBT and earn a chance to win a Boss Pupa for the OBT!
Summon Free Pupa Eggs & Battle the Cursed Water Buffalo: Players can win Pupa eggs, Boss Pupa Eggs and Cursed Water Buffalo as they are summoned at various locations during a set amount of time during the event period.
Epic Weapon to the Worthy: Players who hit the max level for both the CBT and OBT will be entered for their chance to win an exclusive epic weapon!
.Free Tiger for Daily Check-in: Leave daily comments on the Knight Age website after the CBT from July 18th to August 1st for a chance to win a free Tiger Mount!
Hit “Like” and Get Double EXP: Double EXP rates will be given to all players when the target number of Likes is reached. All it takes is a simple press on the “Like” button in the Knight Age Facebook page at Welcome the Returned: To all CBT players who return for OBT can leave a comment in the corresponding event post on the Knight Age Facebook page for their shot at receiving the coveted Black Warhorse!


Guild Wars 2 : TMORBG: Recounting the Asura in Guild Wars 2 BWE #3Guild Wars 2 : TMORBG: Recounting the Asura in Guild Wars 2 BWE #3



TemperHoof is back with his latest entry to his “Temper’s Massively Overblown Ranting Blog [about] Gaming” blog here at His latest entry, as you might imagine, focuses on his play of the asura during this past weekend’s beta event in Guild Wars 2.

Once upon a time there was a race of short, stubby little Care Bear-like creatures. The magical geniuses of their world, they perfected the lost art of summoning and created golems with silly names. Their city was complex and difficult to navigate yet a true splendor to behold with a unique appearance and a nifty implementation. They often considered themselves the most brilliant of all the races, and despite their small size they made up for it with massive amounts of magical power and attitude. That’s right I’m talking about the Tarutaru; Final Fantasy XI’s premier short-but-powerful playable race.
Anyone who has played Final Fantasy XI can easily find the similarities between the two races, and since I was a resident of the Federation of Windurst for 9-years — it’s very difficult for me to ignore them. When I first hopped into Guild Wars 2 this weekend, the first thing I did was attempt to make a classic Tarutaru character known as Shantotto. For Final Fantasy XI fans she is best known for her manic magical exploits and her signature condescending laugh. Making a Tarutaru just felt right for me, and when I got into the game there was a similar feeling and handling.


World of Warcraft : PTR Update 5.0.4 Brings Account-wide Achievements and MoreWorld of Warcraft : PTR Update 5.0.4 Brings Account-wide Achievements and More



Last week, World of Warcraft’s public test realm was updated to version 5.0.4, which brought with it account-wide achievement functionality, pet battles, AOE looting, a new world event, and more!
Account-wide Achievements, pets, and mounts
 In Patch 5.0.4 and beyond, the majority of your character’s Achievements, pets, and mounts will be shared with your other characters. Please read: Bringing Achievements to the Account Level, by Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street
World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle
Warchief Garrosh, obsessed with assuring the Horde’s supremacy over Kalimdor, launches an all-out attack against Jaina’s island home of Theramore. Though valiant Alliance defenders rush to repel the sudden onslaught, they’ll soon find themselves unprepared for the terrible scope of Garrosh’s true plans…

In the Public Test Realm, we will be testing this event at specified intervals. Keep an eye on our PTR Feedback forum for more details as they become available.
AOE Looting
Area of effect looting comes to World of Warcraft with this patch. After killing a group of enemies in close proximity, when you loot one of their corpses, the loot window will include items from all of the nearby corpses for which you have loot rights.




Dynamic EventsDynamic Events


In Guild Wars 2, your actions really matter and your choices have an impact on the world around you. Instead of static, boring quests in an unchanging world, our dynamic event system creates a living, breathing world that bustles with energy and responds to player actions.

Dynamic events change and evolve in response to how you interact with them, leaving lasting effects in the game world. If you save that village from ogres, they may return with siege weapons to counter attack or regroup in nearby caves. You can prevent bandits from destroying a town’s water supply or you can defend the workers who repair the damaged pumps. As in real life, every action has a consequence—intended or not.

We created dynamic events to encourage casual group play and cooperation between players. They are designed to scale in difficulty depending on how many players interact with them.

Plus, you won’t be penalized for teaming up with your fellow players to take on a pack of savage grawl or a rampaging drake broodmother—you’ll receive just as much experience as everyone else who participated. This creates an atmosphere where players naturally cooperate instead of competing with one another. The more the merrier!