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The Road to Mordor: A soldier to call my very own {Massively}

Mar 17th 2012 2:28PM VIP's do not generate Turbine Points "for free". VIP's pay for a membership which includes Turbine Points. If anything, it's possible that Turbine is slapping a price tag on features like this primarily to keep VIP's from using the points included in their content subscription to pay for future expansion content.

12 Days of Joyswag: Nintendo 3DS plus eight games (and a ton of Skylanders) {Joystiq}

Dec 26th 2011 10:08AM I haven't played many portable games of late, but I recently got back into them on yhe PSP - the screen may be small, but there is some quality gaming I've been missing out on.

12 Days of Joyswag: Halo Reach-themed Xbox 360, Halo Anniversary, and Turtle Beach PX5 headset {Joystiq}

Dec 24th 2011 11:53PM I've actually never been on XBL on account of not owning an X-Box, but I'd totally go on and collect a few choice comments for you guys if I won the thing. :)

[Updated] On the fifth day of giveaways, Trion gave to me... {Massively}

Dec 17th 2011 2:04PM Rift is probably the best MMO that I'm not playing, but it never seems to make it to the top of my budget list. With a pre-paid sub, I would finally hit 50 and see if I've been misjudging Rift.

[Updated] On the second day of giveaways, BioWare gave to me... {Massively}

Dec 14th 2011 7:13PM I had been a naysayer for anything other than someone who has a lightsaber, but the beta sold me on the Smuggler. I enjoyed the gameplay and that will likely be my first character.

On the first day of giveaways, Turbine gave to me... [Updated] {Massively}

Dec 13th 2011 6:51PM I would go to the Jeweler's Guild - I currently have the reputation to qualify for the next level,but I would either need to be a VIP or pay for a guild unlock, and that is pretty low on my current unlock priorities.

The Tattered Notebook: Will Age of Discovery be the last EQII expansion? {Massively}

Nov 26th 2011 9:37PM Beastlord Class: Great for people who want to re-roll, personally I've been working on my main for 3 years, so my interest in this class could not be lower. I will get more use out of WoW's cosmetic minipet battles than Beastlord taming because at least I can pet battle on existing characters.

Dungeon Designer: Can't run them on my main, don't care.

Mercenaries: I'm assuming these guys can't actually main tank, main heal, or even DPS EQ2's heavily scripted instances. If so, don't care. (If they can, then no one will invite PUG's ever again - why bring a DPS who might stand in the fire if the NPC won't?)

Reforging: Only necessary because SOE literally admits that they use an automated script to make their items.

Tradeskill Apprentices: Okay, this one might be vaguely amusing, though the announcement that somehow the only apprentices ready for the "expansion" launch will be a Coldain Dwarf makes this sound pretty darned unfinished.

AA Cap: The 50 point AA cap increase in February's $40 box consisted of 48 points of passive stat increase and 2 points of new ability (which was generally some sort of DPS or utility cooldown). With such a short beta, I doubt this round will be any more fleshed out. However, rest assured that content will be tuned assuming the new stat levels to make the $40 AOD CD-key a mandatory purchase for people like me who don't care about any of its contents.

If this is EQ2's last expansion, I will shed few tears.

City of Heroes' newest Intrepid Informer discusses Incarnate additions {Massively}

Nov 9th 2011 8:31PM "The Incarnate system is available only to VIP players with level 50 characters."

Does this mean it's a subscriber-only feature in what now claims to be a free to play game? These sound pretty gameplay affecting for a veteran/subscriber perk.

Free for All: Explaining the free-to-play hold-outs {Massively}

Nov 9th 2011 5:24PM This question begins and ends with the size of the expected increase in revenue. Retooling a game takes development time and therefore costs money. The revamp needs to increase revenue over the status quo, pay for the development costs, and offer a return on investment that justifies the risk of the conversion flopping. Companies that have yet to make the change probably don't like their odds.

SOE opens beta registration for EQII Age of Discovery expansion {Massively}

Oct 18th 2011 12:32AM I thought this expansion was due out in November? Guess not if they're not even starting beta until mid-month?