April 30, 2011

Cabal Legacy of Darkness Patch Notes

ESTsoft's follow-up to the Mercenaries patch for their smashing game Cabal Online is already rounding up the corner. Entitled "Legacy of Darkness", the latest patch is filled with humongous changes to how the game will be played.

For the past month, the developers have successfully teased us with the patch notes from their test servers. What we have here now is the final patch notes for Legacy of Darkness.

Sony Enlists FBI as US, Canadian Authorities Look into PSN Breach

The British government's Information Commissioner's Office announced it was opening an inquiry into the ongoing PlayStation Network outage and data leak. Now, US and Canadian government bodies have joined the chorus demanding answers about the exposure, which could potentially lead to the theft of up to 77 million PSN users' personal information.

April 27, 2011

Sony PSN Confirmed Hacked

Whatever is going on over at the PlayStation Network seems pretty serious. As you may know, the PlayStation Network has been down for nearly a week. This has lead to tons of rumors and speculation. And Sony confirmed Tuesday that hackers have managed to obtain personal information Sony stored within the PlayStation Network, possibly including credit cards.

According to Sony's Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media, Patrick Seybold an "unauthorized person" has obtained PlayStation Network Users' personal information, including name, address, password, login. According to the company, it's possible that credit card data has been accessed as well. Meaning, things just went to a potential catastrophe for millions of PlayStation 3 users.

LOLcat Gamer for the Week 2

Which Final Fantasy VII Character is Your Favorite?

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Sony Unveils PlayStation Tablets

During a media briefing in Japan today, Sony announced two new tablet computers, the S1 and S2, available globally this fall.

April 26, 2011

Blade and Soul OK with nVidia 8800GT

Recently, NCsoft announced the PC system requirements for Blade and Soul in preparation for the game's upcoming closed beta testing.

Do players need to upgrade their computers?

April 24, 2011

Elsword, The Manga-Inspired Online Game

Manga and otaku fans eager for a fix can catch a glimpse of Kill3rCombo's upcoming action-packed massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG), Elsword, by checking out the new set of screenshots released today. Transporting players to a vibrant animated world, Elsword offers electrifying side-scrolling combat coupled with a dynamic anime aesthetic.

April 22, 2011

Catherine Preview

So which will you choose? Settle down with the safe, familiar girl you've been with for five years or take a risk with the seductive free spirit who gives you a sense of adventure?

‘Catherine’ is the latest game from the team behind the excellent ‘Shin Megami Tensei: Persona’ titles. The Persona games, particularly those on PS2 were some of the best RPGs ever made, so it’s great to see the developers make the move to the current generation of consoles,

Portal 2 Review

The first Portal, released in 2007 as part of the Orange Box, was a short, ingenious puzzler wrapped up in first-person-shooter mechanics, underpinned by a darkly comic story about scientific research taken to dangerous extremes. The game seemed like lightning in a bottle and a sequel sounded unnecessary. Still, Valve has managed to go one better than what its team created before, and then built on its impressive foundations.

LOLcat Gamer for the Week

Featuring the First LOLCat Gamer!

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April 20, 2011

PSP Go Production Stopped

According to multiple sources, it seems that Sony is halting further production of the PSPGo.

Alienware Introduces M14x and M18x Gaming Laptops

Today Alienware introduced two new additions to its lineup of gaming laptops, the new 14-inch M14x and 18-inch M18x.

April 18, 2011

Blade and Soul: Intro to Skills and Combos

Blade and Soul's first CBT is almost here that fans can almost feel themselves inside this much awaited MMORPG.

Blade and Soul System Requirements

NCsoft's blockbuster Blade & Soul recently announced that it would carry out its 1st CBT from April 27th to May 1st and in the meantime revealed the latest system requirements through its new official site.

Exploring Nintendo's Project Cafe Controller

The Internet was set ablaze this week when the first wave of reports regarding Nintendo's next-generation console, the Wii 2, hit the web. First reported by Game Informer, and later confirmed by IGN's own sources, the console, which has been code named Project Cafe, will match or surpass the processing power of the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and support a new controller that combines a traditional dual-analog design with an integrated touchscreen display.

April 15, 2011

Blade & Soul(KR) First Closed Beta Schedule Confirmed!

Known for Lineage, Lineage II, Guild Wars and Aion, NCsoft will usher players to a brand-new game feast with another self-developed blockbuster Blade & Soul, which will rise to the surface and perform its first CBT from April 27th to May 1st for 5 days.

First Pinoy Online Game Takes the World by Storm

Over 400,000 kids across the US, Canada, and Australia are crazy about the cute characters and fun games inside Sqwishland.com, a virtual world where they can create their own avatars, safely make friends, and earn points as they successfully take the challenges online.
Unknown to many, this safe virtual world for kids was created and continuously developed in the Philippines by Funguy Studio, a team of creative game designers led by Project Designer and Entrepreneur Darwin Tardio.

April 14, 2011


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Monopoly Review

We're not talking about the famous Monopoly board game, rather it's video game rendition. It has been developed by Tikgames, and published by RealArcade. The video game adapts the rules of the original board game, which generally revolves around making money while having fun.

Bomberman Review

Bomberman has been with the gaming industry since 1983, planting bombs to defeat enemies on Bomber Nebula. It used to be available on consoles only, but with the advent of technology, it had successfully made its way to portable handhelds. We're not just referring to PSPs or DS consoles, but on mobile phones as well.

April 13, 2011

Dragona PH Pre-beta Phase Scheduled for May 2011

Dragona PH is the new Free-to-Play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) developed by Liveplex and Studio Timber. The first English version of the game will be launched by one of the leading online game company in the Philippines: Gameclub.

Gameclub is also the publisher of Special Force Online, CrossFire, Weapons of War, Twelve Sky2 and iDate Online.

Enigma Online Now in Open Beta!

Enigma Online is a brand new martial arts-inspired 3D MMORPG. It boasts of a rich storyline, quests, beautiful scenes, spectacular attack effects and new dynamic combat system produced by multi-frame production format that will let players experience a whole new visual effects and exciting fight scenes.

Atlus Online and Level Up! Global Games Launch New MMORPG Pandora Saga

Atlus Online partners with Level Up! Global Games (LU/GG) for the launch of its newest PvP-centric massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), Pandora Saga, in the Philippines. Players can choose to pledge their allegiance to the Kingdom of Pfelstein, the Empire of Latuga or the Confederation of Varik, who are all vying for ultimate control of both territory and resources and searching for the long-forgotten artifact, Pandora. Prophecy states, "Those who find Pandora will be granted unparalleled honor, power, and riches." Lend your strength to the nation of your choosing, lest the war for control and quest to find Pandora first bring the walls of your nation crumbling down…

April 12, 2011

The Development of Korean Online Games in the Past 10 Years

What's the past 10 years mean to South Korean online games? The past 10 years can be said as a developmental history of magnificence, in the company of repeatedly refreshed records and an expanding market. Recently, South Korean media have used 5 keywords to describe the various milestones that have been created by Korean online games in the past 10 years.

New Dragona Trailer Features Fortress Siege

Liveplex just unveiled a fortress siege trailer for Dragona. Fortress siege is the core of Dragona's PvP, where hundreds of players will involve, just like those massive battles in many Korean games.

April 11, 2011

Elsword is Not Recycled Grand Chase

When it comes to sidescrolling MMORPGs, we often think of the earliest renditions such as Maple Story. A few years ago, KOG came into the gaming scene with a different kind of sidescroller: Grand Chase. This button-mashing MMORPG gained both fans and detractors due to the nature of the game. The choice of characters were limited, the graphics didn't stand out, and gameplay was too repetitive. But it persevered and has now reached "Season Four," if I recall right. KOG musters up all their strength to follow up their sleeper hit, Grand Chase, with a new game: Elsword. And yes, the two games look pretty much similar to each other.

Cubizone Brings Forsaken World to the Philippines

3D MMORPG hit Forsaken World is coming to the Philippines, thanks to the efforts of Cubinet Interactive, the very same guys who brought us Special Force and Legend of Martial Arts, among other games. Perfect World licensed the game to Cubinet Interactive, with servers opening to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines.

April 10, 2011

Alienware M14x Manuals Leak Out

At the moment if you want a gaming laptop from Dell's Alienware unit you had either a 4.5 pound M11x model or the desktop replacement M15x and M17x models that start at 9 pounds to choose from.

League of Legends Season One Championship Details

Riot Games, developer and publisher of the award-winning PC game League of Legends, today announced details of the Season One Championship - the culmination of the first season of League of Legends. With $100,000 in cash on the line and the chance to be crowned the inaugural champions of hit multiplayer online battle arena title, competitive players everywhere will be watching as the finals unfold in Jönköping, Sweden on June 20, 2011.

April 9, 2011

AIKA SEA Open Next Week

AIKA Online will open its local SEA servers soon on April 12th. Southeast Asian publisher AsiaSoft invites SEA players to join the Massive 1000 vs 1000 Nation War at 16:00(GMT +8), April 12th. AIKA SEA official site: http://aika.asiasoftsea.net

Ragnarok Online Goes Free-to-play

Gravity Interactive announced that they give up the subscription model for their MMO fantasy gameRagnarok Online. It means Ragnarok Online will turn to be free-to-play.

The game team called on the free-to-play gamers to settle down on the Yggdrasil or Valkyrie servers. Of course, the company also offer the premium VIP subscription package for the players who would like to turbo-boost their advancement.

What's more, VIP players not only have the option to play on a VIP-only server (Ymir), but will also benefit from a 50% increase in experience gain, loot drops, more storage, a lessened death penalty, access to special areas, and the full use of all nine character slots.

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April 6, 2011

Blade and Soul Rumored CBT on April 27

According to a post on bladeandsouldojo.com, the first closed beta test for Blade & Soul could potentially start as early as April 27th. Can it come true? As a fan of Blade & Soul, I hope it will be a confirmed date, which means my long waiting will end and next step I need to upgrade my PC. However, referring to the original Korean article, it seems that there is not any conjecture about the closed beta schedule. Let's just wait and see the exact schedule of Blade & Soul's first CBT.

League of Legends Players Raise over $160,000 for Japan

Riot Games today announced that League of Legends players raised over $162,000 for victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The donated funds were generated by players purchasing special in-game virtual items over a six day period in late March and has been donated to the American Red Cross to help aid the relief efforts under way in Japan.

April 4, 2011

Xperia Play Launches with 60 Games

According to Sony Ericsson, early adopters of the new Xperia Play – also known as the PlayStation Phone – have little to worry about concerning the launch library. Sixty games were released for the Play, which also just came out today around the world – except in the United States.

Mortal Kombat Fight Stick Hands-on

Bringing the Mortal Kombat arcade experience home with PDP's new fight stick.

In anticipation of the release of Mortal Kombat this April 19th, PDP has designed the new officially licensed Mortal Kombat Fight Stick, bringing the old-school arcade experience home, and from what I've seen, they've done an amazing job.

April 2, 2011

Female Gamer Stereotypes

In the years that I've played MMORPGs, there are a few things that I've noticed that are special to the gaming culture in my country. Values, playing styles and group dynamics vary greatly from what I see in the international servers that I play on. One of the things that I've noticed especially is gamer stereotypes. While there are very broad gamer stereotypes that can encompass most gaming cultures, such as the stereotypical 'Newbie' gamer to the 'Hardcore' player and so on, there are more specific stereotypes that can be found - which are interesting and amusing at the same time - that come about and are dealt with in ways that are special to each gaming culture. For this article, I'm going to concentrate on a few female gamer stereotypes that can be found in the Philippine gaming culture.

Aika Global's Scorching April Events

Aika Online Global heats up the summer with four in-game and forum events for all hardworking Elters!

April 1, 2011

Online Gaming Community Management: Communication Through Gamers

Perhaps it is safe to say that every gamer has an opinion about the game he is playing. There is always something he wants changed, and maybe, even hoping he himself can implement those changes.

Having worked with two different Community Managers for a year and a half, I noticed that their personality is one good idea on how they manage their community. They both did their job to the best of their abilities, each with a different approach yet still following the "rulebook" set by the company.

I can't recall how many times I have heard the phrase "That's how you handle the community" while I was still a Forum Moderator. I hardly agreed with any of the methods and the reasoning yet still put up with it, hoping that something good will come out of it.

I am no longer an FM, and I'm still waiting for that "something good" from them.

But what exactly does Community Management entail? Mind you, this is going to be a long one.

Review: Tomb Raider Trilogy HD

Crystal Dynamics, along with Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX interactive entertainment products in North America, announced that THE TOMB RAIDER TRILOGY Pack is now available at North American retailers.

The pack has launched exclusively for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and includes newly remastered HD versions of TOMB RAIDER Legend and TOMB RAIDER Anniversary, as well as TOMB RAIDER Underworld, previously released on the PS3.