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Halloween In Massive Space

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the get-your-trick-and-treat-on dept.

Role Playing (Games) 45

Halloween is a great nerd holiday, and it extends into Massively Multiplayer Game space. Everquest Live is offering up a series of events from the Kithicor Forest to the Hafling village of Rivervale. EQ2 has trick or treating in the two major cities, as well as smaller quests elsewhere. World of Warcraft players can also trick or treat with Innkeepers to honor the holiday of Hallow's End. Fashion seems to be the primary motivator in Anarchy Online's holiday event, which allows you the chance to snag Halloween themed t-shirts. Guild Wars has the winners from a Halloween art contest, as well as some theming in-game. Finally, Final Fantasy XI's always terrific seasonal events continue with The Harvest Festival. FFXI and World of Warcraft specifically allows you the opportunity to dress your character as various monsters and characters. My priest made a great pirate. Arr!

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Ok, I'll say it. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13901852)

MMOs are for losers , unlike the hip culture-jammers that inhabit the /. games section.

Massive space? (1)

JVert (578547) | more than 8 years ago | (#13901866)

I'm like... WOW! holiday EVE Online content!

meh :/

Re:Massive space? (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 8 years ago | (#13902043)

Halloween In Massive Space

Shouldn't it then be Halloween In Spaaaaaace?

TRADERS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13901879)

UN-NERF traders please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re:TRADERS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13904001)

Nerf ACs please!

Re:TRADERS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13904473)

nerf advys please!!!!!!!!!!!

What about Halloween in REAL space? (1)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 8 years ago | (#13901921)

Halloween in real life is always much more interesting then Halloween in some computer game.

I'd like to see what you all are doing in REAL life for Halloween.

Not just Geeky Gadgets [slashdot.org] for parties, but what cool stuff are you geeks making for youselves? High-tech, low-tech it doesn't matter.

I usually submit an article asking this question every Halloween, but the editors always reject the submission.

Re:What about Halloween in REAL space? (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13901976)

I'm not doing anything. I'm an adult. Left the halloween crap back in fifth grade where it belongs. Monday is a good day to sleep in and get some rest from the long work week (which ends on Sunday for me). Some time where I can shut the pager off, ignore the phone and not read any lines of code or compile anything or attend any meetings. I'll take that over just about anything else (except Thanksgiving, because turkey and mashed potatoes fucking RULE).

I don't think these kids will be doing anything, either. [boston.com]

Re:What about Halloween in REAL space? (2, Interesting)

Kazzahdrane (882423) | more than 8 years ago | (#13901981)

"Halloween in real life is always much more interesting then Halloween in some computer game." Now, I *am* making an assumption here, but...you're American, right? Here in the UK Halloween is basically a non-event, and I gather it's much like that in most other parts of the world. Oh sure the shops here sell themed crap, gives them something in between "Back to School" and "OMG only 2 months til Xmas LOL!", but it's mostly for little kids and even then there's not the trick or treat mentality that exists over the pond. Anyway, just saying that for a lot of us, Halloween in a computer game is almost always more interesting than Halloween in real life. Won't stop me dressing like a pimp on Monday night though.

Re:What about Halloween in REAL space? (2, Interesting)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13902172)

In America, Halloween is a chance for grown women to dress like sluts (they always pick the same few costumes which are princess, dominatrix, vampiress, dorothy, school girl) and show off without feeling trampy and for guys to ogle them and, preferably, engage in semi-anonymous sex that you can probably not be incrimenated for by your significant other. You know, the kind of people who are serious attention whores, but on this special night, guys and jealous girls can't badmouth them for being all "hanging out of their outfit" and shit.

Halloween is sort of like St. Patty's day for ho's.

Of course, if you're a little kid, you dress up and go trick or treating. I think that's dying down, though. People are too afraid that their kids are going to eat food that has been poisoned or had razors or drugs impregnated into them (the candy, not the children). People are retarded. Halloween kicked ass when I was a little kid (though you do grow out of it eventually - around eight or ten years old it seems).

Re:What about Halloween in REAL space? (1)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 8 years ago | (#13903170)

Now, I *am* making an assumption here, but...you're American, right?

Quite right. Halloween's a big holiday here-- in most places it's just kids dressing up in costume, going trick-or-treating door to door and getting candy.

But in the fun cities like San Francisco, New Orleans (sigh), the Florida Keys (double sigh) Halloween is a major event. In San Francisco, many people call it the City's "Unofficial Holiday", the Castro District has a party with 100,000 attendees.

It's also a good time to geek out with special effects-- there are all sorts of fun geeky projects [makezine.com] for Halloween.

Re:What about Halloween in REAL space? (1)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 8 years ago | (#13902974)

I'd like to see what you all are doing in REAL life for Halloween ... but what cool stuff are you geeks making for youselves?

Does the halloween webcam [komar.org] qualify as cool/geeky? Turn 7,000+ lights on and off via the web, plus inflate/deflate Frankenstein ... and watch it all on a webcam.

We have a ton of kids in the neighborhood, and needless to say, my house is pretty popular, so it's fun having 'em all show up the actual night of Halloween, I have "HULK SMASH" audio playing really loud. So when the kids come by, I ask the smallest (and scaredest one) kid to tell the Hulk to be "Shut Up". It requires a little prodding, but eventually they will say "Be Quiet Hulk" ... and I, of course, hit the OFF button on my wireless X10 remote in my pocket and 'lo and behold, the Hulk is quiet ... since the speaker's power is toggled off. Always get a great response and that kid feels pretty good after that! ;-)

Re:What about Halloween in REAL space? (1)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 8 years ago | (#13903115)

Yes indeed. You are the geek god, not because of your fancy Christmas lights, but because of your brilliant social engineering skills.

I'm not sure if the Hulk is real :O

Re:What about Halloween in REAL space? (1)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 8 years ago | (#13904221)

That was a pretty funny (and argueably insightful) post - LOL. The Hulk is real ;-) [komar.org]

Re:What about Halloween in REAL space? (1)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 8 years ago | (#13905938)

Well that's darn cool then. I was Hulk for Halloween in kindergarten. He was sooo coool!

more info on anarchy's event (1)

endersadvocate (920247) | more than 8 years ago | (#13901940)

in anarchy we can turn into about 10 different kinds of spooky monsters that are actually mobs :) gotta love that

Re:more info on anarchy's event (1)

Ayaress (662020) | more than 8 years ago | (#13904696)

I should dig my free account out of the dust and check it out. I've got mixed feelings about WoW's haloween event. It's got some really cool seasonal quests, like stinkbombing Southshore and egging an inn, but alot of it seems just thrown in. In particular, my troll male can't wear any of the cheap costume masks, because instead of being on his face, they seem to be impaled through his skull.

Interesting! Or is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13901951)

Is this news or something we all already knew? Did anybody read this and go, "Hmm, how interesting!" or did you just go, "Yeah I know, I play World of Warcraft."

/rasp

DAoC also (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13901958)

Alterations also occuring in DAoC, such as graphical changes to horses, players (in cities when a treat is purchased and eaten) and some backrounds (such as the moon).

My priest made a great pirate. Arr! (0, Offtopic)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13902014)

My priest made a great pirate. Arr!

Yeah, an ass pirate.

Why are you doing this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13902046)

Zonk, no one cares about this lameness going on in virtual worlds. And the people who do care (losers) have other sources to get this "news". Why are you posting all these lame "stories" on slashdot? Stop it already.

news for nerds? (1)

c0bw3b (530842) | more than 8 years ago | (#13905527)

isn't your question answered on the top of the page? Nerds? Nerds!

In real news about SCO... (1)

dhakbar (783117) | more than 8 years ago | (#13902218)

They have just laid off everybody but 6 employees.

One day a year... (1)

Scott7477 (785439) | more than 8 years ago | (#13902356)

when Starfleet uniform wearing slashdotters appear to be normal.

Re:One day a year... (1)

thesnarky1 (846799) | more than 8 years ago | (#13908223)

And I enjoy every stardate of it.

For the real trick-or-treat action (2, Informative)

CrazyClimber (469251) | more than 8 years ago | (#13902919)

At Kingdom of Loathing [kingdomofloathing.com] , we get to trick or treat four times a year.

Re:For the real trick-or-treat action (1)

ActionJesus (803475) | more than 8 years ago | (#13905281)

I especially liked this years halloween special, where Jick wiped the servers.

Still, its not like I REALLY needed all those Mr Accessories....

Real life and role playing (1)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 8 years ago | (#13903322)

Nice to see how calendar events play into these games, and I wonder if news events ever will. Seeding stories based on todays news... maybe a modern day IRL game will use real news as feed for dialogue and quests...

Could be funny, this is prior art, so no patents on "using up sources to seed live gameplay and dialogue" or anything daft.

One thing, what is "Hallow's End", is this WoW only thing? Or is All Hallow's Eve known by this as well? I say because a google of Hallow's End brought up WoW pages.

That is all

Re:Real life and role playing (1)

LazyEmc2 (844702) | more than 8 years ago | (#13903518)

I figure it is a way to celebrate a "real life" event within the context of the game. They changed the name because "Halloween" and "All Hallow's Eve" shouldn't exist in the Warcraft Universe. So by calling it "Hallow's End" they circumvent adding out of context material, but at the same time accomplish exactly that. Ciao

Re:Real life and role playing (1)

Ayaress (662020) | more than 8 years ago | (#13904716)

Hallow's End is one of those things that's simmilar enough to real life that you say, "Hey, it's Halloween!" but different enough that it can be fit into the game's world. For specifics: Hallow's End was originally celebrated in the Eastern Kingdoms to commemorate the people killed in the Second War. It's taken up popularity in Orgrimar and Darnassas more recently. I didn't see mention of it in the article, but that's not all going on in WoW. The Undercity is currently celebrating something called the Wickerman Festival, celebrating their escape from the Lich King's control. The highlight of the event is the burning of a giant wicker caricature of Arthas.

Re:Real life and role playing (1)

neomunk (913773) | more than 8 years ago | (#13911875)

Actually, at least one game, Black and White, makes snuggles with the internet to get the local weather and give more of the same to your little virtual heathens. I remember seeing this in at least one other game too, but I can't remmber which right now. I guess it's a start. :-)

MapleStory (2, Informative)

Blaaguuu (886777) | more than 8 years ago | (#13903461)

Also, MapleStory [mapleglobal.com] has a halloween quest going, where you kill zombies and ghosts to get candies, which you give to an NPC for a little pumpkin basket, which you can hold like a shield.

Re:MapleStory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13904273)

"Please use Internet Explorer

Due to technical reasons, you can only access MapleGlobal.com by using Internet Explorer.
If you are already using Internet Explorer, please click on the link below to download the newest version."

Which idiot did design this page? Next thing they ask is for "ActiveX", "Rights to install out ''enhanced browsing features''" etc. bleh.

       

Re:MapleStory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13908313)

a chinaman

it's a fucking slanteye game

Boo? (1)

0rionx (915503) | more than 8 years ago | (#13903511)

So how exactly do horde people in WoW dress-up for Halloween? As dwarves?

Re:Boo? (1)

Mithrandir86 (884190) | more than 8 years ago | (#13912400)

The only reason people play Horde is to kill Alliance. We care very little of anything else.

Re:Boo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13914949)

actually, just last night i saw a female undead running around with a human male mask on. which was umm... awkward, because i (a human male) was running around with an undead female mask on.

Also in Guild Wars (1)

igorthefiend (831721) | more than 8 years ago | (#13904007)

Updates over the last two days have decorated Drokanr's Forge and Lion's Arch with Hallowe'en related things, there's a new collector that gives out Hallowe'en related items, and apparently something big will happen on the day, which sounds like it'll involve a big enemy. Not bad considering there's no subscription fee.

Nexus! (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 8 years ago | (#13904591)

Nexus (nexustk.com) has this, that I've noticed so far:

Every half hour, you can say "Trick or treat" in the inn and receive a trick (such as forcing you to cast mass-vertigo, which makes the movement controls random for every player in the vicinity, including yourself) or a treat (such as a costume -- anything from a rabbit or fox to the Totem God/Dragon Chung-Ryong -- or a valuble item such as a Watermelon).

There's a new NPC in a graveyard south of Kugnae who asks for "the spirit's gifts". No one's gotten farther than that on this quest. We think the quest may be buggy. We think he may mean the six different items dropped by the ghosts which now wander throughout the entire game, but after getting all six items together, I've tried handing them to him, dropping them in front of him, mixing them together, and saying every phrase related to anything I could think of to him. As of 7 AM Central, nobody has a clue how to finish the Halloween Quest. I'm going to log back on shortly to check if it's been solved yet; I've completely run out of ideas.

Oh, and those ghosts. They are not aggro, but are almost impossible to kill (or rather, kill permanently) until you figure out the trick, and if you don't kill them properly, they will follow you wherever you go, even between servers. Every now and then you see some poor fool wander past with a cloud of ghosts after him, then he disappears. Poor fool, he doesn't know that the ghosts can teleport too... But at least they damage in percentages of your current health, so they won't ever kill you.

The barbershop can now give beards for around 15000 coins. For comparison, it costs 2k for a normal haircut. It's hard to benchmark against anything else, as almost every item in the game has degrees from a Sword of Power (given to every Warrior at level 5, can't sell to anyone for even one coin) to Flameblades (several million coins each) to the Chaos Blade (there's only one, which belongs to a player who's not selling.) My Military Fork cost 80k, and repairs cost at most 1k every time it gets low, so a beard for 15k seems excessive.

No one knows whether the beards will stay, so I'll wait till Monday or Tuesday before I waste money on one.

There are tons of rabbits in the inn, probably due to one "trick" which summons eight or nine rabbits around you.

For the record, I have no affiliation with KRU (publishers of Nexus). It's just the only MMO I play.

Star Wars Galaxies (1)

MrScience (126570) | more than 8 years ago | (#13904663)

I kept waiting to read what would be happening in the only space MMO I'm aware of. Are they doing anything?

Re:Star Wars Galaxies (2, Funny)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 8 years ago | (#13905189)

The devs are sitting under their desks crying softly to themselves.

no there waiting for life day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13911928)

sorry couldnt resist.

Wonder if FFXI GMs are going to dress up again (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 8 years ago | (#13905077)

Last year on top of the normal Halloween stuff, the GMs also dressed up like the Demon mobs with the head GM Sage Sundii himself dressing up as the shadowlord. I wonder if they are going to do that again too.


Nice thing about FFXIs event is that it very much takes on the childlike spirit of the holiday, you have to trade candy to get special treats which are items, this years big item is a pitchfork that when in costume makes you run 12% faster in towns.

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