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MMOG Holiday Quickies

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the how-do-you-say-ho-ho-ho-in-elvish? dept.

Role Playing (Games) 36

Holidays are always interesting times of the year in MMOGs, as development teams gear up for live events that change the face of the typical worlds we play in. Everquest 2's Holiday is in full swing, with the Frostfell event. Aggro me has a review for the curious. Planetside is featuring Holiday headgear, and Ultima Online offers up goodie packs with trees and presents. Azeroth's Feast of the Winter Veil has snowballs, lost reindeer, and once again has players selling cookies for outrageous prices on the Auction House. Ahh...the holiday spirit. City of Heroes/City of Villains is going all out this year (possibly to make up for the lack of a Halloween event this year). Heroes and Villains both have their own version of the event, with a mysterious Gamester entering the arena for some general holiday mischief. Finally, Final Fantasy XI not only has the Traditional Starlight Celebration, thanks to the Moogles, but just had a massive patch that's (as always) causing some stir in the player community. Happy New Year to all, be you Carebears, Gankers, or Forum Trolls! Update: 12/27 20:31 GMT by Z : Some users pointed out that I neglected to mention Red Moon Rising, Eve's new expansion, and the Guild Wars Holiday event. I promise, folks, it has nothing to do with malice. Some game events just catch my eye more readily than others, so thanks for keeping things Holiday cheery!

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No love for some MMO's... (1, Offtopic)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346246)

Eve Online [eve-online.com] releases a free content patch called Red Moon Rising [eve-online.com] , and no mention on slashdot. They release a snowball launcher that launch giant snowballs, and no mention. What do you have to do to get a game noticed around here, maybe send a free subscription to someone? What, a 14 day free trial [eve-online.com] isn't enough? `8r/

Then again, my submission is still sitting in the queue and hasn't been rejected so... who knows.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14346622)

Who knows, but they listed FFXI, where everyone I know who ever played it left for either EVE or WoW. What's really funny is that FFXI is a Japanese game, so I have no idea why it would even be listed as having a "Christmas" event, 'cause last I checked, very few Japanese were Christians... [wikipedia.org]

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

FadedTimes (581715) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346705)

A lot of people in the USA aren't Christian and celebrate xmas. I guess most people shopping at the malls this holiday season for gifts were not at Church on Sunday.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

Alarash (746254) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346732)

Who knows, but they listed FFXI, where everyone I know who ever played it left for either EVE or WoW. What's really funny is that FFXI is a Japanese game, so I have no idea why it would even be listed as having a "Christmas" event, 'cause last I checked, very few Japanese were Christians...
I'm atheist, and I still offer (and receive ^^) presents for Christmas. I think Chrismas is now more a popular celebration to mark the end of the year than a religious celebration. I mean, if it was a religious thing, we'd see Jesus all around the place and not an old man from the North Pole, right?

Then again, your point is very true. The other day at the chinese food restaurant I wished the owners a merry christmas, and even though they returned the wish, I couldn't help but wonder if I did a mistake or not. This what had me thinking about this in the first place. And I officially decided that Christmas is for everyone.

Nobody cares about what I'm saying, do they.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

(A)*(B)!0_- (888552) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346797)

"I think Chrismas is now more a popular celebration to mark the end of the year than a religious celebration. I mean, if it was a religious thing, we'd see Jesus all around the place and not an old man from the North Pole, right?"
You know the mythology of Santa Claus is based on a Christian Saint [wikipedia.org] , right?

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

TrickFred (231420) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346985)

...And christmas itself came from a Pagan celebration of winter solstice?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturnalia [wikipedia.org]

Re:No love for some MMO's... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14347217)

The time of year that Christmas is came from the Pagan, however the celebration of the birth of Jesus is Christian.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14347472)

And all this time I thought we were celebrating the birth of Santa Claus.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

SScorpio (595836) | more than 8 years ago | (#14347614)

Praise Santa.... wait we're not celebrating his birth?

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

(A)*(B)!0_- (888552) | more than 8 years ago | (#14347440)

Your point being?

You're not trying to make the claim that because the church subverted an existing festival with Christian ideals, the resulting holiday is not Christian, are you?

Subverting Christmas (1)

Da VinMan (7669) | more than 8 years ago | (#14352760)

I don't think he's claiming that. But I think Alarash is trying to say that the currently Christian holiday of Christmas is itself being subverted by the world at large for their own use. After all, if we're going to basically force the rest of the world to march with us in economic lockstep for holidays, etc., then we have to expect that they're going to put their own spin on the cultural baggage that goes with it.

Re:Subverting Christmas (1)

(A)*(B)!0_- (888552) | more than 8 years ago | (#14352813)

It's doubtful that that was his point. His obvious lack of knowledge with regards to where the concept of Santa Claus came from shows that he is on shaky ground for even discussing the topic.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14348963)

Everyone I know that left FFXI for WOW came back in a month, as they quickly had finished everything they wanted to do.

WOW is a lot of fun - I've played it too - but my general impression of things is that WOW is for people that can't hack it in FFXI.

That's not to say that I wouldn't leave XI for WOW, of course.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

Premo_Maggot (864012) | more than 8 years ago | (#14348036)

I thought the snowball launcher were pretty cool...wish they were mentioned.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

clragon (923326) | more than 8 years ago | (#14348236)

the whole point of a P2P MMORPG is to have free content, why people are sooo thankful for Devs from a P2P game for releasing free content. They should be expected to do that!
btw I tried the snowball launcher already, IMHO it's nothing compared to what some other games are offering, but I dont blame them, it's hard to create a Christmas spirit in a MMORPG that takes place in Space.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 8 years ago | (#14349288)

You obviously have not been having to buy expansion packs for MMOs! I mean, look at EQ, it had how many expansion packs, at like 30 a pop? Plus the subscription rate?

I'd almost prefer guild wars, the one time purchase and then unlimited play after that.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

clragon (923326) | more than 8 years ago | (#14349478)

Did I say that expansions did not exist? I am one of those people that doesn't support expansion with p2p games. Look at WoW right now, they are making so much more money than they need for server maint and salaries and they still want people to pay for expansion for content that was already part of the game at release. then look at Guild Wars, the Christmas and Halloween events were better than most p2p games out there, they even have a new PVP arena just for Christmas, an arena where you use skills such as throw snow ball, yellow snow (poison), ice castle (take no dmg from projections if you dont move for x seconds), snow cones (heal) and others, and Guild Wars doesn't even have a monthly fee!

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

C0rinthian (770164) | more than 8 years ago | (#14352944)

Look at WoW right now, they are making so much more money than they need for server maint and salaries and they still want people to pay for expansion for content that was already part of the game at release.
Umm, WoW hasn't released an expansion yet. So far they have added significant amounts of content free of (extra) charge. It's kind of harsh to complain about an expansion that doesn't EXIST yet. Why don't you wait until it's released before commenting on it's contents.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

clragon (923326) | more than 8 years ago | (#14353025)

it makes no difference wether the expansion is released or not, because I saw the trailer for the new contents, I've already been to the areas shown when I was GM for a WoW server back at release. Much like what they did with Starcraft, the Dark Templars were shown in the beta version (made with WC engine) screenshots meaning they were originaly planed for the first release, but they decide to save it for the expansion to make more money. the new contents in the WoW expansion shown in the trailers and screenshots were already there at release, ofcourse they are going to add a bit more things like items and monsters for the expansion, but thats hardly worth making people pay another 30 bucks for considering they are already paying 12-15 dollars a month. dont even get me started on the amount of free content, many of those things they added were promised back in beta, most of the contents that came after release were suppose to be part of it.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

C0rinthian (770164) | more than 8 years ago | (#14353276)

Do tell me what Outland was like, since you've been there.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

clragon (923326) | more than 8 years ago | (#14353485)

Why would you be asking me what the new area looks like when there are trailers availiable on games sites like gamespots? for example, in gamespot's trailer 1, at 2:43, you see these purle rays and trees on the ground, that is one of the places I remember because there was a huge sand timer in the middle with alot of sand trickling down, and the place was exactly like how it was shown in the trailer 1. there were many more areas I visited that weren't availiable to the public, since that was almost a year ago, I dont remeber most of them, but when I saw the gamespot trailer I knew I've been to that place and many other places shown in the trailers. despite the content of the expansion, there is still no reason to make the users pay for it again since they have so many suscribers. the reason tehy are doing this is because they want more money and because they know people will buy it because they love this great game, and the expansions for p2p always existed even before WoW and people are used to the idea, but it still doesn't make it right.

Re:No love for some MMO's... (1)

C0rinthian (770164) | more than 8 years ago | (#14354859)

And a teaser trailer shows ALL of the new content in the expansion that is still a good 6 months from release. Riiight.

despite the content of the expansion, there is still no reason to make the users pay for it again since they have so many suscribers.
I think Ford has made enough money selling cars already, so they should give me a new Mustang for free.
the reason tehy are doing this is because they want more money
They are a business, the whole point is to make more money.
and because they know people will buy it
Is there any better reason to charge money for your product?
and the expansions for p2p always existed even before WoW and people are used to the idea, but it still doesn't make it right.
I don't see what makes it wrong. It's an established business model that is accepted by their consumers. No company is obligated to give you anything for free. It is not wrong to charge for a product. You may disagree with it, but don't take some misguided moral high ground because a company doesn't want to give you something for free. Seriously, get over yourself, you aren't entitled to anything.

Holiday Compilation (1)

Cyber Akuma (901028) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346247)

I was wondering if I would ever be able to find out what all the different MMORPGS did this season.

ho-ho-ho in elvish (0, Offtopic)

game kid (805301) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346482)

from the how-do-you-say-ho-ho-ho-in-elvish? dept.

Isn't Santa Claus already an elf? (Granted, this is under debate [xanga.com] , and he & his various forms/clones/whatever in U.S. department stores usually speak English to us anyway, but still...)

Re:ho-ho-ho in elvish (2, Insightful)

Keith Russell (4440) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346656)

It was ho-ho-ho in the tongue of Valinor, in Sindarin, hoë-hoë-hoë. In Dwarvish, it was believed to be hô-hô-hô, but they never taught their language to outsiders. In Old Entish, well, let's just say it wouldn't fit in a Slashdot .sig, but it could be abbreviated hoooom-hoooom-hoooom. I dare not speak it in the tongue of Mordor here, but translated, it means "Bah, humbug!"

Re:ho-ho-ho in elvish (1)

aapold (753705) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346944)

Remember, the word Elf we get from the (Norse IIRC) Alf, meaning Dwarf. THis is why santa's elves resemble fantasy dwarves more than say, tolkien elves.

Insert... (1)

wbren (682133) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346593)

...obligatory "holiday quickies" joke here.

Maybe (1)

Rabbitgod (923989) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346837)

Maybe we will get a nice EvE-Online timbit on the main page when they do their massive server upgrade and get on the top 500 list of super computers later this yesr.

Guild Wars (3, Interesting)

TrickFred (231420) | more than 8 years ago | (#14346964)

Guild Wars doesn't get a mention? 3 major cities (and a major PvP area) got a snowy overhaul decked out with trees and giant gingerbread cookies and such. 'Wintermas' themed quests, where you fight Grentches and Humbugs, or destroy all of a settlement's presents. Candy cane weapons! Gingerbread and Peppermint Candy shields! Egg nog! Snowman Summoners! Gifts traded in town via a mini game in which presents spawn around town, and you have to get them to a young child before the 'Grentches' blow them up! And PvP Snowball fights complete with unique snowball combat skills (Avalanche, Yellow Snow, etc.) And on New Year's Eve, an epic battle between the God of Death and the Goddess of Life to determine if the world will ever see spring! (Think Combat Groundhog Day).

Great Wintersday makeover in GW! (2, Informative)

Morgaine (4316) | more than 8 years ago | (#14347494)

Yes indeed, the Guild Wars "Xmas" changes (called "Wintersday" in the game) are very extensive, with many different zones affected by snow cover and massive festive decorations, quests, games and special consumables, and with all loot tables everywhere featuring extra drops for crafting candy cane weapons.

Loads of fun goodies are available too of course, including items that provide a strong in-game boost outside of the festivities. For example, whacky snowmen golems that you can hire as henchmen for your team and which are stronger than regular henchies. And candy canes which you can double-click to wipe out your Death Penalty after dying --- uber!!!

The battle between Grenth and Dwayna will involve PvP using the candy cane weapons that we've been working all week to obtain. We won't know the details of this until Wintersday itself, but GW has such an impressive skills-based PvP system (levels almost don't matter, only how good you are at using the hundreds of skills in each of your two professions) that it's bound to be terrific.

Very impressive work by ArenaNet/NCsoft, and not a bug in sight despite the collosal makeover. (I have no connection with them, other than as a satisfied player.)

Re:Great Wintersday makeover in GW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14348787)

ArenaNets the best in the biz when it comes to these sorta things.

Re:Guild Wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14351954)

You mean the actually did something for everyone, not just the people that could be on at a certain time? I was still playing at Halloween and what they did then was mediocre at best. Yes, there's no subscription to play, and you get what you pay for with Guild Wars.

ATITD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14347189)

A Tale In The Desert (Ancient Egyptian non-combat MMO) had its own bit of revelry for the new year. We got to witness snow (Yeah, in egypt, but it was a nice effect!), as well as obtaining presents (boxes dropped at snowstorm locations).

Giftwise, we got chocolates, fireworks, and an extra waypoint. The last of which is used for marking locations you can warp immediately to, so that's a benefit.

It may have been light compared to other MMO's, but at least folks were being brought together. Which is the spirit of the holidays and of ATITD.

More City of Heroes/Villains info (1)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 8 years ago | (#14349511)

(Shameless—but relevant—fan site plug, with hopefully useful info...)

I'm the admin of the ParagonWiki [pcfreepress.com] , a CoH/CoV wiki. Last week, I wrote an article called Winter Event 2005 [pcfreepress.com] in which I've tried to cover in-depth everything that CoH/CoV has done for the winter holidays.

If I missed anything, feel free to edit it. It's a purely fan volunteer effort, so although I don't really believe in hell, if you vandalize it, I'm pretty sure you'll end up there.

Phantasy Star Online (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14352680)

There's no love for PSO here! Blue Burst just got Toward the Future and Saint Rappies, in addition to all the lobbies and towns being decorated with wreaths and trees. All the other PSOs have the normal christmas gear (I assume the DC indy-servers do, and GC definitely does) and there are... SAINT RAPPIES. The best monster ever turns Christmas-y. How did this not get covered?

Frostfell is an Asheron's Call trademark =) (1)

Tofino (628530) | more than 8 years ago | (#14356444)

Frostfell is a Turbine trademark, being used in Asheron's Call as a server and a season name. Sure, nobody really plays AC anymore (this is AC1, not the AC2 that closed down, but give it time, yes, yes), but surely :).

On the other hand, consider that not only does SOE have ridiculously better lawyers than poor ol' Turbine, but SOE also does all of Turbine's distribution. I would predict a sea of quiet on this 'un.

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