Recently there’s been a flurry of news about Diablo III, among them a potential release date later this year. But what’s most surprising is the fact players will have access to the auction house where they can sell items for real money to other players. Blizzard explains it as a way to combat gold sellers, but I see it differently: this only makes it easier for them.

While gold selling is against the terms of use of most MMORPGs, including Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, that hardly means it isn’t happening. While I never personally bought gold in any game (nor I ever had the need to), many players do and gold farming/selling industry is a rapidly growing one making millions of dollars each year. Powerleveling services are also tightly connected but in case of Diablo III it’s irrelevant. since leveling in Diablo 3 is pretty straightforward and easy.

Common knowledge is that most of these companies (often sweat shops) are based in China where young workers are being exploited for ridiculously low wages to farm and grind all day long. For the most part such practices are illegal, but of course that doesn’t make it go away. What I see happening is that these young, frequently underage boys will now be playing Diablo 3 all day long and sell those items for real money. And Blizzard is not only okay with it, but they even created a system that makes it extremely easy, and most importantly legal.

Most people when they heard about selling loot on the auction house in D3 thought how they could potentially make money playing the game, but that’s simply not true. You won’t even be able to get enough even for pocket change, because when these underpaid workers start grinding bosses and equipment and selling it the prices will get extremely low, and if you thought about earning money on Diablo think again. For the employers of the aforementioned workers this will most likely be a very profitable business, but the workers will still get less than $2 per day.

As a player this really doesn’t affect you much. If Blizzard decided to make a now already standard cash shop with items for Diablo III nobody would think twice about it, if not for the fact this is a single-player game (or maybe not?). This on the other hand is a completely different story, and how exactly it’ll unfold it yet to be seen.

There is however a clear winner in all of this, and it’s obviously Blizzard. They’ll sell you the game, and then take a cut from every single item sold. It’s definitely good business for everyone, except those guys working for $2/day.

If you came across an “Error 10242″ while trying to patch Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor to a newer version, it’s because you’re missing required registry entries for the game. Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple solution to this.

Create a new empty .txt file on your desktop, and add the following in it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Company of Heroes]
“DisplayName”=”Company of Heroes”
“UninstallString”=”\”F:\\Games\\Company of Heroes\\Uninstall_English.exe\”"
“InstallLocation”=”F:\\Games\\Company of Heroes”
“Publisher”=”THQ Inc.”
“DisplayVersion”=”2.500.0″
“DisplayIcon”=”\”"F:\\Games\\Company of Heroes\\Uninstall_English.exe\”"

Be sure to change the path where the game is installed on all three locations above. Also make sure that the “Display Version” is the exact one you have: you can check that either in the game, or right click on the “RelicCOH.exe” file in the Company of Heroes folder and choosing “Properties” > “Details”: it’s displayed under “file version”.

Save the file with the required information above, change the file extension from .txt to .reg and run it. It’ll add the entries above to your PC registry and after that you should have no problems running the patches.

I found this amazing Rift powerleveling guide here which can easily take you from level 25 to 50. The only downside to it is that you’ll have to grind. However, I think it’s best paired with Xerxes leveling guide, so whenever you run out of quests or if you simply get bored with them, do some grinding for quick speedleveling.

Hey guys, in this guide I will show you how to level from 25-50 in a matter of days with my grinding “hotspots”. This worked well for me so I know it will for you too. Thanks for reading!

  • Scarlet Gorge : 25-28
  • Coordinates : 3173 , 2669
  • Area Name : Stonecrest
  • Description/Notes : Undead Graveyard

  • Scarwood Reach : 28-30/31
  • Coordinates : 2851 , 2800
  • Area Name : Howling Plateau
  • Description/Notes : Mining Camp or Elemental Area, grind your preferred mob.

 

  • Scarwood Reach : 30/31 – 33
  • Coordinates : 3052 , 3931
  • Area Name : Auld Warden
  • Description/Notes : Grind in the circle, mobs will respawn by the time you pat back around.

  • Moonshade Highlands : 33 – 35
  • Coordinates : 7126 , 2384
  • Area Name : Twilit Stand
  • Description/Notes : None.

 

  • Droughtlands : 35 – 38
  • Coordinates : 7232 , 6198
  • Area Name : Trappers Rest
  • Description/Notes : Grind in a circle around the big rock, best spot.

  • Droughtlands : 38 – 40
  • Coordinates : 7614 , 6739
  • Area Name : Stormbrood Lair
  • Description/Notes : Farm up the hill and back down.

 

  • Iron Pine Peak : 40 – 42/43 (EXP Hotspot)
  • Coordinates : 2630 , 817
  • Area Name : Frozen Valley
  • Description/Notes : The Alpha wolves give extra experience!

  • Shimmersands : 42/43 – 45
  • Coordinates : 5821 , 5897
  • Area Name : Jeweled Heights
  • Description/Notes : None

  • Stillmoor : 45 – 46
  • Coordinates : 2056 , 2268
  • Area Name : Ravenna
  • Description/Notes : Farm either the Werewolves or Elves.

 

  • Stillmoor 46-50 : (EXP Hotspot)
  • Coordinates : 1613 , 2283
  • Area Name : Twisted Hollow
  • Description/Notes : Best grind spot in the game, Every single ogre gives 1.8x normal experience. I went from 46-50 here in a day and a half. 49-50 I timed, only took me 1 hour and a half pure grinding. Amazing spot. Don’t tell anyone about this certain area, that’s not in the guild. Please.

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This is by far the best compilation of grinding locations I was able to find. If you’re having trouble leveling in Rift, this should definitely point you in the right direction. Again, if you combine these grinding tips with a quality leveling guide like Xerxes you can probably reach the level cap in 4-5 days. It’s insane!

Crysis 2, a sequel to a very popular FPS game was just recently released and already got a ton of positive reviews from what I’ve noticed. Many have already labeled it as one of the best games released this year. Personally, I don’t agree.

While the game has a lot going for it: incredible graphics and relatively fun and unique gameplay, I don’t think it brings anything revolutionary to the genre. It is a good and most importantly fun game, but it just doesn’t keep me engaged and wanting more. But apparently I’m in a minority again, much like with my opinions on SWTOR’s failure.

Judging by the fact that there are even strategy guides available for Crysis 2 the game must be selling insanely well. While I personally haven’t read it, I guess having info on nanosuits and multiplayer maps could be useful.

But anyway, what are your thoughts about C2? Does the game deliver, did you regret spending money on it or are you still having fun with it? Tell me now!

I really think this little upcoming MMORPG from Bioware you’re surely heard about called Star Wars: The Old Republic is going to fail. Here’s why…

It’s too early to speculate whether it’ll be a good game or not. We don’t even know the release date yet: supposedly sometime this year. My guess is October or November, but who knows. Bioware is probably under a lot of pressure to release it anyway so I doubt the release date will be pushed back even further, but you never know.

Since the game is in closed beta (again, without any word when open beta might actually begin) it’s hard to tell whether it’s even good or not. We’ve all watched the gameplay videos and whatnot but they can’t really tell you whether you’ll be enjoying the game or not. So that’s yet another thing we’ll have to wait and see.

But, the reason why I think SWTOR will fail is because everyone and their grandma expects this to be the best game ever. As you can guess from what I wrote in the above two paragraphs, we basically don’t know shit about SWTOR. We don’t know much about the classes, ships, combat, instances, crafting, and the most important thing, endgame content. (In)frequent nuggets of info we do get are all from the official channels, therefore they hardly tell the whole story.

A lot of MMORPGs failed because players had too high expectations, and the same thing IS happening with SWTOR. We both know you’ll buy the game regardless, but buying does not equal subscribing. Kick it down a notch people, this game won’t kill WoW. It might be good, but if you expect a miracle you’ll be in for a nasty surprise.

Rift is an epic fantasy game created by Trion Worlds studio. It’s an interactive game that anyone can share with friends and strangers. Here you get the chance to play the character that your choice and then complete the quest that you may encounter to go up to the next available level.

In this fun and interesting online game, a powerful rift from the outer planes disturbed the quiet world of Telara. The outer planes opened the doors to planar invasion where the once peaceful Telara is now under attack. Village after village, the invaders capture, kill and plunder anything that attracts their attention. There are those that submitted themselves to their new masters. There are also others who refuse to kiss the hands of Telara’s invaders and fight so that once again, they can regain the beauty and glory that Telara once had.

Someone has to bring back peace to Telara. The question is who can do it? This is where the game becomes interesting. You, as a player will have to be the main character. You will lead a band that will join you in this quest. It’s now time for your move, your decision, because it’s your game. You call the shots of whatever may possibly happen.

There are various levels that you will encounter as you get into this interactive game. You’ll virtually travel through bountiful environments as you complete your quest. There a lot of things that you can also do in this game. You can go one-on-one with your opponents and challenge them to a duel to the death. This happens as you discover the secrets that each plane will give you.

You, as the hero of Telara will have to complete your quest. Along the way, you’ll be given a choice and your decision will matter most in the game. Will you fight your opponent and aim at closing the rift forever or will you keep it open so you can harvest the powers it give for you? The future of Telara is in your hands. You decide if you want to walk to the dark side or into the light.

This game guarantees that you’ll have hours and hours of fun as you bond with the other characters around you and will make sure that your expectations as an MMO consumer is met. There will be more sleepless nights ahead…Enjoy the quest for Telara’s future.

I’ve been closely keeping track of Rift for the past few months and been anticipating its release for what feels like forever now. I even preordered the game to gain access to headstart, but for the past 3 weeks since the game went live I haven’t even logged in.

I’ve fallen for the hype too! A ton of players are enjoying this game however and I’m actually quite surprised I haven’t read any bad reviews as of yet. Typically when MMORPGs come out we start hearing about their cons and lack of endgame content, but that’s not the case with Rift — yet.

I’m wondering if this game actually is as good as it seems. I lied when I said I didn’t log in though: I did try during the headstart, but the servers were full, and when I finally got past the queue I got greeted by a completely empty world due to 70,000+ latency. I’m guessing it’s fixed, but it kind of cooled me off for this game, despite it apparently being good.

So what are your thoughts on Rift, are you having fun or not? Can you see yourself playing this game 6 months from now, or will you move on to SWTOR or whatever else comes first?

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