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BACK TO THE START: REASONS TO PLAY WORLD OF WARCRAFT CLASSIC

Nostalgia is one hell of a drug. And in the case of World of Warcraft, that drug is so potent that the fan clamor for a WoW Classic was big enough to convince Blizzard to release one. Now, if you’re not one of those who weren’t lucky enough to experience the early days of what’s arguably the most influential MMORPG, there’s a question to be settled: Is it worth the trip back in time?

The short answer is a resounding yes—and for a wide variety of reasons which we’ll now discuss.

Experiencing What the Old Times Were Like

If you’re a fan of a particular game franchise but didn’t start at the first-ever game, it’s only natural to be curious about how the title that began. That’s kind of the same thing if you didn’t land in Azeroth during its Vanilla days; the only difference is the same game engine. But before you think that there’s very little difference because it’s technically still the 2004 MMO people came to love, you should remember that Blizzard has made a lot of changes to the game since then.

Surely, you’re wondering what it was like without its many additional locations (and many Quality of Life improvements), so you might as well experience what it’s like. The only thing you’ll lose is your cluelessness.

Enjoying the Old Way

Speaking of quality-of-life changes, they were introduced to the game in a gradual manner. The same is true with the graphical improvements. That’s why outside of the expansion-related content and changes, not a lot of people noticed the subtle updates. Trust us; what didn’t seem like much to the unobservant eye is going to feel like a world of difference once it’s gone.

And who knows? You might actually find those missing QoL features–for combat, WoW gold farming, and many other things–as a good thing. For example, without the Quest Tracker, you’ll have to actually read the quest log in order to know where you should go or who you should talk to next. It may be a bit of a slog to some, and understandably so, considering how a lot of gamers have grown up and are now constantly busy professionals. However, for more traditional and more dedicated roleplayers, this is going to be something they’ll want. No UI; like a true adventurer in Azeroth, you open what is the equivalent of your journal, actually read it, and locate objectives on your own.

Going Back to the Past… and the Future

It has become undeniable that technology shapes society. The same is undoubtedly true in Azeroth. Surely, the many changes implemented by Blizzard have affected overall WoW community behavior, so imagine removing all the things that have shaped the population into what it is today. It’s still going to be nothing like how the original playerbase was back in the early days since the Classic’s player base has already been exposed to more recent content, but the loss of many QoL features, gear, and items is going to make things feel like a blast from the past. Even if it’s something you didn’t experience firsthand, at least you’ll have a glimpse of it!

Last but not least, playing WoW Classic can give you a newfound appreciation for the mainline WoW. Finally seeing an older, smaller Azeroth can help you see the newer, bigger one in a different light. You might even start to realize that for all of the faults you can find in the game today, it’s now far better than it used to.

World of Warcraft is more than a decade old, so it’s about time the more dedicated players either return to its roots—or go there for the first time ever. Regardless of which of the two you are, you should definitely try it out. Who knows? You might actually have fun in old Azeroth!

 

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How the Storytelling of WoW Keeps Evolving

For over 14 years now, World of Warcraft has remained to only be active, but relevant as a whole in the gaming community. While it did not define the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) genre that we have today, it continues to be a part of it. More importantly, it continues to evolve with it. With the release of its seventh expansion, Battle for Azeroth, WoW boasts a thriving fanbase, along with tons of third-party marketplaces selling WoW accounts, WoW Gold and boosting services. However, there’s one thing that the players all agree on—the storytelling of the lore has definitely improved.

Storytelling in WoW: Then & Now

Game storytelling doesn’t get much more epic than the Warcraft universe. With the franchise turning 25 years old soon and having released the seventh expansion, World of Warcraft stories have been told as a fantasy world set in conflict. Epic struggles, each with grand heroes and vicious villains push players into the spotlight while these wars raged, with the players protecting the safety of the virtual lands they live on. And since then, players have been held in captive awe as to how Blizzard has told its stories since the early days. Mind you that they’ve managed to evolve their stories to keep up with the changing tastes and technologies of the time and to keep the players immersed and entertained.

How Battle of Azeroth Keeps Things Entertaining

Back when World of Warcraft launched Facebook, Youtube, or smartphones weren’t even in existence. WoW was the first MMORPG to have a social network, with the millions of players playing the game.  Since then, the newest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, has taken place in the shadow of the opening act for World of Warcraft, the War of the Thorns. In this event, both Horde and Alliance players head to the Night Elf territory of Darkshore to take part in the battle. Eventually, the Alliance falls back and the Horde claims Darnassus, the capital city of the Night Elves. Sylvanas Wind runner, the Horde Warchief, then makes the decision to burn Darnassus down while still full of civilians in an unprecedented act of genocide. Whether you choose to be a member of the Alliance of the Horde is up to you.

Blizzard decided to mix things up on patch 8.1, Tides of Vengeance. A quest line called the Fate of Saurfangwill now have a rare player choice inside it. When players meet up with Zekhan, they’ll now have an option to either accept his quest or reject it. Accepting the quest will have it play out like normal, but a rejection leads players down a darker, more loyal path. Upon rejecting Zekhan, loyal Horde players will be given a quest to return to Sylvanas and tell her of this treachery. Sylvanas then reveals that she has “special plans” for Zekhan, which doesn’t sound particularly good for anyone.

Wrap Up

While World of Warcraft has offered light choices like this in the past, these quests usually revolve around the character (or an NPC) killing someone. The choice with Zekhan is far more involved than most other World of Warcraft choices, especially since it has the potential to drastically impact the narrative.

Ultimately, the ability for characters to choose which sides to serve, Saurfang or Sylvanas, is fantastic. It’s exciting, new, and may lead to a whole new avenue that’ll eventually open up WoW to more people. The question is what comes next? How will this new method of storytelling be used for both sides? One thing’s for sure, it’s going to take more than a branching story to create a satisfying ending for those who are hyped for the new expansion.

Halfway There: WoW Battle for Azeroth Achievement Flying Mounts

WoW Mounts Battle for Azeroth Whether it’s Earth or Azeroth, there’s no better way to travel than to do so way up high. And although there’s the option to teleport, nothing competes with being on your own WoW mount riding through the clouds while looking down at the utterly fantastical world below. In true World of Warcraft fashion, you’ll have to unlock this ability. If you’ve been playing for quite some time now, you’ll know right off the bat that this is a tedious task. The same goes here in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.

Explorer and Diplomat

Just as it was in Legion, there are two achievements that you need to accomplish in order to gain access to the skies. But for now, only one of the two is currently available, which is Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder: Part One, so you’ll just have to go with that.

Like in Legion, to unlock the achievement in question, you need to unlock a handful of other achievements first.

First on the list is the Battle for Azeroth Explorer, which requires players to explore the following areas:

  • Tiragarde Sound
  • Stormsong Valley
  • Nazmir
  • Drustvar
  • Zuldazar
  • Vol’dun

Next would be the achievement Azerothian Diplomat, which requires to earn Revered status with certain factions. For Alliance, that would be the Proudmoore Admiralty, Order of Embers, Storm’s Wake, or7th Legion. For the Horde, that would be the Zandalari Empire, Talanji’s Expedition, Voldunai, and The Honorbound.

Note: Both factions must earn Revered status with Champions of Azeroth and Tortolian Seekers.

Another necessary achievement is the Wide World of Quests. This requires you to finish 100 World Quests in KulTiras and Zandalar. It’s pretty tedious, but hey, it’s the lofty price you have to pay for you to soar up high. Besides, once you’re done with this achievement, you’re pretty much set for life, as this is an account-wide achievement. The same goes for battle for Azeroth Explorer and Azerothian Diplomat.

Tour of Duty, Forever

After that would be Kul Tourist for Alliance and Zandalar Forever! for the Horde.

For Kul Tourist, you’ll need to achieve the following achievements:

  • A Sound Plan – finish the Tiragarde Sound storylines
  • Stormsong and Dance – finish the Stormsong Valley storylines
  • Drust Do It – finish theDrustvar

For Zandalar Forever!, you’ll need to finish more achievements compared to Kul Tourist. But hey, you’re part of the Horde, so you’re tougher than those puny Alliance do-gooders anyway.

These achievements are as follows:

  • The Throne of Zuldazar – complete the Zuldazarstorylines
  • Secrets in the Sands – complete theVol’dun storylines
  • The Dark Heart of Nazmir – complete theNazmir storylines
  • A Bargain of Blood – complete the Blood Gate quest line in Zuldazar
  • The Final Seal – Complete the Zandalar Forever scenario in Zuldazar

Fight Before Flight

Once you’re done with all those achievements, it’s time for the last one: Ready for War.

For the Alliance, you need to accomplish the following campaigns:

  • Nazmir Foothold
  • Zuldazar Foothold
  • Chasing Darkness
  • Blood in the Water
  • Vol’dun Foothold
  • Blood on the Sand
  • A Golden Opportunity
  • The Strike on Zuldazar

As for the Horde, it’d be as follows:

  • Drustvar Foothold
  • Stormsong Valley Foothold
  • The Marshal’s Grave
  • At the Bottom of the Sea
  • Tiragarde Sound Foothold
  • The First Assault
  • Death of a Tidesage
  • The Strike on Boralus

These achievements are, unfortunately, not account-wide. Which means you’ll have to do them all over again for another character. But with Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One, the only reason to get them for your alternate characters would be for completionist purposes.

After accomplishing all those achievements, congratulations! You now have Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One. Aside from being halfway to having a flying mount, you’ll be rewarded with 20% Increased Mount Speed in KulTiras and Zandalar.

Escape From Tarkov Beginner’s Guide

Escape From Tarkov Beginner's Guide

Escape from Tarkov is a gritty, tactical shooter where you lose your gear when you die. Gameplay revolves around the search for Escape from Tarkov Items, such as guns or armor. Players can keep them if they succeed in their bid to escape. Otherwise, they lose it all. It currently features two game modes, a high-risk survival mode, and a lower risk, no penalty mode. There are more things planned for it so look forward to changes in the future.

If you’re feeling lost or confused about the game, you’ve come to the right article. Here are some essential tips and tricks new players need, as well as some refreshers for old ones.

Play Offline

It’s a good idea to take the time to play the game in offline mode. You’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the gameplay this way. Since EFT is a realistic shooter, there are mechanics and rules that will be different from other games. While prior experience to other first-person shooters is indeed a good thing, every game handles their guns differently.

It’s also important to know the maps well. With this kind of knowledge, you won’t get lost while going to the extraction point. It will also help you find good ambush spots or hiding places, as well as locate where loot spawns are. You’ll be able to use the environment to your advantage.

By playing offline, you remove the threat of better players jumping the gun on you. You’ll be able to build your confidence without the crushing discouragement of lack of perceived progress. Besides, online play is more unpredictable because of other players. Then there are the cheaters and hackers. All in all, it’s better to wade in and out from offline to online, than straight-up diving into online mode.

Farm Scavs

The best way to start collecting gear is to farm Scavs. They’re the AI faction, and the second gameplay mode lets you play as one. Scavs are always armed, and also drop necessary items such as money or meds. Just take their gun, vest, or bag and leave. That way, you’ll always have back up equipment in future rounds. Play as one every time it’s available so you don’t lose as much as when you use your main character.

There’s no set method to farm, and what works for another won’t necessarily work for you. Go and find the best way to farm for yourself.

Get Experience

As the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’. You’ll have to play for hours and hours just to gain experience and improve your situational awareness skills. With that, you’ll realize when it is better to engage or simply run away. There’s also the matter of determining whether it is safe to loot a body or not, and whether to use meds or save them for later. Every situation is unique, so you have to be exposed to all kinds of circumstances to be able to react accordingly.

Survival doesn’t mean you kill all your opponents, mind you. Sometimes, it’s knowing when to stay down and retreat.

Other Tips

You should also learn how to let go of items you wanted to get but couldn’t get your hands on. There’s also the persistence to try again and again even after multiple failures. Know what’s valuable and what can be left behind. You can also participate in Escape From Tarkov trading to boost your funds.

Only you can decide how you want to play, so play how you want. Slow and steady, or fast and risky, the most important thing is to not forget to have fun. May you survive and escape Tarkov more often!

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A Really Costly Treasure Hunt: Top Rarest World of Warcraft Items

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Beyond saving Azeroth and getting into the seemingly never-ending loop of finishing raids for better gear in order to accomplish even more difficult raids, what do World of Warcraft players do? Collect rare items! It’s not for everybody, as quite a lot of them are worth hundreds of thousands of WoW gold. Not to mention impractical, as a lot of them don’t offer utility, have any combat applications, or increase your attributes anyhow. Still, it doesn’t matter. The fact that they’re hard to find is what makes them worth going after.

Here’s a look at the rarest World of Warcraft items.

Brawler’s Harness

A great number of rare items have no practical use. On top that, many of them are merely common items that are devoid of value until the item has been discontinued or the means to obtain it no longer exists, making the old copies of the item suddenly pricey. The Brawler’s Harness is a good example of this. It is a gear Horde players receive upon character creation, making it essentially worthless. That was until Cataclysm came along and the item was finally phased out. Now, it goes for 100,000 gold a piece! If you’re a Horde player, you hopefully didn’t chuck it out.

Chromatic Sword

Another item that became valuable after being phased out in Cataclysm is the Chromatic Sword. Although unlike the Brawler’s Harness, this one’s an accidental case. It’s a low-level item, but it’s pricey not only because of its post-expansion rarity, but also because it’s a popular transmog item due to its beauty. Limited supply, high demand – you do the math and you’ll get why it’s steeply priced at a whopping 500,000 gold.

XorothianFirestick

On the other hand, if you’re a hunter – especially a Dwarven one – then you might want to go for the XorothianFirestick. This cool, classy, and classic-looking gun used to be obtainable through a now-gone long quest chain. The said quest is only available to Warlocks, who will then have the exclusive ability to summon a boss at Dire Maul as it is part of a quest.

The only way to obtain the item now is by finding a Warlock that took on that quest and make him or her summon the boss that drops the gun. Unfortunately, Warlocks that still have access to that content have become few and far in between.

Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider

This is one of the rarest of the rare items, if not the most, as there was only one of it, and now it’s gone. A green robot bird mount, it’s a mere palette swap of a mechanostrider that was given by a GM to Neshe, a player that accidentally deleted the mount on his backpack. But despite being just a change in color, it’s actually an item that GM’s shouldn’t have given to an ordinary player in the first place.

However, during the Warlords of Draenor cycle, Neshe was caught selling the item that was never meant to be in player’s hands in the first place for a huge amount of gold. For doing so, Blizzard gave his WoW account the banhammer and deleted the rare item.

Big Love Rocket

Event items are also a popular kind of rare items, and one of those is the Love Rocket. It’s exactly as the name suggests, and it’s fittingly only obtainable through the Love is in the Air during the Valentine season. To make the rocket tougher to get, only one person in the entire player base can loot it once per day, and its chance of dropping is one out of 3,330. No surprise it’s rare.

Collecting rare items is just as much of an adventure in Azeroth as taking down the Burning Legion or fighting the opposing faction. So why not try to get your hands on them? We’re sure it will be a long, exciting, and rewarding quest.

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Not Taking Sides: Why Play as Alliance and Horde in WoW: Battle for Azeroth

In World of WarCraft: Battle for Azeroth, the latest expansion of Blizzard’s long-running MMO, players are given the incentive to not just stick to their chosen faction, but to also experience what it’s like to be on the opposing one.

Horde vs Alliance

World of WarCraft has been running for more than ten years now, so anyone who’s stuck to one faction for years won’t likely change sides just because of a new expansion. However, for World of WarCraft: Battle for Azeroth, they should. If you happen to be one of those faction loyalists who still aren’t convinced, here are the reasons, aside from the exclusive WoW mount, to check out the other side of the battlefield. We bet our bottom WoW gold that you’ll agree with us by the end of this article.

A Decade of Changes

The first reason would be because the Alliance and the Horde have changed—a lot. After a long, long time, there is a huge lore-related distinction between Alliance and Horde once again, all thanks to Battle for Azeroth. This time, it’s no longer just about the Alliance being this incorrigible bulwark of defense against threats to their kingdoms and the world.

As for the Horde, it’s an understatement to say that they’ve come so far from being this belligerent orc-exclusive race. In time, they’ve become a rag-tag band of oppressed and misunderstood races that don’t fit anywhere else but in the faction, looking for their place in the planet whose sensibilities are founded on Alliance values.

If you stayed loyal to one faction for quite some time, especially since the beginning, you wouldn’t notice these changes, be it your own or the opposing one. In Battle for Azeroth, however, these changes have reached a culmination point. Thus, now, while the war-focused expansion is still the zeitgeist of World of WarCraft, there’s no better time to see how much the factions have changed.

Nothing Like What They Are Today

But despite all the growing up both of Azeroth’s factions have made, deep down there is still that pettiness between the two, thus the reason why we have Battle for Azeroth right now. This brings us to the second reason for you to scope out the opposition: a chance to be in the other faction’s shoes while the conflict is at its peak and before they change—for better or worse.

To be fair, calling the reasons the Alliance and Hordeback at each other’s throats after their uneasy unity in Legion petty is a hyperbole. However, no matter how big—or valid—the whys of this war being reignited are, there is still a much bigger threat ahead: The Void. The worst part is that it’s an existential one, so cooperation from both sides is going to be necessary.

With a danger like that looming on the horizon, this might be the last time a war between Alliance and Horde would be this hot. Not to mention the fact that this kind of danger will undoubtedly change the face of the two factions. So while both the Alliance and Horde are very much like how we’ve known them for quite some time now, doing what we’ve known them to, better play them now.

The Other Campaign Trail

One more thing worth noting is the huge difference in the campaigns of the two factions, as well as the new allied races. For this expansion, Alliance and Horde campaigns greatly differ from one another. The objectives and locations are nothing like the ones you can experience on the other side. So to truly appreciate Battle for Azeroth and experience everything has to offer, you’ll have to check out both factions.

Lastly, there are the allied races. The Alliance has Dark Iron Dwarves, Void Elves, and LightforgedDraenei, while the Horde has Nightborne (Elves), Mag’HarOrc, and the HighmountainTauren. These new classes have their own unique looks, traits, and abilities, making them worth the try.

Battle for Azeroth is going to be unlike any other expansion; that’s why it deserves to be seen from more than one perspective. And the best way to do that would be to see how things are on the other side is, well, by being there.

GR8 Christmas Giveaway

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8 days – 8 Winners – 8 Coupons – $50 each

Gamers! How’s your 2018? Must be thrilling, correct? Let us make your 2018 more exciting and start 2019 with a big smile. Christmas is all about giving. For gamers, that means holiday game sales and giveaways. Luckily for you, PlayerAuctions is also having a big Giveaway worth $400!

What is the GR8 Christmas Giveaway

PlayerAuctions is coming up with the “Gr8 Christmas Giveaway” contest for 8 days where 8 Winners will get $50 coupons each. These coupons can be used to purchase any gaming goods sold on our PlayerAuctions website. So if you become one of the lucky winners, you can just grab anything our sellers have to offer.

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PlayerAuctions In-Game Assets Available

If you’re interested in joining but haven’t heard of PlayerAuctions before, here are the kinds of products and services you can choose from:

  • Currency – You can buy in-game currency or your game of choice. Whether it is gold, silver, coins or anything – there are a number of options to choose from.
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If you are chosen as a winner of this Giveaway, then you will get a $50 coupon to purchase anything you like on PlayerAuctions. If the price is higher than $50 then it can be paid off with your payment option.

Here are the important details:

  • Giveaway contest dates: 25th December 2018 to 1st January 2019
  • Total days: 8 Days
  • Total winners: 8 Winners
  • Winners announcement date: 4th January 2019

Just participate in the Giveaway and maybe you could be the lucky winner to get a $50 coupon from PlayerAuctions. Here are the brief details about the Giveaway contest.

  • You just have to be 18 years old and above to participate in the Giveaway
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  • The contest will run from December 25, 2018 to January 1, 2019. After this period, entries will no longer be accepted. The 8 winners will be drawn at random.
  • The winner’s name will be announced at the same participation link
  • PlayerAuctions has the right to decide the winners. This decision will be final.

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We hope that you would take part in these festivities, and even better: be among its eight winners. Good luck and happy holidays!

Boost Your WoW Gold Profits with Microfinances

Boost Your WoW Gold Profits with Microfinances

Use microfinances to boost your profits. More profits mean more WoW gold. Don’t know what microfinances are? That’s okay, this article will explain them.

Tired of Grinding for WoW Gold? Is your stuff in the Auction House not selling? Getting frustrated with the completely unfair economy? We feel you.

Worry no more, though, because this article will help you find a niche to dominate in the economy through microfinance—they’re your one-way ticket to getting rich.

Microfinances in a Nutshell

Economies have an 80/20 (sometimes 80/19/1) rule. It’s short for ‘20% of a population hold 80% of its wealth’. For the alternate, an internet example: 80% lurk, 19% are active, but only 1% are creators. Back to the Pareto Principle (80/20), the richest players on a World of Warcraft server actually use it. 80% of their profit comes from the top 20% of items.

The top seller gets the best of it, while the next best get something much less. When you’re at the bottom, you’re left with nothing but the crumbs, so to speak. That’s where microfinances come in. They’re the cheap but still-needed items. They’re easily ignored but can be bought in bulk, and that last part is where they have a distinct advantage.

Look at it this way. Let’s say you’re selling something that costs 25 gold. If you’ve sold 40 pieces of it, you get 1000 gold. Selling a hundred nets 2500 gold. With a constant demand, you can sell that amount and more within a given day. Isn’t that better than hedging your bets on selling a single expensive thing when you’re not even sure if someone will buy your offer or not? It’s easier to accept that you didn’t sell a majority of your cheap stuff. On the flipside, you’ll feel frustrated when you see your expensive item still up for grabs.

Is It Better than the Other Way?

No, not really. Except that someone else may already be dominating the other way, so you have to diversify. You actually need both sides to balance. It’s more of bolstering profits with microfinances than relying on selling expensive items only.

Take Advantage of Microfinances!

Other than being cheap, they’re also quite easy to collect and farm. It’s easy to maintain bulk offers in the AH for an almost constant supply for the demand. The trick is figuring out which items are in demand. That would take careful and dedicated observation of the market. It would also need practice to easily see the gaps in supply and fill it in. Starting out will be rough, but it’ll get easier in time.

There’s no easy way to profit if that’s what you’re looking for. Any guide you’ll find will require effort on your part. Of course, there are other ways to get gold when you’re desperate. However, don’t you think that getting something through your own efforts is more rewarding?

Whether you agree or not, it’s a fact. Nothing will ever happen if you just sit or stand around in-game. It also applies to real life. So go out there and profit with microfinances!

Classic PC Titles That Continue to Withstand the Test of Time

Classic PC Titles That Continue to Withstand the Test of Time

Timelessness is the one characteristic that separates a classic title from games that come a dime-a-dozen. For a game to truly stand the test of time, however, it needs constant innovation. Moreover, it needs to do so without compromising the core qualities that made it such a standout in the first place. It doesn’t matter if a game may seem dated because of grainy graphics or its mechanics are somewhat passé. It all boils down to the gaming experience that people can take from it. From niche crowds, right up to the mainstream, the world of gaming is strewn with titles that embody the word longevity.

Today, we’ll take a look at a few classic PC titles that continue to stand up to the test of time–80s and 90s PC games that embody versatility and longevity. While there are certainly others that fit the bill as well, we narrowed our choices down to the top three most relevant titles in terms of overall impact in gaming culture and current mainstream relevance.

Ultima Online

The Ultima series had already had numerous iterations—with each release proving to be more successful than its predecessor—under its belt before Origin Systems finally decided to hop on the online bandwagon. The result was Ultima Online which was rolled out way back in 1997 as one of the most highly-touted Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. To create a buzz, the game was kicked off with the assassination of (producer) Richard Garriot’s avatar during a stress test.

With multiple Guinness records and a rich history to boot, Ultima Online certainly fits the bill as a timeless masterpiece. While the initial subscriber expectation was set at a meager 15,000, it actually reached an excess of 120,000 subscribers after a year. With such numbers, it’s should come as no surprise that it still has steam.

Starcraft

Released all the way back in 1998, Starcraft is amazingly still being updated even two decades later. Though when you think about it, it really should come as no surprise. Gaining a solid fan base right from the get-go—to the tune of 1.5 million copies sold in 1998—it still rides high after 20 years. Starcraft’s appeal and cultural impact is undeniable as it is far-reaching.

A timeless game needs to change with the times while retaining the key components that made it appealing to the masses in the first place. With all the updates over the years, Blizzard Entertainment managed to make Starcraft as relevant today as it was back in the Nineties.

Genesis

Here’s the oldest of our trifecta of classics that refuse to succumb to Father Time: Genesis. In fact, Genesis is so old-school, it’s actually a text-based game! Back in 1989, very few people—if at all—knew about the internet. It was during such Jurassic conditions that a group of savvy Swedish students created the game. It didn’t stay a humble game, though. As the internet grew, so did the game. As a result, there are over 60 guilds for players to join, and a sprawling expanse of the world—including Middle Earth and the Forgotten Realms—to explore.

A great game can be found practically anywhere. You don’t even need to get in on the latest releases to enjoy a fully immersive experience. Do yourself a favor and indulge in these retro games before time finally catches up and snatches them away from us. Enjoy!

Master These Moves to Rank Up Quickly in Rocket League

There’s just something about those Rocket League items that are reserved for champions. They’re always cool, whatever they are. Maybe it’s just the fact that they’re reserved for the best of the best. Once you have one, everybody knows you’ve been a champion at least once.

To help you with getting that Champion item, here are some moves to master first.

Half Flip Recovery

This maneuver is basically a U-turn using a canceled backflip and an air roll. It lets you turn the car 180 degrees in a fast and efficient way without losing momentum. The most basic of moves, you’ll find that you’ll be using this more often than you thought.

The first step in performing this maneuver is to start a backflip and cancel it halfway (when all four wheels are up in the air). From there, just do the air roll, and you’ve completed the half flip. Do it in a flowing motion.

Quick Power Slide

The Quick Power Slide is basically drifting, but with a boost. It’s good for turning in sharp angles. When doing the Power Slide in the tutorial, it’s a little wobbly and uncontrollable. When you’re trying to keep the ball moving toward the opponent’s goal, that’s a bad thing. The Quick Power Slide keeps your car stable and, in a fast-paced game such as Rocket League, that’s a huge bonus.

Doing it is easy, just keep the boost on when you execute a power slide.

Kickoffs

Kickoffs are an important part of the match, because anyone (or any team) that is good at them can dominate a match. A proper kickoff gives a huge advantage to the player (and their team). It is absolutely essential to learn how to do proper kickoffs.

There are two characteristics of a good kickoff, height and how goalside you are. For height, a ball bouncing between two car noses will continue so until one nose becomes higher than the other. That higher nose becomes a barrier that the ball will bounce off over the other car.

As for being goalside, imagine a straight line that splits the arena in half and goes through both goals. It will pass through the ball at its starting position on the center. Being goalside is being aligned with that line when hitting the ball.

There will be no details on how to do kickoffs, as there are many variations. You can search for video tutorials on those variations, or create your own version.

Double Jump Aerial

Aerial shots and fights will become more frequent as players climb the ranks. Therefore, to be as prepared as you could be, it would be good to practice aerial maneuvers early. One such maneuver is the Double Jump Aerial. It can get you to a ball up in the air in a quick, efficient way.

This maneuver involves double-tapping the jump key, while not moving. (If done while moving, it will make the car flip.) At the peak of that second jump, turn on the boost and direct the car toward the ball.

Mid-Boost Jump

This is a more advanced maneuver to master, and an aerial one at that. This move also lets you zoom to the ball quickly, though it’s up to your judgment whether to use this or the double jump boost instead. It’s also a little harder to control on top of being harder to do.

To execute a Mid-Boost Jump, jump, pull back a bit while boosting and then jump again.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. However, since nothing’s perfect, aim for consistency instead. Practice these moves until they become muscle memory. Along with these moves, you should also train your judgment and positioning. Those are essential skills to train, as knowing how to perform these moves means nothing if you can’t get your timing or positioning right. Lastly, don’t neglect your defense.

So play, practice, and observe. Take each day as it comes, and don’t let failure be the end. Enjoy Rocket League!