Happy Tenth Anniversary, EverQuest II

Ten years ago today, Sony Online Entertainment released the follow-up to the game that put massively-multiplayer online role-playing games on the map. Two week's later Blizzard came along and set the map on fire, but some of us will never forget EverQuest II. » 11/09/14 4:00pm 11/09/14 4:00pm

EverQuest II Can Sell You A High-Level Character With A Flying Horse

Who needs power-leveling when you can just spend $35 on a developer-sanctioned level 85 character? Bypass those pesky levels with EverQuest II's new Heroic Characters feature. » 10/02/13 11:30am 10/02/13 11:30am

Sony Online Games To Start Letting Players Add Their Own Items To The…

Over the past couple of years, Sony Online Entertainment has transitioned all of their MMORPGs into free-to-play games, relying on microtransactions and a cash shop to make their money. Now, they've announced a plan that would let players make real-world money from SOE's cash stores, too. » 9/06/12 6:00pm 9/06/12 6:00pm

SOE's E3 Line-Up Includes That Interesting Piece of EverQuest II

Publishers are rolling out their E3 line-ups just as the big convention rears its massive head. We've even had some somewhat-surprising, but really-not-that-surprising reveals come of these announcements, too. » 6/01/12 6:15pm 6/01/12 6:15pm

Make Crazy Faces At Your Webcam And Your EverQuest II Character Will…

Emotes in MMOs are no new thing. Interacting with players online just isn't the same if you can't dance with them every once in awhile. » 6/01/12 2:00pm 6/01/12 2:00pm

How Fifteen Seconds of Music Hooked Me for Five Years

It was a crappy, gray, rainy day in January, 2005. I was in New York visiting my then-boyfriend, on my the week of break left before my final semester of grad school started back home in Boston. Although I had the luxury of a student schedule, he had to go to work, leaving me to entertain myself for the day. » 3/22/12 9:00pm 3/22/12 9:00pm

Dying Boy Gets His Own Personal Virtual Wonderland Built by a Game…

Long-time Everquest II player Carri Hoover has a son not quite as old as the game is. Sadly, however, six-year-old John Hoover is terminally ill, with doctors estimating he has only weeks left to live. » 3/14/12 8:30pm 3/14/12 8:30pm

This is the Very Best Reason to Go Back to EverQuest II

EverQuest II ushers in a new age of player-created content with its new Dungeon Maker system, a ridiculously easy and entertaining way to amaze and kill your friends. » 12/22/11 1:20pm 12/22/11 1:20pm

This is the Most Evil EverQuest II's Freeport Has Looked in Years

From the generic fantasy city of the original EverQuest to the grungy spires of EverQuest 2, the city of Freeport has never quite captured the spirit of being the home to everything evil on Norrath. Until now, that is. » 11/21/11 6:20pm 11/21/11 6:20pm

EverQuest II Fully Commits to Free-to-Play

Last year EverQuest II dipped its toes in free-to-play waters splitting its services into two separate games: The regular EverQuest II, and the limited free-to-play EverQuest II Extended. Next month the game puts that silliness behind it and dives in head-first. » 11/10/11 4:40pm 11/10/11 4:40pm

Playing Everything Sony Online Entertainment Has To Offer Just Got…

With the impending demise of Star Wars Galaxies and perhaps the dawning realization that the best games it has to offer are free-to-play, Sony Online Entertainment ditches the Station Pass in favor of SOE All Access, allowing players to access nine online games starting at $19.99 a month. » 6/29/11 1:40pm 6/29/11 1:40pm

Sony Online Entertainment Loses Development Chief to Zynga [Updated]

John Blakely, a nine-year veteran of Sony Online Entertainment and most recently its vice president of development, has apparently left the company for casual-games behemoth Zynga. Blakely's LinkedIn resumé has him departing SOE as of last month to become general manager at Zynga. » 5/11/11 11:04pm 5/11/11 11:04pm

The Family That Plays (Online) Together, Stays Together

Research suggests that family communication improves if the group are playing online video games together, but if a single member is gaming, it suffers greatly as the gaming becomes a substitute for healthy communication. » 5/06/11 10:00pm 5/06/11 10:00pm

More Than 12,700 Credit Cards Stolen from Sony Online Entertainment

Sony's security problems continue to mount, as Sony Online Entertainment reveals that the personal information of 24.6 million SOE accounts and more than 12,700 credit card numbers may have been compromised in the massive attack that brought down the PlayStation Network late last month. » 5/02/11 5:30pm 5/02/11 5:30pm

Everquest 2 May Be Getting Its Own Cataclysm Soon

Next week's world-changing expansion for World of Warcraft may not be the only cataclysm to hit a major massively multiplayer online game soon. » 12/03/10 12:00pm 12/03/10 12:00pm

EverQuest II Goes Free-To-Play In A Different Way

Continuing a trend started by D&D Online and Lord of the Rings Online, Sony Online Entertainment is launching a free-to-play version of EverQuest II, completely separate from the existing game. EverQuest II producer David Georgeson explains why. » 7/27/10 2:00pm 7/27/10 2:00pm

The Frosty Halls Of Halas Return In EverQuest II

Halas, the wintry home of the Barbarians in the original EverQuest and one of the most confusing starting zones in any MMO ever, makes its triumphant return this month in EverQuest II's Halas Reborn game update. » 5/05/10 8:30pm 5/05/10 8:30pm

PC Sales Charts, From The Land Of The Boxed Copies

While the NPD Group has ceased providing weekly sales charts for the boxed-copy PC market in the US, it still hands out its monthly - and often hilarious - lists. Let's look at February's. » 3/17/10 7:30am 3/17/10 7:30am

Study: Female Everquest II Players Still Logging More Hours, Still Not…

Men may be the more stereotyped hardcore gaming gender, but a study of Everquest II players published in the Journal of Communication says that women regularly out-MMO men—but that women aren't as honest about the hours logged gaming. » 12/28/09 2:30pm 12/28/09 2:30pm

Celebrate EverQuest's 10th With A Coffee Table Book

First announced at CES earlier this year, The 10th Anniversary EverQuest Collector's Edition coffee table book is now available for purchase at Sony Online Entertainment's store, or on my recliner. » 8/17/09 12:20pm 8/17/09 12:20pm