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In the run-up to the launch of any new MMORPG, scheming hardcore players plot the fastest possible route to the level cap, hoping to hit it first and briefly become an Internet celebrity. This was accomplished in Guild Wars 2 before the game even officially launched, and with a crucial amount of XP coming from an unconventional source--crafting. Read more

Ramblings and musings of occasional significance to the Shacknews audience. This is the morning edition for August 28, 2012. Topics include: the tale of two interviews, a Wii U oopsy, and tidbits that might make you spew you coffee across the screen. Wake up, scrubs, it's the Morning Caffeinated! Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Aug 27, 2012 4:45PM PDT

Adhesive Games has announced Hawken will be playable using the Oculus Rift device when dev kits go out in December, and for wider consumer audiences once it hits retail next year. Read more

Peter Molyneux has shared some details on his next 22Cans experiment, named Cooperation. Read more

Gears of War: Judgment will add a "Free-for-All" multiplayer mode, marking the first time the series has had multiplayer that isn't team-based. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Aug 27, 2012 2:30PM PDT

Klei Entertainment is offering a sale on the open beta of its next game. The browser-based game stars Wilson, a scientist trapped in the wilderness by a demon. Read more

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