Community Announcements - pdilly
Experience the full blast of summer with the FIREPOWER update: Become an Icy Agent or a Hot Agent and team up to receive maximum rewards! Get ready to rock with the sixth chapter of FriendStory. Explore two new regions-the mysterious Blackgate City and the Scrapyard, location of the crashed Black Heaven. Check out two new mini-games in Star Planet, and see what you create in Beefy's Kitchen. All this and the Beast Tamer is back and available for character creation for a limited time!

FIREPOWER: Hot and Icy
Become a Hot Agent or an Icy Agent based on your login activity level, and participate in tons of summer events! Each agent type receives special items, and they can team up to help each other out. Hot Agents can give Icy Agents special stat buffs, and Hot Agents receive a prize box in return. For an extra bonus, choose someone on your friends list (remember to choose carefully!) to be your Best Friend for this event and you'll both get 20 FIREPOWER Coins and receive a special effect when playing next to each other on the same map. When Icy Agents reach certain level-up goals, they'll receive a Growth Potion-and one for their Best Friend too. Parties that include an Icy Agent will also get bonus EXP.

FIREPOWER: Events
Select one of your characters under Lv. 100 to be a Burning character, and every time they level up, they will gain two additional levels as well (up to Lv. 100)! Earn FIREPOWER Coins through various events and monster drops to spend in the Coin Shop. The FIREPOWER Coin Shop has stocked a variety of chairs, mounts, scrolls and more. Break the giant ice block that appears in certain towns to earn restorative items, chairs and other great rewards. You also can participate in attendance and guild events!

FriendStory: Rock & Roll
The sixth chapter of FriendStory will rock your socks off! A new student comes to Shinsoo International School carrying a Rock Virus that infects the student body, making them play air guitar and act like rock stars. Join Irena's band to help them fight back with the power of music! A new mini game lets you show off your musical skills as you play guitar in the band. Once you've completed Chapter 6, you also have the option to play through the story a second time for special rewards and to see different endings.

New Region: Blackgate City
A portal to another dimension has opened, and strange demons are spilling out into Blackgate City! Players Lv. 100 to Lv. 150 can travel to this new area through the Dimensional Mirror. Help set up a defensive line and fight back against the invasion alongside the Night Angels and Demon Knights. Explore this dangerous area where five fierce new bosses will randomly spawn, and earn new Blackgate equipment!

New Region: Scrapyard
The giant airship, Black Heaven, crashed into the ground near Edelstein at the conclusion of the epic Black Heaven saga. Now players Lv. 190 and above can explore this new area. Visit the town of Haven and help the robots there with Daily Quests to earn new Energy Cores. Normal mode for Lotus is also available here, and beating him will give you more Energy Cores. Exchange your Energy Cores for AbsoLab Coins in Haven, and then spend the coins in the AbsoLab Coin Shop in order to acquire Lv. 160 Absolute Lab Set equips.

New Star Planet Games
Star Planet is receiving two new mini-games: The Legends Return!, and Supernatural Yut. In The Legends Return!, players compete 3 on 3 in a PvP style brawl. Each player selects an avatar and receives five skills they can use. Avatars can grow and level up by defeating monsters or opposing players. Whoever receives the most points at the end of the battle wins. In Supernatural Yut, players receive a Yut Power (affecting them) and a Piece Power (which can affect the opposing player). Use the special powers before you toss the yut to add an extra element to the game.

Beast Tamer is Back
You asked, and we listened. We are pleased to announce that the new and improved Beast Tamer job will once again be available for character creation for a limited time! From skills to quests, Chase is ready to show off her updates and improvements. So get ready to experience the Beast Tamer before time runs out and see why she's back and better than ever.

Enter Beefy's Kitchen
Guess who's looking for an extra hand in the kitchen! Beefy the Grill Master wants to go have adventures, so he needs someone to help out in his culinary dojo! Players Lv. 33 and above can enter Beefy's Kitchen at the Nautilus and help him complete missions such as hunting monsters and completing party quests to raise the level of the kitchen. As it improves, you'll unlock the ability to cook up powerful potions, Cash Shop items and more. Make Beefy's Kitchen shine and earn rewards such as a medal and new chef-themed equips!

View the full patch notes here: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/updates/update-notes/00IcV
Community Announcements - pdilly
Get ready for the final chapter of the Black Heaven saga!

Take on Gelimer and Lotus in the epic finale to the Black Heaven content! Then show you've got rhythm with a new Star Planet mini-game. Finally, celebrate Earth Day with spring events! All this and more will be available in the Black Heaven: Final Chapter update.

Black Heaven - Acts 5 and 6

The final chapter of Black Heaven is almost upon us! Venture deep into the giant airship Black Heaven as you get closer to the core-only to come face to face with Gelimer and Lotus! You'll have to defeat Lotus to ultimately stop Gelimer's evil plan and save Maple World.

Lotus Boss

Once you clear all six Acts of Black Heaven, players Lv. 190 and above can open the Boss Matchmaking List window and go head-to-head with Lotus. Look out! Lotus has three stages, and you'll need to move fast to avoid his spinning lasers, energy bombs, and spawning androids.

Star Step

A new mini-game is coming to Star Planet! Grab your friends and try out Star Step! Tap the correct directional keys as they appear on the screen to move up through the steps. Each step will get a little harder. Do your best and earn Star Points and Reward Points!

Spring Events

Enjoy the warm spring weather! Hunt the Golden Dream Pig that appears in certain maps to receive a belt and random scrolls for it. Show Earth how much you care by collecting trash during the Earth Day attendance event. You'll be able to earn daily rewards and a Maple World Chair!

View the full patch notes here: http://maplestory.nexon.net/news/updates/update-notes
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

AAIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!

It would be a fool who ignored the power of Maple Story. However, we arguably weren’t fools for not troubling you with the news of a MapleStory 2 last month. At that point Korean publishers Nexon had only put up a useless teaser site. Now there’s a trailer to make something of a more useful announcement.

You don’t care about MapleStory, you say? Sure, it’s not exactly core RPS material. But we should be interested it in anthropologically, if nothing else. This is a game that’s seen over 67 million players, and earned more than $300m before it was even famous. It’s a phenomenon, no question. And now it’s got a really stupid CGI trailer, complete with dubstep.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

AAIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!

It would be a fool who ignored the power of Maple Story. However, we arguably weren’t fools for not troubling you with the news of a MapleStory 2 last month. At that point Korean publishers Nexon had only put up a useless teaser site. Now there’s a trailer to make something of a more useful announcement.

You don’t care about MapleStory, you say? Sure, it’s not exactly core RPS material. But we should be interested it in anthropologically, if nothing else. This is a game that’s seen over 67 million players, and earned more than $300m before it was even famous. It’s a phenomenon, no question. And now it’s got a really stupid CGI trailer, complete with dubstep.

(more…)

Kotaku

Obama Crushes Romney in Ohio (Among Players of Maple Story)President Barack Obama basically annihilated Mitt Romney in a new poll in the key swing state of Ohio. Too bad for Obama that the vote only involved players of the online game Maple Story.


It's not going to be that easy, Obama.


Nexon, the creators of Maple Story ran the third of three polls of their players to see whether they preferred Mitt Romney or Obama. The President earned the vote of 6,512 players in the U.S., according to a press release from Nexon PR. Romney got 1,873 votes. That enabled Obama to win this one 78%-22%.


Most real national polls have the race just about tied, and much of the coverage of the election has centered on Ohio's presumably pivotal roll in tilting the Electoral College toward Romney or Obama. Most Ohio polls show Obama up as a slight favorite but not by the crazy margin in the Maple Story count.


Romney fared so miserably in the game that he only won Alabama, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. He tied in South Dakota. A modern Republican Presidential candidate not even winning in Texas or Alaska? Madness.


Clearly there's a liberal bias here, but all Nexon is saying in terms of demographics is that "a large number of MapleStory players are between the ages of 18-29 with more than 40 percent being female." Yep. And a very large number of them like Barack Obama.


Click through the poll results yourself. If you're a Romney person, you're not going to like it. The map is pretty much all blue.


Product Release - Valve
MapleStory is now available on Steam!

Welcome to the world of MapleStory, where a cast of unique characters can’t wait to meet you, where a portal to adventure hides in every trash can and phone booth, and where you and your friends can customize your characters however you like.

Steam users can also now grab the MapleStory Starter Pack and get a head start on the competition!

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