Halloween 2012

Guild Wars 2's Mad King Thorn makes a big halloween entrance by exploding out of a lion

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The dramatic entrance is an art that only the most fearsome villains have truly mastered. Mad King Thorn has chosen to invade Guild Wars 2 by jumping out of a crumbling lion, thoroughly outdoing himself in the process. The one-time event kicked off the start of Act 3 of the spectacular Guild Wars 2 halloween event that has so far granted players access to a spooky halloween realm featuring a huge jumping puzzle set around a crumbling clock tower. the Mad King's appearance also left a big hole in the middle of Lion's Arch, which serves as a portal to a boss instance where players can take on ol' pumpkin face himself.

The dramatic, one-off emergence of the Mad King in Lion's Arch (now sans lion), was filmed by MMORPG for posterity, and another player has recorded themselves mastering the clock tower jumping puzzle. Watch both videos below.

Team Fortress 2 teasing a Halloween update

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Quick! Flee like you're out-sprinting a zombie and head to Team Fortress 2's webpage. See anything different? That's right, The Spy, usually so dapper, looks like he's been singing "Klaatu Barada Nikto". As is the case with things that suddenly appear on the Team Fortress electronic blog, when you click on it it takes you down a rabbit hole. Wheedly whee, wheedly whee, wheedly...

Guild Wars 2 Halloween update to launch four act adventure and paid PvP tournaments

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A big Halloween update is due to hit Tyria on October 22, initiating "an epic adventure in four acts" that will culminate on the eve of October 31. That's according to a new page on the Guild Wars 2 site teasing a new dynamic events, jumping puzzles mini dungeons and achievements for many areas. We can look forward to/tremble in fear at the prospect of the return of Mad King Thorn. He's had plenty of practice terrifying citizens in Guild Wars 1.