When you get a little bored of the normal questing flow or dungeon hopping in Lord of the Rings Online, there are plenty of side activities for you to enjoy. You can engage in some roleplay with the community, go on a crafting spree, play freeze tag in the Bree-land ruins, explore the excellent Bingo Boffin storyline, give your house an interior makeover, fish to your heart’s content, grind out a few deeds, and see if you can unlock some of the more interesting titles and emotes in the game. Or you could become a chicken. LOTRO’s chicken play sessions have delighted and fascinated the game’s community ever since their inclusion. By thrusting players into the shoes (er, talons) of a defenseless chicken and giving them a goal to navigate the world, Middle-earth transforms into a completely different place indeed. So how do you go on a poultry journey and survive to tell the tale? And why is chicken play so addictive? I’m here to help you strange folk out. Getting … [Read more...] about LOTRO Legendarium: The bold life of a player chicken
Last week’s car bill: This is how I save so much money on my car loan. The company forgets they sent it and then they have to credit me for failure to properly notify while also waiving late fees. I wrote myself a note because otherwise I would also forget. The complete run of the 1993 animated cartoon The Bots Master: This was a good show but apparently we all needed to forget about it. An entire ham: I don’t know why there’s a ham in here. Legendary columnist Phillip Michel: Yes, everyone’s favorite columnist from Massively-that-was has been locked in the Forgetting Closet for several years now. What’s that? You don’t remember Phillip’s columns like Keeping it Surreal, The Big Question, and Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Fun? Then I guess the closet works, doesn’t it, Phil? Don’t even bother asking about your boyfriend, Phil, he’s with me now. A second entire ham: Okay, that one I do remember, but I don’t … [Read more...] about WRUP: What’s in the Forgetting Closet edition
(This is part of my journey going playing through 1992’s The Dagger of Amon Ra. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.) As the murders are piling up in the museum, at no point have any of the characters here gone, “Gee, maybe we should leave? Call in more cops? Barricade ourselves into a closet and refuse to come out for any reason?” Instead they all go about their various businesses, some obviously ducking the law, while the murderer(s) keep knocking folks off one by one. Yvette is somewhat displeased that Ernie has been mastadon-ka-bobbed, but Laura isn’t buying it. She knows a player when she sees one, and in a funny bit, she calls Yvette out on it. Way to go, girl. Steve, the dull-witted and creepy-voiced love interest of Laura, shows up out of the blue and raises all sorts of suspicion about his integrity when he (a) has no idea that murders are happening all around him, (b) subjects himself to a scar examination by one lady, and … [Read more...] about Dagger of Amon Ra: Act 4, Museum of the Dead
Onmyoji is a mobile game developed by China’s no.2 games company, NetEase, before arriving on PC through the Steam platform. Based on characters from eastern myths and legends, the Onmyoji found huge success in China, while also gathering a sizable fan base in the global market. NetEase previously announced plans to expand the Onmyoji IP, with Onmyoji Arena following and now, Onmyoji: Yokia House (unofficial translation). The 3rd game in the budding franchise, we took a quick spin in the recent Closed Beta test version. Essentially, the main features of Onmyoji: Yokia House are broken down into 4 parts: Collecting and training Yokai characters, decorate the home base with items, take part in the story campaigns, and interact with many players. Core combat takes place using a snooker-like system, and I can’t remember when was the last time such a game found success anywhere. Luckily, Onmyoji: Yokia House has the other features to carry it. There is currently no announcement … [Read more...] about – Brief tour of Closed Beta starting gameplay
Most all gamers know the bittersweet feeling that is to have a huge backlog of unplayed games thanks to seasonal sales and impulse purchases. We’re stuffed to the gills with entertainment and lacking the time and bandwidth to play them all. I assume that happens, perhaps to a lesser degree, with some of us in the MMO community. I often have a backlog of MMOs at any given time that I wouldn’t mind playing… if I had the time. Right now that pile includes Guild Wars 2, Neverwinter, and ArcheAge, but it could grow and shrink depending on my interest in the future. What’s your backlog like? Do you have MMORPGs that you have been thinking about trying, returning to, or branching out into, but you either haven’t pulled the trigger or haven’t had the time yet to handle them? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What MMOs are in your backlog?