I spend a lot of my time thinking about MMO PvP. You might not realize it, but I’m actually a really big fan of PvP; it’s one of those misconceptions about me that gets passed around a lot based on the occasional comment about disliking specific implementations of PvP rather actually disliking the idea of it entirely. So the other day, Massively OP’s Bree and I wound up having a lengthy discussion about PvP and the fairness of fights within an open PvP environment, and that inspired the piece you’re reading right now. See, I’m noticing a trend among a large number of games that are embracing what I call the “throwback” model of open PvP that what really made open PvP so distasteful in games like Ultima Online was the fact that it was unfair. And there’s something to that, definitely. It’s hard to be upset about losing a completely fair fight, right? So let’s walk through the things that need to be changed in order to make … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: The 10 components of a ‘fair’ MMO PvP fight
4 components of emotional intelligence
When my computer’s hard drive barfed back in May and I had to reload everything onto a new one, I had forgotten at the time to reinstall The Sims 4. It wasn’t until the recent Seasons expansion patch that I even remembered that I had it, at which moment I went, “Oh YEAH, that would totally hit the spot!” and I returned to the evil lair that is EA Origin to get it. It actually does hit the spot, especially for those evenings when I want a very casual house-building experience. Hey, MMOs, I’d be building houses in you if more of you would just have them, you know. The other interesting thing about The Sims 4 in our household is that it’s kind of a party experience. When I boot it up, all of the kids rush over and start telling me what characters to make and how to decorate and a thousand other backseat commands. We have one household that was built by committee and it is the goofiest thing ever. So when I installed it, I figured that I might for the … [Read more...] about The Sims 4: All of this costs HOW much?
Out of all the classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic, I’d always thought the Imperial Agent would be one of the least played at launch. Popularity-wise, they’re no force-users, and in terms of having an iconic status, the class is still no match for the Bounty Hunter, Smuggler, or Trooper. Plus, what we knew about them before today was scant at best. Until now, the details on the the Imperial Agent had been much like the class, elusive. When the Friday update hit, the Imperial Agent came roaring into the spotlight along with boatload of new information. And God knows I’m also a sucker for anything that includes a video: I love the 007 undertones — great kiss, great accent. And apparently too cool to stick around to look at explosions. But suddenly, the underdog looks like a winner. Dammit, how do you do that, Bioware? The class now has its Advanced Classes detailed: Sniper and Operative. The former sounds like a “ranged rogue”, which is exactly as … [Read more...] about The Mission Of Imperial Intelligence
If you don’t have a website for your small businesses, you are losing a lot of money each and every month on the table. Your competition might be already making a lot more money than you just by having a website for their small businesses. You need to understand the importance and growth of online to boost your sales for your small businesses. Do you have a website for your business? If the answer is no, or you think you don’t need one, or your business is not large enough, it is time to think out of the box. Having a website these days for your business is a must have. Many small and medium scaled businesses invest a lot of time and money to have the perfect website. And all that is done for a reason. So, does having a website really help in promoting your business? The answer is quite simple, yes it does! Through the advancement in information technology, now you can advertise your business throughout the world by being virtually present everywhere. Why small businesses … [Read more...] about 4 Benefits of Having A Website for Small Businesses
As kids, we might all have given some kind of tests, with Intelligent Quotient (IQ) tests being the most common among them. There is something more to humans than being defined by just a mere IQ numerical value. It is our instincts, it is in our empathy, compassion and understanding that separates us from the rest. These essential human factors are something which are not adequately represented by the IQ levels of a person. For taking into account these factors, Emotional Quotient (EQ) or Emotional Intelligence (EI) comes into the picture. The act of perceiving, understanding, using and managing of one’s emotions and the ability with which these could be achieved are what define one’s Emotional Quotient. It is very easy to neglect one’s Emotional Quotient and is often discarded by many. We are all made up of feelings and emotions inside of us and no matter how much one might decline, many of our thoughts and actions are governed by these very emotions. What is … [Read more...] about The Secret of Boosting your Emotional Intelligence: One Step At A Time