Remember earlier in November when Valiance Online company Silverhelm Studios promised it would increase its communication with its community with biweekly updates on the progress of the City of Heroes-inspired superhero MMORPG? “Many members of the community have spoken out about our lack of official news updates,” the studio noted at the time. “We’ve spent some time developing a reasonable schedule that will allow for more frequent and consistent updates. We often wait until we reach large milestones or have important updates that we feel should be shared. However, starting this month, our new goal is to provide bi-weekly news updates, regardless of how much was accomplished that week.” Welp, you’re getting what you asked for: Silverhelm has a new update out, and it looks small on paper. On screen. You get me. The studio says it continued work on the San Cielo environment, 3D meshes, crafting workbenches and enhancements, UI art, character level … [Read more...] about Valiance Online recaps progress on environments and icons, promises a ‘long read’ on the way
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MOP reader Sally Bowls is on a roll with the good questions lately! She lobbed us one this past weekend that seems a good follow-up to a comment thread discussion about the problems inherent in unregulated three-way factional PvP/RvR (and how a game like Camelot Unchained will regulate it). By way of example, she noted that a certain MMO griefer famously argued in favor of strategy that basically made the opponent not want to log in, using tactics like creating timesinks and hassles in a sandbox. “Should the dominant faction on a RvRvR server ‘camp’ the smallest to try to drive them off?” she wondered. “If it’s about fair PvP, then that is anathema. But if you see the game as being about your faction being at war with other factions, then not doing your utmost to win that war is incompetence. Neither is bad design per se, just a conflict in understanding of the goals. And will Camelot Unchained really be RvR, doing everything legal for your … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Three-way RvR and ‘fair’ PvP in modern MMOs
No Man’s Sky is one of those games that will be hard to forget by the gaming community over time. It was hyped up so much by everyone on it – Hello Games the developers, and by Sony their publishers. For a small studio, at the time what they were showing off looked impressive. Better still, what was promised sounded alluring. And eventually at release, we all know and remember how it all went pear shaped. This month, NMS seems to be picking up steam again, as the next major update is incoming, and we look at how different the game has become since launch. Admitting Mistakes Were Made You remember Sean Murray don’t you? Many call him a conman (still do). Harsh perspective from parts of the community, but as developer and the face of Hello Games, Sean said it all. It was through his preview events and videos that much was promised – like multiplayer being available at launch chiefly among others – when when it didn’t turn out as stated, he took the … [Read more...] about 3 Ways No Man’s Sky Improved Since Launch
I’m only spending about 10 minutes a day on discussion forums, but from this little effort, I have successfully managed to drive traffic from forums every single day to my blog. It’s all because I have a plan, and I stick to it. It’s about adding quality content, but it’s also about 10 different things. I’m active In order to get traffic from discussion forums you should be present and publish something at least a few times a week. The more active you are, the more traffic you’ll get. I publish something 3 times a day, every single day. I use the signature I have a link in my signature. The most traffic to my blog (from discussion forums) comes from people clicking on this link. I always add a link to a blog post related to the discussion forum. For instance, I’ve had great success with are discussion forums just a waste of time? I start new threads It’s important that you connect with other people and join the discussions, but … [Read more...] about 10 Ways to Drive Traffic From Forums To Your Blog?
When you’ve been blogging for a while, it can get to a point where it’s hard to come up with new topics to blog about. It can seem as if you’ve covered everything imaginable. However, there are always new developments in any industry or niche that you can write about and there are always fun new things that you can do with your loyal blog readers. Check out these 10 ways to find new blog topics to write about and then get to writing new posts for your blog today! Read: 5 Tips for Coming Up with Post Topics You Haven’t Tried 1. Don’t Be Afraid To Do Something Different Doing something out of the ‘norm’ for your blog might be just what you need to get readers more involved in what you have to say, no matter what you’re talking about. Try drumming up some competition with a contest or why not give away something to a random commenter on a certain day. You can even invite your blog readers to submit topics to you for you to cover based on … [Read more...] about Need New Blog Topics? Here’s 10 Ways to Find Them!