All right. It’s all over but the waiting, and that means it’s time to start picking apart the Final Fantasy XIV expansion we’re now on the back end of. Sure, my tradition of examining these things in depth is pretty limited as we’ve only had one prior expansion for it, but I figure now’s the time to start adding a second round. So let’s start in with the obvious place to start with Stormblood’s main story. Unfortunately, this is a story that’s been met with a lot of player grousing basically since the expansion launch. People have complained about the split between Ala Mhigo and Doma giving the former short shrift, that the patches felt less focused compared to the overall Heavensward trajectory which had three very tightly focused story patches, that Lyse didn’t have enough of a character arc, and so forth. And yet for my money this was actually when the game found a more natural and even cadence for its overall storytelling, from … [Read more...] about Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood in review – The main scenario
5 elements of a story
Let’s pretend for a moment that the reason Blizzard appears to be dropping the ball with World of Warcraft right now is that it’s working on World of Warcraft 2 for announcement at some point once Classic is out the door. It’s pure speculation, but fun speculation, and really, wouldn’t you be shocked to find out Blizzard isn’t incubating a new Warcraft game? So that’s our topic for Massively Overthinking for the week: What would you want to see from WoW 2? And maybe more importantly, what don’t you want to see in WoW 2? Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): In WoW 2, I’d like to something like The Secret World or PlanetSide 2. Leveling skills instead of your character, factions but the ability to play the game together, open world, varied gameplay, plenty of tools to teleport players to the field, flying vehicular combat… and probably some kind of mobile app companion. Maybe a pedometer with some mini-game to level up pets or … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: What would you want out of a World of Warcraft 2?
Earlier this week, Redditor maxpower888 started an epic thread on the /r/mmorpg sub asking everyone to chime in and name his or her top five MMORPGs of all time. I thought it was a nifty thread to skim to see how many times the same games kept popping up (and the same games turned up in combination with each other). “You can tell how old people are by their lists,” one gamer objected, but I don’t think that’s necessarily true! So for this week’s Overthinking, we’re going to join in the fun, then explain our choices and puzzle out what those choices say about us — don’t forget to click the entries to expand them for explanations! You should do the same down in the comments! Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Don’t forget to click each one for an explanation! #1: Asheron's CallI still think this is the game our genre needs to strive to return to, but in a modern way. Monthly updates with content. Developer lead but player controlled story … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Our five favorite MMORPGs of all time
Content marketing is a competition for the chance to educate, amaze, amuse your readers. And the competition is tough; this means your content must not merely be good; it must be outstanding in order to be consumed and shared. Making content go viral is any content producer’s top goal and in this post, I will share my experience and the things I’ve learned about what makes people share content on the Internet. For those who are still not sure why content marketing and social shares are important, here are a few facts: Social shares improve your rankings in search Content marketing improves your brand recognition and strength Together, they positively affect conversion rates and customer loyalty Okay, here’s what you need to know in order to create powerful content that your readers will love. Emotions play an important part in making content go viral because humans often make emotional (and not logical) decisions. Some of you (including me) … [Read more...] about The Psychology of Social Sharing: 5 Things to Know about Viral Content
What’s your favorite part of a good story? Mine is always the plot. I love how my favorite authors take something ordinary, turn it around, and then present me with this new idea. Other people enjoy the characters and their growth throughout their ordeal. Meanwhile, some folks are obsessed with the details of the setting. Whichever element you like, we could all agree that story-telling is – and always will be – timeless. No wonder the most successful bloggers use this tactic. In fact, our brains are so in tuned with stories that through thousands of years, it has inspired cooperation, helped us survive, and have kept our species alive. There are numerous articles dedicated to how creative writing can help you with your blog. But in this post, let me show you how the five common components of a story (the plot, characters, setting, conflict, and resolution) can take your blogging skills to a new level. #1 The Plot: What’s YOUR Story In a Nutshell? In some … [Read more...] about How To Use Creative Writing Elements For A Better Blog