This is part 2 of the “Housing in MMOs” series. Part 1 was looking at Lord of the Rings Online. Today’s MMO is Aion. This blog post was largely written by thevalliant and edited by me in some parts. While I did play around with my free studio in Aion, I really don’t know that much more about housing in the game, so I asked somebody who does. When reading this article, please keep in mind that we both play on the European servers which are handled by Gameforge while the US servers are still handled by NCsoft. There may be differences in details like item shops, etc. between those two versions. There are 5 types of residences in Aion: studios, houses, mansions, estates and palaces, in order of grandeur. These can be found in three areas for each race (Elyos and Asmodians): two ‘contested’ areas (where PvP may occur) and one ‘neutral’ area, that is the main ‘residential area’ for each race, Oriel (Elyos) and Pernon (Asmodians). … [Read more...] about Housing in MMOs: Aion
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I felt that there could not be a blog post series about housing (with Lord of the Rings Online, Aion and Rift) without Everquest 2. Even though I have never really gotten into the game, the reason I tried it out in the first place was the housing. So, I’m very honored that Rakuno offered to write a guest post about this game’s housing as he’s been playing it for a very long time. Also, have a good look at the gallery at the end of this posting. 132 screenshots showing off the housing in Everquest 2! If you like what you see here, please also be sure to check out his blog! *** Whenever the discussion of housing comes up in an existing MMO or one in development, Everquest 2’s housing system is often mentioned. There are good reasons for that, as housing in Everquest 2 is certainly one of the most feature rich of the current available MMOs. It is one of the features of the game that has been around since its launch in 2004 and has been improving ever since. … [Read more...] about Housing in MMOs: Everquest 2
Animated intro videos work great for online video advertising & you already know that how popular these kind of videos are on social-media sites. None the less, they help your target customer to learn & understand about your product without getting bored. I managed to find a local video production house which was charging close to $1000 for sketching the video story board and for final video production. We worked for almost six days on the iteration of our product storyline, and later we handed the storyline over to the video production team. Now, not everyone can afford $1000 for a video, (and this is the lowest price we could find). A reputable company will charge as much as $5000 for creating these types of videos, and any start-up or small business company will likely be unable to put this much money into video production, especially since they also need to spend additional money marketing the video. Enter MakeWebVideo, which recently caught my eye as a great solution for … [Read more...] about How To Create an Animated Intro Video in 90 Minutes: DIY
Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti has a provocative article on his personal gaming blog, Bio Break, this week on MMORPG housing. “I once again wonder why open world housing is this holy grail that some players and developers seem hellbent on chasing,” he writes. “It’s an ideal, a beautiful mirage couched in the notion of players inhabiting the very world they play, allowing them to stroll through neighborhoods of fellow adventurer’s homes and basking in the connectivity of it all. Yet it’s a failed experiment, one that is proven time and again to have far more drawbacks than benefits.” After listing off his complaints with the mechanic, he ultimately concludes that “we simply don’t need fixed open world housing, even in sandboxes.” But being Justin, he also asked for feedback on why the joys are worth the drawbacks – and how to fix the system so it works instead of running off the rails. That’s just what … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Is open-world housing really a ‘failed’ MMORPG experiment?
During a special live stream event, CCP Games announced that it will be taking the fanfest experience on the road in 2019. Called the EVE World Tour, events will take place in cities around the world throughout 2019. It will feature tournaments, livestreams, unique in-game rewards, reveals, developer round tables and stellar parties" all designed to bring EVE closer to its community. Here is the list of cities where you can get up close and personal with EVE Online during its world tour: Netherlands: EVEsterdam, Compagnie Theatre - March 23-24 - With a keynote presentation, fans will receive a unique look at the universe of EVE Online as told by its developers. Players will make an impact in various ways and you can expect a party worthy of Amsterdam’s nightlife afterwards. Russia / Baltic Region: EVE St. Petersburg, Akakao - May 4 - With one of EVE’s most passionate fanbases, EVE St.Petersburg will bring players from around the region together for a … [Read more...] about EVE Online Ready to Hit the Road for a Worldwide Tour in 2019