Because I am old I still remember the halcyon days when the original Guild Wars shocked the world with its plan to serve as a full MMO that you played for free. Free! You just paid for the box, and then you just played! The only thing more insane would be games that you could play for free without ever buying anything! What madness would that be? Needless to say, the past decade has made that concept pretty laughable now. But I think it is interesting in light of the fact that we now have a sizable contingent of games that do serve as buy-to-play titles. Destiny 2, Anthem, Guild Wars 2, Black Desert Online, The Elder Scrolls Online… there’s a long list of these. And they’re still fencing around what looks like a perfectly fair business model along the way. The thing is, expectations on these games can vary a lot. I’d wager that most of the people who bought Anthem expected the game to be playable as a … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What are your expectations from buy-to-play MMOs in 2019?
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I almost never feel *compelled* to log into Lord of the Rings Online, yet I am always glad I did when I spend an evening in this game. By now, this MMO is so old hat to me that it’s not exactly a strongly compelling fresh experience. However, there is still a deep satisfaction I get out of this game that I don’t elsewhere. I think it’s the sense of world LOTRO provides. It’s a more relaxed, laid-back pace, this game, from questing to travel to combat, and while doing all of this I can simply enjoy the sights and sounds of Middle-earth without a lot of frantic distractions. Plus, at least the quest track isn’t confusing and it keeps me going forward. This week, finally, for the last time, I wrapped up my adventures in Northern Mirkwood. Again, it’s a great area atmospherically, but it’s a very difficult area to quest in due to the low light, mob density, and difficult terrain. So it really didn’t help that SSG threw in a ton of quests … [Read more...] about LOTRO: From night to day
It's been a busy week in financial and industry news and to make it even busier Daybreak announced today that it received a strategic investment from NantWorks to develop H1Z1 and EverQuest for mobile. “NantWorks, a diversified holding company, today announced that it has made a strategic investment in Daybreak Game Company, a leading developer and publisher of multiplayer online games. In connection with the investment, NantWorks has obtained a controlling interest in a new joint venture with Daybreak, NantG Mobile, LLC, which has been formed to develop and publish mobile versions of Daybreak’s current games – H1Z1and EverQuest – and to build and publish video games across all platforms. In addition, the JV will now assume control and management of the current PC H1Z1 Battle Royale game. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, CEO and Chairman of NantWorks and Owner and Executive Chairman of the Los Angeles Times, will join Daybreak’s board of directors.” No word … [Read more...] about Daybreak Games Receives Investment From NantWorks to Develop Mobile H1Z1 and EverQuest
MMOs where i cant talk to people im fighting makes me feel sad. There's no real benefit to limiting the ability to talk to people. If you're worried about toxicity then preventing demons from talking to people isn't really a solution at all, just something to hide the problem from being noticed, while its still happening. … [Read more...] about Will there be language barriers preventing demons from talking to humans or furries?
If you thought the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor marketing campaign that featured a gigantic axe seemingly plunged into the roadways in Time Square was unique and different, think again. Last night, Blizzard hosted a Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide wrestling match to promote Battle for Azeroth that featured Psycho Clown and Electro Shock, each appropriately decked out in factional colors. The official advertising from Media Tiempo reads: This event will have a very special flavor, since it will be a direct confrontation between AAA and Lucha Libre Elite , who will be representing the two factions of the videogame. Under the red banner, AAA superstars like Psycho Clown, Son of the Phantom, Faby Apache and Dr. Wagner Jr. will defend the honor of the AAA and the Horde ; while, under the blue banner, LA Park, Electro Shock and Zeuxis, Golden Magic, the Traumas and several more will fight for the glory of Lucha Libre Elite and the Alliance. If you love wrestling, Lucha Libre or World … [Read more...] about Remember that Big Axe in Times Square for Warlords? That Was Nothin! Check This Out