When it comes to narrative content in MMORPG games, story-telling is almost seen as secondary to raiding, PvP and other in-game activities that players consider more important. There’s not much to dispute there, but story is in many ways just as important for those looking for a well rounded MMORPG experience. Some games get it right when it comes to story. NPC characters, world-building and the reason for caring about the game world you’re in are difficult things to get right, especially for MMO audiences around the globe. And that’s why for example, in Eastern MMOs it isn’t as prevalent or even as good as some from the west. It all comes down to demographics. Having said that if story content is important to you, here are the top 5 MMORPG you can play in 2019 that has awesome story content. World of Warcraft From its humble beginnings as an RTS franchise and then into the juggernaut that is World of Warcraft, this game has always been about its narrative. What … [Read more...] about Top 5: Best MMORPG 2019 For Story Content
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Can a survival sandbox game be an MMORPG? Until recently, the answer has been pretty much a big nope. Mostly that’s because the game worlds haven’t been massive by any means. Amazon Game Studios’ New World, however, appears to be changing that by increasing both the world size and the number of players within it. Even more, there are other MMO elements in or planned for the game, enough so that the studio calls New World a sandbox MMO. Make no mistake though, it is still very much a survival sandbox at heart. But with an active NDA and closed testing, how do we know how this PvP-focused game will play? We haven’t much more to go on than dev diaries and interviews. Until now. Thanks to a special preview event in San Francisco this week, I got to experience a bit of the small scale survival and PvP first-hand. I sat back and played some New World, then sat down and talked with the devs. Here is what I learned during that session. Before we begin, I need to … [Read more...] about Hands-on with Amazon’s New World sandbox – and its distinctively MMO mechanics
I think he got loose again... As the rumors predicted, “The Shattering” patch hit World of Warcraft yesterday. Last night, the excitement was almost palpable as everyone in the guild chattered on about the changes big and small. Meanwhile, my husband and I attempted to explore every corner of altered Azeroth. Let me tell you, our venture across this great expanse was a magical time of discovery and learning, and it was just simply amazing to be able to share this experience with my own back-pocket mage–er, I mean, the love of my life! All joking aside, with the changes so extensive and thorough, we weren’t able to get very far in our exploration even with his portals. There was just too much to see. As you know, Gadgetzan is now prime beach-front property… Azshara has its own rocket-coaster track… And Auberdine is completely demolished. For some reason, seeing the following made me so sad. To see that even the hippogryphs weren’t spared by the … [Read more...] about Okay, Who’s Turn Was It To Chain The Dragon Up?
This week was at least in part supposed to primarily be about generating topics for your blog that you can sustain yourself on for the rest of the sprint. Unfortunately only one of my posts has actually accomplished this. I brain stormed together a list of topics on August first and never really revisited it because I was ultimately dealing with some of my own things. However one of the general pieces of advice I can offer you is to be willing to mine your own experience for topics. Each of us tends to think our own experiences are banal and not actually worth writing about. The thing is… those experiences are unique to you and tell the reader an awful lot about your own feelings on a subject. This is where I break into a story to illustrate this point. I started leading guilds with the launch of World of Warcraft in 2004 and since then have been the helm of many offshoots be they connected to House Stalwart or later Greysky Armada. … [Read more...] about Mining The Past
Dear Diary, They say it is coming; I can smell it in the winds. It has been a long time the hunt called to me, but I hear their voices now, the song of my dreams — and I have no choice but to heed. Look at me, they say. I’m so cute and cuddly! You want me in your collection. You know I’ll make the perfect companion. Time and time again, I have tried to turn away! But, dear Diary, as always…here I am. Vanity pets. My love, my shame, my addiction. And in about a month’s time, it will only get worse. World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is coming. Pet battles are coming. For self-proclaimed pet hunters such as myself, this new feature is both a blessing and a disaster. Perhaps it’s time to just give up this futile fight and embrace my inner obsessive pet collector. After all, I’ve played in the beta, and in it I’ve seen the time sink that is this new pet system — AKA my complete and utter ruination. And how better to embrace my … [Read more...] about The Pet Hunter Diaries: The First Step Is Admitting I Have A Problem