Play Final Fantasy XIVI had said before patch 4.3 came out that we were going to learn a fair bit about the future direction of Final Fantasy XIV from this patch, and I stand by that. It isn’t explicit, of course – it sort of couldn’t be – but there are definitely more hints about what happens next from this patch alone, simply by virtue of the fact that there had to be. After all, we’re wrapping up our problems at breakneck pace otherwise; we don’t want to be sitting here in November when the expansion is revealed without an idea of where we’re going, do we? Of course, the picture that it pains thus far also isn’t a pretty one, and there are a whole lot of question marks without solid answers. That’s part of the nature of this exercise. So let’s take a look at what we’ve learned from patch 4.3 and both what has gone said and gone unsaid. Fair warning, if it wasn’t obvious from context alone, there will be unmarked … [Read more...] about Wisdom of Nym: Some story breakdown from Final Fantasy XIV’s latest patch
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Chronicles of Elyria is getting a huge amount of attention thanks to its Kickstarter campaign, currently at $673,000 out of $900,000 with 25 days to go in its campaign. A lot of the attention comes from the very unique concept that the game bases itself on, that your character actually grows up, lives, and eventually dies of old age. Characters age over the course of 10 to 14 months, with that exact life expectancy based on player actions during that time frame, and after death are reincarnated more powerful than before. It also creates an interesting monetization strategy that is effectively an annual subscription. When your character dies, reincarnation costs one spark of life, which costs real money. Each death in-game takes away approximately two days off of your life, however the campaign has some murky explanation that more important players actually receive more severe penalties upon death. It isn’t completely clear, but it looks like the more influential your character, … [Read more...] about Chronicles of Elyria: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Back in December, film editor and author Jason Bailey wrote a piece on Flavorwire called How the Death of Mid-Budget Cinema Left a Generation of Iconic Filmmakers MIA. He spins a tale of the booming movie industry of the ’80s and ’90s, when mid-budget films were commercially feasible and commonplace. By the turn of the century, however, the movie industry had bisected itself; studios stopped committing resources to mid-budget films, “betting big on would-be blockbusters” instead and generating a hard-scrabble indie scene in their wake. As Bailey’s title suggests, that dramatic shift uprooted a generation of brilliant filmmakers and cheapened the art of films and filmmaking for everyone. It’s no stretch to say we’re witnessing the same phenomenon in the world of MMORPGs. Our Titanic; their WoW Prior to 2005, mid-budget MMOs were common. We had a dozen or two of them, all contentedly putting out patches and … [Read more...] about Working As Intended: ‘Multiplex monotony’ and the death of the mid-budget MMORPG
Play EVE Online for freeYou could be forgiven for looking at that headline with a certain degree of confusion. After all, isn’t every single day in EVE Online a space event? But that’s a problem of formatting. It’s not the space event, it’s the SPACE event: Spaceship Pilot and Capsuleer Essentials. In other words, it’s a crash course on everything that you could need to know about surviving in outer space, useful challenges and refreshers for everyone from the freshest pilots to the veteran players. You can take part in the event through the Agency tab, with a focus on either mining or bounty hunting to enhance your overall skillset. Hop to the necessary task and earn rewards like exclusive Red vs. Blue ship skins, useful for future two-sided events. Or just flying around with a red or blue ship, depending on your aesthetic preference. The event runs until April 17th, so don’t be shy about jumping in sooner rather than later. Source: Official … [Read more...] about EVE Online starts up its SPACE event
Over the years we have seen growth in number of start-ups that are successful, some may have had a brilliant idea but failed due to multiple reasons, few are in early stage companies and bound to grow large any small start-up or a business. All the start-ups contribute to the network and a lot can be learned from them, no matter successful or a failure. Here we will revisit some basics for starting your own business; few elementary level insights. Read: From Solopreneurship to Entrepreneurship There are some business basics that should persist in any company, new or old. While established companies may have found a way to tweak around with these, for a new business owner or entrepreneur company it becomes essential to nurture it like a tree (maybe that’s why the first financial stage is called “Seed”). Business by definition means trading goods, services or both in a commercially viable and profitable way. On the other hand, a startup is a company or a “stage … [Read more...] about What are the Basics for Starting of Your own Business?