Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for Best MMO Player Housing, which was awarded to WildStar last year. And the year before that. Sigh. MMORPGs eligible for this award may have launched in any year as long as they are still alive and still offer player housing; nominees should be judged based on the quality and depth of that feature and that feature alone. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end! The Massively OP staff pick for the Best MMO Player Housing of 2018 is… EverQuest II and RIFT Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Here’s the thing: A lot of big MMOs have housing now. But most of them treat it as a vanity toy, an achievement thing, a cash shop cow, a farming zone. Older games still have the best MMORPG housing, the kind where the housing is super intricate and meaningful and creative. I couldn’t decide between RIFT and EverQuest II, so … [Read more...] about Massively OP’s 2018 Awards: Best MMO Player Housing of 2018
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Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for the MMO with the Best Business Model, which was awarded jointly to World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV last year. This relatively new award is intended to recognize a live MMORPG of any age that has demonstrated an exemplary business model specifically in 2018, regardless of its past performance. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end! The Massively OP staff pick for the Best MMO Business Model of 2018 is… Guild Wars 2 Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go. While Nintendo itself feels like it might be going over to the dark side, Pokemon Go’s raid tickets feel fair, and I’m saying this as someone who’s been a “raid a day” person and a “I raided once this week because I could do it while eating lunch” player. For those who don’t play, think of it like putting some … [Read more...] about Massively OP’s 2018 Awards: Best MMO Business Model of 2018
Later today, we begin our giant rollout of end-of-the-year awards, a series I both love and hate – love because it’s fun, hate because it’s a tremendous amount of work. But one award you won’t be seeing make a return this year is the award for the best PvP experience. There are lots of reasons for this, but the main one is that it was the least-attended award, both for our writers and our readers. It also seemed weird given that our PvE awards – for crafting, housing, and events – were much more specific. How exactly do you compare arena PvP and battleground PvP and guild warfare to battle royale modes and survival sims and free-for-all gankfests? It wound up being a bit of a throwaway award and not worth formally doling out again. However, it still makes for an interesting question. Which MMORPG offered the best PvP experience in 2018? Is the best MMO PvP experience even found in an MMORPG at all? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offered the best PvP experience in 2018?
Get Guild Wars 2 Path of FireSo here’s something Guild Wars 2 doesn’t do much: special weekend bonus events. This one’s probably more about getting folks to buy harvesting tools and check out the new gathering upgrade system than about getting players to forget about that whole spyware thing that hit just before the weekend, but it works for both, yeah? “[S]tarting on April 20, you can get neat bonuses by applying resource-gathering implements to rocks, trees, plant life, and your mortal enemies!” ArenaNet says. Through April 23rd, players will “gain a 33% chance of increased gathering yield when mining, logging, and harvesting” and snag double experience in open-world PvE and WvW when gathering. In other Guild Wars 2 news, if you’re into tarot cards or just pretty art, check out the Tyrian Tarot deck project put together by a collective of Guild Wars 2 player artists. The Indiegogo campaign for the effort – which is sponsored and … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 plans bonus harvesting weekend, backs player artists crowdfunding a GW2 tarot deck for charity
As a blogger, I always rely on Feeds, and few content discovery app to find the news which interest me. I use Google reader to subscribe to blog updates and using NetNewsWire (Which will shut down too) on my Mac to read latest updates. NetNewsWire syncs with Google Reader, and thus you could always stay updated with the latest news from your favorite blogs. Now, Google has decided to shut down Google reader as part of their spring cleaning, and this came as a surprise for many, because usage of RSS feed is declining, there are many users like me, who still relies on Google reader to maintain the feed. Here is the official announcement, where Google mentioned some of the services they will be shutting down in coming days. That will include: CallDAV API Google Builder Maker Google cloud connect Google Reader on July 1st, 2013. Google Voice app for blackberry Search API for Shopping I have never used any of the above apart from Google reader, and seeing G reader going away; … [Read more...] about Best Google Reader Alternatives [Updated]