Over the last couple of weeks, when I was putting in sometimes 18-hour days working on the site, I didn’t really have much time for big blocks of gaming – sleep and work won out. I did, however, manage to sneak into Star Wars Galaxies Legends a few times to flip my harvesters and craft a few things to restock my vendors. Stuff has been kinda flying off my virtual shelves as players visit my vendors, which stuns me; I’m on an emulator, after all, and since I’ve been there only a few months, I don’t have the resources to make the very best of much. And yet it all sells, for absurd prices, whether it’s server-best or grindy. It’s been so much fun to re-enter a game where crafting is engrossing and crafters genuinely matter – where crafting isn’t just some cosmetics minigame for economy PvPers to mess around in when they’re not playing the “real game.” I can’t find find that experience in many other MMORPGs in … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Which MMORPG, living or dead, offers the all-time best crafting experience?
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When you write for an MMORPG website that covers literally hundreds of games and could probably add in hundreds more that are extinct, are in operation only overseas, or are so incredibly niche that their creators’ moms don’t even know about them, you start devoting a large portion of your brain to trying to keep details about all of these games straight. This not only results in forgetting two of your kids’ names (after all, space is limited), but it’s nearly an impossible task. There’s just too much out there. And lately I’ve noticed that the staff and readers alike have started to become incredibly confused regarding all of the indie MMOs that are oozing through the development process in their 72 planned testing stages (the other week I could swear that I saw a game declare itself to be going into “state semi-regionals”). There are too many games, some of which look far too similar, and it’s stressing us out. Enhance your calm, … [Read more...] about Massively OP’s guide to the best upcoming indie MMORPGs, part one
Looking over the past two decades or so, MMORPGs have grown by leaps and bounds with regular releases, events, and (of course) expansion packs. Hundreds of expansions have now flooded the scene, with some of the longest-running titles seeing upwards of two dozen or more. That got me thinking: Which expansion was the best? Not overall, I mean, but the best for each game that it serviced? Every MMO player harbors strong feelings about which was the best expansion for the titles they enjoy, and I have read many articles in which expansions were ranked, reviewed, and debated. For this week’s Perfect Ten, we’ll be trying to put a finger on the best expansion for 10 specific MMOs. I’ve taken the additional step of polling the Massively OP staff to give me input on MMOs that they have played extensively over the years. So what’s the best? Let’s find out! 1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King While the best WoW expansion isn’t unanimous among the … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: The best expansions for specific MMOs
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]