I am amused and somewhat bewildered to admit that I have my very own pet troll. He follows me around on Reddit to hassle me, and from time to time he rolls a new account here on MassivelyOP, all to inform me that I, personally, am stupid and do not know what an MMORPG is. I’m not mad about it. He’s right to the extent that I can’t give a universal definition of MMORPG that everyone everywhere will agree with. In the comments of any attempt at doing so, you’ll find people haggling over what counts as massively multiplayer, what’s sufficiently online, what counts as roleplaying, what are the precise bits and pieces that make something more like EverQuest or Final Fantasy XIV than like Warframe or Destiny. You’ll see arguments over the sandbox/themepark continuum, Diku MUDs, PvP, raiding, grouping, community, questing, soloers, zone size, the Bartle quotient. It’ll start to look a bit granular and even bizarre to anyone not fluent in the genre … [Read more...] about Working As Intended: What it means to be an MMORPG
Betting what does mean
MOP reader and Patron Brett has a burning question about the lessons we’re learning (and not learning) from playing MMORPGs. “In his book Theory of Fun, Raph Koster suggests that games are really just systems of learning things in a way that we enjoy with fewer consequences. In his words, ‘That’s what games are, in the end. Teachers. Fun is just another word for learning.’ If that’s true, then modern MMORPGs and their narratives would seem to be a pretty mixed bag of lessons – individual power can be accumulated like wealth; evil can be conquered through solo and group acts of courage; violence is a feasible solution to almost every problem; your race, nation or profession defines a lot about who you are; and accessorizing with the most expensive bag is possibly the most crucial decision to make before leaving home. “So with so much opportunity at the moment for our real-world societies and communities to be better, I’d like to … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: What important lessons are MMORPGs failing to impart?
The Elephant in the Room I figure this morning I would cut with any sidebar discussions and get straight into the topic that was on everyones lips yesterday… the Blizzard Q2 Earnings call. If you remember during the Q1 2015 earnings call they announced a drop to 7.1 million subscribers after a peak of 10 million during the Warlords of Draenor launch bump. I think we all knew that the numbers would be down, at least incidentally based on our own experiences from the game. I have to say that I thought WoW token would be more of a game changer, and when they announced that World of Warcraft was down to 5.6 million subscribers I figured that the Token numbers would bolster this amount. However based on further information it appears that this number does include token subscribers as well. In truth this number likely does not fully account for the actual loss. Personally I would consider myself no longer playing World of Warcraft, but my … [Read more...] about Blizzard Does Not Need WoW
Not many years ago, there was this term called “keyword density” and every blogger and webmaster used to stuff their pages with too many keywords. The more keywords they had on their pages, the better rankings they used to get. Once Google had realized the fact that “keyword stuffing” is hurting user experience than help, they started updating their algorithms to give the content rich sites better results. Most SEO beginners have a lot of problems when it comes to increasing their website traffic from search engines. Indeed increasing organic traffic is a big problem even for most bloggers who have been playing the SEO game for a long time. SEO is not an easy task and it requires a lot of skills (like on-page, off-page SEO, building links etc) to dominate search results. The most important factor of search engine optimization is “keyword usage”. Most people who are new to SEO make two dumbest mistakes: either they don’t really care about … [Read more...] about [Revealed] Keyword Density: Does It Really Matter Anymore?
These days people who are opting for Professional blogging as a career option is increasing, obviously the numbers are very less for now, but in coming years, Blogging might come out as a lucrative career option. Here I’m pointing out some of the things which any newbie blogger can learn from Professional bloggers. Professional bloggers, work day and night to learn and implement new techniques and keeping and eye on their changes and monitor how it works out for them, might give a new edge to your budding blog. Young kids look up to their idols for knowledge, whatever it is they may want to do, become an actor, a sportsman Etc, they learn from these professionals with much interest as they want to become like them one day.Similarly, a new blogger can learn a lot from a Professional Blogger by reading the articles they write, by the way, they behave on social networking sites, by the way, they speak during interviews.This I feel is one of the most important things a new Blogger … [Read more...] about What You can Learn from Professional Bloggers?