Guild Wars — the first Guild Wars — celebrates its 10th birthday this week alongside several of my characters who are equally old. I originally picked up Guild Wars as a diversion from World of Warcraft, and at the time, I liked everything about it but actually playing it. Pre-Searing felt like home; it was pastoral and lovely with a haunting score. But back in 2005, the game past the Searing was difficult to traverse in a small party, let alone solo, and the deeper into the game I got, the less I liked it. In fact, I didn’t Ascend in 2005. I gave up on the grueling PUGs right around the time I got to the Crystal Desert. But I went back, and went back again, and eventually I fell in love. That’s just the first of Guild Wars’ many lessons. Here are 10 things I learned from Guild Wars — in honor of its 10 years of fun. #10: Always give MMOs a second chance MMORPGs change. You change. Of my top five MMOs of all time, every … [Read more...] about Working As Intended: Ten lessons I learned from classic Guild Wars
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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?
From hazy memory and patchy records I believe our family first got a PC in 1988, an Amstrad PC1512, so I thought I’d celebrate the 30th anniversary by buying a new computer as is time-honoured tradition and in no way a post factum and incredibly flimsy excuse to upgrade. Adapting the xkcd 2011 Guide to Making People Feel Old, the IBM System/360 came out closer to the Amstrad than this new PC; if you have no idea what a System/360 might be ask a grandparent and/or Wikipedia, whichever is less likely to shake a stick at you and reminisce at length about punched cards and paper tape. I’m pretty sure this is my tenth system in total; for a while new PC purchases were a more-or-less biennial affair, from that first Amstrad sporting an 8086 processor screaming along at 8Mhz in 1988 through a 386SX (16Mhz) in 1991, 486DLC (33Mhz) in 1993, Pentium P133 in 1996, Pentium II 350 in 1999, Athlon 1400 in 2001, Athlon 2800 in 2003 and an Athlon 64 in 2005. The first few stick in the … [Read more...] about New Year, New PC
Tencent Holdings Limited, the largest IT company in China, recently announced its financial results for the year of 2017. While you may have known its subsidiary Tencent Games, the company is also behind China’s top chat app (WeChat), online messenger (QQ Messenger), hundreds of IT services and more. It is also the majority shareholder of Epic Games (make of Unreal Engine), owner of Supercell (Clash of Clans) and the financial force behind Riot Games (League of Legends). Here is a quick look of how Tencent performed last year. 1. Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2017 were RMB 237,760 million (USD 36.4 billion), an increase of 56% over the year ended December 31, 2016. 2. Operating profit was RMB 90,302 million (USD 13.8 billion), an increase of 61% c. Operating margin was 38%, up from 37% last year. 3. Profit for the year was RMB 72,471 million (USD 11.1 billion), an increase of 75% YoY. Net margin increased to 30% from 27% last year. 4. The Chinese media … [Read more...] about – Over USD 10 billion profit achieved for year 2017
Having excellent articles and other forms of content in your website is helpful in improving one’s page ranking and building a very good reputation within your niche or community. However, content alone cannot secure very good backlinks. Sure, there are those rare moments when an article becomes viral and gets plenty of attention from both readers and people in authority. It’s impossible to achieve the same thing every single time you publish an article, though. Plus, what if your website is not one for publishing articles? Does that mean you won’t have the chance to score high on the links gauge? Whether you post articles or general information in your website, you can write them in such a way that search engines will take notice and show it on the SERPs. Not everyone will be able to find it on their own though, so it’s part of the webmaster’s job to lead people to it. It doesn’t hurt to put in a reference in the right places, and people who are … [Read more...] about Link Building Lessons From 2012