Divergence Online is the next up and coming hardcore indie sandbox, and you can go ahead and stop reading there if you are as tired of that sentence as I am. Maybe it is the four years of writing MMO Fallout that has made me jaded, but when I hear about an indie hardcore sandbox MMO, I no longer have the reaction of a child on Christmas morning. I have the reaction of his friend down the street who knows exactly what his day is going to involve: hand-me-down socks wrapped in a hand-me-down shirt, and Uncle Rob will get drunk and pass out on my bed so I’ll be sleeping on the floor again. I’ve learned a lot from throwing money at projects like Mortal Online, and the lesson is never invest in the guy who advertises his project as being great because it’s kind of like that Ultima Online game back before EA watered it down for the stupid masses. So Divergence Online came to my attention in the way that games in this genre usually do: The fans start being obnoxious, I get … [Read more...] about I Don’t Think Divergence Is A Serious Game
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For many years I have been on a mission to unlock the elusive code that made EverQuest so great. There is no single equation that accurately explains the magic of the EQ experience. The brilliant design of that MMORPG released in 1999 is a combination of many ingredients. In every culinary recipe, greatness or mediocrity is but a few degrees of difference of ingredient quantity and of skill of preparation. The same was true of EQ. Some of the best design ingredients of EQ were the following: traditional RPG experience based level advancement system promotion of player freedom via unstructured gameplay with no imposed narratives or story arcs traditional and diverse RPG class system which emphasized class interdependency and required most classes to group which created a deep social experience well tuned PVE combat via melee and spell abilities that rewarded highly skilled players and encouraged emergent gameplay death penalty mechanic which introduced serious consequences into the … [Read more...] about The Death Penalty Mechanic and Loss Aversion in MMO Design
It’s no surprise that Ready Player One was constantly being referenced at GDC 2018, especially in VR, AR, and MMO panels. It’s not just because of the movie’s release but because the tech involved is seeing a surge of interest. That doesn’t mean we’re on the cusp, in my opinion, but it may be a thing we should start talking about. And talking about it we did. As Bill Roper of Improbable and SpatialOS recently told me, “The next generation of online games isn’t going to behave like current-generation MMOs. […] We don’t know what a billion-person game might look like, but it’s likely to include a wide variety of playstyles, to reflect the diversity of its playerbase.” Even if you’re a cynic and don’t think SpatialOS will play any part of this future, Roper’s very much on the mark: Billion-person gaming isn’t going to be like our current MMOs. Roper moderated a panel on the topic, … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: Ready Player One Now, billion person gaming, and mitigating abuse
Genesis theme review for WordPress. If you are blogging for a while, you must be aware of the fact that design of your site makes or breaks your blog’s success. If you are really serious about making money blogging, and thinking to get better conversion rates, first focus on improving your blog or website design. Without having an appealing design on your WordPress sites, no one really cares even if you post amazing content. Because there are already tons of great content available online, so people prefer to consume information where the readability and design elements of a website are good. After all, they don’t want to read content on a poorly designed website, right? There are lots of people who are confused about whether or not to buy a premium theme for their WordPress sites. Seriously why you need to buy a premium WordPress theme when you already have so many free themes or cheap themes available in WordPress directory? Let’s discuss them and I will also tell … [Read more...] about Genesis WordPress Theme Review: Why Use Genesis Theme?
WordPress content management system is a powerful blogging platform and offers extensive features to its users. If you are running a real estate related blog and searching for ways to make it efficient, this post is exclusively for you. I’m going to share few free real estate plugins for WordPress sites that will help you run your sites more efficiently. But before going into the details, I want to share few important things with you so that you will be aware of what to do before installing any real estate related plugin. Blogging through WordPress.com is certainly a pleasing experience because of its inherent features and capabilities. An extensive coverage, great quality of content and high probability of getting searched through search engines, differentiates it from others. All this brings your blog a worldwide recognition. There are many reasons to choose WordPress and you would surely like to get the advantage of its amazingly powerful open source Content Management System … [Read more...] about 6 + Free Real Estate Plugins for WordPress Blogs