Lately I’ve been overdosing on some serious Sims 4 time (blame the Seasons expansion announcement for this!) and indulging in my long-standing passion for player housing. I don’t always get that fix in every MMO I play — looking sideways at you, Blizzard — but I do enjoy expressing myself and seeing what other players have come up in their own living spaces. Let’s take a tour of some excellent virtual abodes today! We’ll start with Rees Racer: “I’ve been a Elder Scrolls Online plus player for… a long time. I don’t buy much, so I had some crowns to spend. I eventually purchased the Alinor Crest Townhouse in Summerset. I’m a Bosmer, and it’s technically Altmer architecture, but I really like the colours and the courtyard fountain, and I’m fairly certain I saved the rule of Queen Ayrenn a few years ago. It’s more extravagant (like all High Elf accoutrements) than I need (or like), but I earned it.” … [Read more...] about One Shots: Better virtual homes and gardens
The Pantheon Twitter account has become a fountain of content for me to blog about. On days where I'm wondering if there's anything worth talking about in the MMOsphere, I can always open up Twitter now and have something to say. Here's the newest topic for discussion. "Have today's MMORPGs watered down the genre too far, has the challenge been removed beyond repair, and how do you think this will effect MMORPGs in the future?" I'll break this into three questions: Have today's MMORPGs watered down the genre too far? Has the challenge been removed beyond repair? How do you think this will effect MMORPGs in the future? Have today's MMORPGs watered down the genre too far? Yes and no. The challenge has changed or simply been shifted. I don't think any old school MMO player can honestly say that Mythic raids in WoW are easy. They take just as much time and effort as an old-school EQ raid ever did. I think even Heroic raids take more work than EQ raids did. Time and … [Read more...] about Challenge in MMOs Today
If you’ve followed the Massively OP Podcast this summer or read any of my ramblings in Daily Grinds and WRUPs, you probably know that I fell into a nostalgia trap, the best kind of nostalgia trap because it’s not really nostalgia at all. In fact, it was one of you lovely readers who suggested during our Star Wars Galaxies 15th anniversary stream on the original SWGemu that we try out a semi-new emulator, an NGE emulator, one called Legends. I bookmarked it, and one bored day in July, I sat down and figured out how to get it up and running. I got logged in. I made a new toon. I slogged through the old tutorial. I didn’t really expect much, but I decided to give it a try, figuring at least I’ve have something to talk about on the next podcast. I emerged on Tatooine, scribbled down a plan, and got to work. And I haven’t really wanted to play anything else since. We go back a long way, Star Wars Galaxies and me. I had been playing MMORPGs almost six … [Read more...] about Working As Intended: Returning to Star Wars Galaxies – in 2018
It was supposed to be a quick nostalgic look at Lord of the Rings Online again, after I heard about Trion being sold to gamigo. I had wanted to give Elder Scrolls Online another try instead of playing Rift. I did do that and I am still playing ESO every couple of days. But at the same time, that quick nostalgic look at LotRO seems to have changed into a longer stay. When I reinstalled LotRO, the legendary server hadn’t arrived yet, so I played my lower level guardian through Moria on my old server, Evernight. If the Legendary Server hadn’t launched, I would now be playing on my former regular server. Once the Legendary Server launched, I started playing there with some friends. We used to play together on Evernight years ago. So this new Legendary Server and playing with my friends again is one reason, but not the reason for my return. Something makes me want to log back in again day after day and I enjoy my time in a game that I had uninstalled for years. Of course, I … [Read more...] about Why is LotRO still this appealing?