Play Final Fantasy XIVWith 30 years of history, Final Fantasy as a series has had lots of riffs on the same basic ideas. It’s the only thing tying the series together in the first place, after all, and I look forward to getting ever more surreal takes on the various nuts and bolts of the franchise as I get older. Final Fantasy XIV exists as a part of this, naturally; it has yet to have any jobs which are truly unique to it, as everything in there has showed up at least once before in some capacity. That having been said, of course, some of that “showed up before” happens in very different contexts. There have been a lot of Dark Knights, after all, but it’s hard to compare the tanking job of FFXIV to, say, the status-based job of Final Fantasy X-2 or the prestige job in Final Fantasy Tactics. The games have very different design goals from the outset. But we can compare these jobs to their equivalents in Final Fantasy XI. After all, most of the jobs we have now … [Read more...] about Wisdom of Nym: The jobs of Final Fantasy XI compared to Final Fantasy XIV
News of over 30 gaming companies taking a united stand against unfairness and toxicity in online game communities sprung out of GDC 2018 a few days ago, with some rather surprising company names making the list of those involved. The issue of toxic behaviour is a tough nut to crack, and these companies believe that the best way to tackle the issue is by pooling research and resources to share knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. It’s an interesting and complex idea that has got me thinking, so I just had to take up an issue of MMO Mechanics to discuss the potential implications for MMOs and near-MMOs. In this edition of MMO Mechanics, I’ll look at the mission of the Fair Play Alliance, discuss the ground they’ve covered so far, explore a case study of how toxicity affects one involved MMO developer, and then will give my thoughts on mechanical rollouts that could be employed to help smash toxicity. All about the Fair Play Alliance The Fair Play Alliance has … [Read more...] about MMO Mechanics: The Fair Play Alliance and mechanising fairness
Earlier this month, Overwatch made headlines when a player posted up a behavioral therapy chart his wife – who happens to be a therapist – made him fill out after he complained about his game losses. The idea is that you write down your “negative thoughts” about the game experience, then reflect on that to see how your temporary emotion has distorted your opinions, then craft a positive frame instead. It’s funny – but also pretty useful, and even Overwatch Redditors were asking for a blank sheet so they could try it themselves. That brings us to today’s Daily Grind: How do you deal with your anger in an MMO? Do you complain to guildies, log out, bang your desk, go work out to burn off some steam? Are you handling it as well as the Overwatch Redditor and trying to learn from what went wrong? What do you do, exactly, when your teammates turn out to be “hot garbage”? My wife told me to fill out this form after I kept complaining about … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How do you deal with your anger in MMORPGs?
If you were to write a short story or novel, you could evoke the emotions you want in your readers by developing characters they care about, writing vivid descriptions, and writing a story that is full of action and plot twists. As a blogger, these options aren’t really practical for you. You have to take a different approach in order to grab the attention of your readers and get the emotional response that you want. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by using power words. Power words are words and phrases that are used to evoke emotions and to get your readers to take action. The major categories of emotions that are most likely to get somebody to react and then act are greed, lust, anger, fear, and passion. Power words can also appeal to your reader’s need to feel safe and they can appeal to their desire to be part of something elite and special. Every time you write a blog post, you want your readers to take action. This action may vary depending on the overall … [Read more...] about 50 Power Words That Will Make You a Better Blogger
One of the easiest way to make money from your blog is by writing great product reviews. When you write a review of product, you have ample opportunities to make money. Such as: Affiliate marketing, paid reviews offer and so on. The only thing which really matter here is how great and useful your reviews are. It has become an embodiment of the modern and technically savvy customer to scrabble through reviews from people all over the internet before making purchases. Purchases which come hard on the wallet need to be testified before splashing the cash on a useless vanity. Reviews have been a boon for prospective customers to get a different perspective on the product and see if it really fits their need and expectation. While this is definitely a plus for the consumer, it is also a blessing in disguise for the writer. Product reviews also make up a part of the vast abyss of writing forms. Delving into this different form of writing could open up new avenues in your writing career. … [Read more...] about 7 Step Guide to Write an Exquisite Product Review