Let’s be real here, there’s no question in anyone’s mind that DayZ has been in early access far longer than it should be. By the same token, I don’t think anyone would begrudge Radical Heights for still being in early access. But somewhere between those two extremes lie a large number of games, some of whom have been in ostensible early access for months, some of which have been there for years, and so forth. In many ways, early access is like the new version of the game in perpetual open beta; there were many free-to-play games that never technically launched, just stayed in open beta forever until they finally shut down. And yet those games were selling things normally, making the distinction between launch and open beta into a very blurry and nebulous thing. Early access is already blurry, since it asks for money for a game that is decidedly early in its development cycle. So what do you think, dear readers? How long is too long for early access? Is there a … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How long is too long for early access?
Friends, this week’s What Are You Playing must highlight the most baffling marketing move I’ve ever seen. PAX East has often featured some baffling decisions, but this year I have to give the gold cup of What In The Hell Happened to Cygames and their huge booth, which half-features Granblue Fantasy. (The other half is taken up by their mobile card game Shadowverse.) “Well, why is that weird?” Because, dear reader, you cannot download the game. Not “it hasn’t been released yet,” the game was released back in 2014. But it still doesn’t have an official local release, despite having been localized fully for ages and completely playable right now. You have to go through an insane rigamarole to get the game onto your mobile devices, which means that half of this booth is advertising a game you are not actually being sold. I suppose maybe it’ll inspire some people to go through that rigamarole? It’s a fun game and fully … [Read more...] about WRUP: Advertising products we will not sell you edition
Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun with the new outfit system in Elder Scrolls Online. It’s a good system with a lot of options, and it’s helped me enjoy the game a lot more. But there’s a part of me that’s still a bit resentful it took them this long to add an outfit system in the first place. In this day and age, that’s something I expect everyone of today’s top MMO games to have as a launch feature. That got me to thinking what else should be considered mandatory for any MMO launching in 2018. Not every MMO can offer everything, especially at first, but there are some minimal thresholds that need to be reached. These are corners that developers may be tempted to cut, but definitely shouldn’t. An Outfit System Since it was the inspiration for this post, it makes sense to start with outfit systems. The ability to customize the appearance of your character’s gear is one of those things that seems frivolous until you’ve had … [Read more...] about Six Features no MMO Should Launch Without
By the time you read this dear reader, I’ll already be dead… dead tired, that is, from running around the Game Developer’s Conference talking to developers from such companies as Snail Games about upcoming games like ARK Park. Ahead of my meeting about the game, I was granted a review copy so I could get some time in with the real thing before my interview and end of the media embargo. As my Oculus Rift set-up isn’t exactly travel-friendly, and I can be prone to motion sickness, I only had enough time to jump into the game for a few scant hours. It was an interesting experience, since the game wasn’t simultaneously available to the public, and that meant I was probably missing out on the critical social factor for my impressions. Nevertheless, I think they’re worth hashing out. Let’s dig in. Something’s wrong in ARK Park Hopefully by the time you read this on launch day, Snail will have patched the game, but my opening moments with … [Read more...] about First impressions of the newly launched ARK Park
…Now that Google Reader is almost dead. As you probably know Google announced last month that they’re officially shutting down its popular RSS reader, Google Reader, on July 1st, 2013. My reaction was almost the same as Hitler’s reaction. Hitler finds out Google Reader is shutting down But now I no longer care about Google Reader and in fact I don’t want Google to bring back their Google Reader as Feedly is just too awesome. Feedly is the biggest winner with Google Reader’s death as over 3 million new users have joined Feedly ever since the announcement of Google Reader’s death. Feedly was not a perfect alternative to Google Reader but then guys at Feedly did a great job after Google Reader’s retirement news. And with one of its recent update the Feedly even mimics Google Reader in terms of appearance as they added a "Title Only View". Now the only problem with Feedly is that you need a browser extension to access the web version and … [Read more...] about Dear Google, Now Please Don’t Bring Back Your Google Reader…