World of Warcraft’s latest cinematic has a lot of WoW fans in a frenzy right now because it’s dropping some big hints about a truce between the Horde and Alliance. And not just a Shattrath kind of truce, but a permanent and meaningful one, the kind where shouting “for the Horde” and “for the Alliance” as grown adults in a theater starts to seem extra silly because hey, we’re all on the same side. It wouldn’t be the first time WoW’s toyed with this, nor would it be the first time MMOs have done away with many distinctions between factions – RIFT is coming immediately to mind. But if Blizzard were to, say, shatter the factional divide to the point that Alliance and Horde could group together for content? Well now, that’d be a big damn deal, especially for a studio that has repeatedly resisted such ideas and has traditionally refused to even allow us to chat cross-faction lest it become unable to exploit our tribal … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Do you want to see WoW’s factions dissolved?
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I swear that we are all of us caught in a time loop right now. It’s not 2019, it’s really just 2004, when City of Heroes was just a few months old and we were enduring the last summer before World of Warcraft released. The wheel, she keeps on turnin’. Anyway, it’s downright fascinating — in a we’ve-been-here-before kind of way — to follow the conversation in the WoW Classic community as to what races and classes each person is planning to roll. Nevermind that this MMO has been out for a decade and a half, everyone’s treating this question as if it’s never been asked before. And darn it if I’m not right there alongside of them. Gnome Warlock? Tauren Shammy? I can’t decide. I’ll probably have to roll both. So when WoW Classic arrives at the end of August, what character are you going to create, assuming that you are on board for this grandiose experiment? Remember, Death Knights and Demon Hunters need not apply. … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What are you going to roll in WoW Classic?
0 I had a friend ask me what I thought about the MMO industry going back to the old school style of games. Then I saw this question from the Pantheon twitter account. What do you think about the industry’s recent shift back to older school games and vanilla re-launches/servers? MMO industry going back to old school style of games? Industry shifting back to old school games and re-launches? I’m not living in the same world, I guess. The MMO industry has not shifted anywhere. In fact, the MMO “industry” is quickly losing its “industry” status altogether. The MMO genre has been dead for several years now, with a handful of strong titles still living on to keep that flame from going out. Some of those stalwarts have released vanilla servers, but that’s not new. EverQuest has released plenty of throwback servers over the years. Some of the nearly-dead or dying games throw back to the old days for cash grabs like LotRO and Rift. Some companies … [Read more...] about There’s No Shift Back to Old School MMORPGs
Every RuneScape Subscriber Is Getting Android Beta Access To Old School RuneScape Mobile Access to Old School RuneScape Mobile’s new members’ beta is being made available to every single Old School RuneScape or RuneScape subscriber, as part of a staggered rollout. Following a limited test rollout yesterday, with the cap reached in just two hours, the members’ beta is today being opened up to enable a further 250,000 subscribers gain access. Over the coming weeks, access will be scaled up to give every subscribed player the opportunity to continue their Old School RuneScape journey on Android devices while sat at home on the sofa, during the commute, in the canteen, and even in flight, leaving no excuse for XP waste. On launch later this year, Old School RuneScape Mobile will become the first mainstream Western online RPG to deliver the complete MMO experience across both mobile and PC platforms, enabling players to seamlessly jump between devices and continue their … [Read more...] about Every RuneScape Subscriber Is Getting Android Beta Access To Old School RuneScape Mobile
New prison rule #1: No one is to use “shiv” as a verb any more. Last month there was a big debate over whether or not someone was shivved or just stabbed and we want to avoid that in the future. New prison rule #2: Just because you’re in jail doesn’t mean that you can’t display a standard of culture, so we are instituting a new mandatory ballroom dancing class for all prisoners running for two hours. We’ll have a rotating schedule for that. New prison rule #3: Please consult with the guards before enacting your escape plan. We’re not going to stop you, we just want to be able to time dramatically running down the hall at the last moment so that everyone is very excited. New prison rule #4: The ballroom dancing class has been cancelled. Yeah, we realized that was never a good idea. Finishing school visiting hours are still on. New prison rule #5: Let the guards know What Are You Playing and whether or not they will need to break up any arguments … [Read more...] about WRUP: Moving forward, there are going to be some changes around this prison edition