Massively OP’s MJ finally found the source of the visions calling to her in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, but now she has an empath to deal with. An empath who thinks she is the Celestial One! The next order of business is to find the Sacred Shrine to either use or destroy the Eternity Forge. Which will you choose to do? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to continue the Choose My Adventure in… What: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale SeriesWho: MJ GuthrieWhen: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 Enjoy the show! Having trouble with our live feed or chat? Visit the OPTV channel on Twitch in your browser or on your mobile device. Missed a part of the show? Don’t worry; we’ll post the complete stream here when it’s over, and you can always check out our past streams and videos collection – or just stay tuned for our next show! January 22, 20198:00pm EST: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - MJ January 23, … [Read more...] about The Stream Team: Searching for the Sacred Shrine in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
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Say you’re the developer of an online shooter, but you really want to add something that challenges the players in a world where they can basically solo a raid and are hungry for community activities… like group puzzles they can’t just brute-force. Oh, and you want to really incentivize people to do that puzzle, so you you lock a bunch of content behind it, effectively gating it. And you put a timer on it, just to make everyone really hyped. And then you make it insanely hard, just so they can’t beat it too quickly. Yeah, actually maybe don’t do that. Learn Bungie’s lesson: That’s what it did with Destiny2’s Bergusia Forge and its associated Niobe Labs puzzle. And most people found it all so hard that nobody actually solved it. Oops. Anyhow, Bungie’s rectifying all that. “While coming together as a community to solve puzzles can be fun, setting this puzzle up as a gate between you and new content that you want to play has not … [Read more...] about What Destiny 2 could’ve learned about community puzzle gating… from Star Wars Galaxies
So it’s beginning to look a lot like the Overwatch fad has faded. It was a crazy couple of years there, but the fact that it’s just not making its way back on those Superdata charts and the overall cooling seems to be a sign that the flash is over. And I’m willing to bet that at least some of you are alternately blinking in disbelief or rushing straight down to the comments to mention that Overwatch is most definitely not a fad, that it’s a huge success, and that you just need to look at its revenue to know that. That is entirely true; the game was a big financial success. But I suspect that the game’s massively outsized popularity was, in fact, a fad. Just like Pokemon Go, just like Fortnite, just like League of Legends, and only slightly less superficial than slap bracelets. (If you’ve got no idea what those are, gosh, you’re in for some fun sifting through cultural detritus.) But it’s easy to miss all of … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: The fads and the curious (and why Overwatch’s star is fading)
The oncoming shutdown of WildStar isn’t the first time that I’ve heard some low-level snark slung against bloggers and players from various quarters to the effect of “You’re not playing it right now, so why are you mourning this? That’s some weird hypocrisy right there!” To me, that ignores a few factors, such as: You can’t always be playing all the MMOs all the time, even the ones you like If you’ve spent significant time with a game in the past and have a connection to it, that doesn’t fade to nothing when you’ve taken a break or left it. Plus, I’ve done my time, so that gives me the right to pine over its loss. Tell me you haven’t felt sad over the death of some musician or celeb that you haven’t spent time enjoying in the past year. When things are taken away that we loved in the past, that can hurt us in the now. You can love a game and not be playing it for understandable reasons, such as a broken … [Read more...] about Would I be playing Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes, Vanguard, and Warhammer Online if they were alive today?
It became one of the most infamous moments in MMO history — and perhaps one of the most misunderstood. For all that the MMO community references Star Wars Galaxies’ New Game Enhancements (NGE) as a synonym for devs breaking a game with a horrible patch, expansion, or business decision, the actual details of the referenced events have become blurred through time, retellings, and a sort of weird mythology. It’s been 10 years since the NGE damaged a game’s reputation, embittered players for life, and made the mainstream notice that not all was sunshine and daisies in MMOs. So how did this disaster occur and what was so bad about it? Well, it happened a long time ago in a studio far, far away… Disturbances in the Force To discuss the NGE, one needs to understand the context of the situation, and for pioneering players, the halcyon days of the early SWG era were sometimes anything but. As visionary and creative a product as Star Wars Galaxies was (just ask any … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: Star Wars Galaxies’ NGE