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?
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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
A decade after Star Wars Galaxies’ “New Game Enhancements” hit the game, controversy, grumbling, and revelations still pop up about the notorious decision to overhaul the entire game. Some maintain that it ruined the game, while others acknowledge that what came after actually ended up being better. As the 2003 to 2005 pre-NGE era is quickly vanishing into the distant past, I wanted to preserve some of the history of what the game was like before that fateful patch day. To aid in this project, I asked six Star Wars Galaxies veterans to share some of their memories and stories from that time. Here’s what they had to say about what in-game life was like in those first few years. 1. It was a true sandbox Joshua M.: “I think the big thing back in the pre-NGE era was that the content was what you made it; it was a true sandbox. There were no concept of levels, just the skills you’ve learned and the weapons you were certified to use. You could spend the … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: What Star Wars Galaxies life was like before the NGE
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
There were some last-minute changes added to these patch notes, so I hope I hit all of them (and don’t hit the stuff I’m not supposed to because it’s gone!) but the 8.12 patch notes for League of Legends are focused primarily on the Fighter/Bruiser role, as well as Shields/Shield-based items. A few items were added to the PBE that were removed (for now) that were going in, but as it turns out, over the last few patches, the Fighters of League have only grown in strength. Those items will have to be re-tuned or perhaps not brought in at all. It’s unfortunate for me because I really liked the idea of them, and when I’m not tanking in bot lane, I’m hanging out in top lane, trying to throw hands. Before we get started, I’d like to have a moment of silence for another powerful tanking item, as it goes the way of Heart of Gold and Force of Nature – Banner of Command. It’s an item that was either almost never used or so … [Read more...] about League of Legends Patch Notes Discussion #2 – 8.12: RIP Banner