When video games were first introduced to the world, they were nothing more than a form of entertainment. When children spent hours upon hours playing video games day after day, parents told them that there was no money to be made in video games and they were wasting their time. Fast forward a few decades and gaming has become one of the larger entertainment industries. Gamers can find careers as game developers, testers, streamers, or even as a professional player. If you’re wondering how you can pursue your passion for gaming and turn it into a career, keep reading to learn more. Game Developer Behind every great video game is a team of qualified developers who do great work. Game developers are responsible for the programming aspect of video games, which means they have to learn how to code, troubleshoot code and more. Being a game developer isn’t easy; you have to spend a lot of time learning the ropes and be comfortable with some fairly difficult math. However, if you … [Read more...] about How to Pursue Your Passion for Gaming
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One of the big things that harms immersion in an MMO is, “How am I the only legendary hero?” In the Star Wars MMO, you’re the Chosen One; in Warcraft you’re the leader of your own damn army! So many games approach this trope with a different way, but ultimately, you’re supposed to group with other “chosen ones” that are just as legendary as you are. That’s dreadful! However, Skyforge approaches this with a truly unique approach: All the main characters, the players? They’re Gods of varying degrees of power. You’re all immortal badasses who can tap into ludicrous powers, swapping character classes to do whatever they want to. Well, for the most part. As you progress through the provinces, you can unlock Temples for the other classes, for the purpose of unlocking the class associated with them. Though there is an option to use real money to get them, I do not know if it means you unlock the class early, since the shop would not … [Read more...] about Skyforge PS4 Press Test Impressions
For the longest time in the early 2000s, MMORPGs scared me off. They looked too obtuse, too grindy, too ugly, and too unapproachable for my tastes. It took a special title to really draw me in with its more casual friendly structure and colorful graphics. In early 2004, I found myself entranced with this superhero MMO that let me be whatever type of caped (or non-caped) crusader I wanted to be. From then on, there was no going back with my interest in these types of games. I assume that many MMO gamers owe a great debt to City of Heroes for the way that it introduced, encouraged, and excited them about MMOs. It was a new type of online game, one that boasted an unbelievably flexible character creator and invested in the fantasy of playing as a superhero fighting villains all across Paragon City. Today we’re going to kick off a Game Archaeologist series looking back at City of Heroes. And as with any remarkable superhero, we have to begin with its origin story. Where did it come … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: Digging up the history of City of Heroes
Taugrim raises a very interesting question this week on his blog. Namely, is it really worth your time to alpha test MMOs these days? For him, at least, fickle players and unresponsive developers don’t make it a beneficial activity. “A decade ago, I used to get super excited about upcoming MMORPGs,” he said. “And then I experienced those games losing their playerbase in droves while the developers/publishers failed to meaningfully address the concerns of the community.” If you’ve been burned one too many times by alpha, beta, and early access testing, perhaps you can relate. Read on for more essays from the MMO blogosphere, and don’t forget to check out this month’s exciting Blaugust Reborn event that’s raging across blogs! Unidentified Signal Source: No Man’s Sky NEXT multiplayer impressions “My main concern was scarcity of resources. I remember struggling to get enough to keep my life support and hazard protection up … [Read more...] about Global Chat: Is it worth your time to alpha test MMOs?
Support Massively OP on PatreonWere you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! Ug, I would be so happy if Gamescom and PAX West didn’t happen a week apart and PAX West and DragonCon didn’t overlap! Not only do we get an avalanche of news from incoming major games, but it can be a quiet period for other studios that don’t want their news buried. Such was not quite the case this week, however, as we got plenty of goodies on new games like Anthem and New World as well as from existing MMOs like Elder Scrolls Online and World of Warcraft. Guild Wars 2 even booted up a boba tea promo, and Star Citizen rolled out fresh drama. Stay tuned for in-depth coverage of PAX this week once Larry and MJ are back from PAX and DragonCon! Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions. THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES Star Citizen partially reverses CitizenCon … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: PAX West caps off a summer of gaming (September 2, 2018)