For many years I have been on a mission to unlock the elusive code that made EverQuest so great. There is no single equation that accurately explains the magic of the EQ experience. The brilliant design of that MMORPG released in 1999 is a combination of many ingredients. In every culinary recipe, greatness or mediocrity is but a few degrees of difference of ingredient quantity and of skill of preparation. The same was true of EQ. Some of the best design ingredients of EQ were the following: traditional RPG experience based level advancement system promotion of player freedom via unstructured gameplay with no imposed narratives or story arcs traditional and diverse RPG class system which emphasized class interdependency and required most classes to group which created a deep social experience well tuned PVE combat via melee and spell abilities that rewarded highly skilled players and encouraged emergent gameplay death penalty mechanic which introduced serious consequences into the … [Read more...] about The Death Penalty Mechanic and Loss Aversion in MMO Design
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
Bitcoin is back in news again after trading at a record high of $4483 per coin this month. Many cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin are powered by a technology known as blockchain, and its potential use cases extends far beyond just the financial world—it continues to find use in government, healthcare, real estate, security, and many other industries. At events and in publications that cover the advertising industry, blockchain has been a hot topic as a candidate for bringing in more transparency into ad tech and solving problems such as opaque supply chains and ad fraud, how much of it is hype and what are the facts? Before getting into how blockchain could help ad tech, let’s understand what it is and how it works. Each “block” in a blockchain typically contains a hash pointer to the previous block, timestamp, and transaction data. A blockchain is a growing list of records, or blocks, linked together and secured by cryptography. Stripped to the basics, … [Read more...] about Can Blockchain Fix the Problems of Digital Advertising Industry?
Imagine you have a friend who excitedly tells you that he’s learning to cook. Every day he spends hours planning out recipes, buying ingredients, chopping, grilling, and seasoning until he finally has the perfect creation. And then, after all of his hard work, he takes a few bites and throws away the rest. Frustrating, right? If you’re anything like me, you want to yell at him to enjoy the meal, or invite some friends over for dinner, or donate the leftovers to a local shelter. It’s ridiculous to put in so much work and not make the most of it! Well, here’s my confession: The way you’re feeling right now is exactly how I feel when I talk to bloggers who haven’t written a book. It’s not that bloggers are putting in work for nothing. We all know the value of putting your content out there and sharing it with the world. I believe everyone should have a blog, and I know that’s it’s a crucial piece of your public identity. But, like our … [Read more...] about 4 Reasons Why Every Blogger Needs To Write A Book
When Panda was rolled out last year, we all understood the importance of high quality content and freelancers and Bloggers have moved from quantity to quality. The question, which remain unanswered for many blogger is how to differentiate between low quality and a high quality content. Is it minimum 300-350 word criteria? If yes, how small dictionary words are being ranked in SERP’s? Is it Keyword stuffing only, then why Google is hitting hard on automated and keyword stuffed sites? So, by the end question remains the same for Bloggers on how SERP”s determine quality content writing on any blog. First thing which you need to understand is a quality content is just one part of ranking and Google consider many other factors like over all site SEO, domain ranking, social signal to place you really high in Search engine ranking. But, everything starts with content and even a well On-page optimized content, your ranking is not guaranteed until your quality of your … [Read more...] about 11 Delicious Ways to Judge High Quality Content For Bloggers