So now we have a date at the end of August for World of Warcraft: Classic. That’s actually a lot later than I had expected, but I think it makes a certain amount of sense; I expect that the live game’s next patch will be timed aiming at another game’s expansion release, and so Classic winds up coming in with enough lead time that fans can migrate over seamlessly. Even if “migration” doesn’t appear to be what’s going to happen, for the most part. To the surprise of no one, we had an interesting discussion in work chat about exactly this development, with the writers who took part in that discussion chattering back and forth about whether or not any of us would be diving right in there. Bree was actually the one who expressed my thoughts before I did, in fact; to paraphrase, what she wants back isn’t the original launch version of the game, but Wrath of the Lich King, and not even really that. But let’s step back a bit, … [Read more...] about WoW Factor: Thoughts on the impending arrival of WoW Classic
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Tomorrow, Star Citizen’s alpha 3.5 update is lifting off, and to celebrate the occasion, Cloud Imperium Games is making the game free for anyone to download and play. During the promotion, which will run until Wednesday, May 8th, fledgling starfarers and veteran space cowboys alike can take to the stars and explore all of the shiny new content that’s coming to the game with alpha 3.5, including the star — well, planet — of the show, ArcCorp. This massive planet, which is home to the corporation of the same name, has been turned into a massive city that covers almost every last inch of the planet’s surface, and of course there’s plenty to see and explore in the monumental megacorp megalopolis. But that’s not the only thing being introduced in the update — not by a long shot. The patch also heralds the arrival of the long-awaited female playable characters, just in time to take advantage of the new-and-improved character customization … [Read more...] about Star Citizen celebrates the arrival of its alpha 3.5 update with a week-long Free Fly promotion
If MMOs didn’t have the internet, well, they wouldn’t run at all. But they’d also be devoid of a precious resource, which is external repositories of game knowledge. Our titles are complex and sprawling, and the field of wikis, guides, and forums have been essential to navigating them from the very onset of the modern genre. That said, how often are you tabbing out of your MMOs for help (or to you technologically rich, using a second or third screen)? I will often be taking quick breaks from the game to look up answers to how to complete quests, where certain NPCs are located, or how to figure out some obtuse system. I mean, obviously in a better world with proper in-game documentation we wouldn’t have to do this, but that’s not the world we inhabit. Do you tab out for help much? If so, how often? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How often are you tabbing out of your MMOs for help?
For the longest time I had difficulty taking FFXIV’s Lalafel as anything but a bizarre joke. I mean, I love short races, but they seemed way too cutsey and comical to be taken seriously as an actual player combat race. But then I forced myself to roll one, gave her a punk hairdo, and now I’ve strangely fallen in love with her. In a totally platonic way. Getting out of our comfort zones in gaming can be difficult to do, but I find that there are amazing discoveries to be had when I do so. I might find a style of play, an activity, a class, or a type of game enjoyable when I had previously poo-pooed them. When’s the last time you got out of your comfort zone in an MMO? What was the result? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: When’s the last time you got out of your comfort zone in MMOs?
If you've been dying to sit down in Guild Wars 2, you finally can thanks to the arrival of the Seat of Power update. Over 1,400 chairs have been deployed through six cities, five home instances and even in a raid lobby so you can sit your way across Tyria. Players can even share a cozy bench for two and chat in an animated fashion while so doing. But wait! There's more! The future of chair sitting is a bright one and ArenaNet is working hard to: Investigate chair sittability (yes, you read that correctly!) for other zones; Figure out the bar booths built entirely out of non-chair objects; and Support more chair models Read the full update notes on the Guild Wars 2 site or see how sit animations were created using mo-cap in the video below. … [Read more...] about Sit Your Way Across Tyria Thanks to the Arrival of Seat of Power