Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of reasons for why games go free-to-play. This, however, is a new one. Pathea Games’ multiplayer sandbox title Planet Explorers is no longer multiplayer. That’s because, according to the dev team, the server code base for multiplayer functionality was lost. The problems appeared to start with a server outage on May 5 and, despite seeming hopeful in an update on June 6, the devs finally threw in the towel on June 24. In that final message, developer Kkiablo called multiplayer a “lost cause unless we completely rewrite the code from scratch,” which was deemed impossible due to it requiring software and code that is no longer available. As such, the game is still available, but only in single-player form — and it’s now totally free. You can check it out for yourself on Steam. Kkiablo concluded his message by thanking the Planet Explorers players for their support, while vowing that his company will be working on a … [Read more...] about Planet Explorers Goes F2P Because The Multiplayer Code Was Lost
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Great civilizations rise and fall. Nothing made by man lasts forever. Such is the way of things. The same is true of successful video game studios. Success is a double-edged sword. Ask any restauranteur that has attained the highly coveted 3-star Michelin rating about how hard it is dealing with the unrelenting pressure to keep those precious stars. But how do we define success? In the world of video games, executives and shareholders measure success in earnings and stock prices. Others measure success in obtaining high ratings from critics. And some even dare to measure success by the appreciation of their fans. Finally, there is the artist who creates a work of art for himself. Serious video game enthusiasts care about one thing: that the video game they play is the very best it can be. Blizzard Entertainment was once such a company that measured success by the loyalty of their fans, their own love of games and their devotion to excellence and artistic integrity. Back in those days … [Read more...] about 5 Mistakes Blizzard is Making that Distracts them From Making Great PC Games
It’s been quite a while since the last In Plain English update on the Digital Homicide lawsuit, but earlier this week two new documents were presented to the court system that, as some of you have pointed out, I’ve ignored. I posted a short bit on Twitter essentially saying that nothing new was really presented, but for the sake of documentation, it’s best to just go over recent developments in a little more detail. For the sake of brevity, I’m going to assume you’re up to date on the case. If not, check out our previous coverage. There are a few things at issue here. James Stanton has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds of jurisdiction, among other complaints, to which James Romine filed a response and a motion to amend as well as a motion to exceed the page limit. The court accepted the first motion to amend and motion to exceed the page limit. However, Romine filed a motion to amend his response and Stanton objected on the grounds that … [Read more...] about IPE Update: Judge Strikes Down Digital Homicide
Digital Homicide is an enigma. All but one of its games carries a “mostly negative” rating on Steam, its games are critically panned mostly for being lazy, uninspired hobby projects cobbled together with pre-made Unity assets, and the developer is constantly getting into childish squabbles with internet critics like Jim Sterling. Despite the overwhelmingly negative response to his games, Digital Homicide continues to pump out more and more asset flips. As of this writing, DH has 18 games on Greenlight. If you don’t follow Jim Sterling on Youtube, you may not be aware of the ongoing feud between the Youtube personality and Digital Homicide over the former’s very negative coverage of the latter’s video games. The back and forth banter culminated in a rather lengthy interview last July in which Digital Homicide threatened to sue Sterling. Nearly a year later and it looks like Digital Homicide is making good on their word, and has filed a … [Read more...] about Digital Homicide, Jim Sterling, Lawyers, Slander, And A Lesson In Legality
If you've been on the fence about purchasing World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, you're in luck! We're giving away a copy of the latest expansion through Gleam. We'll be choosing the winner tomorrow afternoon, so time is short. Don't delay! Azeroth paid a terrible price to end the apocalyptic march of the Legion’s crusade—but even as the world’s wounds are tended, it is the shattered trust between the Alliance and Horde that may prove hardest to mend. As this age-old conflict reignites, join your allies and champion your faction’s cause—Azeroth’s future will be forged in the fires of war. You can enter to win a copy of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth game code. … [Read more...] about We’re Giving Away a Battle for Azeroth Digital Game Code!