So the conclusion to the Azshara raid has been mined out, and I’m just going to link it to you here. I don’t want to talk too much about what it actually contains, but the short version without spoiling people before the cut is that it’s pretty much what you would expect if you’ve been paying attention to things. There are people who are adamant that because it so resolutely sets up exactly the tired plot people have been predicting that must be some kind of red herring. Spoiler warning: It’s not. It’s exactly the same bland and obvious writing that people have been calling it for months now, there’s not a third-act twist that’s going to make this not lazy work of the highest order. Instead, I wanted to cast my mind further ahead. We all know that this year will see another expansion announcement because it sort of has to, and we’re placing bets more about whether it’s going to be an emergency thing pre-BlizzCon. … [Read more...] about WoW Factor: What could win back the crowd for the next World of Warcraft expansion?
Introduce new dog to old dog
It appears that Fallout 76 has become the latest in a long line of games that launched too early with ill-defined goals, trying to be both an MMO and a non-MMO and managing to successfully be no one. This is good because now that Wild West Online is basically over, and we needed a new one of those. And thus we see people showing up as the Fallout 76 defense brigade in comments, quick to point out that no matter what other people are saying they’re having fun and thus all the critical statements about the problems must be wrong. Keep in mind that I don’t have a horse in this race. This has not affected my desire to play Fallout 76, which was never going to happen; in the abstract I’d like games to be good for people who want them rather than bad, but the opinions of people whose opinions I trust on this top out at “it’s not good, but it has potential.” I’ve got no interest in unpacking whether or not … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: Having fun in an MMO doesn’t actually mean it’s any good
So you were originally supposed to Hutt, Hutt, hike your way over to Star Wars: The Old Republic today for the latest development in the field of intergalactic sports, as BioWare planned to introduce a new Huttball arena to the game with Game Update 5.9.3 to keep this PvP game mode fresh and sluggy. But unfortunately, the update has been delayed a week. “To ensure the highest quality play experience, the SWTOR team has decided to delay the launch of Game Update 5.9.3: ‘Fame and Fortune’ to next Tuesday, October 2nd. Thank you for your continued support and see you in the ‘Sky Shredder’ Warzone next week! “Set in an abandoned industrial complex above a large ravine, the new ‘Sky Shredder’ Warzone pits two cross-faction teams of eight, the Frog-Dogs and Rotworms, in a ruthless battle for fame and fortune,” the studio has previously said. “Your team’s mission is simple. Grab the ball, throw the ball and work together … [Read more...] about Star Wars: The Old Republic has delayed its 5.9.3 Fame and Fortune patch
I was recently asked which EverQuest II expansion was the best. The best! I didn’t know how to answer that really: I am not especially great at labeling something as such because tastes differ, so my answer wouldn’t be the same as another player’s. And more than that, there are 14 of them (17 if I stretch it to include Adventure Packs) to think back on over the last 13+ years. That’s a lot of info that can kind of blend together as you adventure throughout Norrath. But it got me to thinking: What are my favorite EQII expansions? Which expansions stand out, and which ones slipped away from memory? Which ones do I like best, and why? Do I prefer best bang for the buck or better features? Those are questions I set out to answer this week, so please join in this not-really-a-ranking discussion of the best of EQII’s expansions. Forgotten, but not lost I hate to admit it, but there are expansions that I can’t ever just recall. No, it takes me rechecking my … [Read more...] about EverQuesting: Ranking our favorite EverQuest II expansions
The Blizzard Entertainment we once knew and loved has vanished into the mists of time. Blizzard was once a shining city on a hill that stood out as a beacon of gamer-centric righteousness in the sleazy wasteland of the video game sausage factory. Blizzard’s extraordinary game development philosophy defied conventional wisdom. Blizzard did things their way. They didn’t care what anyone thought and their fans loved them for it. Today, the maverick Irvine-based gaming studio once known for its unwavering commitment to quality has been transformed by ambitious leadership that wants to turn Blizzard into the next Disney. But, there is a price to pay. To gain membership into this exclusive club you must be willing to sell your soul and conform to the obligatory leftist worldview that is held by most California-based entertainment and tech companies. For the last few years, the new Blizzard — Blizzard 2.0 — has proceeded to implement their part of the Faustian bargain. … [Read more...] about Blizzard Jumps on the Social Justice and Identity Politics Bandwagon