Making a list of the “biggest” MMOs currently running is always an exercise in frustration. It’s easy to put a few things on the list – no one’s going to argue with placing World of Warcraft on such a list, for example – but then everything else always gets mired in opinions and controversy, and endless cycles of “why isn’t this game I love on there while another game I don’t like is there?!” I speak from experience. Still, on our list of the healthiest MMOs at the moment, we’ve got only three licensed games: Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Those are by no means the only entries on the licensed game list, of course, but there does seem to be something of a dearth of those. And perhaps that’s more understandable than it seems. For all that we talk about how one setting or another would be perfect for an MMO, there are some unique troubles you inevitably run into when you get into the … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: The unique pitfalls of licensed MMOs
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Fraudster:a: a person who is not what he or she pretends to be :impostor; Today’s Crowdfunding Fraudsters sucks, and not because of the content but the subject itself. I’ll be the first to admit that I had, and despite this piece, still have a lot of admiration for Jeremy Soule and the career and artistic vision that far outshines anything I will ever produce, and this isn’t me trying to deflect a potential very angry correspondance. If there is ever a time to use the phrase “this man has more talent in his little finger than I do in my entire body,” Jeremy Soule is a pretty solid contender. The man created some of my most favorite soundtracks in gaming history, from Skyrim to Guild Wars, Company of Heroes and Baldur’s Gate, and of course the fan favorite Rugrats: Totally Angelica Boredom Buster. But in order to successfully dive into the curious case of Jeremy Soule and The Northerners, we need to separate the creative mind … [Read more...] about Crowdfunding Fraudsters: Jeremy Soule and The Northerners, a Five Year Ballad
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
When was the last time you did something to ignite the creativity in you? We humans possess perennial amounts of creativity buried deep down inside of us. It is the walk of life and our self-questioning that makes us limit ourselves to the mediocre. Bouts of creativity infusion are all that we need to come to the fact that we can achieve almost that we set our minds and heart to. When we feel all vain and all the negative thoughts take over our minds, it is time to curb all of those feelings with something to motivate us. Creativity block is something that does exist and has a heavy toll on the people experiencing it. Although there happen to be many activities which improve the creativity state of mind of a person, there is nothing like reading an immersive book. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places… Click To Tweet Reading has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels and sometimes all it takes is a good mental … [Read more...] about 10 Must Read Books to Inspire Creativity in You
This post is contributed by Sumit Ghosh .Read our submission guidelines. A founder’s journey includes daydreams of their company becoming colossal. When setting up your startup you may be quite nervous, but once you set your feet on the new field, you’ll eventually start enjoying it. With hardline growth on the boundary, the time will come to make the move from the start-up phase to an established brand. But, you need to ensure that your marketing keeps up properly. All the big & successful companies make use of the Facebook as their marketing campaign to escalate their marketing efforts but, always 7 out of 10 are not able to generate their expected revenue. In fact, marketing without a clear marketing strategy is like sailing a boat without oar: you’re not going to end up where you want to. World’s biggest social media network – Facebook, with over 1.65 billion MAUs (monthly active Facebook users) which is a 15% rise year over year. It means if you … [Read more...] about How to Use Facebook Ads as Part of Inbound Marketing Strategy?