It’s always easy to look back at the making of City of Heroes and its first year with a memory tinted toward the good and away from the bad. Like most MMOs, City of Heroes exuded a mixed bag of quality — and its passionate fans certainly did not hold back on letting Cryptic know what they felt about the current state of the game and the choices that the studio made. Every MMO, as part of its rite of passage, seems like it has to trigger at least one major controversy that sparks major nerdrage and gives fans a reason to grouse about it years later. It’s your New Game Enhancements, your Trammels, your Monoclegates, and your Real IDs. So naturally City of Heroes was due for at least one of these bad calls to come along, and that it surely did. A little over a year after the game launched, a decision was made to course-correct what the devs saw as a problem and the players saw as an essential part of their happy fun time. You know where I’m going with this. Oh … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: City of Villains, enhancement diversification, and Going Rogue
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Neowiz’s Bless has been the subject of much chatter lately (not least of all my own), with its troubled, let’s say, launch raising a bevy of questions and concerns among the game’s community. And as it just so happens, we recently had the opportunity to ask the Bless dev team at Neowiz some questions of our own. In the exchange, conducted via email (and helpfully translated between Korean and English by the Bless PR team), the devs answer questions on a variety of topics, including the game’s performance and balance issues, chat limitations, and what players can expect from upcoming content updates. If you’re curious to know what they had to say, then read on for the full interview. Massively Overpowered: A common complaint among Bless players has been that the game’s technical performance is poor, with many players resorting to manually altering the game’s .ini file in order to change options that are not available through the in-game settings … [Read more...] about Interview: Neowiz on Bless Online’s tech, class balance, gems, PvP, and more
Welcome back to our ongoing exploration of Rachel Kowert and Thorsten Quandt’s book The Video Game Debate. As you can guess, the book itself focuses on games in general, not just MMOs and online games, so I was able to apply today’s chapter on moral panic to recent trending indie RPG Undertale. I’ve argued to educators that not only is there evidence that games can positively affect morals, but that part of Undertale’s charm is that we know we can do bad things yet are emotionally rewarded for acting in a peaceful manner. In fact, the game actively discourages you from committing violence by constantly trying to include you with its cast of characters. Then someone on Reddit stepped into a conversation and asked, “What about all the griefing in sandbox games”? It’s a great question, and one addressed in this chapter. Game history of violence… and stories Before we get into morality, we need to talk … [Read more...] about Exploring ‘The Video Game Debate’: Moral panic and online griefing
Toxicity in online gaming just keeps popping up – specifically as it pertains to chat and commenting. MOP reader Tanek pointed us to a thread about Standing Stone Games, which is apparently blocking specific words in LOTRO’s chat, including supposedly “political” words, leading some players to demand the company publish the full list to prove to said players they’re not “biased” (not gonna happen). Reader Stephen then linked us to the amusing story of a Norwegian site that’s developed a WordPress plugin that requires people to take a quiz on an article’s contents before being allowed to comment. Finally, there’s Saga of Lucimia, which this week spent its Monday dev blog discussing the Fair Play Alliance and its own home-grown play nice policy – and the fact that it will take a zero-tolerance, insta-ban approach to dealing with racism (we’ll assume other bigotry too). All of these are approaches to handling … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Are blacklists, quizzes, and threats effective at reducing text toxicity in MMOs?
Home » Blogging » 7 Important Navigation Types And Tips On How To Use Them Effectively Navigation on a website is one of its most important part because it directs the users to other parts of the website and helps a user guide to other parts of the content which is relevant to him. The importance of navigation cannot be understated even on a single page website or blog because it essentially helps a user scan and find important information on the page. There are many types of navigational elements which can be used on a website and each one of them has its own merits and optimal usage practices. In this post we look at few important navigational elements that are commonly found on internet and how to use them optimally. The main consideration in designing a navigation element: Grouping different menu items together and placing them at strategic location on website is one of the main condition that a website owner or designer should look in the first place. Primary … [Read more...] about 7 Important Navigation Types And Tips On How To Use Them Effectively