Earlier this month, there was a fascinating conversation swirling around a Gamasutra article by Bryant Francis, specifically a quote from game dev Patric Mondou. “We’re moving away slowly from games as a cultural product,” Mondou suggested. “You know you’re not buying a music album anymore, you’re buying entertainment for a while. That’s what games are now. Music is going that way now too, with Spotify and all of that and Netflix.” As Gamaustra’s Kris Graft put it, the idea that games are becoming – or becoming framed as – little more than distractions that we consume is disturbing… but maybe not wrong, either. I’m sure you folks have seen it in non-MMOs, and I suspect we can name MMOs that definitely lean in that direction. So let’s Overthink it: Are games in general and MMOs in specific stepping away from being cultural products and toward temporary entertainment – as … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: MMOs as distraction vs. culture
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Guild Wars 2 WvWvW players, today is finally your day to crow. Or growl. It’s more like a growl, yeah. That’s because the game’s getting a new cat mount – the Warclaw – “for combat and siege warfare” next week on February 26th, and it’s available only through world vs. world combat. And only for owners of Path of Fire. “Providing players with a whole new way to travel and explore the Mists, the Warclaw can only be obtained in World vs. World, but can be summoned anywhere other mounts are able to be summoned. This new mount comes with a variety of special abilities including Evade, Battle Maul and Chain Pull, with each ability having been specifically designed to enhance existing WvW mechanics.” ArenaNet says it’ll be streaming a sneak peek of the new mount this coming Friday, but you can watch the trailer right now. And in keeping with the mount theme, it looks like some of the mount adoption licenses in the cash shop … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 is releasing a new cat mount – but only through world vs. world PvP
You know that old chestnut about how the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist? The greatest trick Guild Wars 2 ever pulled was convincing people that it never raised its level cap. Before you go back and double-check, yes, I’m making a point here. That statement is, at face value, completely accurate. The level cap was 80 when it launched, and it remains 80 now in the game’s second expansion, and it’ll probably be 80 in a decade when we’re on the third expansion. (I jest.) Numerically, the level cap has remained fixed. The thing is, though, that there are still just as definitely endgame areas and higher-level areas, and the game’s universal and ubiquitous level scaling doesn’t change that fact. So let’s talk a bit about relevance, what it means, and how something isn’t relevant just because you can’t out-level it. You know, light and simple stuff for the day after a holiday. … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: Accessibility vs. relevance in MMORPGs
A long time ago, I published a “Lotro vs. WoW vs. Rift” piece and I figured it’s time to revisit this topic, but with the games I’m currently playing: Rift (things have changed, so it deserves an update), Guild Wars 2 and Trove. Before you want to smack me: Yes, I am well aware that those three games are very different from each other and they all have something special that the others can’t offer. So of course, I will not tell you which game is superior. Also, please keep in mind that Trove is still in open beta and gets new stuff added fairly regularly, Rift is already several years old with two expansions and Guild Wars 2, while not exactly a baby on the market anymore, will receive its first expansion this year. I’m writing this to show you which game offers what in which gameplay area, so that you can make a choice of which game to play if you want to give one of them a try. I personally play all three of these games regularly and I play them … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 vs. Rift vs. Trove: Part 1 (Basic information)
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