Ages ago on the MMORPG subreddit, a player made a bold statement: MMORPGs are designed for low-skill gamers. “I remember being dazzled by EverQuest and Ultima as a child,” he wrote, reminiscing about his memory of high difficulty old-school games. “I recently loaded up [Star Wars: The Old Republic] again, and I’m shocked. Piss easy. Everything. XP falling from the sky. Mobs dead in one GCD. Brainless. The same reason I quite every MMO. I never meet people, I never feel challenged. I just feel bored. ‘Wait till endgame’ isn’t gonna cut it anymore. I’m over it. I’m done. I feel like I’m just hitting the ‘Reward’ button again and again and again, solitary and alone, like a stupid little rat in the cage.” He then basically blames the perceived shift of the genre on people who don’t want games to be “like a job”: “The genre just seems to be fueled by mediocre, anti-social … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Are MMOs designed for ‘low-skill gamers’?
Life uh finds a way
No doubt every gamer has his or her own convention or set of rules they follow when creating their MMORPG characters. I started picking apart my own motivations this evening, when I got bored and started putting together this list of characters from MMOs I’ve played recently/extensively. I noticed a few interesting trends: 1. They’re all female. I prefer playing females characters because I’m female, no big surprise there. It’s not for any nonsense like “special treatment” or the free gifts people assume we girls must get showered with everywhere we go; God forbid I just want to be treated fairly and with respect like any normal woman would! That said, I don’t go around telling everyone in-game that I’m a girl in real life, but if someone, say, mistakenly refers to me as a “he”, I will correct them. Female gamers are gaining ground in the MMO market but we’re still outnumbered by our male counterparts, so I don’t … [Read more...] about My Lovely Ladies
What did I say about too many games, but not enough time? I completely forgot about summer sales. But so far, I’ve been a good little geek. I bought SimAirport which has been on my wishlist forever. Since it’s early access, I was very careful at first and didn’t want to buy it right away. It does look a lot like Prison Architect and reviews at the time said that not a lot was in the game. This has changed in the meantime, however. Well, not the visual similarity to Prison Architect, but the lack of content. When I saw a YouTube video about the game having added vertical expansion, I knew I had to get it! I like the look of Prison Architect and a change of scenery is certainly welcome. Building a prison and making it secure doesn’t lead to happy inmates, but building a nice comfortable airport will certainly lead to happy travellers… :) I have not really started playing the game yet, though. SimAirport does not yet have a tutorial and I felt kind of lost … [Read more...] about Summer sales – uh oh…
Last week, the Make it Rain event started in FFXIV. This doubles the amount of MGP you win for things in the Gold Saucer and gives a huge bonus for doing well (and just dropping by) the Fashion Report. There are also cosmetic items on discount during the event. While I enjoy this event, I wasn’t super excited for it this year. I’ve already gotten my Fenrir. Though, there are plenty of other things I could save up for. I dropped in for the Fashion Report on Friday since it was paying out well, did the event quest… and suddenly I found myself rushing in on all my alts to do the quests, unlock the Fashion Report, pick up any hairstyles and cosmetics I wanted and… Yeah, that was an unexpected use of a Friday night. And while it was all silly fluff, I found myself enjoying it greatly. In fact, the momentum from that carried over into the next day, where I found the energy to push through several of my monthly goals. Crafting… Crafting Everywhere You can say … [Read more...] about FFXIV: Making It Rain… Goals
Dear Diary, New Acquisitions: 96Current Total: 251 Uh, yeah. Just as I thought — it’s pet collecting madness after the release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, as evidenced by my new acquisitions count and current total, which illustrates a huge jump in numbers from last week. There are so many new pets to hunt and collect. My guess is, if I’d spent as much time leveling as I did pet hunting and battling this week, I would have reached level 90 by now. But it’s the perfect thing to do in the middle of an afternoon when your baby is napping. Or any time you have a moment to spare, really. What I’ve been doing is methodically going through Azeroth zone by zone, hitting the low level areas first and working my way up. Basically, the higher the level range of the zone, the higher level of the pets you’ll find in them. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you can defeat the NPC trainer in one zone, then you are most likely good to go to move on … [Read more...] about The Pet Hunter Diaries: Notes From The Great Azerothian Safari