There are some MMO stories that are just unbelievable. They are so warped convoluted and confusing that we think there’s no possible way it can be true. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Curt Shilling, the baseball player whose game studio implosion was so notoriously cataclysmic you could see it from space, is in the news again, although not for video games this time – this time, it’s for politics. I’ve had the 38 Studios debacle in my backlog of stories to cover here in Lawful Neutral, and I thought that now was a good time to take a jaunt down memory lane, with a story that started in 2006 and (hopefully) ended earlier in 2019. Let’s recap I’m not going to rehash the full history here; you should check out our recent article with approximately a metric crap ton of references about this whole saga and our Game Archaeologist on Project Copernicus from earlier this year. But here’s the basic run-down: Curt Shilling, a decorated former … [Read more...] about Lawful Neutral: The long fall of Project Copernicus’ 38 Studios
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Don’t be too mad at Star Wars: Battlefront II. It’s a symptom of a problem, not the cause. I mean, be mad at people dumb enough to put the blame for negative reactions on the press, that’s just plain stupid. But at the heart of the matter is a problem that’s actually choking through game development all the way down the line. Because while people are talking about “well, maybe games need to cost more” (and that aforementioned none-too-wise comment of an analyst does precisely that), the reality is that this would still be happening no matter what. The problem is not a matter of Battlefront II costing too little money to pay for its development. The problem is that design and budgets are broken, the market is a mess, and microtransactions are being used as a bludgeon instead of a tool. And all of this is exacerbated by the fact that every single publisher wants to pretend that everything is peachy. One of the things that I’ve long been an … [Read more...] about The Soapbox: The long tail of game development isn’t an excuse for gouging
Earlier this month, Pantheon’s community team tweeted out a question that keeps coming back to me: “What motivates you to play an MMORPG for long periods of time, as in months, sometimes, years?” My first reaction was a pretty common one I bed and was true for me for a long time: friends and guildies! I certainly played some games far longer than I would have otherwise because I wanted to hang out with friends (EverQuest in particular is coming to mind). But in recent years, when I already “see” my friends and guildies every day in external chats, I’d found games need some other draw too. Housing is probably the biggest one. I don’t usually get sucked in for dailies or anything like that, but give me a house that I love and want to keep up – that I’ll not only log in for but pay for, as my continuing Ultima Online fees prove. What keeps you logging into MMORPGs over a long period of time? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What keeps you logging into MMORPGs over a long period of time?
Closers MMORPG Unleashes A New Class In The Form Of Gunslinging Cyborg Tina Wolf Dogs unite! En Masse Entertainment announced today that the latest member of the team, the elite combat robot Tina with marksman’s abilities, is now live in Closers, the fast-paced, online RPG beat ‘em up. Tina is a battle robot created to harness the awesome energies of Phase Power. Her unique control of Phase Power makes her a long-range character, and she’s particularly skilled against airborne opponents. With her ability to summon any type of firearm from imaginary space, Tina is a force to be reckoned with. Watch the new Tina trailer for Closers HERE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uejaD4aDgc&feature=youtu.be ; Closers is a multiplayer online action RPG (MOARPG) beat-em-up in which players take the role of one of the “Closers,” a group of psychic teenagers chosen by the world government to stop an alien invasion by defeating hordes of lethal … [Read more...] about Closers MMORPG Unleashes A New Class In The Form Of Gunslinging Cyborg Tina
Writing long blog posts can really be boring sometimes. There are days when you just feel that people won’t like what you’ve written. When you don’t feel like working on the same post for the entire day. So, what do you do? Turn to writing short form content, right? It may seem tempting but shorter posts are not good for increasing your leads. According to quicksprout.com, longer posts perform better on every level. This is mainly because more number of words result in higher search traffic. The more content you have, the more chance it has of appearing on top in search engine results page. According to a study by SerpIQ, the top 10 results of Google (for any keyword) show articles that have more than 2,000 words. Search engines seem to prefer pages that are loaded with content. Not convinced yet? It’s simple. The more content you have, the more keywords the crawlers will have to index, in turn increasing its chances in search results. Therefore, you need to … [Read more...] about How Long Form Content Can Help You Drive Traffic and Boost Conversions in 2016