0 I just got back from a business trip to Chicago. This was my second time in the Windy City. Thankfully, it wasn’t so windy. The four days I was there were fairly mild — mostly 60’s and 70’s with 10-15mph wind. As a Southern California shorts-wearing flip-flop-card-carrying member, I did get chilly in the evenings when I would adventure out looking for food. Since I’m not really into the whole food scene or the city scene — especially at night in Chicago — I spent a lot of my time inside. Back in the day I used to bring a laptop and play games. Even the older MMOs could run on my janky laptop. I would have loved to have WoW running on my iPad Pro or Surface Pro, but was left watching Netflix and playing old school games from GoG. I had some time to read forums and browse around. I found a topic talking about whether or not you like playing multiple MMOs at once, or if you prefer to stay loyal to just one. As someone who has definitely tried … [Read more...] about Can You Play More Than One MMORPG at a Time?
Who says Valve doesn’t clean up their trash? Other than everyone. Back when Valve issued a new directive that the company would no longer be curating titles with the exception of illegal games and troll titles, opting instead to merely allow its algorithm to bury lower quality titles in the furthest depths of the Steam store where nobody will see them anyway. More recently, the company has been on a bit of a ban spree, seemingly taking out developers releasing shovelware and asset flip titles. According to Steam Tracker, Valve has banned more than 150 titles this month alone. Most of the titles appear to fall into categories of asset flips, obvious troll titles, and low quality flash-looking games. We were unable to ascertain how many developers this list spreads across, but Valve often deletes a developer’s entire catalog when one title is banned. Many of the titles had initially released as far back as January/February, but some others hadn’t even hit the market … [Read more...] about Steam Cleaning: Valve Has Banned More Than 150 Games This Month
We were just grumbling on this week’s MOP Podcast about not having any idea how well World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth had sold – and having to rely on “well, a lot of bloggers went back…” for mere anecdotal data. We still don’t have a playerbase headcount, but as of this morning, we have a better idea based on box sales. “Blizzard Entertainment today announced that as of Battle for Azeroth’s first full day of launch on August 14, more than 3.4 million units of the latest World of Warcraft expansion had sold through worldwide—setting a new day-one sales record for the franchise and making it one of the fastest-selling PC games of all-time.” Legion, Warlords of Draenor, and Cataclysm, you’ll recall, sold 3.3M out of the gate, with the other expansions trailing behind them. The PR is touting the upcoming Stromgarde warfront, Uldir raid on September 4th, and the dawn of the first PvP season and Mythic Keystone … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth sells ‘more than 3.4 million’ copies for a ‘day-one sales record’ for WoW
The mobile strategy game Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire earned a whopping $380 million so far since its release 13 months ago, significantly out earning every single Square Enix MMO combined. Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy XI, and Dragon Quest X earn about $280 million a year combined according to Square Enix's publicly disclosed earnings reports. A New Empire though isn't run by Square Enix though. It's operated by Machine Zone, the company best known for Game of War and Mobile Strike. In fact, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is the exact same game as Game of War and Mobile Strike, except with a Final Fantasy 15 skin. According to mobile game analytics firm Sensor Tower, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire has more than 45 million players worldwide. U.S. players account for the bulk of revenues, but on a per-install basis Japanese players out spend U.S. players 6 to 1 with U.S. users spending $10 on average per install and Japanese at $60. FacebookTwitterReddit Related … [Read more...] about Mobile Strategy Game Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire Earns More Than Every Square Enix MMO Combined
Forget oohing and ahhing over day/night cycles in MMORPGs — Crowfall is bringing whole seasons to its campaign worlds, and they’re going to be nothing like you’ve seen before in online RPGs. Crowfall’s dev team is concerned with both showing the “passage of time” in the universe, rotating through spring, summer, fall, and winter seasons. Each game world begins in spring and concludes in winter, giving players an easy way of figuring out roughly how much time is left in a campaign. Beyond merely functioning as a countdown timer with various visuals and weather effects, seasons also shower players with various buffs and debuffs. As the seasons progress to winter, players will find that it will be more difficult to harvest and find food. “Get all your food early!” ArtCraft advises. “Eventually, once the baseline system is established, we intend to add more systems to support this central idea,” the studio said. “Our hope is … [Read more...] about Crowfall’s seasonal changes affect more than just the vistas