Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti has a provocative article on his personal gaming blog, Bio Break, this week on MMORPG housing. “I once again wonder why open world housing is this holy grail that some players and developers seem hellbent on chasing,” he writes. “It’s an ideal, a beautiful mirage couched in the notion of players inhabiting the very world they play, allowing them to stroll through neighborhoods of fellow adventurer’s homes and basking in the connectivity of it all. Yet it’s a failed experiment, one that is proven time and again to have far more drawbacks than benefits.” After listing off his complaints with the mechanic, he ultimately concludes that “we simply don’t need fixed open world housing, even in sandboxes.” But being Justin, he also asked for feedback on why the joys are worth the drawbacks – and how to fix the system so it works instead of running off the rails. That’s just what … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Is open-world housing really a ‘failed’ MMORPG experiment?
Remember Wild Buster? The buy to play action MMORPG with MOBA elements that lasted a few short months before shutting down? Well, it's back. The game launched into open beta today as Champions of Titan and went with the free to play model. The game is available on IDC's own platform as well as Steam. Open beta is set to run for "a few weeks" before the game fully launches later in Q3/Q4 2018. There won't be a wipe after open beta. Key Features: Full PvE MMORPG with fast paced combat PvP Battlegrounds MOBA style; defence of the ancients style, battle royale and free for all events! Dodge, roll, slash, fire, crowd control, stun and shoot! 14 heroes at start, more than 20 planned : all of them unique with its exclusive skills Classical tanky, damage dealers and healers scheme Professions like crafting, weaponsmithing, armorsmithing, jewellsmithing and fishing to optimize gear Raid dungeons with your guild or friends to gear up your hero Guild system Auction House system Pet system More … [Read more...] about Wild Buster Relaunches as Champions of Titan Today (Open Beta Live)
Worlds Adrift has been one of those games I’ve been closely watching but trying not to jump into until it was ready. I tried one of the alpha weekends, and while it was playable, I could tell I needed to wait, and wait I did. I had faith that once the game would hit Steam (“early access” shield be damned if you ask for cash to play your game), it’d be something that’d move me. In fact, I called it out by name when discussing possible future MMOs that could tackle griefing with a moral system. Today, I’m here to eat my hat, good sirs and madams. While Improbable has been trying to “save MMOs” with SpatialOS, this being the first big MMO that uses it doesn’t wholly impress me. Some things work well, and yes, there are some good ideas, but as a PvP fan, I think there are some glaring mistakes that are going to send a lot of MMORPG players heading for the hills. Let’s dig in. What in the Worlds is right I want to start out … [Read more...] about First impressions of Worlds Adrift: Innovation, Zelda, open-world PvP, and that sinking feeling
Get Black Desert on SteamOdds are good that your veteran characters in Black Desert have a lot of silver at this point. But once you’ve spent it on all the things you need, what can you buy? The things you don’t need, obviously. Rare curiosities that no one can find. In short, the wares for sale at the Imperial Auction House, a new feature added with the game’s most recent patch that lets you pick up all sorts of fun stuff. Of course, you’ll have to outbid everyone else to get those curios… If you’re not really into that sort of bidding war, just hop on and see the list of other changes that have arrived with the patch. Or start in on the Spring Coronet event, with a peach blossom crown to welcome this year’s spring weather. In the real world, obviously; we imagine that spring in the desert parts of the game map will look much like it always does. Source: Auction House, Patch Notes, EventSHARE THIS ARTICLE … [Read more...] about Black Desert opens up the Imperial Auction House for all your rare curio purchases
Dynamic Allocation, a popular DFP feature, lets Google AdX bid on inventory marked as guaranteed or remnant. The feature also gave AdX last-look privilege, letting AdX check out other bids and use the highest as price floor for its own auction to win most of the impressions for its exchange. (ICYMI: We’ve previously covered AdX and dynamic allocation in some detail here.) This has caused resentment in the ad tech industry because of the unfair advantage that it provides to Google; few, such as AppNexus, have point black refused to work with Google on new technologies and collaborations. But now, in a show of good faith to the ad tech ecosystem and to compete with header bidding on its own terms, Google is dropping this last-look privilege in Exchange Bidding in Dynamic Allocation (EBDA) beta, released on March 31, 2017. Here’s what you need to know about this feature: Auction dynamics: Exchanges, including AdX, receive a single bid request, conduct their own auctions, and … [Read more...] about Google Removes “Last-Look” Privilege in DFP for Fairer Ad Auctions