The ship fitting system is one of EVE Online‘s most powerful and useful features, but it comes with a pretty steep learning curve for new players. The same ship can be fit with any number of completely different setups to perform different roles, and fits can be specialised for tackling a particular enemy or executing a certain strategy. Many players will use tried-and-tested ship setups designed and tested by other players, and some alliances have amazing theorycrafters who come up with new setups for everyone use in fleets. There is no single perfect fitting for any ship, though, and EVE receives regular balance updates that periodically shake up the fitting meta. Designing your own setups or tweaking commonly used fits is not only rewarding but is surely one of the core skills that players should develop – it’s just as important to the game as learning to use the directional scanner. Becoming comfortable with ship fitting allows you to adapt to new … [Read more...] about EVE Evolved: The rookie’s guide to fitting ships in EVE Online
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It seems like pretty much nobody is happy with how scaling is working in World of Warcraft at the moment. The game’s scaling means that you seem to be getting actually weaker as you level up, which is sort of the antithesis of what you want with a brand new expansion. The best way to use the new signature artifact is to not use it at all but in fact stash it away to spoof the aforementioned item level scaling. Is scaling just bad all around? Of course, the real problem here isn’t the scaling itself. Level scaling, as a concept, has a lot of merit; it’s just that there are issues in place about what “scaling” and “levels” are supposed to mean. So let’s talk a little bit about scaling, the concept of levels, and how many games have made this work for a very long time without ever running into these specific issues. relative, based on what level of the dungeon the character was on. In other words, it makes perfect sense that your magic-user … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: On scaling and meaningful advancement in WoW and other MMORPGs
Kotaku put out a piece this week on how to game without wrecking your body, something that’s probably bound to come up in the average MMORPG player’s life. It’s filled with basic tips like “drink water, ya moron” and “sit up straight” and “don’t eat garbage” and “look at stuff other than the screen” but there are also some useful tips in there like “stretch before you binge” – including your hips and wrists, which you might otherwise overlook. For this week’s Overthinking, I’ve asked the writers to expound on two things: first, the most unhealthiest video gaming moment or habit they’ve ever had, and second, one specific thing they do to keep themselves from completely destroying their bodies when their hobby has become their career. Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Ah man, this one’s going to be kind of boring. For me, the unhealthiest gaming moment was probably my first … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: How do you maintain your health while binging MMORPGs?
Games alone won’t make the world better. They won’t even make gamers better. We publish some articles that certainly seem pretty pro-games, but we’re very upfront about the catches. One big one is on us, the players, and how we game. However, game designers can do a lot to help us. “But that’s hard, expensive, and/or boring!” some of you may be thinking. And yeah, sometimes that’s true. But for both indies and AAA companies, not only are there organizations able to help, but there’s the potential for government aid in unlikely places. Games for good isn’t just a pipe dream, either. Some of the most (deservedly) vilified gaming communities have not only helped with their time but their wallets as well. Even before going to GDC this year we knew this, but a few panels I watched really helped it click. The concept of player power for good I’ve mentioned how despite the fact that we have evidence that play helps … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: Games can help humanity, be profitable, and get support from gamers
Niche (a.k.a. vertical) ad networks are dedicated to delivering advertising to a specific audience and as a result have a few advantages for both advertisers and publishers compared to the larger, more generalized ad networks such as Google AdSense and Yahoo! Advertising. Advertisers benefit from niche ad networks because they help them reach a more targeted and informed audience, even though the overall impressions may be lower. Publishers on the other hand, typically witness higher click through on the ads, which translates to higher revenue. Here are a few niche ad health and fitness ad networks that may be worth trying out if you publish fitness-related content. With over 1,000 websites in their network, Adprime Health is one of the largest ad networks that target the health market online. Some of the websites in their network include My Health News Daily, MedHelp, Mothering, DailyRX, About.com, The Diabetes Daily, and more. Adprime Health network promises a higher ROI by filling … [Read more...] about 7 Niche Health And Fitness Ad Networks For Publishers