This is not a question about wipes in general. If the first wipe in a Final Fantasy XIV dungeon happens with a veteran party with plenty of gear because the healer just doesn’t feel like focusing on healing, the first one is exceedingly irritating. If the first wipe happens on an early pull but everyone other than me is new and it’s a tricky dungeon, I’m happy to just explain everything to the group. No, this is about the wipes you get when your entire World of Warcraft raid group lines up outside the boss, you pull, and… you wipe. And then you get back up, cast your buffs, discuss what happened, and… you wipe again. Third pull, discussion happens again, and the pull happens again and everyone dies a third time. You get the idea. In other words, this is about the threshold for irritation when the group isn’t just wiping, but wiping repeatedly with little to no indication that you’re actually making forward progress. It can be … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How long does it take for wipes to bother you in an MMO?
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When Atlas Reactor was first announced, that game was planned as a free to play game in which you would unlock freelancers either with in-game currency you get by playing the game or by spending money. Just like League of Legends, for example. After some time of testing, they announced a change in their business model which was actually – as far as I could see – very controversial across the player base. The new payment model was “buy to play”. While it is more fair to pay one price and then get the whole game for free, having this paywall there also meant that they risked leaving out a huge amount of players who either can’t spend that much money at once or don’t want to spend any money. Some like to try/demo a game first before they spend money on it, for example. But games like Atlas Reactor live from getting a big player base, so players can find matches fast. Not too long ago now, they announced that they would make changes to their payment … [Read more...] about How many times can you change your payment model? (Blaugust Post 10)
Daybreak’s Friday-night revelation that it is delaying PlanetSide Arena to summer made me worried. Actually, the revelation that the company would be refunding everyone who’d preordered made me the most worried. Daybreak refunding folks? Landmark fans would have a hard time believing it, right? My first thought was that the delay was so long, without money, that it was probably already over. But not so fast. Some readers pointed out that Daybreak’s preorder playerbase wasn’t even coming close to capping the planned massive server size in beta, thanks presumably to the sudden release and popularity of Apex Legends. It’s more likely that Daybreak figured its chances as a buy-to-play title against Apex were poor and that by summer its outlook will be much improved, especially if the game is free-to-play at launch as rumored and is buoyed by its now-simultaneous PS4 launch. In fact, there are folks on Reddit debating whether this may actually save the game, … [Read more...] about Leaderboard: How worried are you for PlanetSide Arena and Daybreak right now?
All right, this is new for me because most of my titles do not contain dirty lies right in the question used to kick off the column. But that question is inherently a filthy, filthy lie because the answer is obvious. Of course you can diverge from lore. You can do anything you want. If you want to say your World of Warcraft character is the man-love baby of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Eleventh Doctor who was raised simultaneously by Pinkie Pie and Iron Man, you can do it. A much better question is whether or not you should. But asking that as the title would have meant not getting to make you all picture that WoW character in the first paragraph, so swings and roundabouts. Horrible mental images aside, diverging from the written lore in an MMO is one of those things that you’re almost inevitably going to wind up doing over enough time spent roleplaying, but it can also be one of the biggest ways to alienate yourself from other players. … [Read more...] about Storyboard: Can you diverge from lore in MMORPG roleplaying?
Let’s be real here, there’s no question in anyone’s mind that DayZ has been in early access far longer than it should be. By the same token, I don’t think anyone would begrudge Radical Heights for still being in early access. But somewhere between those two extremes lie a large number of games, some of whom have been in ostensible early access for months, some of which have been there for years, and so forth. In many ways, early access is like the new version of the game in perpetual open beta; there were many free-to-play games that never technically launched, just stayed in open beta forever until they finally shut down. And yet those games were selling things normally, making the distinction between launch and open beta into a very blurry and nebulous thing. Early access is already blurry, since it asks for money for a game that is decidedly early in its development cycle. So what do you think, dear readers? How long is too long for early access? Is there a … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How long is too long for early access?