Last week, a newly minted Ship of Heroes fan posted a comment on the game’s official forums saying he’d studied in-development MMOs and settled on backing Ship of Heroes specifically because of its “open and honest communication” – and also because a rival MMO, in his estimation, had suffered serious delays and lapses in said communication that “cost [it] some trust from [its] community.” (For his efforts, he got a lengthy written update from the lead developer and CEO, which we covered here.) I wanted to bring it up because I’ve seen similar narratives forming around indie MMORPGs, especially Kickstarter MMOs. Most of them suffer delays, some multiple years of delays. “Open and honest communication” definitely buys them a ton of sympathy through those delays. But even then it seems as if there’s a tipping point, when it doesn’t matter how much the devs and CMs are running themselves ragged to communicate: People … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How bad are delays for MMOs, and how much does communication help?
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You don’t want to know how much time I’ve spent carefully decorating my characters’ living spaces in Final Fantasy XIV. Or maybe you do; it is kind of on-brand. And the reality is that it’s about as much time proportionally as I’ve spent decorating strongholds in Star Wars: The Old Republic or assembling outfits in World of Warcraft or carefully choosing which sort of nacelle looks better on my ship in Star Trek Online. Let’s just round up and say that it’s a lot of time. Keep in mind, many of these things aren’t just time spent arranging things. Decorating a house in FFXIV means time spent deciding on furnishings, figuring out where to get them, usually gathering a lot of items to craft and crafting tons of furniture, then placing all of it. A new outfit in WoW means having most of the look, but having to go run one dungeon or another a few times for the last necessary drop, then color-coordinating the bits that look almost right but not … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How much time do you spend on aesthetics in MMOs?
Earlier this week, GIbiz put out a piece on the Shanghai Dragons, the Overwatch League e-sports team representing China. In a letter to fans, the team appears to have inadvertently revealed that it’s grotesquely overworked; in bragging that the team has the “most intensive training scheme among all the teams,” the team manager admitted that the group trains 12 hours a day, six days a week. That’s 72 hours a week. As GIbiz points out, not only does this “seem to fly in the face of Blizzard’s goals for a sustainable league that supports its players,” it also doesn’t seem to actually be working, as the Dragons haven’t won a single game in 32 matchups. It’s almost as if hustle/crunch culture exhausts and drains people rather than beefs them up! Most of us are never going to be, or even aspire to be, professional e-sports gamers to the degree that someone will pay us thousands of dollars per year to train and play. But I bet most … [Read more...] about Leaderboard: How much time should you put in to become a great player in the typical MMO?
Reading others income report is always motivating. At the same time, it also gives you ideas for generating revenue online.I have started sharing my report because I believe it would help my blog readers, and you would know how blog and bloggers are making money. I have started monetizing ShoutMeLoud from the last week of January 2009. I have not made any significant money till now because I'm more into building my reader base rather than hitting my readers with lots of advertisement. Apart from ShoutMeLoud, I have also started another blog Chromoz, and I hope to see some improvement in my source of income next month. Moreover, you will soon see Adsense replaced by Affiliate and direct advertisement as they are the best ways to make good money So here goes my Income report for February 2009. I'm calculating this income on the basis of stats and sales I have made. I will receive this income after 2 months (Most of below advertising network have a hold policy of 60 days). Google … [Read more...] about How much money I made from blogging in Feb 2009
Google is not just a search engine company, but it also offers some of the most powerful tools for online marketing an eespecially SEO. Google analytics is one of such free product which you can’t live without. It’s not just a simple stats program but you can use Google analytics for many more things like : Setting up segments, Split testing and many more. Meanwhile check out my special guide for Google Adwords below: Even though Google AdWords is pretty powerful, for an online marketer and search engine optimizer one other tool is even more important: Google Analytics. Today I will show you how this tool can contribute to optimizing your website through setting up an A/B split test. What is an A/B split test I have been busy remodelling my website for months now. Every time I like a design, I find something wrong with it after a while. If you have different designs, different headings or simply different colors that you like, but you are not sure which one will lead to a … [Read more...] about How to do an A/B split test with Google Analytics