It’s fair to say that MapleStory always did appeal to an audience that was into a very specific look and feel. If chibi anime designs, frantic big-number combat, and goofy storylines were your thing, then you have more than your fill here. Now that MapleStory 2 is taking the franchise to 3-D when it officially launches on October 10th, the MMO-starved west seems to be taking a surprisingly serious look at Nexon’s latest offering. I’ll admit that I was curious as well. The cheerful design, enthusiastic community, and constant communication from the dev team that I saw over the past few months gradually warmed me up to the idea of trying MapleStory 2. So when I was offered a chance to take part in the head start, I gladly engaged to satisfy my curiosity. So what is MapleStory 2 like? Is it too childish for grown-up gamers, too simplistic for elitist number crunchers, and too unorthodox to be real competition for the fantasy MMO market out there? Yes, yes, yes… but … [Read more...] about MassivelyOP’s first impressions of MapleStory 2, Nexon’s latest MMORPG
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In March of last year, MOP’s Justin wrote a detailed guide to the most common death penalties in MMORPGs. Last September, Gamasutra pulled seven game developers together to discuss the most effective gaming “fail states,” several of which involve death. Both articles came rushing back to me this week when Crowfall revisited the subject of its own death penalty, which involves a brief ghost period and a fast-track trip to the temple for resurrection. This week, I’ve asked the MOP writers to consider MMOs and non-MMOs and propose their own favorite death penalty. Is it an old one, a new one, or one no one’s done at all? What’s the best way to implement death in a modern MMORPG? Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Since I’ve been back in both Asheron’s Call 1&2, I’m dealing with two kinds of extremes. AC1 is pretty punishing; AC2 is… not so much. However, I was also playing some of LISA, the Painful RPG. Not so … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Death and dying in MMORPGs
Online gambling is a highly addictive and entertaining pastime that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Participants play on the road, from the convenience of their homes and even at work. They look for entertainment while they also try and win cash and prizes for their efforts. Today, you can enjoy an endless variety of online gambling, including casino games, games of chance, strategic games, word games and even puzzles. They are all showing healthy growth, but the fastest growing area of online gambling is betting on sports. And with recent laws in the US that make online sports gambling legal, the market is set to grow even faster. In fact now anyone who bets on sports know that esports betting is an option. With all of the excitement around online gambling many wonder what the future holds. Here are a few insightful predictions for the industry. Gambling Sites Will Become More Social The top gambling site have begun to integrate a social aspects into their … [Read more...] about This is the Likely Future for Online Gambling
The British Board of Blog Classification (Game Plot Revelation Committee) has classified this post as Spoiler Free for the single player story of ‘Mass Effect 3’. Please refrain from any revelations in the comments, especially about that bit where that thing happens. I mean I was all totally like “NO WAY!”, and the game was all totally like “WAY!”, and then when the thing turned out not to be that thing but the other thing? Definitely don’t tell anyone about that. Though I was a bit disappointed when it all turned out to be a dream. Like much of the rest of the galaxy I’ve been desperately fighting off the Reapers in Mass Effect 3, but I haven’t got terribly far in the story yet, so there really won’t be any spoilers. If you’d manage to insulate yourself from ME3 information so completely that “fighting off the Reapers” is a surprise, I apologise for ruining the first 17 seconds of the introduction. One … [Read more...] about I like to play blackjack. I’m not addicted to gambling, I’m addicted to sitting in a semi-circle.