When it comes to notable years in the MMORPG genre’s history, 2008 stands out as one of the most significant. World of Warcraft’s debut onto the scene in 2004 caused an upheaval in ways far too numerous to go into detail here. Suffice to say that its overwhelming popularity drew the attention of game designers who looked at the staggering numbers of players and found themselves envious of the potential to grab a slice of that money pie. Many projects went into high gear following WoW’s launch, with plenty of them trying to copy the formula and structure that Blizzard established in the hopes of making it at least partially as big as that game. So-called WoW clones began to pepper the market and there was a sense that gamers were ready to move on from World of Warcraft to the next generation of MMOs. In many players’ minds, this would be either 2008’s Age of Conan or Warhammer Online, two big-budget MMOs with strong IPs that carried a lot of the weight of … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: Warhammer Online
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On May 14th 2013, CCP Games optimistically launched its first attempt to penetrate the console & shooter markets with DUST 514. The game had made huge waves in the media for its ambitious plan for realtime links to PC MMO EVE Online, with EVE and DUST players living in the same sandbox universe and fighting on separate fronts of the same ongoing wars of New Eden. The reality never quite lived up the the plan, unfortunately, with both games having minimal impact on each other and DUST 514 failing to attract the millions of console gamers CCP courted in pre-launch marketing. While it attracted a small dedicated following and reportedly turned a profit, DUST 514 was essentially dead on its feet and CCP recently announced that it will be officially shut down in May this year. The game’s only hope of salvation came in the form of a complete reboot on PC codenamed Project Legion that was announced at Fanfest 2014, but at last year’s event we … [Read more...] about EVE Fanfest 2016: Project Nova rises from DUST 514’s ashes
Today is a special day. It’s the 8th anniversary of ShoutMeLoud. And all of this started with a conversation between two friends… Me (Harsh): Hey Dude, can I borrow your credit card!? Ankit: Why? Me: I want to buy hosting & a domain name for my blog. Ankit: You are mad! Are you sure about it? Me: Yes, I’m sure. And he gave me his credit card. It was on 30th November 2008 when I made my first ever online purchase (technically someone else made the purchase because it was his credit card). This purchase was for a domain name and hosting. It seems like yesterday since I launched ShoutMeLoud. It’s something which started from a one room flat and has become a global enterprise. It’s inspired, guided, and touched the lives of many people around the globe. Today, on 1st December, ShoutMeLoud turns eight years old, and it’s been an epic journey thus far. Something that I started out of passion has turned into an identity of itself. Here are some … [Read more...] about ShoutMeLoud is 8 Years Old!
How are you doing? So another month has passed by & I’m here with many juicy updates related to blogging, last month’s experiences & most importantly, our transparency report. A quick brief for newcomers: Our transparency report is a monthly series where we share all of the important things that we have learned so that you don’t have to experiment as much & can take smart, immediate action. Along with this, we also share last month’s traffic + earnings. This will give you an idea about new traffic sources and/or new income sources that you can apply to your blog. To get a better picture of why we share such confidential reports, you should refer to these two posts: Why Bloggers Share Their Income Report & Why You Should Also Do It Blogging Income Report: The Mega List (with chart) Alright, so now it’s time to share some of the news regarding ShoutMeLoud as well as some of the mistakes & … [Read more...] about $29,659: ShoutMeLoud June 2016 Income & Traffic Report
Recently, Srikanth posted about 5 remarkable tech-entrepreneurs you should know, and reading that list was such a treat. When I was reading it, I realized the number one reason that any product or company becomes successful is because of the person/people behind the company. For example, if you know anything about Steve jobs, you would know that Apple wouldn't be Apple without him. So, I decided to dig deeper into some of the most popular companies and tried finding the person/people responsible for its success. One of the major benefits of working online is that I have everything I need for my work with me on my laptop. So I'm always on my laptop. When I feel lonely, I can just hop on Facebook, or Gmail, or Skype. If I am feeling weary, I can listen to music or watch videos on YouTube. My point is that evolution in the IT industry has brought many of my favorite things closer to my fingertips. In almost every industry, products and services are getting faster, easier, more … [Read more...] about 15 Popular Internet Companies & The Founders Behind Them