The esports juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down as this flourishing sector is poised to smash through the $1 billion barrier this year. Games like CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends and Overwatch have enjoyed a tremendous boost as a result of the phenomenon that is competitive gaming. It has turned gamers into multimillionaires and attracted all manner of commercial tie-ups, so developers are desperate to break into the esports scene. Yet not all games are suitable and MMO titles in particular must overcome several obstacles if they are to crack this potentially lucrative market. The most successful games in the esports arena are multiplayer online battle arena titles like LoL and Dota 2. First person shooters like CS:GO and Call of Duty are thriving too, with teams like Astralis becoming rich and famous as a result of their successes over the past year. Now Fortnite, which became the most popular game in the world in 2018, is bidding to muscle in. The battle royale … [Read more...] about Will MMO Games Have a Greater Influence on Esports Going Forward?
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MMOs weren’t the only games I played this past year — there were plenty from the single- and multiplayer varieties as well. Continuing with my look back at 2018, here are my five favorite non-MMO titles I enjoyed this year: #1: Rimworld Rimworld has earned a permanent spot on my computer as a go-to game whenever I want to have an enjoyable 20-30 minute gaming session. I love management sims, and this scifi colony game is full of challenging surprises, interesting interactions, and a deep satisfaction in seeing a colony take shape. #2: Bloons 6 I’ve always been a sucker for tower defense games, and the Bloons series have set themselves apart with the addictive pop-pop-pop of the “enemies.” Every morning in the winter while I’m biking at home, I’m usually lost in yet another round of balloon warfare. #3: What Remains of Edith Finch Played a lot of great adventure games and walking sims this year (Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture, Grim … [Read more...] about 5 favorite non-MMO games I played in 2018
Pokemon Mega is an unofficial Pokemon RPG adventure game that is inspired by the classic series from Nintendo’s legendary franchise. The gamplay includes familiar systems from the originals, but adds plenty of good ideas like open world PvP, a gear system and more to make it different from the paid games. So is Pokemon Mega worth playing? Read on! It’s Surprising Under Nintendo’s Radar Pokemon Mega is an unofficial Pokemon browser MMO, which simply means the game and its assets are not licensed by Nintendo and that’s rather interesting, since the company is pretty strict about knockoffs and imitations when it comes to their games. For Pokemon Mega though, the lack of any legal action hasn’t stopped them from putting out this adventure game, which in parts are decent while in others are cringeworthy. The game can be played on your browser for free, and character creation simply involves picking a gender and a name, which … [Read more...] about Pokemon Mega 2018 Review: Unofficial Pokemon RPG Adventure Game
DAY 3 & 4 Player: @jarira Little elf lost in the big city. After how smoothly Day 2 went, we decided to see how Jar can hold up in the game on her own. So I was pleasantly surprised to log in one night and see that she’d been online just a few hours before, and had actually gained a level by herself. I quickly shot her a message and asked her how Day 3 on her own worked out. Not so good, apparently. I gathered from her replies that the major highlights of her experience was that she had gotten lost, accidentally ran into a named mob three levels higher than her which killed her pet, and then it took a while for her to figure out how to rez him again. After questing on my own the other day, I’m not so sure WoW is a game I would play on my own much. Its just so much more fun with someone else, especially when everything is new, and I literally get lost like all the time (as you saw today in the cave lol) I think it’s just my lack of experience with RPG … [Read more...] about Project WoW Noob: Days 3-4 – Contemplating The “MMO” And The “RPG”
GDC isn’t E3. It isn’t PAX. It’s not even what I think stereotypical gamers can appreciate. But I think the Massively OP crowd is a different sort, and because of that, we can give you some content the other guys might not be talking to you about. Like data collection and monetization. They’re necessary evils, in that we armchair devs can generally see past mistakes rolled out again, but know those choices are being made in the pursuit of money. So how do you make better games and money? Maybe try hiring some data scientists, not just to help with product testing and surveys, but with some awesome, AI-driven, deep learning tools. Like from Yokozuna Data, whose platform predicts individual player behavior. I was lucky enough to sit down with not only Design and Communication Lead Vitor Santos but Chief Data Scientist África Periáñez, whose research on churn prediction inspired me to contact the company about our interview … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: Yokozuna, big game data, and the future of MMO monetization