So keeping with the tradition of featuring 10 MMORPGs per month you potentially haven’t played, I’d like to welcome you all to May 2019’s. Let’s start this off with probably the most requested game not currently in any of these lists, Phantasy Star Online 2. This is a private server for Closers because honestly, although En Masse do an alright job at publishing the game, it’s on its last legs. And people know it – especially with the recent Kritika shut down. I’m sure a lot of you have played Blade & Soul. I mean by this point who hasn’t? Well, on the off chance that someone here has actually somehow missed the game, let’s talk about it for a sec. I talk about Mabinogi all the time when I discuss Anime MMORPGs because – and I’m not exaggerating here – when Mabinogi launched, it was one of the most innovative MMOs of its kind. I almost feel like, at this point, the title of the video should … [Read more...] about 10 Free to Play MMORPGs You Should Definitely Try In May, 2019.
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Well hello there, news on April 1st. I really have a tendency not to put much stock in anything revealed on April Fools’ Day because while I love the holiday it is also a day for everyone to try at making jokes that may not land. (This includes my own work for Massively Overpowered on the day itself; if you don’t like our annual gag, the blame for it probably falls at my feet, and that’s definitely true this year.) But this one isn’t a joke! This is honestly a pretty big deal. It’s also less of a deal than some people may expect and more of a deal than other people might expect. In short, it’s the sort of thing where there’s the potential for a lot of bad takes and misunderstanding. So while we don’t yet know much about this mystery project, well, we do know enough to talk about it in brief. We don’t know that this is a new Final Fantasy (but odds seem favorable) The first thing to make note of here is that we do … [Read more...] about Wisdom of Nym: A measured response to Naoki Yoshida’s mystery project
It’s getting pretty hard to shake up the Microphone game at this point for consoles or PCs alike. We pretty much have everything for virtually every price range. But what about a mic that you can attach to your current, comfortable/studio-quality headphones? That’s something that was missing up until recently. Antlion Audio produced a small, portable boom mic for PC/PS4, the ModMic Wireless. It connects to a set of headphones via a small (but powerful) magnet. Another definite positive for the ModMic wireless is that it doesn’t require a ton of setup and it’s small! It doesn’t take up a ton of space with a long arm and huge cables that snake around an office or bedroom, like the mic I use for my PC. Now, it’s not a replacement for my audio set up I use on PC/Console, but it’s a terrific starter mic, if not a bit specialized. This is only the Microphone, so it’s definitely aimed at people who already have a set of headphones they like to … [Read more...] about Antlion Audio’s ModMic Wireless Review (Hardware Review)
So it’s beginning to look a lot like the Overwatch fad has faded. It was a crazy couple of years there, but the fact that it’s just not making its way back on those Superdata charts and the overall cooling seems to be a sign that the flash is over. And I’m willing to bet that at least some of you are alternately blinking in disbelief or rushing straight down to the comments to mention that Overwatch is most definitely not a fad, that it’s a huge success, and that you just need to look at its revenue to know that. That is entirely true; the game was a big financial success. But I suspect that the game’s massively outsized popularity was, in fact, a fad. Just like Pokemon Go, just like Fortnite, just like League of Legends, and only slightly less superficial than slap bracelets. (If you’ve got no idea what those are, gosh, you’re in for some fun sifting through cultural detritus.) But it’s easy to miss all of … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: The fads and the curious (and why Overwatch’s star is fading)
Sometimes I wind up starting these a bit early because there’s just not much to write about; other times I’m writing well in advance because gosh, we’ve already had so much stuff to discuss about Final Fantasy XIV and now I’m writing the last column of the year before we’ve even seen the live letter on the 21st. I might have actually had more to discuss post-live letter! I don’t know yet. But we’ll get to that down in the “next time” column because this is really my last chance to do a year in review. It’s safe to say that FFXIV has a pretty even split between its years; odd years see new expansions release (Heavensward in 2015, Stormblood in 2017, Shadowbringers in 2019) while even years just see a steady cadence of patches and advancement. This year did face some unique challenges, however, starting with the fact that it was the first time I’ve seen content in the game really release to an … [Read more...] about Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s 2018 in review