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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
Last week we received a bounty of new information for next month’s Fallout 76, thanks to a press preview event. With beta and launch coming in rapid succession here, it’s definitely high time that Bethesda sells the gaming public on this online-only multiplayer concept. I’ve seen this sort of reaction before, but there’s definitely a lot of unwarranted fear from people that multiplayer is going to ruin everything. Single-player modes are like a sacred cow to the non-MMO populace, and I have to restrain myself from rolling my eyes too much when I see articles written about how it won’t be THAT bad and that it still feels solo-ish and whatnot. Even in 2018, there are people who think that soloing isn’t an option when you’re gaming online, and that is just plain ignorance. In any case, I’m generally upbeat about this entire game. Generally. Let’s get some general worries and gripes out of the way, which include: Bethesda always … [Read more...] about Fallout 76’s end of the world is right around the corner
If you want to get into ARK: Survival Evolved’s PvP scene, aren’t willing to deal with the mega tribes and rampant cheating found on official servers, and still want more permanency than Survival of the Fittest, the new Conquest cluster may be for you. The survival sandbox game launched this new mode of 36 connected servers just this weekend on PC (sorry consoles, you have to wait), giving players a new option for large-scale PvP. What is Conquest, and how does it address the unwanted scenarios mentioned above? That’s what this Survivalist is here to tell you. No more mega tribes In Studio WildCard’s announcement, the removal of mega tribes seems to be the expected top-draw of the Conquest cluster. The idea of Conquest is to offer a better, perhaps more fair, large-scale PvP to groups without the problems that mega tribes brought. Mega tribes could put a choke-hold on servers, effectively locking down available slots and destroying everything that belonged to … [Read more...] about The Survivalist: Will ARK Survival Evolved’s Conquest be PvP salvation or ultimately a clustercluck?