This is a story about a boy named Michael. Follow along with me for a little bit, if you’d be so kind. Michael was born in 1983, and he didn’t have a very happy childhood. He was smart, but he didn’t really seem to fit in to basically any social group. He was always a quiet boy, introspective, and he heard the word “gay” applied a lot as a pejorative. Often to Michael himself, and often by Michael himself, because he only had the vaguest idea what the word meant aside from “this is a bad thing.” As Michael hit puberty, he understood what the term meant. But he knew that it didn’t apply to him. He was definitely attracted to girls. From what little he knew, that meant that he was safe from being gay because gay men followed a very specific set of traits that he did not have. He wasn’t all of the things that he thought signified “gay man,” and that meant that he was straight. And all of the heroes he liked and … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: Representation in games matters when you don’t see why it matters
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Factions in MMORPGs are a “love ’em, hate ’em, or largely ignore ’em until the studio remembers it has ’em and decides to shove ’em in your face all of the sudden” affair. Tyler over at MMO Bro certainly is not the first to deem them irrelevent, especially in PvE games, and call for their dissolution. “Factions really don’t add much to the experience of playing MMOs,” he writes. “They’re unnecessary, at best. The chief argument that seems to be put forth in favor of dividing players into factions is that it instills a sense of pride and faction identity, but I’ve never heard anyone clearly articulate why that’s actually a good thing. Mostly it just seems to feed toxicity between players.” As you chew on that, head on for more MMO essays, including a review of Final Fantasy XIV’s latest patch, aging out of World of Warcraft, praise for disliked games, and more! Unidentified Signal Source: … [Read more...] about Global Chat: Is it time to get rid of MMO factions?
The hype around Battle for Azeroth has once again brought the seemingly endless conflict between World of Warcraft’s Alliance and Horde into the spotlight. Despite being a long-time WoW player, though, I find myself giving serious thought to passing on this expansion altogether for the simple reason that I have long felt the factional conflict is, in a word, stupid. And that’s not just true of WoW. Factions in MMOs — or at least in PvE focused MMOs — have always been one of my pet peeves. They harm games far more than they’ve ever helped them. Factions Add Little First of all, it needs to be said that factions really don’t add much to the experience of playing MMOs. They’re unnecessary, at best. The chief argument that seems to be put forth in favor of dividing players into factions is that it instills a sense of pride and faction identity, but I’ve never heard anyone clearly articulate why that’s actually a good thing. Mostly it … [Read more...] about Factions Have Outstayed Their Welcome
Play EVE Online for freeOne of the most common comments you’ll see in articles about big events in EVE Online is that it’s a lot more entertaining to read about than to play, and that’s certainly true if what you’re reading is Empires of EVE. Written by EVE Historian Andrew Groen back in 2015 and published thanks to the support of over 3,000 players through a crowdfunding campaign, Empires of EVE tells the story of some of EVE‘s earliest and most deadly wars and political schisms. Cutting through all of the propaganda and player self-motivations in a political sandbox like EVE is no small task, and it’s complicated by over a decade of shifting loyalties, misinformation, propaganda, and misremembered events. Andrew is uniquely equipped to cut through many of those issues, collecting as accurate historical records as possible and delivering it all as a coherent, deeply compelling narrative that even plenty of non-players have thoroughly enjoyed. Andrew … [Read more...] about EVE Fanfest 2018: Andrew Groen on the sequel to his popular EVE Online history book
Google’s DoubleClick for Publishers is the go-to ad serving platform that major publishers gravitate to. With 30% of the market share, Doubleclick for publishers or DFP as it is known in common parlance is considered the best ad serving technology out there, be it for web, mobile, or video. Launched in 1996 as an independent, and then revolutionary, ad serving agency for the web, DoubleClick Inc. was later purchased by Google and redressed as DFP. One of the major reasons why DFP remains the most used ad-serving technology is their ability to unleash innovative and vertical focused solutions, guides and knowledge throughout the year. Take look at the innovation of DFP in 2014 and you’ll see why publishers, big and small, love DFP. So we decided that since we have already spoken quite a bit about DoubleClick for Publishers and its pros and cons, how about we take real world examples and success stories of major publishers who scaled their publications with … [Read more...] about 6 DoubleClick for Publishers Case Studies to Learn From