I was a wide-eyed, naive kid when I first stepped into Ultima Online in 1997, and as it turns out, the developers were too. That’s my takeaway from reading through the Ultima Online chunk of Raph Koster’s new book, Postmortems. Koster, as any dedicated MMORPG fan will recall, went by “Designer Dragon” back then as the creative lead on the game. Having come from a MUD background, he and his wife Kristin Koster were instrumental in shaping Richard Garriott’s seminal MMORPG and therefore the genre as we know it. Koster kindly sent us a preprint of the book, unwittingly robbing himself of $35, as I was going to buy it anyway, and it’s massive, folks: over 700 pages spanning three decades and the majority of the online games Koster’s worked on during his long tenure in the gaming industry. Some of those games are definitely of more interest to our readers on Massively OP, in particular Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. It’s the Ultima … [Read more...] about ‘Magic through serendipity’: Raph Koster on the glorious mess that was Ultima Online
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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
Looking for an Indian Web hosting company with localized Payment option? Hostgator launched “Hostgator India” their IndianWeb hosting portal and Indian office in Nasik, Maharashtra. Hostgator India hosting launch is going to be very helpful for Indian Bloggers & Webmasters as their service will be located in India, and you will get all Indian support and payment options. Moreover, for now they have not incorporated payment via debit card or online bank transfer, but they announced that in future they will accept payment via net banking too. The Indian hosting site from Hostgator looks same as their U.S site and so is the charges. Though there is a lot of difference in terms of internal functionality as Hostgator India typically offers hosting & domain services from Resellerclub. You can read more about it in the below link: Bluehost India review- The Unspoken truth about this Indian hosting company? Hostgator India offers all essential features you need to host … [Read more...] about Hostgator India Hosting: Is It Reliable As HostGator U.S.?
Every year many of the startups come roaring in the market with plenty of new ideas, passion, and energy. Being an entrepreneur is not easy. With the launch of the business, comes many responsibilities and an ever growing ‘to-do’ list. One of the high priority items on your list would be managing your books. Bookkeeping or accounting is the lifeblood of the business and poor accounting ethics can damage the company’s reputation and the trust of their clients. So what do they do? They hire an accountant and pay them a huge amount of money to get things done. For start-ups, Bloggers, Freelancers and small businesses hiring a full time is not the best proposition, and so most of these entities hire a professional at the end of the year to take care of their accounting. And as they do not keep their books up to date they end up rushing through the whole process which may be costly and is prone to error because of inefficiency. And even if the owner is good enough in … [Read more...] about Online Invoicing, accounting software – your business needs now
Do you want to have a bank account in the U.S.A? Do you know if you are earning money in US dollars, having a U.S. bank account may help you save huge money. Furthermore, if you incorporate a company in the U.S. (anybody in the world can do this without physically being in the U.S.), you will remove the biggest headaches of restrictions imposed by many online services that exist in developing countries. You might not know any of this, so let me first give you a little background of what I’m talking about. After that, what you are about to learn might change the way you do business online. Having a registered company helps you do more global business. If you are someone who lives in a developing country, you are probably aware of certain restrictions and limited opportunities when doing business online. If your company is registered in a developed country (like the U.S., Singapore, or Japan), you will be able to engage in business activities with anyone around the world, and a … [Read more...] about How I Opened A Bank Account In The USA From India: Stripe Atlas Experience