This week’s Overthinking topic comes from longtime MOP reader and commenter Sally Bowls. It’s about monetization, but it’s a nuanced argument we don’t see all that many people making. “Does ‘buyable in game’ change the monetization argument? For example, there is a $20 (sigh I’m old, make that $1000) mount in the ca$hshop. But you can also earn ‘gold’ in-game to acquire it. One one hand, $0 players can still get the mount, so their complaints are not that they can’t have it, just that they would feel better if others don’t. Which I have always thought of as shallow; drive a nice car because you like it, not because your neighbors don’t have one as nice. On the other hand, at some point, it feels like a sham – if the $20 item takes 400 hours of grinding to get or worse, each hour of grinding gives you a .25% chance of the item. I join the social media consensus: ‘also buy it with gold’ is a … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: If an MMO item is buyable with gold, does that excuse its presence in the cash shop?
Sailing around the world blog
Enplex Games released a new dev blog today concerning their upcoming Population Zero, detailing the various creatures one might see on Kepler. The full blog can be found below, as well. As this is an alien world, there a wide variety of creatures players have never seen before, from the bloodthirsty predators, stone giants, and small creatures that can be allies or hostile aggressors. These are not all of the creatures, but just a sample of what might be seen early on. Kvars: Kvars are six-legged creatures with powerful claws and sharp jaws and hunt in packs. Each pack has a leader, and thanks to the harsh environment, have excellent instincts and sharp minds. Kvars are the kings of the Savanah. Yutts: Highly intelligent, it’s said that Yutts are some of the oldest creatures on Kepler. They eat plants, and the toxic water of Keplar is harmless to them. Merids: Merids can be found on the surface and undergrounds. They have incredible claws and a sturdy shell that … [Read more...] about Population Zero Details Wildlife in New Dev Blog
Traditionally at this time of year you start seeing a bunch of review and award posts, and quite frankly I am not beneath this in the least. However since we are recording our official AggroChat Games of the Year show this weekend, I thought I would kick off this morning with a sort of “Games of the Blog” post. I am not going to be handing out awards or anything of the sort but instead just going to be spending some time this morning talking about the games that were really important to me during this calendar year. The problem with “of the year” stuff is that I always get tied up on the minutiae of whether or not I should only pick games that came out during a specific calendar year, or if I can freely pick the games that I played and meant something to me. In the end this blog post is likely going to be an amalgam of the two. Monster Hunter World – PC If I was going to pick a true “Game of the Year” then it would … [Read more...] about Games of the Blog 2018 Edition
This week’s Massively Overthinking is a serious one from our dear Patreon patron Duane. Here’s the jumping off point for his topic: “There has lately been an attitude on various sites and videos lately regarding MMOs falling out of fashion, and the latest news from Turbine is quite a hefty blow, confirming many a confirmation bias. The sentiment is that the ‘Golden Age’ of MMOs existed back in 1999-2003 and that MMOs are currently in a downward spiral both in quality of content and quantity of viable options. The thing is, since 2010, 20-50 MMOs have been releasing in the west every year, and 2017 is already looking to be a pretty big year for MMOs. In addition, many of the MMOs that launched a decade ago are still playable (even if they may be in a zombie/maintenance mode), and more people are playing MMOs than ever before. There have never before been such a vast selection of available playstyles and unique worlds to explore.” … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: The golden age of MMORPGs
Google is stepping up and is planning to move the mobile industry as well. They want to be everywhere and on everything, and they won’t stop till the whole world is Googlified. On May 26, yesterday, Google announced it’s game changing mobile payment system that it was been working on from quite a long time. Google Wallet, the mobile payment system that one can use to make payments via NFC at many shopping outlets and Google Wallet verified stores. Google Wallet is going to change the way we pay, that is something that will surely happen. Everything is going to go electronic, and mobile payments is going to be the Credit cards and debit cards of the future. There will come a time when everything, from Bus fares to Hotel check-ins will be available on the mobile phone, just a single tap and no more swiping. Below are few things that you should know about the Google Wallet system, how it works, where it’s available and why this is huge. How Google Wallet Works Remember … [Read more...] about Google Wallet: How, Where and Why?