There are some MMO stories that are just unbelievable. They are so warped convoluted and confusing that we think there’s no possible way it can be true. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Curt Shilling, the baseball player whose game studio implosion was so notoriously cataclysmic you could see it from space, is in the news again, although not for video games this time – this time, it’s for politics. I’ve had the 38 Studios debacle in my backlog of stories to cover here in Lawful Neutral, and I thought that now was a good time to take a jaunt down memory lane, with a story that started in 2006 and (hopefully) ended earlier in 2019. Let’s recap I’m not going to rehash the full history here; you should check out our recent article with approximately a metric crap ton of references about this whole saga and our Game Archaeologist on Project Copernicus from earlier this year. But here’s the basic run-down: Curt Shilling, a decorated former … [Read more...] about Lawful Neutral: The long fall of Project Copernicus’ 38 Studios
Season 12 project runway
Feeling more than a little antsy as you continue to wait for your PvP dreams to come true in Crowfall? You could chew off your fingernails… or you could dip back into one of the core MMORPGs that inspired ArtCraft’s upcoming project. Yes, we’re talking about the late Shadowbane, which ran from 2003 to 2009. Since then, a team of fans have picked up the pieces of the code and refashioned it into the Shadowbane Emulator (SBEmu). Part of this project and the game itself is the idea of doing a complete refresh once in a while, which is why the volunteer team is performing a complete wipe of the servers on June 28th followed by a launch of Season 5 of a new PvP war. Here’s the fan’s elevator pitch as to why you should (or shouldn’t) play this emulator: “This is an incredibly unforgiving MMORPG. It is open, unrestricted PvP with full inventory loot, inclusive of gold (there is a bank and vault system, though). You keep what’s equipped, but it … [Read more...] about Shadowbane’s player-run rogue server wipes to start a new season
World of Warships, the enormously popular ship battling MMO from Wargaming, announced that ranked season 12 begins on May 30th. Aircraft Carriers will be playable in ranked this season and the current ranked map rotation includes North, Sea of Fortune, Tears of the Desert, Shards, Riposte, and the new Greece map. Keep in mind though that new players can't simply jump right into ranked mode. Players need about 200 matches under their belt before ranked mode becomes available. World of Warships is Wargaming's second most popular title after World of Tanks and averages ~4,700 concurrent users on Steam alone. This figure has steadily been rising since the game's Steam launch on November, 2017. The game likely has far more players off-Steam as well since it originally launched back in 2015. Even if World of Warships isn't your thing, Wargaming creates some pretty neat documentary videos highlighting some of the most iconic ships used during World War 2. Further reading: Official … [Read more...] about World of Warships Ranked Battles Season 12 Begins May 30
Warframe’s Deck 12 has unlocked for console players — and there are deep, dark secrets to be uncovered by descending to it. “Now is the time to unearthed the secret lurking below known as Deck 12,” Digital Extremes said. “But be wary, The Exploiter Orb Mother and a host of skittering Raknoids have made the platform and the surrounding area their home. It will take strength, fortitude, and teamwork to destroy The Exploiter and avenge the fallen Solaris. Are you up to the challenge?” And this is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition of The MOP Up (and if you don’t see a news story that we should have covered, drop us a tip)! Awakened weapons are now a thing in Riders of Icarus, thanks to this past week’s patch! KutzPel’s launch has been delayed from Q1 to Q2 2019: “We originally planned to fix … [Read more...] about The MOP Up: Warframe descends to Deck 12 on consoles
Are you running an advertising campaign for a certain item? There is no better time to be aggressive on your marketing efforts than this time of the year. With the major shopping season getting closer, it’s time to gather your team and work on an effective ad campaign. Whether it’s Black Friday or Christmas, follow these simple tips to make sure you get the most out of your advertising this holiday season: 1. Check your analytics data Most of us don’t realize that our analytics program holds very important insights about historical data. This data can be effectively used to get a better understanding of what keywords and search/referring traffic your site received last year. If Black Friday sale is what your are trying to target, look for keywords related to these terms and project the traffic increases and conversions your received within that time period. 2. Create special landing pages While most companies tend to create banner ads (on the home page) or create … [Read more...] about How to Make More Money this Holiday Season?