Hey guys, log into Star Citizen, I wanna do a Death Race! Yeah, maybe that isn’t the best nickname for the Scramble Race, which is actually literally a 16-person race, with a ground-vehicle version as well as one in space and no weapons to actually cause death. CIG says tests on the ground version are “really, really positive.” The latest episode of Around the Verse also includes mention of work on derelict ships, fog, 3.3 ships like the Mustang series, audio for props, mass transit, delivery lockers, and security checkpoints. “Security checkpoints are going to become very important as soon as we move away from the armistice zones we currently have in the games and when we switch to a more nuanced system. And we’re currently working on the high security version which is going to be needed for Lorville but we can easily adapt it to other locations as well. It’s going to work very similar to how security checkpoints in present day airports … [Read more...] about Star Citizen’s Around the Verse covers ground races, 3.3 ships, and security checkpoints
In what sounds like the plot of a movie, this weekend’s EVE Vegas 2018 event in Las Vegas almost fell apart at the last minute only to be saved by a player making a discreet back room call to a contact at the Department of Homeland Security. It seems that containers full of equipment and supplies needed for the event were being held for inspection by customs and wouldn’t be processed in time for the event opening. EVE Online player Commander Aze went to registration at the event early and learned of the issue, but Commander Aze was in a position to help. A quick call to the right people to help explain the situation and the containers were processed and released. The volunteer Streamfleet team worked around the clock to make up lost time and get everything set up on time, and so the event was saved. We spoke with EVE Online Community Manager Paul ‘CCP Falcon’ Elsy to get the lowdown on this bizarre story. “We had a couple of containers come in late … [Read more...] about An EVE Online player used his Homeland Security contacts to save EVE Vegas 2018
I’d like to think that I’m kind of a healthy gamer. While MMOs take a lot of time, the nice thing is that their downtime can lead to forming bonds, or give you time to exercise. Augmented reality games can give you both at once, especially Pokemon Go, since it’s the best-known ARG we have (and the mountains of merchandise make it easier to stand out as a fellow player). However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, and I’m not just talking about game mechanics that have plagued Niantic games since at Ingress. I remember playing that title and thinking, “Man, this game is dangerous! There’s no way they’ll just clone this for POGO, right?” And yet, here we are. But I can’t put all the blame on Niantic, especially after my time with ARG competitor Maguss. Some things just seem inherent to the genre. The usual suspects Let’s start with the harshest of realities that ARG players face but … [Read more...] about The Soapbox: Three augmented reality game problems (most) MMOs don’t have – and one thing they do so much better
What did I say about too many games, but not enough time? I completely forgot about summer sales. But so far, I’ve been a good little geek. I bought SimAirport which has been on my wishlist forever. Since it’s early access, I was very careful at first and didn’t want to buy it right away. It does look a lot like Prison Architect and reviews at the time said that not a lot was in the game. This has changed in the meantime, however. Well, not the visual similarity to Prison Architect, but the lack of content. When I saw a YouTube video about the game having added vertical expansion, I knew I had to get it! I like the look of Prison Architect and a change of scenery is certainly welcome. Building a prison and making it secure doesn’t lead to happy inmates, but building a nice comfortable airport will certainly lead to happy travellers… :) I have not really started playing the game yet, though. SimAirport does not yet have a tutorial and I felt kind of lost … [Read more...] about Summer sales – uh oh…
Iron Sight starts off with a simple but believable premise. The year is 2025, and natural resources have become scarce in most areas around the world. The Middle East, however, still has a bountiful amount of natural resources, and two main factions began to clash over control of the region. The first faction is the NAF: short for North Atlantic Federation, the group is an alliance formed between the United States and Europe. The second faction is a Russian transnational corporation called EDEN, which contracts mercenaries to do its’ bidding. The “story”, doesn’t have an actual ending as you would expect from an MMOFPS and just serves as an unneeded, but a nice backdrop to explain why all these guys are running around shooting each other. But that’s not why you’re here. You’re here because you want to shoot people. Is Iron Sight a good game to satisfy your multiplayer FPS itch? The Gameplay Iron Sight has 4 PVE and PVP game modes respectively … [Read more...] about Ironsight 2018 Review – Is This FPS Worth Playing?