This week week in MMO crowdfunding, we’ve got some sad news from MMO space colonization sim 3001SQ: Development on the game has been halted indefinitely. Gamers will recall that the game went to Kickstarter back in 2016 but was unsuccessful at funding there; it then carried on with production anyway. But a game representative told me this week that the devs have since parted ways and will be finding new placement with other MMO companies, so we won’t be losing their insight, though it’s unlikely we’ll ever see 3001SQ itself. Over in Star Citizen land, folks are still shaking their heads over the predictable postponement of some of the content originally the planned December patch, but at least there’s something to do: Alpha 3.3.5 has made its way to the Evocati PTU testers, while alpha 3.3.0 hit the live server as scheduled. (Thanks, DK and Armsbend!) Meanwhile, Chronicles of Elyria began its map voting campaign, Shroud of the Avatar plopped release 60 on … [Read more...] about Make My MMO: Space sim 3001SQ is put on hold, Star Citizen rolls out 3.3.5 to the Evocati
Sims 4 characters
In the distant past, I’m sure that I’ve written an essay or two defending and explaining why most all of my RPG and MMO characters tend to be female. But out of all of the reasons that I’ve listed in those articles, I don’t think I touched on one of the most important ones: I generally hate how male characters are portrayed in games. I’ve made an effort. From time to time, I try to push myself to roll up a male character for variety’s sake if nothing else. I convince myself that there’s nothing wrong with it and that it’ll be good for me to experience the game from the same gender that I am. But a couple of exceptions aside, it rarely sticks. I don’t end up bonding with the male toons the same way that I do with the females, and I grow increasingly cautious about doing that again because I don’t want to waste time or money investing into a character that I will either abandon or pay to change. What is it? Why are male … [Read more...] about Why I don’t roll male characters in video games
Upon the advice of counsel — which is a term that I’m using for “internet friends” — I did pick up the Seasons expansion for The Sims 4. This brought my grand total of Sims expansion packs ever purchased to (drum roll) one. I’m pretty happy with the purchase, since seasonal changes and holidays add a lot to the feel and flow of the game over time. It also makes for some interesting stories. My neighborhood right now is pretty small; I bulldozed every lot except for a couple of small houses and families that I’ve created. My daughter asked to make a house with just me, so that’s her and me sharing our little four-room pad up there. One day after moving in, Christmas (or whatever The Sims calls Christmas) arrived, which set my virtual daughter off like crazy. While I didn’t have much money left (or a job, for that matter), I did splurge on a tree and a small pile of presents. We opened them, she sang off key, and we tried to get into … [Read more...] about The Sims 4: A Christmas story
When my computer’s hard drive barfed back in May and I had to reload everything onto a new one, I had forgotten at the time to reinstall The Sims 4. It wasn’t until the recent Seasons expansion patch that I even remembered that I had it, at which moment I went, “Oh YEAH, that would totally hit the spot!” and I returned to the evil lair that is EA Origin to get it. It actually does hit the spot, especially for those evenings when I want a very casual house-building experience. Hey, MMOs, I’d be building houses in you if more of you would just have them, you know. The other interesting thing about The Sims 4 in our household is that it’s kind of a party experience. When I boot it up, all of the kids rush over and start telling me what characters to make and how to decorate and a thousand other backseat commands. We have one household that was built by committee and it is the goofiest thing ever. So when I installed it, I figured that I might for the … [Read more...] about The Sims 4: All of this costs HOW much?
Lately I’ve been overdosing on some serious Sims 4 time (blame the Seasons expansion announcement for this!) and indulging in my long-standing passion for player housing. I don’t always get that fix in every MMO I play — looking sideways at you, Blizzard — but I do enjoy expressing myself and seeing what other players have come up in their own living spaces. Let’s take a tour of some excellent virtual abodes today! We’ll start with Rees Racer: “I’ve been a Elder Scrolls Online plus player for… a long time. I don’t buy much, so I had some crowns to spend. I eventually purchased the Alinor Crest Townhouse in Summerset. I’m a Bosmer, and it’s technically Altmer architecture, but I really like the colours and the courtyard fountain, and I’m fairly certain I saved the rule of Queen Ayrenn a few years ago. It’s more extravagant (like all High Elf accoutrements) than I need (or like), but I earned it.” … [Read more...] about One Shots: Better virtual homes and gardens