It’s no exaggeration to say that last year’s Pokemon Go Fest was a complete and total disaster. It made a ton of money – almost $6M on the second day alone – but the PR fallout was epic, as thousands of people who paid to attend couldn’t actually get into the event park and thousands more couldn’t connect to the game once inside thanks to overloaded cell networks. On top of the logistical nightmare, the event turned out to be a pay-to-win debacle too. When Niantic CEO John Hanke took the stage to calm everyone and apologize, he was met with boos from his own die-hard fans. A spokesperson later said the studio was “horrified” with the way the event turned out and refunded all players for their tickets (and then some). That didn’t stop players who’d paid to travel long distances to Chicago for the event from forging ahead with a class-action lawsuit, which Niantic quite recently settled to the tune of $1.5M. Since then, … [Read more...] about Niantic stages a second attempt at a summer Chicago Pokemon Go Fest after settling class-action lawsuit
Tanoc tour 2018
Play MapleStory For A Chance To Win A Free Ticket To See GOT7 In The U.S. During The “Eyes On You” World Tour MapleStory, the original side-scrolling MMORPG that has entertained fans for 13 years, is sponsoring popular K-pop group GOT7’s World Tour, “Eyes On You” in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, and giving away free tickets to selected players. For each of the three U.S. shows, ten lucky fans will receive P1 tickets ($249 value) and an invitation to attend a HiTouch event where they will high five with GOT7. Forty lucky winners in each city will also receive P5 tickets ($59 value) to see the show for free. Known for their vibrant, hip-hop-infused sound and choreography that incorporates martial arts tricking and b-boying style, GOT7 has become a worldwide sensation, making them one of the first K-pop groups to top Billboard’s World Albums chart four times. Having celebrated their fourth anniversary recently, the band released their 8th EP … [Read more...] about Play MapleStory For A Chance To Win A Free Ticket To See GOT7 In The U.S. During The “Eyes On You” World Tour
Crossout has been out for almost a year and the post apocalyptic vehicle MMO is coming along nicely. With its interesting concept, customization and more, is Crossout worth playing in 2018? Introduction Crossout is an online shooter based around vehicular combat in a post-apocalyptic future. One might go as far as to say that it is mad… to the max. Or at least, one day it might be. Crossout is all about progressing and grinding for weapons and car parts in order to build a better vehicle while participating in matches against other players and their machines. From your first moments, you’ll be grinding reputation with the game’s first faction, the Engineers, in order to unlock more weapons, car parts, and eventually other factions. Most of this is done through Crossout’s PvP missions. These 8v8 battles pit two teams against each other in two different game modes. Matchmaking does a good job of ensuring that everyone is of roughly … [Read more...] about Crossout 2018 Review: Is Crossout Worth Playing?
SpatialOS: You’ve probably been seeing this name pop up more and more in the MMO sphere. Worlds Adrift, Mavericks, Fractured, Seed, MetaWorld, and Identity are just some of the titles we’ve mentioned that have sprung up to use Improbable’s platform. The company picked up more than half a billion dollars from Japanese company SoftBank, roped in MMO veteran Bill Roper, and got Jagex to announce its intention to use it in a future project. However Chronicles of Elyria recently noted it’s dropping Improbable’s baby, and both on and off the record, developers I spoke to at GDC 2018 had mixed reactions – assuming they’d even heard about SpatialOS at all. What’s the big deal about the platform? What does it do? Why should developers care? Why should MMO players care? I attended a panel by Improbable and briefly sat down with CCO Bill Roper to try to figure it all out. Spatial OS … [Read more...] about GDC 2018: Exploring SpatialOS with Improbable CCO Bill Roper
Destiny 2, my big hope for online extravagance, failed to live up to expectations. World of Warcraft has hit another lull in the gulf between expansions. Over the last 12 months, nothing new has truly landed and stuck. Yes, there’s a few surprises. Final Fantasy XIV launched its Stormblood expansion, while Guild Wars 2 brought us Path of Fire (more on both later). But, putting these to one side, the biggest breakouts in online gaming haven’t brought us grand new MMOs. Instead, tight new ideas like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have dominated the online scene. Anyhow, enough dwelling on the past. Looking onwards to next year, and there are some significant gems on my release radar. Not all of them are MMOs in the purest sense, but I’m confident this selection will still scratch that itch. So, without further ado, here are my MMO picks for 2018. The Hit-List After pledging on the Crowfall Kickstarter, I’ll admit to being the laziest backer out … [Read more...] about My MMO Picks for 2018