It’s a pretty common exercise in our circles to speculate on what a sequel to World of Warcraft would look like. Oh, it’ll never, ever happen, but can you imagine it? MMO blogger Kaylriene certainly can, and his design doc is pretty thoughtful and meticulous. “I think that if I were a betting man, and we lived in a world where WoW 2 was an inevitability, I would place my bet on the main hook being an alternate universe,” he wrote. “Why? Well, my take is this — the Warlords of Draenor storyline, as iffy as it was, did set up a compelling idea that could ignite a new game altogether.” Once you’re done checking that out, continue on to enjoy a tour of some of the most interesting MMORPG blog essays and rants from the passionate community that writes about these games! Priest with a Cause: How successful will WoW Classic be? “One of the biggest problems we run into right away when asking this question is that we still don’t really … [Read more...] about Global Chat: What would World of Warcraft 2 look like?
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The trend of guest posting has seen a large hike in the recent couple of months. The popularity of this new trend can be guessed from the fact that if you have a reputed blog, then there are some writers outside who are willing to pay you some good deals in return of a few guest articles. Due to so much hype and illegal methods of link generation, it has now become a bit difficult for Google to differentiate the original guest posts from the paid ones. This is the main reason Google has launched a new campaign, according to which the paid posts are simply marked as spam by the search engine. Now which the question arises, how does Google differentiate between a high quality guest post, and a paid one? Few days ago, Matt Cutts, released a new video showing the importance and relevancy of guest posting articles. He clearly indicates that how the myth of guest posts has continued to roll with the time, and how it is now being used in illegal tactics for the sole purpose of link … [Read more...] about How to Guest Post Without Looking Like a Spammer to Google?
We all rolled our eyes when Valve’s new Steam chat client borrowed heavily from Discord‘s proven best practices for chat, but most people didn’t seem particularly inclined to switch. Wonder if the same will hold true now that Discord is aping Steam’s core business? Yep, this week Discord revealed its new mission to “bring the games to you” via Discord Nitro, which is basically a video game storefront built right into your chat. Its chief difference appears to be its marketing; Discord says it’ll be offering a “curated” approach, a “cozy neighborhood book shop vibe” when it comes to sales, with what sounds like a cross-platform launcher too. So maybe more like GOG than Steam, but with the Steam look. And it’s working on publishing specific indie titles with temporary exclusive launches too. The company says the platform is currently in beta for some 50,000 Canadian participants. It promises that … [Read more...] about Discord has launched its own video game storefront into beta, and it kinda looks like a Steam-GOG mashup
Activision-Blizzard had a rough week of its own making, as it announced record-high revenue for the year and in the same moment began laying off around 800 employees. Outrage across the gaming industry was fierce enough to provoke the anger of not just the video game unionization group but the AFL-CIO too, the former of which demanded Bobby Kotick’s resignation and the latter of which urged game developers to unionize. Piggybacking on the bad news, or maybe hiding in its shadow, was Daybreak, which delayed the launch of PlanetSide Arena again, this time into summer 2019, and it topped that off by refunding everyone who’d preordered the game. At least somebody’s having a good week. That somebody is EA, thanks almost entirely to Apex Legends, though Anthem’s been no slouch either. In more meta news, we introduced another new column in time for our birthday. Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: The week when EA looked like the good guy
Yesterday’s internet outrage revolved around an artist who accused Epic Games of stealing one of their illustrations to use for a skin in Fortnite: Battle Royale. The skin in question is the Taro skin, which the artist accused Epic of stealing, based on their art that was uploaded to DeviantArt last year. You can see a side-by-side comparison of the two images above: the art is on the left and the Fortnite skin is on the right. Pretty obvious case of art plagiarism, no? And, “popular” as Epic is these days, it’s yet another black mark on the company. Shame! Except it’s not. Multiple people (here’s a good breakdown) have laid out reasoning that concludes that the “original” art was actually uploaded recently, perhaps even yesterday, well after the Taro skin was added to Fortnite. In brief, DeviantArt only indicates when a piece has been uploaded, not when it’s been changed. So it would have been a simple matter for the artist to … [Read more...] about Epic Accused Of Stealing Art For Fortnite Skin, But It Looks Like A Scam