Have you ever noticed that while there’s an entire world out there, most all of the MMORPGs we discuss and play tend to either be ones crafted in the USA or imports from China or Korea? We even have a shorthand for this: “western” and “eastern” MMOs. We’re usually not talking about entire hemispheres with these references, but rather about categorizing three countries that are big into the MMORPG business. But what about the rest of the world? Are all of these other countries so uncaring about this genre that they’ve never tried their hand at making an MMO? Of course not; as I’m about to show you, there are plenty of online RPGs that have been made in countries other than China, the USA, and South Korea. It’s just that for various reasons, those three countries ended up fostering concentrations of video game developers who knew how to create these types of games. So let’s take a tour around the world and see if we can’t … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: Exploring MMORPGs from the far corners of the world
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Earlier this month, there was a flurry of news about the state of game publishing in China. You’ll recall that Monster Hunter World ran into a regulation nightmare in the region when China rescinded Tencent’s license to operate the game there and forced refunds for something like a million people. Even that shouldn’t have been a surprise, as Korean developers had already raised the alarm over the fact that China had apparently ceased approving any new games at all following a bureaucratic overhaul of the government agency responsible for doing so (while Chinese-developed games continued flowing outward, of course). More bad news for gaming has emerged from China this week, as the country’s ministry of education announced it was intentionally limiting new online games in an attempt to combat what it believes is screen-related myopia (nearsightedness – there is not yet scientific consensus on this topic). The ministry will also implement a new … [Read more...] about Tencent’s market value dropped by $20B following new Chinese gaming regulation plans
Part of The Complete Beginner’s Guide There are no terrible choices when it comes to picking a country to play in War Thunder, each one has strengths and weaknesses. If you’re feeling patriotic you can go for your own nation (if it’s in the game) or if you have a particular favourite aircraft then go for the appropriate country and work up to it (or enjoy it right away, if you happen to be especially keen on the P-26 Peashooter). It’s not as if you have to religiously stick to playing one country either, playing two or three (or all five) countries is good for mixing up play styles to keep things fresh, learning about the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of planes, and allowing aircraft of one nation to repair over time while playing another. The following only covers aircraft, I’m afraid I haven’t really been keeping up with the relative strengths of tanks. The USSR If you have no strong preference then starting off with the Soviet Union … [Read more...] about A Beginner’s Guide to War Thunder – Which Country Should I Play?
Play Secret World LegendsThe things I do for you! You know that story is everything to me, and in order to bring you more information, I allowed myself to be partially spoiled on Secret World Legends’ start of the long-awaited Season 2. If you know nothing of what’s ahead and are trying to stay totally pure of any information other than it launches on April 4th, then go ahead and leave now. Right now. That was your warning. Because I was just on a pretty detailed (but not completely spoilerific) tour of the upcoming content release with Game Director Romain Amiel and Community Manager Andy Benditt. And I am going to share some of it with you. Don’t worry, though – I’ve got your back. I’ve made it so incredibly obvious the different levels of spoilers — from nothing to lots — so if you get spoiled, you will have only yourself to blame. If you already know where we are heading and want to learn details about non-story stuff that is … [Read more...] about A sneak peek of South Africa in Secret World Legends’ Season 2
Over time, I have shared many different ways to drive traffic to your website, but as most of us know, traffic from countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. convert better in terms of advertising and affiliate sales. This is because of the “purchasing power” of users from these countries. There are many factors that can help you to get country-specific traffic. For example, ShoutMeLoud is a popular blog in India & also globally. I could actually work on targeting more U.S.-based traffic, but whenever I iterate my blogging business plan, I realize that it’s better to target an Indian audience as it provides less competition and a better supply:demand ratio. There are very few blogs in India that teach the A to Z of blogging. Being in this niche for several years, ShoutMeLoud has an advantage. This reflects my particular case, but I’m sure there are many of you who are blogging for AdSense income, and you may want to target traffic from specific countries (like … [Read more...] about How To Target Country-Specific Website Traffic