Earlier this month, there was a fascinating conversation swirling around a Gamasutra article by Bryant Francis, specifically a quote from game dev Patric Mondou. “We’re moving away slowly from games as a cultural product,” Mondou suggested. “You know you’re not buying a music album anymore, you’re buying entertainment for a while. That’s what games are now. Music is going that way now too, with Spotify and all of that and Netflix.” As Gamaustra’s Kris Graft put it, the idea that games are becoming – or becoming framed as – little more than distractions that we consume is disturbing… but maybe not wrong, either. I’m sure you folks have seen it in non-MMOs, and I suspect we can name MMOs that definitely lean in that direction. So let’s Overthink it: Are games in general and MMOs in specific stepping away from being cultural products and toward temporary entertainment – as … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: MMOs as distraction vs. culture
Vulnerability assessment vs penetration testing
Did you catch our latest Stew Talks? It’s like Ted Talks, but about gaming and Hi-Rez. When I sat down with Stew Chisam, President of the studio, at the latest Hi-Rez Expo, we had quite a chat — so much so that we only covered half of it last time! Now, we delve into the final topics of our conversation. We’ll cover the games of the past and esports of the future. And I have to know Hi-Rez thinks of the current venue. Will this partnership really benefit the studio? I hope so because from where I sat, the change was a whole slew a negatives to outweigh the positives, making the expo less fun for fans. The good of Dreamhack vs HRX venue One of the very first questions I had to ask Chisam was about the change in venue and time for HRX. As our interview was in the middle of the con, I knew there would be more factors to study after its conclusion, but I wanted to know his impressions of this radical change. And it was radical. Even ignoring the change from the first … [Read more...] about Hi-Rez Expo 2018: Assessing the new expo venue, game experimentation, and esports
Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Online worlds researcher Dr. Richard Bartle didn’t actually write the Bartle test. His original research explored, analyzed, and defined the four player archetypes — killer, socializer, achiever, and explorer — but the test based on that paper was created a few years later by Erwin Andreasen and Brandon Downey and named in his honor. We’ve been talking a lot about Bartle’s ideas’ relevance to modern MMOs in the last month or two, so I thought it would be fun to ask the Massively OP staff and readers to take the test, share their results, and talk about what it all means in this week’s Massively Overthinking. There are, of course, some caveats. First, the Bartle test as once hosted on GamerDNA has been toast for many months now. The world will have lost an amazing resource there if it never comes back up because it included analysis and a record of scores for … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Let’s take the classic Bartle test
The big focus in Rend is about building and augmenting your faction’s base, but there are other parts of the map worth vying for as well. The first development roadmap feature, control points, is currently available to test in the alpha, and it gives each faction a chance to earn valuable resources at the cost of a more vulnerable outer base. Nine control points are available across the map, in strategic locations as well as on borders and near the center. Once a faction captures a control point, it can build bases around the control point, and the point itself will enjoy a few hours of safety before it can be recaptured. However, it’s still vulnerable, as all three factions will want it for their own due to a steady stream of spirits and the bonus for capturing. Of course, attacking and recapturing the point lets you take anything still there when it swaps sides as well as offering other rewards based on how long the prior faction held that point. So it’s something … [Read more...] about Rend explains its new Control Points in the alpha test
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