In looking over my history with MMORPGs this year, one trend leaps out at me: In pretty much every old favorite that I returned to, I started over completely rather than pick up and play old characters. From SWTOR to Star Trek Online to FFXIV, I kept doing this over and over again. Am I troubled? Am I addicted to that “new character” smell? Or is it what I keep telling myself, that to really get invested back into an MMO, I need to experience it from scratch? I’m not sure, but chances are that I’m going to keep doing this and very rarely make it to any max level and endgame. Do you do this? Do you start over when you come back to MMOs rather than pick up and play old characters? If so, why? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Do you start over when you come back to an MMO?
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I swear to you, the other night I had a dream in which I was sorting out which MMOs I was going to return to in the near future. There was Elder Scrolls Online, which I know has a lot of storytelling potential and housing to boot. And my mind led me over to SWTOR, which has provided me with plenty of great times in the past. Then I woke up and thought, yup, that’s how it shall be. Not all of my gaming decisions are made by dreamland oracle. Sometimes I just know that it’s time to come back to an MMO because there’s some great content coming out for it or I have this inexplicable yearning to be in that land once again. Having friends who are all enthusiastic about it and trying to drag me back doesn’t hurt, either. I blame Larry for getting me all riled up about Neverwinter as of late. When do you know it’s time to return to an MMO? Are you feeling that lately? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: When do you know it’s time to return to an MMO?
Over the last year or so, my six-year-old has been making his way through LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga on our old PS3. Yes, I know it’s not an MMO, but bear with me a sec. Last week, he broke 4B studs in the game, completely legitimately, which is apparently as high as it goes. We didn’t even know there was cap, but there it is. And my son was despondent. He wanted to nuke everything and start over because, as he put it, there was no point to playing if he wasn’t getting a score and racking up studs. He’d rather start over with nothing as long as it meant he had goals to work toward. This is not at all how my husband and I play games, especially MMOs: Life is too short to worry about scoring; we play for fun, and if it’s not fun, we quit and find something that is. We don’t delete characters who hit the level cap and max out their gear, or abandon maxed out accounts, because the point wasn’t the characters but what we can do with them. And … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Do you start over in MMOs when your character or account is maxed out?
I was a little surprised when the announcement came a couple days ago that the Age of Conan expansion, Rise of the Godslayer, will be released May 11, 2010. Why, that’s only — *counts on my fingers* — a few weeks away! I scoured the Funcom and AoC websites for a confirmation, saw none, and went to the forums which were also abuzz with confusion. Anyway, I don’t know what took Funcom so long, but the announcement finally came on their website, along with a great new look. That’s confirmation enough for me! AoC fans have been waiting for this for a long time, and though this news seemed to have come out of nowhere, knowing that the release date is just around the corner makes the anticipation a lot less difficult to bear (unlike the torture that is the wait for a certain Star Wars MMO). So now that I know when to expect the expansion, I can start contemplating my RotGs decisions, questions like Tiger or Wolf (if you can call that thing a wolf)? Which … [Read more...] about Do I Really Want The Retail Box?
After Panda and Penguin updates from the last couple of years and the rumors of a new algorithm planned by Google, there’s one thing that you’ve probably heard people in the industry say thousands of times already – and you’re probably going to hear it again – so I’ll just say it as well: SEO is changing! But it’s changing for good. Why is this? Well, the process of getting backlinks now is not a matter of doing it in a mechanical way anymore or just trying to scale everything with software or outsourcing. Now you have to be directly a part of it by being involved creatively in the research, production and outreach process. During the time that I’ve been involved in all this “New SEO”, I’ve learned many things. There are methods such as guest blogging that works really well but is way more complex than just emailing people and asking them whether they allow guest bloggers to write articles on their website. I’ll … [Read more...] about Some Practical Tips When Doing Email Outreach for Backlinks