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?
I do my best to be a patient party member in group content, but I am not perfect. When we get to the point when the group is just not getting something, that’s when I get frustrated. And then I usually, well… go quiet. I don’t start yelling at my party members or anything, but I do tend to get a bit of stone-faced frustration going on. It’s not entirely to my credit, and it can make certain runs in games like Final Fantasy XIV particularly unpleasant. Of course, this doesn’t come up all the time. Nine times out of ten, even in World of Warcraft, your group is good enough to do the dungeon and then go home. But every so often you do wind up with that group where everything just keeps going wrong. So how do you handle your frustrations in these group scenarios? Do you start giving orders? Yelling? Getting silent and glowering at the computer screen? Just flat-out leaving? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How do you handle frustrations in MMO group content?
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?
A “backlink” is one of the most used words in the world of search engine optimization (SEO). Many bloggers who have only recently started a blog or a website often struggle to understand what the term “backlink” means. In this post, I hope to offer you an understanding of what backlinks are, why they are essential to SEO, and why they are important for your online success. Let’s get started… Backlinks are incoming links to a webpage. When a webpage links to any other page, it’s called a backlink. In the past, backlinks were the major metric for the ranking of a webpage. A page with a lot of backlinks tended to rank higher on all major search engines, including Google. This is still true to a large extent. Here is a glossary of common terms related to backlinks that you should know: Link Juice: When a webpage links to any of your articles or your website’s homepage, it passes “link juice”. … [Read more...] about What Is A Backlink and How Do You Start Getting Backlinks To Your Blog?