Worlds Adrift is laying New Foundations today – literally, as that’s the name of its 27th update. The downside with this update is that it includes a wipe and character reset (yes, it’s still an early access). The upside, however, is that bard-inclined toons are going to be able to rock out with new playable guitars; the Marauders enter the game to wreck you up (and provide sweet loot); and there’s a brand-new starting zone and tutorial for newbies – plus new drifting tools, better cooking, wall-walking, new gear, ship deco, more booze, and island turrets. The PvE server, however, is probably the biggest addition for more traditional MMORPG fans. Gamers will recall that the game launched with a PvP ruleset that engendered rampant griefing, so much that even one of our resident PvP sandbox fans was concerned about the game’s longevity. At the launch of the early access, Bossa suggested that a PvE server was both technically infeasible … [Read more...] about Worlds Adrift is launching PvE servers today – if the griefing put you off, give it another look
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It’s time to try a different sort of survival sandbox with the launch of Rend’s Early Access today. You can pick up the game’s current version right now for $30 on Steam, a game which you may have noticed we continually give out high praise for whenever we get our hands on it. Naturally, there’s a trailer just below along with some new screenshots, so everyone gets to enjoy a look at the title. For those who have missed it, Rend is a survival sandbox (as mentioned) with a bit of a twist. Players are automatically signed on for one of three factions in the game, and the ultimate goal is to be the strongest faction over time. There are limited windows for attacking the main base, but there are also large-scale attacks that coincide with those windows of vulnerability. Check out the trailer just below if you want a glance at the game in action. Or just go ahead and buy your way into early access now. Rummaging through Rend: Alpha impressions of Frostkeep’s … [Read more...] about Rend is hitting Early Access today
Massively OP reader ichi_san has a burning question about the state of the industry. “Lots of people seem to be looking for an MMO they can get into – consider the rush into Bless as an example. Lots of games are being released, but most (or even all) have some glaring issues, like pay-to-win, lockboxes, ganking, poor optimization, heavy cash shop, horrible gameplay, and so on. There’s the WoW model and other semi-successful formulas, and a lot of unexplored territory. The market seems hungry, and there is a bunch of history to build on and new territory to explore, but either gaming companies don’t understand their customers or greed/laziness/expediency get in the way, such that we see release after release that fails to scratch the itch. Am I missing something – are there fun MMOs with good graphics and fair monetization that I’m missing? Or is there a gaping hole in the MMO scene, and if so, why isn’t someone filling it?” I’ve … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Why is no one meeting the obvious player demand for big MMORPGs?
I’ve been a bit frustrated with Niantic lately. I love some of its ideas, but I watched someone else play Ingress prior to Pokemon GO’s release, and I noticed very similar problems between the two games after release — problems that the company should have noticed and corrected in its followup. Recently I decided to try out the former. Both are totally unintuitive. You have to search the UI for the tutorials, though Ingress’ can be accessed only near objectives. You’re asked to join a faction sooner there than in PoGO and with no context beyond 2-3 sentences. The game throws jargon with little to no context at you throughout the tutorial, making it difficult to follow. I walked around, clicking things and used items that I don’t fully understand, not because I’m too lazy to read but because I wanted to understand a game without consulting google. I saw portals get taken without anyone around me as I stood … [Read more...] about The Soapbox: Why is Pokemon GO still a tech demo?
Have you heard of the phrase “Monkey-see, Monkey-do”? It’s about how one monkey mimics the act of another monkey. Humans, having evolved from apes, also take cues from other fellow human beings when making decisions. This is called social proof. Social proof is a very effective way to convince prospective buyers by indirectly telling them, “People exactly like you have bought this product, so you should buy it too!” Social proof has been used for a long-time by advertisers to convince a prospective buyer that they should buy this product because everybody else is also buying it. A very simple example of social proof is shown in this video, where a person in the lift conforms to what everybody else is doing, even though they are all facing the wrong direction. See how powerful this is? Now let’s look at why “social proof” is so important. Why do bloggers need social proof? It creates … [Read more...] about What is Social Proof & Why Is It Crucial For Your Blogs Success?