What kind of expansion is this? This has been a very strange lead-up to the seventh World of Warcraft expansion. On the plus side, we didn’t experience any massive content droughts along the way, and it is always exciting to get a brand-new content pack to enjoy. But the story shift to factional warfare felt a little forced and the “big” selling features of Battle for Azeroth (warfronts, island expeditions, Heart of Azeroth, allied races) weren’t nearly as exciting as what we’ve gotten over the past two expansions (new classes, order halls, artifact weapons, garrisons). … [Read more...] about A fluffy casual’s starting perspective on World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
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My book, The World of Warcraft Diary, offers a rare, unfiltered, comprehensive look at game development. I start at WoW’s humble beginnings, and give a fly-on-the-wall access to the dev team’s conversations, debates, failed experiments, and internal pressures. Licensed by Blizzard Entertainment, it contains over 130 behind-the-scenes images (many of which have never been seen before). Every image is captioned and dated within the project's timeline. … [Read more...] about The World of Warcraft Diary Project Turns to Kickstarter & It’s Already Funded!
Today, I want to give some love to The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic, which I was ecstatic to add to my collection this week. Remember, I was initially disappointed that no artbook was included in the retail collector’s edition of the game, but now that I am holding this gem in my hands, I am beginning to understand why. The Art and Making of SWTOR is a masterpiece in and of itself. It’s a hefty hardcover of good quality, filled with full-colored images of digital pictures and concept art, and pages and pages of commentary to go with it. … [Read more...] about Review: The Art And Making Of Star Wars: The Old Republic
As a bonus, I also have a personalized World of Warcraft beanie with my final main’s name and our original guild emblem. Fun fact: I was a guild leader who entered and won WoW Insider’s old Guild of the Month contests several months before I successfully lobbied to become one of their freelancers, which I think helped me get my job here at MassivelyOP. Anyway, the winners got some store credit for guild-themed swag. I divided it up amongst the officers and held a contest for a non-officer to win one of the items, but I paid for my own beanie, keeping to the same restrictions everyone else had for solidarity. The guild sadly died soon after I moved to Japan, but I’m still in contact with some of those guys. It still brings me some good memories. … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: What’s your favorite MMORPG swag of all time?
#2: The Secret WorldI love unique, I love horror movies, I love mysteries, and I love puzzles… Yeah, so this is a given. No other MMO has given me the opportunity to “win” by using my mind. Winning almost everywhere else is solely combat-based, and often twitch-response based. That is not me. But figuring things out, using knowledge? Heck yeah that’s me! The feeling of solving mysteries is a drug I can’t get enough of! And you can be rewarded for exploring and doing things considered unconventional. That sums me up pretty well right there. Now let’s talk stories. I can’t even tell you how much I love the stories in this game, the twists, and the overshadowed darkness. It is an atmosphere unlike any other MMO, and I crave it. The atmosphere is what really ties this world together and gives it a life. It is the experience of walking through many little Twilight Zone vignettes instead of just watching them. Add the fact I can seriously look … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Our five favorite MMORPGs of all time