If 'it' hadn't already begun, then 'it' has certainly begun now. Yesterday an official Blizzard statement was made in response to the add-on community creating tools that essentially put 'retail WoW' into Classic WoW. More... The main focus of this response is to an add-on that creates a LFG tool similar to what we have in modern-day WoW. It makes finding groups easier, facilitates the creation of groups, etc. This did not exist in Classic. Here's Blizzard's response: Blue SourceWe’ve been closely following the community discussion around this add-on for WoW Classic, as well as analyzing it to make sure we understand how it works. After careful examination, we believe the nature of ClassicLFG is incompatible with our social design for Classic. Thus, in an upcoming patch (in the weeks following launch), we will be adding restrictions to the Classic add-on API that will significantly limit this add-on and others like it. I think that's completely fair. I support … [Read more...] about The Spirit of World of Warcraft is Old School
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Do you believe that time travel is possible? It most certain is in the realm of fantasy virtual worlds. Legacy servers from many early MMORPGs are popping up all over the world. Recently, I had the privilege to take a time machine and travel back to Azeroth exactly the way it was back in November of 2004 on the Elysium vanilla WoW server. Since then I have been enchanted and captivated yet again by the enthralling World of Warcraft MMORPG. This was all made possible by the hard work and dedication of the Elysium vanilla WoW team. Why are legacy servers so popular? It’s very simple. After years of bad design decisions made more out of concern for growing the demographic to increase profits than for the good of the game, the current version of World of Warcraft comes off as a pitiful shadow of its former self. Like a cheap knockoff of a Rolex watch sold by a street vendor, the WoW of today is WoW in name only. Over the years, WoW has been continually dumbed down and degraded … [Read more...] about The Majesty of Elysium’s Vanilla World of Warcraft
When it comes to reducing ping and lag for MMORPGs, I use ExitLag. We’ve all been there haven’t we, especially those of us who connect to game servers a continent or two away from us. We suffer from lag spikes at the most untimely moments, like during a raid or in a PvP match. It’s frustrating, annoying and it does ruin the quintessential MMO experience. What’s worse, is that no matter how we try to optimize our PCs and internet connection, nothing really works. That’s where software like ExitLag comes in. I’ve been using it pretty much as my daily driver to reduce my ping in MMOs (which is usually 280ms without). Here’s why if you suffer high latency like me, you should too. What Is ExitLag? Before we get into the nitty-gritty though, new players or first timers will definitely have questions. What is ExitLag and how does it work? ExitLag is a software developed for players by players that optimizes your connection making it stable, decreasing … [Read more...] about Why ExitLag Is Amazing For Reducing MMORPG Ping
Ages ago on the MMORPG subreddit, a player made a bold statement: MMORPGs are designed for low-skill gamers. “I remember being dazzled by EverQuest and Ultima as a child,” he wrote, reminiscing about his memory of high difficulty old-school games. “I recently loaded up [Star Wars: The Old Republic] again, and I’m shocked. Piss easy. Everything. XP falling from the sky. Mobs dead in one GCD. Brainless. The same reason I quite every MMO. I never meet people, I never feel challenged. I just feel bored. ‘Wait till endgame’ isn’t gonna cut it anymore. I’m over it. I’m done. I feel like I’m just hitting the ‘Reward’ button again and again and again, solitary and alone, like a stupid little rat in the cage.” He then basically blames the perceived shift of the genre on people who don’t want games to be “like a job”: “The genre just seems to be fueled by mediocre, anti-social … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Are MMOs designed for ‘low-skill gamers’?
Every time I see someone write something about casual players – including me because heavens know I’ve done it too – I feel a knot tighten in the back of my throat. Because it’s an awful term. I’ve talked before about how there are bits of MMO terminology that rub me the wrong way. Some of them are purely pedantic (“mobs” comes from Mobile Object Blocks, and it’s an understandable term but one that belies a mismatch of terminology) or just personal (“toon” is a terrible term for your characters) while the term itself is still functional. But there are other terms I dislike because they don’t actually do what they’re supposed to do, like “pay-to-win.” “Casual” is one such term. It had a meaning and a use at one point, but that has been buried now under years and years of misapplication. We desperately need better terminology than “casual,” especially since most reasonable … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: Casual no longer means anything in MMOs