Yikes, Blizzard didn’t have a great week: Its first quarter financials dropped, and they were brutal indeed, revealing that Blizzard’s small stable of games has lost six million monthly active users in the last year alone. Meanwhile, Star Wars MMOs honored Chewbacca, we got a first peek at EVE Online’s next expansion, Star Citizen was suffered a media barrage, and the City of Heroes community kept the rogue servers coming. Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES Forbes characterizes Star Citizen’s development as ‘incompetence and mismanagement on a galactic scale’ - If you have only the faintest idea what has gone on with Star Citizen since its initial Kickstarter, a new Forbes piece on the game and its creator Chris Roberts is… Star Wars MMOs pay tribute to the life of Chewbacca actor Peter … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Blizzard’s freezing financials
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The fun thing about bringing up the story of World of Warcraft is that you inevitably have some folks who will immediately crop up and claim that they don’t care about the story, therefore it’s not a valid criticism. For understandable reasons, I didn’t have time to whip up a certificate for those of you in this category, but if you fall into that category congratulations! You care not one whit about storytelling or setting or world or any of that and would be perfectly happy shooting at featureless mannequins suspended over an endless void. You’re excused for the day. For the rest of us, however, let’s talk about the storytelling here. While WoW has never been the greatest at storytelling, this expansion isn’t just bad but actively distasteful, the sort of unpleasantness that leaves a foul taste in your mouth well after you’ve moved on from the story. It’s the same sort of “what the heck” you saw in Uldum, but … [Read more...] about WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part four: Story
We’ve spent three weeks explaining, in no small amount of detail, why people are unhappy with the current state of World of Warcraft. We’re going to spend subsequent weeks explaining further details of why people are unhappy. But it’s kind of a failing if we spend the time pointing out problems without acknowledging positive aspects, and here we are with a new patch that actually contains lots of good stuff! And a couple of not-so-good bits, but even those are relatively minor. No, I don’t count things like “not fixing the Heart of Azeroth” as a bad thing. That was never in the cards. I’m not going to be able to comprehensively cover every individual bit here and there, both because I’m writing this before we have formal patch notes and I think we’re at the point that a 5% damage tweak on one ability or another is not exactly fixing any real problems. But let’s talk about positives, starting with the obvious aspect of the … [Read more...] about WoW Factor: The good and (very minor) bad of World of Warcraft patch 8.1.5
The catalyst for this three-part series wasn’t actually the video that I used to kick off this whole brief revival of WoW Factor. Sure, I said that it was, but that in and of itself was enough for one column. Maybe one and a half. No, what really kicked it off was a post on Reddit about the state of transmog, vanity items, and the fact that there is no reason in the world we can’t select some hairstyles on allied races in World of Warcraft. Because let’s face it, that could be the one saving grace of the expansion. If everything else is a complete mess (and it is), we could at least walk out of the expansion feeling like we got some new appearances and races. That at least, at the end of the day, we’ve made some long-term progress. But no, we appear to treat “long-term progress” as a dirty word these days. And this is a major problem. It’s one of the many, many reasons that the whole Mythic+ currency “fix” is intensely stupid, and … [Read more...] about WoW Factor: When long-term progress in World of Warcraft isn’t
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