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Posts tagged “MMOs”

Let’s Do The Timewalk: Revisit Older Dungeons In WoW

Sounds pretty straightforward to me - I mean it's just a jump to the left and then a step to the right, with your hands on you hi... oh. My bad. "Timewalk". Blizzard want you to do a "Timewalk" in World of Warcraft [official site]. The WoW devs are setting up a couple of weekend events dedicated to letting players attack old-school dungeons. It looks…

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Feature: Fire Bolt

Going Analogue: What MMOs Can Learn From LARPs

In theory, MMORPGs are my favourite PC games in the world. Exploring strange new worlds, dressing up in shiny armour, and kicking butt are my primary gaming motivations and MMORPGs have those in spades. Richard Garriott sold me the dream of a living fantasy world to inhabit in my early PC gaming days and it's a dream I've never quite given up on. Yet the…

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Feature: "assorted types of goo"

A Rant: Enough Of Single-Player MMOs

According to The Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor, the series' online spin won't be quite as social as expected. At least, not completely. "We have a whole part of the game that's 100% solo, and that's the main story," he explains to an invisible interviewer in this Game Informer video. "Everything you do is solo and the world reacts to you that way."…

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Player Interaction Versus Story In MMOs?

This article by Secret World lead Ragnar Tornquist, in which he argues that there's still room for stories that aren't generated by player interaction, is a bit awkward. I can't help thinking that it's a defence against exactly the kind of criticisms I usually make of MMOs - that the effort put into their stories and quests would be better spent on providing players with…

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An Ancient Argument

I've given myself 37 minutes to write this post in. You won't learn anything new from it. Kieron's covered the problems with MMO reviews in a reliably masterful way, and there really isn't much to be said beyond it. All I can do is repeat some of what others have touched on a thousand times previous, with different words at a different time, and with…

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Second Skin: The MMO Documentary

I've not had the chance to watch all of this yet, because the idea of observing moving images whilst listening to dialogue seems like a frightening impossibility to me. What will they think of next? If you, however, are convinced you can embrace this 'video' medium, perhaps you should watch Second Skin - a 90 minute documentary about how and why people spend so much…

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Fat Loot: The 10 Most Revenuetastic MMOs

Being the arrogant know-it-alls that we all are, it's rather too easy to make knee-jerk suppositions about the state of the MMO market, but recent research by Screen Digest (via the BBC, via RPS-chum Dan Gril) suggests it's in ruder health than is sometimes supposed. Currently, the industry is growing, despite last year looking, from afar, a wee bit disastrous for anything that wasn't Warcraft.…

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The Year In Graphs

Stats about games about stats: what finer way to ring in the new year? GamerDNA and Massively have shoved up some end-of-year research detailing the trending and state of play of the major MMOs, as documented by monitoring X-Fire. Not a perfect sample perhaps, but certainly a reputable one. More importantly, they have graphs! I love a graph, me. Well worth a nose at their…

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Serve the Servants

Since I'm a crazy self-obsessive, I pay attention to the referrals which are cheerfully logged in the machinery of the good ship Rock Paper Shotgun. When I wrote ridiculously lengthily about Travian the Servitor linked to us. This caused me to work my way back through their sporadically updated archives. They're a community manager for an un-named MMO, and the blog is an archive for…

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An avatar is for life, not just for Christmas

This is an interesting piece of futurologist chin-strokery. Yes, it's fairly redundant posturing about the horrendously over-exposed but under-subscribed Second Life (an abberation of a marketing tool on which there's something of a moratorium on RPS) beyond the introductory paragraph, but that first statement - soon there will be more avatars than real people - is a fascinating concept. " Gartner research indicates that in…

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For those (not) about to BioShock

Well, there's got to be someone out there who isn't planning on going through Bioshock this weekend. I'm among you, actually. I'm instead going to be spending my time playing Guild Wars, as they're having a preview weekend for their forthcoming Eye of The North Expansion. While the game proper goes live on August 31st, they're giving people who've pre-ordered the game 72 hours of…

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