The Illegal Danish

“Van Kraken attempts to steal the mystical Danish from the Illegal Danish while Basutei & Rasi seek out the cause of the portal disruption.” This is the premise of Myndflame’s Illegal Danish: Super Snacks. It, combined with its sequel, is perhaps the most impressive piece of machinima in mmo history. It’s 20 minutes of great writing, wonderful editing, good voiceovers, nice music, and total hilarity. After you watch the first one, check out the recently-released sequel: Illegal Danish 2: Escape from Orgrimmar.

The 2007 Nerfbat MMO Blog Awards

Another year is coming to a close, which means it’s time for the second annual Nerfbat MMO Blog Awards, aka the Gnomeys. This year we saw a lot of new blogs coming to life, a lot of old blogs dying, and a lot of the same old blog jockeys up to the same old antics. Overall, I think it’s been a great year for MMO blogging–while we mostly covered the same old issues that we cover every year, there’s been a lot of insightful commentary, and every little bit of massively multiplayer news slips through no cracks, which I like. Continue on for the prestigious award winners. Continue Reading »

Your Top 10 MMOs

A really fun thread to read over at Your Top 10 MMOs. The replies and reasons for why people rate games the way they do are pretty interesting. I only did my Top 5 because I couldn’t decide on the latter half, but here they are in order: Ultima Online, EverQuest, World of Warcraft, EverQuest II, EVE Online. My relatively brief reasons are in the thread, but basically: I gave precedence to the first two because they essentially created the genre, WoW and EQII got on there because they are both great, and EVE is on there because the dev team sticks to its guns and has something unique.

MMO Predictions for 2008

More MMOs will be announced than are released in 2008. More MMOs will be canceled before coming out than actually do come out in 2008. More fantasy MMOs will be announced than sci-fi MMOs. More sci-fi MMOs will be announced in 2008 than 2007. One relatively major MMO will close its doors. One relatively major MMO will be pushed out of its slated 2008 release. EA or Actiblizzion will purchase either a major MMO studio or major MMO property. An MMO version of either A Song of Ice and Fire or Krondor will be announced. I will come up with at least one more way to shamelessly promote my blog. anyuzer will come back, briefly.

Why Fantasy MMOs?

How could so few words spark so much response? Because we all like talking about fantasy vs. sci-fi vs. western vs. modern vs. everything else. Why on Earth are there so many fantasy games, books, and movies? Why do we keep seeing new fantasy MMOs announced at a 2 to 1 ratio vs. all other genres? Well, there are already half a gazillion comments at Terra Nova about it, and Moorgard has some good insight into it. I’m not sure if I’ve ever really chimed in about why we make so many fantasy MMOs, but I guess it’s time for me to enlighten everyone beyond the break. Continue Reading »

MMO Rant #13: Too Many MMOs

It seems like every damn week a new massively multiplayer game is announced. Sometimes they are seriously valid potential entries into the marketplace. Most of the time, the games aren’t even going to make it out the door or, if they do, they will be piles of junk. It seems like half of the new companies making an MMO were founded by “Blizzard superstars,” aka people who once consulted someone in overseas tech support about what to eat for dinner. It’s starting to melt my brain. Continue Reading »

PvP Done Right, by Scott Jennings

The designer formerly known as Lum the Mad has a wonderful volcanic eruption of a post up called How To Make A Game With ‘PvP Done Right.’ He makes a lot of great points, and I pretty much agree with all of what he says in there. It’s a great insight for many people, I’m sure, showing how any little decision you make will have repercussions, and designing a PvP system is like walking on a thin line that you might violently crash off into some endless void of suck. Come to think of it, designing anything for a game is pretty much like that. 😉 Anyway, check out his post. The main lines from each of his points are after the fold. Continue Reading »

WWTRD: Official Forums or Fan Forums?

What Would The Rock Do? Massively (a site I can’t get enough of, but I suspect my CTRL+R wants me to switch to F5) has an article up entitled, The Daily Grind: To forum, or not to forum? Despite the amusing and nostalgic troll image, they do ask a question that I’ve pondered dozens of times. I have my own opinions, but I’d rather not taint any feedback here or in their comments. Do you feel that MMO companies should run their own official forums, or should they instead allow fansites to run forums and jump in and post on them? Should companies provide all the forums (server forums, class forums, etc.) or just a limited amount, leaving specialty forums to the fansites?

Activision + Vivendi & Blizzard = Activision Blizzard

Holy Cow Level, Batman! As seen on Massively, Vivendi Games, including World of Warcraft developer Blizzard Entertainment, is now owned as a subsidiary of Activision. This is a mega deal, even bigger than the recent EA buyout of BioWare/Pandemic. Honestly, there’s not a whole lot I have to say specifically about this, other than it’s huge. Read the press release and Blizzard Activision FAQ about it for all the details.

Shamlessly Reposted from Jeff Freeman’s Blog