I don’t know how I didn’t pick up on this sooner. Shadowbane’s Patch 22 will apparently reboot the entire game. No, not the servers. The game. Like a comic book reboot, only much deadlier to the franchise. They are planning on deleting everything–characters, cities, items… everything. Every single thing players have ever worked for will be deleted. Not just for inactive accounts, but for all of them. I don’t think it’s necessary to comment further.
I’m going to say it’s a two-way tie this week. First off, we have Fox News, who reported that Mass Effect has explicit sex, full-frontal nudity, and that the game is marketed to children. All of these claims, of course, are completely false, and I wish they hadn’t run such misinformation on their network. The second is the Parents Television Council, who denounced the Entertainment Software Association for its intent to form a Political Action Committee. Continue Reading »
Inspired by the recent buzz about Warhammer Online possibly costing more than $15/month to play and a post by Nybling on the forums, I’ve created a poll asking how much you would pay to play. The scenario: Your favorite game of the moment–be that WoW, EQII, LotRO, or anything else–raises its monthly subscription rate. How much would you be willing to pay? Do you draw the line at the current standard of $15/month? Would you pay more if they made expansions free? Go to the forums and vote in the thread!
If so, what server? I’ve made my obligatory “Captain Morgan” clone, a hot chick, and a character I might actually play. All are on Blackbeard right now, but I’ll play wherever. My first impressions are the same as my old beta impressions: good game, reminds me of old school Pirates! The main drawback is pacing, which can be slow. Sailing is far too slow, especially when the wind is against you (I understand why, but it doesn’t make it fun). But, I think I’m going to have a good time as a merchant of opportunity, and I’ll continue to hope that they make ship combat faster (note to self: email friends at SOE and maybe they’ll talk to Flying Lab).
The January 2008 Boston Post Mortem will be Wednesday, January 16 at The Skellig in Waltham. This game developer meeting will be sponsored by CIDC, which means free appetizers and a single free beverage for those who go. There will be 8 speakers talking about various topics ranging from why Portal is the most perfect game ever to the finer points of contracting. More information can be found at the Boston Post Mortem site.
Are subscription MMOs a dying breed? Dana at WarCry and Akela at Massively have some comments. With more and more free-to-play massively multiplayer games coming to the market, will players continue to pay monthly subscriptions? Yes. Show me a free game with as much support as World of Warcraft in the North American market and I may change my tune, but I believe players will continue to pay for that level of service for some time to come. Continue Reading »
I got Guitar Hero 3 for Christmas without a guitar. I had the previous two for PS2 and got this on for the Xbox 360. I also have Rock Band for the 360. I found out much to my dismay that my Rock Band guitar is not compatible with Guitar Hero 3. After some investigation, it appears to be intentional on Activision/RedOctane’s part since Harmonix made the GH guitars work for Rock Band. Does anyone know if there’s a way to fix this? If not, Guitar Hero 3 is on its way back to GameStop and I’m getting BioShock or Mass Effect.
A really fun thread to read over at f13.net: 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.
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.
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 »