MMO Rant #3: Retroactively “New” Features

It’s time for the third rant of Grouchy Gnome, the disgruntled MMO player persona of game developer Ryan Shwayder. As I refrained from pointing out in the last couple rants, I’m writing these as a player without regard to the fact that I know better. Meaning, I’ll rant about anything that annoys me, even if I know that it shouldn’t or can’t be implemented. Why? It’s nice to forget everything I’ve learned by making games, damnit. Continue Reading »

MMO Rant #2: WYSIWYGn’t Loot

WTF happened to WYSIWYG loot? Has it been relegated to being a thing of the past? You know, WYSIWYG–that wonderful acronym first popularized by now-ancient web design programs. What you see is what you get. Except in today’s MMOs, what you see is not what you get, and it cheeses me off. Continue Reading »

MMO Rant #1: Overhype

How many times have you followed a game for multiple years, only to be thoroughly disappointed by the game when it finally entered beta or launched? I’ve done this far too many times. Seriously, far too many times. I can’t even count the number of times this has happened to me on one hand. Continue Reading »