Guest Post: Community Backlash and Developer Interaction

Liore is on vacation and so Dahakha kindly agreed to fill in for the day. You can find his blog, Star-Fired Beef, right here. ————————————— Anyone who follows MMO news, particularly the major MMOs, knows that the various companies competing for our time and money do some things, make some decisions, that are not highly regarded by the playerbase. The...

The Eternal Payment Model Debate: part 284

Summer 2098: There is no more oil and armed gangs roam the desert to fight for supplies. The MMO Bloggers still fight about payment models. — Jessica Cook (@Liores) May 30, 2015 There was a pretty vibrant discussion between MMO bloggers on Twitter over the weekend on the subject of pay-to-win. I know I’ve already delivered my final word on MMO payment systems and I really intended to keep to that because, let’s be...

NBI Talkback Challenge #1 … sorta

As I mentioned earlier in the week May is Newbie Blogger Initiative month! One of the ongoing events is a “Talkback Challenge”, where a topic is chosen once a week for everyone to write about. This week’s prompt is: How did GamerGate affect you? Oh dear. How do you write about a subject that you’re still afraid to put in the title of your post? For the record I’ve written about the whole mess a few times...

Con Exhibitors, let’s talk about lady-shirts

Convention season appears to be upon us! PAX South and MAGfest happened this past weekend, and my Twitter feed is full of talk about the upcoming Gen Con and PAX East. One of the fun things for laypeople to do at conventions is collect a little swag, including the omnipresent t-shirt. It’s popular with good reason — con-goers get a piece of clothing to show off, and the company in turn gets some good advertising. Wearing a...

You Gotta Pay Somehow

In news that was somehow simultaneously both expected and unexpected, today The Elder Scrolls Online announced that they’ll be moving from a subscription payment model to buy-to-play. Subscribers will be given bonuses, but otherwise once you have the box you’re free to explore Tamriel. The right honourable Belghast had some words to say on this topic: Don't like pay to win air drops, or overpriced early access schemes?...

Liore’s Hot Gamer Trend of 2014: Alienation

Today almost every studio game has some multiplayer elements. Even games that have historically been for single players only now frequently come with an aspect of multiplayer, some of which has been done well (Mass Effect 3!) and some of which has not (SimCity 2013, whyyyy). The most popular and recognizable games in the world — League of Legends, World of Warcraft, and Call of Duty — all entirely rely on multiplayer,...

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