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...

GW2 and Heart of Thorns: Has Steam Devaluation Finally Hit MMOs?

Yesterday this blog post “about the liberating and energizing effects of complete commercial failure” made the rounds on Twitter. The very indie studio behind critical successes Tale of Tales, Sunset, and more are shutting their doors and getting out of the game industry. The post outlines some of the ways that the developers didn’t succeed, but at the end of the day it simply seems that in the current market players...

Horror Movie Highlights from the Seattle Film Festival

For a few weeks in May and June, the Seattle International Film Festival highlights a selection of outstanding movies from around the world. As well as the usual dramas, comedies, and documentaries, SIFF is also known for their excellent horror / sci-fi program schedule including midnight movies every weekend. If you want to see some indie and foreign horror, this is the place to do it. This year I was able to catch three films:...

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...

WildStar and the Mixed Blessing of Free to Play

Carbine Studios announced today that WildStar is going free-to-play, and I just don’t how I feel about it. On the one hand WS is a legitimately great game that never really found its audience, probably because technically they stopped playing hardcore MMOs around 2009. If WildStar had launched at the same time as RIFT I think it would have been very successful. The game has a lot of charm, some cool mechanics, and a housing...

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...

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