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...

TV Credits That I Never Skip

Nope, still not a video game post… also when you’re short on time and energy, Newbie Bloggers, consider a post that is nothing but awesome YouTube videos. Ahem. — One of the casualties of our modern binge-watching television habits (thanks, Netflix) is the opening credits. Sure, they might seem interesting at first but after the first three episodes or so they’re usually just 30 to 60 seconds of time where...

You Can’t Kill Progress, But You Could Liven It Up A Bit

Yesterday morning a strange new channel started streaming on Twitch. The live video shows a distressed man who has been locked in an empty room. Eight different security cameras record his plight from just about every angle. A timer at the top of the screen slowly counts down to something, and a hashtag in the corner says “#cantkillprogress”. As of this post, the stream has been showing the man for just over 24 hours....

3 Things RIFT Did Better Than Anyone Else

While I’m still having a grand time in Final Fantasy 14, lately I’ve been reminiscing about the glory days of RIFT. Before Storm Legion and before cash shops, RIFT was my favorite MMO ever. It didn’t start out that way: the game debuted with a weird anti-WoW advertising campaign that was kind of off-putting at the time, and it did a lot of patching and maturing over its first six months. But I maintain to this day...

Waiting for Heavensward

The upcoming expansion for FFXIV, Heavensward, became available for pre-order yesterday. While I’m not planning on pre-ordering myself until a couple of weeks out from the June launch I wanted to see how much it costs and what goodies would be included in the Special Edition so I sat down with the feller to look at the webpage and sort it out. A conversation much like this one ensued: L: “Wow, the physical...

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