Cash Shop Accountability, a.k.a public shaming

I was lying in bed at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning playing Puzzle & Dragons on my phone when I noticed that there was a limited-time event going on that greatly boosted the chances of getting a Super Rare god monster from an egg lockbox. Having just started playing the game I knew that adding a SR god to my arsenal would be an enormous boon, but there was a little problem: egg lockboxes cost 5 magic stones, and I only had 3....

The WoW Token Almost Got Me

This week Blizzard debuted their new “WoW Token”, allowing players to purchase months of subscription time with in-game gold. I haven’t put a lot of thought into the theorycraft behind the Token so I’ll leave that to others who have but I can confirm that it alllllmost got me back into Azeroth. (By the way, “WoW Token” just further cements my view that for all of their creative talents Blizzard is...

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...

Identifying with a Brand, or Blizzcon Sass

So I was looking at today’s Blizzcon announcement and noticed that tickets are US$199. Two hundred dollars! I mean, it’s not like Blizzcon makes a ton of profit and as Wilhelm said to me on Twitter the tickets will still sell out in minutes, proving that Blizzard could charge even more (and probably should). And to be fair I’ve been to Blizzcon before in 2010 and it was a lot of fun, but the best parts were meeting...

Crowfall Kickstarter is Smart Marketing

Hey, did you guys hear that Crowfall launched a Kickstarter today? I’m not a big user of Kickstarter myself. A lot of people who I like and respect are into it so no slight to them, but it’s never been my thing. I’m too miserly to spend money on a concept that may or may not ever come to pass, and my internal hipster voice could never hop on a project just because it was popular. In fact the only time I’ve ever...

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