The Value of Playing for (No) Fun

Allow me to share a conversation that I had repeatedly over the past week. Me: Oh my god I hate this Hexcells game so much it’s making me angry. Him: Um, you should stop playing it then. Me: I can’t do that! I’m almost finished. Hexcells is essentially a fiendish update to the¬†classic game Minesweeper, with more advanced ways of letting you know where the bombs are located and greater allowance for¬†error. There are...

Hypothesis: There is no such thing as the “WoW Community”

A reminder that I’m giving away games to folks who donate at least $5 to Extra Life! The topic of this post is just an idea I’ve been kicking around lately. I frequently see people refer to the “World of Warcraft Community”, and I’ve absolutely used the phrase myself in the past. But more and more I think that’s ascribing a sense of collective where none exists. It’s less a...

ArcheAge Housing and Queue Times

Oh, Internet. You're why daddy drinks. — Scott Hartsman (@hartsman) September 14, 2014 Poor Trion Worlds and ArcheAge, victims of their own success. Any experienced MMO player knows that launch week of a new game is usually fraught with technical problems and population issues, but admittedly the ArcheAge queue times can be pretty extreme. Last night I joined the queue as a free player at 7pm and finally got in the game at...

Stop and Plant the Roses (ArcheAge)

I am currently dealing with a surprise event in my life that while not the worst thing ever does require in the short term a great deal of time and physical labour and a pinch of emotional fortitude. The result is that for now my limited leisure activity occurs at about 11pm, when I’m tired and just a wee bit wound up. Until recently this has pushed games off my agenda almost entirely, except for the odd round of Dragon Coins...

MMOs are dead and I don’t feel so good myself

Every so often I get an angry message from a reader that can be boiled down to “well, like, that’s just your opinion man”. And it’s true! All posts here are totally my own opinion, including this one. A couple of weeks ago Ellyndrial wrote a post about how he’s been having a hard time getting into MMOs lately, WildStar in particular. He got a number of comments from folks who feel the same way, and...

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