Play EVE Online for freeIt’s become almost a running joke in the comments of articles that EVE Online is a great game to read about but not nearly as fun to actually play. While those of us who have been playing for years can attest to EVE‘s depth and long-term gripping power, it has always been a difficult game for new players to get into. EVE sees an unmistakable spike in new players every time a story about a massive battle or political event hits the gaming media, but most don’t stay in the long term and activity levels always return to normal within a few months. CCP has tried to revamp the new player experience more times than probably any other part of the game to combat this, but EVE‘s infamous impenetrability remains stubbornly intact. At EVE Fanfest 2016, we learned that a whopping 1.5 million people signed up to EVE last year, but that 51% of them quit within the first two hours. They’re … [Read more...] about EVE Evolved: Fixing EVE’s New Player Experience (again)
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As Massively OP is centered on the “massively” part of gaming, it makes sense that my first guide to survival games was focused on multiplayer titles. Similarly, The Survivalist will mostly (but not always!) concern itself with the multiplayer games in the survival genre. However, after researching this topic, I felt that not highlighting the single-player offerings would be a serious disservice to the genre. There are occasions when you want to test your survival mettle without the interference of other players; sometimes you just want to live or die on your own merits and not at the hands of someone elses decisions. Besides that, some of these titles — like Subnautica — offer an awesome premise you can’t get elsewhere. Ready to survive on your own? Here’s a a taste of a number of games you can dive into when you want to scratch that survival itch in private. For this list, the requirement of having to forage for food and water to survive has been … [Read more...] about The Survivalist: Massively OP’s guide to survival games, single-player and beyond
A new year, a new batch of survival games! Yes, the genre has become so popular that one guide, no not even two guides could contain all of the survival goodness. More keep cropping up. I certainly can’t say as I mind, since this is the style of game that has been giving me the feeling of having an impact on my environment. And it’s not all the same collection of zombies, although there is still plenty of that. It is interesting to see what new takes developers are bringing to the table. Want to do a survival reality show? There’s a game for that! How about living like a viking? Yup. What if you want to be the psychotic killer that survivors are trying to, well, survive? Got you covered. Fell like upping the ante and surviving via VR? There are a few of those available. If you are looking for a new survival to sink your teeth into, here’s the addendum for some newer games in development as well as some newly discovered ones since the last mega double guide. … [Read more...] about The Survivalist: Another year, another Survival Game guide
DAY 3 & 4 Player: @jarira Little elf lost in the big city. After how smoothly Day 2 went, we decided to see how Jar can hold up in the game on her own. So I was pleasantly surprised to log in one night and see that she’d been online just a few hours before, and had actually gained a level by herself. I quickly shot her a message and asked her how Day 3 on her own worked out. Not so good, apparently. I gathered from her replies that the major highlights of her experience was that she had gotten lost, accidentally ran into a named mob three levels higher than her which killed her pet, and then it took a while for her to figure out how to rez him again. After questing on my own the other day, I’m not so sure WoW is a game I would play on my own much. Its just so much more fun with someone else, especially when everything is new, and I literally get lost like all the time (as you saw today in the cave lol) I think it’s just my lack of experience with RPG … [Read more...] about Project WoW Noob: Days 3-4 – Contemplating The “MMO” And The “RPG”
Last week, Second Life announced that premium members are now allotted double land for their starting tier! I tried and failed to think of a title for this post that would convey how important this really is. Let’s just say, what I’m about to blog about is a pretty big deal. Enough for me to announce my return to Second Life! A Quick Personal History My past with Second Life stretches back to 2004 when I first stumbled into the strange virtual world. I created an avatar named Aywren, and chose the last name Sojourner from a list of possible surnames… which became a name that I now use for just about everything. I came and went from SL over the years until I got caught up in breedable pets back in 2010. I had a pretty successful SL pets blog for a while, and it was a lot of fun. But, I eventually drifted away to other games that required more time, and though I still enjoyed breedable pets, it wasn’t enough to hold my interest and sub money. I put down the … [Read more...] about Second Life: Returning… and Getting More Land!