You can tell that you live in a connected society when opening your inbox on a day like today, you are assaulted with dozens of automated messages from the various sites you have signed up on before… all wishing you the most sincere Happy Birthday. So apart from my wife, the first birthday greetings came rolling in from a chorus of mail bots over night. I’ve tried not to talk much about real life here, saving it for mostly game based topics (much to the ire of some key individuals), but on a day like today I figured I would make an exception. Makes you realize how small the world has become, as the well wishers start rolling in on every platform imaginable from facebook to email to IM. Birthdays lose their lustre as an adult. Gone are the elaborate birthday parties and the months of being told no because it was “close to your birthday”. Forgotten are the party games, and the looking forward to gifts… because … [Read more...] about An Ordinary Day
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I’m still working out the format of these pieces. Any thoughts on what you’d like to read/see? Let me know in the comments! This was an incredible set of SMITE, and we’re only in week two! Instead of covering all five of these matches from Day One, I’m going to focus on a few of them, the ones that were possibly the most impactful to me. This was the first match to go to five so far, and it’s beautiful. The other matches were quick and ugly, but Rival is going against arguably the two toughest teams at the start of their season. Though they didn’t win, they were not stomped in any of these games, except game one. I’m sure there are going to be plenty of people that come out of the woodwork and blame PandaCat, who is new to the mid role, but I don’t think this is the case at all. PandaCat showed that he has an incredibly diverse god pool, and even banning four mid gods in Game Four. The strat here was very clearly to force PandaCat to go … [Read more...] about Smite Pro League – Season 6, Week Two – Match of the Week
I wouldn’t go calling Elder Scrolls Online’s Khajiit catgirls and catboys to their faces, but we’re sure to be tempted this summer when as announced this week the Elsweyr chapter/expansion launches and we get our first chance to dig into the full depths of the province. Bring your hype! Meanwhile, players rioted over Blizzard’s WoW esports plans, Astellia announced it’s coming westward, Breach hit early access, and Fallout 76’s bug parade continued. Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES Elder Scrolls Online will launch Elsweyr and Necromancer in June, Wrathstone DLC in February - ZeniMax has just revealed that Elsweyr, homeland of the Khajiit, is indeed Elder Scrolls Online's next chapter. The devs kicked off their stream with a teaser and the cinematic (the… Tamriel Infinium: Examining … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr chapter heralds five months of cat memes
The weird thing about our perception of time is that we don’t always realize just how much things are changing around us unless we take the effort to notice or have one of those jarring experiences in which we’re faced with the past. What always astonishes me is how we get used to gradual progress in technology without realizing how dependent we’ve gotten on such things. Take video games, for example, because this is an MMO site and we talk about them quite a lot. A game that you enjoyed 10 or 20 years ago might be absolutely horrid to you now because it lacks a lot of features that have become commonplace in the meantime (personally, I’m always irked that my console JRPG characters don’t regen health after battles). Then again, these games might hold up well and pass the test of time. As much as we whine and moan about the seeming lack of progress in MMOs, the truth is that in many ways, we used to have it so much worse back in the earlier days of the … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: MMO problems we don’t really have these days
Kotaku put out a piece this week on how to game without wrecking your body, something that’s probably bound to come up in the average MMORPG player’s life. It’s filled with basic tips like “drink water, ya moron” and “sit up straight” and “don’t eat garbage” and “look at stuff other than the screen” but there are also some useful tips in there like “stretch before you binge” – including your hips and wrists, which you might otherwise overlook. For this week’s Overthinking, I’ve asked the writers to expound on two things: first, the most unhealthiest video gaming moment or habit they’ve ever had, and second, one specific thing they do to keep themselves from completely destroying their bodies when their hobby has become their career. Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Ah man, this one’s going to be kind of boring. For me, the unhealthiest gaming moment was probably my first … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: How do you maintain your health while binging MMORPGs?