Take a trip through Lion’s Arch and you’ll find characters like Aid Worker Sya. The introduction of the game’s first openly trans NPC happened in the wake of Scarlet’s devastation. Between the carnage wrought on Lion’s Arch, a single male NPC transitioned and nobody batted an eyelid until somebody noticed. ArenaNet didn’t kick up a fanfare and the world moved on regardless. I’ve yet to take a walk down to the Mist Portals to check if she is still there but if she is, you’ll find NPC dialogue that openly addresses the change because, in a world of Mesmers, why not be who you are? … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2: Diverse or Diversionary?
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Stalwart Online Yesterday we soft launched our new guild website, and are super pumped that it is starting to get some traction among our users. It is still very much a work in progress and there are various bits and pieces that we want to do to expand it. The graphical style and skin work is 100% the product of my co-worker and our master guild hall decorator… Audrae. I know she has some future plans like to make the background swap each time the page loads, and have it pull from a pool of user submitted scenic shots. Right now we have a promotional shot from Elder Scrolls Online as a static background, but that should change before long. … [Read more...] about Story Problems
5 – World of Warcraft If you remember… I included World of Warcraft as number five on my five favorite MMOs list… and I think placing it in the number five spot on this list adequately represents the love/hate relationship I have with this game. Without a doubt I have had some of the best times playing WoW, but I have also had some of my biggest disappointments in the path they have chosen to grow it. It feels like an old high school friend… that you were extremely close to… but after years of being apart you grew in two completely different directions. While you want really badly to be happy for it… you can see the potential that was there… and how it has been squandered. … [Read more...] about 5 Biggest MMO Disappointments
It’s a tough job and certainly one that is not appreciated enough. The best way to weed out toxicity in a community is to show the community how things should be done. Far too many community managers play the role of marketing specialist and not the role of managing a community. Community managers shouldn’t just engage the community when it the game has something new to sell or when something goes horribly wrong. Of course, they should put out fires and promote, but they should also be there when a player talks about reaching a new goal in the game. They should start topics about managing a guild or improving your keybinds. I think an old adage applies here: They won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Real solutions to the MMO toxicity problem
Incidentally, we think September 6th, 2018, is now the biggest single news day in MMORPG history to date, followed closely by March 11th, 2016, when Daybreak canceled EverQuest Next, WildStar was hit with mass layoffs, and Colin Johanson left Guild Wars 2, all in the span of a few hours. … [Read more...] about MMO Year in Review: Literally the biggest news day in MMO history (September 2018)