Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind! … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How much MMO game info should be hidden from the players?
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Then again, aside from the budget/wealth, its profile looks like a bit like Epic Games’ – it even has an engine to vend now. So is it really just about money? Is Star Citizen, with its multiple studios and AAA budget, an indie because of crowdfunding? Camelot Unchained studio CSE has multiple studios – does that factor in? … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: What exactly defines an ‘indie’ MMORPG studio?
Long ago, I decided to go on a tour, by foot, of all the shrines in a different MMORPG; it was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had in an MMORPG. And none of it counted for anything except for my own joy and my own recollection all these years later. … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: When was the last time you went sightseeing in an MMORPG?
“The more ‘adult’ my gaming patterns become, the more I need that quick dopamine hit of regular rewards for long-term commitments. With more disposable income and more access to games (largely thanks to my job), it takes a lot for me find the willingness to commit to something that takes over a life as much as an MMO. With less time to play games overall, I need something that respects and rewards me for my time. Maybe one of the reasons we player fewer MMOs when we’re older is that we don’t have to; earning more money and setting your own schedule means that you have more options about what to do and play. Of course that means we don’t spend as much time on each game as we did when we were kids. […] For me to get back into an MMO like I did in my youth, it’s going to take a combination of all the things I love about gear-driven games. It’ll need the constant gratification from pure loot games, the set pieces from more traditional … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Do you think you’ve aged out of MMOs?
Sometimes I think that monetization analysts who work for these MMO companies just sit and laugh and laugh and laugh when we ask a question like this and a lot of the answers basically spiral into semantic debate over words like “pay” and “win” and “sub” such that people forget the gross monetization analysts were the enemy. Sometimes the answers really are simple and don’t in fact require an essay on the meaning of win. Keep your eye on the ball, people. … [Read more...] about The best Massively OP community Daily Grinds of 2018