I’m currently sailing through the gaming Doldrums at the moment, where I use the term based upon its nautical meaning rather than the more common colloquial use that we are familiar with today. That is to say that I am making my way through a slow, calm period of gaming where no significant progress is being made and little adventure is to be had. Since I am in no rush to get to new gaming lands, however, and I have enough store of plain and simple content to keep me from gaming starvation for a while – gaming hardtack, if you will: sustenance enough without necessarily being a delight on the palette of play – I shalln’t be found wanting through the current becalming of my evenings’ electronic entertainment. Lord of the Rings Online continues to be a sanctuary of solitude for me; it’s where I go when I want to escape all worlds and just exist outside of human space. My Warden is level sixty one and, having completed much that could be done for the … [Read more...] about So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
In a new post on the Path of Exile site, Grinding Gear lets fans and players know that they are considering hosting EXILECON in Auckland, New Zealand in November 2019. The team is looking for feedback from the community regarding the convention and the impact that travel costs could have on most fans. GGG is also exploring options for discounted rooms to help mitigate costs as well as competitions with flight / accommodations at the event awarded to winners. Here's some of the stuff we would love to have at ExileCon: Announcement of whatever the next large expansion is (tentatively December 2019's 3.9.0, according to our schedule) Announcement of the 4.0.0 mega-expansion A play area with computers set up for demos of all products announced Talks from Grinding Gear Games developers about their areas of expertise Finals of various tournaments A Merchandise shop Developer signing sessions Some type of party Swag bag potentially containing exclusive microtransactions and some … [Read more...] about Grinding Gear Exploring the Possibility of EXILECON
Remember all the fuss a year ago when No Man’s Sky finally launched and the multiplayer features Hello Games’ Sean Murray had teased (and the “online play” feature apparently hidden under a sticker on the gamebox) didn’t actually materialize, disappointing millions of players and contributing to a regulation investigation? We sure do, as it was really the only reason we covered the game at all. Good news, though: It looks as if we’re getting what we paid for after all, just, you know, a year later. When the NMS update Atlas Rises launches, it brings with it “joint exploration,” a feature that sure sounds lot like co-op multiplayer, though Hello isn’t using that exact term. “Glitches in the simulation have begun to appear. Visualised by strange floating orbs, up to 16 players can see and communicate with one another, and explore the universe together. While interaction with others is currently very … [Read more...] about No Man’s Sky is finally getting multiplayer by way of ‘joint exploration’
Welcome back to our ongoing exploration of Rachel Kowert and Thorsten Quandt’s book The Video Game Debate. As you can guess, the book itself focuses on games in general, not just MMOs and online games, so I was able to apply today’s chapter on moral panic to recent trending indie RPG Undertale. I’ve argued to educators that not only is there evidence that games can positively affect morals, but that part of Undertale’s charm is that we know we can do bad things yet are emotionally rewarded for acting in a peaceful manner. In fact, the game actively discourages you from committing violence by constantly trying to include you with its cast of characters. Then someone on Reddit stepped into a conversation and asked, “What about all the griefing in sandbox games”? It’s a great question, and one addressed in this chapter. Game history of violence… and stories Before we get into morality, we need to talk … [Read more...] about Exploring ‘The Video Game Debate’: Moral panic and online griefing
[Pre-order now] Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced Fallout 76 will be available November 14, 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC. At the media event before E3 2018 begins, Fallout 76 was revealed to be the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together, or not, to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, players will experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe. Reclamation Day, 2102. Twenty-five years after the bombs fall, players and their fellow Vault Dwellers, chosen from the nation’s best and brightest, emerge into post-nuclear America. Play solo or join together as you explore, quest, build, and triumph against the wasteland’s greatest threats. The idea for an open world multiplayer game based on the Fallout world was first conceived four years ago. With Fallout 76, it has finally been fulfilled. Pre-order Fallout 76 … [Read more...] about – Explore a brave new world with friends later this year