This week I spent a bit of time perusing the Star Wars Galaxies Legends Discord, where candidates for the player Senate were making stump speeches and pitches for why we ought to saunter over to the voting box and vote them into office. It seems to me that while some other MMOs with such councils have reputations for lacking teeth, a rogue server with a small community can benefit from having highly involved player reps who can communicate to the volunteer dev team what people actually want out of the game, without the issue of “funding” getting in the way. I tend to look for candidates who cherish the Star Wars vibe, uphold the melting pot approach to the playerbase, and in particular reinforce the player-run economy, since that’s where I spend nearly all of my game time. … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Do you vote in MMO player elections?
Hispanic vote in presidential elections
The election will be held from July 2nd to July 15th 11:59 PM (PDT) and the results will be announced on July 18th, 2018. Fans who tweet from the vote completion page will be entered into a lottery to win an autographed signboard (called “shikishi”) from Aina Aiba, the voice actress for Yukina Minato of the in-game band Roselia. There will be three winners who will be contacted through a direct message from TOM’s official Twitter account in August 2018. There will also be an in-game login bonus alongside this campaign, with both TOM and Bushiroad International promoting this campaign at their booths at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California. … [Read more...] about BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! First General Election Begins
95% of Americans own a smartphone, relying on their devices for entertainment, information and communication. With the ubiquity of these devices, more than 185 million Americans play mobile games. As the public at large continues to transition from traditional information mediums like television, newspapers and magazines, to mobile channels, mobile games offer an untapped connection point to inform and engage voters. … [Read more...] about Jam City Teams with ‘When We All Vote’ to Mobilize Voter Registration
Players should be able to be self-sufficient even without being part of a town… …but being a citizen of a town should have obvious advantages over living on one’s own. Towns should be a crucial point of contention for guilds… …but Guild Masters should not be the only people who matter in the political landscape. Town rules and citizens should matter as much, if not more. All-out war (aside from Arboreus) should always be an option… …but not the only one, as commonly seen in the MMO genre. Yes, there’s a lot to explain here, so much that we have to split the topic into multiple spotlights. … [Read more...] about Feature Spotlight #7
“People think that they come in with some sneaky agendas that they can sort of bamboozle us into accepting something that’s going to be good [for only them]. That’s not how [these] conversations work, and everyone in the room knows about this. We have developers who are hardcore EVE players from back in the day, and they know the game in and out, they follow the news, they know all the propaganda, all the memes and stuff like that. This is like a conversation of peers in most ways.” … [Read more...] about EVESterdam 2019