#1: Asheron's CallI still think this is the game our genre needs to strive to return to, but in a modern way. Monthly updates with content. Developer lead but player controlled story progress. Social systems that encourage mentoring new players and forming almost family like units. A familiar but wholly original world, not based on an IP that could strangle story lines. The way the developers used PvP combined with story telling is something that really needs to be emulated more, but perhaps “thanks” to World of Warcraft, is seen as impossible due to the popularity of the genre now. Others have talked about returning to this era (RIP Revival), but it’s not yet been done. Just the same, this game/series introduced me not only to new game concepts, but allowed my teenage self a space where I could interact with other people and try new problem solving solutions and ways of interacting with other people without having to worry about my physical appearance as I struggled … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Our five favorite MMORPGs of all time
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You know, it wasn’t so long ago that the impetuous little old me would fly into a fit of rage every time something didn’t go the way I wanted them to in an RPG, and I would revert to a previous save to desperately try and salvage the situation. Needless to say, fluky outcomes and mechanics like random rolls always had a way of sticking in my craw. I was, and in some ways still am, a pretty big control freak and a stickler for perfection, and it used to drive me completely bonkers not to have a good idea of where my character’s story might be going. Not surprisingly, whenever my character would come across an important decision, I’d always agonize, fighting the urge not to jump onto the internet and look up the results on some wiki or read the forums about what other gamers did. … [Read more...] about Dragon Age 2: Making Terrible Decisions And Loving It
Mirror of Discovery, like Age of Discovery, seems to be setting up a plot point that will pay out somewhere down the line — just how far down the line I don’t know, but I suspect we won’t be seeing the big payoff in the next update. It seems Cryptic is playing the long game here, and if the first two installments are anything to go by, whatever they have planned is going to be big. You really can’t get that many villains in one spot and not have something major happen. … [Read more...] about Mirror Of Discovery Is The Middle Chapter In Star Trek Online’s Building Drama
Building a subscriber base is not easy, but after you have reached a certain point, you could use this as a social proof technique to get more people to join. People often have the ‘Fear of Missing Out’ (FOMO) syndrome. If they see a huge following of people who have subscribed to your blog already, they are more inclined to also subscribe to your blog. … [Read more...] about What is Social Proof & Why Is It Crucial For Your Blogs Success?
Why not inject a bit of new facts and trivia in your column? How about an interesting story as an appetizer to the main dish? Put something that almost all people can relate to, something that is so familiar to everyone’s lives, and something that, once read, the reader will automatically say, “Yeah, it happened to me, too”. Finding some common ground among strangers is one of the best ways to have them pause a bit and listen to you. Remember, this is the introduction we are talking about. The first few lines of your entry have to be eye-catching and pause-worthy. Never disappoint your readers. They chose to spend some more time on what you’re trying to say so make it good.It is in these first few lines that the reader will decide as to whether or not to go on reading and switch pages and get back to work. “Hmmmm, go on. I can spare some more minutes on this while on my coffee break”. … [Read more...] about How to Write a Viral Content ?