Earlier this week, Redditor maxpower888 started an epic thread on the /r/mmorpg sub asking everyone to chime in and name his or her top five MMORPGs of all time. I thought it was a nifty thread to skim to see how many times the same games kept popping up (and the same games turned up in combination with each other). “You can tell how old people are by their lists,” one gamer objected, but I don’t think that’s necessarily true! So for this week’s Overthinking, we’re going to join in the fun, then explain our choices and puzzle out what those choices say about us — don’t forget to click the entries to expand them for explanations! You should do the same down in the comments! Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Don’t forget to click each one for an explanation! #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 … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Our five favorite MMORPGs of all time
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I’m still currently in the middle of the second act of My Dragon Age 2 playthrough, and already the life and friendships I’ve so carefully cultivated for my Hawke are unraveling faster than a ball of cheap string. Everything is going straight to hell…but strangely, I am totally okay with this. 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, … [Read more...] about Dragon Age 2: Making Terrible Decisions And Loving It
Last week, Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment announced the next installment in the Star Trek Online Discovery storyline. Titled Rise of Discovery, the third update in the storyline offers players a look at the history of one of the more infamous characters in the Discovery series, Captain Gabriel Lorca. As with the previous installments, Age of Discovery and Mirror of Discovery, this installment provides players the opportunity to get to know one of the show’s characters a little better. As cool as that is, you can’t help but feel like they’re building up to something here. With that in mind, we thought now might be a good time to take a look back at Mirror of Discovery — for those that may have not delved into it yet. (If you still haven’t checked out Age of Discovery, we took a look at it a while back.) In Mirror of Discovery, it seemed like the STO team was planning to gather the biggest baddies from 2255 to the 25th Century. They started … [Read more...] about Mirror Of Discovery Is The Middle Chapter In Star Trek Online’s Building Drama
Have you heard of the phrase “Monkey-see, Monkey-do”? It’s about how one monkey mimics the act of another monkey. Humans, having evolved from apes, also take cues from other fellow human beings when making decisions. This is called social proof. Social proof is a very effective way to convince prospective buyers by indirectly telling them, “People exactly like you have bought this product, so you should buy it too!” Social proof has been used for a long-time by advertisers to convince a prospective buyer that they should buy this product because everybody else is also buying it. A very simple example of social proof is shown in this video, where a person in the lift conforms to what everybody else is doing, even though they are all facing the wrong direction. See how powerful this is? Now let’s look at why “social proof” is so important. Why do bloggers need social proof? It creates … [Read more...] about What is Social Proof & Why Is It Crucial For Your Blogs Success?
I have always loved Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and Neil Pasricha’s The Book of Awesome. Both are a page-turner and require less time to check Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and more time for the book and some pondering, actually. But did you know that those two incredible authors and their bestselling books began their journey towards Planet Popularity through the use of the so-called blog? The world of snail mail and pagers is over. Very few companies now are still relying on sending promotional leaflets on client’s home or office, hoping and praying that they haven’t migrated or left their jobs yet, and not to mention the expenses of printing creative brochures and sending them overseas. Nowadays, having a blog is very necessary in marketing a product. The thing is, consumers are drowned in these marketing strategies that more often than not, they are ignored altogether. As they say, too much of something is never good, and instead of … [Read more...] about How to Write a Viral Content ?