In third grade, my teacher sent home a report card with the note that “Justin is wonderfully strange.” Ever since then, I never found the terms “strange” or “weird” to be pejorative but rather a signpost pointing the way to interesting paths less traveled. To be weird is to deviate from the safe and predictable and instead venture into the wild and woolly lands of the imagination. When it comes to MMORPGs, I feel that more devs would love for their games to be more strange while the risk-averse studios (and their publishers) pull hard to keep traditional tropes in play. Still, every once in a while a game comes out that walk on the weird side. These MMOs don’t usually boast universal appeal, large numbers, or even great respect, but they do offer vivid imagination, hidden qualities, and a certain uniqueness that is rarely found elsewhere. Today, we will celebrate the wonderfully strange in online gaming with these 10 titles. 1. Furcadia … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: MMORPGs that walk on the weird side
While the Million Arthur series of mobile games did not find success in the English market, developer Square Enix has big plans for the series in its native Japan and China. After announcing a couple of new Million Arthur games, Square Enix recently announced a TV anime series for one of the games, Han-Gyaku-Sei (Rebellious) Million Arthur, set to launch later this year. The game itself is a mobile MMORPG developed by China’s NetEase which is also scheduled to be released this year. Here is a preview trailer of the upcoming TV anime! Popular voice actors and actresses taking part in the anime as the six main lead characters include Sora Amamiya, Tetsuya Kakihara, Ayana Taketatsu, Natsuki Hanae, Inori Minase, and Yuichi Nakamura. Famed Japanese idol singer Mizuki Nana is behind Rebellious Million Arthur’s game theme song. Stay tuned for the launch dates of both game and the anime! … [Read more...] about – Square Enix announces TV anime series based on mobile MMORPG
Tokyo Game Show is still ongoing, and Bandai Namco announced a new mobile MMORPG, Sword Art Online: Integral Factor. The game takes place during the original Sword Art Online storyline, where players assume the role of one of the 10,000 trapped in the VR world until all 100 levels of Aincrad is cleared. It was not mentioned that the game will only be limited to 10,000 actual players. Sword Art Online: Integral Factor is one of the rare games in the series where players do not assume the identity of the game’s protagonists. The beloved original cast, such as Kirito and Asuna, will appear in the game as non-playable characters. Bandai Namco did not reveal a launch schedule, although pre-registration is now ongoing in Japan. A selected group will be chosen to enter the Closed Beta phase. … [Read more...] about – New mobile MMORPG revealed
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
Earlier this month, Overwatch made headlines when a player posted up a behavioral therapy chart his wife – who happens to be a therapist – made him fill out after he complained about his game losses. The idea is that you write down your “negative thoughts” about the game experience, then reflect on that to see how your temporary emotion has distorted your opinions, then craft a positive frame instead. It’s funny – but also pretty useful, and even Overwatch Redditors were asking for a blank sheet so they could try it themselves. That brings us to today’s Daily Grind: How do you deal with your anger in an MMO? Do you complain to guildies, log out, bang your desk, go work out to burn off some steam? Are you handling it as well as the Overwatch Redditor and trying to learn from what went wrong? What do you do, exactly, when your teammates turn out to be “hot garbage”? My wife told me to fill out this form after I kept complaining about … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How do you deal with your anger in MMORPGs?