The original Star Wars film was a passion project for a then-young George Lucas, and it was a project that nearly killed Lucas from stress. When filming started in the Tunisian desert, by complete coincidence it started raining, delaying the filming for an extended period of time due to its sheer rarity. The first cut of the film by editor John Jympson was described as a “complete disaster,” and the special effects team at Industrial Light & Magic was horribly behind schedule due to being asked to make effects that had never before been attempted. According to Steven Spielberg, during the early cut screening for executives, he was the only one who actually enjoyed the film; some accounts actually have Lucas breaking down in tears as the executives savaged it. Now, go watch that movie again. Go ahead and watch the film knowing that Anthony Daniels was stabbed in the foot by his C-3PO costume while he sweltered in the Tunisian desert and couldn’t see due to the … [Read more...] about Vague Patch Notes: How do you play MMOs when you know humans suffered to make them?
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In the annals of MMORPG history, 2016 might well go down as a very odd duck of a year. While on the surface it might not seem like there is a lot happening with big-name IPs, we’ve already seen an avalanche of activity in regard to MMO crowdfunding, early access, launches, expansions, business model shifts, virtual reality, platform releases, and so on. And the year isn’t over yet! MMO fans have quite a bit to look forward to before 2016 closes out. As studios have released information about their short-term plans, we’ve started to get a better picture of what to expect in the coming months. So join us as we go through the top 10 most exciting MMO developments yet to come in 2016! While early fall has historically been packed with MMO launches, this year World of Warcraft practically has it all to itself. That’s good news for Legion, which is scheduled to go live on August 30th and carry players into a new realm sporting a more flexible design. Legion … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: The most exciting MMO developments yet to come in 2016
One of the most frequent questions I’m ever asked here at Massively OP or on my own blog is, “How do you do it? How do you play all these games while handling a job and family?” Obviously the solution is experimental military-grade medication that’s kept me from sleeping since 2011. Another popular theory is that I’m one of a batch of clones that time-share my life. The truth is that I don’t have any more time than anyone else and have had to organize my life and game smartly. It’s not like back when I was a bachelor and could play games for three days straight; now I have a wife, four kids, and way too many things that are always vying for my attention. But I love to play MMOs, and along with writing, I see it as my hobby. So I’ve figured out little ways to make gaming work on a limited time budget, and if you’re in a similar situation and feel torn between wanting to play MMOs and feeling like you don’t have the time to … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: How to play MMOs on a limited time budget
Last night, I saw a tweet go out from the WildStar account that made me super sad. “It’s show time!” Carbine said. “Sara Conavius is in town September 14–21 to help renovate your homes for the best program on holovision.” I had no stake in this game at all, and I still felt awful for the players seeing that like a jolt on Twitter – heck, I can’t even tell whether the tweet was something the devs scheduled long ago and just forgot to delete, or they really are trying to drum up support for some final events in the game before it’s gone. The player responses were similarly confused. What’s the point, they wondered, when it’s slated for execution? I’ve certainly gone through those painful thought processes myself in past games. I had to force myself to log into sunsetting games to take screenshots. I couldn’t fake enjoying it; mostly, I’d log in to commiserate with other folks who were just as frustrated … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Do you still log in to play MMOs that are scheduled to sunset?
It’s been a year since our 2017 list, and it’s time to update you folks with our top 5 best buy to play MMOs of 2018. The list takes disregards genre, so expect to see all types from FPS to sandbox and RPGs, as long as they’re online multiplayer. Let’s begin. #5 ARK: Survival Evolved A new entry in this year’s list is the one sandbox survival game that’s done it all. ARK: Survival Evolved has come a long way since entering Steam’s Early Access three years ago. The game puts you (naked) on a dinosaur inhabitied island either alone or with friends. Your job is then to survive. Sounds simple eh? Not quite, and what you’ll be doing on this island on the long run either with friends, tribemates or solo is the fun part. By just playing, you earn XP which is then used to craft gear and weapons. You also have the freedom to build bases and of course, tame the dinosaurs! Studio Wildcard – the developers – have added so much content … [Read more...] about Top 5 Best Buy To Play MMOS Of 2018