One of the memes I see repeated a lot when folks are waxing nostalgic about the old days of MMOs is this idea that reputation was something that mattered, that bound communities together, and that structures like LFG, namechanges, and shard-blending wrecked up those communities and made reputation meaningless. I agree to a point when it comes to themeparks and PvE, but I also recall that all it took was for the local toxic uberguild to decide to flip off a blacklist and jump your plane raid to render that intricate web of civility utterly meaningless. Where I think reputation mattered much more was in sandboxes, particularly the PvP kind. As I once found myself saying, “Part of that was there was no ‘endgame’ PvE construct that turned PvE players into competitive PvE jerks, but part of it was that the toxic PvP jerks were vulnerable to being ganked themselves. The toxic PvE players in [EverQuest] had nothing whatsoever to fear.” Of course, player-driven social … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How much does your reputation matter in a modern MMO?
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Henry Cavill will be playing Geralt of Rivia in the upcoming Netflix series based on The Witcher. In a new Twitter post from Netflix US, we get our first look at the stern-faced Cavill as he will appear in the series. Polygon made the nifty image that is the header for this article to show the comparison between game Geralt and series Geralt. How do you think Cavill does as The Witcher? … [Read more...] about Check Out Henry Cavill as The Witcher in a New Peek from Netflix
If you were worried that Dauntless might be crushed under the weight of the Monster Hunter Online release, fear not. If anything, Monster Hunter’s popularity, coupled with its distant PC release, seems to be driving players straight into the open arms of Dauntless’ free-to-play open beta. “The Dauntless Open Beta has exceeded all of our expectations,” Phoenix Labs wrote this week. “From the number of Slayers that have arrived to forge their legends, to their determination to stand against the Behemoth onslaught, to the unique creations that Dauntless players are creating — we’re blown away.” Notably, the company’s infographic counts over a million characters rolled, almost 4000 guilds created, and 6.3M hours played. Also, you guys still really like black dye. The game’s latest tester patch fix a bunch of bugs, including issues with controllers, store load times, reputation tracks, volume, and hotkeys. Plus: “Slayers in … [Read more...] about Dauntless has already seen over a million characters rolled in its open beta
Players of Bless Online seem to be a little upset due to the whole lack of PvP at the top level. It’s only one of the many player grievances at the moment, but it’s still there. However, the game’s newest patch is bringing in a new battlefield, the Peninsular War, which pits two teams of 15 against one another with rolling rule changes. That should be something to enjoy, at least. Slightly less enjoyable is the other major feature of the patch, which appears to involve wrapping thick layers of gauze around everyone’s weapons. The developers are claiming that the attack values for skills was far too high and defensive skills were unintentionally weak, so players will be subjected to attack skills being less potent across the boad while some defensive abilities get tuned up slightly. So it’s a new battlefield while you also have to re-learn how potent all of your abilities are. Is that a good thing? Source: Patch Notes, Peninsular War, Balance … [Read more...] about Bless Online patches in a new battlefield while weakening attacks and buffing defense
Where are your enemies in Radical Heights? Considering the fact that it’s a battle royale game, they’re everywhere. But the latest patch adds in a new scanner device that should still be useful; even if everyone is your enemy, it’s good to know if anyone is nearby and whether or not people are approaching you or chasing someone else. You can make a tactical decision about avoiding or engaging, after all. The patch also adds a number of new cosmetic options for players, along with a plethora of bug fixes and performance improvements. The game’s player numbers have still been flagging from its initial heights at launch, so it remains to be seen if these tweaks and improvements help draw a greater playerbase to the game. But if your main reason for not playing was the lack of enemy radar, you’ll be very lucky! Source: Steam page; thanks to Sorenthaz for the tip!SHARE THIS ARTICLE … [Read more...] about Radical Heights patches in a new scanner and new customization