I had originally thought I would end up writing a big post this morning about my thoughts regarding the Dauntless launch. Instead however I am writing a different post because reasons. This weekend was mostly about recuperation for me personally given that last week was an extremely stressful one and due to the condensed nature of the coming week I expect it to be equally stressful. As a result you are getting a picture of my goofy upside-down Kenzie girl to kick off this post. The weekend was odd given that we spent a significant amount of time looking at cheap laptops and scouring their details. I wrote a bit about this on twitter but my wife has a need for something new to travel with, at least in part because she cannot synchronize her FitBit with her android phone alone. She has explored all of the avenues available through the manufacturer and she is basically stuck until at some point when she gets a new phone because for whatever reason it … [Read more...] about Coping Mechanism
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All right, this is new for me because most of my titles do not contain dirty lies right in the question used to kick off the column. But that question is inherently a filthy, filthy lie because the answer is obvious. Of course you can diverge from lore. You can do anything you want. If you want to say your World of Warcraft character is the man-love baby of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Eleventh Doctor who was raised simultaneously by Pinkie Pie and Iron Man, you can do it. A much better question is whether or not you should. But asking that as the title would have meant not getting to make you all picture that WoW character in the first paragraph, so swings and roundabouts. Horrible mental images aside, diverging from the written lore in an MMO is one of those things that you’re almost inevitably going to wind up doing over enough time spent roleplaying, but it can also be one of the biggest ways to alienate yourself from other players. … [Read more...] about Storyboard: Can you diverge from lore in MMORPG roleplaying?
How do you build an expansion like Shadowbringers? If it’s for a story-heavy MMO like Final Fantasy XIV, there’s a blend of meticulous planning, intense collaboration and deep research into the rich franchise history. But don’t take our word for it - we sat down with producer-director Naoki Yoshida and lore maestro Banri Oda to get all the details. advertisement Since relaunch as A Realm Reborn, FFXIV has gained repeated acclaim, a trend which has only improved with each expansion. High review scores has also translated into soaring subscription numbers, with the MMO now boasting over 16 million players. It’s become such a cultural touchstone that a TV series is also in the works.During our interview, we also touched the idea of FFXIV being a Final Fantasy franchise “theme park”, and how they draw inspiration from other FF and Square Enix games. There’s also a look at building raid fights and keeping the huge amount of content … [Read more...] about Gamescom 2019: Final Fantasy XIV Interview: Expansion Builders