Hi, fellow gamer and MMO enthusiast! October is almost gone, and we’ve been a little silent while we sprint towards the upcoming launch of the Fractured Pre-Alpha, which we are now glad to announce is really behind the corner. That’s not the only great news this month has brought, however. Let’s cover them all! Games Innovation Program It’s happened! Dynamight Studios has officially joined Improbable‘s Games Innovation Program! What is it about? In the words of Improbable: Thanks to our partnership with Google Cloud, any games that are built upon the SpatialOS platform by members of the SpatialOS Games Innovation Program will receive subsidies that will substantially or completely cover the costs of cloud-based online development. The program awards SpatialOS credits that will cover SpatialOS and Google Cloud usage costs, including underlying server fees, during development. This is the largest development subsidy of its kind. We find that really cool for … [Read more...] about October Update – On GIP, Pre-Alpha & More
Updating website content regularly
Runefest has come and gone, and with it has come the reveal of Jagex’s plans for RuneScape in 2016. Announced at Runefest and posted on the official website, Jagex’s stated goal next year is to make each update significant, and to involve players in the release schedule. First, we want to change how we update the game, giving you more bang for your buck. Each month there will be a major release – something you can really get your teeth into. To support this, we’ll still have smaller, regular updates, keeping the game ticking over smoothly. Updates next year include a new God Wars dungeon, a complete redesign to the mining and smithing skills, the conclusion to Sliske’s story line, new Barrows content, and more. Also up for release in 2016 is the NXT client, as announced one year ago, ushering in better performance, faster loading, and farther draw distances, as well as better graphics. More raids, more bosses, and more quests accompany the release of … [Read more...] about Jagex Reveals 2016 Update Schedule
You can probably go ahead and stop calling Star Citizen vaporware, given this week’s demo at CitizenCon and tease that Squadron 42 is coming sooner rather than later. This week, we also watched the Russian version of Black Desert implode, got our hands on Elder Scrolls Online’s Murkmire DLC, and saw several MMO’s launch updates, including Star Trek Online, LOTRO, Worlds Adrift, and DCUO. Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES Recapping Star Citizen’s CitizenCon 2018, plus the new Squadron 42 trailer - "Well, you can't accuse us of not running a live demo," Chris Roberts quipped today during CitizenCon when the Star Citizen demo he was showing on the big screen hit… Black Desert’s Russian servers and accounts are toast as Pearl Abyss says transfer negotiations failed - Over the last month and change, … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: CitizenCon, the Black Desert disaster, and a bundle of MMO updates
This is the full version of entries that have been published in the last week! I just thought it might be nicer to have everything in one huge entry instead of in separate ones (either way: You can find all entries in the category labelled “rift vs. lotro vs. wow” on the right). The topic I wrote some time ago about “Rift vs. LotRO” is still getting readers almost every day. Unfortunately, it is probably not the kind of topic they were looking for. So, since I’ve played both games (at least for a little while), I thought I would make an elaborate posting about those games. I’m also going to throw in World of Warcraft because, apart from playing it as well, the big majority of MMO gamers have played the game or know something about the game, at least. :) (After starting to write this, I realised how long this entry would be in the end and decided to split it into different topics to be posted separately. So expect a posting every day for the next few … [Read more...] about Rift vs. LotRO vs. World of Warcraft – a closer look at all three MMOs (all entries in one)
Many years ago, in the dark ages of the last years of the twentieth century, this “internet” thing was starting to catch on but was still largely the domain of tech-enthusiasts navigating a sea of “Under Construction” messages via primitive search engines, not the first port of call if you were after up-to-date news, weather, live sports scores, share prices, TV schedules or recipes to accompany cookery programmes. For those, we had Ceefax and Teletext. Imagine a World Wide Web of 999 pages, squished onto screens of 40×24 characters, accessed by typing in a three digit number and watching the page counter tick, tick, ticking along… A smidge primitive compared to almost instant access to the sum total of all human knowledge (or as close as the ‘net gets to it), but a fine and useful service, and free (as long as your television could display it), an important consideration when ISPs had a monthly fee on top of the cost of phone calls (for you … [Read more...] about Q: What do you call a website with a shovel and the base of the natural logarithm and a red-coloured soft drink? A: Dig-e-tizer (Digitiser)!