It’s become a tradition on Massively OP to include among our end-of-the-year roundups and editorials and retrospectives a run-down of our favorite – and least favorite – MMO dev quotes of the year, be they obscure, poignant, or just plain dumb. So once again, for this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’ve asked our staff to offer up those quotes and then reflect on what we from the year and reflect on just what we’ve learned from them. Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): It’s a bit out of our field, especially after hearing that Miyamto Shigeru himself wouldn’t be involved with making an MMO, but this quote from Nintendo exec Reggie Fils-Aime still scares me: “Loot boxes, broadly speaking, have gotten a bit of a bad rap.” Around this time last year, I penned a piece about all the different monetization strategies Nintendo was playing with in the mobile sphere. While we’re not a mobile gaming site, mobile gaming does … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2018
Your acts of kindness are iridescent
The old expression is that character is who you are in the dark. I think that’s true, but I also think character is who you are in EVE Online when you see someone in a dinky mining ship while you fly along in your decked-out warship. You could destroy that other person’s ship in a blink of an eye and face no consequences if you want to. So what happens to that mining ship? This isn’t just about other players, it’s about opposing players. If you have War Mode on in World of Warcraft and happen to be flitting through a low-level area, you can no doubt smash in the face of any players you stumble across. Do you do so? If you see someone struggling in a Notorious Monster fight in Final Fantasy XI when you can heal, do you cast a heal or wait until the player is dead to claim the monster for yourself? How kind are you not just to other players, but to opposing players in an MMO? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How kind are you to opposing players in an MMO?
Last week, down in the comments of an innocuous post about gamers being nice in Fortnite, a couple of MOP commenters requested a column where MMO gamers could essentially submit “stories about random good interactions [they’ve] had with other players.” Skeptical me is doubting the viability of a column like that; after all, we already do a lot of positive coverage of charities, events, good deeds, and even obituaries for devs, and that’s just not the stuff most people click on. (Patches are the big ones, although controversies are big too for obvious reasons. And One Shots and WRUP are still great!) But I’d certainly like to be wrong. “Positive news” websites do indeed exist in the real world and can be truly inspiring, so maybe “Massively Overjoyed” would have some traction too. We thought we’d put it to the test here in Overthinking: I’ve asked the writers to share one story about a great random interaction … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Random acts of MMORPG kindness
Remember when everyone was very excited about how World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth was bringing back class buffs like Mark of the Wild? Yeah, that’s not happening any more, but the latest community Q&A with Ion Hazzikostas explains why. As he puts it, class buffs were an experiment and they want to make sure that every class brings utility to a group, but there doesn’t need to be a separate buff for each class and Druids already have plenty of utility. So long, Mark of the Wild, we were all excited to see you again. Hazzikostas also explains that there are no plans to change the current spec-limited nature of artifacts (although special transmog cases are being added for artifacts players might otherwise not frequently be able to transmog), no more major spec changes from the current test realm for 8.0, and no plans to remove old pathfinder achievements for flight. You can watch the entire Q&A just below or read the summary on Wowhead. Source: Official Site, … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft Q&A explains why you’re not getting your Mark of the Wild back
Today, Disney and PerBlue announced Disney Heroes: Battle Mode, a new mobile RPG that features Disney and Pixar heroes battling together in the same universe! Players will experience unexpected 5v5 match-ups with fan-favorite characters from The Incredibles, Wreck-It Ralph, Pirates of the Caribbean and much more. Pre-registration has now begun worldwide, and the game will launch on the App Store and on Google Play later this year. Key features found in Disney Heroes: Battle Mode include: Deep Bench of Characters: Collect and transform 30+ Disney and Pixar heroes into battle-ready big shots, including The Incredibles, Frozone, Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz, Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde and more. Missions and Friend Campaigns: Team up unlikely Disney and Pixar characters to battle together in the same universe to earn exclusive bonuses. A New Digital World: Lead characters through a corrupted digital world that they’re charged with saving from an evil virus. Epic Abilities and … [Read more...] about – Form your team of Disney and Pixar heroes to save the universe