When Justin mentioned to me on this week’s podcast the rumor that Lord of the Rings Online’s and Dungeons and Dragons Online’s multi-day downtime last week might have been partly the result of a lack of proper redundant backups for the games, I gasped audibly. No way, I said. There’s no way a studio like SSG would make that mistake. But it’s not impossible. Companies do make this mistake. Look at how long parts of Ashes of Creation’s website has been nonfunctional. Earlier this month, the LEGO Universe emulator admitted it had lost all its website data since November. And do you guys remember M2? It was a Hangame title that was taken offline in 2011 to fix a server issue, only the company found it couldn’t restore the game from its backups, so it literally sunsetted the game right then and there. Yikes. Has your MMO of choice ever had a major data loss? What’s the worst such rollback or deletion or outage you’ve ever personally … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Has your MMO of choice ever had a major data loss?
Your acts of kindness are iridescent
When life — and even gaming — gets too hectic, where do you retreat to in order to find some peace and quiet? We posed this question to our One Shots community last week, and readers responded with plenty of tranquil moments from MMOs. Tranquil moments like reaching out and touching an incorporeal spirit and its tree, apparently. This one is from Natalyia, who says, “Turns out most of my MMO screenshots tend more towards ‘fierce’ than ‘tranquil.’ I do have some nice ones from Black Desert though.” You want ghosts to infest your house? This is how you get ghosts. And if you want to de-stress, a tried-and-proven method is to stare at the moon over a glassy sea. The sea forgets all. The sea forgives all. And fish pee in it. “Here is one of my favorite places to relax in Guild Wars 2,” Redbook said. “It’s a quiet area, away from the busier parts of Amnoon.” You can count on Hirku to make a case for the … [Read more...] about One Shots: Your moment of zen
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
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