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September 30, 2014

20:36
I’m generally pro-boobplate.  I mean, I’m not going to go and slap a pair of DD knockers on a Pokemon or anything, but as my friend Scott once pointed out,
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20:00
The Site What to complain about this month?  Yes, with the coming of a new game, the spam turns to follow.  And so there was an outbreak of ArcheAge spam caught in the filter this month. But there is a host of spam caught in the filter every month.  Sometimes SynCaine is caught in there […]
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17:46
I think it was comments in this post about my dream MMO, again, that had me going back to RIFT. That, and it’s free-to-play now. Trion has their hands full with ArcheAge stuff, of which I mostly get the news from Syncaine’s love and hate of the game. Bhagpuss also helpfully puts his spin on […]

I Have Returned, RIFT is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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12:39
I am not playing ArchAge. Part of that is due to reasons not related to the gameplay itself: The high cost of the founder packs, queues that keep out free players, and so on. But a major part of the...
Source: Tobold
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September 29, 2014

22:00
The next small EVE Online expansion, Oceanus, is set to deploy today/tonight/tomorrow, depending on your time zone.  With one server, it is always happening during somebody’s prime play time, that is for sure.  Named for yet another titan (straight from Uranus, if you want to go for the puerile joke, and I know I do), […]
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17:00
The back half of September has been somewhat quiet in space.  At least for me.  There is always something going on somewhere, but since the move back to Deklein and Freedom Squad hell camping Mordus Angels back into their station and taking all their towers earlier in the month, there has not been a regular […]
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09:23
The truly amazing thing about role-playing games and virtual worlds is that there are so many different ways to experience them. People might think they play the same game, but in reality they don't....
Source: Tobold
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00:00
Fixing null sec has been a discussi0n point for a few months now.  All sorts of pet philosophies have been floated about power projection, apex forces, travel, fleet sizes, the effectiveness of logistics, how easy or difficult it ought to be to take a system away from another null sec entity, what actions/efforts should be […]
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00:00
Fixing null sec has been a discussi0n point for a few months now.  All sorts of pet philosophies have been floated about power projection, apex forces, travel, fleet sizes, the effectiveness of logistics, how easy or difficult it ought to be to take a system away from another null sec entity, what actions/efforts should be […]
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September 28, 2014

20:31
I said I’d been working on TN content. Well here is the first slice. For a long time I’ve been curious about the names people use in online spaces. This fascination grew as I began to watch eSports and saw how commentators / casters have to navigate a complex name space to make sense of the on-screen action. My fascination has turned into several thousand words exploring the way names are used in a number of eSports contexts. Here is the first part of the jottings, the second part is on StarCraft, Race and Culture. Part 1: What’s your name?...
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17:00
Because… I actually knew all of this at one point.  And then there were expansions and flying carpets and such. (Direct Link)
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17:00
Because… I actually knew all of this at one point.  And then there were expansions and flying carpets and such. (Direct Link)
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13:42
5th edition starts with many races, re-vamps the idea of subraces, takes another pass at balancing races while maintaining classic flavor, builds its new mechanics into the races, and nudges the player towards certain norms. The pool of “standard” PC races has fluctuated over the D&D editions, and 5th edition starts with almost all of […]

[RR] D&D 5th: Races is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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02:20
You can take my thesis statement with a grain of salt, but it’s true.  We have, today, the biggest, most diverse, and most interesting Gaming Journalism we’ve ever had.  Whether
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September 27, 2014

00:39
Guild Wars 2 has some improvements on standard MMO mechanics that are so obviously better that I have found it unpalatable to go back to older MMOs or to play new games that clone them. One of these is the use of hearts and events to level, rather than quest hubs. For the kind of […]

Hubs, Hearts, Story is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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September 26, 2014

22:57
A play in three acts. Act I: Zealous Investigator slams TFYC for not really supporting women or giving to charity. The most neutral way to describe TFYC is that they
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18:00
Barring some sort of miracle, this Kickstarter attempt isn’t going to succeed. But that’s been pretty obvious for a while! The more important thing, to the team here, is that people are getting a lot more excited than they’ve ever been. We’re seeing close to a hundred people online, which is still tiny, but for […]
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18:00
Barring some sort of miracle, this Kickstarter attempt isn’t going to succeed. But that’s been pretty obvious for a while! The more important thing, to the team here, is that people are getting a lot more excited than they’ve ever been. We’re seeing close to a hundred people online, which is still tiny, but for […]
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16:17
Spinks writes a farewell to Blizzard’s publicly cancelled, unreleased MMO “Titan”. She mentions a bunch of the reasons Titan failed to see light, but the most interesting anecdote is that the biggest successor to World of Warcraft might be Minecraft. Now we all know that Minecraft is not an MMO in large part because it […]

MMOs – Progression or Progress? is a post from: Kill Ten Rats

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15:39
I for one did not want to see TerraNova fade away (after all they named a TV programe after us, right?), and I've got three blog posts on the exciting world of eSports in notpad that I'm trying to get finished. Ted has been kind enought to hand me the keys, so Arise TerraNova you live again. Ren
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08:56
Kotaku has a post about what Titan actually was for a game. It was a SciFi MMO shooter. In fact, many of the features sounded a lot like Bungie's Destiny. And of course I know that if devs give an...
Source: Tobold
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07:17
So it’s been a week since I pointed out that Christina Hoff Sommers logic in her ‘games aren’t sexist’ movie is, like, really, really logically flawed.’  She responded by… I’m
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September 25, 2014

18:00
We skipped a couple of Friday nights, as people were off doing this and that as summer came to a close, before returning to Total War: Rome II. Our first run a couple weeks back at the multiplayer was summed up by the computer adviser declaring that it was a shameful display. The only plan […]
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18:00
We skipped a couple of Friday nights, as people were off doing this and that as summer came to a close, before returning to Total War: Rome II. Our first run a couple weeks back at the multiplayer was summed up by the computer adviser declaring that it was a shameful display. The only plan […]
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17:23
Terra Nova began on September 11, 2003 and maintained steady intellectual activity for a good 7 years afterwards. For about 4 years now the site has been kept alive out of a sense of good will. I think though for the good of the world it is time to let it pass. All this means is, I won't be auto-renewing the credit card payment. I assume the content will stay here. It's interesting to reflect on why TN existed and why it went away. For a time in the last decade, there was a sense that an immersive 3D communal...
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08:41
This week the blogosphere is full of posts discussing whether World of Warcraft "ruined" MMO gaming. The argument is that there was a certain style of forced grouping with strong social interaction...
Source: Tobold
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08:19
Unfortunately the discussion around Gamergate is refusing to die. I say unfortunately because there actually isn't a discussion; instead one side talks about harassment while the other side talks...
Source: Tobold
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06:26
Some time ago, Alexander Macris from The Escapist asked me to write up my thoughts on #gamergate. I sent him a response (it’s still coming, I think), and told him
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September 24, 2014

22:53
…just sayin: http://commonsensegamer.com/?p=1588 http://commonsensegamer.com/?p=2110 http://commonsensegamer.com/?p=437 Never thought there was such a thing as “game journalists”, and never will. /Rant time. I referred to this in 2007 timeframe and I’ll say it now in 2014: people who write about games are not journalists…therefore, they have no duty to journalistic integrity nor do they have a duty [...]
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21:21
Damion notes: Dave Rickey is one of the smartest designers I know. He also violently disagrees with me on many aspects of my opinions about #gamergate, what its origins are,
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21:17
There's been a few Gauntlet remakes over the years, but September 22nd has seen the release of one that differs from most those in that it's actually quite good. Granted, Gauntlet (2014) not quite...
Source: Geldon
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16:00
The big news in the cycle yesterday was Blizzard canceling the Titan project, their work-in-progress next generation MMO.  We don’t know what it was, only that it was delayed at one point and now it has been cancelled. (Picture from the iOS game Giant Realms and the breeding guide site) This has led to any […]
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16:00
The big news in the cycle yesterday was Blizzard canceling the Titan project, their work-in-progress next generation MMO.  We don’t know what it was, only that it was delayed at one point and now it has been cancelled. (Picture from the iOS game Giant Realms and the breeding guide site) This has led to any […]
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08:52
You probably heard by now that Blizzard decided to cancel their next-gen MMORPG project Titan. Now a lot of people interpret that in the general mood of "MMORPGs are dead" (or at least the triple-A...
Source: Tobold
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05:55
I’ve had some problems with Ben Kuchera’s work in the bast. In fact, not too long ago I wrote an article titled What’s Wrong With Game Journalism, and used as
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September 23, 2014

21:00
Normally I note when MMOs that are popular in our little corner of the web go live, if for no other reason than to track dates and such.  Somehow I missed my cue when ArcheAge went live… um… the other day?  Last week?  There was some sort of head start and such.  I sort of […]
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21:00
Normally I note when MMOs that are popular in our little corner of the web go live, if for no other reason than to track dates and such.  Somehow I missed my cue when ArcheAge went live… um… the other day?  Last week?  There was some sort of head start and such.  I sort of […]
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16:00
A little over two years back the team at Hidden Path Entertainment, the creators of Defense Grid: The Awakening, ran a Kickstarter campaign with a slate of goals. The baseline goal was to raid $250K to create a new set of levels for Defense Grid: The Awakening.  Being one of my favorites in the tower […]
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16:00
A little over two years back the team at Hidden Path Entertainment, the creators of Defense Grid: The Awakening, ran a Kickstarter campaign with a slate of goals. The baseline goal was to raid $250K to create a new set of levels for Defense Grid: The Awakening.  Being one of my favorites in the tower […]
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09:57
Once upon a time a video game ended with some sort of "Game Over - You Won!" screen at the end and rolling credits. And during the game you played the same character with the same abilities from...
Source: Tobold
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September 22, 2014

18:00
One of the tenets of the MMORPG industry these days is that players will come and go.  After a certain point in the life cycle of an MMO the installed base, those who have played the game at one time but who are not currently playing, is the most fertile ground for marketing.  Somebody who […]
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18:00
One of the tenets of the MMORPG industry these days is that players will come and go.  After a certain point in the life cycle of an MMO the installed base, those who have played the game at one time but who are not currently playing, is the most fertile ground for marketing.  Somebody who […]
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09:00
My first proper MMORPG (not counting LPMUD and the like) was Ultima Online. I was there when they introduced open world housing. It was a disappointment, with not enough housing space available, but...
Source: Tobold
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September 21, 2014

21:00
Because… EverQuest! (Direct Link)  
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21:00
Because… EverQuest! (Direct Link)  
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17:00
Brewfest rolled around again in World of Warcraft, which generated a moment of excitement until I remembered that I had already done all the achievements and events in past years. I sagged a little at that.  As with last year, I felt my momentary enthusiasm gutted by the reality of nothing changing in the world. […]
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17:00
Brewfest rolled around again in World of Warcraft, which generated a moment of excitement until I remembered that I had already done all the achievements and events in past years. I sagged a little at that.  As with last year, I felt my momentary enthusiasm gutted by the reality of nothing changing in the world. […]
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10:39
TLDR: That’s not what I said, that’s not what I meant, but I apologize that what I wrote could be construed that way. But that doesn’t mean that CHS’s logic
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07:42
Kotaku last week had an article asking whether we are on the cusp of another video game industry crash. I think that is very much possible. It isn't just everything mentioned in that article, like...
Source: Tobold
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September 20, 2014

07:49
I don't watch live TV. Having to be there at a specific time, and then sitting through the ads, not my cup of tea. But I do watch a lot of TV shows, either recorded with a hard drive recorder, or...
Source: Tobold
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