EQNext: The Next Big Thing Roundup
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 August 2013, 2:22 pm
So, Sony recently announced their next Everquest game. It sounds pretty cool – dynamic world AI, voxel-based landscapes, and - Oh, you’ve heard about it already? I’m really not sure when we last saw an announcement that has gotten the MMO community as excited as the EQNext reveal this weekend – and for good reason. [...]


Friday Link Roundup: Kickstarter woes, Virtual Lives
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 August 2013, 2:37 pm
Yep, it’s Friday again – and that means a round-up of other interesting links from the week! The WoW Noob takes a look at returning to LoTRO vs returning to WoW, concluding that the key difference is the point of it all – the endgame for WoW, and the journey for LoTRO. Read “WoW vs [...]


The Tower Of Azora, In 2005 And Today
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 August 2013, 2:31 pm
Milady at Hypercriticism writes a fascinating post on a single, tiny facet of World of Warcraft that many ex- and current players will remember: the Tower of Azora. She’s looking at how WoW’s game design has changed, and how, in particular, Blizzard’s world-building has changed. What would the Tower of Azora had Blizzard decided to [...]


SWTOR F2P: One Year Later, Has It Worked?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 July 2013, 12:23 pm
It’s almost a year since flagship MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic announced that it was going Free To Play. So has it worked? Has it managed to save the game whilst keeping it playable? Two old-school SWTOR bloggers, fans since before the F2P transition, share their thoughts on what’s gone right and what’s gone [...]


On WoW Loot
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2013, 12:18 pm
There’s been something of a mini-topic in the WoW community of late: loot, and how it has changed. From the random, often badly-itemised, rare and inflexible items of Vanilla to today’s gear-normalised, class-tailored, individual, reforged loot drops, gear is one area where WoW has changed beyond recognition. And these bloggers have been thinking about what [...]


Friday Links: Proving Grounds, Faction Walls and More
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 July 2013, 6:57 am
Sorry for the silence this week – personal matters have meant that I’ve been unexpectedly AFK. But I have managed to get back here in time to do a Friday roundup! So, here’s the stuff that caught my eye over the last 24 hours: The Grumpy Elf wrote a great piece about WoW’s upcoming Proving [...]


Lore, Grouping, And Made For The Role
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2013, 12:24 pm
And to round off the week, here are some of the other links that caught my eye! It’s a quiet time in blogging right now – although I don’t see the “MMO Blogging Is Dying” malaise that other people are talking about – but there’s still a fair bit of interesting writing out there! Rowan [...]


Why Would People Leave WoW?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2013, 12:21 pm
With WoW moving toward a cash shop, the major drop in the last release, and almost everyone in the WoW community knowing people who’ve stopped playing, “Why Do People Stop Playing WoW?” is a pretty big question right now. Today two bloggers are looking at that question from very different perspectives – and it’s fascinating [...]


Focus On *Cough* Unofficial Servers
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2013, 12:12 pm
Private Servers. Unofficial implementations of an MMO have been around for a long while, existing in a space somewhere between “informally ignored” and “actively sued” by the games companies who developed the games they’re now emulating. But are do they actually provide a valuable service for the MMO community? Here are two bloggers who think [...]


Do You Know What Barping Is?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2013, 12:09 pm
I know I didn’t. Turns out that “Barping” is the new hip term in the MMO roleplaying community to refer to “Bar RP” – trawling the seedy bars and cantinas of an MMO looking for some hot narrativistic action. Yes, exactly like the Lion’s Pride Inn in Goldshire. MJ at SWTOR Life offers us a [...]


Late To The Party Roundup: The New Cash Store
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 July 2013, 12:07 pm
Goddamn it, I’m taken away from the Melting Pot for just a few days and Blizzard decide to change the virtual world around us… Yes, the biggest shakeup in WoW for a while has happened – a new Cash Store has been unveiled, with everything from XP boosts to shiny new (cosmetic) helmets on sale. [...]


Friday Links: Female Appearance, Stupidity, God Mode And Community
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 July 2013, 11:20 am
There have been some great pieces in the blogosphere in the last week or so! In fact, the entire ‘sphere seems to be waking up a bit at the moment – there’s a lot of quality writing and ideas out there. Very much enjoying it. Here’s your dose of thinking to round out the week: [...]


Hope For The Time-Poor
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 July 2013, 11:17 am
What if you didn’t have to be online at the same time as everyone else to raid? That’s the question Stubborn asks – well, one of them – in this fascinating look into the future and the past of gaming. He’s asking what might seem like a silly question at first – when we moved [...]


But Where Did The Real Garrosh Go?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 July 2013, 10:57 am
Garrosh Hellscream: villain of Mists of Pandaria. Altogether all-round bad egg. Corrupted, sinister, and irredeemable. How did that happen, exactly? Rades is steamingly furious at the progression Garrosh has gone through from complex, flawed character to mustache-twirling archvillain, and he explains exactly why, how it all fails to make sense, and where it seems to [...]


F2P Discussions Continue
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 July 2013, 10:39 am
The discussion over F2P as a viable, fair, fun business model continue, with a couple of really interesting posts this week. Whether you’re looking at the game decisions or the larger ramifications of how we “vote with our wallets”, there’s something here for you: Azuriel explains why he finds that most F2P games are the [...]


3 Links For Friday: Feedback, Following and F2P Payment Models
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2013, 12:01 pm
It’s time for the increasingly-traditional Friday roundup post! This week we’ve got an eclectic collection of posts, from a look at the difficulties of item description (in a text MUD, but applying to all games) to a combination HOWTO and travelogue… Big Bear Butt chronicles his trials, tribulations and eventual solution as he used WoWhead [...]


Why That Kickstarter You Funded Looks Like It’s Failing
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 June 2013, 11:56 am
Today’s post isn’t specific to MMOs, but is so tremendously true – and useful – that we’re featuring it anyway. There’s a saying in software development that “The first 80% of development takes 80% of the time, and the last 20% of development takes the other 80% of the time.” As more and more games [...]


Of Ogre Gender And Inappropriate Suggestions
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 June 2013, 11:48 am
Whilst the MMO world has been pleasantly silent as far as massive inequality FAILs go recently, the ongoing fascinating discussion of sexism and gender politics continues. Today we’ve got a couple of interesting posts on the subject, as The Godmother ponders the gender of WoW creatures and Redbeard relates a particularly, erm, surprising recent encounter… [...]


See WoW In An Entirely New Way
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 June 2013, 11:41 am
Today’s featured post is a really short one, but it’s absolutely brilliant. As you may know, Rades of Orcish Army Knife is a keen videogame photographer, particularly within World of Warcraft. Today he’s sharing one of the best tips I’ve ever seen for getting better images out of WoW. How? Well, it’s really simple: grab [...]


LINK ROUNDUP: The Past, The Future, And The Present
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 June 2013, 1:45 pm
It’s been a good week for interesting MMO-related article, about all topics and all games. So good, in fact, that we’re having to hit you with another link roundup to get ‘em all in! From hidden bits in Pandaria to the closure of a much-beloved site, here we go: A Casual Stroll To Mordor is [...]


TESTED: Just how unfriendly is WoW?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 June 2013, 1:41 pm
WoW, eh? Not like it used to be. Totally unfriendly now. Elitist, too. You never get people wanting to help new players. … Or do you? Spurred on by what does indeed sound like a pretty poorly-contrived article about how WoW was Very Unfriendly These Days, Big Bear Butt decided to test the theory – [...]


How are random World vs World matchups affecting Guild Wars 2?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 June 2013, 1:34 pm
Guild Wars 2′s innovative, massive PvP setting, the “World vs World vs World” games, have had a pretty major shakeup recently. Arena.net have changed the world matching from being heavily based on world ranking, aiming to match up worlds evenly, to a considerably more random system that can match worlds up seemingly randomly – regardless [...]


Is Free To Play worth the money?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 June 2013, 1:33 pm
There’s been a lively discussion around the blogosphere over the last day or so, around the topic of Free To Play games and their value for money. Sounds like an oxymoron? Not really. After all, Free To Play games still have to make money somewhere – and that’s where the trouble starts: Klepsacovic muses on [...]


Adult Gaming, Lack Of MMO Blogs, And Finding Your Binding
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 June 2013, 11:44 am
Lots of good posts this week, and I was slightly tardy on looking through them all – so here’s a Saturday update of all the good stuff I didn’t get to in the week. Enjoy! Doone presents a great roundup of the discussion of “adult content” in MMOs and gaming recently, plus a look at [...]


Two Points Of View: Should The Secret World Change?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 June 2013, 11:37 am
A really fascinating discussion came up earlier this week, as longtime MMO blogger Syp “finished” The Secret World. He wrote a great piece looking at his time with the game, and thinking about things he would change if he was Game Director For A Day – which is interesting reading on its own. But then [...]


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