Game Report Roundup
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 April 2013, 11:52 am
Interested in trying out a new MMO? As usual, there are more options out there than anyone could have time to explore. Here are the latest batch of reports from brave pioneers venturing into the latest, greatest, or just strangest options available in the MMOSphere… Healing The Masses has been checking out Darkfall, and so [...]


Back To The Noob State
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 April 2013, 8:36 am
We finish off the week with a short, fun, interesting piece from Bravetank, as she delves once again into the cold, unforgiving space of EVE Online. Ever wondered what might possess someone to jump into something that’s famously one of the least friendly and least forgiving game environments available? Well, Bravetank’s not only done it [...]


Is There An “Average” Player?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2013, 8:31 am
How do you design for a massive game like WoW? The most obvious approach would be to tailor your content toward the average player. But who exactly is that? Today we’ve got two posts looking at just that question. Firstly, Tobold takes on the perennial “hardcore vs casual” debate with some Real World Statistics: “The [...]


Two Views On The “Ghetto” Of LFR
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 April 2013, 8:25 am
Love it or hate it (and I think regular readers know my opinion by now), WoW’s LFR continues to be one of the most debate-worthy and interesting experiments in the MMO world at the moment. Today we’ve got two really interesting, rather opposed views on the entire thing. First, we have Dinear at Forever A [...]


How The MMO Sausage Is Made – fascinating Gorgon insights
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 April 2013, 8:17 am
Eric Heimburg’s Project Gorgon is absolutely fascinating, and I make no apology for featuring it as often as I do. He’s trying to do the impossible – create an independent, full-featured, 3D MMORPG that’s (in some senses at least) competitive with the best of the genre. And as he does so, he’s blogging the entire [...]


Why MMOs Shouldn’t Tell Stories
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 April 2013, 8:14 am
Ah, the story of our favourite MMO. That’s why we play, right? To learn what happens to our favourite heroes, villains, and… Wait, what? No? MMOs appear to have disappeared down a “story” rabbit-hole as of 2013. From the increasing linearity of much of WoW to Guild Wars 2′s “All Trahearne, all the time” plotline, [...]


LFR Woes
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 April 2013, 9:05 am
Seems like things aren’t going too well in World of Warcraft’s Raid Finder at the moment. Whilst that’s not exactly a surprise – the Raid Finder is one of the major reasons I’m not playing WoW much right now – it’s interesting to see just why things are going so wrong. We’ve seen two great [...]


Three quick links for excellent articles I found last week – or in one case the announcement of a really cool new project that I hope does really well! Keen argues that MMOs desperately need a counter-revolution – a move backward in game design – “MMOs were once achieving certain things, progressing (EQ/AC to DAoC [...]


Why do MMOs have more of a community than pen-and-paper RPGs?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 April 2013, 8:35 am
Tobold wrote a fascinating article last week on a topic I’d never really thought about – why is it that MMOs at least appear to have a far bigger community online than pen-and-paper games? Obviously, MMOs are a larger phenomenon in society. And equally, Tobold’s better known as an MMO blogger than a tabletop blogger. [...]


Roundup: Super Adventure Box in GW2, Defiance, Storm Legion – good or not?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 April 2013, 8:29 am
We’ve had a great crop of “impressions” posts in the last couple of days for a variety of new or new-ish additions to the MMO world. I’d not had time to check most of these out, so I found everything here really interesting – and if you’re considering what to play next, or whether to [...]


It’s Election Time in EVE Online!
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 April 2013, 8:28 am
EVE Online is more “real” than many MMOs in a lot of ways – but one of the most innovative is its “player council”, which actually acts as a form of government, directly reporting to and advising the game developers. It’s a very big deal in the EVE world – and a fascinating experiment for [...]


Will 7 fresh days draw an old player back to Azeroth?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 March 2013, 11:06 am
He thought he got out. But Blizzard might just have sucked him back in. Yes, The Ancient Gaming Noob has once again returned to Azeroth’s increasingly blocky but still comforting shores, courtesy of Blizzard’s free 7-day re-trial offer. (The same one, I might note, that they keep offering me – someone who still has a [...]


Will the new LoTRO Player Council work?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 March 2013, 11:04 am
If you hadn’t heard, LoTRO’s developers Turbine [are imitating EVE Online](https://www.lotro.com/playercouncil), and adding a new Player Council to give the developers direct feedback on improvements. But will it work? Is the devil in the details? Will players be able to talk to the developers often enough and early enough to make a difference? Veteran LoTRO [...]


Will you regret gaming on your deathbed?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 March 2013, 11:00 am
“I can’t believe I spent all that time playing WoW.” If you haven’t heard those words from an evangelical ex-WoW player, you’re quite unusual. Gaming seems, for a lot of people, to occupy the same mental space as smoking – a shameful habit that provides endless fodder for self-congratulation if avoided. But unlike smoking, is [...]


Developer Appreciation Week is back!
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 March 2013, 10:57 am
Yes, once again this year Scary is running his Developer Appreciation Week – a week of blogging in support and praise of the people who make our games happen. Previous years have been fantastic, and I’m sure we’ll see some great posts this year. So this is just a call to bloggers – remember Developer [...]


Crazed Bloggers Play 10 MMOs in 10 Days
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2013, 10:56 am
In one of the coolest and craziest blogging projects I’ve heard of for a while, Syp, Jeromai and other bloggers are taking on the ultimate MMO challenge: 10 days. 10 MMOs they’ve never played before. Will they love ‘em? Will they find a new favourite? Will they even manage to get past the installer? It’s [...]


How’s Guild Wars 2 doing?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 March 2013, 2:51 pm
It’s incredibly active, it’s very controversial, and it’s never out of the headlines for long, but how well is Guild Wars 2 actually doing? Well, after the introduction of new outdoor loot options, several bloggers are arguing – with persuasive evidence – that it’s not only doing well, but much better than most traffic numbers [...]


Is EVE Online Brutal Enough Already?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 March 2013, 2:45 pm
EVE Online’s universe is split largely by degree of safety. There’s the wilds of Nullsec, where the only safety is belonging to a large player corporation. There’s lowsec, which has some NPC support, but not much. And then there’s Highsec, which is – in theory at least – patrolled by NPC peacekeepers. But is Highsec [...]


Hate Cross-Realm Zones? There may be a refuge.
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 March 2013, 2:43 pm
Just a quick mini-post to round off the week – if you’re one of the many people who hate WoW’s Cross-Realm Zones, there may be a refuge! That’s right – as Olivia Grace at WoW Insider reports, it’s been discovered that several US realms are actually not connected to the Cross-Realm Zone system: “The tweeter [...]


What Do Raiders Do When They’re Not Raiding?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 March 2013, 2:39 pm
Man – or woman – cannot live on raids alone. But what do raiders do when they’re not raiding? A hell of a lot, as it turns out. Jasyla of Cannot Be Tamed wrote a fascinating post this week looking at what her guild, Apothesis, does to help the guild bond and have fun when [...]


No New Dungeons? What Does That Mean For WoW?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 March 2013, 2:31 pm
Yep, the word is out – there will be no new 5-man dungeons, at all, for the rest of Mists of Pandaria. That’s pretty startling news – but what does it mean? Well, several bloggers have been looking into that very question – and they’ve got some interesting theories… Azuriel thinks that the very notion [...]


Has the other shoe dropped for SWTOR in its new F2P incarnation? That’s what some people have been saying, as the latest SWTOR patch introduces a reputation that only interacts with the Real-Money “Cartel” system. But is it really that bad? Shintar thinks it’s all a big fuss over nothing, given that all of the [...]


WoW Patch 5.2 Quick-Start Guides For All Classes And Specs
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 March 2013, 6:47 pm
Yes, it’s that time again – the time that the Melting Pot team burn the midnight oil to produce quick-start guides for every class and spec in a new World of Warcraft patch. This time it’s Patch 5.2 and the Throne of Thunder! As always, if you have questions, comments or suggestions to improve these [...]


New And Exciting In the MMO World
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 March 2013, 12:59 pm
To round off this week, we’ve got a bit of a grab-bag of coolness. Yes, it seems that the MMOsphere is starting to recover from its release-stupor, and there are all sorts of new things starting to look shiny on the horizon – or here already… For the hundreds of us who have fond memories [...]


Should We Blame The EU For Lack Of Darkfall?
Posted by MMO Melting Pot [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2013, 12:57 pm
Is the political instability in Greece and the European Union the reason for Darkfall: Unholy Wars’ delay? That’s the theory Tobold advanced a day or so ago – and whilst it might sound a bit crazy, there’s more to it than you’d think: “Why this hypothesis? Because it very nicely explains the rather long periods [...]


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