Thursday, October 28

Online Communities

I found this on a webcomic called xkcd. If you click on the picture you get a very large detailed view. It is quite fun to explore. And completely out of date two months from now. Not even two months from now. It is already out of date. Still fun.

The author had made a 2007 version as well here.

Tuesday, October 26

Champions Online, Free to Play

This email was sitting in my inbox today...

Greetings, Champion!

We’ve got some big news we wanted to share with you right away.

Beginning Q1 2011, Champions Online will offer a free-to-play gameplay option. Everyone can download, play and enjoy Champions Online at absolutely no cost!

All you’ll need to do is download the game and begin playing. It will be a great opportunity to head back to the Champions universe to see what’s changed, spend time with your friends and enjoy a top-tier MMO without spending a dime.

We’re sure you have a lot of questions. That’s good! We’re looking forward to working with you to answer them. Right now, we’ve set up a new short FAQ and a special Q&A forum to begin answering your more in-depth questions.

We plan on entering our free-to-play beta on November 9, and to launch the new, free-to-play version of Champions Online in the first quarter of 2011. We can’t wait to grow the game with you, and we hope you’re as excited as we are!

As always, thanks for your continued support. We’ll see you in Millennium City!

-The Champions Online Team

I'm sure their free-to-play plans include some kind of cash shop of purchasable items, etc etc... That seems to be the trend these days.

Thursday, October 21

Screenshot Wednesday

I've started a Picasa album of my screenshots as well, and wanted to share them. So here ya go. The Runes of Magic ones I've posted before are already there. The others are from a game I started yesterday called Vindictus. It's kind of interesting.


Saturday, October 16

Screenshot Shaturday

Just some quick screenies I've taken throughout Naomi's rise through the Sunspear Ranks to her current rank of General:

Friday, October 15

The Truth

... well, according to one disgruntled soon ex-employee of EA at least:
And Bioware? Don’t make me laugh. They’ve spent more money making the Old Republic than James Cameron spent on Avatar. Shit you not. More than $ 300 million! Can you believe that?

And you know what they’re most proud of? This is the kicker. They are most proud of the sound. No seriously. Something like a 20Gig installation, and most of it is voiceover work. That’s the best they have. The rest of the game is a joke. EA knows it and so does George Lucas,they’re panicking , and so most of Mythic has already been cannibalized to work in Austin on it because they can’t keep pushing back launch.

Old Republic will be one of the greatest failures in the history of MMOs from EA. Probably at the level of the Sims Online. We all know it too ... ...
The whole blogosphere is over this of course. I don't know what the truth is, but I am seriously worried about SW:TOR. Maybe it will become a nice RPG, but I have very little hope it will be the next big MMO.

Friday, October 8

A bit behind the times

Five and a half years after the original release I finally got moving in Tyria. And I am having fun! Especially since I got to meet Geeky again. Hopefully soon I will tell you about my adventures. But for now just a greeting from a snowy hill. Oh, and Gwen is saying hi too.

Friday, October 1

GW2 gets a new Event system (Rift: Planes of Telera)

To follow on from and in a similar style to GW gets a new skin post :)

And nothing GW related but here's a look at the soul system

Guild Wars gets a new UI skin

Oh no wait, it's TERA's *Archer* in stead, never mind the near identical hair and dress.
And please don't mistake this scantily clad Sorceress for a scantily clad mesmer:

Absolutely different...

Wonder if either of them can do lapdances like the female Elementalists of Guild Wars?