MMO Round-Up 30.06.2013 - Destiny, SWTOR, DarkFall, Tic-Tac-Toe & more!
Final Fantasy XI [The still very popular and profitable 10+ years old MMO is on track for receiving two new updates this summer, one in July and one in August.] - Official Site
Geomancers and rune fencers will also get the opportunity to embark upon quests in search of artifact equipment. Let us not forget the addition of Monstrosity, which will provide for all your shapeshifting needs. As a last burst of air from the bellows, the coalitions will be dispensing new outfits to particularly devoted pioneers...for a bit of bayld.
Star Wars: The Old Republic [Turns out you don't have to be popular or profitable to get some summer updates. ^^ Update 2.3 for SW:TOR is ready for testing! Check the link for full patch notes and also for closer looks on each new feature.] - Darth Hater
New Level 55 Flashpoint: Czerka Corporate Labs! Infiltrate Czerka’s corporate headquarters on CZ-198 and take down Rasmus Blys, the Czerka scientist responsible for developing the company’s most dangerous weaponry. Details under Flashpoints
DarkFall [New content patch - new ships, new crafting skill to make the new ships, changes to AI respawn rates and many other fixes. One of them is probably something you'll only find in Darkfall:] - Official Forum
Upcoming / Beta
Destiny [New Bungie mail sack! Tons of interesting questions and answers. If not very informing, they're at least very entertaining.] - Bungie.net
If you want to cut a bright line through Destiny that takes you through the heart of its central story arc, you’ll be well taken care of. Staten and his stable of incredible writers are focused on ensuring Destiny’s narrative is filled with memorable characters, indelible, cinematic moments, and heart-pounding, blockbuster adventures.
Tom Gioconda, Engineer
Not as irritating as when we couldn’t even tell you the name of the game despite everyone knowing it due to the leaks.
[i]Tom Gioconda, Engineer[/i]
We’ve seen a lot of people label Destiny an “open world” game. For the same reasons we’re cautious about all of the “MMO” attribution, we want to be careful here, as well. Destiny is a big, beautiful action game with ongoing adventures that span our solar system. There are worlds to explore, mysteries to uncover, enemy motivations to understand, and long forgotten treasures to unearth. First and foremost, we’re building an action game. Destiny is a First Person Shooter.
EverQuest: Next (SOE Live) [The complete panel schedule for SOE Live has been released and it looks like Friday, August 2nd, 11AM is when we'll have to forget about everything else and tune in to the EQN reveal!] - ZAM + Full Schedule
Final Fantasy XIV [A short but insightful first-look at the FF XIV beta, from a source I've learned to trust.] - Keen and Graev
Guides / Tips / Giveaways
7 Ways to Instill Life into Your Guild’s Forums [And also, you definitely need a random banter + video / pic dump threads. The TF forum wouldn't be the same without the second. ^^] - World of Matticus
Guild picture thread
What’s your job title thread
Post your system specs thread
Patch discussion thread
Embedded chat room
Videos / Pics
source: The Gotham Dweller
Opinions / Interviews
Top 5 Reasons for the Demise of World PvP [very good list!] - TenTonHammer
However, as the game has aged, World PvP has almost died out. Most World of Warcraft veterans will talk fondly of it and occasionally a group of die hard players will gather to assault a city, however, it seems the days of World PvP are numbered.
Battlefield: Boredom [You could say that she does not really enjoy the 5.3 daillies. ^^ Does she have a point?] - TreeHealsGoWoosh
Worse still, many of the zone objective actively discourage cooperation. I really like the idea of the commanders and caravans, which remind me somewhat of the rifts and zone invasions in Rift that add a random and exciting element to what might be a slow-moving leveling experience. In that sense, I hope Blizzard will continue to experiment with these zone events in the future – but with a different implementation.
Smurfs, or, "Ethical issues caused by tiny blue people." [how and why "smurfs" appear and what can games do to reduce this rather dubious player choice] - Out of Beta
The problem is, this practice is essentially circumventing the purpose of these ELO systems; and in its barest state is technically an exploit.
Episode Development [A step-by-step explanation of how episodic story content is done in Star Trek Online] - STO Dev Blog
After the pod is told what’s important for a given episode, they are given time to put a pitch together. When building a pitch, the artist and designer talk through the episode bullets and figure out how they’d like to tell that story. They might add side-plots or embellishments, or just stick to the key elements, depending on how difficult they think it will be to convey a given idea.
The pitch itself generally contains maps that detail moment-to-moment gameplay, including critter locations, puzzles and any general things to click, talk to, or fight. The pitch is made to the Leads and Executive Producer and feedback is taken into account. If there are significant changes required, the pod will go back to the drawing board (as much as necessary) and then re-pitch. When everyone is happy with it (as was often the case after the initial pitch), the pod will go off and start working on the whitebox process.
Misc / Off-Topic
HL3 + Futurama [There's been a recent flurry of rumors and speculation that Valve was starting a weird HL3 teasing campaign. As always it ended up being nothing. HL fans, I feel for you and this video perfectly describes what they've been going through. Get ready to weep.]
Google Building Android Game Console [Just what we need, another console! Right? Also, the article implies that Apple might be looking to get in on the action as well. People will soon be needing bigger living rooms, just to be able to fit all the consoles, because ofc exclusive games will drive many to buy each and every one of them. Or, you know, just get a PC. :D] - WSJ
The people briefed on the matter said Google is reacting in part to expectations that rival Apple will launch a videogame console as part of its next Apple TV product release.
Tic-Tac-Toe-Ception [I did not spend 2 hours on this silly game, nope, sure didn't...] - Khan Academy
The objective of this game is to be the first to win three tic-tac-toe games lying in a row, column, or diagonal within the greater-square.
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