As has been written here, I’m playing Star Wars: Galaxies again. It’s made me think about decisions that we make as gamers and that game companies make as designers/producers. Here’s what this has brought to the forefront for me;
– Fun – is king. If a game has problems (and all of them do to some degree) we are willing to overlook them as long as we are still having fun. What makes a game fun? That’s different for everyone but for me it’s having something to DO.
For example, I’m currently working on making my crafting characters able to make useful or fun items for myself and others. To do that I need a lot of resources. I know this, so I am in my active gathering mode. I know I need this or that, so I go to gather it. I’m stockpiling at the moment, so I haven’t actually progressed the target character that much, but when I next sit down to craft I’ll have what I need to knock out several levels. For me this is fun.
I know it’s been a while since I wrote. Keep coming back, I’ll be picking back up here in the coming days.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. This past weekend I actually did sign up for the Station Pass. Now, I’m not going to be spending a lot of time in Matrix online. I do own Everquest, EQ2, SWG, and Vanguard. And I played, or tried to play all of them this weekend at least a little bit. For some reason, I can’t get past the character select screen in SWG. I’ll leave it to the fine folks at SOE tech support to get that straightened out, and I’ll let you all know how that goes.
I can’t believe I have even gotten to this place. You all know I don’t love Sony, but I’m just so bored with MMO at this moment that I feel the need to have access to more than one. Since I recently canceled my WoW subscription I had that $15 in my monthly budget just burning a hole in my pocket. So I figured what the hell. The impetus behind this is really Tarkeena. She gave me one of her guilty looks and asked me “so guess what I did.” Usually that involves a surprise purchase or the introduction of a decadent dessert into the house. I didn’t smell chocolate, so it had to be a purchase. In this case, she had upgraded her account to Station Pass. So of course I immediately did the same.
News continues to flow from EA Mythic about the impending release of Warhammer: Age of Reckoning. Today the most surprising news yet from the Mythic folks; Elves might not make it into the game in time for release.
If you have been following Warhammer Online, or WAR, during its development you know that the RVR combat is all based around 3 pairs of conflicts. It’s the Greenskins(Orcs) vs. Stunties (Dwarves,) Humans vs. Chaos, and High Elves vs. Dark Elves. With the release dates slipping and more still to do in game development EA Mythic had a choice to make; Release the game without the level of polish that they want, or pick 2 of the pairs and polish the daylights out of them and get the game released. Then in a few months, they can patch in the third pair and the game can continue on as scheduled.