To start off with, I would like to say that I think that I’m a reasonable person. Just as food, popular trends and bizarre fashion statements have a shelf life, so do video games. From MOBA’s to MMORPG’s, games have a shelf life where they eventually are considered outdated, out of touch and even unprofitable. Not to say that old games have to start hemorrhaging money in order to be shut down, but like every good business model, there needs to be more than just staying in the black.
If a company spends $99 dollars a month on a product and only gets $100 in return, then technically they are profitable. Not to say that they are getting anywhere near the actual return they want, but they are still in the black. As the game industry has seen its fair share of hostile protesters, such as the
With a few choice exceptions in most video games, men are still the driving force of most major heroes (and villains) of games, both online and off. With World of Warcraft, you have the King of Stormwind, Thrall, Illidan, the Lich King, and many other heroes and bad guys that are, well, guys.
Sure, you have Jane Proudmoore, the wife of Thrall that no one cares about and a few other females, but let's be honest here. You're not playing the game, especially for lore's sake, because of them.
That trend follows in other games as well, both old and new. Outside of the shining examples made in Portal and perhaps Metroid, there are very few female figures to be looked up too that aren't basically stereotypes in pink (sorry Princess Toadstool) and/or your overtly sexual, boss
As you all might have heard, unless you don't follow BioWare much or live under a rock, the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic came full circle from being one of the most anticipated and best in show games to announcing going free-to-play in less than a year after release.
The cries of the current, albiet smaller than WoW, community has had many mixed reactions. There are those who are actually quitting the game after playing since launch because they are going to get an influx of players, for sure, but those free players aren't allow to raid or do many of the dungeons. It brings those who have waited patiently for BioWare and EA to bring in more players for end-game content, only to get pseudo-slapped in the face.
On the other hand, those who gave up the game and waited for this
Great news for OUYA loving fans out there. Square-Enix announced today that Final Fantasy III will be on the Kickstarter-funded new home system.
Don't know what the hell an OUYA is? Well, if you've been living under a rock, let me tell you. OUYA is the new Android-based at home console system that skyrocketed through its Kickstarter fund. The intention of the system was clear and simple, to allow indie and typically other exclusive handhand and PC game developers to work on a system that is meant for your television instead of having to pay the fees and dues associated with licensed consoles, namely Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
The system is open to all, including hackers and modifiers, without the fear of being changed for tampering, modifying, hacking, or reverse engineering. This version of Final Fantasy 3 will be on OUYA for a free-to-try demo and renewed controller support.
You can find out more about OUYA (and watch their handy dandy video) on their official Kickst
Electronic Arts (EA to the rest of us) jumped on the "It Gets Better" Campaign to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA. The act, while stricken as unconstitutional, still tries to wiggle its way by opposing marriage between same-sex couples. It holds tight, and defends outright bigotry, with the written words that states only a man and a woman can be married.
Several other companies, including Pixar and Google, have made similar campaign videos that have involved themselves in the "It Gets Better" bandwagon. These videos include employees of the company who simply say that if you make decent decisions and get a proper education, you can have a cushy job with decent benefits too. Just like straight people. Being LGBT apparently isn't the end of the world.
The 'Gay Rights' movement continues to move forward as part of civil rights, holding onto the other written part containing 'liberty and justice for all.' They
Gravity Europe posted today that their biggest update in ten years for Ragnarok Online is now available. Appropriately named, Ragnarok Online Renewal, the update includes a revamped user interface for several of its systems and 13 new classes. Along with the patch, two new games are now available in the Apple Store of iOS devices.
Ragnarok Violet is an RPG adventure with over 50 quests, including the ablity to swap weapons, have pets, customize your costume, and even an in-game cash shop. Angel Poring is a new iOS puzzle game, that I'm guessing is similar to Chuzzle. You match up porings, who then explode.
Watch the latest update trailer below:
I have a pet peeve. I understand that this is probably a terrible way to start a piece, but it's true. I have a very open grudge against girl gamers. Well, I wouldn't say grudge. It's more like an annoyance. I find that anyone who chooses to use the hype of sex or sexuality in order to maintain popularity need to get their head examined. Of course, I get it.
It's a marketing ploy that's been in use since the dawn of advertising. While we get sexy women smoking cigarettes or being on the covers of graphic cards that have absolutely nothing to do with them what so ever, it's used as a selling point. The same will go for the women out there who pick up a controller, toss off most of their clothes, and angle their web-cams high enough for you to see just enough cleavage to stay interested.
Not saying all are bad players, since that would make me as a very strange sexist. But most aren't 'great' enough to be considered professional and haven't earned the rig
The recent string on online games have seriously begun to push story that would usually only be found in typical offline RPG games. From Star Wars: The Old Republic to the soon to be released Guild Wars 2, having characters with their own personal touch to create a unique storyline experiences seems to be a growing trend.
Of course, this isn't the case for every game. TERA, for examples, has the same generic story no matter what class you play. World of Warcraft has also stuck to their own overall story arc, with only slight differences when it comes to gaining a skill or so in class quests. Other Asian-based MMO's that also haven't jumped on the bandwagon for personalized stories include Phantasy Star Online 2, despite the Phantasy Star franchise having roots as an extensive and detailed offline RPG.
With personal story comes different options in the matter, which really comes down to how its handled. For example, the freedom in The Secret World come with a heavy price
Hardcore fans of any game can be rather harsh when it comes to defending their titles, be it with an old classic like World of Warcraft or an unreleased game like Guild Wars 2. In the latest string of videos posted up by Arena.net, fans from both sides of the equation have come out of the woodwork to either defend their own favorites or completely bash and slander the other.
Fans of WoW have used both reasonable and nonsensical arguments, ranging from trying to explain how GW2 isn't even out yet, so how could anyone honestly know what to expect at release to simply, "This game sux."
On the other hand, hardcore fans of GW2 have also come out to defend their new favorite, while throwing insults at WoW.
From the very little I played of Guild Wars, both 1 and 2, I have to say that I wasn't that all impressed. While the voice acting is excellent, the cutscenes are lacking and very stiff. I was expecting fully animated sequences, and not JRPG-like comic style pop-
Circling around MMOSite are quite a few posts regarding the new game, SMITE, which features artistic takes (some are outright eye-candy) on various Gods and Goddess of different religions. One of the more popular characters is a rendition of the Hindu Goddess, Kali. The attractive but dangerous beauty of the game has been some heavy fire and backlash for how she is represented in the game.
While I highly doubt that it was meant to be offensive, I can see why someone might take offense to the representation. While she isn't the first deity to ever been changed from traditional to modern (and won't be the last), do you think that it's a matter of being disrespectful or a matter of being creative?
In the US, on the television show Supernatural, Kali was also represented by the actr