Blizzard cancels Titan.
After 7 years of work on the MMO
, the successor to World of Warcraft has been cancelled.
We didn't find the fun," Morhaime continued. "We didn't find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that's the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no."
The Complex City Guide has a bit of information on 15 possible headquarters for the Illuminati
, but it's a slideshow with limited information, and there's a lot of information out there, so let's get into it. [more inside]
? A number of projects have sprung up to reboot the game. Whimsy
, Children of Ur
, and MVURXI
have working demos, while Eleven
is still under development.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a MMO to play Mr Darcy in
. Ever Jane, the massive multiplayer Jane Austen game has been funded and the prototype game can now be downloaded from the Kickstarter page
At several moments during the presentation, I wrote in block capitals, circling and underlining. This is the headline feature. This is something nobody has tried or managed to do before. Then, toward the mid-point, while I was still processing what had already come, lead designer Dave Georgeson demonstrated a feature that changed everything.
Everquest Next’s world is made of voxels and everything in it is destructible.
is a text-based "massively-multiplayer zero-player game" in which you play a god with rather tenuous control over a hero. Changes to the game, including quests and items, are crowd-sourced and voted on by the community
The game is playable in browser and via Android and iOS apps. Official game wiki.
Olan Rogers (previously
) and Jake Sidwell's ode to gamers, The Lion's Blaze
, release a sequel, The Lion's Blaze 2
, a ballad for gamers. [more inside]
After 8 years and over 23 Issues
released, City Of Heroes, the first Super-Hero MMO,
will be shutting down for good at midnight tonight. Heroes has seen a tremendous amount of support not only from it's fan base, but from the industry
as well, it's unique position as the only major Non-Fantasy MMO in the market helping to keep it standing out among the Goblins and the Panda Kung-Fu Fighters. But if the game is so beloved by its customers, why is the game shutting down tonight, even with the newest issue
all but released in the Beta Server? Well that's where things get interesting. [more inside]
Friendship is Optimal
is not a "My Little Pony" fanfic, but a SF story that starts with a procedurally-generated MLP MMO, and crescendos to what could very well be the Best Possible Outcome if self-optimizing algorithms are given /almost/ the right goals.
Some readers are horrified by the implications; some want to move into "Equestria Online" anyway. Whichever camp you fall in, you'll never forget the phrase "satisfy human values through friendship and ponies".
"The subscription model is dead."
says John Smedley, head of Sony Online Entertainment, and creator of EverQuest.
Are people willing to pay $15 per month to play a computer game that isn't endorsed by Mr. T
? Bioware is betting a rumored $135 million, the most ever spent on a video game, that the answer is yes. Star Wars: The Old Republic
launches on December 20th. [more inside]
It's All Games Now: The Convergence of Games and Social Media
(video, 61 minutes), is a talk given by Raph Koster, one of the lead designers of the MMO Ultima Online, at the 2011 Game Developers Conference Online in Austin Texas. In it he looks at how digital games have changed as a social experience from MUDs to World of Warcraft, where they are going in the future, and the bleed between games and the real world. Koster has posted a summary here
on his site. [more inside]
Phaser Inc., a trading company in space-based MMO EVE online, have absconded with a record-breaking 1 trillion ISK and revealed themselves as a giant ponzi scheme in a remarkably frank open letter
. Their haul of the in-game currency translates to just over $50,000, or 242 years-worth, of PLEX
(traded for playing time). [via RockPaperShotgun] [more inside]
Incarna, the latest expansion to Eve Online
, introduces an in-game "micro"-transaction store where virtual clothes and jewelry cost more than the same items would go for in the real world
. Players are not impressed.Wednesday:
A purported internal CCP Games newsletter is leaked
(direct PDF link
) indicating, contrary to previous unambiguous promises to the community, plans for greatly expanding the scope of items and services available to be purchased for real money in Eve Online. The forums erupt.Today: CCP confirms that the document is real
. [more inside]
Illustrator Nate Simpson
was a longtime veteran of the video game and concept art industries. Back in 2009, he opted to take a year off from work to work on Gordon and the Stareater
, his first attempt at sequential art.This week, Simpson's first major-publisher creator-owned comics project, Nonplayer
, hit the stands courtesy of the folks at Image. How'd the experiment work out? [more inside]
A new Breath has begun for Nexus Clash
, a reimplementation of the now-closed browser-based game Nexus War
), with extra skills and classes
to play with. Gameplay is map-based PvP, inspired by the classic Urban Dead
. [more inside]
SF0 is a game played in the real world, where you play your character. However, it's not a LARP, and it's not quite an ARG (alternate reality game), either. Think of it more as an interface for the cities of the real world. [more inside]
After starring in First Kid
with the immortal Sinbad, Brock Pierce was left wondering what to do with the rest of his life. He decided to set out and make his fortune accumulating and selling items in EverQuest and World of Warcraft
Jump On Contact
is a blog about the mechanics and culture of the crazy unique space MMO EVE Online
written for people who are curious about it but don't necessarily play. [more inside]
The gaming website Eurogamer posted a scathing review
of the MMO Darkfall
, yet the developers claim
that the reviewer only played the game for two hours. Eurogamer refused to take down the review
and became hated by the Darkfall community. This lead to what might be the most sublime nerdrage in the history of mankind
. To Eurogamer's credit, they commissioned a second review of the game
by Kieron Gillen. [more inside]
While it's been noted Obama is the first presidential candidate to run political ads in video games
and one of his transition team leaders plays World of Warcraft
, there's no real evidence as yet that the coming administration encompasses the gaming experience and mindset. Since future ones undoubtedly will, as video and computer games go mainstream
, it's worthwhile to ponder what things would be like if gamers ran the world
) [more inside]
There have been many efforts
at measuring Azeroth
, and MeFi's own Hogshead
has the latest
, which not only determines the land area but also touches on the geophysical properties of the planet's most populated fantasy world.
Still paying a monthly fee for an MMO? Free-MMOs boasts an exhaustive (exhausting?) list of games that are free to join, free to play
; try the excellent dungeon crawl Gods of Time
, or the odd abandonware homebrew Ultima 6 Online
In this way, Lu Yang became one of the "RMB gamers" she disdains. More than 10,000 RMB was quickly and nearly imperceptibly spent. In the game, the "queen" possessed fearsome power. She carried out vengeance for herself and her friends, she accepted entreaties, and she protected the caravans of the kingdom. At the same time, she went out with the heroes to invade other kingdoms. Her reputation spread far and wide. [...] "Long live the Queen!" People bowed to her in submission. That was the high point for Lu Yang on ZT Online, and for that one fleeting moment, she felt that the time and money she had spent was worth it.The System
is a translated Chinese article examining ZT Online, an MMORPG that has taken fleecing gamers to a new level.
The Straylight release
of Nexus War
, a browser based PvP MMO in the vein of Urban Dead
(thought significantly more complex) and Kingdom of Loathing
(thought significantly more serious in tone), occurred today. It brings with it a host of changes, new skills, upgrades, and expansions, shaking things up for the old player base and making it an ideal time for new players to join, both because the status quo is being rewritten and because of a vastly expanded in game help menu. [more inside]
"We modelled this on the web," said Mr Koster, "You can think about each world being a webpage and every object within in it is a link."
has unveiled Metaplace, an easy to use virtual world creator. The BBC reports: article
, video of Raph demoing the app
Well, it's official
. After numerous rumors, leaks, and even someone with a sharp eye for trademark searches
, it was revealed this morning with the first entrants to BlizzCon
in Anaheim, California that the next World of Warcraft expansion will be called Wrath of the Lich King, complete with new areas to explore, new hairstyles and character customizations, level 80, and the first new class to be introduced to the game since it opened.
Raising for Ryzom.
Saga Of Ryzom's parent company is having some sort of undisclosed trouble, and a group of users are raising funds to purchase the source code and art assets. So far, they've raised 60k in euros.
Get your game on with Kaneva.
Billing itself as "The world’s first digital entertainment marketplace!" Kaneva
is a beta launch of a concept that maybe interesting to gamers, media creators, and consumers as well. An Atlanta based company, Kaneva.com aims to be an exchange/market portal for game and media creators, who can directly create Massively Multi-player Online (MMO) games using the Kaneva Framework, and for digital media creators seeking distribution. The business model is innovative, and has been described as "a kind of multi-media flickr (pre-fame) meets eBay on steroids, or an online marketplace for folks hyped on digital entertainment. An Intertainment Hub. A platform and host." The company recently presented its concept at the June meeting of the International Game Developers Association
, and back in April Computer Gaming Magazine had an article
. During the beta test phase, the site's tools are free to all comers, and there is already a limited amount of content available for those who just want to play something new.