Just about to head out to San Francisco for three days of GDC debauchery — OK, it’s not quite Las Vegas, but I’m sure there’ll be some debauching going on — so just some quick thoughts today on general MMO stuff. And hey, where did I get all this MMO stuff? Why, on Gamebreaker.tv, the bestest site on the Intrawebz! Not to mention the place with the coolest, hippest gaming writers anywhere on the planet! We’re so hip, we still use “hip” even though it’s not hip anymore! Isn’t that hip?
If there was ever an argument to change/abolish the leveling process and do away with servers, it’s a game that offers you the chance to auto-level your character to (nearly) max and change servers for free. Amirite?
I truly think Guild Wars 2 has a chance to set a new standard — and probably establish a new style of game — for people to “clone.” Apparently, some people at ArenaNet agree.
Too much The Old Republic news to address individually… get it all here. On the one hand, a lot of the things they’re talking about for Patch 1.2 probably should have been in the game at launch. On the other hand, I still think casual players make up a much higher percentage of players than most people think and stuff like raiding, hard modes, etc., geared toward the endgame players were probably the right stuff to “leave out” if there wasn’t time, no matter how much the minority masses wail.
Finally, if you like StarCraft 2, or even if you don’t, check out this guy’s broadcasts. I barely know my Protoss from my Zerg, but he still captures my interest, especially when he’s describing a big action sequence. Also: I’ve bought him dinner on multiple occasions and we’ve spent a lot of time together in enclosed areas with a bunch of sweaty men. Yeah, chew on that.