The noble FPS is a great genre, and when taken online it really comes into its own. So why’s it never been taken up by developers and put into a much larger environment? Sure, MAG on the PS3 was a step forward (256-player games) but that’s still a way off from the thousands of people playing on a single WoW server at once.
It’s certainly going to be a complex series of logistical problems that need resolving, but that could be said for any MMO. Bullet tracking is no different to tracking the effect of a cast AoE spell on high ping, so it’s not going to prove a challenge to a development team that has dealt with the MMO genre and its logistical aspects before.
But what sort of MMOFPS would appeal to a modern FPS audience, and also to those who enjoy MMO titles? Firstly, a good levelling up system needs to happen, along with mobs that you can farm for XP if you don’t feel like any PVP. This should be relaxing enough for those who want to “casual” their way through, from veteran MMO players who want a step down from the hardcore approach, to partypoker fans who aren’t quite used to the competitive side to MMO titles.
It’s also worth considering what the world should be like. A Borderlands MMO would be absolutely incredible, and was rumoured, with the term “Borderworlds” bandied around for quite a while. Something with randomly generated items, good gameplay flow, and a huge physical space to explore would be ideal.
But how do you appeal to the MW3 crowd, the Halo players, the Counter Strike pros? You don’t – not conventionally, anyway. You can’t. Nothing will match the way in which those small, short games play out, but you can appeal to that market as RPG elements (gear modification, levelling) are making their way into Modern Warfare and other games. So until an amazing MMOFPS turns up, we’ll wait, but when it does, we’re jumping in as soon as possible.Posted in news bits | No Comments »
Aessina of IGNWorld.com has discovered an article about a baby girl who is just 3 years old but already a hardcore gamer in the World of Warcraft. Her father was the one who exposed her to this fascinating world when she was just 12 months old and now she’s known as “Dangerboy” at level 60 interacting and grinding with the rest of the veteran hordes of WOW. Here’s her little story which has been circulating around the blogosphere:
“This is Charisma.
Our daughter is 3 years old and she has been playing Blizzard Entertainment’’s hugely popular MMO, World of Warcraft since she was 1½ years old!
Clearing monsters to swipe a treasure chest, PvP battlegrounds, and dungeon grouping are all taken in stride as Charisma (aka: “Dangerboy”) handles her oversized mouse and keyboard with professional gamer dexterity and skill.
At 12 months old, Charisma showed a great deal of interest in what Mommy (PvPmom) and Papi (juBBjuBB) were doing on the PC. When she starting navigating through Control Panel and Device Manager and changing settings, they built her a computer of her own.
Initially, she began playing WoW and doing simple actions like jumping and chasing bunnies, but she quickly learned the more advanced functions of the game and graduated into teamplay, looking for random people to help, and exploring the world. It became evident the newbie towns were growing too small too fast, and Charisma’’s limited online playtime had only allowed her to level her character to 20 by herself. We transferred one of our pre-existing level 60 Alliance Rogues over to her account, and her virtual world opened up wide. She ran, rode, and flew anywhere she could looking for new places to explore and learning each zone’’s nuances. We often include her in questing as a family and we group with her often in dungeon instances where she learns how to play a role in a team and not to run ahead blindly around corners.
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We are delighted to announce that MMOGrindhouse.com is one of the finalists in the Philippine Blog Awards 2009 under the category “Best Technology Blog”. To reach the finalist stage is already a big honor can’t thank enough the people who recognized our blog. We promise to moree zany, wacky, and hilarious articles to fuel your daily grind in MMO games! After the jump, check out the official list of blogs who also made to the finals of this of this prestigious award.quick-plug | No Comments »
The world of Atlantica Online MMORPG features real world locations in an alternate world where they are blended with mythological and fantasy elements. But don’t take it literally as the cities are often geographically out of place and heavily altered apparently to makes the game more interesting. The important thing is you can feel at home in one of those countries you live in or relate with other countries you have been before. From time to time, we’ll be featuring different countries with its towns, cities, dungeons, and interesting stuffs we can find in them.
My Atlantica guild master “Jaanus”, from France in real life, has shared these photos taken from lush tropical country of the Philippines. Check out the breathtaking screenshots from Manila and Davao after the jump.atlantica online | No Comments »
Being nerdy and being sexy at the same time is not possible anymore nowadays, and the living proof is Brooke Marks. She’s one of the most “goggled” names online as being a famous internet solo girl *ahem* in adult industry. This bubbly blonde from Florida proves that not only is she smoking hot, but she’s a bonafide nerd in computer gaming. She shows her geek cred by making a parody video of her passion in World of Warcraft game. She will blow you away with her photo gallery dressed as Warcraft’s night elf, after the jump. (Be forwarned, your video card might get toasted while downloading the extremely hot pics and video)Brooke Marks | 3 Comments »
I recently found this “Top 10 Problems with MMO’s” topic shared by GMTristan.com. This IGN article talks about the factors in MMOs that persistently annoys its players and takes the genre away from potential users.
Either you love them or hate them, here’s my take on the ten plagues of MMOs that should be avoided by the gaming industry in the future, after the jump…articles | No Comments »
As the last closed beta event ended last August 17, all eager hands are set for the game’s full release in September. The game enjoyed a major positive reaction from MMO players, switchers or newbies alike. If you haven’t played in any of the past six beta events, then you don’t have that much idea about what Aion really is. Allow me to give you a quick rundown of the game’s major highlights and give you an idea what to expect from the game. (Arranged in no particular order). Read on the top 10 reasons why you should play Aion Online after the jump.aion online | No Comments »
If you’ve haven’t had enough of our Top 10 Sexiest Cosplay Babes in Comic-Con 2009 a few weeks ago. Here are our newest cosplayers who attended the recent Blizzcon 2009. BlizzCon is a yearly celebration of the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo games and all the other related franchises of Blizzard Entertainment. After the jump, check out our top 10 picks among BlizzCon girls taken at the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, StarCraft II, and Diablo III themed photo booths.Cosplay Babes | No Comments »
If you have read my article called “Do you have what it takes to be the next Spam Queen?” it actually explains everything about this obnoxious online game browser, the one that must not be named before, ehem Evony. The ubiquitous ads of Evony seems inescapable as they hog the ad space in every gaming site or non-gaming sites we visit. Since countless bloggers and advertisers complained to Google regarding this spam abuse of Evony, this is their early Christmas to all of us:
“Hi everyone — thanks for your patience so far. We’ve received all of your feedback and have looked into your concerns. Any Evony ads should now point only to evonyonline.com, so having evonyonline.com on your filter list should now effectively block all Evony ads. If you still see ads after adding this URL to your filter (and it’s been over 48 hours since you’ve added it), reply to this thread and we’ll look into it.”
Woot woot, I don’t need to filter all my articles and comments and replace them with an image version , that’s less hassle indeed. Well speaking of the devil, UMGE Group, a publicaly listed game development company out of China, wants to dominate the online gaming market through their shady Evony, as well as dominating the advertisement world too. Now, it seems their next tactic for supremacy is to control the bloggers and media people by threatening them with lawsuits. Bruce Everiss, a veteran games industry marketer who runs a website at http://www.bruceongames.com/, is their first victim of this nonsense libel case they filed in Australia. The armchairdiplomat.com blog also criticize this move as saying “Now setting aside the obvious dick move on UMGE’s part by suing a UK blogger in Australia for a game owned by a Chinese company who’s servers are in America, doesn’t something have to be proved to be incorrect to technically be defamatory?” and PopeHat.com witty response “Its Lawyers Rely Upon, Act Like Boobs”. Even the British daily newspaper “Guardian” received a legal complaint from Evony LLC and the demanding to remove the controversial article “Has Evony become the most despised game on the web?” So I want to ask the same question I’ve been pondering, has the Evony become the most despised game on the web? Oppps, don’t say anything defamatory or Evony will shoot errr sue! After the jump, you can read on the actual threatening letter sent to Bruce from Warren McKeon Dickson, a firm of Australian solicitors hired by Evony.bizarre | 8 Comments »
Are adult MMO gamers the new couch potato? According to the report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, they find links between video gaming and health issues in older demographics aged 35 years old and above.
The author of the said article, Dr. James B Weaver III, has hypothesized that adults who choose to have sedentary lifestyle which is just play the addicting video games are the ones vulnerable to risky health issues, such as higher BMI and poor mental-health days.
They find out that the average of these adult video-game addicts are overweight, low extroversion, and often depressed. These factors make them sacrifice real-world physical activities in exchange of secluded lifestyle. They also compared the time spent of these adult gaming enthusiasts versus the non-players in the internet through online gaming and online game support, apparently this is also in connection with adults in massive online games, days and night non-stop grinding.
They are quoted as saying that further research among adults will be conducted to on how use digital opportunities more effectively to promote health and prevent disease.
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