4/24/2015

The Rise of the Mobile MMORPG

A number of producers have started bringing to the MMORPG genre mobile. What does this mean for the future?

Mobile games are generally free to play, and make their money off cosmetic or pay to win subsidization. This is a scary thought for the future of MMORPGs, if what was once an incredibly challenging (both via critical thinking and logistically with a group of people) becomes an incredibly mindless, almost simplistic version of itself, will the MMORPG even survive on PCs or cease to exist as viable for future publishers?

As a secondary thought, what does this mean for the bandwidth and data over mobile networks? Is my phone going to now come to a halt because I can't use it due to the number of people playing games?

Here are some examples:

http://www.droidgamers.com/index.php/tablet-gaming/tablet-gaming-news/8901-ankama-will-be-bringing-an-official-dofus-mmorpg-game-to-tablets-soon

http://news.mmosite.com/content/2015-04-23/mobile_mmorpg_shakes_fidgets_new_update_makes_the_game_even_better.shtml

http://androidcommunity.com/celestia-broken-sky-mmorpg-rolls-out-of-beta-free-to-play-for-android-20150421/

At least Star Wars: Battlefront will keep me busy for quite awhile.

4/05/2015

Steve Burke: The Origin of the MMORPG & More

Source: http://www.gamersnexus.net/gg/1891-where-mmorpgs-come-from-richard-garriott-interview

A great read for what the MMO invented, and why it is stale at the moment. Here is to hoping the future is better!

Techradar: Is the MMORPG on the verge of extinction?

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/is-the-mmorpg-on-the-verge-of-extinction--1289503

While I would say no, it isn't on the verge of extinction, it is definitely in an ice age of sorts. MMOs have reach a formulaic peak that is distressing. "Kill x of this" or "y of that" has been a mantra for two decades. I've even found myself streaming my NES and SNES games now because they are much more fun, especially the SquareSoft RPGs of the past.

Who knows, maybe Camelot Unchained with its focus strictly on PVP can break the mold again?

4/02/2015

MMOSite: MOBA will Overtake MMORPG in F2P Revenue in 2015

Source: http://news.mmosite.com/content/2015-04-01/moba_will_overtake_mmorpg_in_fp_revenue_in_2015.shtml

I'm surprised it took until 2015 for this to happen. The popularity of MOBAs, particularly with their high-purse events has exploded as a phenomenon that MMORPGs can't battle.

4/01/2015

Medical Press: Score! Video gamers may learn visual tasks more quickly

Source: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-03-score-video-gamers-visual-tasks.html

The best quote from the article is:

"A lot of people still view video games as a time-wasting activity even though research is beginning to show their beneficial aspects," Berard said. "If we can demonstrate that video games may actually improve some cognitive functioning, perhaps we, as a society, can embrace newer technology and media with positive application."

The researchers should have used the game Portal as their test activity.