Monday Misc.July 14, 2008
If you haven’t already, make sure you listen to ChaosCast #4 with Tome of Knowledge dev Carrie Couskos — it’s a corker!
The WAAAGH! Photo Contest is rolling along, but I’m pretty surprised we haven’t seen more entries yet. C’mon, people — you just need a camera or cameraphone, a piece of paper and about ten seconds of time! Make your mark on history… today!
The recent WAR buzz over cut classes/capital cities has overshadowed (at least, for me) some pretty big MMO news in other realms. Flagship Studios is no more, which is upsetting seeing as how they were making the fun, feisty Mythos. Rumor is that Mythos is going to be sold to another company, so hopefully we’ll get to see it at some point… sometime.
City of Heroes was one of my all-time favorite MMOs, and I am completely psyched (does anyone use that word any more?) over Cryptic Studio’s upcoming Champions Online. They recently announced that 2K Games would be publishing the title in spring 2009, which makes this my “backup” MMO to play when I want a change-up from swords-and-sorcery. Plus, it just looks frickin’ sweet.
A conversation last night in instant messenger:
Snafzg: I hate it when you’re running along and you see a guy from the opposing army on the road… and you can’t kill him. It’s like, “We have to go to a special circle first to do battle to the death.” That just breaks immersion for me, it doesn’t feel real.
Syp: Because pieces of armor that arbitrarily boost your skills do.
Snafzg: That’s different… that’s behind the scenes…
Syp: Or invisible walls.
Syp: Or floating numbers above enemies’ heads.
Syp: Or a beetle carrying a giant battleaxe.
Syp: Or NPCs who never move or go home.
Syp: Or an entire town staffed by about twenty-six guys, no children, and nobody outside of a battle profession.