Global Chat: Daybreak is a zombie, walking

    
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Call the WAAAAAMbulance.

What can call an MMO blogger out of retirement? A game studio putting in below the bare minimum of effort in its updates seems to do it for MMO Fallout’s Connor, who had some harsh words to say about Daybreak’s handling of H1Z1 these days.

“I’d like to pick up the mantle to talk about how Daybreak Game Company is a dead company with a bare bones, barely functioning development team. They just don’t care anymore folks,” Connor said. “As far as game updates go, H1Z1 Season 4 is the That 70’s Show Season 8 of video games. Topher Grace is gone and so is Ashton Kutcher.”

Well! That’s an interesting start to this week’s roundup of online gaming essays from the community. Topics that lay in wait include strategies for making gold in World of Warcraft, the characters of SWTOR: Onslaught, and a bizarre story about a giant in Elder Scrolls Online.

Misdirections: Can this relationship be saved?

“Blizzard has historically been very adept at getting commitment from its players, and to be fair they in turn have bought into that commitment. It is no small feat to keep millions engaged in an online game for 15 years. Still, just as in a failing marriage, it seems like the transgressions are coming more rapidly than the good times.”

The Lazy Goldmaker: The best methods to get early gold when starting out in World of Warcraft

“Old raids are a tried and true method of getting some raw gold. The cataclysm raids in particular have been popular. The general idea is to go at the highest possible difficulty and vendor everything you get including the BoP epics. Doing the cata 25 raids will net you a couple of thousand each as well as some transmog and a shot at some cool mounts. This might not be the most efficient farm, but it will give you raw gold that you can go straight to the AH with.”

Coffee Cakes and Crits: WoW guild housing

“Player housing is sure to come. The interest and demand is there from the player base. We’ve had in-game trials with the Tillers and Garrison and Order Hall, though there is zero in this expansion: too much pruning in our garden, I’d say.”

Galactic Antics: Characters I’d like to see introduced or brought back in Onslaught

“Obviously, some characters are a given. Darths Krovos and Malgus, Empress Acina, General Daeruun, Jonas Balkar, Major Anri, Moff Pyron, NR-O2, Tau Idair, and Vowrawn are all definitely going to be back in some way or another, either because of their prominence or their popularity. I’m also considering Alec Ranin and Lord Izar from the Hearts and Minds mission to be certainties since the two outreach programs would be well-used at various points in the new story.”

ECTmmo.com: June already

“So, City of Heroes Homecoming. I really had a lot of fun with this server. I loved the game, as old and clunky as it is it feels good to play still. I started out with a class/archetype that I liked, the mastermind, having so many pets is really, really awesome. The pet selection is really a neat aspect as you can pick from ninjas, thugs, undead, demons or robots. I have not gotten very far but I pop in here and there. Always I see so many people playing. The queues were crazy to begin with and servers were added. It really was heartwarming. There are some bugs but nothing terrible. I highly recommend trying it out if you haven’t yet.”

Occasional Hero: The day I became a kaiju in Elder Scrolls Online

“This is the story of how I became a kaiju. I was playing Elder Scrolls Online the other day, doing the Orcrest instance on my new Necro tank along with my wife’s healer. Everything was fine, until, at one point, I noticed that I wasn’t getting buffs correctly. Then I tried to use the Bone Goliath ultimate, which normally makes you turn into a giant armored skeleton. Except, because I wasn’t receiving buffs, I didn’t get the skeleton armor. I just got bigger.”

Tales of the Aggronaut: Books and bad decisions

“I am making poor life choices and apparently drawn back into piddling around with my Zodiac weapon. I solo’d my way through several dungeons last night and at current moment find myself just needing to do Amdapor Keep and get a FATE in Coerthas to spawn that seemingly doesn’t want to. I figure at some point I will have to start farming down the FATEs that have popped since I believe every zone has a limited number up at a given time. This is apparently what I am doing with my life now… in this lead up to Shadowbringers.”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.

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Fenrir Wolf

If I didn’t care about the people working there and their jobs, I’d honestly wish Daybreak would collapse so they might have to sell off their IPs. Which may result in the community (or a small company, like the one that runs Istaria) buying up Free Realms. Nothing would make me happier.

Still, there are jobs and Daybreak doing poorly would suck for anyone working there. They’re always the people that no one really thinks of when a company goes under. It’s hard to find work in this economy, so Daybreak still being haunted by Smeddling must be really stressful. Theirs is not an enviable position.

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Jon Wax

So… Russian mafia laundry grasps at straws?

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Dankey Kang

Planetside has had some decent updates recently, and apparently so is Everquest; but when it comes to H1, let’s be real here, there’s no money to be made from that game anymore. It’s a lower quality BR in a sea of BR’s. At least PlanetSide has its niche and Everquest has nostalgia, but H1 has nothing.

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Jack Pipsam

Planetside 2 has been getting a lot of attention as of recent. The directX update was no small feat, the new AI thingy, a lot of reworks and that upcoming whole new continent (of which I never thought we’d get another one ever again).
Plus the brand new Toyko server they opened up and the mad lads still haven’t closed the Australian server despite the tiny-ass population.

I wonder how much of it was meant to be in relation to that Battle Royal game they’re making, but then again they really seem to be in Planetside 2 for the long haul now.

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Reht

A lot of it is as a result of PS:Arena, particularly the DX update and some of the other smaller updates. Regardless of where the changes/updates comes from, they’re definitely good for PS2.

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xpsync

Imagine how surprised i was when i heard my son and his friends were all over Planetside 2, i need you to repeat that Planetside 2 ??? Then he was showing me and yeah, what an improvement, i might just have to go in and show these noobs how it’s done!!! (yep, you betcha, broke another record boys) incredible!!! Achievement; Quickest death imaginable! he wasn’t even spawned in yet and his character died to the enemy, how does he DO IT? :)

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Randy Savage

The words of House Daybreak are “what is dead may never die”

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Mordyjuice

Daybreak isn’t dead, just the game they care about; don’t get me wrong I like to mock this Russian Mob Money Laundering Front as much as the next one but the EQ franchise still gets annual expansions, and Standing Stone Games is producing even more content for their games (before any one chimes in that Daybreak merely publishes those titles I like to say if it’s good enough to dump on GW2 for being an NCSoft title then the same logic should apply to LOTRO/DDO.).

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François Verret

The Occasional Hero link is broken. Here is the working one: https://occasionalhero.com/2019/06/17/eso-the-day-i-became-a-kaiju/

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Phubarrh

Does the game population merit more?

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Fisty

Had it been better managed, would it have more population?

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wieland

What do you expect from a company that is sucked out by russian vampires.

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Viktor Budusov

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wieland

Looks like you dont know much about SOE/Daybreak.

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cursedseishi

I’ll disagree on the ‘Russian Vampires’, but not the intent of it.

SOE made good MMOs. Daybreak handled good MMOs. Then they were bought out by Columbus Nova, paraded it happily for a few years… until they suddenly decided they weren’t. Which, also was right around the time Columbus Nova was caught up in part of an act freezing the assets of multiple oligarchs–chiefly because CN is a subsidiary of one such oligarch. And such oligarchs were suspects regarding matters of interference. It isn’t much to suspect that CN was contributing to such things, or money laundering or whatever else have you.

You also can’t deny that Daybreak has been rather poorly runned and handled regarding its titles–or rather, the dwindling lot of titles it still has. How much of that can be laid at the feet of Columbus Nova is up for debate, but there is a pattern. You don’t need to agree with the wording, but there’s little need for hyperbole.

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Mordyjuice

You know that person just trolled you hard right?

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Mordyjuice

I know right, everyone knows Vampires are Romanian FFS!

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Skoryy

Bela Lugosi grumbles from beyond the grave that he made a better vampire than any Romanian.

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Vincent Clark

Anti-Russian racism isn’t a thing. No one ever claimed Russian as a race (because that would be silly).

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Baemir

It’s still xenophobia though, which is apparently a-OK?

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Kay

It’s not xenophobia either. You can criticize a government without talking about it’s people.

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Dankey Kang

“Hey that’s racist!”
“Nah it’s fine, they’re just filthy Russians”

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Mordyjuice

Dirty blood sucking commies!!!

I’m just kidding about the situation here, this comment thread is pure comedy gold.

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Jon Wax

Agreed

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Kay

“Problem with corrupt Russia goverment”
“No defense. Pretend it’s racist”
“But it’s not”
“Don’t care. “

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Sarah Cushaway

Russians aren’t a race, dude. It’s a nationality.

Also, in this case? Yeah, actually–that’s exactly what happened.

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Arthen Wolfsbane

I think it might have been better if you had said bloodsucking Russians because “sucked out” sounds a bit rude :P