In the vast annals of MMO tropes, there’s one that has been in front of you all along and you’ve probably never noticed: shipwrecking new players. Roger over at Contains Moderate Peril complains that lazy developers lean on this cliché too hard for the beginner experience (and he heavily hints that Amazon’s New World does the exact same thing).
“Many MMOs need a simple plot device at the start of a game that can justify or accommodate the need to explain everything,” he observes. “And one of the most common of these is the ‘shipwreck’ trope. It covers all bases from a narrative perspective and is convenient. The new player finds themselves washed up on the beach, which is often a starter area and then has to go through some basic tasks that orientate them.”
“At the point in which I last played the game very much felt like Frontiers with a name change, but it seems while I have been gone the game has been rapidly changing into what is a really fun and enjoyable experience today. The core game is solid now and pending they can ever solve the infrastructure issues that are plaguing the early access release, it is going to be a really fun experience to hang out and play with your friends.”
“Lifeskills are a very important feature in Black Desert Online, and go far beyond the basic nature of professions in most MMOs. Even if you are new to BDO – it’s apparent that there’s just too much going on with lifeskills! This comprehensive guide aims to clear out any confusion, and help you decide if investing in lifeskills makes sense for your playstyle and your goals.”
“On a recent Lower Blackrock Spire run a friend noticed the unusual nature of the skin rug stretched out on the floor – it was a centaur! A sentient creatured had been flayed and its skin was laid out as a floor covering. We must have seen these back in our early days in the game but in all these years, I’ve never noticed just what we were running over or near. That’s a whole new level of disturbing.”
“My current gaming-relaxation routine involves logging into Everquest 2 to do a few interrelated activities. I sort my two main characters Overseer mission completions and then set off a new batch between them. I’ve also finally started doing the daily Familiars Wild quest on these two characters to build up their collection of familiars, since familiars are used in the Overseer system to reduce the chance of a critical failure of a mission.”
“I love day/night cycles in MMOs. It always makes the world feel more real, and if done well the changes in the lighting can have a dramatic effect on the visuals of an area. A lot of the visual appeal of Fallen Earth came from the lighting, especially at sunrise and sunset.”