If you’re not familiar with the blog 24 Hours In, you really should be. The author takes on 24-hour challenges (not consecutively) to investigate specific MMORPGs over a one-day duration. This month? It was all about Trion Worlds’ old stomping grounds of RIFT.
The game actually got a lot of praise in the end, with the author saying that its generic style belays a deeper substance: “All of the game’s weaknesses are on the surface, and sticking with it for longer than I have in the past has made me think better of it than I previously did. RIFT is the Volvo of MMOs — not terribly interesting to look at perhaps, but there’s a lot going on under the hood, and ultimately it’s a better product than some of its flashier rivals.”
“I don’t often write about failpugs these days for two reasons: I’ve found them pretty rare in WoW Classic, and a lot of the runs I go on these days are with friends online. That doesn’t mean those failpugs don’t exist, however.”
“My time away from social media and content producing has made me realise how tiring constant communication is. From around 2pm-ish most days until 11pm – often later – I have been tweeting regularly, interrupting my writing or gaming to share something. And that can be okay, but it comes at a cost to me – that of rest and energy drain.”
“Perennial favorite punching bag on this blog, the Maw. What does the release version have to say for itself? Well…it is pretty good! I know, I’m as shocked as you are.”
“Shadowlands is a flawed experience and to be truthful I am still making up my mind if I actually like it or not. This game represents Blizzard trying something significantly different in focus than past outings. Essentially they have taken the concept of the Main Story Quest (MSQ) from Final Fantasy XIV and applied it to World of Warcraft.”
“DDO more than almost anything I have played has a huge disparity in player power between the haves and the have-nots. I’ve posted about it before indirectly, but the short version is that thousands of dollars or absolutely crazed amounts of grinding separate a character with maxed out past lives from one that only has a few. ”
“Once again it’s been quite a while since I talked about my pacifist Jedi Pacis. I recently decided to pick her up again and thought that this would be as good a time as any to write a little catch-up post about what’s been happening to her.”