Global Chat: RIFT’s melancholy birthday

    
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Find the path.

Any MMO’s 10th anniversary is a significant milestone and a reason for celebration, but for RIFT’s birthday, this year is more like a funeral than a party thanks to the Gamigo layoffs.

Nerdy Bookahs summed up the mood in the room by saying, “We do worry about RIFT and that game was the focus here but wasn’t even mentioned once in their reply! How reassuring is that? And they are trying to tell us that everything is fine… by talking about two games that have nothing to do with RIFT?”

Time to poke on home.

Yeebo Fernbottom: Is augmented reality the next big thing for MMOs?

“Augmented reality neatly sidesteps a lot of the problems games based on neural interfaces will need to overcome. You don’t have to shut down a player’s skeletal muscles, figure out how to translate signals from the brain’s motor centers, or figure out how to beam complicated information about a virtual place straight into the brain. Instead you take advantage of the real world and layer some fantasy elements on top of it.”

Aywren Sojourner: Black Desert Online — My musical Shai and into Mediah

“I didn’t want any part of that, so when I realized I was under player fire, I took off running. She actually chased me a good ways – so maybe she really wanted what seemed like an easy kill just as much as she wanted to run me out of the area. Despite mediocre gear, I was not really in danger of death as long as I kept running. Not to mention she was some melee class and I have self heals.”

MMO Bits: My 2021 SWTOR predictions

“I reckon we could get to revisit an existing planet but it will be a brand new zone on the planet (think Black Hole on Corellia). There will almost certainly be 1-2 new planets. A fan favourite request for a long time as been Kashyyyk. They may also go for a planet from the Sequel Trilogy or recent Star Wars media. I’d personally love to see Scarif or Lothal in the game.”

Mailvatar: Accuracy is a bad stat in MMORPGs

“The way I see it Accuracy, sometimes called Hit Rating or some such instead, is a remnant of pen-and-paper RPGs that should never have made its way into RPGs played on digital devices in real time.”

Broximar: A new Elder Scrolls Online player enters

“The learning curve has been steeper than I anticipated. A lot is going on in an almost seven-year-old game. The world is large. I am constantly fighting muscle memory from Warcraft when it comes to movement and combat. I also forget daily tasks. But, it is getting better with every play session.”

24 Hours In: Also playing Dauntless

“This should be frustrating, but it rarely is because the combat in Dauntless is very well thought out. As unfair as some of the behemoths initially appear they do have attack patterns and with experience it is possible to anticipate their attacks. Skill counts, and it’s deeply satisfying to get the timing on a staggering hit or a dodge just right. ”

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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Worldofwarcraft Mage

Dauntless is just a p2w game .

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

Speaking of augmented reality…Memories of the Alhambra was a pretty good show. Made for some good questions about whether we should invest in that kind of technology…and where it may lead for people’s health.

Personally, I’d probably have been better off health-wise if I’d been able to move around during games, but it would also probably have turned into an issue of not being able to do as much/as well/enjoy it as much…seeing as I can’t stand for long periods of time, so they aren’t really thinking of accessibility factors for people who don’t have healthy bodies…it starts to turn into a thing where you’re shunting people off from participation. I mean, for the people in the show, it didn’t matter…because they were thin/wiry/healthy people with most of their faculties there…but imagine if you weren’t. Just something to think about when considering that option…

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John Artemus

Honestly, I didn’t even know Rift was still around. No one in the media ever talks about it anymore.

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Bruno Brito

Because it’s not worthy talking about. Gamigo needs to inject money and interest in it for RIFT to be newsworthy, and they didn’t. As long as the game stays the same, the media stays the same too.

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Bruno Brito

This is like all the christmasses that my grandma with alzheimer had, where my aunties and mother kept trying to make her happy and yet we all knew what was really happening.

Ouch. Talk about deserving better.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

Sorry to hear that.

I had a extended family member that went a similar way, but she had done it to herself by basically pickling her brain drinking sherry for most of her life. Nobody really understood why she would act out in the facility she ended up in, until mom figured out that she was basically detoxing unwillingly and informed the staff so they could help her through it. Her ‘life partner’ (A very very nice woman, who never had the ability to have marriage with the woman she loved.) informed my mother confidentially. She was ‘of the age’ where people didn’t talk about those things, and it was kept to yourself/hidden from society to ‘keep safe’.

We would tell her our names, and literally a minute later she’d be asking who we were again.

Part of why I fight for the rights of others to be heard. You don’t know someone’s situation unless you inquire, and often-times they will tell you a white lie to keep you feeling better about yourself, though they could be in a terrible place themselves, and need your support.

I wish people would stop stigmatizing stuff like this…so people could get the help and support they need.

Not sure what kind of support Rift needs though, since it kinda already had it’s go of things and is kinda waltzing out of the bar tipping it’s hat at us as it goes…

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Bruno Brito

She been gone for a while now, and i was readying myself before she passed away. So, no worries.

Not sure what kind of support Rift needs though, since it kinda already had it’s go of things and is kinda waltzing out of the bar tipping it’s hat at us as it goes…

I mean, it needs a decent developing team, it needs interest from the company and money injection. It could go the EQ2 route with classic servers. It needs to be more than a Battle Pass holder.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

It definitely was a fun game, and I had probably a year or two in on it. Honestly a few of the clunkier bits to it need some ‘love’, but I don’t see that happening, and so it’s probably only getting a slow trickle of people. That means not much funding in businesses eyes…so unless they get a sudden influx I doubt they would waste effort. Those types of ‘F2P’/Battle Pass/etc things are usually just life support for maintenance mode. Considering it’s already been F2P for years, it was already on that, nowadays it practically probably needs some defibrillation or something…and I don’t see that happening with a ‘new’ owner who probably sees it as a slow income stream that may continue for a long time…

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Bruno Brito

My entire problem with people debating RIFT is that we’re coming from a point where people want the profitability of a recent launch. It won’t happen. What COULD happen is Gamigo following the SSG path, and investing in their games enough that they are being comfortably profitable for old games.

Reality is, Gamigo totally has the capability to at least put this game in a good spot that just quietly and successfully trudges along. Instead, they let the game languish, do some terrible marketing and then give up.

This is not a case of failure because of the market, this is a case of failure because of incompetence.