Global Chat: Black Desert is the MMO sandbox to beat


Those who wrote off or skipped by Black Desert on the way to other MMOs may be missing one of the best sandboxes on the market today. If you need some good word-of-mouth convincing, check out Mailvatar’s overview of a wide spread of personal in-game activities.

“Since I first picked up the game in earnest towards the end of 2017 I’ve accumulated about two years worth of active playing time — active in my case meaning basically every day, sometimes an hour per, sometimes several hours — and I’m nowhere near feeling like I’ve got nothing more to do or see.”

Kaylriene takes time to ponder if FFXIV: Endwalker has flaws, after all: “I think it is suffering from an overlap of two different priorities that I think are both valuable, but also causing the content on-offer to feel less substantial than that of Shadowbringers — the newly elongated patch schedule and the need to revamp old content to modern standards and ideals.”

The Lazy Goldmaker is none too pleased with the state of World of Warcraft’s public orders: “Before 10.0.7 public orders were intermittently useful. I would snag some orders for primalist gems or treatises every week for a small amount of gold. With this change it is pretty much pointless to even open the public order window as a crafter.”

Priest with a Cause looked at WoW Classic’s rising population: “If you’re someone who’s been following the development of era for a while, it’s just been utterly fascinating to see how much the star of this MMO with no active development continues to rise.”

In An Age commented on the bizarre ARK controversy: “I still sympathize with ARK players who are seeing their digital lives evaporate. The servers are apparently able to be exported to private servers, but that is cold comfort to the psychopaths players who roleplayed murder-hobos ARK socially.”

MMO Folklorist talked to an artist who’s specializing in taking photos of Star Wars Galaxies screenshots for fans: “Often it’s just as simple as exploring the game space as I would within the real world, photographing scenes that catch my eye. The real trick as with most of my work is rephotographing the images using analogue camera equipment and film – all part of the fun though!”

Aeternus Gaming pleads with us to not skip cutscenes: “All of these have added lore bits and pieces that enrich the world we play in and provide extra story to enjoy. It’s why I can’t understand why there are people out there who are content to skip everything.”

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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