GDC Summer 2020: Better living, climate awareness, and citizen science through games

Way back during GDC 2018, I covered several panels relating to gaming for good. Things like citizen science projects, games as medicine or for...

The Daily Grind: Do you care whether MMORPGs have seasons and diurnal cycles?

In a recent One Shots, MOP's Justin asked readers to offer up their screenshots of MMOs with diurnal cycles - that is, games with...
This one hurts.

The Daily Grind: What wildly implausible settings would you like for an MMO?

If you had told me before it happened that we would get an MMO based on the works of Tad Williams, I wouldn't have...

Ashes of Creation offers a peek at its Alpha Zero environment

Point the first: Can we all agree that "Alpha Zero" is a really cool name? It seems weird that we don't have dozens of...

Rend’s environments get tougher and more amazing as you progress

What's your favorite video game zone? Green hill zone? Marble zone? Aqua lake zone? When Rend comes out, players will find that zone biomes are...
Bear bomb!

The Daily Grind: What MMO musical tune annoys you the most?

The worst part of going through World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is the inn music. I don't know why, but that has literally...
Fall like leaves! ...in... fall.

Ashes of Creation details the progress of seasons

The environment in Ashes of Creation is meant to change around you. The most basic level of this, as detailed in the most recent...
ice ice baby

Osiris: New Dawn releases a trailer for Dawn of Aziel

On one hand, the new ice world of Aziel seems kind of appropriate for the season when it gets added to Osiris: New Dawn....

The Daily Grind: Should MMOs do more with environmental effects?

I don't want to push the "IMMERSION" button too hard with this statement, but sometimes mine is bent a little too far when I...
Perhaps the bank should be re-evaluated.

Launch impressions: Overwatch is good, but it’s only half a game

The thing that bugs me about Overwatch is that it feels like half of a game. Unfortunately, it's also the less interesting half, the...
Pretty nice world that might one day be a game.

Saga of Lucimia shows off its alpha environments

How do you feel about taking tours of landscapes? The latest video from Saga of Lucimia is taking you on just such a tour...
Wharf speed.

Shroud of the Avatar shows off more environmental screenshots

How pretty do the environments of Shroud of the Avatar look? According to the most recent development update, very pretty. The entry opens off...

Wisdom of Nym: Everything you never needed to know about Final Fantasy XIV’s jobs and job stones

Part of me wonders if there's someone in the Blizzard Entertainment offices with a very close eye on Final Fantasy XIV. Is it a...
And Justin weeps, silently, in the corner. No one feels bad about it.

EverQuest Next opens up the Qeynos Foundation Museum contest

EverQuest Next is getting ready to lay the groundwork for the city of Qeynos, and the design team is turning to Landmark to make...