On Free to Play Games Vs Subscriptions

This topic has come up a few times lately, well, a couple? Enough that I want to write about it, and this is my blog so “I do what I want”. Mainly this topic seems to come up whenever a new MMO comes out that is either Free to Play or has some form of monthly subscription. The latest game to cause this was ArcheAge and the fear that it will be full of jerks. This isn’t to say that every free to play game is full of them, but it feels that way some times. This might be an over abundance of immature players (ie teenagers, or children) that can’t afford to pay monthly fees. I think the concept of Free to Play is fine as long as it is done correctly, and so far at least Trion seems to be the ones that do it best. They have … Read more…

On The Importance of Character Creation

So this morning my friend Belghast made a post discussing his first impressions of the ArcheAge alpha, part of which was covering the character creation system. This made me think about what kind of things I look for when playing an MMO for the first time, and how important the customization was when creating a character. Most of the MMO’s that I’ve played in the last few years offer at least some amount of character customization. Whether that is the basic amount of information such as race, sex, hair color, or allowing details that most people don’t even think about such as nose length, depth and things like that. The question is how much detail should be required as the bare minimum and how much is to much? Personally I think a good example of what I would consider “bare minimum” would be World of Warcraft. The character creator there … Read more…

On Alpha/Beta Tests

So this morning I read that one of my friends got alpha access to ArcheAge, and at first I had mixed feelings about this. Not that I’m not happy for my friend, I’m just a bit jealous. Now after thinking about it for a little while I’m absolutely fine not getting it (alpha access). The reason is that I think┬áthere is always the possibility that it could leave a bad taste in my mouth. To expand on this a little bit, I have done a handful of beta tests and one or two alphas. The last alpha that I was in was one that I paid to get in to, not $150 or anything, but I still paid to get in to it. The problem is that in an alpha state the game was frustratingly buggy. So much so that I could barely play the game. Now, I understand this … Read more…

On ArcheAge

So I mentioned this game a little bit yesterday, and I feel like talking about it a little bit more. The last couple of days I’ve watched quite a few game play videos for this game on youtube, all of which have made me start looking forward to the game. I find that most everything I have heard about this game makes me feel like this game could be one of the best MMO’s to come out. Well, mostly. There is one thing about it I am not fond of, but I’ll talk about that later. Class Combinations Yesterday I was watching a video that stated that there was somewhere around 120 different class combinations in the game based on the selection of up to 3 talent trees. Each of the different combinations has its own unique name, which I think is great. The only other game I’ve played that … Read more…