Back in the
good old days of Super Mario Bros. and Sonic: The Hedgehog, games were more
about the skill of the player then trial and error. The reward came from
finally clearing a world, rather then making it to the next cut scene. The
reason being, if you died you started the world all over again and you tried
and tried until you made it to the end. Today if you die you simply appear back
where you fell, with no consequence to the story at all. The result of this is
that players don?t put as much effort into a game because they know they have
unlimited tries. Games today are so life like that it seems odd that developers
leave out the most inevitable thing in life.
There has been much debate as to whether games today are to easy, and to answer plainly, yes they are. The main reason being, that after being killed in a game you simply spawn back where you fell, or at least to a very close checkpoint. The down side of this is that it causes players to become lazy, adapting a trial and error method instead of working out the problem beforehand. This then leads to a very unsatisfied feeling when you finally beat the game. No bigger culprit of this is Call of Duty, where even in the campaign; after you die you simply pop back to life. While this is not bad, it has grown a new species of online gamer, who is basically a kamikaze. Even extremely realistic games stick to the familiar pattern, such as Drakes Fortune. Despite taking on the persona of Drake, you still fall short of it being totally realistic when you warp back to a checkpoint. On the contrary games such a Skyrim tried to change it a bit by spawning you back to where you saved last, and depending on that, it could cause you to go back quite a ways. However, this causes you to be much more involved in the game, working out strategy to defeat all the enemies that are surrounding you.
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Eight of The Most Memorable MMO Dungeons Ever Designed
Dungeons are a staple of the MMO genre; large-scale challenges requiring co-operation and co-ordination between anywhere from five to a few hundred players to adequately complete. Of course, not all are created equal, and some stand head and shoulders above their peers. Today, I'd like to tip my hat to those few legends, those instances that'll stick with us for years to come as shining examples of how to do dungeons right.
Ten Of The Best MMORPG Songs Ever Heard
In many ways, an MMO is only as good as its music. Many of the best and most memorable moments in an MMO invariably have a song associated with them; a piece of music which brings the memories flooding back the moment it reaches one's ears. Today, I'd like to pay homage to some of those songs - and some of those moments. Here, for your listening pleasure (and in no particular order, I assure you) is a list of some of the best songs ever heard in an MMO.
Facebook's Purchase Of Oculus VR Isn't The End Of The World
For those of you who've been living under a rock, Facebook recently purchased Oculus VR to the tune of $2 billion. Understandably, backers and developers alike were rather unimpressed, calling it a betrayal. As for me? I've never been more excited.
Seven Of The Worst Things You Can Say In League
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Six Reasons You Should Be Playing Dark Souls II
I've been playing a lot of Dark Souls II lately - and you should be too. Say what you will about the game's flaws, it's still arguably one of the best action RPGs released in the past several years. If you're up for a bit of a challenge, it's well worth the buy. Don't believe me? Let's talk, then.
Eight Reasons The Elder Scrolls Online Will Be Awesome
As you're all no doubt aware, The Elder Scrolls Online - currently in open beta - will be launching in a few months or so. In light of both the new release date and all the hype surfacing around it, I've decided that, over the next two weeks, I'll be looking at all the reasons to look forward to it...and all the reasons we shouldn't.
League of Legends or DOTA 2?
The debate between Dota 2 and League of Legends has been raging almost since the two games were first released. But which game is REALLY the superior of the two?
Ten Fictional Settings That'd Make For Awesome MMOs
Let's look at a few settings, worlds, and stories I'd love to see made into MMOs. I'm sure you'll agree, all the entries on this list have the potential to be downright awesome.
MMO Year In Review: 5 of 2013's Biggest Dick Moves
People are dicks - particularly on the Internet. While that shouldn't come as any great surprise, occasionally we come across someone whose level of sheer dickery reaches legendary proportions. As we move into 2014, let's take a look at a few such individuals from the previous year.