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What is Blizzard planning for its next MMO? {Massively}

Sep 2nd 2009 7:41AM No matter what you think of Warcraft or any of the other games Blizzard has produced, one thing they absolutely excel at is the business of making MMOs and making money. They have created a lot of additional features that tie back into Warcraft and keep you coming back for more like the addictive card game business that has chances for in-world items. Like BlizzCon. a Store site, books, etc... a movie forthcoming by a major director. It's everywhere. Microtransactions in the future only make sense to continue to draw people in.

Blizzard excels at the psychology of the Game.

That said. I have absolutely no doubt that whatever they come up with will be entirely and completely different from World of Warcraft. They want to keep the millions of subscribers they have... and add more. So it is going to be something wildly and radically different which means you can pretty much guarantee it will not be a fantasy genre game of any kind.

AGDC 08: The Secret to Storytelling in MMOs part 2 {Massively}

Sep 24th 2008 12:34PM Actually... he's not far off the mark, you certainly need a complete living world but it seems like the technology and workflows arent quite there yet. Here's an example of what I would hope to see:

There is a peaceful little village being attacked constantly by baddies, let's choose orcs, the downtrodden meat bag masses of the fantasy world. The orcs like that location because it is situated on a cove where they like to store stolen goodies and they want to branch out into further pirating affairs.

Players get a choice. They can choose to help the poor villagers and go take down the orcs at their camp or they can help the orcs slaughter those annoying pinkskins in the way.

Record the data. How many players complete the orc quest, how many the human quest. Tally.

1000 people completed the quest helping the villagers but 5000 helped those pesky orcs.

With your next monthly dynamic world patch which your players will expect as a feature, you remove the human village and replace it with a budding orc village and a port with a small pirate vessel.

Now what? New quests to choose from... aid the orcs in expanding their pirate activities in the area or aid some of the buccaneer groups that dont want any new competition in the area and raise the orc village.

Record quest completions, tally, repeat.

Voila, dynamic worlds and environments. Not only does this open up a host of new possibilities that will make players question their choice of quests a little more but it will give them a stake in the direction of the game world as a whole and at the same time open up an entirely new avenue for the company hosting the game to create real legend, lore, and history about their world.

Review: Transformers -- James's Review {Cinematical}

Jul 6th 2007 8:40AM Thing is... they got Bumblebee right. I can forgive the camaro thing, I'm not some diehard transformers fan. His personality was right on the mark. The real problem is that it was unabashedly a Hollywood production complete with nonsensical lines of dialogue and going for the stupid joke over any substance. It has also been said repeatedly, it was all about the CGI. Well... that's great but it was also a movie completely about the humans. And... I'm sorry... but if you are making a movie about Transformers... WHYWHYWHY would you make the story all about the humans who spit out the same lines of dialogue for 2.5 hours? You do not see any of the characterization of the Transformers at all. It seems like they usually need to get saved by the humans (?!) and sorry... Optimus spouting off lines like "Oops... my bad." and robots hiding around a house for 15 minutes from someone's parents is just a waste of millions of dollars and a lot of animator's lives.

Even the final fight between Optimus and Megatron which should have been this tremendous clash of the titans is relegated to the background while the invincible man of steel on the motorcycle drives up without a care in the world and slides along on his back without even a stitch of the clothing out of place when he should have been flayed to his eyeballs and blows up one of the robots.

However, when you start a movie with something like "In the beginning there was the Cube" how much can you really expect from a movie? I'm glad that people enjoyed the action etc and some of it was nice to watch but really... this was a Transformers movie hijacked by bad dialogue and idiot humans when it should have been all about the robots. Maybe they'll get it right next time around.

If you liked the movie, go back and watch a couple of the old toons and see what sort of leader Optimus Prime really is. Notice that they got Bumblebee down really well. And take note of how Starscream is a psychotic sadistic nasty Decepticon and you can only hope that they show more of their personalities next time around when you fork over your money like a deer in headlights for anything Hollywood is willing to throw in front of your face like a pig to a trough while they sacrifice anything resembling a story for a little more flash and that new vacation house you just helped them buy.