Jan 24th 2008 6:02PM Hmm, in the past there was a way to get a debuff for failing a quest in Scarlet Monastry, that set your own faction temporarily neutral and enabled you to attack your own npc's. I haven't heard of the story myself, but I assume they used this and killed Thrall that way.
Interesting article at least. Not very in-depth about Eve-O, the story about killing a titan, where Goons only played a part together with their allies, is not all that interesting.
I often think the whole "internet is serious business" approach is rather ironic, especially when you look at the Goons in Eve-O that invest an awful lot of time in it. I guess I'm not too fond of them, but I can't deny that they've did a lot of hilarious things.
And I seriously think 'their' stuff might get someone killed in real-life one day. I wouldn't even feel that safe as creator of SA, that probably got awfully rich with it as well.
Nov 19th 2007 6:11PM RP is dead. Long live RP. ;-)
Something like RP really is what you (and others) make of it yourself. I played WoW for 2 years and saw lots of people crying about lack of RP or the dead of RP, but I always had a lot of fun just playing the game In Character with others. It really adds to the fun I have in games.
It is however true that RP is sadfully often pushed in a corner by the developers. While I had a lot of fun roleplaying in WoW, I was usually angry about the way Blizzard dealt with things, adding ridiculous story-line changes and bringing shit like Halloween and Christmas into Azeroth. Even npc's were seriously sometimes just out of character, supposed to be funny.
But I completely understand why they don't spend that much time in it. Also about enforcing, it's rather hard and perhaps not the way to go in MMO's, in a game like WoW that is so full of mechanics that don't make sense RP-wise.
I also think dividing the playerbase into "RP'ers" and "non-RP'ers" often does more harm than good. I think it's a huge part of the reason why so many people out there look at RP'ers like they're a bunch of weirdos. I prefer a sandbox world where your real actions define your character. Take a look at Eve Online, while it may be a bit hard for people to identify with a space-ship, it's probably the best bigger MMO out there for roleplay. It's where your actions count and have consequences, what it directly makes it feel more meaningful. CCP actively promotes that view by just telling players that they're roleplayers. (You pirate? You're pirate. You mine? You're a miner. Etc etc)
I seriously think that's the future of Roleplaying in MMO's.The mechanics in Eve Online make a lot of sense RP-wise too, more than any other MMO out there currently. The Eve storyline actively progresses with even ingame news-articles and all that. And then there's ofcourse Ambulation, which will be the best virtual world for chatting and walking around as a character available and should be awesome for roleplaying too.
Ofcourse the majority are still pretty much Out of Character in chat-channels, but well. It's easy to involve those people in the bigger story.
Nov 3rd 2007 2:47PM Live stream is here:
Saw some amazing stuff (and boring bits too) Teaser of the new graphic engine looked amazing. And both Ovour and Halmar's presentations were quite funny most of the time.
Jun 23rd 2007 5:48AM IGE out of the picture? Are they sure of that? For some reason I'm not, Allakzham sold out to IGE aswell without the original owner knowing it was actually IGE if I'm not mistaken.
Jun 1st 2007 11:14AM Wowhead.
Thottbot and Allakzham are both owned by IGE, which is a huge company behind a lot of goldsellin. Go read this, it's rather interresting: http://wow.azzor.com/445/truth_about_IGE.php
And for more recent info: http://www.brokentoys.org/2007/04/30/ige-divests-itself-of-well-itself/
Feb 10th 2007 11:05AM Zhun! Yes, but even with Draenor included BRM is still one of the most amazing looking areas in WoW. It's was often a bit laggy though.