This past weekend was the Tera Online open beta. I had played Tera Online previously during one or two closed betas, but I decided to give Tera another go since I had heard that they had changed the starter zone. After playing almost all weekend, I can safely say that Tera Online isn’t true action combat and the game is nothing but the traditional MMO formula with a minor tweak.
Join CriticalMass in its second Author Interview conducted by the only other remaining contributor, Tuk. Read along as Zen rambles incoherently using as many commas as he can to make epic run on sentences that will make all of you out there crazy!
Join CriticalMass in its very first Author Interview conducted by the only other contributing author of the site, Zen. Read along as Tuk dodges, deflects, and otherwise tries to generally avoid the harder hitting questions at-hand simply because they showcase his own shortcomings as he is, in fact, a terrible human-being.
I’ll just throw it out there – the Resident Evil 6 pre-order bonuses look and smell like money grubbing DLC to me. Sure, it’s a multiplayer mode map that not many people will actually give enough of a shit to try more than once or twice. It’s just the whole principle of the matter to split up the 3 maps among various retailers. Wouldn’t this segregate the community? Unless… you pre-order 3 copies to get all the different maps, or they get packaged and resold at a later date. Wtf bro. I’ll give it to them, they have some mountain-sized cajones to drop that little gem into the market on the ass-end of the recent backlash that was their on-disc DLC fiasco with that Street Fighter 73 Turbo X Tek XX Marvel… or whatever the hell it is. Their responses to the whole matter was probably some of the saddest and most pathetic things I’ve read (besides my facebook wall) in a long time. I’d post some links to certain references but you can quite literally find hundreds of pages about the fiasco by Googling ‘capcom dlc controversy’.
What exactly is Blood Bowl you ask? Well to start, it’s a PC game that is licensed by Games Workshop, developed by Cyanide Studios and published by Focus Interactive. I’ll explain the actual game as best as I can by simply stating what I always tell my friends when they hear me talking about it. Blood Bowl is a combination of Mutant League Football, Rugby, and insert random grid-based tactical RPG here. Each team has 11 players that you navigate around on the pitch(field) and you basically play a game of football-like chess that involves a lot of calculated risks and some luck. It’s definitely a niche game and many find it very difficult if they haven’t previously played the table top version or other online versions of it such as FUMBBL.
A few of us might remember a company by the name of Mythic Studios, their most popular game franchise was Dark Age of Camelot, and they pretty much were the go to guys for addictive pvp. They were fortunate enough to gain the support of Games Workshop to produce the highly anticipated MMO known as Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. Unfortunately this meant being bought out by the likes of EA of thus becoming Mythic Entertainment. The game released back in Sept of ’08, being heralded by many as the possible WoW killer (as everything that was new was being labeled at the time). Long story short, it flopped fairly hard for so many reasons, we’d be here all day if I tried to list all of them and thus; didn’t even put a dent in Warcraft’s subs.
All joking aside, there has been a recent phenomenon on this website called Kickstarter. Essentially the site allows people to donate to causes that they deem worthy and if the project reaches its goal, then the people donating get charged. Obviously if the funding isn’t generated, then all the money is refunded. It is a rather cool idea and it has started to impact gaming, in what I think is a rather big way.