The Sunday Bundle – February 12 2017

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It’s a snowy day here where I live. Not the oppressive sort of snow, but the idyllic kind that you see on myriad Christmas cards, where the flakes have been steadily and gently falling. It’s a good day to be dressed down with a mug of freshly brewed chai and just be generally pleased with the simplicity of things.

Why the mise en scène? Because I wanted a reason to use the phrase “mise en scène”. Let’s recap the news!

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Man, I am so funny. I should do an open mic night next.

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Crucial, Complete Crafting

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For the past couple of days, I’ve been granting a lot of my attention to Crowfall, the in-development “throne war MMO” by ArtCraft. It’s one of the two open sandbox PvP MMOs that have me actually anxious to play despite being an assumed gankbox hellscape, and most of that excitement is spawned from the way Crowfall approaches crafting.

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Yes, I’m getting excited by a UI element. If that bores you, I can’t help that.

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Stocking the Bomb Shelter

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So it was my unfortunate task to report that WildStar is such a non-factor in NCSoft’s eye that they’ve outright stopped including the IP in their quarterly reports as of Q4 2016. While they haven’t completely expunged the game from the record, relegating it instead to the “Other Sales” segment of their quarterly and yearly earnings, it still is a very worrying thing, especially as we all bear in mind the company we’re dealing with here.

In fact, it’s the behavior of that very company that prompted this post. NCSoft is very good at cutting the things away from them that they feel are hurting their bottom line, and the reshuffle of WildStar as an inconsequential IP has me reliving City of Heroes all over again. Recalling how I got through that closure, I decided to share an idea on how fans can possibly deal with the end of their favorite MMO.

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You can start off as a sad Chua, but you’ve got to move on from there.

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The Sunday Bundle – Feb 5 2017

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As the news editor for MMOGames, I see a bunch of stories crawl across my feeds, and there are a few of these I have thoughts on or that strike my fancy enough that I’d like to expand upon them. That’s what this segment is all about; The Sunday Bundle.

This week’s MMO news has been full of Elder Scrolls, reminders of games I really should play more, and Conan Exiles cocks. So it’s been a lot of fun to witness, really. Though some stories have, admittedly, been more fun to follow than others.

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Take a wild guess which one.

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30 Videogame Answers, No Likes Part 2

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So a couple of days ago I decided to turn an image that was circulating around Twitter in to a writing prompt. Which, overall, felt like a good idea but it ran awfully long. So this here’s part two of that blog!

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I’m also re-using this image just because.

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30 Videogame Answers, No Likes Part 1

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Sometime last week or so, there was a fun little prompt fluttering among those I follow on Twitter. Basically, you answer one videogame-related question for every like the posted picture got, to a maximum of 30.

It looked like a lot of fun, and since I’m always a sucker for cheap easy writing prompts, I decided to take the idea and write about it here.

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…I searched for “writing prompt” and got this. So let’s just move on.

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The Sunday Bundle – Jan 29 2017

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As the news editor for MMOGames, I see a bunch of stories crawl across my feeds, and there are a few of these I have thoughts on or that strike my fancy enough that I’d like to expand upon them. That’s what this segment is all about; The Sunday Bundle.

This week’s world news has been…difficult, to say the least. If you’ve been following current events and my personal Twitter, I apologize for not exactly using the latter to help folks escape from the former. It’s my fervent hope that this week’s edition of the Sunday Bundle will offer a bit of a breather from the maelstrom outside.

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Let’s talk videogames, shall we?

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On the Periphery of a Community

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Feeling like you’re part of a larger community is a natural human instinct. It’s the kind of thing that game devs and gaming companies make their money off of. It’s why MMO fans can be some of the best and worst at the same time. Breaking in to that community, however, feels pretty damn daunting.

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“I wanna pwn teh noobzorz too…!”

This post is spawned by my own want to be a part of fighting games. So I wanted to reflect on my own sensation of feeling outside looking in, and how I’ve tried to manage the feeling of being locked out.

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The Sunday Bundle – Jan 22 2017

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As the news editor for MMOGames, I see a bunch of stories crawl across my feeds, and there are a few of these I have thoughts on or that strike my fancy enough that I’d like to expand upon them. That’s what this segment is all about; The Sunday Bundle.

Another week done and dusted, and overall I’ve got to say that this news cycle has been pretty quiet overall. Which is to be expected, I suppose, what with no cons or other things going on. Still, there were a few pieces of news that crossed my path that I wanted to expand on. So, shall we?

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Let’s get this over with, I’ve got important things to do.

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Fanning Flames for Final Fantasy XIV

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MMO burnout. It’s a thing that every MMO gamer has gone through multiple times. Whether it’s specific to a single game or just general malaise at the genre entire, it’s kind of a regular cycle. Especially for those of us who play to raise stats and progress for hours on end over the course of months, like a nerdy flagellation in offering to Gary Gygax.

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“Just a few more swings and my dailies are complete…”

So it is with myself and Final Fantasy XIV, and I wanted to babble on about why it’s happened and ideas on how to fix it.

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