I must report that a lot has happened in the past year.. creation of a new guild success in the new guild and ultimately it’s down fall due to a bunch of losers… sad really…. Any ways I have put my gaming of MMORPGs down for now.. I need to re-evaluate my life and priorities… I appreciate my readers and those who have stumbled accross this blog…
I have created a new blog centered on more REAL LIFE activies as I try on my new life change for size…… I encourge you to check it out!
Thanks for the awesome times!!!
BLOG IS CLOSED!!!
It’s Halloween time! Next to Christmas, I have to say that Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I hope you like my newly decorated blog.
With that being said I want to apologize for the lack of any type of real update. I went from almost 3 posts a day to 1 post a week to not posting in a few weeks. So what has Rob been up to?
When I first stepped into Azeroth I was blown away by the content, the environment and the easy way to pick the game up and just go. This was the best gaming experience in my entire life or at least I thought it was. I will elaborate but first some back ground.
Thanks to The Ancient Gaming Noob, he turned me on to the SUWT Pod Cast series hosted by Darren and Adele, though I understand that Adele was a little under the weather so it was Co-Hosted by TAGN.
Guest Hosts were Dennis over at PotShots, Jason over at WifeAggro and a blogger new to me Karen at Journey’s With Jaye(Though I might stay away from her blog, her great screen shots and write ups might get me back in to Vanguard!)
You can check it out here.
Agency and MT
Know what you know
The NDA and Me
One of the topics talked about was the Agency and the Micro Transactions. They briefly mentioned my article with my point of view. I am glad I listened to it, because a lot of good points were brought up concerning this. They accurately portrayed both sides of the fence and have definitely made a fan out of me. I look forward to further Pod Casts!
So I was having a discussion with my friend. It started out with him complaining that the servers are down and he can not log in to play EQ. I shrugged it off as I am sitting here at work working hard (cough cough). Thinking that MMORPGs go down sometime it is a fact of life. I told him not to worry about it and just wait. He continued to complain about it and then he said, “This down time is making WoW look better and better.”
This bothered me, not because I hate WoW which I don’t. Until recently I played the game since early 2004 in beta and then from release until April of this year. I quit because I was tired of constant raiding and needed something with a little more substance. He like wise has 3 level 70 characters and a BUNCH of alts that range form 40-60 as well as quit for the same reason over all.
With Leipzig now over, I started to read into all that went down over the gaming event. One piece of news that stuck with me was Sony’s new MMO style game called “The Agency” and a new business model SOE has coined “Micro Transactions.” What does this mean? It means when you sit down at your console or computer then log into a MMORPG gaming world, you will not have to worry about when your subscription is supposed to renew or if you have enough time left on your gaming card etc. because this MMORPG is free.
But is it?
Actually it is not, logging into the game and enjoying it on one level is all well and good, but if you want to get into all the content and possibly advanced your character you will have to pay up. If you want to see the newest dungeon out, you have to pay up. Johnny can’t get the sword of doom because it only drops in the Caverns of hell which requires a charge of $5.95 to access that dungeon where the sword drops.
SOE President John Smedley told attendees that “The Agency” will combine a lot of different business models, including in-game ads, and the “velvet rope” model, with some areas off limits unless the player gains(means pay up $$$) access. Mr. Smedley thinks that in The Agency the velvet rope model will be used a lot in this case, which he thinks will appeal more to the hardcore gamers.
While agree with that, I am sure the hard core gamers will pay up to get the newest items, and see all the content. Where does that leave the more casual gamers? What if there is PVP? Can you square off against someone and kill them successfully, or will you die at their feet not because of skill, but because they have the bigger check book?
It is certainly something I am interested in. Personally I like the unlimited access for a monthly subscription, where how much time you put into a game shows what you get out of it.
The Agency over all looks really cool, being a non fantasy themed game and more in modern world with a spy vs. spy layer to it. When it comes out, I will definitely give it a go!