Please remain seated. If you look to your left you can see the SWTOR beta test on the horizon. Driver, turn this bus around!
I’m John Hoskin and I’ll be your MMOG tour guide today. Enjoy the ride!
“Any idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.” – William James
Everyone can use a feel good moment to start the day. Let’s go with this…
Thanks for taking some time out of your day to read this column. I truly appreciate it. If you happen to use Twitter, you can follow me @BoomjackTTH. I rarely use Facebook, but I do occasionally post gaming related tidbits on Google+ where you can find me under my real moniker John Hoskin.
Some of you probably watch G4TV’s The MMO Report each week. If not, it’s usually a whimsical jaunt through the stories in the MMO industry from the previous week. If you don’t watch, or didn’t know it existed, here is a quick link to last week’s show.
Rogers, an Internet / Telecommunications giant in Canada has been caught throttling bandwidth to gamers, because, well, your $50 isn’t as valuable as the other guy’s $50. I can understand the whole heavy user versus light user debate, but frankly, light users aren’t the ones who are driving the industry forward. If the heavy users aren’t paying enough to make it profitable then charge more, but don’t charge one price and then limit the access to what was purchased. Imagine if MMOGs did this! Sorry, you paid your subscription fee, BUT, you’ve played 40 hours this week, so we are only going to allow you to use half your spells and oh yeah, you will run at half speed.
World of Tanks hits retail this week; grab a shiny box if you are ready to roll. I have not spent much time with this title, but most everyone who has loves it.
With two huge conventions just over, the normal drama in the industry has subsided. If you have topics that you would like me to cover, just send them in!
I promised that I would give you my answer to my conundrum regarding needing and greeding. I needed on the second pet, even though I won the first. I feel great shame.
That’s it for today. Thanks again for reading. See you in-game!
With patch 1.19 looming just around the corner and set to deliver new chocobo mounts, airships and the abolishment of physical levels, Yoshida took some time to talk about the 1.20 and beyond updates that will follow.
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Jeff's interest in online games stretches back to organizing neighborhood Unreal tournaments as a teenager, but when a college roommate introduced him to EverQuest, an interest became an obsession. Jeff joined the Ten Ton Hammer team in 2004 covering EverQuest II, and he's had his hands on just about every PC online and multiplayer game since.