Role-playing – it’s what makes difference between MMO and MMORPG genres, but what is it? You’ve probably been playing in MMORPGs in your life, but how did that made any difference to your game-play? Grinding for levels and money is all the same among all the MMOs out there, so what’s about the “role-playing” part? Why some games even have RP servers, and what are people doing out there, have you ever been wondering? What is role-playing and why people are interested in such activity? By playing in an MMO you’re already doing a role-play – by taking the role of a warrior, or a mage, or someone else – but you’re not fully aware of that. Would it be interesting and fun for you if you tried that particular style of gameplay consciously and on purpose? (more…)
These weekend is really busy for gamers! Besides from RIFT Open Beta going on, two good games are also providing bonuses: Lord of the Rings Online is Welcome Back Event February 17-21, and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is providing Bonus Experience Weekend February 18-22. Though, Vanguard bonus % is not directly stated – announcement only mentions that the bonus will be applied to all Crafting, Diplomacy and Adventuring activity. At the same time LOTRO players are promised to get +10% XP bonus on monster kill and 250 free Turbine Points for returning customers (i.e. for old characters). I bet both games are trying to lure audience out of RIFT events and back into business. To put something more amusing in this post there are two videos from the both games – how LOTRO players managed to crash the server before Siege of Mirkwood launch and “Tribute to Vanguard” player compilation video. Watch them behind the cut. (more…)
We all know that some people like to role-play in games, we have friends that like it or even love to do that by ourselves. After all, any game that a human being ever made – be it a children game, or a table, or a computer, or an online game (especially an online game!) – it is all about playing some role. Online games took it out onto a new level where not only we can see a lush, 3D world with some lore, but also we are able to share it with other people. But as you may know, not every game is good enough for a role-player person. Why is that so? What is that “role-playing heaven” thing, why it’s present in some games and totally lacked in others? And how to find a game that will suit all your needs as a role-player? (more…)
A short tutorial video on how to set up a custom user interface in Lord of the Rings Online.
To see the text better open the video to full-screen mode.
This is my first video posted here. Sorry, no sound – i’m not sure my Russian accent would make my speech understandable for everyone. So I’ll just stick with notepad for now :) Maybe i should have added some music the background, what do you think, ladies and gentlemen?
I believe, many of us gamers who read sites like Massively or Gamesradar already heard early this month about how successful turned out Turbine’s venture into F2P market. According to Turbine, 20% of the former players came back to play and also over a million of new accounts was created during a month after LOTRO went Free to Play, resulting in 300% increase in concurrent users and 400% increase in active players overall. While Turbine bosses are busy bathing in cash checks, looks like it’s safe to say for me that Free to Play clearly wins over Pay to Play business model (okay, there HAD been an mmorpg that went down no matter getting on F2P rails, but that was Acclaim’s fault – we’ll speak of it another time). Now, is that really so? (more…)