1) Do you think the popularity of your blog is directly related to WoW? Do you think that now that you're done with Blizz, your are going to disapear among the myriads of other mmo blogs ? Did you already notice some traffic decrease ?
2) What is on your radar right now? (beside crappy FR) what game currently in development makes you feel like "omfg !!"
As for stuff I'm looking forward to, I'm not sure whether I'll be playing any new MMO's in the near future (due to time limits, other life goals, and in general being in a better mood when not playing computer games too intensely), but I'm following D3 development, and will possibly look into some of the other games if needed.
I'll also be paying attention to darkfall comments, since it does seem like a game with some possibly interesting features, depending on how it develops and how long it takes to make a character powerful.
How do you create EQ3 with out dividing your player base by 3?
Answer: Use EQ1 and EQ2 to funnel the character into the game. Give titles, legacy equipment, etc. to characters that permanently transfer from EQ1 and EQ2 to the new game. Encourage them to transfer with in-game events (GM conducted portal openings, etc).
Trying to get players to transfer high level characters to a sequel seems like a headache to me. Are they going to be high level in the new game too? If so, what about new players? Won't they feel like they are starting at a severe disadvantage?
Also, if you let high level players transfer, it means the bulk of the game is going to be at the high end, otherwise there won't be much for transfer players to do.
And even if you do let players transfer, it's still going to splinter your player base because some people will prefer the old game to the new one.
I do consider this blog mainly game related, but not only about games...
So I do post something about films, piracy, p2p and digital download/streaming.....
I'm getting sick to see all those corporations yelling that market need to be global. And at sametime they segment the market with a great variety of tools.
Why can't I pay and watch a film distributed in united states? I would pay as any other american would do.
Even content that is meant to be free isn't free anymore.... I just made some browsing on amazon and tried to watch some videos from video section. Well, as an european I can't even see the first 60 seconds (after that you need do pay). I can't even watch a simple trailer that is totally free because I'm not in the right region. Just a trailer!!!!
Eventually I could setup a VPN with an US based service and appear as american when browsing. Doing so I would be able to pay and watch those films...
But why pay another service to be able to pay and watch a film? Not to mention that all this isn't that easy operation and need a tech savvy.
Now think all those that would pay regularly and see all doors slammed on their face... How many would eventually use a p2p software, may be just for a trailer? And how many eventually would see how easy is? And eventually would continue to use p2p?
just my 2 cents reflection at 3am just after returning from cinema and thinking about... how nice would had been to rent films that usually are hard to find but are avaible at amazon or netflix
Even youtube have to restrict vision based on MPAA ruling.... Now youtube is starting to put films and tv series..... but in europes is a no go.
Even worse.... you can't know that you can't see it until you click to get the streaming... so you see a full list of nice stuff, but... click... (region protected) back, click... (region protected) back, click... (region protected)
and so on......
why someone willing to pay have to decide between not viewing and get an illegal copy?
Hey Tobold, with regard to what Kahoueji said above: "1) Do you think the popularity of your blog is directly related to WoW? Do you think that now that you're done with Blizz, your are going to disapear among the myriads of other mmo blogs ? Did you already notice some traffic decrease ?"
I for one am pretty much done with WoW. Subscription is canceled and I'm just not interested in the game anymore. There are a large number of WoW blogs I've taken off my feed-reader, but yours will be staying.
Mainly because you give an interesting perspective on a variety of things. I don't really see this as a 'WoW blob' even though that's how I found it.
I'm pretty sure if you just keep writing as you do you'll retain your reader base as they are, maybe even gain some more.
I'm looking forwards to rapture, which is the code name for Square-Enix's next MMO. Supposedly it may be revealed sometime around june in a trade show, but it has to be the most secretive MMO project ever: it's been worked on since 2005, but they haven't released any information besides it existing.
SE did a pretty good job with Final Fantasy XI, so I'm hoping they take that experience and run with it for more mainstream success.