Category Archives: MMO Business

Crime Craft: Screw CSI, lets just blow things up!

                                           Crime Craft was supposed to be the CSI MMO. The MMO where you could finally be like Horatio Cane from CSI:Miami….. But NO! Vogster Entertainment said earlier this month that they were scrapping the good guys and that Crime Craft would be gang versus gang, open street warfare. Ok, on the bright side Mark’s [...]

Arden: World of Shakespeare Interview

You may recall way back in Episode 24 (“The Word Is Regurgitate!”) that we took some time to talk about the cancellation of an in-development Shakespeare MMO called “Arden.” One of the game’s former staff, Arden’s former Lead Artist Rory Starks, took us to task for bashing the game, which played out in our blog [...]

GDC 2008 : “World of Warcraft Ate Our Babies”

Lately I’ve been pouring over quite a bit of the coverage of this years Games Developer Conference and other random interviews as well.  As I read through all the great debates about “The Future of MMO’s,” Real Money Trading, etc I’m starting to notice a trend. The party line goes a little something like this: [...]

Episode 14 – Vger Lives!

In this episode: Jason brings us the MMO news, we round table the lack of social development in MMOs, and Mark rants about EA. 

Sandboxes and Theme Parks has a fascinating interview segment with NCSoft’s Thomas Bidaux (NCSoft Europe’s director of product development) about one of the publisher’s (and perhaps industry’s) core conceits of online games: sandboxes and theme parks.  Bidaux explains that online games, in order to succeed, must strike a tricky balance between open-ended, create-and-do-what-you-want sandbox gameplay versus proceed-through-amazing-linear-steps theme park [...]

Episode 9 – Chicken Play clucks!

In this episode Jason ventures boldly back into the dangerous world of J.R.R. Tolkien to play as a heroic…chicken.  Jim joins us to discuss what he’s been playing, his take on the MMO genre and we all discuss on-line romance and those raid group know-it-alls we all love so much.

Episode 8 – “PC Gaming’s doom is at hand”

In this episode we recount our weekly gaming experiences, discuss MMO subscription models, and we rant about Dennis Dyack’s comments from GCDC where he recently prophesized the death of PC gaming.  We even stoop so low as to role-play Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony for the amazing rant segment!  Mark

“Plenty of Life Left After WoW”

No, I’m not referring to the rest of Mark’s life after reaching level 70, I’m talking about some recent developer comments made at this year’s more understated Leipzig Conference. Representatives from Cryptic Studios (City of Heroes & Villains, upcoming Marvel MMO), Turbine (Asheron’s Call, D&D Online, Lord of the Rings Online), EA Mythic (Dark Age [...]

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