Category Archives: The Elder Scrolls Online

ESO Beta: The picture is starting to clear up

Developing opinions about ESO continue to… develop! Overall I’m coming out of this weekend more positive about the game than I was going into it, and going in I had already pre-purchased the Rich White Man edition. The good; my … Continue reading

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Payday the right way, DF:UW boats, ESO beta

Random bits on a Friday. Payday 2 received a nice free update recently, adding a new difficulty level to every heist and two new enemies, among other changes. The game continues to be another good example of how to support … Continue reading

Posted in Darkfall Online, PvP, Random, RMT, The Elder Scrolls Online | 7 Comments

Themeparks: PvP is the filler between the cracks

Wilhelm is asking if an MMO must contain PvP. It’s actually a more interesting question when you really thing about it, especially if you limit the discussion to themeparks (the answer for sandboxes has its own tab on this blog). … Continue reading

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DF:UW – A return to siege action

I took part in my first siege since returning to DF:UW last night, and good times were had. The siege was over an ally’s hamlet, and the enemy included my old clan the Old Timers Guild, so it was fun … Continue reading

Posted in Combat Systems, Darkfall Online, PvP, The Elder Scrolls Online | 10 Comments

ESO: Prediction forming is at 85%

This article over at Massively by Larry Everett mirrors a lot of my most recent experience with the ESO beta, in that the first area is 100% linear, the second feels like a typical themepark zone, and the third feels … Continue reading

Posted in Mass Media, MMO design, SW:TOR, The Elder Scrolls Online | 40 Comments

ESO: Sand in unexpected places

Quick ESO beta weekend update: At one point the three different quests I had were all bugged out (named mob not spawning), which initially made me log out because whaaa I can’t progress. Wanting to play the game more (a … Continue reading

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ESO CE: Racist

The only pay-to-play (beyond, um… having to pay for the box and the sub…) race in ESO will be Imperials, found ‘only’ in the collectors edition. Imperials are the ‘white people’ of ESO. So if you pay extra, you get … Continue reading

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ESO: Beta impressions

(If this post breaks the ESO NDA… um, sorry?) I got to finally play ESO this weekend, and more than anything it surprised me. I wasn’t blow away and loved it, but I also didn’t hate it. I wish it … Continue reading

Posted in beta, MMO design, The Elder Scrolls Online | 25 Comments

ESO: “Nobody believes that The Elder Scroll Online would be hurt by its business model if it had a Free2Play model with a subscription option.”

Totally dude. ESO would be just as good a game with cash shop ad loading screens, devs spending time coming up with ways to get you to buy yet another hat/wing/item (eventually of questionable power), seeing said items on people … Continue reading

Posted in RMT, The Elder Scrolls Online | 16 Comments

ESO: The “make a good game” problem

Clearly a Forbes writer is a big fan of this blog, what with this copy/paste job of an article. I’ll excuse the lack of a h/t this time, but clean it up will ya? Anyway, since everyone is jumping on … Continue reading

Posted in Mass Media, MMO design, The Elder Scrolls Online | 23 Comments