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Almost twelve days ago a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. The resulting protests by the local community against the police department went from tense to terrible after ever-escalating hostility of responses by the police and now is a leading national story of race politics and the mishandling of community-level first amendment rights.
It may have taken a while, but the story is finally getting into the media.
This means that the MMO community by now may have been impacted by the news. So how have video game players and MMO gamers been affected and what sort of opinion is forming? The answer is hard to frame because the MMO gaming community itself doesn’t do politics and extends way beyond the borders of the United States.
There is no singular “MMO community” it is a global phenomenon of players who tend to …
The MMORPG World of Warcraft is coming up on its 10th anniversary and there have even been players (still playing) who started right at its onset. This interview, however, is with a player who started slightly more recently–only seven years. That said, seven years playing the same game means a lot of changes have been seen and a certain amount of cultural shift.
World of Warcraft has seen numerous expansions, the addition of races, classes, and even a dramatic change to the very map that the game is played on itself (see: Cataclysm) and even the addition of whole new maps (see: Outlands and Pandaria.)
With Firefall’s recent launch, it’s a good time to check in with the people who live there and what they’ve been up to for the entire closed/open beta process. While this was recorded in February 2014, and the release was very recent, the thoughts and life of Nakiato in Firefall seem still quite relevant.
Other videos discussing events and mechanics in Firefall and their social impact include “Thumping: The Social Impact of Public Events in Firefall”, and “Light of the Arc: A Fireworks Display in Firefall 2014”.
Some insights into how Blacksmithing works in Elder Scrolls Online from StubbornBucket on YouTube.
The MMOFPS Firefall from Red 5 Studios launches today and Vox Ex Machina is sponsoring a livestream with @MMOAnthropology’s Amerist. The livestream will run from 5pm – 8pm (PT) and will hopefully showcase some of the gameplay of the game (assuming that the login queue isn’t swamped.)
The game has proven to be an interesting journey over the past five years—building through a game that wanted to be many things to many people, from a sandbox, a PvP game with an eSports bent, and a social MMOFPS with an open world. The beta has seen a lot of priorities change, and mechanics changes, and the final version (launching today) is a different beast than that which stumbled out of the stable years ago.
Be sure to tune in when the livestream starts and speak your mind about the game!
Swordsman Online, a wuxia MMO set in ancient China, published by Perfect World Entertainment launches today. The game mixes a lot of MMORPG systems including combos, limited action sets, open targeting, and martial-arts inspired gameplay.
For a first impressions-run down of the game written by Kyt Dotson check out the article from GameOgre. While the game reviews well, it contains a lot of themes and elements suited more for an Asian audience—with a strong ancient Chinese bent—and follows a narrative based on a novel by writer Louis Sha.
The ever-impressive video game social media site and client, Raptr, is adding numerous capabilities to its client, including the ability to stream video games to sites such as Twitch. Already Raptr brings together gamers with a client that not only tracks what gamers are playing, but also allows for screenshots and video capture. This news comes shortly after discovering that Google is buying Twitch.tv for $1 billion; and Raptr will be competing with streaming software such as Xsplit and OBS. Read more at GamesBeat.
Google is working on a deal with gaming live-stream service Twitch TV for $1 billion–or so reports floating around the Internet keep telling us. This decision leads Google in a trend towards reaching into numerous social media outlets and solidifies the search giant’s position in Internet video media. Over the past few years, Google has risen up the video space with the acquisition of YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion in stock.
The upcoming purchase of Twitch TV by Google has led to a great deal of speculation and fears by streamers who use Twitch as their primary source of video game presentation. Originally launched by the streaming site Justin.TV, Twitch has been the go-to locale for video gamers, over and above YouTube’s own streaming capabilities.
World of Warcraft has an end of Summer’s End celebration that lasts 18 hours (total) with fireworks displays occurring over the capital cities in the virtual world, on the hour, every hour. Amerist, Jason, and Nutmeg take a trek through Azeroth (the land of the virtual world of WoW) to watch one of these displays.
via MMO Anthropology on YouTube.
William McCormick brings us a review of Season 9.5 in Star Trek Online with his YouTube show The Voyage. With the crafting changes and the doff system modified, people are beginning to acclimate to what’s going on, but what changed? and how?
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