Friday Quickies

Hm, Darkfall’s launched in perhaps one of the most stilted, weird launches in MMO history to many mixed reviews. Will anyone be surprised/disappointed when this settles down to a very niche space in the MMOsphere and ceases to be news in, oh, a month or so?

Speaking of that “niche” word… with the possible exception of WoW, aren’t all MMORPGs “niche”? It seems weird to me when people label various MMOs as niche even when they have a multi-hundred thousand subscriber base. Niche, to me, is less than 50K huddling on a server, feverishly stoking the fires to ward off extinction.

We’ve gotten more word about the much-awaited Dreamfall Chapters over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun, and it looks to be a bit of a mixed bag. The Longest Journey was, and still is, my all-time favorite adventure game, and Dreamfall wasn’t half bad either — although I was totally peeved when it ended on a huge (multiple) cliffhanger without bothering to resolve much of the story. I’m all for the game continuing, but even Ragnar Tørnquist doesn’t consider Dreamfall to be the official sequel to TLJ — that will go to the future, and so far unmade, The Longest Journey 2.

Someone asked if I’ll be doing a review of City of Heroes Architect system when it comes out… and the answer is: most definitely. I’m playing this title month-by-month right now, alternating nights with Warhammer Online, and it’s a weird feeling to play a MMO for the short term instead of the long. I know I’ll be leaving it within the year — perhaps within a couple months — but it’s still a great way to pass a couple hours when I don’t want to play a “deep” MMO, but just blast some crap with friends.

And as for WAR, patch 1.2 comes out next week, and with it the Bitter Rivals event and a new scenario (yay). They’re rolling out new rewards for the Recruit-a-Friend program, so if you’d like to try out WAR for free for 10 days, drop me a line and I’ll hook you up. I’d love to get me one of them doggie pets.

10 thoughts on “Friday Quickies

  1. It’s showing up as the cover of Dreamfall to me, so I don’t know what happened for other computers. I changed the picture anyway, sorry about that!

  2. I thought it was just supposed to fit the Friday Quickies theme. And maybe as an example of a niche space?

  3. Yeah, it showed up as x-rated in google reader, but once I navigated to your site it was fine. O.o Weird.

    When I think of a niche game, I think of space MMOs. But that’s probably just because I hate them.

  4. Dude…something funky is going on.

    The picture that shows up in Google reader is just sick and wrong. It’s fine here, but something is amiss at the Circle K.

    Jason (resident drunken idiot of Channel Massive)

  5. Hmm, I’d disagree on the niche perspective. It’s been obvious for a long time that this is a huge market, so the bigger the market, the bigger the numbers, even on the niche games.

    Eventually, there will be so many games it will thin down to ~50k subscribers or so, but at that point the genre itself will be even bigger overall. Personally I don’t think it’s even a quarter of its potential, but in order to grow what it needs is exactly niche games to fit all the corners.

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