The loot box controversy – is it gambling or is it not? – has been a hot topic for a number of years now, especially in Europe and Asia. Among those countries, China and Belgium famously clamped down hard on loot boxes, albeit in different ways.
Now I have said many times that Discovery content don’t interest me, but new content is new content and when you strip away the packaging, it’s important to take a look at what this new reputation gives us. After all, we won’t want to miss a new equipment set that might be a game-changer, right?
“Housing” in MMORPG refers to an instanced space that players can build and customize home environments for their toons. It’s a reasonably common feature in MMORPGs because it allows players to personalize their virtual lives a bit more, and these spaces also serve a secondary function as a currency sink; often if players want an elaborate mansion or castle with fancy furniture and amenities, it’ll cost them quite a bit of time and effort.
But a lot of people still do it. Why? It’s a sense of identity. Bragging rights. Pride. It’s the same reason why players go to great lengths to customize their toons’ appearances, or their weapons, or their ships.
You’ve all seen the newly released picture of an actual Black Hole in the M87 galaxy, yes?
It’s fascinating stuff, no doubt about that. I’m sure Black Holes and explanations are all over the interwebs right now, so I won’t repeat it here. What I do want to touch on today, is a phenomenal highlighted by black holes: Gravitational Time Dilation. Sounds science-fiction-y? Well, think again.
Since I’m taking a break from Star Trek Online right now and embracing Guild Wars 2, I wasn’t paying too much attention to their Livestream discussion about the game’s upcoming Roadmap. Fungi brought some of the highlights to my attention, so I want to relay that information here and add my thoughts to them.