There were a few big news items in the gaming world that I failed to mention, largely because they didn’t mean that much to me, but if I smash them all together perhaps I can make a post out of them.
Ashes of Creation and My.com
The first is Ashes of Creation’s publishing deal with My.com. My understanding is this is a European deal so theoretically it doesn’t affect me anyway.
I don’t like My.com, but it wouldn’t stop me from playing Ashes of Creation. What will likely stop me from playing Ashes of Creation beyond the standard one-month-and-done MMORPG trial period (which realistically now is down to one-week-and-complete or one-day-and-…belayed?) is that I don’t think it’s going to be an innovative game.
By the way, to followup a bit on yesterday’s critical drubbing of New World, I should mention that even if I sound like I hate a game and everything it stands for, it doesn’t mean I won’t try it. I usually try every new MMORPG especially if it’s free to do so, and I’m completely open to liking it. Unless I have to pay for the “trial”-ie. early access-then I’m a bit more wary.
I say that because a lot of people like to declare that they definitely will or won’t play a game years before the game even comes out, in a sort of preemptive strike: I’m saying I will always try a game if it’s free, and I’m always open to playing it when (or if) launch day arrives, and I’m always open to changing my mind about a game on any given day as new information surfaces.
Second is the announcement of the Torchlight Frontiers MMO coming to the Perfect World (ARC) family of games.
I’m pretty sure I own both Torchlight 1 and 2, and have played both at some time or another, but neither really hooked me. I previously discussed my general dislike of the isometric-view game format, which covers every Diablo-clone, and every isometric MMORPG. So it’s probably no surprise that I’m not all that excited about a Torchlight MMO. (I’m not even going to call it an MMORPG.)
As I mentioned above, though, if it’s free, I’m sure I’ll try it, but I don’t expect it to ever be anything but an occasionally-if-I’m-really-bored kind of game. (Much like Marvel Heroes was for me.)
Third is the pitchfork and torch mob rising up against Twitch for discontinuing ad-free viewing for Twitch Prime members.
I never connected my Amazon Prime account to Twitch, and now I’m really glad I didn’t. I never wanted to in the first place, because that would have been connecting a real-identity account to a game-identity account, which is deeply troubling and weird to me. I maintain a pretty solid wall between my real-life online stuff (which is a lot lower profile now than it used to be, after those fateful years when I stopped being the only person I knew on the Internet, and random friends, family, and co-workers learned how to Google) and my gaming-life online stuff (which is now where I spend most of my online time).
I never saw any real benefit to the customer for connecting those accounts. I only saw the benefit to Amazon for connecting those accounts. I didn’t even know that ad-free viewing was a thing until I read that they were stopping it.
FYI, the top photo is a pair of bucks half-heartedly fighting in my back yard last year (they were going so slow that I wasn’t sure if they were fighting or playing, to be honest). The bottom photo is a fire in a wood stove, a subject I could finally photograph after I bought my first DLSR in 2011.