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Looking Back: An Interview With Jessica Merizan

Posted by GeekieDave Monday March 25 2013 at 11:29AM
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So as a journalist, We see many new and old faces as we trek our way through the vast and wide open world of journalisim. I've always been one to do things different and wanted to just get my foot in the door and while digging up some of my past, I found an article I did back in the beginning of Feburary with one of the community manager of what was then the upcoming release of Mass Effect 3, Jessica Merizan.

Before I share this with you, Let me point out a couple of things: I was brand new to the world of journalism. I didn't really know what I was doing until after I did it. Secondly, This was WAY before the game's actual release so the ending was still unknown. And lastly, I have improved so much since this article, I honestly have been working since this to improve my craft and hone in the skills I need to be a better journalist. Enjoy!

1. Since the word began of a Mass Effect 3 demo, how did you guys react when you found out so many people were eager to play?

While everyone knew the game was popular and the stakes were high, the development team is incredibly humble, so they still feel surprise and delight to hear about how much this game affects millions of people. I’ve been the community manager here for a little over six months (though I’ve been doing contract work with BioWare since early last year) and I don’t really consider myself “on the inside” yet. Feels like I’m another fan who happens to get a sneak peek at things, and I know acutely how important the series is to many people. Mass Effect is more than just games—it’s part of our popular culture now. It defines the way we think about sci-fi, video games, and storytelling.

2. Multiplayer is a new feature in Mass Effect, what are your hopes on how the community will react?

Some people have expressed skepticism at the implementation of the multiplayer component, and I hope that with the free demo available now, those people will at least give it a try. Fans that I’ve spoken to are enjoying the component much more than they thought they would, and it’s a testament to the level of quality that the Mass Effect developers demand from themselves. I hope people see the thought that was put into it and understand that this was a feature designed to appeal to our core gamer, not some demographic we’re hoping to capture. People who enjoy our games are the number one priority, and I think they’ll be pleased. Unfortunately, my Xbox friend list is at capacity, but I always accept invites to play. My Gamertag and Origin ID are both “JesstifiedKill” – no one can say they don’t know anyone to play with now!


3. What has it been like for you guys since Mass Effect 3 began in production?

When I joined the team, most developers were in crunch full swing. Obviously, the development cycle has been going on for longer than that, and this has been a work of pride that many have been creating for years now. It’s incredibly inspiring to work on a team with such dedicated people. The marketing department has been crunching for the past month (and we’ll continue until after launch), and I don’t think I would have been able to cope with the long hours had I not watched other departments go through it in the past few months. Not only were they crunching, but they were thriving. I might be cranky about having less free time or not enough sleep, but ultimately I’m so excited about what I’m working on. I think I can speak for a lot of BioWare employees when I say that it is hugely motivating to work with creative people on a truly great product.


4. As the community grows in the gaming world, do you hope Mass Effect will have an impact on our lives?

I do! That’s probably one of my biggest hopes in my current role. People tend to feel a little suspicious of outsiders and new people, so I can understand the concern about our potentially growing community; but the more people that enjoy and talk about Mass Effect, the bigger and more relevant this franchise has the potential to become. My friends and family know a lot about the game even if they’ve never played. It’s really satisfying to show the latest trailer to my mom and have a discussion with her about Shepard’s motivations and what it might take to defeat the Reapers. And with all the cool products that are being created (comics, books, action figures, apparel), Mass Effect really has moved beyond being a video game. Maybe with the implementation of different experience modes, my mom can play on “story” and experience the game for herself. Just as long as she doesn’t romance anyone that meets my disapproval ;)

5. Lastly, from the community itself, will we see any DLC coming for Mass Effect 3?

Absolutely. I can’t go into details, but expect some great content and additional gear to round out your Mass Effect 3 experience. I must also mention that we take consumer feedback very seriously, and I will personally be spending a great deal of time collecting fan opinions to deliver to the development team. If there’s a feature that isn’t in the game and you want to see it, speak up! Ask for it! Tell us what we’re doing wrong and what we’re doing right. For us, our community is the people who engage with us on the forums and social media—so make sure your voice is heard. My biggest concern in my job is building a positive and vocal community. So yes: stay tuned for more exciting developments in the Mass Effect Universe!

Welcoming The New Year!

Posted by GeekieDave Wednesday January 2 2013 at 10:41PM
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Greetings fellow gamers and geeks! I do apologize for not writing since the middle of last year but with a family that needs me, I always put myself on the frontline for them. So, We are at the beginning of a new year, which if you are a gamer like me, you know that we will start to see new games being developed and announced from the big guys. With this entry, I wanted to take you down the road of the top 5 games I think we can look forward to in the new year of 2013, So lets gets started!

5. Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn

Ok, We all know when this game first launched in September of 2010, It was a huge pile of nothing but crap! The game was so poorly recieved by the public that the game went Free To Play for a little while due to the fact that it had so many problems and gameplay issues. So what happened? The entire staff behind the original piece of garbage was fired and a new one was brought on, Hence why we are seeing an entire reboot of the game which will give us a fresh look at the game. I personally am excited for this game reboot and can't wait to play it!

4. Pathfinder Online

So, We don't have a whole lot of information just on the game alone, But the fact that we will be seeing a game based on one of my favorite table top games just makes me shiver all over! Now if you head over to http://goblinworks.com, You will find more information based on this upcoming MMORPG.

3. Everquest Next

Since the launch of the original launch of Everquest back in 1999, I have enjoyed the story and depth Sony Online Entertainment put into the game. There have been SEVERAL expansions released for the game and it has recently gone free to play. But according to the rumor mill, Everquest Next is due out next year with updated graphics, storyline, and just tons of new content. There's really no news about it as of it but I'm sure as soon as it's released, You'll be hearing from me for sure!

2. World Of Warcraft

With 2012, We saw the release of the latest expansion "Mists Of Pandaria". Now I know what your thinking, This came out last year so why is it on your list? Right now, We are seeing some of the best content we have seen come from Blizzard in a LONG time. As of now, 5.2 has hit the PTR and we are seeing the rise of the Thunger King and this raid has been told to be the new "Ulduar". I personally can't wait to see what else comes out for this game and look forward to showing you guys the content!

1. The Elder Scrolls Online

In 1994, We saw the release of Elder Scrolls: Arena. Fast forward nineteen years and we are here in 2013 witnessing something that will be remembered for generations to follow. The Elder Scrolls Online is being developed by Zenimax and Bethesda themselves and there have been several videos released by themselves already. The game and just content looks amazing for whats been worked on and I really hope that they can give us more and the beta was recently announced for this year as well.

 

There you have it guys! These are the top games for me as of 2013, and like all journalist's and gamers we will see more games start to come out and and announced. And I promise you guys that you can find some of the most honest reviews and previews of upcoming games, content patches, and the news.

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The Gaming Daily #3: Death To Overhyping

Posted by GeekieDave Wednesday April 18 2012 at 1:39PM
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What's up everyone and welcome back to another Gaming Daily blog! I first want to apologize for the lack of updates as I've been busy with my family planning my wedding that is coming up in August. So if you remember last weeks blog, and have rage quit that current game because of the zero progress your making. Don't be alarmed about this, Your not the first person to do this and probably not the last. I'm going to give you guys my thoughts on what you should probably do when looking for a new MMORPG to play and occupy your time with.

First off, Don't listen to the hype. For way too long people have been overhyping non released games such as Guild Wars 2, The Secret World and many others. My advice is to not listen to what other gamers are saying. You are your own person and you need to make the decision for yourself. If you were to listen to everything that people were saying about the games that are coming out, and preorder them, You would have a stack full of games sitting on your shelf collecting dust because they didn't come to par with your standards.

With games like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Neverwinter, The option for beta was open to you and this is something I strongly suggest doing. If you find out about a game that has perked your interest, See if they are offering beta. For example,  I tested out Rift and found that it was basically a World Of Warcraft clone. Did it make me interested? Yes I did all the research I could on the game and played what I could in the beta. Did I buy the game? No, I made no intention of buying the game due to it being WAY too close to World Of Warcraft.

If you aren't given the oppurtunity to play in the beta or given a demo, then I would recommend looking out on Twitch.TV to see if anyone is streaming the game. I personally watched Lore from Tankspot play "Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning" for about 8 hours before I made my decision of buying the game. I did download the demo that was up for free and I enjoyed that very much but I wanted to see what the game was going to offer me in full. I also had watched him play the upcoming MMO "Tera" and found that his views were totally different from mine. 

To make a long story short for you guys, It's not up to the community but up to you. I've seen far too many MMO's that are released and end up flopping because of people are overhyping the games. I played Age Of Conan without hearing ANY hype or dislike of the game and made up my own mind about it. I believe that more and more gamers need to start doing this or we are going to see potentially great games being destroyed because it didn't live up to the hype of the community.

That's it for now guys, I'm off to work on some really great stuff coming  your way and I hope you guys agreed with me on these topics. If you guys have any questions you would like answered here in the blog, You can email me at: geekiedavegaming@gmail.com. 

Game On!

The Gaming Daily #2: Got Denied? Don't Fret!

Posted by GeekieDave Saturday April 7 2012 at 4:36PM
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Hello everyone and welcome back to another entry in the gaming daily blog! So today, I went to a guild website that I recently applied to and found out that I had been denied. The reasoning was because I am only a level 31 Paladin on their server and they need me to get to 85 and geared. So this inspired this blogpost dealing with how to prepare youself for the worst case scenario.

Tip #1: Don't Fret

So if you put in your application and were denied, Don't let this get to you. Listen to what they are telling you. Guild's like Method, Exodus, Simple Math, etc are going to be looking for the best of the best and if you haven't worked the blood, sweat and tears needed to get your gear, You stand no chance.

Tip #2: Keep Working

If a guild tells you that you don't have what they are looking for, keep working on your character. Make sure to get a world of logs account to keep track of the amount of damage you are doing and how well your character is performing in raids. Make sure to use a site like Ask Mister Robot to check your gear and what your going to need to be the best of your class.

Tip #3: Apply, Apply, Apply!

If you get denied from a guild, Don't ragequit and never play the game again. Make sure to apply at other guilds as well. Just because one guild denies you doesn't mean another one won't accept you. 

So there you have it folks! My top three tips for dealing with being denied from a guild. The best advice is to keep working on your character. Make sure to run LFR once a week and make sure to keep getting your valor gear when you can. After all the hard work and dedication, I'm sure you will end up in a great guild with a great raiding community. 

Happy Easter!

The Gaming Daily #1: Major Gaming Time

Posted by GeekieDave Friday April 6 2012 at 4:49PM
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Hows it going everyone? So I've decided recently due to a major break in my webcam that I'm going to have to stick with blogs for now. So the past couple days have been MAJORLY packed with me gaming. I've been switching between Mass Effect, Guild Wars, Star Wars, and World Of Warcraft like crazy. And with the recent announcement of my favorite Dungeons And Dragons themed game called "Neverwinter" becoming a full fledged Free To Play game, I've been on the edge of my seat.

So a couple people have been asking me if I've been invited into the Mists Of Pandaria beta yet and I'm going to make this answer short and sweet: No. There have been a total of 550 thousand invites out thus far and I haven't been invited yet. But I'm not complaining because I'm going to be getting my invite pretty soon. I'm planning on making a video containing the changes coming for paladins and how they are going to be effected by the next expansion.

I'd love to tell everyone I'm still playing Star Wars: The Old Republic but I've recently had to cancel my subscription to the game due to not being able to afford the subscription for the game. I have a video half way done and I just can't afford to keep going. So I'm going to be having to put it on the backburner while I gather the money for the subscription. I have a friend working on Let's Play videos for TGN so any income coming in from that will be helping me out in the long run.

So if you noticed in my tags, I mention a funraiser and donations. What I'm doing is I have a couple sweet packages to be part of a fundraiser. I have three complete game packages to giveaway when we reach our $1,000 goal. The reason I need so much is because I need to do a complete upgrade for the computer to be at the need for streaming. So here's what I have:

  • Star Wars The Old Republic Game and Game Time Card
  • World Of Warcraft Battlechest and Game Time Card
  • Blizzcon 2011 Poster
  • Mass Effect 1,2, and 3 Full Game and T-Shirt
     
So there you have it. Once we hit the $1,000 goal, I will be giving one lucky winner a game of their choice. I will keep giving these away after the $1,000 for every $500 we get donated to us. I might also do a contest for YouTube and Twitch layout designs. If you are interested, You can send all donations or donations for a ticket at: geeksoftheguild@gmail.com. Remember, Every $1 that you donate gets you one ticket into the drawing.
 
Well, That's it for me for now. I might be able to give you guys some PAX East coverage tomorrow and tell you guys what I thought of day one but I have to fit it in with everything else going on right now with Easter and what not. I hop you guys have an awesome weekend and if you have any interesting gaming stories or videos you want to share with me, Please make sure to email them to me at: geekiedavegaming@gmail.com
 
Thanks again!

What A Geek Says: My Introduction

Posted by GeekieDave Friday March 16 2012 at 12:23AM
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What's up everyone? First offical blog here on MMORPG.com and I wanted to make it special by introducing myself. I go by the name GeekieDave on alot of websites but my IRL name is David B. I was born and raised in a small town of Northern Minnesota and I'm currently living with my folks who are in need of me here. I've been a gamer since I can honestly remember and I don't think I will be stopping any time soon.

What brought me here to MMORPG is my love for games like Guild Wars, World Of Warcraft and Star Wars. I started out playing platform games for the original nintendo all the way up to the Playstation 2. It wasn't until the early 2000's that I found that RPG's were my favorite of all time. I was hooked with the story of the game, the adventure you took your character's through and the gameplay of whatever game I was really into. 

I'm currently in the CBT for the upcoming MMORPG Tera, and I will also be doing the beta for Mists Of Pandaria. I'm hoping that I can get into the Guild Wars 2 beta but my chances are pretty slim for the fact that over 1 million people signed up for it. But I will be definetly giving it a chance when it becomes an available game. Another game I would love to try out that's currently in beta is The Secret World. 

Well that's it for today everyone, I was trying to make this short and sweet. I will be making more posts here on MMORPG along with reviews, previews, and general idea's on certain aspects of games! I hope everyone had a chance to read this and I will see you on the other side!