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Teala's Wickedly Cool Blog For The Masses

Just my thoughts on MMO's, roleplaying, game companies, and the people that play these games.

Author: Teala

Are you Twitching It?

Posted by Teala Tuesday May 29 2012 at 2:15PM
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Over the years that I have followed games, especially MMORPG's, technology has been pushed further and further to give gamers the best experience they can possibly get.    Same holds true for how we receive information about games.  Long ago it was primarily through gaming magazines - back before there were even things known as BBS’s and later the Internet.    Yes, before that we used smoke signals...but that is a whole other story and that is showing my age - ahem.

Today though!   Today, we have the Internet, Twitter and all that comes with it.   For gamers and publishers this is a win/win scenario.   No longer do you have to wait for a month before the gaming magazine you subscribed to was on the rack at the local book store.   Nope.   Gone are the days of waiting and we get all our info on the latest games almost as soon as info becomes known, and sometimes even before. 

We have blogs, Internet gaming websites, Twitter feeds, gaming news videos, podcast, and of course our network of gaming friends that are constantly sending info back and forth amongst one another - and now we have Twitch TV.

If there is one innovation game companies and publishers should be embracing it is this not so new, yet not quite mainstream, technology.   If a publisher were really hyped about their game they would be having people on Twitch TV playing their game 24/7.  It is a cheap form of advertisement for one.  Second, it allows players to see the game in action.  Third, it can be fun to watch as players talk about the game and describe it in real time as it is being played.

Even here on we have players like Pokket, that are taking this new live streaming technology and making good use of it.   It has opened up a window into the gaming community to a new way of getting their information on games unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.  No more guessing as to how the graphics are, or how the game play is, or if there are lots of bugs.    We can see it for ourselves right on our PC’s - or even our TV’s sitting on our comfy couches nomming popcorn.

Another thing that Twitch TV has brought to the community is a new way to network this information in an easy to get format.   Many Twitchers have links to related gaming websites or other Twitch channels that then have links to even more information to your favorite game of the moment.   When it comes to games we  can never get enough info.

Another aspect of Twitch TV is the ability to live stream gaming tournaments as they are happening.   This includes not only MMORPG’s, but other games like League of Legends, Diablo III, and the hot new Arma Mod that has the gaming community all in a frenzy, Day Z.    This leads to my next good thing about Twitch TV...

...Twitch TV can be very entertaining.   As I said you can watch live streaming gaming matches of your favorite game like Starcraft series with in game  commentaries by people that are gaming gurus.   Watch raids from high level guilds as they are happening - live.   Some of the best moments is when something in game unexpectedly happens and catches the player that was streaming off guard.   Like watching some noob for the first time trying to enter low-sec space, get bagged and tagged before he can blink an eye.   Moments like these are when Twitch TV are at its best.

All good and all a lot of fun.    So I have to ask?   Are you missing out on all the fun and info - are you Twitching it?


B.O.B. 2.0 - Did employees of CCP show favoritism to a Corporation - again?

Posted by Teala Wednesday May 2 2012 at 12:40PM
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It has come to light that a well known corporation(Goonswarm) in the game of EVE Online may have gotten special attention and assistance from CCP.   Now of course this is second hand information but according to people involved, employees of CCP were contacted through internal/external means(not in-game, but rather through direct contact of people working at CCP) means and assisted this corporation by intervening in a war.

CCP actually destroyed ship/s belonging to a corp(Thorn) that had wardecced this well known corporation after the well known corporation cried foul.    Now this would not be big news if it weren’t for the fact that something just doesn’t seem right.   According to some of the people involved, when this incident accord, it took less than 10 minutes for CCP to come to the aid of this well known corp.   Supposedly, the members of this well known corp used a means of in-game petition to ask for help from CCP GM’s.   Now anyone that has played EVE knows that petitions in-game are rarely answered in such a timely manner - no matter what the circumstances.   In the case of this incident, it took less than 10 minutes.   

This also goes against CCP's own rules to not interfere with in game happenings if such incidents occur within the rules of the game.    It seems that they have reneged on this: to step in and actually destroy ships belonging to corps is pretty harsh treatment. 

This brings into question if CCP, once again(pretaining to the infamous BOB incident of EVE), has people working for them that are showing favoritism to an in-game corporation? 

Would be nice if CCP would respond to this situation and clarify what exactly occured and how it was handled, otherwise it looks like some people at CCP have been compromised and are in fact helping a corp via favoratism.   B.O.B. 2.0?


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