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Mon Macutay (GM Tristan), Marketing Manager for Level Up Philippines, on online games, MMORPGs, Gamer Babes, Level Up and Infotech. News, reviews and more!

Author: gmtristan

10 Tips for Faster Power Leveling

Posted by gmtristan Friday February 29 2008 at 12:34PM
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One of the “constants” about online games and MMORPG is the grind. It’s a design factor which limits the players from becomming “too-powerful-too-fast”. Some games have more grind than most and some have inherrent systems where you could level up faster. This is either through quests or crafting, like in the case of Perfect World.

A lot of people complain that Power-Leveling or “PL” to some is hard work. I can’t say that I disagree. PL is really hard, otherwise, everyone in his brother would reach the level cap in a matter of days.

But there are some ways and systems which I’ll share with you in order for you to PL wisely and effectively. Like everything else, it’s both an art and a science. PL is number-crunching. You’ll have to learn some advanced methods if you want to keep up with the “superstars” of the community.

The 10 Tips after one more click, chief!


MMORPG Tutorials: Are They Good Enough?

Posted by gmtristan Saturday February 23 2008 at 12:18AM
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For those of us who speak “MMO” like ‘aggro’, ‘ganking’, ‘Pvp’, ‘PvE’, etc. We probably will skip the tutorial of a new MMORPG game.

But what about the millions of people out there who have never played an MMORPG before? Are the current tutorials in existing games good enough for them? Some would be content with skipping the lengthy and boring medleys and just experience the game head on. But of course, some would want to be spoon-fed info. So, what do game developers and designers need to do?

Sure tutorials are important. But my main beef with them is a) they’re long and b) they’re boring. What if we come up with alternatives to make tutorials more fun and interactive? That would be a swell thought…


What's the Longest You Ever Played Non-stop?

Posted by gmtristan Friday February 8 2008 at 4:04PM
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You’ve probably heard about the infamous news about a gamer in China dying of exhaustion, right? Of course, the poor guy gamed non-stop for 3 days.

When I say “longest”, this refers to the longest length of time one has ever played an MMORPG. I doubt if there’s a Gamer’s World Record for this. But I have heard local stories and urban legends here (from the Philippines). To start off, gaming non-stop for extended periods of time is NOT HEALTHY - look dude, someone died, okies?

Second, I know gamers are competitive but there IS life outside gaming. Top of my mind, get a friggin’ girlfriend *winks*.

The definition of “long” is different depending on who you ask.


So how long is “long”?