In this weeks Contains Moderate Peril Podcast, Brian and I look at mini-games and daily repeatables in the MMO genre. Are they a true alternative to raiding or just an easy way for developers to keep players “engaged” with their product. Is rebuilding Hytbold in LOTRO worth the effort? Are The Mist of Pandaria‘s dailies and incentive or a turn off? We also take a look at the demise of HMV and Blockbusters Video and consider which iconic brand will be the next to fall, as the retail market continues to shift online. Finally as the US government sanctions the CDC to research violent behaviour, we ponder what the implications may be for the video gaming industry. Can the allegation that they lead to violence finally be laid to rest?
Show notes for this weeks podcast
- Are mini-games & dailies used as substitutes for traditional content in MMOs: [Starts 01:38]
- Time gated dailies are specifically designed to slow players.
- Hytbold was “sold” to LOTRO players as an alternative to raiding.
- Is this just an easier option for developers?
- Other examples of dailies in MMOs: WoW, STO.
- The carrot and stick mindset only works if the end reward is deemed relevant by the player.
- Blockbuster and HMV go into receivership: [Starts 21:50]
- HMV has been in the music business for 110 years.
- There has been a lot of articles in the press relating to the passing of these companies. Is this simply nostalgia?
- Online retailers have effectively killed these markets.
- Is there a demographic that requires traditional local retailers?
- Congress to fund research into effects of violent behaviour: [Starts 35:42]
- Research to be carried out by Centre for Disease Control to study the causes of violent behaviour.
- This will include looking into media such as movies, television, and video games.
- Do we expect anything tangible to come of this research?
- Europe seems to have dealt with this question a decade ago.
- Django Unchained has thrown fuel on the fire. Gangster Squad was re-edited as a result of the Aurora shootings.
The podcasts are intended to be broad in content and casual in their nature. They are fun to record and are intended to inform and amuse. All opinions offered are our own and do not reflect any official view held by the game developers or film studios whose products we discuss. There is some strong language used occasionally. To listen to the show you can use the embedded media player below, directly download the MP3 file or alternatively use the iTunes store.
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