Monday, April 14, 2014 | 02:00 AM | by

"Oh boy, another zombie survival MMO!" said nobody ever.

Look, I've held onto enjoyment of zombie-based titles a long longer than most people, but even I'm starting to get a little fatigued with so many of them continuing to pop up. You know what, though? Duck it. I actually don't care if SOE wants to have a go at making the "perfect" zombie survival game. Let 'em give it a shot.

But a few months ago, Smedley said (and I quote), "SWG PLAYERS - OUR NEXT GAME (not announced yet) IS DEDICATED TO YOU. Once we launch it... you can come home now."

This got a lot of people's hopes up. Not for SWG2, because of the licensing issues. But hopes for... I don't know, something comparable. And original IP sci-fi MMO in the vein of Star Wars Galaxies maybe... something along those lines.

And when that game turns out to be just another zombie survival title nobody asked for... I don't know, that's kind of shitty. Come on, Star Wars Galaxies fans have been through enough. Just let them be. If you want to make a zombie game, that's fine. But don't open up old wounds by suggesting SWG players can "come home" to your new game because... what? It's got some house building in it?

That's not even close, in my opinion.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 04:33 PM | by

VOA (Vote Our Adventure) is the working title for this tale until I settle on what I wish to call it.

It's been a while since we've done one of these, but with a little game new release dry-spell coming up, I figure now is as good a time as any to get back into the saddle.

Quite a few of you might not have been active readers for previous iterations of this mechanic, but it's pretty simply: periodically throughout the story I will present the main characters (and you) with a choice. You will then have the opportunity to cast your vote for the option of your choice, and the democratically elected option moves the story forward. Some choices will be major, some will be minor, hell, this time some may even just be cosmetic. Either way, you can participate in the direction our adventure goes.

Previously, readers would send an email with their choice and I would use filters to collect and tally them. It worked well enough, but this time I'm going to look for an actual poll service we can use, hopefully one that I can embed right here in the newspost to make voting as straightforward as possible.

These are usually a lot of fun, and I'd like it an ongoing thing (for at least as long as the characters survive), so we'll likely visit it for a couple of weeks at a time here and there, if all is going well.

We'll see what happens.