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MMO Games: Do You Play Solo or With Friends?

I was reading a new article about an upcoming MMORPG and the game developer was actually going on about how people could play it totally solo.

One of the things we really had to look at is how people play the game. If you look at studies, you’ll find that even though a person says they’re playing a game a particular way, about 40% of people in MMOs play by themselves. (Source)

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MMORPG players like to play with themselves - Oops I meant play *by* themselves :)

Now my reaction to this is always “if you want to play solo, then buy a video game! it’s cheaper and faster to finish.” I mean, I just don’t get why people would even play an MMO game if they wanted a solo experience?

This got me to think: exactly how much of the MMOs I play do I play in groups? Or, to put it another way, how much of my time playing is spend with at least one other player?

Actually, as it turns out, I play solo most of the time! Wow, maybe I should play FFVIII on my PC instead?

Nah, I play solo 90% of the time but the other 10% I play with others is great and even when I “solo” I’m constantly chatting with people and I would miss that if I played a single player game.

Here is an interesting article about playing MMORPGs with friends.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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What Are MMORPG Games?

MMORPG is an acronym for “massively multiplayer online role-playing games,” a genre in computer gaming where the interaction among a huge number of players within the game’s virtual world happens. Just like in all other types of role-playing games, character roles, usually from a world of fantasy, are assumed by players who take control over many of the character’s actions.

Aside from the number of players, MMORPGs can be distinguished from small multi-player RPGs and those played by single players by the persistent world of the game. The game still evolves and continues to exist even when the player is away from the game and not online. The data about the game is stored on a server or servers which are normally hosted by its publisher.

Across the globe, MMOs are being played by millions of avid fans. Revenues around the world for these virtual games surpassed the half-billion dollar mark in 2005. In 2006, consumer spending in the West on subscription MMORPGs rose to more than $1.4 billion. As of March 2011, over 11 million people are subscribed to the extremely popular MMORPG World of Warcraft.

Traditional fantasy themes are what most of the well-liked MMORPGs are based on. The games are usually set in a universe similar to that of classic RPGs such as Dungeons and Dragons. Hybrid themes are used by some that either substitute or combine elements of fantasy with those of crime fiction, sword and sorcery, steampunk or science fiction. Even thematic materials from the legends, myths, fairy tales, comic books, and other genres are used by some MMORPGs. The elements are developed using scenes and similar tasks that involve monsters, quests, and loot.

In almost all MMORPGs, a primary goal is the development of the player’s character. This is done through gaining experience or exp which can be increased by completing tasks, storylines or by defeating various enemies or bosses. Once the right amount of exp has been gained, the character that the gamer controls will level up. Leveling up involves making the character stronger through learning more skills or increasing innate traits such as health, strength, intelligence, agility, etc.

As the character levels up, equipment becomes more and more important. This includes clothes, armor, weapons and accessories. While low level equipment is quite easy to acquire, high level equipment is typically expensive and much more rare.

One of the most popular activities is players teaming up with other players to be able to achieve a more optimal progression rate. They can form a group or party to kill boss monsters or navigate through a dangerous dungeon. This type of content is called cooperative play but the opposite, competitive gaming, also exists and is likewise extremely popular among MMO fans.

While cooperation is needed to complete difficult tasks, friendly competition between individuals or groups is also encouraged. Player vs player or PvP can take the form of 1 vs 1 dueling, guild vs guild battles or faction vs faction wars.

In 2012, there are two big upcoming releases that are expected to dominate the market. These are Bioware’s new MMO game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Guild Wars 2 by ArenaNet. You can find the latest and freshest news about these and other upcoming MMOs at the MMO World’s Best Free MMORPG Games List 2012.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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Say Goodbye to Monthly Subscriptions with Free to Play Browser MMORPGs

I’m sure everybody would do away with monthly subscription fees for MMORPG games if they could. Nowadays free browser MMORPG games like Runescape are the most popular type of MMOs, with millions logging in everyday to play for free.

Everybody loves playing MMORPG games. How can players resist? Most MMO games offer huge worlds to explore and have many 1000’s of fellow gamers to play and team up to achieve objectives, or even to fight for treasure and bragging rights. These types of strategy MMO games have taken the gaming world by storm and millions of gamers|avid gamers} across the country play at least one MMORPG, if not more. However, a lot of them need month-to-month subscription fees and sadly that may be a deal breaker for many people. Luckily for individuals who are tired of spending monthly fees to fuel their adventuring requirements, there are many free MMOs that demand no month-to-month membership ever. In fact, one of the biggest advantages of these multiplayer games is that if you decide that the one you downloaded isn’t right for you, you have risked nothing except the time it took to obtain and install the game.

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MMORPG games like Runescape you can play on your browser.

These f2p MMOGs rely on an ingame item shop to pay for their servers and updates to keep content fresh. The item shop is completely optional, players can play for as long as you want without ever having to spend a dime on it. However, those who shell out dollars on the cash store typically will be able to enjoy some items that help improve character customization such as special hairstyles, eye colors, emotes, and so forth. while gamers who do not spend money will have to be satisfied with the default character looks and animations.

Those looking to spend the least amount of funds possible be wise to just buy extra storage space. F2P MMORPGs are known for limiting storage capabilities right off the bat to entice gamers to buy more inventory slots for easier gameplay. When you decide how much storage space you need then any additional spending is totally up to you.

The main benefit of the cash store is commonly the cosmetic items. Gamers often love to dress their avatars and there will be no shortage of clothing to make sure that you will be playing in style. Many of these equipment are basically just costumes that make your character look stylish. They equip over your equipment and contain no extra stat bonuses.

Another popular item in the cash shop are pets. Pets are usually just a little animal companion that follows the player around. While some may help you fight mobs, most are there just for the look of things because they are cute. Pets can range from your standard cat or dog, to exotic creatures like tigers, robots, leprechauns, or even monsters like zombies, ghouls, ice monsters, etc. There is normally minigames involved with your pets such as giving them pet food and petting the pets to keep your companion happy. Pets are completely optional and you never need to purchase a pet.

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Free MMORPGs sometimes even offer you items you can purchase with real income instead of game currency such as potions and even elixirs that give you temporary boosts to experience points or luck to increase your drop rate. While most of these types of items can be bought using the game currency, they can be very expensive if your character has not identified a good way to increase funds. Speaking of funds, if you’re broke in the game world, but not so broke in real life, you can typically purchase game currency for real money to give by yourself the advantage of not having to shell out time raising funds in the game.

If you are looking to get involved in an MMORPG but do not wish to spend dollars on membership fees, a free to play one might be the ticket for you. There are hundreds out there, so research a little bit on which ones are your type. The best thing about all of this is that if ever you decided that you don’t like the MMORPG, you did not spend any cash on it so you lost nothing but a little bit of time.

Check out MMO World’s list of games like Runescape if you want to try out some no download browser MMORPGs.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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MMORPGs – Top RPG Adventure Free Games

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games or MMOGs, are very popular right now. There is something incredibly entertaining about immersing one’s self in a virtual world of magical dangers and high fantasy.

You might be the adventurer who would brave the most dangerous perils and scary places to slay the evil creatures and lay claim to untold wealth. Or you could be the mage who will become the most powerful mage in the whole land. Or maybe the dark lord who will rule the many continents.
With MMORPGs, you can be anyone and anything, you want to be.

There are no limits except your imagination. Click here for the top free RPG Adventure MMO Games.

The problem is that not many MMOGs come free to play. Often, you’d have to pay for the MMORPG game itself, in addition to the monthly subscription fee. Do you want to pay good money for something people can play for free?

So many devout gamers have searched far and wide for the best free to play MMORPG games that are worth their time. It used to be that most of the free to play MMORPG games sucked but this is not true anymore. Nowadays the some of the top game companies have created top-of-the-line free to play MMO games. In addition some previously membership games have switched over to free to get more new players.

Is there a catch?

You might be wondering are these MMOGs free. The reason is simple, they operate on a different different business model compared to premium games. This is is “freemium” business model where almost all the content is given to gamers for free apart from a few paid or premium content.

In other words, when a gamer starts playing, everything is given free similar to a free trial except without the time limit. Then as the gamer levels up there may be some premium items or expansion packs offered for more advanced players. These expansion packs or items are always optional and are merely offer additional content.

Quite a few of these premium items are purely for the looks that give no any special bonuses, they are there just to make your character look good.

To give a concrete example, all free players will have to use the boring-looking steel sword but there might be a awesome-looking ice sword for those who want to buy it. The generic-looking steel mace has exactly the same equipment stats as the fun-looking glowing sword – people are paying for just to have the better-looking equipment.

Does that sound good to you? Free to play MMO games are ideal for casual players who only play occasionally because they don’t want to pay for a game they will not log into everyday. It’s also great for teenaged players who can’t pay for a lot of online games.

Those are the top reasons why players are attracted to playing these RPG adventure type of free MMORPG online games.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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No One Ever Roleplays in MMORPGs

Why does no one ever roleplay in the MMORPGs that I play? It’s almost like an unspoken rule in most MMO games that I have played that role-playing is not cool. No one ever creates a character or talks in character.

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RPG - It's not Evil All the Time

I think it’s because of the grind. People are always saying stuff like “guys stop playing!” when you goof off. Pretty ironic if you ask me but that’s how it is. Even in the best free online RPG games I have played people seem to find it better to always go for experience and leveling up rather than role-playing.

Well, that is except for one particular thing – online romance. For some reason the same people who would scoff at you saying “let us go to yonder tavern and chat over a pint of ale” if you were role-playing (which to them is the same as “wasting time”) think that it’s okay to talk mushy romance to people of the opposite sex that they meet online.

I mean, leaving aside the problem of finding out whether or not the other player really is of the opposite sex, why do they think it’s okay to spout ridiculous lines like:

Are you an archer? Because you put an arrow through my heart.
I have epic gear, wanna go on a date?

And they say role-playing is corny!

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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MMORPGs Are Super Annoying Sometimes

MMORPGs are so super annoying sometimes. I mean, there you are, a long-time player who has been around for quite some time and some player gets in your face about something. Really, it’s enough to make a person rage quit and start playing single player PC games instead. That just wouldn’t happen on an offline game.

Do you actually love playing multi-player or are you like some people I know who play MMOs like it’s single-player, with chat off and no social interaction?

That’s an idea I could just play but turn off all the social features! Hmph now all I need are some good free MMORPG games online that can be played solo.

And in other news, what’s up with SWTOR? If you don’t know what SWTOR is then you obviously don’t follow MMORPG news at all because Star Wars: The Old Republic is pretty much all people are talking about right now.

I myself don’t really get all this Star wars fanboy enthusiasm for SWTOR. I do like the original movie series of SW but IMO the franchise has been seriously weakened by the new movies because they suck. I still shudder whenever I think about that awful Jar Jar Binks. What on earth was Lucas thinking?? Argh, getting annoyed again…

The Worst Thing About Star Wars

The Worst Thing About Star Wars

So yeah, I would be okay with it if SWTOR turns out to be a WoW-killer (the game that finally topples WoW from the top position) but I’m not sure that will really happen.

What do you think? Is SWTOR the next big thing in MMO gaming?

I hope no one has forgotten the other Star Wars MMORPG, Star Wars Galaxies. That game is closing down this year to make way for the new one. I’m sure we all hope that all of the people behind SWTOR have learned from the mistakes that were made in SWG and will make SWTOR a better game.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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Freemium: Fun with Portmanteau Words

Freemium is one of those funny-sounding portmanteau words. It’s a combination of the words “free” and “premium.”

When I talk about free to play MMORPGs in this blog, I am actually referring to freemium MMO games or those MMOs that have both free and premium (paid) stuff in it. Basically, these are MMO games that are free to play forever with no time limit but there is content that you can buy for real life money. Premium content can be expansions, upgrades, items, etc.

Freemium is actually a sound business model that many internet companies use. In fact, this blog is hosted for free by WordPress.com. This is a free WP blog hosting site that operates on a freemium model. Users can create and post on blogs for free but they can also opt to pay a monthly fee to get some extras.

So both the users and the business get what they want – both free stuff and paid services. Since the basic services are totally free, people are much more likely to sign up for it compared to a paid service. Once users feel that they like the service then they  can pay more for additional features.

It’s the same for MMORPGs. Players can play it for free as much as they like then when they want to spend money then they can do so whenever they want.

I personally like that sort of thing! :)

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2011 in Free MMO Games

 

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