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Archive for February 15th, 2010

UK GAMES CHART

Posted by GG Goblin On February - 15 - 2010

UK Games chart across all formats for the week ending 13th February 2010
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Bioshock 2

Posted by GG Goblin On February - 15 - 2010

Slip on the oversized diving boots and make sure that your drill is well oiled, it’s time to return to Rapture. Read the rest of this entry »

World of War Craft : Levelling up and Grinding Down

Posted by rikkusarah On February - 15 - 2010

wowBlizzard have recently released stats for WOW that show that 70% off users have never reached  past level 10, this does not come as a huge surprise. Blizzard have aimed all of their marketing at getting users to sign up for the 10 day trial, from glitzy celeb endorsements to heavy online advertising.

 
The result of this has been a flurry of users signing up but with no real conversion to full subscriptions, having played WOW for over a year it is abundantly clear why. To reach level 10, regardless of your class is a relatively easy task with dozens of easy fetching quests fighting low level enemies and simply traveling from one town to another. However once you hit level 10 you hit a ‘grind wall’ from this point on the game seems to throw an endless stream of higher level enemies and even more fetching quests.

 
There is an acceptance that all MMORPGS have a level of grind, and even console RPGS. The key difference between an mmo and console rpg is that a user is often tied in to long periods of subscriptions and have expectations of the game providing entertainment and engaging content.The grind aspect of WOW is unavoidable and the 70% drop off rate is certainly a reflection of that, I only reached level 20 in the game before hitting the point where it became too hard for me to level up any further.

 
This is a sign of a greater problem with the current breed of MMOs, the level of time it takes a user to reach the top levels is no longer feasible as more and more users are working and do not have the hours to put in.This new audience are simply not the ideal players to keep consistent worlds going and are causing the ’servers’ or ‘gameworlds’ to have a greater % of casual players who are causing the more hardcore players problems with guilds and group quests.

 
The lesson to be learnt here is the management of in game communities and to find a better way to integrate new players into them, that way they have the needed in game support to reach the higher levels and from a company perspective convert to full paid subscriptions.

What’s On WiiWare

Posted by TurtleGirl On February - 15 - 2010

In honor of Presidents Day, let’s take a moment to reflect on the qualities that make a great leader, plus some exceptional games you can use to nurture them. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dog

Posted by TurtleGirl On February - 15 - 2010

It’s time to go ‘Walkies’ with the new iphone and ipod game called ‘The Dog‘ developed by Connect2media. It’s a new virtual canine that’s waiting for you in your device. This application allows you the owner to select from five very cute puppy breeds. How could you resist them puppy dog eyes?. Read the rest of this entry »

Bioware Retrospective (Part 1)

Posted by CRayDancer On February - 15 - 2010

Gather your party and venture forth

 
A retrospective of Bioware’s RPGs from Baldur’s Gate to Mass Effect 2 Read the rest of this entry »

Doraemon Jet

Posted by TurtleGirl On February - 15 - 2010

JAL finally unveiled  their new Boeing 777-300 covered in characters from the Doraemon anime. Check out the video footage from the ceremony, complete with someone dressed in a  Doraemon costume. Read the rest of this entry »

LEGO Star Wars Alarm Clocks

Posted by TurtleGirl On February - 15 - 2010

The guys at Hobby Media took these photos during their visit to the 2010 Nuremberg Toy Fair, where they snapped a photo of the LEGO mini Figure alarms. Judging by the size they don’t look so mini, but look awesome anyhow. You know how much I love anything LEGO related. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Preview

Posted by FuryAc3 On February - 15 - 2010

Attention solider, it’s time to break radio silence on DICE and EAs impending next instalment of the Battlefield franchise Battlefield Bad Company 2 which is shaping up to ship in early march and is looking to be one of the most anticipated action packed destructible sequels of this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Resident Evil Monopoly Board

Posted by TurtleGirl On February - 15 - 2010

Come Christmas time everyone usually brings out the Monopoly board to gather round and play with friends and then it goes back into the cupboard again never to return until next festive season. Let’s face it, it’s a long game, but what if you had the chance to play Monopoly with a bit of a twist? Read the rest of this entry »

Gerbil Physics

Posted by GG Goblin On February - 15 - 2010

Spend some time helping these loveable Gerbils, using bombs, rope and disintegration rays! Read the rest of this entry »

Dizzy Drops now available

Posted by GG Goblin On February - 15 - 2010

Are you ready to get busy with the Dizzy? Read the rest of this entry »

Pimp My Playstation

Posted by Bazaboy On February - 15 - 2010

Got a new Playstation 3 ? Read the rest of this entry »

GGUK and Sonic Hit Alton Towers

Posted by TurtleGirl On February - 15 - 2010

GGUK were invited by SEGA for the launch of the Sonic Spinball rollercoaster at Alton Towers over the weekend as VIP guests. The weekend also included the chance to preview the upcoming Sega All Stars Racing, and a to get a first look at the new Sonic the Hedgehog themed hotel room Read the rest of this entry »

Dante’s Inferno

Posted by GG Goblin On February - 15 - 2010

LA Zombie Attack Tees

Posted by TurtleGirl On February - 15 - 2010

Fancy some Zombie Madness?! Read the rest of this entry »

Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment

Posted by GG Goblin On February - 15 - 2010

Vandal Hearts returns to the consoles after a lengthy break, and brings with it a healthy dose of turn-based, strategic role play gaming. Read the rest of this entry »

Level-5 Announces Inazuma Eleven 3

Posted by TurtleGirl On February - 15 - 2010

Level-5 announces a new entry in the Inazuma Eleven series enittled ‘Inazuma Eleven 3 – Challenge the World‘ and is set for release on the DS this summer in Japan. Read the rest of this entry »

Resonance Of Fate Valentine’s Cards

Posted by TurtleGirl On February - 15 - 2010

Did you forget Valentine’s day?. Well, SEGA didn’t as these Valentine’s cards show you. Read the rest of this entry »

Get To Know Zorua and Zoroark

Posted by TurtleGirl On February - 15 - 2010

If you’ve not seen them before these two Pokemon were revealed last week as the fifth generation Pokemon. Pokemon Generation 5 is an upcoming new Pokemon series filled with a new cartoon series, new games, and more exciting than that, new Pokemon . The little baby evolution Pokemon is called Zorua, and his evolution is called Zoroark. Zorua is known as the “Evil Fox Pokemon.” Zoroark is known as the “Monster Fox Pokemon.” Read the rest of this entry »

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