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Sundays are for accidentally scratching your wall and then obscuring the bear witness with an anime figurine. Earlier you tactically position, allow’s read this week’s best writing about games (and game related things).
Over on Polygon, Pearse Anderson wrote about how to let a metaverse die. An interesting look at MMO universes dying and what corpo metaverses can learn from them. Especially interesting is the thought of MMO spaces designed without the need for constant engagement and a clear shutdown time.
Information technology’s early to say how futurity iterations of the metaverse might fit into this. Building a virtual village home or decorating an island takes work. Grinding to level 40 takes dedication. Wouldn’t you be more willing to build a customs in a game if y’all knew servers would be open up for a defined menses of time? A land trust stewardship, in which a fund is set bated for consistent, long-term management of a site, is one mode for this to become a reality. A guaranteed minimum metaverse lifespan would be peculiarly helpful for worlds helmed by corporations that oft wheel through products and strategies, like Google Glass condign defunct, or Facebook’south pin to video.
Another one from Polygon by Cass Marshall which takes a look at Epsilon, a modernistic for creating custom Worlds Of Warcraft. Makes you wonder if WoW will ever receive support for roleplay stuff similar this.
If Globe of Warcraft is the master source of canon and Hearthstone is a series of spinoffs, Epsilon is like wandering through the aisles of an AO3 fanfiction archive. At that place are no rules as to the thematics or catechism condition of an case; everything is fair game, including other franchises like Star Wars or completely original works. Diplomatic romance AU where Sylvanas and Jaina marry each other later on the invasion of the Burning Legion then the Horde and the Alliance can form an alliance? Certain. Coffee shop AU where Anduin and Wrathion run a beautiful little breakfast nook with smashing lattes? If y’all’d like. Alternate history Darnassus where Queen Azshara notwithstanding rules over the Dark Elf empire? Hell yeah, I’d love to explore that girl-dominate palace.
For The Washington Postal service, Nathan Grayson wrote well-nigh how a pink-haired anime girl become one of Twitch’s biggest stars. Once again, the slice raises questions about Twitch’southward civilization and history of sexism. There is a positive layer to it, though, especially in the streamer (Ironmouse’south) alleviation of loneliness.
Inspired by a Japanese Vtuber named Kizuna AI, Ironmouse decided that she, too, would sideslip into the ageless skin of an anime grapheme. Just even then, she didn’t intend to create a backstory and persona for her character, or to become role of the Vtuber cinematic universe — then a gleam in the oversized drawing eyes of a few personalities, now an industry total of collaborations and overlapping storylines that spans multiple countries, thousands of characters and even a handful of Vtuber-specific talent agencies.
Over on The Guardian, Keza Macdonald looks at why there’south all the same a bizarre social stigma to playing games. I wouldn’t say information technology’s a revelatory read for those of us who like games (hopefully many reading this), simply there’s definitely something nice in reading a piece that reinforces some of, if not all of your viewpoint. A bit like watching a reaction video on YouTube to some music you enjoy.
How nosotros play games ofttimes reflects how nosotros arroyo life in general, and where we discover our joy. One of the great things near games is that they permit united states of america to express and explore who we are and how nosotros like to behave in all sorts of interesting contexts. I certainly don’t feel like a rat in a muzzle when I’m playing them (unless I’yard playing some awful free-to-play thing won’t let me proceed unless I pay some coin, and if that’s the case, I’m gonna stop playing pretty quickly). I feel like an adventurer, an explorer. It might look similar I’thou just pushing buttons, but actually I’k learning, thinking, experiencing, reacting. I might even be bettering myself, if developing superhuman Guitar Hero skills or crafting a full set of Rathalos armour in Monster Hunter counts as self-betterment.
Music this week is Never Been, Pt Ii by Wiz Khalifa featuring Bister Rose and Rick Ross. Here’s the YouTube link and Spotify link. I’d like to pretend I’ve shared this rail as a joke, just I unironically like it (and a surprising corporeality of Wiz Khalifa + Rick Ross’ music). Yes, it’s virtually coin and weed and yada yada. But how tin you Not like that Chrono Trigger sample?!
That’s me, catch y’all adjacent week folks!