A few news briefs that don’t really fit together in any coherent way:
- My initial impressions of the Guild Wars 2 beta were wrong. Go read the Facebook update from yesterday where ANet talks about how hard they are working on the client after the feedback from the BWE1 and Stress Test. They aren’t even releasing a new BWE ‘until its ready.’ I can’t even begin to describe how happy this makes me. Make it right, make it the best it can be, and I will help test when you want me to.
- Today is patch day for the 17th Expansion to Eve Online titled Inferno. My love for this game is no secret, and the pace at which CCP delivers content upgrades is simply amazing, and clearly leaps and bounds beyond what anyone else is doing in the MMO space… add to that fact that the true game expansions are free, makes me scratch my head a bit, and really feel blessed to have found this game when I did, instead of letting one of the most impressive, and unique gaming experiences pass me by without ever giving it the proper due.
- In a sad, but largely unsurprising turn of events, 38 Studios has started the process of downsizing their development staff. For everyone out there commenting on the politics of this or that issue and forgetting that real people’s livelihoods are at stake, please take a moment to put yourselves in the shoes of the developer who was living their dream making games, and is now out of work. This is a very difficult situation, and while you can hate on Curt Schilling if you want, try to temper your gloating by realizing that good people from our gaming community are going through a hard time right now.