Episode #58: Shamoo

Posted by jeffp2662 on March 03, 2012 in Episodes tagged with

Opening Music:
The Padstow Missile Crisis

Facebook gaming drops in popularity (what a shock!)
While some pundits assumed Facebook gaming was set to take over the world, the latest figures show that such distractions have become less popular over time. In 2010, roughly half of all Facebook users jumped on such titles as Farmville and That Other One, whereas 2011 saw only 25%.

Researchers are citing smartphone competition, the demand for less casual and more skill-oriented software, and the difficulty in attracting users as contributing factors for the drop.

I can’t say the decline surprises me at all. When you appeal to Facebook users, you’re trying to gain the attention of the easily distracted and the perpetually bored (that’s why we all have Facebook). It’s hardly surprising that such users cannot be relied upon in the long term. I also don’t doubt that the sheer volume of developers hopping aboard the bandwagon choked the market a little, and now we have more studios than ever fighting over users that won’t stick around for long. That’s not a sustainable market, as far as I can tell.

DDO Expansion ‘Menace of the Underdark’ to Launch on June 25th
Free-to-play MMORPG Dungeons and Dragons Online is to receive its very first expansion on June 25, 2012, announced today by Warner Bros. and Wizards of the Coast.  Menace of the Underdark takes DDO players head on into the famous and vast subterranean world, the Underdark!

Features of the new update
Three New Forgotten Realms Adventure Packs — Featuring a multitude of epic adventures, unprecedented new wilderness areas with challenging objectives, a host of dungeons, and more!

  • The King’s Forest:  Explore deep into the King’s Forest and defend the village of Eveningstar from Lolth’s Drow legions.
  • The Underdark:  Venture down into the Underdark and confront Lolth’s elite followers in the Drow city of Sschindlyryn.
  • The Demonweb:  Journey to Lolth’s home plane, battle demon hordes and confront the spider goddess herself as you attempt to stop her scheme.

Attain Epic levels to 25!   — Deadly battles and high-speed action continue as your advance your character to the Epic level 25!
Introducing Epic Destinies — Attain epic enhancements as you progress through levels 20-25!

Bonus Features-Free to VIPs or Collector’s/Standard Pre-Purchase Editions
The Druid Class:  Wield nature’s magic or transform into a powerful animal form as you play the all new shape-shifting Druid class!
Eveningstar Challenge Pack:  New challenge quests for levels 15-25!

Quick note for our Origin fans: If you preordered#MassEffect3, you’ll be able to pre-load the game starting this Friday!

“Major” Assassin’s Creed Reveal Is “Only Days Away”
A new message on the official Assassin’s Creed Facebook page has hinted that big news for the franchise is on the way soon.

“A major announcement from Assassin’s Creed is only days away,” the post reads. “Tune in to http://www.assassinscreed.com/ tomorrow for more details.”

The two most likely scenarios are new DLC for Revelations or a full reveal of the recently announced Assassin’s Creed III. Given that the “Lost Archive” single-player add-on was announced for Revelations just last week, the latter option seems the far more likely one.

Trion launches RIFT’s Carnival of the Ascended anniversary events
It’s hard to believe that RIFT is a year old, but it is, and Trion has taken the wraps off a substantial world event to celebrate. The Carnival of the Ascended kicked off yesterday, with festivities that include four weeks of bonus XP, various minigames and rare reward opportunities, and “hours of new solo, group, raid, PvP, crafting gameplay, and more event quests than ever before,” according to Trion.

RIFT is a high fantasy MMORPG that features two opposing factions, dynamic quest content, and a customizable class system. More info on the one-year anniversary event, including images of many of the reward items, can be found at the official RIFT website.

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