Archive for July 14, 2008

Runescape gets a graphic overhaul

July 14, 2008 2 comments

The browser-based MMORPG Runescape have had its graphics improved and is now available in a higher quality graphics version. It was a few years since I tried Runescape and it certainly looks better now. Not that it can compete with modern locally installed MMORPG clients, but nevertheless a nice improvement.

For members the game can also be played in fullscreen version. Jagex that runs the game claims that over 130 million accounts have been created. Since one account = one character there has been a lot of people playing one or more characters there. When I created a character and played a bit the web site said there were over 200000 players playing at the moment. That is awful lot of players.

Played a bit through the tutorial with a character and it is actually pretty neat. I will probably try it a bit more to get a better feeling for the game.

Categories: Runescape

Reasons to do a video blog…

July 14, 2008 1 comment

…should be to somehow take advantage of the medium and capture things that a blog or podcast cannot. I just had a look at SOEs first video blog at IGN. I see two people sitting in chair mostly looking at each other, not the camera, talking about SOE news. At least Courney SImmons, the SOE PR director, did look towards the camera from time to time.

It is good that SOE tries new things and it is their first video blog, but please do make better use of the medium.

As for the content it has some good things though, they announced they will be showing DC Universe Online. It will be interesting to see their take on superhero genre and how that will compare to City of Heroes/Villains as well as the likely-released-next-year Champions Online.

They also said that they are integrating the Vivox voice technology into their games, EQ2 got it on test server, Star Wars Galaxies will get it soon. But they also said the voice service will be available for everyone, not only those who play SOE games, which was news to me.

The SOE video blog is intended to be a quarterly event, so let us see what they will do next time.

Categories: MMO Games