Old Republic Update Challenges Traditional MMOs

The Change MMOs Needed?

The massively multiplayer online (MMO) game “Star Wars: The Old Republic” released the new expansion “Knights of the Fallen Empire” on Tuesday, Oct. 27th­. The expansion included a substantial, and mandatory, update for all players regardless of which expansions they have installed. The long list of small and large changes are being marketed as a “…return to our BioWare storytelling roots,” by BioWare Senior Producer Bruce Maclean. Much of the core elements of gameplay have been modified including how characters level up and progress through the game. These changes look to be made in hopes of attracting new players. Some players are already praising the modifications as a breathe of fresh air while others criticize them, claiming BioWare are destroying much of why players choose MMOs over single player games. The MMO landscape has changed drastically in recently years, a refreshing take on the traditional MMO may be welcome. However are the changes presented by BioWare what the genre needs or are they just alienating a dedicated audience.

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Comic Book Film Adaptations

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The literary giant Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was once quoted as saying “Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.”0 It is certain the 18th century writer had no idea just how true this idea would hold to the 21st century film industry; or for that fact what a motion picture is. The North American film industry generated a whopping $10.36 billion (USD)1 in box office sales in 2014. With such a large revenue stream it’s no wonder that film studios are looking to the past to determine which films will bring them the largest chunk of those sales. One of the most popular choices in the early 21st century has been adapting comic books into hugely successful big budget movies. There’s also an enormous number of existing comic books to choose as source material. However even with the immense number of comic books to choose from why is it that film studios choose to focus only on a handful of comic book series?

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