It is a period of civil war. Rebel guests, standing in front of a
hidden base, have won their first victory against the Disney
After the battle, Rebel spies managed to get their first look at
Disney’s ultimate ride, STAR TOURS, a 3D update to the
classic Hollywood Studios adventure with enough hype
to destroy a planet.
Pursued by Disney’s cast members, Fawkes Allen races home
aboard his starship, custodian of the knowledge that can tell
you just whether it can save Disney and restore Star Wars …
Or: How I Learned to Hate the Genre But Love The Gameplay, (For certain definitions of Love.)
It’s a lie to call this a review of RIFT as a game. A Review of RIFT as a game is basically boiled down to ‘Like X but,’ and there’s really no point to that. I haven’t actually played some of the games personally, that I’d be comparing it too. This is more a review of the whole style of this genre of MMORPG as it relates to RIFT in specific. There won’t be stunning revelations here, I’m hardly the first person to bring these points up. A summary of my review could be gotten by playing Progress Quest or Progress Wars if one wanted. Nonetheless, here’s my take on how to beat a dead horse.
There are few places in the world that I personally find as enjoyable to share as Walt Disney World. It’s a resort that isn’t meant to be experienced alone, but then again, what great experience is? All things are made better by others after all, aren’t they? Well, no, not everything, but in this case I just couldn’t imagine doing Disney alone. Thankfully, at Walt Disney World, if nowhere else, I can make sure that I’m never quite alone. Even if I start my journey by myself passing through the turnstiles, I know and can expect to have spent a good time amongst friends and acquaintances by the end.
Not everyone comes to Disney with a full compliment, some people are always a bit odd. They have an empty seat that is left that way whether by chance, circumstance, or choice. At Disney, it doesn’t matter why it’s empty, just that it is. And so, for the duration of a ride, I fill that empty space whether they wanted it or not. I’m the one who rounds out the oddness and makes it something more.
This is a day in the life of a Single Rider at Animal Kingdom.
In just about a week yet another Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) will be taking the plunge into the risky but profitable waters of Free-to-Play. It’ll be offering up a feast to those people starved by the fairly heavy fantasy offerings that flood the still rather untapped market. It’ll be striking a blow to both City of Heroes/Villains, the current top of the heap in Superhero MMORPG’s and newcomer DCUO which just came out. Not to mention with the C-Store system they already had in place before deciding to take this plunge, they should have little issue making themselves a niche out of a good item shop to sustain themselves.
Of course, to do it, they’ll take out all of the front-end customization of your heroes that let you be something more than a Shadow style gunslinger, or a Superman style brawler, or a Zatanna style Magician. They’ll be limiting what travels powers you can take to really make your hero who you want him to be. They’ll even take away the simple ability to change the Hue of your powers to better match your concept. Basically they’ll take away everything that made Champions Online interesting beyond the Costume Editor, which CoX has more options on, and the Combat System, which by all reports DCUO has refined down to an artform.
But don’t worry, It’s free!
I managed to get a chance to try out the SL Web Viewer Beta; a fun little piece of technology that has been in planning for a while now. Coming right off it, I can tell you that my experience was pretty good. It has quirks, it has limits, it has potential. The technology however seems stable thanks to GAIKAI, the company that seems to be doing this for Second Life. In a nutshell, it’s not that different from OnLive, and if you know what that is you likely already know how you feel about that. If you don’t, or if you’re interested in some more information, well, don’t worry, I have you covered after the jump.
Talking about which, how do I put in a jump?
Oh There it…
If there has been any one thing that above the rest has inspired me, it would be Walt Disney. Not so much the man, as the legacy, as the idea. Someone so invested in the idea of progress that he could come up with the idea for E.P.C.O.T., yet so very much mired in the realties of the world around him as to embrace capitalism. A lot of Disney’s early rides were very much long advertisements for various brands. The Carousel of Progress was created for the World’s Fair and showed off a range of G.E. technology and appliances. World of Motion was about travel; the future of automobiles and transportation as seen through the lens of General Motors. The core of those rides though, the things that made Disney’s attractions stand out was a certain Optimism about it all. The same optimism and originality you find in the works of Roddenberry or Henson. These were men who through it all, knew what the world was, but saw what it could be.
They inspired me, and even the name of this little slice of the web I call mine is a reference to that. Just One Spark, One Little Spark, of inspiration. What better way to start things off then than with a post about my failures and my regrets.