If there is a reason developers launch betas of their software is so that users can use the software they normally would, and in the process hopefully come across some bugs or holes that the developers themselves might have missed during testing. After all we all use softwares in our own way, so sometimes it’s impossible to catch everything.
That being said DARPA thinks that by playing video games, gamers will be able to help identify any software flaws in the process. Now we’re not talking about the flaws within the games itself, but rather the process of playing certain types of games would allow DARPA to identify flaws found in the programming language itself or in open source software, after which DARPA would then notify the organization about it. Read full post →DARPA Thinks That Playing Video Games Can Identify Software Flaws
Back in the day, MMORPGs largely relied on the subscription model in which gamers had to buy the game and pay a monthly subscription to enjoy it. However games like Guild Wars went a slightly different direction by removing the subscription, instead all gamers had to do was buy the game.
Recently more games have started to evolve and have adopted the free-to-play model and proving the speculators right, it looks like Wildstar has officially adopted the free-to-play model and will be switching to it this fall. What this means is that gamers will soon no longer have to pay a subscription fee every month in order to play the game. However in order to generate revenue, the developers will introduce services, conveniences, and cosmetic options. Read full post →MMORPG Wildstar Adopts The Free-To-Play Model