In the project-driven environments of today’s workforce, there are typically three major stages that a product or service can fall into. These are (in my terms, not the industry): Conceptualization, Realization, and Sustenance. Subsequently, job descriptions tend to be divided to support one of these three major stages. As a worker, you’re either brainstorming the concept, bringing that concept into reality or sustaining that reality for an undetermined amount of time. While new ideas are always exciting (and tend to get the lion’s share of attention by the higher ups), more time and resources will be spent on maintaining and supporting the product/service during its life cycle than on either conceptualizing or implementing it.
Hey, if you like screenshots, and you like MMO’s (or other cool video games), you should go check out all of the entries and winners from this year’s NBI Screenshot Safari! There are a ton of great shots linked in there, including (due to the overwhelming response) a whole category just for LOTRO shots! Woot, LOTRO community represent! Sadly, none of my screenshots were from LOTRO, but happily I can report that once the votes were tallied, one of my submissions did end up in the winner’s circle! Bringing home the gold in the “Epic Achievement” category was my entry from Skyrim: Dragon Soul Sucker! It’s posted again below for your viewing enjoyment. Make sure you go check out all of the other screenies, and thanks Murf for being the ringmaster of this particular NBI circus!
Barter with me – if you can, if you dare
Let’s open my wallet, find out what’s in there
This is not a screenshot blog. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever posted a screenshot that wasn’t somehow relevant to or that enhanced the written post at large. It’s not that I don’t like screenshots, it just doesn’t usually occur to me to put one up and let it stand on it’s own. For the Newbie Blogger Initiative this year, Murf has thrown down the screenie gauntlet in the form of his “screenshot safari”. It’s a competition of sorts, so if you’re interested in the rules, I’d encourage you to head over to his post for clarification.
Today brought a good amount of twists and turns, not the least of which was the news that one of my favorite game-agnostic blogs Contains Moderate Peril is going dark. Whether this outage is temporary or not remains to be seen.
I would simply link to the post, but seeing as how I’m not sure how long it will be available, I’ll simply copy Roger’s own words into the following block:
What was the best five dollars you ever spent? I recently discovered the website fiverr.com, which provides a platform for people to sell their services for five dollars per “gig” (the term they use for a single $5 job). There are endless numbers of people providing such services as: graphic design, language translation, illustration, blogging and a lot more. Every service is five dollars, but sellers have the option of including additional services and customization for additional fees.
This month, I’m joined by Layanor from the MMO Reporter Network to discuss the barriers to Playing MMO’s and some of the things the industry is doing to combat these obstacles.