Tag Archives: GimmeGolf

Items from the Mail Bag

The email address on the About page here is an address that I use primarily for blog related activity.  I have other accounts for personal email, game registration, and the like.  Too many addresses probably, as I have no doubt I’ve lost a couple due to memory lapse.

So mail that comes to that blog address is generally addressed to be in my role as the guy who write The Ancient Gaming Noob.  I get press releases from a variety of companies, which I like, and the usual amount of spam, which I do not.

And then there are the messages that don’t quite fit, simple requests from individuals or small companies sharing information about an article or a product.  Some of these are no doubt shot-gun blast email attempting to get attention from some quarter, but some probably just went to me.  Maybe.

So I have decided that every so often I’ll just make a weekend post and put together these sorts of messages and let you tell me which ones were worthwhile and which were the suck.  This is what I have for June, in the order I received it.

  • Crimson Leaf Games, who remade MegaWars III/Stellar Emperor, have been working on a version of the game that has a GUI called WarpPlus.  They plan to branch it out into at least two different games when the work is complete.  You can see more at their site.
  • Technorati would like me to blog on their site, though they would allow me to cross post here.  They say I would get a lot more readers.  You or I can apply here.  I am not sure what Technorati’s role in the world is these days, so I am not sure what this offer means beyond “come give Technorati content for free.”
  • Jane at MSO Marketing “came across” a two year old post on the site about WoW Patch 3.2 would like me to post a few links on my site for a hosting company.  However, MSO Marketing does not buy links, though they would like to “support my web site with a donation.”
  • Chris at What MMORPG? would like me to link his site on the blog, but I cannot really tell what category his site would fit into, much less if the whole thing is an attempt to make money through game registration referrals.
  • GimmeGolf, which I mentioned in a post ages ago, and which has since ceased operation, but announced a deal where their registered users get special perks if they subscribe to World Golf Tour.  It does not look like you have to be a registered user, you just have to go to World Golf Tour from the GimmeGolf site.  So if you are quitting EVE and looking for a golf MMO, here is your chance.
  • Sara McDowell, who runs a site that appears to make money on referrals to video game design university programs, thinks my readers would be interested in her post on The 15 Greatest Video Game Designers of All Time.  A lot of Japanese guys on that list.
  • The Action Marketing Group, whose web site has an message about the company that flashes by so fast that I could not read it, thinks I would be interested in playing classic Atari games on Pepsi Throwback’s Facebook page.  I’m not sure how they failed to work Twitter into that pitch.  If you get a high score, you could win something.
  • Anna Miller, who runs a site that appears to make money on referrals to online degree programs, and who uses the exact same title, wording, and formatting as Sara McDowell, wants to share her post about the 12 Most Violent Video Games of All Time.  “All Time” is apparently an important modifier in these things, certain to help these sorts of posts stand up over time.  All time.  And I am going to guess that this post and Sara’s post were lifted from some other site.

All I can really say about the sites as a whole is that none appear to infect your computer with malware.

A Golf MMO?

In one of those minor moments of daily synchronicity, shortly after reading the write up over on Nerfbat about NHL 09, an email hit my inbox regarding another sports MMO.

The email was from one of the team at Skill Technology.  They are developing a game called GimmeGolf which was described in the note as an MMO.

Which, to me, seems to be stretching the definition of MMO a bit.

Yes, GimmeGolf does appear to be a multi-player online game, but massive?  Do we have a threshold for that description?

In golf you play in groups of four, so at most you will be playing with three other people.  Yes, you can be in a tournament against many other people, but at the end of the day is the tournament result any different from rankings on any number of other online games that don’t claim to be MMOs?

And then there are the things we tend to expect with an MMO; a persistent world of some sort, character customization, and character development over time.  Aside from a record of your play, GimmeGolf does not appear to have much to offer in this regard.

Okay, I am biased and tend to apply MMORPG definitions to all MMOs.  But NHL 09 clearly has those sorts of features while it feels like Skill Technology is really stretching the point.