Columns

Enjoy a run-down of our recent long-form pieces, both game-specific and more general. You might also be interested in our list of all of our columns and recurring articles. [Follow this category’s RSS feed]

Choose My Adventure: Classic Guild Wars just makes me want to play Guild Wars 2

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Well I suppose this was a foregone conclusion if people had been following along with this month's series of Choose My Adventure articles, but...

The Soapbox: Subscriptions might actually be the next big innovation in digital card games

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What started earlier this week as a rant on how bad an idea a subscription model in Hearthstone would be evolved into something more:...
Alas and alack.

Wisdom of Nym: In praise of Final Fantasy XIV’s Ultimate content

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As basically everyone who has read this column for a long period of time knows, I have not done the latest bit of Ultimate...

Vitae Aeternum: Obsessing over New World’s population numbers is a waste of time

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New World is a bit unique in that it is the only major Western MMORPG that is playable only through Steam. The others are...

The Daily Grind: Do you want to see hygiene monitors in MMOs?

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I'm talking about in-game character hygiene monitors, mind you. Presumably you can monitor your own real-life hygiene. I don't know, I'm not your mom. We...

One Shots: Five easy steps to dragon enslavement

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Step one: Find a dragon that's been shunned from the rest of its pack. Step two: Befriend the dragon with copious amounts of ripple-striped...
Oh no.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has an esports push but really, really shouldn’t?

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Our long-time readers will know that I consider esports as anything but a net benefit for games, the video game industry in general, and...

Global Chat: Is Dragonflight living up to expectations?

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While first impressions are all well and good, the mark of a solid MMO release is whether or not it can sustain interest and...

Tamriel Infinium: Elder Scrolls Online’s Necrom is more fanservice, but I don’t hate it

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In my last column covering Elder Scrolls Online, I came to two conclusions based on the very rocky year of 2022 for the game:...
But what awaits...

Vague Patch Notes: Floaty, samey, and janky – a treasury of MMO terms for bad combat

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Any time you bring up The Secret World or Secret World Legends's bland, floaty combat, at least one person is going to chime in...

Massively Overthinking: What will be your three most-played MMOs in 2023?

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Last week in Massively Overthinking, we discussed our three most-played MMOs of 2022 - and whether we'd guessed right at the top of that...
Darn it.

The Soapbox: Comparing the monetization of physical and digital card games

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Earlier this week, we reported on the recent Blizzard survey about a possible Hearthstone sub. When I read the news, I almost choked on...
Nothing else has worked.

WoW Factor: Brian Birmingham’s ousting and the ever-deepening rot at Blizzard

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Talking about this company is always so exhausting, but let's do a quick recap: Brian Birmingham was, up until recently, one of the top...
All right, you live your truth.

The Daily Grind: How open are you with people you know in your MMO of choice?

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When I was growing up back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, everyone was wildly adamant about being safe on the internet....
Fighty fight fight.

Perfect Ten: Tutorial topics every MMO really needs to cover

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Tutorials are important in MMOs. No MMO has a great one, unfortunately. I don't just mean in the cases where returning players could use...

Choose My Adventure: Landing on a stable character in the original Guild Wars

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Last week in Choose My Adventure, Nightfall proved to be the more suitable starting experience for classic Guild Wars. This week, the Dervish won...

Fight or Kite: HEROish is blend of MOBA and card game aimed at both PvE and PvP players

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I’ve always wanted to really get into some meaty card games. Swords, sorcery, and high fantasy were always my favorite things. My family knew...
Zeeeeero

Wisdom of Nym: Impressions of Final Fantasy XIV Gods Revel, Lands Tremble’s story beats

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Considering how I've had to spend my last week and change, I am really glad that this patch hit when it did. I wouldn't...

The Daily Grind: Has an MMO’s launch ever made you turn ’round and play something else?

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When Diablo Immortal launched last year, MOP's Carlo was... not a fan. He actually recommended that folks just go buy six sourdough jacks from...

One Shots: Make sure you sign a waiver before jumping

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If MMORPG worlds were anything like our own, you have to imagine that there'd be all sorts of waivers and legal restrictions before allowing...

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