Columns

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Perfect Ten: Why Fallen Earth was a flawed gem of an MMO

Even though I half-expected it for a while now, the news of Fallen Earth's demise earlier this month made my heart sink....

Warframe of Mind: A guide to finding Warframe’s lore fragments

Now that you know there is a host of lore to find in Warframe, you are probably more eager to gather it...

First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s Icebrood Saga prelude, Bound by Blood, now live

It was just two short weeks ago that ArenaNet invited its fans to Seattle for the announcement of the continuation of

Choose My Adventure: Accidentally naked adventures in Legends of Aria

It would probably stand to reason that my rise in confidence in Legends of Aria would take a hit this week. But mercifully,...

Not So Massively: How unrealistic expectations hobbled Heroes of the Storm

I find myself in the odd position of feeling compelled to both defend and criticize Heroes of the Storm. The game's taken a...
It's a new thing.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 5.1 is on its way after the first live letter

We had a good string there of proper translations, didn't we? It was really nice to be able to tune in and just get...
Shiwax!

The Daily Grind: Which MMO is the best at encouraging players to take on older content?

Games don't usually need to do much to point players toward the new. If you're logging in to Guild Wars 2 when the new saga-story-season...

Global Chat: Fallen Earth, Asheron’s Call, Albion Online, and Project Gorgon

Is it ever too late to take a look back at old MMORPGs -- even ones that have passed away? Not when there are...

LOTRO Legendarium: The bold life of a player chicken

When you get a little bored of the normal questing flow or dungeon hopping in Lord of the Rings Online, there are plenty...
And now, pricing.

Betawatch: Chronicles of Elyria shows off its pre-alpha gameplay

It's easy to be a bit on the cynical side with Chronicles of Elyria as the game continues to... well, not be a game,...

Lawful Neutral: Examining Ashes of Creation’s controversial referral program

I have a really hard time taking anything seriously that refers to money as "bucks." You'll recall that I opened the Lawful Neutral...

EVE Evolved: EVE Online is losing players, and no one can agree on why

Nobody wants to think that a favourite MMO is losing popularity, but with EVE Online now being over 15 years old, it's a...
Dragon Age: Colonialism is Bad

MMO Burnout: Greedfall is a pretty interesting swing for the fences, even when it misses

It's been said by me many times before now, but here it is again: I really appreciate a game that swings for the fences....

Massively Overthinking: Let’s ban a word from the MMORPG lexicon

A while back, an MMO player I follow on Twitter who also happens to be super into sports retweeted something fun into my feed:...
We're going to be here for a very long while, princess.

Vague Patch Notes: Timesinks, sunk time, and MMOs

Here's a fun question I asked myself a lot back in the day: Why, exactly, did leveling take so long in Final Fantasy XI? The obvious...
Bart, stop creating a diversion!

The Daily Grind: Do DPS numbers help you improve your play in an MMO?

Let's be perfectly clear here, this question is not meant to be theoretical but personal. Whether or not DPS numbers should be in World of...

Desert Oasis: Hunting for the best grindspots in Black Desert

Of all things, the one thing about Black Desert that everyone can agree on is that there's a grind. Players who choose this...
It doesn't stop.

Perfect Ten: The many modes of social experience in MMOs

There are two statements frequently made with regard to MMOs that seem like linked clauses, but they're not. "MMOs are social games" is a...

Tamriel Infinium: The Elder Scrolls Online’s economy needs a casual friendly option

A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of trading guilds. Trading guilds are unique to the The Elder...

Choose My Adventure: A stronger, straighter start in Legends of Aria

What a difference a few weeks make. This past spring when I last toured Legends of Aria for Choose My Adventure, things...

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