Columns

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Not paying attention is not a mark of honor.

Perfect Ten: 10 MMO blessings to be thankful for in 2020

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There is no doubt that this has been a much more difficult year than most in many respects, almost to the point where it's...

Choose My Adventure: Surprise storytelling in No Man’s Sky’s base building progression

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It was often remarked going in to this week’s Choose My Adventure task that base building in No Man’s Sky is something...

The Soapbox: How Pathfinder killed World of Warcraft for me

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands launches today. I will not be playing. Once upon a time, a new WoW expansion would be a...
A shameful spread of riches.

Wisdom of Nym: Speculating on the timeline of the next Final Fantasy XIV expansion

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There are known unknowns and then there are unknown unknowns. This is true when it comes to Final Fantasy XIV at the moment. We...

Global Chat: Are login rewards actually evil?

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What could be evil about game studios giving out daily treats to its players? Settle back, folks, because Going Commando is going to tell...

One Shots: Rising sun, setting slaughter

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"After a short break from Final Fantasy XIV, I’m back with my /gpose addiction," reader Josh said. Josh, you're breaking our hearts here. We...

LOTRO Legendarium: Getting a glimpse of LOTRO’s 2021 plans

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For a good long while now -- years, really -- I've joined the chorus of voices that have been asking Standing Stone Games...
Whee and such.

Betawatch: Blankos Block Party begins private beta with a fresh hotfix

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You never forget your first... hotfix. What did you think we meant? Blankos Block Party has gone into its first private beta,...
All over again.

WoW Factor: A wild theory for World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands

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I don't have quite as much as I would have expected to say about Shadowlands so close to its launch. Part of that is,...

Massively Overthinking: No-thank-you bites in MMO gaming

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One of the things I always try to have my kids do is take a no-thank-you bite of new foods. They have to at...
Older times.

Vague Patch Notes: Players aren’t the only people who should prepare for their MMO to die

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There are certain realities that developers need to reckon with that start with acknowledging a certain degree of reality, and one of those bits...

First impressions of Netmarble’s A3 Still Alive: Is it relevant in 2020?

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What's going with MMO names these days? First there was V4, and now we have A3. The full title is A3: Still...
Yes, you all meet in a tavern.

Perfect Ten: The 10 qualities of MMO sandboxes

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What is a sandbox MMO? At first glance, it seems like a pretty easy question to answer, especially if you're going by Kickstarter projects,...

Niantic just announced Pokemon Go Beyond, the game’s biggest content update ever

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Pokemon GO has already had an overwhelming number of events since late September, with both hits and some misses, but Niantic’s...

Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s Icebrood Saga: Truce

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So here we are, we’re finally entering the home stretch of the Icebrood Saga. Today sees the release of the first chapter of Champions,...

Choose My Adventure: Paradise planets, destroyed freighters, and hellbeasts in No Man’s Sky

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It would be super easy for me to make this week's ride in No Man's Sky a picture book. Not just because the...
Get thee within, ye of victories forsaken.

Wisdom of Nym: My personal red lines for Final Fantasy XIV

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What would get me to stop liking Final Fantasy XIV? It's not exactly new or surprising to say that I'm fond of this game; a...
Powerful!

Fight or Kite: Is Crowfall ready to be your daily MMO?

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A question that comes up consistently for any Kickstarter MMOs is whether or not the game is ready to be played. Love it or...

Global Chat: Don’t look, but Fallout 76 is actually good now

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Even the most jaded opponent of Fallout 76 has to admit that Bethesda has been making progress in bringing the online RPG up...

One Shots: Bring your poor, your tired, your zombies

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For a while now, IronSalamander's been taking amazing pictures of the colorful and stylish Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, but I think today's...

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