Columns

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The Daily Grind: How fast do you consume patch content in MMOs?

I do the exact same stupid trick every time there's a patch for Final Fantasy XIV. I play the heck out of it...

Hyperspace Beacon: What will we see on SWTOR’s ‘ancient Jedi world’?

Producer Keith Kanneg wrote, "[T]he next phase of the SWTOR storyline will kick off with a bang on the ancient Jedi world." Let's look at the clues that let us know exactly which Jedi world that is, why I am excited to see that world, and what we will likely see on that planet. I don't think I have to mention it at this point, but I will: Possible spoilers ahead, but only if I am right.

Perfect Ten: My favorite WildStar memories

As I grow older, I start to worry about the loss of memories that are precious to me. I already joke that I'm pretty...

Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s A Star to Guide Us

We've had just enough time to digest that epic trailer, and now A Star to Guide Us is live. This is the fourth episode...
Hot lady

Wisdom of Nym: Picking apart Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 4.4 notes

Now we enter the descending period of Stormblood. This isn't exactly a bad thing or a problem or anything; it's just the way...

EVE Evolved: Two ways that EVE Online’s monetisation could be expanded under Pearl Abyss

When Pearl Abyss bought out CCP Games last week, the overwhelming message to EVE Online players was that it would be business...

One Shots: Gung-ho Gandalf

It's one thing to get a stern talking-to, even when you deserve it. It's another thing when that lecture comes from a gruff angel-wizard...
The first rule of this club is you aren't wanted.

The Daily Grind: Are guilds important to your MMO experience?

There was a time in MMO history when a guild was more or less a requirement to do much of what you would want...

The Game Archaeologist: City of Heroes moves into the Paragon Studios era

As we move into the fourth of five installments in the history, development, and downfall of City of Heroes, you may be wondering...
It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of of theoretical games.

Betawatch: Star Citizen wants you to mine rocks and buy another concept ship

What do you know, there's another concept ship for sale over in Star Citizen. And it's relentlessly specialized in one specific field,...
Sorry, guy.

Vague Patch Notes: WildStar deserves its shutdown, even though we loved it

Last week, when we heard that WildStar was being shut down, I penned a truthful, heartfelt eulogy for the game as it...

Massively on the Go: Our guide to legendary and EX raiding in Pokemon Go

It's a bit odd to say this about a Pokemon game, but raiding in Pokemon Go is kind of a big deal. Multiplayer has always...
Weird dog.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO gives the best experience with the least time to play?

We are a long way removed from the days of Final Fantasy XI, a game where you would not even consider leveling if...
OVER TIME

Perfect Ten: My favorite MMORPG names

Stuff in MMOs has names. That's... like, a defining feature. We all know that. These games have titles, and they have expansions, and they...

Jukebox Heroes: Star Citizen’s soundtrack

With more money than several third-world nations, Cloud Imperium Games and Star Citizen certainly has the luxury of affording the best for its...
Wow, that just happened.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO projects have been unexpectedly easy?

For ages, I dreaded the fact that the perfect rifle for my Hunter's look in World of Warcraft would require running Trial of...
Not quite.

Wisdom of Nym: Why subjobs wouldn’t work with Final Fantasy XIV

I would say that I don't mention my affection for Final Fantasy XI often enough, but the fact is that I mention it...

EVE Evolved: What could the sale of CCP Games mean for EVE Online?

Just a few days ago, we awoke to news so unexpected that it made me check I hadn't time-traveled to April 1st: EVE...

One Shots: Chocobo chocobo revolution

Stop it, Final Fantasy XIV. Just... stop it already. Stop being so ridiculously pretty! I don't need readers constantly shoving this game's drool-worthy art...

LOTRO Legendarium: A new Lord of the Rings MMO enters the One Ring

It's a tale as old as time: Whenever an MMO starts getting up there in years and starting to show signs of age, you...

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