Columns

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Betawatch: Crucible keeps working on the Heart of the Hive

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Ah, Crucible, you entered our lives so quickly and then exited equally quickly... but only back to beta. You might think this is...
All over again.

WoW Factor: The stuff I’m genuinely excited for in World of Warcraft Shadowlands

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For the first time in the past three expansions, I am not in the beta for World of Warcraft's next expansion. This is fine....

Massively Overthinking: MMO voids that haven’t been filled

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I swear, so many of the posts I bookmark on Reddit to muse on later wind up deleted, and today I've got another one,...
ha ha moneymaking go brrrrrrrrrr

Vague Patch Notes: Why stan an MMO with nothing to show for itself?

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We need to talk about Star Citizen, folks. But maybe not in the way you might be thinking. Not about the game's development, which...
Hashtag maybe some changes.

The Daily Grind: Have you ever led an MMO guild?

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Leadership in a guild has never been something I have sought. It has happened more than once, but literally every single time it was mostly...
Into the unknown.

Perfect Ten: Why do players keep playing MMOs they hate?

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Hating your recreation is an oddly common hobby for a lot of people. It's not universal, of course, but after any given new game...

Choose My Adventure: Wurm Online is not for me, and that’s OK

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Wurm Online has made me feel the most noobish I've ever felt in an MMORPG in ages even after the tutorial. A tutorial that, by the way, I did indeed do; it's literally impossible not to do the tutorial. I couldn't get in to a different island until I got through the tutorial. The tutorial was done.

Fight or Kite: Spellbreak’s epic combat and classes set it far apart from the battle royale pack

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Another week, another battle royale arrives at my doorstep, this time with a subtle but sweet note attached: Please kind sir, take it in,...
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Wisdom of Nym: So… what if our last expansion is Final Fantasy XIV: Nextpack?

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Oh, yes, that's confirmed. The next Final Fantasy XIV expansion is entitled Nextpack, leading players to adventures in Land Mass, encountering the beast tribes First...

Jukebox Heroes: LOTRO’s Great Wedding soundtrack

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One reason why I keep highlighting Lord of the Rings Online patch soundtracks in this space is that the studio actually makes an...

One Shots: Unholy abominations

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We may view them as horrible monsters who are standing between us and our precious loot, but have you ever considered life -- such...
This is really what you're going with, huh.

The Daily Grind: Is personal challenge or group challenge more important to you in an MMO?

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In any kind of MMO, there are a lot of different challenges to endure. They do, however, tend to split a fair bit between personal...

The Soapbox: The joys of MMO collecting

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I’ve often sat and pondered exactly what it is that I enjoy about the MMO experience. After all, being educated about your own likes...
Icy Hot, but a game.

Betawatch: Frozen Flame burns its way into a cool closed beta

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Survival action RPG Frozen Flame announced this week that it was heading into closed beta with a single-player mode, a new event, and...
Eightfold path up ins.

WoW Factor: No, Shadowlands is probably not going to be terrible

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I've noted many times at this point that World of Warcraft does not seem to have done a great job with Shadowlands, at least from what...

Massively Overthinking: How to deal with cheater scum in MMORPGs

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I'm sure it was a random coincidence, but last week two different Star Wars Galaxies emulators posted about steps they were taking against...

LOTRO Legendarium: Is LOTRO getting greedy with its fall content update?

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Boars. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. OK, let's talk about one of those things, at least in a roundabout way, because there's no escaping the fact...
It's actually fine.

Wisdom of Nym: Speculating on the newly announced Final Fantasy XVI

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So, uh... hey! Final Fantasy XVI! That's a thing we learned about yesterday, huh? I'm sure we're all shocked that Naoki Yoshida's very specific dismissal of...
Boosh.

The Daily Grind: What common MMO developer reassurance doesn’t reassure you at all?

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At one point, I was tossing an idea around for a Perfect Ten column about a Kickstarter drinking game. It didn't go anywhere,...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert Mobile is not just a mobile copy of Black Desert

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Last week, I taught my freshman classes basic email etiquette. In a time of distance learning, it's an important skill to teach. We looked...

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