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]

Lawful Neutral: No really, who owns Jagex and RuneScape?

RuneScape is one of those games that always seems to fly under my radar. It's not intentional, and I don't have anything especially...
Effing OOPS

Perfect Ten: Classic alt challenges for MMOs

When you start up your first character in a new MMO, it's all fresh and novel. But if you're the sort of tedious weirdo...

Choose My Adventure: Exploring the Caves of Chaos in Dungeons and Dragons Online

I’ve heard you loud and clear, Dungeons and Dragons Online friends. There were a number of comments on last week’s column espousing the...

Previewing Dual Universe’s space PvP, construction, looting, and death

It's no secret that my favorite aspect of Dual Universe is the opportunity for creativity. Bring on that voxel building! Oh the hours...

The Survivalist: Astroneer adds automation (and it’s awesome)

Astroneer is already an awesome game. Even as a survival game, it is my go-to for chill fun. It scratches the mega harvesting...
Know your role.

Wisdom of Nym: What to do in Final Fantasy XIV during the 5.3 patch delay

Here we are in July, and we're not going to get our next patch for about a month. Normally, this isn't such a big...

Fight or Kite: Examining Crowfall’s newbie systems, from God’s Reach to Awakening

Despite the current pandemic we are all living through, one thing you absolutely have to give the team at ArtCraft credit for is continually...

Global Chat: Being scared of devs ‘improving’ MMOs

Do you ever live in fear that the development team behind your favorite MMORPG might screw things up in the name of progress and...

One Shots: Forest for the trees

There's something enchanting and thrillingly dangerous about stepping into a vast forest in an MMORPG. You never know what may be around the next...
Sir Probably Not Appearing In These Dungeons

The Daily Grind: Would you give an MMO as a gift to someone?

Video games as gifts are a tradition that stretches back into the era of the NES, when that was basically how you got new...
And a real universe.

Betawatch: Dual Universe targets August for a subscription beta

Here comes the beta for Dual Universe! And you'll need to pay for it if you don't buy an alpha-access pack before...
M'qote

Vague Patch Notes: Don’t alter MMO systems for people who never liked them to begin with

Here's a concept that just would not leave my mind thanks to World of Warcraft, but it's not a bad thing. But in...

Working As Intended: Decorating MMORPG houses in SWG Legends and beyond

I've been mulling over how to do a piece about MMO housing for a while now, spurred on by colleagues and readers who've said...
It just keeps happening.

WoW Factor: Dissecting the drips and drabs from the Shadowlands reveal stream

All right. World of Warcraft: Shadowlands kicks off its beta next week. I would kind of like to be involved in that!...
That was a real laugh!

The Daily Grind: Have you ever tried to get your money back from an MMO Kickstarter?

We're all clear on the fact that at this point Kickstarted MMOs do not have a great track record, right? For every Elite:...

Desert Oasis: How should Black Desert handle class balance?

Last week, I wrote about how the recent tamer changes in Black Desert resulted in a write-in campaign. Ever since then, I've...

Perfect Ten: More time traveling adventures in MMOs

Writers and geeks alike can't seem to get enough of time travel -- and neither can I! Back in 2017, I wrote a list...

Choose My Adventure: Dungeons and Dragons Online already does so much right

Well, well, well. Consider me pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when the voters told me to kick off my

Flameseeker Chronicles: How Guild Wars 2 keeps meta maps relevant

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of my time in Guild Wars 2 running through the Drizzlewood Coast meta event (be sure to...

Massively Uplifting: Speech therapy, a college class in WoW, and the Ian Holm tribute that crashed LOTRO

Inside or outside? Like a cat at the door, June had many of us unsure if we wanted to go out or stay in;...

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