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Wisdom of Nym: What other character jobs could Final Fantasy XIV pilfer in the future?

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If there is only one game I know in the Final Fantasy franchise other than Final Fantasy XIV, it is Final Fantasy VI. This is...

The Daily Grind: Has an MMO ever inspired your real pet’s name?

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I love naming stuff. Not just my characters, but when allowed, I name my crafted items, housing plot, and of course, my virtual pets....

Global Chat: V Rising isn’t the Diablo clone you might expect

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In An Age tucked into the bloody meal that is V Rising following the vampiric survival game's launch and found it a mixed bag...

One Shots: Who left the lights on?

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As a dad, I am perhaps consumed by a drive to make sure that all of the lights in the house are off when...
Huh.

The Daily Grind: Do you want to go back and see old content in MMOs?

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Bree and I were having a conversation about video games the other day, which is not unusual. (We kibbitz a lot about video games;...

The Game Archaeologist: Runes of Magic, an MMO that made millions disappear

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In more ways than one, the year 2004 was a pivotal one for the MMORPG community. Even as games like City of Heroes, EverQuest...
All over again.

WoW Factor: Story Difficulty is a bad idea and a good idea all rolled into one

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Back during Wrath of the Lich King, I remember people asking for a story difficulty for raids in World of Warcraft because if the...

The Daily Grind: Do any MMOs outrank single-player games on your favorites list?

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It's no surprise that Amazon's Fallout show has brought back interest in the series. Even if something based on a game is bad, people get...

Massively Overthinking: Does challenging solo content belong in MMORPGs?

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Star Wars The Old Republic's plan to implement new solo challenge content called Ventures in its Desperate Defiance patch raised more than one eyebrow...

Perfect Ten: My top 10 favorite MMOs across two decades

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Normally in these Perfect Ten lists, I'm very outward-facing. I like to create lists that are as helpful or amusing as possible for others...
Nope.

Vague Patch Notes: Why I am no longer anticipating Blue Protocol

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Last year, I was pretty jazzed about Blue Protocol. I've actually been pretty jazzed about it for a while, but last year it looked...
Grats, I guess.

The Daily Grind: Is there a popular MMORPG you’ve still never played?

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I've been playing MMORPGs so long that it's a rare title that I've never tried at all. There are tons of MMOs I've at...

Second Wind: The problem with World of Warcraft’s Dragonflight’s class design

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It's time for part two of this four part Second Wind series on revisiting World of Warcraft after many years away. In the first...

Choose My Adventure: The Undaunted skill line chase introduces frustration in The Elder Scrolls Online

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"Get the Undaunted skill line." "Unlock Undaunted." "You should be getting the Undaunted skills." "Make sure you've got Undaunted unlocked!" This has been the prevailing wisdom hoisted at me during my time in The Elder Scrolls Online, and admittedly it's something I really should have gone after much, much sooner than I did.

Flameseeker Chronicles: Previewing Guild Wars 2 Secrets of the Obscure’s final chapter, The Midnight King

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It's strange to say it after just one year, but Guild Wars 2's Secrets of the Obscure era is drawing to a close! Don't...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPGs are more about PvE than PvM?

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We don't talk about PvM vs. PvE all that much in the MMORPG genre, but we should. Maybe we like a PvE vs. PvP...
He seems happy.

Wisdom of Nym: What we learned about Final Fantasy XIV’s Viper, Pictomancer, and job updates from the live letter

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We do not yet know as much as you think about how the Final Fantasy XIV jobs are going to look in Dawntrail. I...

The Daily Grind: What’s the best desert biome in MMOs?

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Until I lived in one for a few years in real life, I was not a big fan of the desert - anywhere. Cue...

One Shots: Hell’s welcoming committee

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One Shot announcement time, everybody! Gather around, shush up, listen. I am not a mind reader. I do not have one of those NCIS computers...
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The Daily Grind: How normal are you about your MMO characters?

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I like to joke to people who know me in-game that I am extremely normal about my character in Final Fantasy XIV. But there...

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