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]

One Shots: Impish greetings

First contact with native tribes and species in MMOs hardly ever goes the diplomatic route; usually there's a lot of stabbing, fire-setting, plundering, and...
I'm not back on any BS, I never left it.

Perfect Ten: Why MMORPG studios don’t just reboot their games

Last Friday's WildStar news made me sad. I'm sad because there are two games at war within that title. One of them is...

EverQuesting: Let EverQuest Next live on in Landmark

Well, then. When it rains, it pours. After a lengthy drought of EverQuest Next and Landmark news, we finally got some. And not...

Desert Nomad: Diving deep into Black Desert’s cash shop

Hello, friends, and welcome back to Desert Nomad. This week, I'd like to take the opportunity to talk about a subject that has...

Hyperspace Beacon: Should you resub for SWTOR: Disavowed?

Hello, friends. I hope you don’t mind my calling you that. I do respect my readers. Thankfully, most of you are rational and thoughtful....
I know, I usually don't reuse these so quickly, but come on. This time it makes perfect sense.

Wisdom of Nym: Materia melding on tome gear in Final Fantasy XIV

One of the big additions with Final Fantasy XIV's patch 3.2 was tomestone gear with materia melding slots. This is something very new...
Yes, this assuages my nervousness, you bet.

Working As Intended: The fate of the MMORPG genre

I don't think I'm exaggerating to say that this past weekend was a strange one in the MMORPG community, when gamers across the wide expanse...

Guild Chat: How to tactfully leave a guild

Welcome along to another edition of Guild Chat, my little corner of Massively Overpowered in which I tackle readers' guild-related problems with the...

The Game Archaeologist: The sad saga of Stargate Worlds

In 1994, a science-fiction movie called Stargate took the idea of alien portals that allowed people to travel instantaneously across the universe and turned it...
You were never real after all.

Betawatch: EverQuest Next is gone, Landmark is launching (March 11, 2016)

We cannot wave farewell to EverQuest Next in this column because it's never actually been in testing. We will be able to wave...

Perfect Ten: What your MMO racial pick says about you

In real life, we can't (usually) pick our race; we kind of get assigned one at birth, thanks to our parents, and we go...
Aw yus.

WoW Factor: Levels and legends in the Legion alpha

The alpha testing for World of Warcraft's next expansion rolls on, with the vague hope that we might actually have a beta tag...

Tamriel Infinium: Elder Scrolls Online’s Thieves Guild DLC is that ex you keep coming back to

Dang it, Elder Scrolls Online, just when I’m about to give up on you again, you pull me back in. I really didn’t mind...

Desert Nomad: How to win friends and influence NPCs in Black Desert

Welcome back, fellow Desert Nomads. I don't know about y'all, but since last week's column (and the official launch of Black Desert),...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Hands-on with Slothasor and the Guild Wars 2 AMA breakdown

It's been a bit of a whirlwind week for ArenaNet, especially with a jam-packed Reddit AMA that contained the announcement...
This was only the start.

Wisdom of Nym: Odds and ends from Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 3.2

I spent all of the last column talking about Final Fantasy XIV's most recent patch, but boy, there's still more to talk about....

Jukebox Heroes: ARK: Survival Evolved’s soundtrack

If you've been hiding in a cave on Mars with your fingers in your ears and your social media feeds on the fritz, you...

One Shots: Hook, line, and sinker

Personally, I don't get the appeal of fishing in MMOs, mostly because I get super-fidgety if I have to stand still in-game for long...

Massively OP’s guide to MMORPG death penalties

In real life, when you die the penalty is... death. You just get that one go at things. But in MMOs, player characters are...
Like a boss.

Betawatch: Camelot Unchained hits the beta crunch (March 4, 2016)

The Camelot Unchained team is in the midst of a hard crunch period to get the game ready for full beta testing. The...

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