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]

The Daily Grind: What’s the most frustrating streak of bad luck you’ve had in an MMO?

There are two things I'd really like in World of Warcraft's most recent expansion, and since both of them are entirely random, I'm...

The Game Archaeologist: EA’s Majestic

"This is not a game. Or is it?" Conspiracy theories and paranoia were hot with pop culture in the 1990s, largely thanks to movies like...
WE... STILL... FUNCTION (maybe)

Betawatch: The unexpected drama of Project Genom (November 25, 2016)

Sometimes, stories are just so weird that you can't help but find them fascinating. Take the unexpected removal of Project Genom from...

Massively Overthinking: Gratitude for the people of the MMORPG genre

It's Thanksgiving here in the US, and we wish you all a happy one, whether you're celebrating locally or not. For this week's Massively...

EverChaosing: Giving thanks for The Secret World and EverQuest II

I agonized all week over which of my favorite titles, The Secret World or EverQuest II, would get...
What can I say except ''you're welcome''

Perfect Ten: Moments to be thankful for in MMOs

It's the holiday once again, and somehow I've wound up on Thanksgiving Day here in the US. You may not be reading this on...
Eh, I had nothing else to do.

The Daily Grind: Do you get extra MMO time during the holidays?

Today begins the dread stretch of time known in the United States as the holidays, a period of frenzied consumerism marked with a lot...
I don't choose spiders.

Choose My Adventure: Getting ready for The Elder Scrolls Online

The votes have been tallied and the verdict is in; the next month of the column will be all about The Elder Scrolls...

Hyperspace Beacon: Analyzing SWTOR’s Uprising group content

Star Wars: The Old Republic dropped a treat this week by allowing fansites to tour Knights of the Eternal Throne. Although we can now...

Global Chat: Recapturing the MMO magic

I suspect that much of the willingness of players to pour money into MMO Kickstarters is out of a strong desire to see games...
Here comes trouble.

Wisdom of Nym: Thankfulness for Final Fantasy XIV

I haven't exactly made a secret of the fact that I'm on a bit of a low pulse for Final Fantasy XIV at...

One Shots: A home away from home

If you were to move into an MMO for real, where would you live? I posed this question last week to the One Shots...

The Game Archaeologist: Mark Jacobs on Mythic’s early online games, part 2

We're back with our second part of an interview retrospective of Mythic Entertainment's early online games with CSE's Mark Jacobs. Last...
Yeah, steal that cloud.

Betawatch: Cloud Pirates is ready for the next round of testing (November 18, 2016)

Are you ready to steal a whole lot of clouds in Cloud Pirates? (If that's not the fictional background, please don't tell me,...

Jukebox Heroes: Six pretty great MMO tunes from games you’ve never played

In my years of coverage of MMO soundtrack music in this column and on Battle Bards, I've clearly observed that there are games that...

Massively Overthinking: The many ‘NGE’ moments across MMORPG history

Eleven years ago this week, the New Game Enhancements patch descended on Star Wars Galaxies, forever changing the trajectory of the game,...

Chaos Theory: The disappointment of The Secret World’s Samhain

The season to end all seasons has come and gone. The Secret World's Samhain has faded back into the fog, and it will be...

Perfect Ten: Messed-up aspects of MMORPGs we mindlessly accept

When we engage in the collective fantasy of playing MMORPGs, we accept certain structures and tropes that have been in place since the early...
I'm still pleased with this shot, even though my glamour has changed.

Choose My Adventure: Don’t call it a comeback

Hello, dear readers. Would you like to tell me what to do for a while? Choose My Adventure has been absent from the site...

Hyperspace Beacon: Five class changes to watch out for in SWTOR 5.0

Even if you are not subscribing for the impending Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion, Knights of the Eternal Throne, you will be...

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