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]

EVE Evolved: When was EVE Online’s golden age?

In the latest Massively Overthinking article, our Patreon patron Duane got us thinking about whether the golden age of the MMO industry has passed or MMOs are actually...

One Shots: Strange voyages

As cool and iconic that Star Trek ships look, I've always thought they also came across as fragile, with pieces sticking out here and...

The Game Archaeologist: Sega’s 10six MMO

If you were to think of Sega and MMOs, chances are the only thing that would come to mind is the Phantasy Star...
Das Test.

Betawatch: Das Tal weathers the summer alpha storm (July 22, 2016)

The doors are open for Das Tal's summer test, and the result has been good and bad. Good because a lot of people...
Aw yeah.

Wisdom of Nym: Why I adore Final Fantasy XIV’s Deep Dungeon

Let me start by getting my biggest beef with the Palace of the Dead out of the way right off: I don't like the...

EverChaosing: Adapting Pokemon Go for The Secret World and EverQuest II

So there's this thing right now. It's kind of a craze. Maybe you've heard of it? Pokemon Go? Yeah, I thought so. The...

Perfect Ten: Older PC games that would make for great MMOs

Video games had a huge impact on my childhood and teenage years, imprinting themselves onto my psyche for all of the struggles and elation...

Global Chat: Pokemon GO mania sweeps the world

What became an overnight global phenomenon certainly prompted the MMO blogosphere to talk about their experiences and opinions with Pokémon GO! To Game...
Just admit it's launch day.

The Soapbox: Calling an MMO launch a launch

It's launch. Can we collectively accept that? Marketing, developers, and players alike? Launch is launch. When your game launches, it has launched. If I can...

MMO Mechanics: Creating engaging crafting mechanics

I'm currently bogged down in an over-the-shoulder crafting blur, vicariously depleting gold and recommending several YouTube-approved crazy material gathering runs as I get my...

One Shots: Gentlemen, to evil!

There are some subtle signs that you can look for when you're trying to gauge if you've become truly evil. Conquering small nations for...

Jukebox Heroes: MMO tunes from the 1990s

I'll admit that I have a particular fondness for older video game music. I still scour the archives of NES and Genesis libraries for...
Jazzhands are happening

Betawatch: AdventureQuest 3D steamrolls toward open beta (July 15, 2016)

You know how some titles like to linger in ill-defined test phases forever? AdventureQuest 3D doesn't want to go that route. The game...
Would you like to see something unsettling?

WoW Factor: Titanforged items and content relevance

If you've missed discussion of it elsewhere (including on this here site, even), World of Warcraft is rolling out a new system for...
SWTOR

Massively Overthinking: The best MMORPG trailers of all time

This week's Massively Overthinking should be a fun one -- and hopefully it'll contrast nicely with the Game Archaeologist column we ran last week,...

EverQuesting: A guide to running EverQuest II Heritage Quests efficiently

Have you experienced EverQuest II's Heritage Quests? If not, then you haven't truly experienced EQII! While basically all MMORPGs have level grinds...

Perfect Ten: The most exciting MMO developments yet to come in 2016

In the annals of MMORPG history, 2016 might well go down as a very odd duck of a year. While on the surface it...
Zorp.

The Daily Grind: How much notice do you need before an MMORPG patch goes live?

There are some games where patches get so much advance notice that you feel like they're already here months in advance. Final Fantasy...

Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR’s mid-term report card scored by Bartle’s taxonomy

Well, BioWare, it’s half-way through the year. It’s time to look at how you’ve done with Star Wars: The Old Republic and...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2 Season 3 Predictions

If I've read the words "content drought" under your name in the comments section recently, you will be as delighted as I am to...

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