Columns

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Choose My Adventure: A stronger, straighter start in Legends of Aria

What a difference a few weeks make. This past spring when I last toured Legends of Aria for Choose My Adventure, things...

Working As Intended: What it means to be an MMORPG

I am amused and somewhat bewildered to admit that I have my very own pet troll. He follows me around on Reddit to hassle...

EverQuesting: Live in EverQuest II’s Baubleshire and Oakmyst Forest again – for a fee

What the what?!? How did I miss this?! I just went to browse the new things in EverQuest...
Why Would You Do That Dot Jpeg

Wisdom of Nym: Predicting the next Final Fantasy XIV jobs far too stupidly early

So now's a good time to start predicting the jobs we'll be getting in the next Final Fantasy XIV expansion, right? It seems like...

Fight or Kite: Crowfall’s new Infected content is the best thing added to the pre-alpha

This past week has been the best week I’ve had in Crowfall all year. First, ArtCraft dropped a weekend-long event that really...
All right!

Jukebox Heroes: The best of Dragon’s Quest X’s soundtrack

While just about everyone knows about Square Enix's ashes-to-glory story with Final Fantasy XIV, what often goes unnoticed is that the company runs...

One Shots: Familiar and welcome lands

Welcome back home! That feels like the sentiment that WoW Classic gave when it launched recently. Players absolutely swarmed to these servers, many...
Da-boo-di.

The Daily Grind: What MMO would look the best with a cel-shaded style?

I'm not really over Peria Chronicles, but one of the things that attracted my interest to the game was the loveliness of its cel-shaded...
Not this.

The Game Archaeologist: Is it worth the hassle to update graphics in older MMOs?

"I'd play this game again if the graphics were updated." "If they re-released this game with modern graphics, it would be way more popular." "The...
My authority as principal is total.

Betawatch: Camelot Unchained is no longer stuck on your character

Don't you hate when you're just walking along and find out you've got some other character stuck to you? No, probably not, for much...

The Soapbox: There is no MMO that can fix a broken MMO community

We've heard again and again how the recently launched World of Warcraft: Classic was going to "fix" the MMO community by stripping away...
The stars are over Dun Morogh.

WoW (Classic) Factor: The journal of Nieve Vinther – second entry

It has now been the better part of a week since my unexpected sojourn into the path, and for most of that week my...

First impressions of WoW Classic – from a total World of Warcraft newbie

The gaming world is abuzz with excitement over World of Warcraft Classic. Players around the world are gushing with nostalgia over this trip...
You won't believe the things I didn't bother telling you!

Vague Patch Notes: How MMO studio communication and player confidence really work

Here's the funny thing about communication from MMO studios: It's vital to the continued feeling of a healthy game, and yet at the same...
And if I press it enough time, sometimes there's a story!

The Daily Grind: Have queues ever turned you off from an MMO?

Queues bother me. I'd like to say they don't, but they really do. I don't take them as a personal affront or anything, though;...

Warframe of Mind: Where to look to find the lore in Warframe

When I mention the lore in Warframe, the response I usually get is "There's lore in Warframe?!?" I've even gotten this from some...

Perfect Ten: MMORPGs made by tiny teams

I don't really have to tell you this, but creating an MMORPG is a huge undertaking. These are some of the most complex games...

Choose My Adventure: In which Apex Legends makes me feel extremely old

I'm a firm believer of "You can't dislike it unless you know it," a sort of twist on the "Don't knock it 'til you...
Very mature.

Global Chat: WoW Classic impressions mega-compilation

When World of Warcraft launches, the world stops to pay attention. The recent release of WoW Classic didn't just pull in hundreds of...

Flameseeker Chronicles: What we saw (and what we didn’t) in Guild Wars 2’s Icebrood Saga announcement event

This past weekend’s announcement of Guild Wars 2’s continuation of the Living World story, entitled The Icebrood Saga, was met with all of...

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