Columns

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The Soapbox: Lies I was told about World of Warcraft

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A few months back, I was feeling restless in my MMO routine. Guild Wars 2 is my MMO "home," so I'm always in that...
We still care.

Vague Patch Notes: The myth of the days before MMO datamining

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For those of you who don't know, this column was named after Final Fantasy XI. Specifically, it was named after the practice that particular game...
Management.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO company is the worst at managing its message?

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You've probably noticed that there are some studios and companies wherein the players seem to have a downright acerbic relationship with the people making...

Desert Oasis: Black Desert’s Sage release demonstrates Pearl Abyss’ focus on the west

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I'm not really a comics guy, but I still have my favorite superheroes. For me, it's Dr. Strange. Marvel's artifact wielding, spell-slinging, multiverse traversing...

Why I Play: Multiplayer sandbox Eco is so much more than just an ecology simulator

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I’ve been struggling to come up with a succinct way to describe Eco. The game was recently the subject of a Whatever Happened To...
Never over.

Perfect Ten: How The Burning Crusade changed World of Warcraft forever

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We're kind of thinking about the first World of Warcraft expansion around these parts this week. No particular reason, especially in my case; I'm not...

Choose My Adventure: Getting invested in RIFT’s Instant Adventures

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So, before we begin, this is what happened with one of the polls: a dead-even split between doing Instant Adventures and following the breadcrumb...

Casually Classic: Three things I’m anticipating (and three I’m dreading) for WoW’s Burning Crusade Classic

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With the Burning Crusade Classic beta underway, it's hard not to be dwelling on the near future of WoW Classic. Everyone's maneuvering their accounts,...

Fight or Kite: For Honor is still the only viking vs. samurai vs. knight game for me

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Many moons ago, in the simpler times of 2017, Ubisoft delivered a fantastical game that sought to bring a close to the question all...
Roar.

Wisdom of Nym: Reacting to the latest Final Fantasy XIV live letter

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The one down side to Square's most recent live letter was the simple reality that it didn't get to deliver on the tradition of...

Massively on the Go: Mother Nintendo should make Niantic Earthbound

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So, Nintendo and Niantic will work together for more AR games based on Nintendo IPs. No great surprise from me, as I'd mentioned years...

One Shots: Riding the dino to the prom

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You think you were all decked out in finery and had a spiffy ride the last time you went to a formal dance? You...
Sheewax!

The Daily Grind: Do you wait until after launch to start a new MMO?

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Launch day! The date when everyone is talking about a new MMO, there's a mass of new players, overcrowding, disconnections, and all of the...

The Game Archaeologist: The ballad of Fansy, EverQuest’s famous bard

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It was summer, 2001. EverQuest had just rolled out Sullon Zek, a no-rules "penal colony" server where the realm was as lawless as the...
You're the real thing.

Betawatch: Pantheon aims high for alpha test and hits low with NFTs

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Ah, Pantheon, you're aiming high for your still-undated alpha test! That's a really good thing. It's why we're rooting for you as a scrappy...

The Soapbox: How Magic Legends went wrong with the Dimir Assassin class

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Cryptic and Perfect World Entertainment are known for their love of lockboxes as a monetization strategy. Therefore it was not wholly surprising when Magic:...
It just keeps happening.

WoW Factor: We’re waiting how long for Shadowlands’ patch 9.1, now?

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So it looks like World of Warcraft's next patch is going up for testing on the week of April 12th. What the heck is happening? At...

Stick and Rudder: Shaky space legs and promising potential in Elite Dangerous’ Odyssey alpha phase one

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Yep. This certainly was an alpha test. For those who are curious, yes, I bought my way in to the Elite Dangerous Odyssey alpha, as did...

Massively Overthinking: Should MMOs sell exclusive items – in alpha?

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MOP reader Randomness recently wrote to us about a Reddit discussion about games with exclusive item shops before the game comes out. The issue...

Vague Patch Notes: Template

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The other day, I was in the middle of a humanizing anecdote when something happened that was tangentially related to MMOs. This prompted me...

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