Columns

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Not So Massively: Pagan Online’s launch addresses its biggest beta problems

A few months back, I offered my impressions of Pagan Online's early access build. I found it to be a fun online...
Oh, this... keeps my feelings where they were before, really.

Global Chat: MMO roleplaying explained for the rest of us

Game designer Brian Green has been on a writing streak as of late with a whole series of blog posts about roleplaying in...

One Shots: All the awesome you can handle

One day when I grow up, I hope to be half as amazing and down-to-earth cool as most of our One Shots community here....
Never mind, I'm not real!

The Daily Grind: How do you handle cancellations for MMOs you were looking forward to?

I've been very open about my interest in Peria Chronicles basically from the start of its development, so the fact that it certainly...

First impressions: WoW Classic is fun but anachronistic

I'm not really one to follow trends or scamper along the zergeist (a combination of zerg and zeitgiest that I've decided perfectly encapsulates the...
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Betawatch: Peria Chronicles is gone, WoW Classic has launched

I feel so alone, Peria Chronicle's gone, its release has cut and run; Why should I be so blue? Well, what else can I...

Why I Play: AdventureQuest 3D’s Korn concerts and crazy puns

My first real exposure to AdventureQuest 3D was years ago now when I was asked if I would host a special giveaway...
A journey already taken.

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

My name is Nieve Vinther. I am 28 years old and was born in the wake of the Second War of the Dark Portal....
Chicks who've broken our hearts.

Design Mockument: Plausible ideas for The Matrix Online 2

When Bree found out that I'm a fan of the Matrix franchise of films, she said it'd be fun to see me take on...

Perfect Ten: Ten weird things I’m relearning with WoW Classic

It's been a strange week. No - it's been a strange year in MMO gaming, all things considered. As I'm going through old
Squirrel?!

The Daily Grind: What MMO do you not play but would still miss if it were gone?

I don't play RIFT. I never had, and on the occasions when I have it's kind of just not been my thing. But I...
Get in, losers, we're going exploring.

Perfect Ten: The fantasy MMO zone atlas

There are, let's face it, a limited number of different ways to design real-adjacent zones in any fantasy game. At the end of the...

Tamriel Infinium: Things we wish were in Elder Scrolls Online’s cash shop (but aren’t)

Convenience items in the cash shop are nothing new in The Elder Scrolls Online. ZeniMax has been selling experience boosts and mount training...

Desert Oasis: First impressions of Black Desert on the PlayStation 4 (and the PS Vita too!)

I needed a break from Black Desert after that disappointing enchant session I recounted in the last edition of the Desert Oasis column....

Choose My Adventure: Anthem kept crashing, so here’s what happened in Destiny 2

This past weekend, for lack of a better word, was a shitshow. Let me try to set the scene. My computer is about five or...
Get thee within, ye of victories forsaken.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s sixth year is the Shadowbringers high

Let's look back at the sixth year of Final Fantasy XIV since its relaunch, shall we? Six times we've had a Rising celebration...

Fight or Kite: Ashes of Creation Apocalypse is a doorway to an action-packed MMO

If you had told me two weeks ago that Ashes of Creation is going to be one of my most anticipated upcoming MMO...
You aren't going anywhere for a while, right?

Jukebox Heroes: Hearthstone’s hilarious trailer songs

Pull up a chair and quaff some hearty ale, for today we're going to look at Blizzard's game-within-a-game-universe, Hearthstone. Now, Hearthstone's soundtrack is...

One Shots: My other car is a ravenous dragon

Sure, in your normal, mundane life you drive a Prius hatchback, but in your virtual existence, you enjoy a ride that's a bit more...
All she really wants is pants; is that so wrong?

The Daily Grind: What MMO did you not give enough credit until after the fact?

Sometimes I ask myself whether I really liked WildStar as much as it deserved. Obviously, it's a kind of inherently silly line of...

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