Columns

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO is just far too frenetic to be playable?

If you were not aware, I really liked WildStar. I did not, however, like the fact that the game started out and continued...
Have you heard?!

The Game Archaeologist: The rise of Guild Wars

In early 2005, World of Warcraft mania was rising exponentially, month over month. But even as Blizzard's MMO juggernaut barreled toward its full...
Not factored.

Betawatch: Fractured kicks off an open playtest for almost a week

Oh, Fractured, you... wait, what the heck is going on with Fractured? Hang on, let me check on my phone... oh, it has an open...

Lawful Neutral: Examining DDoS attacks and their impact on MMOs

When I was younger, used to play with LEGOs with my cousins all the time. We'd spend time creating huge houses and vehicles that...

EverQuesting: Building a story brought me back to EverQuest II

Before we start: Yes, I know about the Daybreak news. And yes, I have some thoughts and questions about it. I considered tossing...

MMO Cartographer: Exploring Villagers & Heroes, our indie MMO of the year

"Gee," you say to yourself, "I sure wish there were a good cross-platform MMORPG I could play on my phone and PC. One that...
Hey dudes.

WoW Factor: What if Shadowlands is also real bad?

At this point, we're all kind of settling in for the long winter's nap and also the spring's nap and at least most of...
I'll never get over you getting over me.

The Daily Grind: So how do you feel about Torchlight Frontiers becoming Torchlight III?

I have to be honest: The change in Torchlight Frontiers has me pretty disappointed. It's not like I'm a huge fan of the...

Desert Oasis: Hands-on with Black Desert’s new Guardian awakening

Wow, that was fast. Kakao and Pearl Abyss just released the Guardian last week, and we're already gearing up for awakening her.
There were some decent tabletop Star Trek games, but no.

Perfect Ten: Tabletop RPGs that would make fun MMOs

Sometimes you have a deep and current reason for writing a column, something that is actively happening in the world of MMOs that requires...

Tamriel Infinium: The biggest surprises from Elder Scrolls Online’s Dark Heart of Skyrim reveal

Earlier this month, The Elder Scrolls Online unveiled its 2020 plans for the Dark Heart of Skyrim at a live community event....

Choose My Adventure: Comparing the cash shops of Black Desert Mobile and Villagers & Heroes

I had originally intended this piece to focus on playtime in Villagers & Heroes, but I didn't get in enough to do it...

Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s Shadow in the Ice

The prologue and first episode of Guild Wars 2’s The Icebrood Saga did a lot of setting up, but weren't very satisfying. Episode...
The other side.

Wisdom of Nym: What’s with all the secrecy around Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.2?

We've got a little while before we get some solid answers about what's going on with Final Fantasy XIV's next major patch. At...

The Survivalist: So Funcom’s DUNE will be a survival game, not an MMO

Remember back in February of last year when we learned that Funcom inked an exclusive deal for at least three games based on...
All those darn crows refuse to stay airborne.

Fight or Kite: MMO PvP needs to be memorable or it’s not worth the bother

The best combat-related moments I’ve had in gaming were always surprising feats or wild encounters with other players. They weren’t always victories, but those...

Jukebox Heroes: The best of Furcadia’s soundtrack

Back in 2017, I bit the furry bullet and tackled the oddity that was Fucadia -- a very old MMORPG that just...

One Shots: Dragons — why’d it have to be dragons?

Dragons: They come in every shape, size, and element, and about all of the ones that have ever been invented exist inside one MMO...
Bored now.

The Daily Grind: Is there MMO content you won’t do because it’s too difficult?

The difficulty of raids in World of Warcraft does not contribute one whit to my lack of desire to take part in raids in World...

LOTRO Legendarium: Rating the best active racials in Lord of the Rings Online

Picking a race to play in Lord of the Rings Online isn't as consequence-free as you might encounter in other MMORPGs. For starters,...

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