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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker’s PvP, gathering, and housing changes

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All right. We've moved on from the Endwalker delay at this point. Let's talk about how much the Feast sucked. Final Fantasy XIV's live letter did...
Laser needles.

Global Chat: Do you suffer from FOMO when an MMO expansion comes out?

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With Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker on the horizon, there's an undeniable wave of FOMO -- fear of missing out -- that's sweeping through the...

One Shots: Burn baby burn!

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If you so happen to crest a ridge and look down to see that the world is literally on fire, don't panic. Not only...
Corpse party.

The Daily Grind: What MMO patch has been the most disappointing for you?

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Not everything you anticipate turns out to have been worth the anticipation. We've all had patches that were hyped up as containing all sorts...

LOTRO Legendarium: The double-edged sword of being past the books

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This past week, Lord of the Rings Online crossed another major milestone in its development as it released its eighth expansion, Fate of Gundabad....
AND NOW - I DIE!

Betawatch: Star Citizen is going to kill you now

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Look out, Star Citizen players! The latest update is going to kill you and make you drop all your stuff whenever that happens! Yes, technically...
I circle the waterfront, I'm watching the sea.

WoW Factor: WoW Classic’s Season of Mastery is starting to gall me

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So here's a column that might be a bit more woolly than recent installments of this particular column. One of the thing that I've...

Massively Overthinking: How hard should MMOs be?

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This past summer, MMO dev Damion Schubert posted an epic tweet-thread about MMOs; in fact, we've already dipped into the part on "load-bearing" playerbases,...
You are bad and you should feel bad.

Vague Patch Notes: NFTs in gaming are a bad, dumb idea

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This is going to be a little more ranty than usual. Apologies for that in advance, but... well, we're talking about NFTs. NFTs are...
Old world.

The Daily Grind: What’s the most upsetting MMO delay you’ve experienced?

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Delays happen in the game industry, especially the last year or so. They're not ideal, but they happen. A good development team tries to...

Perfect Ten: How MMOs explain away our infinite resurrections

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Why? Why do we die in MMOs and keep coming back to life? Are we in a type of hell defined by endless combat...

Choose My Adventure: Avorion affirms that I am not a very good shipwright

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Entering into Avorion for this month's Choose My Adventure column had me assuming a few things. First off, since this game was very much...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Should Guild Wars 2 delete leveling?

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Leveling is one of those things that you just have to have to count as an RPG, right? It’s expected. At this point, the...

Not So Massively: Lost Ark is a promising MMOARPG with a poor first impression

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Like many ARPG fans, I have long-awaited the Western release of Smilegate's MMOARPG, Lost Ark. Though the launch has been delayed to next year,...
Nairs your Thav.

Wisdom of Nym: Coping with the Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker delay

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Sigh. So by now even if you didn't watch the live letter, you've heard the bad news. Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker was just in sight,...

Interview: Crowfall’s freemium update, small-scale PvP, new players, and the future of the game

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Another month has passed, and another meaty patch is coming to Crowfall. That's right, today we'll see the latest update (7.300) arrive on the...

The Daily Grind: Are you still waiting for the ‘perfect’ MMO?

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When new MMOs come out, I sometimes have to talk myself out of judging them on a dramatically different standard from existing MMOs -...
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Tamriel Infinium: Should Elder Scrolls Online increase its landscape difficulty?

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In so many ways, One Tamriel reinvented the Elder Scrolls Online experience by freeing players to pursue their own paths through the game. I...

One Shots: Double double the firepower

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As we all know, while one weapon is good, it's never as good as two. Preferably you'd want to have three or four going,...
Void where prohibited.

The Daily Grind: Do you pay close attention to MMO studio financial reports?

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Investor reports are bland, boring, and usually not what anyone finds to be gripping reading even if you're an investor in a given company....

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