Columns

Enjoy a run-down of our recent long-form pieces, both game-specific and more general. You might also be interested in our list of all of our columns and recurring articles. [Follow this category’s RSS feed]

Stick and Rudder: Five potentially stupid yet fun Elite Dangerous spaceship builds

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Even though I've logged a total of 112 hours of Elite: Dangerous at the time of this writing, I'm still pretty much a noob...
ARAT

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite April Fools’ day MMO gag?

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This year, we have elected not to do an April Fools' joke because we found ourselves with something more pressing to do. It turns...

Massively on the Go: Why Nintendo and Pikmin make sense in Niantic’s hands

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With the recent news that Nintendo and Niantic will work together for more AR games based on Nintendo IPs, I thought it might be...

Perfect Ten: Top 10 annoying things you hear in MMORPG global chat

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General chat, sometimes called "Barrens chat" or "zone chat" or "the party line," is both the bane and the secret fixation of my existence....

The Soapbox: Would Asheron’s Call make a good battle royale game?

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With the recent announcement of Crayta coming to PCs, I was reminded of some discussions on the Asheron's Call subreddit about making a battle royale fan...

Choose My Adventure: I think I accidentally turned my Cleric into a Necromancer in RIFT

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One of the big selling points in RIFT has always been the ability to combine three of the game's Souls into a custom class....

Casually Classic: In defense of a good ‘looking for group’ tool in World of Warcraft

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While World of Warcraft certainly made a number of questionable design decisions over the years, for my money one of the absolute best moves...
Never seen a bluer sky.

Wisdom of Nym: The experimental nature of Final Fantasy XIV’s Blue Mage

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One of my half-serious predictions during the initial batch of predictions for Final Fantasy XIV's big reveal showcase was that we'd learn about a...

Not So Massively: Magic Legends is messy, deep, and more of an MMO than you think

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I can't remember the last time I struggled so much deciding whether I like a game or not. I'm a fan of ARPGs, and...

Global Chat: Giddy over SWTOR’s Dark Descent

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For MMO blogs that only cover a single game, an announcement of an upcoming content release is like a mini-Christmas all to itself. This...

One Shots: Dearly beloved

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If you gotta get married in an MMORPG and don't want to spare any expense, Final Fantasy XIV has the most luxurious and extravagant...
Should or shouldn't?

The Daily Grind: What informs your cosmetic choices in MMOs?

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The days in which it was an active debate whether or not a given MMO should have a system of cosmetics have passed us by,...

LOTRO Legendarium: Finding purpose in Lord of the Rings Online’s Wildwood

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In what promises to be quite the busy year for Lord of the Rings Online, the game's first content update -- Wildwood -- arrived...
Soff

Betawatch: Magic Legends hits the open beta soft launch

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If you're worried about your launches being too hard-edged and solid, consider a nice soft launch like the one Magic Legends has done. The open...
Through the fire and the flames

WoW Factor: Why aren’t we getting more customization options in Shadowlands?

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You might be surprised that I haven't written a piece in WoW Factor yet about the BlizzConline announcement that we would get no new...

Hands-on with Monster Hunter Rise: Well-worth the cost of admission

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Well, as Monster Hunter Rise is finally out. We received a pair of review copies at the last minute, so with about 10 hours...

Massively Overthinking: What are your MMO character customization dealbreakers?

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Back in February, when BlizzConline was at its height, part of the World of Warcraft community lost its mind over the revelation that Blizzard...

Massively of the Go: Pokemon Go’s April events bring snakes, trash, and mysteries

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Pokemon Go's St. Patrick's Day "had no effect" on at least one snake: Snivy! But fortunatelt, the Gen 5 pokemon is getting its own...

Desert Oasis: The problem with Black Desert’s season servers – and how to fix it

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Black Desert's had some exceptional growth over the past year. What I've always liked about this game is that it's never tried to be...
Burnsauce.

Vague Patch Notes: The fine art of shutting yourself up (so you can enjoy MMOs again)

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This week, an unusual thing happened to me: I didn't really want to write this column. This may not sound all that unusual to you,...

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