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]

EverQuesting: The history of the EverQuest franchise

Back in 2013, I took a walk through the annals of the EverQuest franchise's history. What started as one title not only blossomed...
It's that time.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s weekly caps and whether they’re useful

One of the elements of Final Fantasy XIV that has remained remarkably uniform throughout the game's history is how Allagan Tomestones work. Aside...

EVE Evolved: Ship fittings for EVE Online’s Secrets of the Abyss event

EVE Online's recent Into the Abyss expansion has been live now for several months, adding the first ever solo instanced PvE game...

One Shots: Supporting characters

When you look for famous characters in your MMO, you may be looking for someone complete different than the rest of the crowd. Lt. Commander Hikari...

A fluffy casual’s starting perspective on World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

Let me tell you a bit about me and how I play MMORPGs. Between two jobs and a family, my gaming time is relegated...
The next few months, then.

Betawatch: Fallout 76 shares details on PvP and crossplay (August 17, 2018)

There's still stuff happening with Fallout 76, even though players aren't testing it yet. You can at least test things out in your...

Tamriel Infinium: Three key takeaways from the Elder Scrolls Online Murkmire teaser

Hopefully, everyone saw the Elder Scrolls Online presentation at Quakecon. If not, I'll have that whole video just past the break. Game Director...
Oh, great.

The Daily Grind: How much of an MMO do you have to play before you feel you’ve got a handle on it?

MMOs are big. Really big. You wouldn't believe just how mind-bogglingly big they really are. Although you probably would, since you're here reading about...

Global Chat: Everybody’s burning up about that Sylvanas thing

Yes, just about every MMO blogger was sharing heated opinions about last week's World of WarCraft WarCrime. "It’s such a sad event and I’m...

Massively on the Go: Our basic guide to Pokemon Go gameplay and questing

Pokemon Go has come a long way since its early days of just catching and gym battling. Those are still core gameplay elements, but...
Big time.

Wisdom of Nym: Hunting the monster in Final Fantasy XIV

Patch 4.36 sure seems as if it's has been dragged out. Realistically, that's not what has happened at all; the time between patches has remained...

The Survivalist: Excited for ARK’s Extinction

I finally broke down and watched ARK: Survival Evolved's Extinction trailer. It's not that I didn't want to! On the contrary, I...

The Game Archaeologist: City of Heroes’ launch history and the Marvel lawsuit

In our first part of this series looking back at the stupendous history of City of Heroes, we saw how the idea...

One Shots: Selfie school

I certainly did not have to twist readers' arms to get them to bring out a mountain of MMORPG character selfies set against interesting...
Why can't you

The Daily Grind: Do you consider yourself an expert on your favorite MMOs?

Expertise is a funny thing; it's the sort of thing usually best demonstrated by never claiming it but simply showing it. Most people confronted...

Global Chat: Is it worth your time to alpha test MMOs?

Taugrim raises a very interesting question this week on his blog. Namely, is it really worth your time to alpha test MMOs these...
You may be my old favorite, but you don't get a free pass.

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft’s market saturation and the pull of vague memories

Here's something a little different: Usually, before I write a World of Warcraft column (or any column), my assumptions and data are pretty...

Massively Overthinking: Should MMORPGs incentivize exploration – and how?

Our Daily Grind on exploration last week sparked an intriguing follow-up from MOP reader Miol. "When asking about sightseeing and exploration in MMORPGs, you...

Massively on the Go: A guide to (re)learning how to catch Pokemon in Pokemon Go

So, you're in Pokemon Go, and you just saw a Pokemon. You clicked the little beast and now are in the catch screen. Just straight flick...
How are you not playing this on PC in the first place?

The Daily Grind: How much time do you spend on aesthetics in MMOs?

You don't want to know how much time I've spent carefully decorating my characters' living spaces in Final Fantasy XIV. Or maybe you...

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