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The Daily Grind: Do you think Blizzard will ever make another MMO?

So Overwatch is now in closed beta, which I imagine excites some people immensely. Any Blizzard product has that effect, I've...
You think you're so smart.

World of Warcraft highlights the haunted places of Azeroth

There's a lot of ghostly stuff in World of Warcraft. Some of it, of course, is quite obvious. You fight a lot of...
Beta than Ezrer.

Devilian’s second closed beta starts on October 29th

Looking forward to running around and smashing demons in Devilian once again? The game's second closed beta test is starting up on...
Whale whale whale.

Worlds Adrift previews its creature-based ecology

The developers of Worlds Adrift currently have three types of creature in the game. Yes, just three. If that sounds like a rather...

Sword and Bored: Customer service

Mo learns there's a fate worse than falling through the world: dealing with customer service!
Gambler.

Wisdom of Nym: The cancelled future of Final Fantasy XIV

Every game has stuff in it that's dummied out. There are ideas that the developers brought to a certain point without ever finishing, and...
Slowly, no craters.

The fine art of bringing your Elite: Dangerous ship in for a landing

Planetary landing in Elite: Dangerous will involve more than simply pointing your ship at the nearest planet and kicking your engines to full....
To be fair, some enemies would fear a hatchet.

Final Fantasy XIV unveils a trailer for its next patch

The first major patch for Final Fantasy XIV goes live on November 10th, and as usual, it's packed with things to do. There...

EVE Vegas 2015: Further Citadel details, Valkyrie, capitals, and skill packets

Though most of the big reveals for EVE Vegas 2015 were front-loaded into day one's EVE keynote talk, a lot of questions...

The Soapbox: MMOs and the power of habit

I've been reading this book by Charles Duhigg called The Power of Habit. Actually, the full title is The Power of Habit: Why...

One Shots: Pure Final Fantasy XIV

Every so often it seems as though the One Shots mailbox starts getting dominated with a single game. I've had this happen with
Hullo!

WRUP: The secret life of Harry, metaphorical construct for your journey of self-awareness edition

Hello, hello, what a joy it is to meet you. My name, as you'll not momentarily bother to pause even a moment to learn,...

The Daily Grind: What do you think about Knights of the Fallen Empire?

I'm kinda feeling the urge to play Star Wars: The Old Republic. Can you blame me? There's a new expansion, but more importantly...
Here we go again, not on our own.

Betawatch: Black Desert takes the spotlight by storm (October 23, 2015)

If you are all a-flutter for news about Black Desert, this week has been kind to you. Super kind, even. A preview of...
Going nowhere.

Leaderboard: Are you worried about the westernization of Black Desert?

I've been looking forward to Black Desert for quite a long while. Sure, the B2P-with-an-item-mall business model dampens my enthusiasm, but I'm still...

EVE Vegas 2015: What to expect from EVE Vegas 2015

While the main event of the EVE Online community calendar is undoubtedly the annual EVE Fanfest in Iceland, smaller fan-run events have...
When leveling alts was already the plan...

WoW Factor: A decade of Blizzard’s bad habits

The funny thing about World of Warcraft - and I should note here that I'm using "funny" in this case as a synonym...
That's really super, Supergirl.

Supergirl gets an updated look in DC Universe Online

October 26th is the premiere date for the new Supergirl television series on CBS. That's good news for fans of Kara Zor-El, definitely, but...

Extra Credits explains Bartle’s Taxonomy and its application

The generally excellent Extra Credits series occasionally touches on MMORPGs and their various systems has a pair of new videos out that might...
Every day, sadly.

Funcom is fined by Norwegian authorities

In January of last year, Funcom was subject to a raid by Økokrim, the Norwegian agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting financial...

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