Looking closer.

WoW Factor: WoW’s anniversary editions and event speculation

Blizzard has really been pushing the whole anniversary thing for World of Warcraft hard and early this year. On the one hand, I...
Surprised? Really?

WoW Factor: Content rollouts and relevance in WoW Classic and live

Part of me was tempted to write this column chiefly about the rather baffling idea that Blizzard was surprised by the number of...

One Shots: How to lose a staring contest

I suppose we all need to accept the new reality, which is that we're only starting to see the tsunami of Final Fantasy...
And this thing is still irritating.

The new item level season in World of Warcraft starts today

The musical Rent suggests measuring a year in seasons of love, which doesn't seem particularly easy to quantify. World of Warcraft, meanwhile, measures...

Massively Overthinking: Do you even *like* MMO expansions?

This seems like an absurd question on its face, right? MMO players are supposed to like MMO expansions. They're progress. They're content. They're fresh...
Surprised? Really?

WoW Factor: Three thoughts on the latest WoW Classic stress test

It's hard to find a whole lot to say about World of Warcraft: Classic at this point. Not in a bad sense, mind...
Obviously it won't be a Blood Elf, though.

World of Warcraft clarifies Battle for Azeroth season timeline, still no date for Rise of Azshara

I don't know why since I'm not even going to play it, but not knowing when Rise of Azshara is launching for World...

World of Warcraft: Classic dragon griefing, Argus redux, and BFA end boss

Fun fact: Did you know that Blizzard had originally been considering Argus -- the late Legion content update -- as its own full-fledged...

A side-by-side comparison of World of Warcraft’s graphics in Classic and Battle for Azeroth

Computers get faster and better with time. Graphics that require a decent GPU in 2011 can be displayed at much higher resolution in 2019...
The ice is thin, come on, dive in.

WoW Factor: Guessing at the next World of Warcraft expansion announcement using math

Here's the genesis of this particular article: I saw speculation over on Blizzard Watch that we were about a year too early for...
wuck the fhat

World of Warcraft Classic will allow up to 50 characters, regardless of your existing character count

Imagine for a moment that you have 50 max-level characters in World of Warcraft right now. However, you also need to have 50 alts in 

Perfect Ten: MMOs for puzzle lovers

Ever find yourself complaining that all of the PvE content in your MMO is nothing but shooting something in the face or chopping down...
Today, in Bad Forward Planning Theater.

WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part 5: Conclusions and peeling the mask

This week, after some 7000 words on this particular topic, I'm starting off by acknowledging what should be a rather obvious fact: My...

Massively Overthinking: Thoughts on the holy trinity in MMOs

One of MOP's bright new columnists, Tyler Edwards, blogs over at Superior Realities, and he recently brought to my attention his pieces...
Another route.

WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part four: Story

The fun thing about bringing up the story of World of Warcraft is that you inevitably have some folks who will immediately crop up and...
Another route.

WoW Factor: Battle for Azeroth’s alternative story experiment

As part of a WoW Factor column experiment relating to our March 2019 article, we've taken a stab at an alternative version of WoW's plotline.
Obviously it won't be a Blood Elf, though.

World of Warcraft reactivates all lapsed accounts this weekend

With a surprisingly solid patch out the door this month, World of Warcraft no doubt wants to get as many eyeballs on...
It feels faintly telling, yes.

World of Warcraft offers discounted race changes, faction changes, and character transfers ahead of tomorrow’s patch

Tomorrow, World of Warcraft's newest allied races -- the Kul Tiran Humans and the Zandalari Trolls -- join the Battle for Azeroth,...
True strength is inside. But leveling should really help.

WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part three: Leveling and scaling

Remember earlier this week when I was talking about the difference between leveling as a part of the game vs. leveling as a...

WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part two: The Heart of Azeroth

We're continuing on in our tour of why people are upset about the current World of Warcraft expansion, and I think it's important...