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WoW Factor: What would it take for big changes in World of Warcraft?

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The last time I wrote an installment of this column, it was in specific response to an interview that contained no small number of...

Four Winds: Final thoughts on Elyon’s first closed beta test

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Elyon's closed beta test came and went, and boy am I happy with what I played. It was unfortunate that the test fell on...
Fight the other people.

The Daily Grind: What’s your ideal play session length in an MMO?

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One of the things that always strikes me as interesting is the different opinions regarding what an MMO play session should look like. Some people...

Choose My Adventure: How guidance made all the difference in MapleStory

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Boy, am I glad I read the comments. That's not an admission that I very often make when it comes to my online life,...
How could we have known this would happen, this is my surprised face.

Perfect Ten: 10 places you visit in every MMORPG

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MMOs are places of great imagination, where developers take fantastic concepts and make them real (in a sense). MMOs are also places of great...

The Daily Grind: Why won’t World of Warcraft add player housing?

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Out of all of the many frustrating decisions that Blizzard has made, its stubborn refusal to add a proper player housing system to World...

Casually Classic: Yeah, those Burning Crusade Classic prices are stupid high

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If there's anything that Blizzard excels in doing these days, it's taking a slam-dunk publicity announcement and turning it into a hurricane of poop....

Hands-on with Amazon’s New World first expedition, Amrine Excavation

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The funny thing about our ongoing pandemic is that it didn't really change the way video game previews are done. It turns out that...
Teamwork.

Wisdom of Nym: What to expect from Final Fantasy XIV’s digital fan festival

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I had this dream the other night wherein somehow, we had the digital fan festival for Final Fantasy XIV but didn't learn any new...

Stick and Rudder: Phase 4 impressions and overall thoughts on Elite Dangerous’ Odyssey expansion

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Well, the alpha testing has concluded. Frontier Developments have presumably collected all the metrics and opinions they could want, and Elite Dangerous is heading...

The Soapbox: If you want innovation in MMOs, stop worshiping polish

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Gamers often lament that the world of MMORPGs lacks innovation. It's a frustration I share; this a genre that could be much more than...

The Daily Grind: Do you even like classless MMOs, bro

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Let's talk about classlessness. A few years after World of Warcraft took off, there was a push in the MMO industry to revive earlier...

Jukebox Heroes: Guild Wars 2’s Icebrood Saga soundtrack

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It's been far, far too long since I've dipped into Guild Wars 2's soundtrack. I feel deeply shamed for this neglect, especially considering how...
Story-based.

The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite sound effect from an MMO?

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We tend to pay a lot more attention to music than sound when it comes to MMOs, which is odd because both of them...

The Game Archaeologist: Jumpgate and Jumpgate Evolution

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Historically, space-bound MMORPGs have not had as easy of a go as their fantasy counterparts. For one thing, there are proportionally fewer of them...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO’s art style is offputting to you?

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We all like to think that we're not shallow and that we do appreciate solid gameplay over looks but... yeah, it's about the looks,...

First impressions of Elyon’s western closed beta: Day one and a dungeon run

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I can't believe I'm actually playing Elyon on local servers. People have been excited for this game since it was called Ascent: Infinite Realm, and just...

The Daily Grind: What’s the shadiest thing you’ve seen an MMO do lately?

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A while back, a prominent MMO studio replied to one of our tweets about its game with a tweet that referred to the game...
Should or shouldn't?

Storyboard: The back-and-forth of roleplaying

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The other night (Tuesday), I had a pretty terrible roleplaying experience. I don't want to go into too much detail, only note that it...
Kerspear.

The Daily Grind: Should international MMOs have global servers or regional servers?

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My first experience with MMOs was Final Fantasy XI, and so it was weird to me when I started getting some experience in the wider...

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