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Vague Patch Notes: Why I am no longer anticipating Blue Protocol

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Last year, I was pretty jazzed about Blue Protocol. I've actually been pretty jazzed about it for a while, but last year it looked...
You knew this image was going to show up at some point during these articles. Be thankful it only happened at the end.

Vague Patch Notes: There is no one-and-done with MMOs

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Last week's Vague Patch Notes column focused on the struggle of adding new things to MMORPGs forever and ever. I think it was a...
I DID NOT WANT TO DO THIS AGAIN

Vague Patch Notes: The problem with forever adding classes to MMOs

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The second expansion for Final Fantasy XI, Chains of Promathia, launched to extremely mixed reception, and there was one overwhelming reason for that lack of...
Forever and ever.

Into the Super-verse: Why the resurrection of 20-year-old City of Heroes is worth celebrating, even if you don’t play

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There's a certain poetry to the fact that this year, on the 20th anniversary of City of Heroes, we can all play the game...
WRONG!

Vague Patch Notes: When MMO designers build traps for players

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So last week, I spent a whole lot of words talking about what "the meta" actually means when it comes to MMOs. Put very...
See, not all things are the same.

Vague Patch Notes: Getting meta in MMORPGs

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This week, MOP's Chris ran afoul of the MMO meta when he was going through New World. Only he... didn't, not really. He ran...

Vague Patch Notes: Game preservation is way more complicated than it seems

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Before I say anything with this week's article, I want to make something very, very clear right from the premise: As you have probably...
This is the face of giving a damn.

Vague Patch Notes: The limits of data in MMORPGs

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Yesterday, I went on a rant about data. As you probably guessed from the various columns wherein I attempt to use data to analyze...
Well, points for effort.

Vague Patch Notes: Why in the world do you want the Riot MMO to be a thing?

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Let's make something clear right up front: If you came into this column eager to head for the comments section to say, "Well, I...
No. It's the children who are wrong.

Vague Patch Notes: You might be the reason you no longer love this MMO

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Despite its ubiquity in sitcoms throughout the '90s, I have never had a single relationship end with the other person saying, "It's not you,...

Vague Patch Notes: Sort your own MMO community, guy

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One of the things I note is that every so often - not all the time, but every so often - something will just...
I vant you to keel tunnel moose.

Vague Patch Notes: The day I deleted a character in anger in Final Fantasy XI

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Today, I'd like to tell you about how your characters in MMOs aren't real, and you know that, but I want you to think...
Sure, great, very efficient.

Vague Patch Notes: What does the future of MMORPGs look like?

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the history of MMORPGs as a market and PC gaming in general, suggesting at...
I HAVE TO RENEW MY HOUSE COME ON

Vague Patch Notes: MMORPGs and the PC gaming market

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I find myself thinking a lot about the MMORPG industry lately and the ways in which the gaming industry as a whole has changed...

Vague Patch Notes: Why we drift away from MMORPGs we still love

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Why did I stop playing Star Trek Online? Was it because there was some change made to the game that made it no longer...
hot hot hot hot hot hot

Vague Patch Notes: Early access is just game development as performance art

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I was reminded recently about Valheim. I do not own the game and thus have not played it; I cannot tell you if it...
SHIP IT

Vague Patch Notes: What City of Heroes Homecoming means for the wider MMORPG industry

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As you have probably noticed from the fact that I have been writing about City of Heroes nonstop since the Homecoming server got its...
What was I made for?

Vague Patch Notes: The real question every MMO has to answer

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Why am I here? A lot of times I will slow-roll my column and lead to something unexpected, something that I am sure you are...
The look.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs are still just games you rent

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When I was a teenager, I accidentally stole a few games from a video rental place. You might wonder how you accidentally steal something,...
AHHHHHHHH

Vague Patch Notes: The ever-changing costs of playing an MMORPG

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It was a pretty big deal back when I had first started working at original Massively when the trend started, and I can still...

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