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Oh my gosh, did they try.

Cliff Bleszinski asserts that Lawbreakers is ‘fine’ on PS4 while planning to be ‘less of a dick’

So what's the key element in revitalizing the flagging player numbers for Lawbreakers? Cliff Bleszinski puts forth that part of the onus...
How are you not playing this on PC in the first place?

Final Fantasy XIV asks players to help design some new furniture

Are there furnishings you wish were in Final Fantasy XIV but keep not getting added? Perhaps you can take matters into your own...
How near, how far.

Valiance Online says its alpha is coming soon

Hearing that something is coming "soon" is the bane of every MMO player; it technically qualifies as a time frame, but it's vague and...
And yes, I hear those of you in the comments trying to torture this argument into me saying that WoW is dying, which is something that very precisely was not said because it's absurd. Doing damage is not the same is clinging tenuously to life support, and not being able to have a realistic discussion about that does no one any favors. No, the game is not dying any more than someone in the hospital after a heart attack is dying. It's something you can recover from. It just makes today worse.

World of Warcraft’s class design AMA examines the how and why of tuning changes

No matter what class you play in World of Warcraft, you're probably certain that the developers hate your class in particular and love...
Not the same.

The Daily Grind: Are MMOs in the same category as other video games for you?

The funny thing about MMOs is that while they're very obviously video games, they're not really in the same wheelhouse as single-player games. They're...
The sad loser peering across the landscape photo genre.

Chronicles of Elyria recaps development over the month of March

It's been a busy time for Chronicles of Elyria as the development team has worked on putting together a portion of the game...
More of this story, please.

The Daily Grind: What’s the most overused cute creature in an MMO?

The Quaggan, without a doubt, are the cutest race in Guild Wars 2. They also don't show up constantly, which helps. An awful...
Fortified.

Crowfall shows off the design of the Fort architectural set

The next big development milestone for Crowfall is work being done on the game's Eternal Kingdoms, a place for players to build a...
whooooooosh

WoW Factor: New classes in a post-Legion world

So World of Warcraft patch 7.1.5 is out now... but I'm going to be honest, that doesn't feel like much of anything. It's...
Deeeeeep cut.

Star Trek Online details the creation of the Tzenkethi

The Tzenkethi are coming to Star Trek Online, which should make any franchise lore nerd at least moderately happy. No television series...

Recapping MMORPG science in 2016

You guys may not have consciously noticed it, but we've been working harder and harder on our science-related articles in the past couple of...
THE POWER (you've got it)

Path of Exile celebrates a smooth content launch with two new videos

Launching something new always involves a certain amount of pulling the trigger and then apprehensively waiting. What's going to go wrong? Are the servers...
Here comes trouble.

Wisdom of Nym: Thankfulness for Final Fantasy XIV

I haven't exactly made a secret of the fact that I'm on a bit of a low pulse for Final Fantasy XIV at...
Extremely.

Gigantic offers a video spotlight on Tyto the Swift

There are only two kinds of people who would really try to have "the Swift" after their name: really quick people and really slow...
Titanic.

Gigantic walks through the process of making a MOBA hero

There's a reason why MOBAs don't simply have players piloting featureless gray blobs with names like "Shooty Man" and "Punchy Monster" on their chests....
Next, us.

League of Legends introduces the Nexus for editorial content

Sometimes, the best way to find out if something has an audience is just to put out what you have and see if people...
This is the way we won't.

The Daily Grind: What cosmetic changes would you like for your MMO character abilities?

We live in an era when most designers have noticed that we like to control what our characters look like as well as how...
This is less annoying, sure.

WoW Factor: The state of WoW’s dungeons and how we got here

I've still been having a blast in Legion over the past few weeks. Nithogg might have been unkind to me by offering me...
Ah, this was handled capably.

DC Universe Online is overhauling its stats completely

Stats are a big deal in MMOs. Those little numbers that we try to make go higher are a big part of what makes...
Yes, very good.

Take a look at Crowfall’s male Ranger and female Champion

Each of Crowfall's archetypes tends to be associated with a specific gender because the game's archetypes are a bit more comprehensive than simply...

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