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Massively Overthinking: The second big five MMOs

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So here in the MMORPG genre, we've been working under the assumption for the last few years that the "big five" MMOs that dominate...
We're still here, yes.

Vague Patch Notes: You are not immune to predatory monetization in MMOs

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This week, I want to expand on something I mentioned in last week's Vague Patch Notes as an offhand thing that bears further examination....
Thanks. Really.

Vague Patch Notes: Examples of predatory monetization in the MMO industry

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So, if you've been paying attention to this column over the past few forevers, you will have no doubt noticed by this point that...

Perfect Ten: The 10 NPCs you meet in MMORPGs

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Is there a figure in online games that more symbolizes the thin barrier between the server database and user playerbase than the non-player character?...

Massively Overthinking: ‘Every MMO inconvenience is someone else’s game’

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A while back, someone in our comments (I can't find it again, so I can't remember who!) dug up a quote from Raph Koster...
mmm whatchu saaaaay

Perfect Ten: The stupid reasons I have had for sacrificing sleep for MMOs

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One of the most useful pieces of advice that I've gotten regarding making decisions for the future is also the simplest: Imagine yourself taking...

LOTRO Legendarium: Which LOTRO race is the best to play?

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Sometimes column topics come from idle inner dialogue, while other times they may arise from a desire to do some personal research that ends...
Oh dear.

Vague Patch Notes: Mobile MMOs, free-to-play MMOs, and the path of microtransactions

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When I first started playing Magic: the Gathering, Revised was the new hotness and I got used to the idea that Serra Angel was...

Perfect Ten: Weird ways we heal each other in MMORPGs

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One of the most important implications of the virtual worlds we visit is that they all boast medical care far above and beyond anything...

LOTRO Legendarium: 10 helpful tips to improve your LOTRO experience

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Recently, my 12-year-old daughter began playing Lord of the Rings Online for the first time after having watched the movies and read The Hobbit....
Let's eat-a the pizz-a

Vague Patch Notes: The specter of MMO persistence in single-player games

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Recently, we got a great letter from a listener asking about an issue that he'd been having with single-player games compared to MMOs. Essentially,...
Fighty fight fight.

Perfect Ten: 10 great ways to lose new players from your MMO

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MMOs require new blood. Not exclusively or anything; you can keep an MMO going for quite some time on existing happy players. But existing...

LOTRO Legendarium: Exploring the bounds of Yondershire

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As I write this, I'm coming down off of the buzz that was Lord of the Rings Online's 15th anniversary. All in all, I...
The stuff that you have, does someone have a claim on it?

Vague Patch Notes: A look back at my start in Final Fantasy XI, many years later

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It is the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy XI this week. Not the 20th anniversary of the game being in the US, and thus...

Perfect Ten: MMO critters so cute it makes your teeth hurt

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I vividly remember a conversation I had with my then-girlfriend's parents back in 1996 about the potential of this growing "internet" phenomenon. With my...
So... we cool, huh? We cool?

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV and the grim specter of continuity lockout

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This particular column was inspired by a question by regular reader, commenter, and friend to man and beast alike Scott Leyes, who originally posed...
no mad lizert

Perfect Ten: The many-colored dragon rainbow of the MMO sphere

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Dragons are ubiquitous. When I wrote a Perfect Ten describing every single MMO bestiary, I noted that no matter what game you're playing, no...
aeiou

Wisdom of Nym: Deep-diving Final Fantasy XIV’s new adventurer plates

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One of the things that I think is important to note about Final Fantasy XIV's new adventurer plates is that they are in an...

LOTRO Legendarium: Remembering 15 amazing years of Lord of the Rings Online

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Server performance issues aside, Lord of the Rings Online's 15th anniversary has been a smashing success. It's been far greater an event than I...
Not pictured.

Vague Patch Notes: The negatives of MMORPG rogue servers

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Last week, we began a discussion about the ups and downs of rogue servers in the MMO space, by which I actually mean we...

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