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Vague Patch Notes: MMO design is not value-neutral

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It's rare for me to find myself actively yelling at my computer screen while watching something, but it does happen every so often. The...

Perfect Ten: 10 things we’re thankful for in MMO gaming

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In my experience, people who invest heavily into being grateful and thankful for blessings don't have a lot of excess room for negativity and...
This was a television show.

Perfect Ten: 10 metrics to check to gauge MMO success or failure

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There are a lot of MMOs out there. How do you know which one of them is the most popular and therefore the best...

Vitae Aeternum: Tackling New World’s endgame as a solo player

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After nearly a year of stopping to smell the roses, I finally made it to level cap in New World shortly before the launch...

LOTRO Legendarium: What class should you pick in LOTRO?

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Hunter. Thanks for coming to the column! See you in the next one! What, you want a bit more than that? Sheesh, fine. I'll stop amusing...
Herp to the derp.

WoW Factor: Breaking down the ‘third era’ of World of Warcraft development

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We are, at the time of this writing, less than a week out from the second part of the Dragonflight pre-patch for World of...
This is shameful even by your standards.

Vague Patch Notes: The art of picking winners and losers in MMO design

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There's a meme that's gone around the Final Fantasy XIV community sphere for a while, and I'm going to try my best to explain...

Perfect Ten: 10 great reasons to revisit older MMORPGs

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When one MMO dies, it forces us to look at the rest of the bunch through the sunglasses of mortality. The finite nature of...
Image from Garden Warfare 2 courtesy of IronSalamander8

Lawful Neutral: How extremism and terrorism slither into online gaming

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Back in 2014, something happened in the gaming space, something whose impact was so damaging that even almost 10 years later, I realize that...
Alchemist!

Vague Patch Notes: Defining classic servers and progression servers for MMOs

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Something that I've been thinking about a lot over the past few days - for no particular reason - is the idea of classic...
Hey-nonny-nonny

Perfect Ten: 10 things to understand about MMO Bards

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In the past four installments of this pseudo-series, I have done columns on archetypes that exist in every single game. Every game has a...
And then it all went tits up.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO quality and the bandwagon fallacy

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Here's a fact that is objectively true but feels objectively false: There's no law stating that the best MMO of all time, to date,...

Perfect Ten: 10 MMO haunted houses to explore – if you dare….

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Happy Halloween! Or if you prefer, Happy Scare-Related Holidays featuring the Stylings of Ed Casbar and His Electric Teeth. It'd be the best of...
Divisive.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s original Manderville Man

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There are some divisive characters in Final Fantasy XIV, but in some ways Hildibrand Helidor Maximilian Manderville stands above all of them - not...

LOTRO Legendarium: Four options for character leveling in LOTRO

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One of the unsung benefits of maturing MMORPGs is that they generally offer far more options for leveling and adventuring than what was present...
Local Panda Recalls When She Was Special.

WoW Factor: Was the faction split ever good for World of Warcraft?

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Before I had played World of Warcraft and back in the time when I allowed myself to speculate more freely on what games would...

Four Winds: The refinement of item enhance systems in MMOs, from Granado Espada to Black Desert

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Itemization is a foundational system in many modern MMOs. After players reach the level cap, item levels largely drive the measurable progression of a...
Tumble.

Vague Patch Notes: Finger-pointing in the MMO and multiplayer games industry

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I know for a fact that I've already made the joke at this point about how Babylon's Fall just straight-up Babylon Fell, but the...
Pay to lose.

Perfect Ten: 10 MMOs that went through complete technical clownshows

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I've gone on record multiple times to state that when you get right down to it, MMOs look pretty darn complicated. There are a...
eyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Vague Patch Notes: Why are mobile MMOs Like That?

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If you have read my writing a bunch over the years, you have probably observed me mentioning how much I like Final Fantasy Tactics...

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