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The Soapbox: Lies I was told about World of Warcraft

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A few months back, I was feeling restless in my MMO routine. Guild Wars 2 is my MMO "home," so I'm always in that...
We still care.

Vague Patch Notes: The myth of the days before MMO datamining

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For those of you who don't know, this column was named after Final Fantasy XI. Specifically, it was named after the practice that particular game...

Why I Play: Multiplayer sandbox Eco is so much more than just an ecology simulator

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I’ve been struggling to come up with a succinct way to describe Eco. The game was recently the subject of a Whatever Happened To...
Never over.

Perfect Ten: How The Burning Crusade changed World of Warcraft forever

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We're kind of thinking about the first World of Warcraft expansion around these parts this week. No particular reason, especially in my case; I'm not...

Perfect Ten: Top 10 annoying things you hear in MMORPG global chat

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General chat, sometimes called "Barrens chat" or "zone chat" or "the party line," is both the bane and the secret fixation of my existence....

Massively Overthinking: What are your MMO character customization dealbreakers?

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Back in February, when BlizzConline was at its height, part of the World of Warcraft community lost its mind over the revelation that Blizzard...
Burnsauce.

Vague Patch Notes: The fine art of shutting yourself up (so you can enjoy MMOs again)

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This week, an unusual thing happened to me: I didn't really want to write this column. This may not sound all that unusual to you,...
So many colors in the rainbow.

Perfect Ten: The wide umbrella of MMOs and online gaming subgenres

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Let's be realistic here, "MMO" as a term covers a whole lot of different game styles. I know this is a particular topic that...

Casually Classic: How World of Warcraft made bad graphics look good

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When I returned to World of Warcraft Classic in 2019, I steeled myself to be vastly underwhelmed by the visuals. I'm not a graphics...

The Game Archaeologist: The online world of Diablo II

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Most of us probably weren't expecting to see Diablo II once again propelled into the spotlight in the year 2021, but the BlizzCon announcement...

Perfect Ten: 10 ways that MMOs kind of used to be worse

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Believe you me, I know quite well the arguments that have been rehashed over the years about how the MMORPG genre and these online...

Massively Overthinking: Picking the ‘wrong’ MMORPG class

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Last month, the MMORPG subreddit slept on a good thread about picking classes in MMOs. Let's wake this sucker up. "Am I the only...
Point.

Vague Patch Notes: The sneering elitism of the MMO term ‘welfare epics’

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A few weeks ago, I saw an MMO player unironically complaining about "welfare epics" here in 2021. This is basically the equivalent of saying,...

LOTRO Legendarium: How much value does a VIP subscription offer these days?

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Probably the biggest question any Lord of the Rings Online player has to ask him or herself is whether to go subscription or free-to-play...
Elegy.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO sunsets and the myth of meritocracy

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A few weeks back, I talked about why a given MMO might have failed even when it possessed good qualities. It was a response...
And again.

Perfect Ten: The top 10 things to love about Elder Scrolls Online

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Having finally clicked hard with Elder Scrolls Online this winter, I find that it's difficult to restrain myself from gushing about pleasant discoveries (and...

Not So Massively: A eulogy for Anthem and Defiance

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Last week was a bloodbath. In a single day, we saw Electronic Arts consign one game to eternal maintenance mode, and Gamigo announced closures...
In a world of human wreckage

Vague Patch Notes: Considering the soloer’s experience in MMOs

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I sized him up from where he sat across from me. He was intelligent, that much I could tell just at a glance -...

Stick and Rudder: Seven player-made Elite Dangerous tools that you should check out

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Since beginning my Elite Dangerous journey, I’ve been impressed and delighted to find many community-supported tools available to aid Elite players in navigating the...

Massively Overthinking: Which MMORPG offers the best tutorial?

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MMORPG developer Raph Koster recently put this neat article by experimental game developer Nicky Case on my radar. Case notes that common wisdom is...

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