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Jukebox Heroes: The best of FFXIV Shadowbringers’ soundtrack

I don't see a lot of chatter about it, but from talking with some of my Final Fantasy XIV-playing friends, Stormblood was at...
Blown away.

Storyboard: Never forget that all MMO lore is made up

Let's take a trip back to the dewy slopes of June 2006, when Chris Metzen addressed the question of how the lore of the...

Some Assembly Required: A Stage Reborn brings live theater to Final Fantasy XIV

There's roleplaying in MMORPGs, and then there is playing a role! We're talking pixelated actors performing live theater within a virtual world. Yes, it's...

Into the Super-verse: A possible glimpse into City of Heroes 2

In 2010, popular video game network MTV noted that NCsoft had filed an interesting trademark for a possible City of Heroes 2....

Warframe of Mind: TennoGen fosters player creativity and content, store now on Steam

With TennoCon 2019 in the rearview mirror, it's time for folks to buckle down and get back to work developing more awesomeness for...

MMO Cartographer: Riders of Icarus is a very tame MMORPG

I have a few vices, and one of them is a mild to moderate obsession with game pets and mounts. I am pretty sure...
Secrets?

Vague Patch Notes: Datamining, leaks, unforced errors, and messaging

So now that Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers has been released, basically everyone playing the game has completely forgotten that the expansion actually prompted...

Desert Oasis: Taking a swing with Black Desert’s Tamer and her bō staff

When I first started playing Black Desert, it was because I wanted to play a Dark Knight. From her animations, armors, and that...
Guess who's back. Back again.

Perfect Ten: How Final Fantasy XI shaped my MMO preferences forever

Your first experience with something has an outsized importance. This feels like one of those statements people really want to argue with sometimes but...

Choose My Adventure: The ‘hard mode’ of City of Heroes in Going Rogue

Disaster! Our plucky Praetorian has plunged into a pit of perilous despair! The challenges of this bold new world are mounting, and the pint-sized...

The Soapbox: Hoping for Amazon to succeed where Lord of the Rings Online failed

It's not often I really get excited about an upcoming MMORPG. Partly this is because of the industry slowing down, and partly this is...
No, really, this is still around at the moment.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers’ balance issues ahead of the first patch

So, here's the genesis of this particular column: Originally, my plan was to actually just talk about story beats from Final Fantasy XIV:...

Fight or Kite: Albion Online’s Percival update is for the solo players out there

This week we saw a nice patch released for the world of Albion Online with its Percival update. It’s largely a general quality-of-life...

LOTRO Legendarium: Five essential roleplaying tools for living in Lord of the Rings Online’s Middle-earth

While you can and will find roleplaying active in many MMOs, there's something very conducive to Lord of the Rings Online's design and...

Lawful Neutral: Dance studios, canvas bags, and ‘false advertising’ in the MMO industry

As I was writing our Lawful Neutral expose of Nerd Kingdom a few weeks ago, I was pretty bothered by the conduct of...
Would you like to see something unsettling?

WoW Factor: What would a factionless World of Warcraft look like?

You know, part of me honestly figured that the speculation around World of Warcraft abandoning the faction split would have died out months...

EVE Evolved: EVE Online’s comms blackout will lead to absolute anarchy

All hell is about to break loose in EVE Online for the territorial alliances waging wars in the depths of space following some...
Bored, huh?

Vague Patch Notes: Why live MMOs struggle to onboard new players

There are, at the time I write this, two basic approaches for getting new players up to speed in existing MMOs. Both of them...
It's fine, everything is fine, this is fine.

Perfect Ten: Reasons why I quit your MMORPG

We have all been there with subscription MMORPGs, where we go to unsubscribe and after a mild guilt trip, the cancellation screen asks us...

Choose My Adventure: Behold! The MOP Hunter-Killer arrives to the City of Heroes

A new automaton of outrageous and awesome ability has arrived! This pint-sized power plant bears skills never seen by human eyes! A far-flung futuristic...

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