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EVE Evolved: EVE Online’s asset safety bait and switch was a colossal mistake

Imagine if you logged back into your favourite MMO after a few months away to find that your character's gear was gone or valuable...

EVE Evolved: A live event threatens to reshape EVE Online’s map

While EVE Online has always focused on the real stories created by players through player-vs.-player conflict rather than on its NPC storyline, its...

Book of Travels’ beta already boasts over 400 events

The adorably small and painterly Book of Travels has an adorably geeky and personable development team, if this week's Q&A video is any...

The Game Archaeologist: The history of play-by-email games

For most all of human history, people who wanted to play a game together usually had to be in physical proximity with each other....
True strength is inside. But leveling should really help.

WoW Factor: Examining Shadowlands’ Shaman, Monk, and Druid ability changes

So, here's something you might find funny: My greatest struggle with this particular ongoing World of Warcraft column was deciding the best possible...
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The Daily Grind: Do you want controller support for your PC MMOs?

The fact that it looks like World of Warcraft will get some sort of controller support is a piece of news that fills...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that were ahead of their time

Timing is, as they say, everything. A good idea presented at the wrong time (and perhaps in the wrong way) might fizzle hard when...

EVE Evolved: EVE Online’s Loyalty to Lowsec update shakes up Faction Warfare

Between the relative safe haven of EVE Online's high-security star systems and the lawless depths of nullsec where alliances play ping-pong with titans,...

Interview: Saga of Lucimia on funding, development, launch, and business models

Upcoming MMORPG Saga of Lucimia has been somewhat dark over the last year as its developers hunkered down to develop rather than hype....
Fair fights.

Vague Patch Notes: Why PvP is a cheap way to fill out a game’s content compared to PvE

It feels like about four years ago when I laid down the first in a semi-regular series of columns I see as "useful notes"...

The MOP Up: Red Dead Redemption’s puke rope saves the day

Puke may have ended Elvis Presley's life, but it could save yours -- if you're playing Red Dead Redemption 2, that is. Polygon posted...

Hands-on with Dragon Raja: First impressions of Tecent’s new mobile MMORPG

I enjoy mobile MMOs. It's a hit-or-miss kind of genre: Some are great, others are terrible. I personally love the adventure of finding those good...

Not So Massively: Imagining a true MMORTS

MMOs and RTS are two of the genres of game I play the most. Given that, you'd think I'd be a big fan of...
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Vague Patch Notes: How to read games industry investor reports as a player

The old adage goes that diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock. By extension, marketing is the...

EVE Evolved: Fight or Flight is a season for change in EVE Online

January marks not just the beginning of a new year for EVE Online but also the start of a new seasonal development strategy...

The MOP Up: Funcom delays Moons of Madness’ console release

For those starving in the Secret Worlds Legends content wasteland of 2019, there was at least the single-player spin-off Moons of Madness to enjoy....
No elf.

Blizzard shows off the remodeled Night Elves for Warcraft III: Reforged

Warcraft III: Reforged might have missed its initial launch date of "by the end of 2019," but not by much; the game is...

Fight or Kite: Griefing! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

Here we are at the very first Fight or Kite of the New Year and of the decade. With it, let’s discuss something...

EVE Evolved: First impressions of the EVE Echoes mobile beta

EVE Online has been a PC MMO staple now for over 16 years, carving out a niche for itself as a long-term hobby...

Black Desert Mobile has officially launched now around the globe

Pearl Abyss has officially done it: It's launched Black Desert on four total platforms now, three of them this year, now that

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