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The Daily Grind: What are your main areas of focus when you play an MMORPG?

It's probably not a surprise to anyone reading this that I really like stories in MMOs. They're important to me. And if you've read...
You want to make a what?

World of Warcraft is testing a ‘social contract’ for its players in 9.2.5

"For the love of the Titans, please be a decent person to your fellow players." That is not what the new social contract in World...
Do you hear what I hear?

Final Fantasy XI releases its May version update and unveils a new event

The new May update for Final Fantasy XI has arrived, and you have to go help out Maat. Sure, the guy had been a...

Whatever happened to Square-Enix’s Babylon’s Fall?

When we first tried out Babylon's Fall in beta, we said it was a decent enough starting point that needed some launch polish. Spoiler...
Slicy slicy.

Blade & Soul walks through the new weapons and item systems of its New Empires update

Who wants a new weapon in Blade & Soul? Come on, it's natural. It's not called "Absolutely Nothing And Soul," after all. You want...

Neverwinter discusses bringing the Tyranny of Dragons campaign into a new Epic Adventure

Players in Neverwinter love some dragons. Don't you love dragons? It's kind of a thing to do in a game based on Dungeons &...
Ram moo

Final Fantasy XI prepares a variety of appreciation campaigns for players starting on Wednesday

The 20-year birthday for Final Fantasy XI is coming up really soon, with May 16th marking the date. And as is expected for any sort of...
Big lizard.

Final Fantasy XIV reminds players not to use third-party tools as the Dragonsong Ultimate race comes to an end

The race to collect the world first clear of Dragonsong's Reprise (Ultimate) in Final Fantasy XIV has come to an end, but it's also re-ignited...

World of Warcraft discusses Dragonflight crafting and finally removes the School of Hard Knocks achievement

It's been more than a decade since players first began searching for the Violet Proto-Drake mount from World of Warcraft's holiday event meta-achievement, and in...
Fine. Sure.

Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore heads to Kickstarter with an ask just above $63,000 and an open test running concurrently

We've been keeping our eyes on Ethyrial: Echoes of Yore for a while now, as it's the latest in a long line of games advertising...
All the same mistakes.

Overwatch 2 designers talk about the game’s first beta test including support buffs and the lack of a ranked queue

The Blizzard team behind Overwatch 2 is doing its best to communicate with players about the state of the game's testing and what changes...

Final Fantasy XIV’s Naoki Yoshida confirms that work is already taking place on the story for 7.0

Ready for the next Final Fantasy XIV expansion? Well, slow your roll there, chief, because you've got more than a year to wait for that...

Final Fantasy XIV’s Naoki Yoshida talks about continued development and bringing in more solo players

It's clear from some of the additions to Final Fantasy XIV in patch 6.1 as well as the direct statements from producer and director Naoki...
Anybody wanna do a mage?

World of Warcraft confirms that all races will be able to be Mages, Priests, and Rogues starting in Dragonflight

The developers want to work toward a place with World of Warcraft wherein race is not a limiting factor in the class you choose to...

Blizzard promises to reveal its new Warcraft mobile game on May 3

The speculation about what Blizzard's mobile Warcraft game will look like is almost palpable. Will it be a gacha game? Will it allow you to draw...
Carry that water.

Final Fantasy XIV expects lottery data to be fully restored and open again on May 16

Fixing the housing lottery issues in Final Fantasy XIV was a process that could not be completed in a day. Or two days. Or three...
Come on, vogue!

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight will not have a mission table but will have traditional flying

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is coming. When? Well, Blizzard isn't going to tell you, but one of the points raised during a Twitter roundtable...
Why do we even have that lever?

Lost Ark tweaks Express Mission Event rewards, sees concurrency upturn

So you started doing the Express Mission Event on Lost Ark but then realized that you had another character who could benefit way more...

Final Fantasy XIV adds in the newest Ultimate fight and adjusts PvP balance with patch 6.11

The bad news of today's Final Fantasy XIV patch is that you will still have to wait a bit longer for new Hildibrand quests or...
The Doom Brigade

World of Warcraft Classic interview confirms that there will be no servers for The Burning Crusade Classic at launch

Was World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade your favorite expansion of all the various updates for World of Warcraft? Were you hoping to be able to...