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Final Fantasy XI launches a new website for its upcoming 20-year anniversary

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It's not long now before Final Fantasy XI manages to hit its 20th anniversary. Sure, it's going to be a little while longer, but...
Close enough.

Blizzard teams up with Z-Man Games for a Pandemic-style World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King game

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We all know that if there's one thing people still love about World of Warcraft, it's Wrath of the Lich King. It makes a...

Age of Empires II Definitive Edition begins testing co-op campaigns

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E3 saw the reveal of an October release date for Age of Empires IV, but its much beloved predecessor is not being left behind....

World of Warships spearheads 17-hour international virtual museum hop next week

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If the suggestive World of Warships transmedia synergy we joked about earlier this week didn't grab you, maybe this much more serious and wholesome...

Desert Oasis: A brief history Kakao Games, Black Desert’s former PC publisher

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It's been a busy couple of months for Pearl Abyss and Kakao games. While Black Desert players knew about Pearl Abyss taking up self publishing...
Still.

The Daily Grind: Which doomed MMO would you love to play again from launch?

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Good news! Your friend, Professor Hypothetical-Question, has developed a time machine! Unfortunately, it's pretty limited. It will allow you to do one thing and...
Pepperidge Farm remembers.

The Daily Grind: How solid do you think your memory of your favorite MMO’s history is?

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Ages ago, I wrote a column in which I jokingly pointed out that in order to really get the WoW Classic experience, you should need...
A bunny must jump.

A new interview reveals how Naoki Yoshida leveraged charisma and spreadsheets to make Final Fantasy XIV happen

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We all know that Final Fantasy XIV is a big success story. So what's the secret behind Naoki Yoshida taking the game from zero...
Another one of these, but the art is more boring.

David Brevik discusses how Diablo 2’s development was marked with a year of crunch

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It's easy to think of "crunch" in game development being something of a more recent phenomenon as we've heard more about it. It's also...
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

World of Warcraft has been post-Pandaria longer than it has been pre-Pandaria (in the EU)

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When dealing with a long-running MMO, it's easy to sort its history into eras based on expansions. But it's also good to remember that...

The Game Archaeologist: The virtual worlds of the 1990s

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With the increased speeds of modems and the move into 3-D space in the 1990s, some game designers thought it was a logical conclusion...
lol so randum

The Daily Grind: Were you present for any historic MMO events?

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For all the talk of world firsts, server firsts, and so forth, the real notable MMO events are usually ones that just seem to...
Herp to the derp.

WoW Factor: A history of itemization in World of Warcraft

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Huh. You know, I really thought I'd written about the whole Corruption system in World of Warcraft's upcoming 8.3 before now in a format more...
All she really wants is pants; is that so wrong?

The Daily Grind: What MMO did you not give enough credit until after the fact?

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Sometimes I ask myself whether I really liked WildStar as much as it deserved. Obviously, it's a kind of inherently silly line of thinking;...
Texty!

Tracing the lineage of the modern MMORPG

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Do you ever wonder where the MMORPG was born? If you said, "The internet, duh," you're technically correct but also a huge smartass. But...
Fun is sometimes relative.

The Daily Grind: When did you start playing MMOs?

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This is a fun and simple question that is also remarkably complex to answer, because there are so many different ways to answer it....
This is wholly appropriate

PlanetSide 2 celebrates 20 years of EverQuest with a new objective line

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Just because the big milestone anniversary this year is for EverQuest and not PlanetSide 2 doesn't mean that the latter title needs to be left out...
THE LAW

The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs that turn you off just based on history?

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We were having an interesting discussion in work chat the other day about EVE Online involving Brendan and me. Brendan, obviously, is the expert on...
Warping shadow.

The Daily Grind: When did you realize you were no longer a beginner in an MMO?

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I tend to think of myself as a beginner in any given MMO for a really long time. Like, to the point where I'll have...
THE RESTLESS SOULS OF THE DAMNED, I CHOOSE YOU!

Long before Diablo Immortal, the franchise nearly had… Diablo Junior

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We hear that if you look into a mirror with the lights off and say "Diablo Immortal" three times, the Prime Evil himself will...

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