So, fine.

The Daily Grind: Who’s the MMO NPC you love to hate?

I will never stop making fun of Prince Rurik in the original Guild Wars. It will simply never happen. No one else is going...
With strong eye contact.

Wisdom of Nym: What people don’t really get about the Warrior of Light in Final Fantasy XIV

Not so long ago, I saw a very foolish comment complaining about Final Fantasy XIV from someone who did not play or think about...
This went over great.

Narrative director Steve Danuser quietly left World of Warcraft last fall

It turns out that World of Warcraft's narrative director left Blizzard last November and no one said anything about it. No, that doesn't mean...

Vitae Aeternum: The ups and downs of New World’s revamped story

In the early days, I made the argument that New World's narrative, while minimal, deserved more credit than it was getting. Since then, however,...

Eternal Tombs boasts that it’s ‘making the most progress’ in development over peers

Hardcore project Eternal Tombs refuses to see itself as a weak underdog in the MMO race. As the game barrels through development, the studio...
Ashorty got aslow.

Tencent dives into the backstory of Tarisland’s Aslow the Shadow Witch

If you've fallen in love with the unique cadence of Tarisland's not-quite-correct English translations from its various video narrations, you will probably enjoy the...

WoW Factor: For Khaz Algar!

This is not really a column about Khaz Algar in World of Warcraft, or at least not in the sense that you might expect...
tfw no hero missions

Overwatch 2 rolls out its first anime short, Genesis – Part One

Most games wouldn't wait some seven years after launch to put out basic story teasers for the game's entire premise, but then, most games...
The rhythm does nothing!

New World developers talk sandworms and Season 2 rewards in Forged in Aeternum

So where did the inspiration come from for New World's Season 2? Believe it or not, it came from lore notes and a desire...

Amazon deep-dives New World’s baddies and examines corruption as a sentient force

Another episode of New World's Forged in Aeternum has arrived, this one helmed by Amazon narrative director Rob Chestney, lore master Aaron de Orive,...

Ship of Heroes’ ‘bright and positive’ setting masks mysteries to uncover

While most people seem fixated on the fact that Ship of Heroes is an unapologetic spiritual successor to City of Heroes, what tends to...

New World weaves a story surrounding its recently added characters

When New World (eventually) released its Fellowship and Fire update, it added a new quest line that focused on several new characters and Grace...
Real enough.

Storyboard: When is an MMO story ‘real’?

So we've had some fun with talking about MMO stories that are player-driven and MMO stories that are pre-scripted. Both of them have advantages...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO’s lore makes your eyes glaze over?

Earlier this week, Blizzard posted up a brief in-universe timeline of the Diablo IP's storyline, and in spite of my having played these games,...

World of Warcraft previews the multiple variants of Orc and Human heritage armor coming with 10.0.7

While World of Warcraft is not a game lacking in playable races by any stretch of the imagination, Orcs and Humans are the two...

New World plots an event to take down evil Roman bosses starting February 21

New World may not have run a Valentine's Day-themed event, but if that means we get an in-lore event later this month instead, we're...

New World’s devs deep dive the creation of the game’s lore

Lore! Huh! Good God, y'all, what is it good for? Exploring the reasons behind New World's quests and setting (say it again)! Yes, it's...
And listen.

World of Warcraft looks deeper behind the scenes of Veritistrasz’s quest

It's a bit of a shame that one of the most emotionally engaging quests in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is one of the expansion's...

Wisdom of Nym: Impressions of Final Fantasy XIV Gods Revel, Lands Tremble’s story beats

Considering how I've had to spend my last week and change, I am really glad that this patch hit when it did. I wouldn't...
Tales of loss, and fire, and faith.

Final Fantasy XIV’s Natsuko Ishikawa discusses how the pandemic influenced Endwalker’s story

It's been just about a year since Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker released. How's everyone doing with that story emotionally? Still crying uncontrollably when you...