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Mark Kern didn’t just quit WoW Classic: He accused his old Firefall studio of Chinese corruption

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Earlier this week, we reported that former World of Warcraft Team Lead Mark Kern had very publicly posted that he was quitting WoW...

Massively Overthinking: MMOs, challenge, and flow

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A couple of weeks ago, MMO developer Mark Kern tweeted a controversial claim about how challenge and interactivity is the point of games...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that set themselves up as spiritual successors

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As with the larger video game market, sequels aren't unknown in the MMO space. We've seen studios take a stab at following up successful...
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Mark Kern’s crowdfunded MMO shooter Em-8ER has ‘nearly’ finished its demo characters

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It's been a while since we checked in on Em-8ER, Mark Kern's frustratingly named "massive planetary wargame," so we're rectifying that today. MMO players...

Em-8ER lands Firefall’s composer, works on demo

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So what has Mark Kern's Em-8ER been up to these past couple of months? The team shared the latest news about the giant...

Firefall will officially sunset tomorrow

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Did our article yesterday on MMOs in limbo knock one loose? Probably not, but one of them is sunsetting all the same:
Into the unknown.

Perfect Ten: MMOs in limbo

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The one thing that I thought we could all count on forever was that the MMO life cycle was pretty easy to understand. A...
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Em-8ER funds on Indiegogo and adds new stretch goals

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If you were worried that Mark Kern's Em-8ER (properly pronounced "eem-eight-er" for those willing to die upon snarky hills) wouldn't fund on...

Mark Kern will share Em-8ER’s design vision – for a price

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Em-8ER, Mark Kern's attempt at subverting game naming conventions (and also something about giant mechs), is launching its next limited fundraiser...

Em-8er creates 20-page ‘pitch’ book to sell the game concept

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Mark Kern's Em-8er project has reached another internal milestone, with the team achieving a few small (and decidedly quirky) goals such...

Mark Kern’s Em-8ER on omniframe classes, THMPR animations

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Mark Kern's crowdfunded MMO-shooter Em-8ER has a slew of new videos out this week featuring animations for the THMPR, finishing off...
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The Soapbox: What the Mass Effect Andromeda kerfuffle ought to teach us about games criticism

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Today is the official release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which was preceded by the frankly baffling decision to allow people access to an early...
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Mark Kern’s Em-8er lore combines Nazis, ghosts, and terraforming

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"Welcome to the world of Ember, or as star charts designate it, Em-8ER ('E-M-Eight-E-R')," says a new dev blog from Mark Kern's

Em8er steps gingerly across its fire and ice tiles

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Virtual landsapes are made up of thousands of tiles that are shaped and forged into landmarks and obstacles. The first steps to making

Mark Kern offers Em-8ER credit to Firefall players and founders

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If you're a former Firefall player -- or a current one, since technically it's still alive -- and you are looking forward...

Mark Kern’s Em-8ER posts a new THMPR modeling video

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Em-8ER, the Mark Kern-led "massive planetary wargame" shooter formerly known as (and still pronounced like) Ember, has a new video out...

Firefall: The dead game that won’t die

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2016 was not Firefall's year. I'm not sure which year was its year, honestly, what with the e-sports bus fiasco and suspension of PvP...

MMO Year in Review: WoW’s legacy server snarl (April 2016)

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This year, we’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before...
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Perfect Ten: The biggest MMORPG stories of 2016

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As we start to come to grips with the fact that we will be turning over the calendar into 2017 in one short month,...

Mark Kern renames Ember to Em-8ER, picks up Nostalrius programmer

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Earlier this month, Mark Kern's "massive planetary wargame" shooter Ember got a new name and logo: Em-8ER. "While still pronounced 'Ember,' we changed the...

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