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The Daily Grind: What form of balance is best for MMOs?

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I've been thinking about balance a lot. We all say that we'd like a balanced game, but there are a lot of different potential...
Die, die, die!

Crowfall details the mechanics of death, resurrection, and swapping characters

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You will die while playing Crowfall. That's pretty much inevitable. But you will also never die in Crowfall, because you are not your character;...
And if you don't love me now, you will never love me again.

Wisdom of Nym: First impressions of Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 3.5, part one

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I can't think of the last time I've played through a patch of Final Fantasy XIV as quickly as I played through patch 3.5....
Just what.

A new engine remake is coming for Age of Wushu

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If you had to make a list of the game that currently look the worst due to their engines preventing any better looks, you...

MMO Mechanics: 2016’s MMORPG mechanics in review

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The holiday season is finally upon us: My decorations are resurrected from their dark corner of my storage closets once more, Jack Frost is...

MMO Mechanics: Enhancing MMORPGs with experiential learning mechanics

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Ever since I considered the responses to a Massively Overthinking article in which a developer asked if a prestige system to encourage replaying an...
But not quite so much.

The Daily Grind: What MMO would you like with a different game’s combat engine?

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There are things I really like about The Secret World; the combat has never been one of them. However, if I could somehow mix...
Ah, this was handled capably.

DC Universe Online is overhauling its stats completely

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Stats are a big deal in MMOs. Those little numbers that we try to make go higher are a big part of what makes...

MMO Mechanics: No Man’s Sky is mechanically genius (an ode to procedural generation)

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No Man's Sky has been on my hotly anticipated list for so long, and you might remember that it has had particular mention in a...

MMO Mechanics: Creating engaging crafting mechanics

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I'm currently bogged down in an over-the-shoulder crafting blur, vicariously depleting gold and recommending several YouTube-approved crazy material gathering runs as I get my...

MMO Mechanics: Zonation and scaling mechanics in MMORPGs

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The recent E3 hubub about The Elder Scrolls Online new level syncing mechanics being extended has got me thinking all about the mechanics behind zones in MMOs,...
loud noises

Check out Crowfall’s Druid in action

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The Druid in Crowfall borrows a bit of a trick from the Ranger insofar as she uses more than one ability tray. In her...
A game that never met a WoW mechanic it didn't want to copy.

RIFT offers a quick guide to making the most of minions

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Are you making the most of your minions in RIFT? You really should. Minions are a lightweight way to get a little more out...

MMO Mechanics: Innovating mechanics to refresh Guild Wars 2

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I usually keep MMO Mechanics quite general by looking at several games as examples to highlight my point regarding the mechanics of choice in each article,...
So you're accelerating.

Star Citizen on power, insurance, and minimum viable products

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Do you have a problem in your life with an increasingly skeptical car insurance provider? The first time you bring in your car covered...

MMO Mechanics: MMORPG expansions vs. sequels

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The recent news about EverQuest Next's cancellation has renewed the debate about whether or not MMOs should get sequels, which have given me plenty...
I can see you now.

Black Desert’s craftable ghillie suit counter will be craftable ‘soon’

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We posted yesterday on Black Desert's maintenance and patch, but since that time we've gotten a little bit more information on what's in the...
Ice cold.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 3.2 is a return to form

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I've expressed my misgivings about Final Fantasy XIV's first major post-expansion patch before. It wasn't terrible, but it didn't really hook me in like...
I need healing.

Wisdom of Nym: Aspects of Final Fantasy XIV that could use expansion before the next expansion

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I'm excited about the upcoming Hall of the Novice feature in Final Fantasy XIV's next patch. Yes, admittedly, part of this is because all...

MMO Mechanics: Eight annoying MMORPG mechanics that grind my gears

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The inspiration behind this edition of MMO Mechanics is a recent conversation I had with my housemates about the column and the inner workings...

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