mmo design

Not pictured.

Vague Patch Notes: The negatives of MMORPG rogue servers

10
Last week, we began a discussion about the ups and downs of rogue servers in the MMO space, by which I actually mean we...
waugh? okay

Vague Patch Notes: The positives of MMORPG rogue servers

8
Here at MassivelyOP, we have a complicated relationship with rogue servers for MMOs. We have some pretty firm rules about when covering them is...
Space tourist. SPACE TOURIST.

Vague Patch Notes: Stop giving rich people money to make failed MMOs

86
Richard Garriott has been to space. I'm going to repeat that a lot for emphasis, just because I feel like it's important. Richard Garriott...
Faces and offs.

Vague Patch Notes: When MMOs pit their playerbase against itself

34
Today's Vague Patch Notes is about something weird that I feel like someone should definitely done something about a long time before now. It's...
dang

Vague Patch Notes: Community workarounds don’t excuse broken pieces of MMOs

7
It's many years in the rear view now because these days it's someone else's show, but there was a time when Choose My Adventure...
Ahoyhoy?

Vague Patch Notes: When you like the idea of an MMO more than the game itself

11
So I was reading Chris' recent CMA entry on The Secret World, and I found myself in a curious state. I definitely agree with his initial...
NOW PUNCH! YOUR FRIEND! PUNCH, PUNCH YOUR FRIEND! GET OUT ON THE FLOOR AND PUNCH YOUR BEST FRIEND!

Vague Patch Notes: Pretty is boring in MMOs

13
So NCsoft unveiled Throne and Liberty and it looks... pretty? I guess? But it looks pretty in the worst way. It looks pretty in the...
This is not that story.

Vague Patch Notes: Bro, do you even play your MMO?

20
So Guild Wars 2 had some problems with the process to unlock its siege turtle mount. As launched, it required players to take part in...
Lock'd

Vague Patch Notes: So why do MMO developers gender lock?

48
Last week's Vague Patch Notes on MMO lore and its impact on design decisions produced a lot of good comments along with a smattering...
Long long gun

Vague Patch Notes: Lore is not an excuse for bad MMO design decisions

44
In a previous column, I wrote about how gender-locking classes is bad. This is because it is bad. It is bad in all conceivable...
Boring, boring, boring.

Vague Patch Notes: The metaverse doesn’t exist and isn’t a good idea either

52
You can't swing your arms at this point without hearing about "the metaverse" in some capacity, which is supposedly the reason why Facebook changed...
Back when it all began.

Vague Patch Notes: Looking back on the MassivelyOP magic, seven years in

21
As of tomorrow, we're seven years out from the launch of this site. This means that we're actually into the point when I've been...
Bunglade.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs taking inspiration from one another is not a bad thing

13
Back when Guild Wars 2 announced the Bladesworn elite spec for Warriors, I had a little fun with the idea because... well, let's not...
Garbagia.

Vague Patch Notes: Why play-to-earn is a garbage idea

32
Good afternoon, readers. Do you remember not so long ago when I talked about the fact that MMOs are perfectly fine as just games...
I hate everything about you.

Vague Patch Notes: Unpacking the Riot MMO’s group-centric philosophy

35
Well! It has been a week, that's for darn sure. And amidst everything else going on this particular week, it would've been easy to...
This is never happening.

Vague Patch Notes: Star Citizen is not going to live up to your dreams

222
So the other day, we were reminded that Squadron 42 - which was supposed to be released back in 2014, if you can believe that...
Play to wlin.

Vague Patch Notes: The MMO term ‘pay-to-win’ is a red herring

41
It probably hasn't escaped anyone who has been reading my writing over the past several years that I have something of a vendetta against...
Factured.

Vague Patch Notes: Skewed perspectives of the MMO industry

4
So there were some surprises when Fractured announced that it had secured a publishing deal with Gamigo, or rather that Gamigo announced that Fractured was...
Magic shield.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs are so stupid and I love them

16
It's well past time for me to get something off my chest. MMOs are dumb. MMOs are full of weird stuff. This genre is weird...
Absolutely a niche.

Vague Patch Notes: There’s nothing wrong with being a niche MMO

20
So Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen doesn't want to be seen as a niche game. Visionary Realms' recent interview saying so was clearly bewildering to...

ADVERTISEMENT

THE LATEST POSTS

TOP CONTENT