Front lines.

The Daily Grind: What MMO drop has eluded you for the longest time?

You band together with other players, you go out into a dungeon, you kill a boss, and you take the stuff that boss drops....
Sometimes the game hates you trying to understand it.

The Daily Grind: What’s the most irritating bit of MMO randomness you’ve dealt with?

I've frequently said thatĀ Final Fantasy XI influenced a lot of my later feelings on MMOs, and this is also true of the crafting. For...
This is someone else's problem.

UK NHS director calls out lootboxes as ‘under the radar’ gambling

As much as the developers who make lockboxes would probably like for the random packs of items to start slipping back under the radar,...

EVE Fanfest 2018: EVE Online’s upcoming ‘Into the Abyss’ expansion sounds incredible

While player capsuleers are undoubtedly the most powerful force in EVE Online, there are some pretty scary NPCs lurking in the depths of space....

Crowfall addresses randomness, streaking and deck-style random outcomes

How much time do you spend thinking about random chance? If you play video games, probably a fair amount. The designers working on Crowfall...
Give me what I thought I wanted!

Neverwinter developers are addressing random queue issues

There are some random queue issues in Neverwinter at the moment. By this, we mean that the issues are with the random queue, not...

Overwatch promises to reduce duplicate item rewards in lockboxes

Since the only real form of progress in Overwatch involves skins, there's nothing more frustrating than opening a few dozen lockboxes and seeing every...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most frustrating streak of bad luck you’ve had in an MMO?

There are two things I'd really like in World of Warcraft's most recent expansion, and since both of them are entirely random, I'm flat...
Your manager says you should shut up.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV and the weirdness of Yo-kai Watch

The fact that Final Fantasy XIV has now officially had a crossover with Yo-kai Watch feels rather odd to me. I'm honestly not a...
Deeper than deep.

Final Fantasy XIV hits 6M registered players, patches in the Deep Dungeon

Final Fantasy XIV has now "drawn in over six million cumulative players globally - excluding free trial - in under three years," according to...
There's really only one mode, when you get down to it.

The Daily Grind: What’s the most annoying bit of randomness you’ve experienced in an MMO?

Randomness has been a part of most computer games since the beginning because computers can do math very quickly and randomness is exciting. Oh,...