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The world needs heroes willing to put up with SO MUCH crap.

The Soapbox: Getting to the heart of toxicity in MMOs

So we've gotten another post from a developer saying that they're going to really 100% be better about rooting out toxic players from their...
lol

The Soapbox: The disastrous Pokemon Go Fest was just Niantic being Niantic, and that has to stop

I know I complain a lot about Pokemon Go in my articles here, but there's a reason for this. I'm a huge fan not just of...
Vorp?

The Soapbox: Your favorite MMO is going to die

Your favorite MMO is going to die. Don't take it personally, though; every other MMO is going to shut down, too. That includes my...
You should be better at this.

The Soapbox: Lessons Secret World Legends failed to learn from Final Fantasy XIV

I've mentioned many a time that I like Funcom quite a bit. I want to like Funcom quite a bit. Heck, I want...

The Soapbox: Why is Pokemon GO still a tech demo?

I've been a bit frustrated with Niantic lately. I love some of its ideas, but I watched someone else play Ingress prior to
zzzzap

The Soapbox: What the Mass Effect Andromeda kerfuffle ought to teach us about games criticism

Today is the official release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which was preceded by the frankly baffling decision to allow people access to an early...
This is not that lightsaber, but I care so little I'm not hunting down a picture.

The Soapbox: Everyone’s being dumb about Star Wars: The Old Republic’s lightsaber

A couple of years ago, The Force Awakens introduced us to (among other things) a lightsaber that looks poorly made, like a little...

The Soapbox: Pokemon Go Generation 2 still isn’t a real MMO

Pokemon GO Generation 2 is out now, and it feels a lot like an MMO expansion in a lot of ways: We have...

The Soapbox: The sorry state of ARK Survival Evolved

When ARK: Survival Evolved came on the scene in June 2015, it was met with enthusiasm (dinosaurs!) as well as some skepticism (Early...

The Soapbox: Asheron’s Call is dead, and Turbine killed it

You'd think recent news about Asheron's Call 1 and AC2 would be easy to swallow. After all, we'd already been warned that Turbine was...

EverQuesting: Let’s lay the Landmark hate to rest

May I respectfully make a request to my fellow gamers? Let's lay off the hate. It's time to for us to throw down that...
Just admit it's launch day.

The Soapbox: Calling an MMO launch a launch

It's launch. Can we collectively accept that? Marketing, developers, and players alike? Launch is launch. When your game launches, it has launched. If I can...

The Soapbox: Sharing MMORPGs with my kids

"Dad, can I pilot your ship tonight?" I turn around to see my seven-year-old son giving me Bambi eyes with his hands clasped because, somewhere...

The Stream Team: Letting the Landmark (and EverQuest Next) rage out

Just when MassivelyOP's MJ decided to postpone her Landmark stream to find a bunch of fun things to tour, Daybreak goes and does...
I'll buy that for fifteen bucks a go.

How Star Wars: The Old Republic won me over with its endgame

I walked away from last week's Star Wars: The Old Republic livestream pretty happy. Considering that I repeatedly say how much I absolutely...
Very respectful

The Soapbox: Advertising, blacklisting, and critique – The broken incentives of gaming media

This guest Soapbox was commissioned through Massively Overpowered's Kickstarter campaign and is authored by D. Emery Bunn. The opinions here represent the views...

The Soapbox: MMOs and the power of habit

I've been reading this book by Charles Duhigg called The Power of Habit. Actually, the full title is The Power of Habit: Why...

The Soapbox: The fun and frustration of SWTOR’s housing system

When I was a kid, I had far too many Star Wars action figures, vehicles, and playsets. And when I say kid, I actually...

The Soapbox: These three MMOs deserve a do-over

Wouldn't it be cool if every MMORPG that failed to reach its potential were granted some sort of do-over? We've seen it happen once, with...

The Soapbox: Why I’m hopeful for the future of MMOs

Earlier this week, Justin asked what gives you hope for the future of the MMOs. As you might expect, the responses were many...

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