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This seems like more of a half-move.

Vague Patch Notes: On balance and differentiation in MMOs

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Do you like fighting games? I don't. Let's talk about fighting games. But bear with me because you'll get where this is going. While I...

The Soapbox: The western port of Bless Online feels like a curse

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To say that the development of Neowiz’s high-fantasy MMO Bless has been somewhat beleaguered would be an understatement. Since the Korean import’s...
The Guitar Hero rush hit us all.

The Soapbox: Do MMOs still fall victim to the copycat curse?

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When Radical Heights launched, I was inspired to put together a whole Perfect Ten about why trend-chasing doesn't work for online games....

The Soapbox: Three augmented reality game problems (most) MMOs don’t have – and one thing they do so much better

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I'd like to think that I'm kind of a healthy gamer. While MMOs take a lot of time, the nice thing is that...
I own two books about this game's lore, for reference.

The Soapbox: Six responses to the ‘gaming is wrong/evil/an addiction’ argument

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I recently went on a rant about gaming, but it wasn't directed at gaming. It was in defense of gaming. I am so weary...

The Soapbox: Confessions of a serial hoarder (in MMORPGs)

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How much is too much? To some, that might seem like a reasonable question. But I knew. I knew. There is no such thing as...

The Soapbox: Evaluating gaming monetization through the lens of Nintendo’s mobile history

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Bloggers and journalists throughout the online gaming industry have been talking about monetization a lot lately. It's not just lockbox/gachapon scandals, or...
Oh, wow, maps. What an amazingly new concept.

The Soapbox: Inconvenience is not immersion in MMOs or anywhere else

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Inconvenience is not immersion. This strikes me as something rather ridiculous to type; to mildly paraphrase Dan Harmon, it seems like should be one...
Awesome. Very impressive. Great job.

The Soapbox: The long tail of game development isn’t an excuse for gouging

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Don't be too mad at Star Wars: Battlefront II. It's a symptom of a problem, not the cause. I mean, be mad at...

The Soapbox: NCsoft’s bizarre silence on Aion’s server merges says everything you need to know

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NCsoft done messed up. Again. Yes, I know the studio has already had a few black eyes for other things throughout the years,...
We never like these things.

But seriously, lockboxes suck, even if the ESRB doesn’t think they’re gambling. Stop buying lockboxes.

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So, MMO players. Are you tired of hearing about lockboxes and gambleboxes? It feels like we've been complaining about them for like six or...
The world needs heroes willing to put up with SO MUCH crap.

The Soapbox: Getting to the heart of toxicity in MMOs

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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...
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

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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

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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

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

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