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The Soapbox: The counterproductiveness of limited-time content in online games

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While thoroughly enjoying playing Astroneer's special event in honor of Apollo 11's moon landing 50th anniversary that's happening now through August 31st, I was...

The Soapbox: Hoping for Amazon to succeed where Lord of the Rings Online failed

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It's not often I really get excited about an upcoming MMORPG. Partly this is because of the industry slowing down, and partly this is...
Guns hurt more when you're shot in the back, I can only use this gun for that, sorry, don't make the rules.

The Soapbox: A pre-mortem for Star Wars The Old Republic, a game that never knew what it had

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Would you believe that Star Wars: The Old Republic is shutting down? I'm going to bet that you could believe it, and I'm even going to bet...

Wings Over Atreia: Aion’s abolished trading, and other foolish moves

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So I really did not want to write a rant for Christmas week. No, I wanted -- nay, I planned -- a joyous column...

The Soapbox: I have a bad feeling about Anthem

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As I watched Nick Tarabay stand on stage hype up the audience in the Main Theater for PAX West 2018, I thought it was...
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 Western release...
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. Obviously, my...

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 their...
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 their relationship...
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 of...
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 people...

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, but...
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 the...
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 to...

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