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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 Pokemon GO's...
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 kid...

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 new features,...

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 Access)....

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

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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 becoming a mobile...

EverQuesting: Let’s lay the Landmark hate to rest

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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

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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

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"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

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Just when MassivelyOP's MJ decided to postpone her Landmark stream to find a bunch of fun things to tour, Daybreak goes and does something...
Let's hunt some people.

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

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

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

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

The Soapbox: MMOs and the power of habit

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

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

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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

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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

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

The Soapbox: An ode to MMO positivity

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I had a strange thought the other day, at least as regards the MMO genre. I'm kinda having fun here. I know, it surprised...

The Soapbox: Star Citizen is still worth the wait

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Wow, it's Star Citizen and Derek Smart in the same post! OK, now that I've stopped laughing (again), you can call me crazy because I remain optimistic about...

The Soapbox: The fallacy of ‘F2P insight’ in the MMO market

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I read with disgust a recent GI.biz piece about free-to-play and its supposed coming of age. The business model has of course run amok...

The Soapbox: Can MMOs eradicate pay-to-win?

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You know what sucks about getting old? Apart from the adult diapers and the dying? Yeah, it's the seeing things you love retconned into...

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