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The Soapbox: Cross-play, console exclusivity, and why companies won’t play nice

Let me tell you something: As the columnist who writes about Final Fantasy XIV I am so damn tired of hearing about crossplay. Seriously....

The Soapbox: There is no MMO that can fix a broken MMO community

We've heard again and again how the recently launched World of Warcraft: Classic was going to "fix" the MMO community by stripping away...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...

The Survivalist Soapbox: Astroneer’s moon landing update is a time-limited online event done right

I could definitely write a Why I Play on Astroneer (and maybe I still will!) because there are so many reasons this...

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

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,...

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

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

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...

The Soapbox: I have a bad feeling about Anthem

As I watched Nick Tarabay stand on stage hype up the audience in the Main Theater for PAX West 2018, I thought...

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

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?

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

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

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...

Re-examining Asheron’s Call’s Shard of the Herald event on its first deathiversary

Although the Asheron's Call series has now been dead for exactly one year today, it's far from forgotten by fans. It was admittedly a cult...

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

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

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

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

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...

EVE Evolved: EVE Online’s CCP Games is gambling with the livelihoods of employees

Last week we broke the story that EVE Online developer CCP Games is backing out of the virtual reality games market, closing...

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

NCsoft done messed up. Again. Yes, I know the studio has already had a few black eyes for other things throughout the years,...
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...

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