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The Soapbox: Why diversifying your MMO gaming is the smart thing to do

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Allow me to indulge in some retrospection for a moment as I sit back on my rocker, squint into the fading afternoon light, and...

The Soapbox: WoW’s talent trees don’t deserve your nostalgia

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As World of Warcraft's Dragonflight expansion marches into alpha testing, we're getting more glimpses at its new/old talent system, which harkens back to the...

The Soapbox: Fallout 76 absolutely needs better social tools to thrive

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Unpopular opinion time: I have to say that Fallout 76... is kind of a great game right now. I know that the launch and...

The Soapbox: Are modern games more disposable than ever?

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Atlas Rogues went out not with a bang but a whimper. I forgot it even existed. And after it closes July 5th, it's gone....
Well... huh.

From the Depths: Everything we know about Wargaming’s exit from Russia

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Mixing gaming and politics is rough. Think back to the Blitzchung fiasco for Blizzard back in 2019. Or when Daybreak was (and then wasn’t)...

The Soapbox: SWTOR’s Legacy of the Sith is bad, but not for the reasons you’ve heard

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I've never been a big Star Wars fan, but I am a big BioWare fan, and after many failed attempts to get into the...

The Soapbox: Single-player open worlds will never equal those of MMORPGs

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These days it seems like sprawling open worlds are becoming an ever more popular choice for single-player games, from the newer Assassin's Creed titles...

The Soapbox: #DayOffTwitch illustrates how good intentions break under bad planning

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Those of you reading this probably know me as someone who wears one of three hats here at MOP: a news writer, the Choose...

The Soapbox: World of Warships’ aggressive monetization incited a mass-exodus of content creators

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Gaming monetization has been a topic of intense conversation ever since box copies of software diminished in favor of persistent online experiences. Subscription services...

The Soapbox: Pokemon Unite’s monetization is gross and threatens a competent game

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By now, you've probably seen several articles about the poor monetization in Pokemon Unite, often based on Reddit posts or streamer hot takes. Most talk...

The Soapbox: Abusing MMO community reps over design decisions is not only toxic but futile

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Recently, an online video game community rep was run off Twitter by "fans." The CM's fellow game dev shared how upset she was that...

The Soapbox: MMO monetization that complements poor game design makes us all losers

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I have a problem: As much as I enjoy games, I can see that many online and multiplayer games are becoming designed more poorly...
That'll cost you money.

The Soapbox: Reconsidering social media as an MMORPG

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At GDC 2011, Raph Koster gave a talk in which he said, "Games are fundamentally social media and always have been." You can watch...

The Soapbox: If you want innovation in MMOs, stop worshiping polish

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Gamers often lament that the world of MMORPGs lacks innovation. It's a frustration I share; this a genre that could be much more than...

The Soapbox: Lies I was told about World of Warcraft

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A few months back, I was feeling restless in my MMO routine. Guild Wars 2 is my MMO "home," so I'm always in that...

The Soapbox: How Magic Legends went wrong with the Dimir Assassin class

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Cryptic and Perfect World Entertainment are known for their love of lockboxes as a monetization strategy. Therefore it was not wholly surprising when Magic:...

The Soapbox: Would Asheron’s Call make a good battle royale game?

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With the recent announcement of Crayta coming to PCs, I was reminded of some discussions on the Asheron's Call subreddit about making a battle royale fan...
Ahem.

The Soapbox: What I want to see in Riot’s League of Legends MMO

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It's finally happening, y'all! League of Legends is getting an MMO! And boy howdy am I excited. While I didn't follow the game in...

Why WB Games should make a new Asheron’s Call game in 2021+: The mechanics

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Just based on lore alone, WB Games should make a new Asheron's Call game. As I argued last time, AC has the qualities of an underutilized...

Why WB Games should make a new Asheron’s Call game in 2021+: The lore

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So we recently brought up how Asheron's Call 2 died twice during the winter seasons, with the second one being a double funeral with the original...

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