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Wisdom of Nym: Evaluating Final Fantasy XIV’s job gauges

The biggest problem with job gauges in Final Fantasy XIV was always conceptual because there were two jobs built from the ground up...

The MOP Up: Mutant Year Zero breaks down the barriers

I think a lot of us unfamiliar with the IP might be giving Funcom's upcoming Mutant Year Zero a wary look and a...
No one weekend should have all that power.

Global Chat: Is it time to get rid of MMO factions?

Factions in MMORPGs are a "love 'em, hate 'em, or largely ignore 'em until the studio remembers it has 'em and decides to shove...
Strap in, buckos.

Vague Patch Notes: How do you play MMOs when you know humans suffered to make them?

The original Star Wars film was a passion project for a then-young George Lucas, and it was a project that nearly killed Lucas from...
so spoopy

Final Fantasy XI prepares for the spooktacular Harvest Festival

So, how do you manage to make things feel spooky in a game like Final Fantasy XI when you have an entire expansion...
Back up.

Wisdom of Nym: Rewards in Final Fantasy XIV and what they’re worth

I saw someone asking the other day what the "point" was to the Doman Reconstruction effort in Final Fantasy XIV. What's the big...

The MOP Up: Dark Age of Camelot allows name, gender, and race changes

Dark Age of Camelot is testing its next major patch, and it has a major surprise in store for its playerbase. "Patch 1.125...

MMO Business Roundup: Bethsoft Moscow, A:IR publishing, OSU esports, SpatialOS, and Square-Enix

Business business business numbers, is this working?! Let's dip into some of the scattered online gaming business tidbits of the week that might...
Spooooooopy

Final Fantasy XIV prepares for this year’s ghostly All Saints’ Wake

It's time to get thoroughly spooked out in Final Fantasy XIV as All Saints' Wake returns once again. This year is even...

Battle Bards Episode 130: Oddballs 2

While every Battle Bards episode is a cavalcade of strangeness, this week the team is ratcheting it up with the return of “Oddball” MMORPG...
Yes, this is one such alt.

Perfect Ten: Ten MMO systems that encourage alts

Here's how much I like having alts: I have alts in Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XI. Two games which are...
le roar

Final Fantasy XIV is weathering intermittent DDOS attacks

Ah, the DDOS attack, a time-honored way of making a large number of players upset simply because someone can. Final Fantasy XIV has...
WHAT AM I?!

Wisdom of Nym: What can datamining tell us about the next Final Fantasy XIV job?

The datamining for Final Fantasy XIV is difficult, because the game is remarkably spare when it comes to pointers for the future. Most...
NOT THE WARP TARU!

Final Fantasy XI’s October update finally addresses Besieged issues

The launch of Final Fantasy XI's third expansion, Treasures of Aht Urhgan, took place in 2006. Part of the launch was the inclusion...

The Stream Team: Back in for Boundless building

Although Massively OP's MJ got a taste of Boundless during her first look, it was only a taste. There is so much more she...

The Stream Team: A first look at Boundless

If it's a sandbox and has voxels, you better believe Massively OP's MJ wants to check it out! That's what she's jumping into Boundless....
Well, we got something right!

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s leaks and the seduction of partial information

I'm going to start off with a statement that should be fairly uncontroversial but could be otherwise and refer back to it: At this...
There's always more to learn. Some of it even helps.

Final Fantasy XIV shares some fifth anniversary infographics

After five years of operation there are lots of numbers to know about Final Fantasy XIV. Long-time players already know several numbers, like...

The MOP Up: Blizzard’s new playgrounds

Ranked Season 4 started up in Heroes of the Storm this past week, and that's just the start of the fun with Blizzard's...
Get thee hence.

Vague Patch Notes: World of Warcraft, math, and making choices ‘interesting’ in MMOs

So if you somehow managed to miss it, let me recap: World of Warcraft's community manager Lore recently gave some feedback on the many...

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