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Perfect Ten: Then things to do when you just want to chill out in an MMO

Let's face it: Sometimes, playing MMORPGs -- as with any video game -- has the potential to stress us out. We might feel...
Ms. Not-Appearing-In-This-List.

Perfect Ten: Ten MMOs I was very wrong about

Here's a not-actually-very-secret bit of honesty about the industry that I have been working in for about a decade now: I am not actually...

Perfect Ten: Ten reasons Fallout 76 is good, actually

Here's the thing about criticism: It isn't mutually exclusive with appreciation. You can like something that you also criticize -- and your head won't...
Effing OOPS

Perfect Ten: Classic alt challenges for MMOs

When you start up your first character in a new MMO, it's all fresh and novel. But if you're the sort of tedious weirdo...

Perfect Ten: More time traveling adventures in MMOs

Writers and geeks alike can't seem to get enough of time travel -- and neither can I! Back in 2017, I wrote a list...
I'm definitely an elf!

Perfect Ten: World of Warcraft’s multicolored elf rainbow

Remember how I managed to get an entire column out of all the different flavors of troll within World of Warcraft? Except I...

Perfect Ten: What makes me feel welcome when trying out your MMO

While it's not "standing in front of your high school in your underpants and reciting a difficult Shakespeare passage" level of anxiety, there is...
This was not the worst, but we will buy the bus.

Perfect Ten: The big book of MMO death mechanic rationales

In the ancient Before Times (so, you know, two years ago), I wrote a column all about the different mechanics that hit you...

Perfect Ten: The most fun pre-launch MMO runs

You know what's really fun? The build-up to an MMO's release, especially when you're really invested in that particular game. Some of my fondest...
This isn't how it had to be.

Perfect Ten: An entirely accurate and unassailable history of pet classes in MMORPGs

Pet classes! They're a very important part of MMORPGs, the opportunity to not just go into combat alone but to march in alongside a...

Perfect Ten: Unconventional MMORPG magic classes

Earth. Fire. Air. Water. These elements are all well and good if you want to summon Captain Planet for some reason, but they...
I'm definitely an elf!

Perfect Ten: World of Warcraft’s multicolored troll rainbow

Trolls have been a part of World of Warcraft since it launched. No, I'm not talking about the jerks who make playing the game...

Perfect Ten: Actually useful World of Warcraft toys

Pretty much since its inception, World of Warcraft has made a point to include just-for-fun items that were more about personal expression and...
Effing OOPS

Perfect Ten: The top 10 things we loved about WildStar

WildStar was a really neat game that was run by people who had no idea what was good about it. I'd apologize for...

Perfect Ten: Underappreciated Guild Wars 2 features

Guild Wars 2 is not a perfect game, but then again, no MMORPG is. I've had a pull-and-push relationship with the game since...
cow

Perfect Ten: The categories of all MMO achievements

I remember when achievements were first getting a pop in the MMO space, or at least when I first noticed it concurrent with

Perfect Ten: Sports-themed MMOs

Here's something we don't talk about much here on Massively OP: sports games. When we think of "MMOs," we tend to run right toward...
cow

Perfect Ten: How World of Warcraft is like professional wrestling

Professional wrestling is not my thing. I say that with absolutely no ill will or judgment; much like the Lord of the Rings, the...

Perfect Ten: MMOs that were ahead of their time

Timing is, as they say, everything. A good idea presented at the wrong time (and perhaps in the wrong way) might fizzle hard when...
Never over.

Perfect Ten: The stages of the MMO life cycle

To this day, no one has a quote as useful on the subject of life and death as E. B. White: "We're born, we...

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