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The Daily Grind: What’s the most annoying ‘dark pattern’ in MMO gaming?

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I've been kind of obsessed with dark patterns - that is, intentionally deceptive or annoying interface design - for kind of a while now,...
The arc of a journey.

Vague Patch Notes: How platform considerations impact MMOs

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It wasn't until I had been working in this field for a while - and as a result playing a lot of different MMOs...
House.

Neverwinter kicks off a special new sort of campaign with the Redeemed Citadel today

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The latest patch for Neverwinter is delivering a different sort of content for players to take part in. It's a campaign, of sorts,...

Valiance Online has extended its open beta event another two weeks

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PlayNYC, the newly digital games con in New York, ended yesterday, which means Valiance Online's brief open beta whereby anyone could play should...

Into the Super-verse: Early impressions of Valiance Online

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When I heard that Valiance Online was going to be running an open beta this week to coincide with the PlayNYC convention, I...

GDC Summer 2020: Accessibility shouldn’t be a dirty word in online gaming

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I don't know about you readers, but one of the first things I always do when starting a game with voice acting (or movie)...

Albion Online’s Rise of Avalon is live with its unique new (and deadly!) roads network

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Albion Online's long-awaited Rise of Avalon update is live for all players today, and I promise I won't make the joke about...
PUNCH! YOUR FRIEND! PUNCH, PUNCH YOUR FRIEND!

GDC Summer 2020: Pokemon Go’s Niantic offers augmented reality design advice

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I was really looking forward to Niantic's AR Game Design 101 panel at GDC Summer 2020 this week because for all my criticisms...

Crucible’s latest beta patch introduces a big overhaul for scenarios and objectives

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Crucible has been one of online gaming's punching bags of the summer, what with Amazon's decision to pull the once-launched title back...

Past Fate promises new spells and skill trees to alpha as its Kickstarter marches on

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As the second Kickstarter drive for sandbox MMORPG Past Fate rolls on, the devs at Icy North Games are still hard at...

TennoCon 2020: The creepy charm of Warframe’s broken frame, Xaku

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When Digital Extreme's first announced that the Broken Frame concept won in the community creation contest, I had my reservations. I have known --...

Overwatch hosts an AMA, Hearthstone adds a playable kitty hero

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You can play as a kitty in Hearthstone. Yes, there's been some patch notes for update 18.0 which sets the table for...

Diablo Immortal offers a slightly gussied-up ‘new’ trailer

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Shh, don't worry. We won't spoil your deepest, darkest secret -- you know, the one about how you're actually still kind of interested in...

Valiance Online posts two-minute gameplay video ahead of open beta

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The other day when I heard that Valiance Online was going to hold a one-week open beta event in August, I rushed...

Red Dead Online ends its content drought with today’s Frontier Pursuit, the Naturalist

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Just two weeks ago, we covered the simultaneously amusing and sad story about Red Dead Online players dressing up as clowns to...

Star Citizen devs discuss the updates, features, and adjustments of alpha 3.10

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With alpha 3.10 now in the PTU, fans of Star Citizen have a number of questions about the update. This past Friday's...

Inside Star Citizen returns with details about building in-game brands and a sprint report

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After another break, Star Citizen is back on its weekly video series rollout as Inside Star Citizen makes its full return. In...
glargh and suchlike

Warhammer: Return of Reckoning makes tweaks to RvR, quests, and abilities

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The Warhammer Online rogue server Return of Reckoning has put out a fresh patch recently, which isn’t exactly full of jaw-dropping features...

Albion Online’s Rise of Avalon launches August 12, hits player testing today

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We've been talking about Albion Online's Rise of Avalon update for weeks, but as of today, we finally have a target date for...

Perfect Ten: Ten reasons Fallout 76 is good, actually

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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...

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