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Vague Patch Notes is a meta design column by Eliot Lefebvre. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

Give me hope that help is coming when I need it most.

Vague Patch Notes: In defense of easy fun, in MMOs and elsewhere

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I don't play video games to be challenged. I play them to have fun. This isn't to say that these are inherently separate propositions. People...
I see.

Vague Patch Notes: Yes, Virginia, that counts as an MMO

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There is a particular comment we get on a semi-regular basis, and it is always wrong. It shows up on a wide variety of...
Plue Brotocol.

Vague Patch Notes: Don’t be the MMO beta defense squad

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Every week, I have to think about betas. I have to think a lot about betas, in fact. More than I ever wanted to...
Welcome to funky town.

Vague Patch Notes: The verbs of MMOs

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Even if you don't like crafting, you should care if your MMO of choice has meaningful crafting. And you should especially care if it...
Mouselook

Vague Patch Notes: Defining the vague mass that is the MMO community

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The community is important when it comes to talking about an MMO. This is an established fact; I wrote an entire column about how...
Venting prevents ex-plo-si-on.

Vague Patch Notes: You are and are not who you are in MMOs

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If you've never been hit in the face, you're not really prepared for when someone does it, much less when it's a fist instead...
Older times.

Vague Patch Notes: Players aren’t the only people who should prepare for their MMO to die

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There are certain realities that developers need to reckon with that start with acknowledging a certain degree of reality, and one of those bits...
As in close your mouth and stop talking.

Vague Patch Notes: Managing the MMO message, volume two: How to shut up

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It wasn't so long ago that we talked about managing the message when it comes to fans and the like, but today I...
Time is a flat circle.

Vague Patch Notes: The wax and wane of MMOs and genres

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I started writing for Massively-that-was in October of 2009. That was 11 years ago. Oh... oh my word, no, that was so long ago....
Ah ha.

Vague Patch Notes: Kickstarter shouldn’t be your investor demo funding

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There are a few things that kind of make me see red about indie game studios. Generally speaking I'm of the philosophy that indie...
Burn me bro.

Vague Patch Notes: Managing the MMO message – and when to piss off your fans

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Remember at the beginning of this year when Mark Jacobs managed to basically enrage everyone with his announcement of another game his company was working...
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Vague Patch Notes: What we mean when we talk about MMO success – and failure

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Yesterday, aside from love being such an easy game to play, MOP's Justin graced us with a Daily Grind asking about why it...
ha ha moneymaking go brrrrrrrrrr

Vague Patch Notes: Why stan an MMO with nothing to show for itself?

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We need to talk about Star Citizen, folks. But maybe not in the way you might be thinking. Not about the game's development, which...
Bad guys. Duh.

Vague Patch Notes: Apple vs. Epic is not good vs. evil

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So Epic has really gone all-in on fighting against Apple here, huh? The company is using Fortnite as a wedge in hopes of bringing...
Work on a team.

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...
I half-see.

Vague Patch Notes: Balance in MMOs is overrated

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Earlier this week, we did a post all about balance in Crucible. It was a detailed post explaining all of the ways that...
Sky sky sky

Vague Patch Notes: No Man’s Sky is the real reboot success story

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Whenever an MMO of any type has a launch that resembles the Nedelin catastrophe, people start talking about what the studio should do...
It tracks.

Vague Patch Notes: New World delays to add the game into the game

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All right. Someone has to ask it, and it doesn't need to be me but it's still going to be me because I feel...
My pay goes up every time I use this picture, because my editor loves it.

Vague Patch Notes: Don’t alter MMO systems for people who never liked them to begin with

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Here's a concept that just would not leave my mind thanks to World of Warcraft, but it's not a bad thing. But in...
I half-see.

Vague Patch Notes: Trying to salvage MMOs from bad launches

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So I'm glad that Crucible got a "pull back to beta" instead of a complete shutdown. I'm surprised but still happy because that's...

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