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

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Vague Patch Notes: Returning MMO players need tutorials too

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One of the nice things about Final Fantasy XIV is that it is explicitly designed by someone who thinks that it's not just reasonable but expected...
Those are people who lied, lied.

Vague Patch Notes: The taxonomy of liars in the MMO development space

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We have talked before in this column about lies and the lying liars who tell them. Those rotten, rotten liars. But the other day,...
Not everything is a job.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs are useless, and that’s completely fine

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When you play an MMO, you are developing a skill. That skill is playing that MMO. It's not a skill with a great deal...
Boredom sets in.

Vague Patch Notes: Why the depth of an MMORPG’s world matters

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The world doesn't need first impressions from me when it comes to Elyon. Why not? Well, for one thing, basically anything and everything I would have...
APAB

Opinion: Free Guy is a great watch – particularly for MMO fans

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I don't wind up writing a whole lot of movie reviews. This isn't because I don't watch a lot of movies or don't think...
This is probably my favorite of the outfits I got, which is indeed damning with faint praise.

Vague Patch Notes: The lesson hidden in the Astellia shutdown

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A couple years ago, an MMO launched named Astellia. It was fine. It wasn't bad. It wasn't good. It was just fine. It was...
We should really have prepared.

Vague Patch Notes: Blizzard may live on, but it will never be Blizzard again

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If you want to chart the moment when Blizzard stopped being Blizzard, you got a really nice data point when J. Allen Brack stepped...
Mean elf.

Vague Patch Notes: Hating an MMO isn’t the same as having a personality

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There was a friend I had at one point who had a particularly annoying habit. Whenever I would bring up something obnoxious that was...
Big.

Vague Patch Notes: Playerbase size doesn’t have to be everything in MMOs

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I'm already worried about Crowfall. Not because of personal experiences, mind you; I haven't yet played it or anything, and all I have to...
Oh snaps.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO players are a bad substitute for professional testers

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Test servers are, let's face it, kind of a terrible idea that just keeps getting trotted out there in the MMO space. And the...
Schwing

Vague Patch Notes: Bugs are hard in MMOs

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So apparently it's been pretty hard to play Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. I don't know from personal experience (fool me once, shame...
Burn.

Vague Patch Notes: The specter of MMO burnout and what it means

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Lately, I've been thinking a lot about burnout. This is due in no small part to the fact that I am majorly burnt out...
It costs.

Vague Patch Notes: Money makes the MMO world go round

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I had some thoughts after the most recent bit of news we got from Star Trek Online about how, you know... the game costs...
It's probably easier than building this fountain.

Vague Patch Notes: The self-made shadowboxing of MMO feuds

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There's no actual feud between the development teams behind World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV. The two teams have congratulated one another on successful expansion...
Balance.

Vague Patch Notes: Checking your bias when it comes to MMOs

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What are your biases when it comes to MMOs? It's all right, you can be honest about them here. Maybe you're biased against games...
Honestly it's almost notable how far any of this is past the point of caring.

Vague Patch Notes: The win state of MMOs

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So how do you win an MMO? The general consensus is that you don't. The whole point of an MMO that this is an...
Dance Dance San d'Orialution

Vague Patch Notes: What we mean when we talk about MMO maintenance mode

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I've mentioned before that this column's title was inspired by the vague patch notes of Final Fantasy XI, and here we are diving into that...
Laser needles.

Vague Patch Notes: Playing MMOs as an introvert

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I've heard people say that the idea of "extroverts" and "introverts" isn't really all that accurate to the way that human beings actually behave,...
We still care.

Vague Patch Notes: The myth of the days before MMO datamining

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For those of you who don't know, this column was named after Final Fantasy XI. Specifically, it was named after the practice that particular game...

Vague Patch Notes: Template

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The other day, I was in the middle of a humanizing anecdote when something happened that was tangentially related to MMOs. This prompted me...

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