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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: 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...
See, it's a fountain. It works like a 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...
Burnsauce.

Vague Patch Notes: The fine art of shutting yourself up (so you can enjoy MMOs again)

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This week, an unusual thing happened to me: I didn't really want to write this column. This may not sound all that unusual to you,...
Point.

Vague Patch Notes: The sneering elitism of the MMO term ‘welfare epics’

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A few weeks ago, I saw an MMO player unironically complaining about "welfare epics" here in 2021. This is basically the equivalent of saying,...
Elegy.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO sunsets and the myth of meritocracy

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A few weeks back, I talked about why a given MMO might have failed even when it possessed good qualities. It was a response...
In a world of human wreckage

Vague Patch Notes: Considering the soloer’s experience in MMOs

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I sized him up from where he sat across from me. He was intelligent, that much I could tell just at a glance -...
Bored now.

Vague Patch Notes: The challenge of the average MMO player

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Pick an MMO, any MMO you know pretty well. Pick an MMO where you have a good sense of how much content there is...
Bad people.

Vague Patch Notes: Emergent gameplay in MMOs isn’t a defense of awful behavior

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To the surprise (or at least disappointment) of many, it turns out that some players in Elite: Dangerous found an exciting and fresh way to...
So here's the deal.

Vague Patch Notes: If this MMO was so good, why didn’t it succeed?

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Your mission today, should you choose to accept it, is to participate in an experiment. I want you to write up a nice long...
Yes, I expect to be wrong at this point.

Vague Patch Notes: The difficult value of MMOs

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If given the option, I would probably get a lifetime subscription to Final Fantasy XIV. But the key word there is probably, and this is a...
Not riding a dinosaur.

Vague Patch Notes: What makes MMO leveling feel good?

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A shine of light, a sound effect, a screen graphic. Sometimes you get more fanfare than elsewhere. In Final Fantasy XIV, the game's victory fanfare...
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...

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