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

I hate everything about you.

Vague Patch Notes: Unpacking the Riot MMO’s group-centric philosophy

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Well! It has been a week, that's for darn sure. And amidst everything else going on this particular week, it would've been easy to...
This is never happening.

Vague Patch Notes: Star Citizen is not going to live up to your dreams

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So the other day, we were reminded that Squadron 42 - which was supposed to be released back in 2014, if you can believe that...
Play to wlin.

Vague Patch Notes: The MMO term ‘pay-to-win’ is a red herring

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It probably hasn't escaped anyone who has been reading my writing over the past several years that I have something of a vendetta against...
Factured.

Vague Patch Notes: Skewed perspectives of the MMO industry

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So there were some surprises when Fractured announced that it had secured a publishing deal with Gamigo, or rather that Gamigo announced that Fractured was...
Magic shield.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs are so stupid and I love them

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It's well past time for me to get something off my chest. MMOs are dumb. MMOs are full of weird stuff. This genre is weird...
Absolutely a niche.

Vague Patch Notes: There’s nothing wrong with being a niche MMO

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So Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen doesn't want to be seen as a niche game. Visionary Realms' recent interview saying so was clearly bewildering to...
Laser needles.

Vague Patch Notes: When ex-World of Warcraft fans become Final Fantasy XIV partisans

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There is a certain stripe of Final Fantasy XIV fan that is exceedingly prevalent at this point, and that type is the rigid partisan... against World of...
You are bad and you should feel bad.

Vague Patch Notes: NFTs in gaming are a bad, dumb idea

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This is going to be a little more ranty than usual. Apologies for that in advance, but... well, we're talking about NFTs. NFTs are...
Not pictured: NFTs.

Vague Patch Notes: The fuzzy reality of MMO expansions

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So for some reason right now, I'm thinking a lot about expansions. It might be because we've got Final Fantasy XIV's next major expansion in...
Not the point.

Vague Patch Notes: All MMO play and no work makes Jack a dull boy

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Here is my hard-hitting New World review: I haven't played it and don't have any urgent impetus to do so, but maybe it's great. It...
For SOME REASON

Vague Patch Notes: Anonymity is not why people are awful online

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One of the intentions of the Vague Patch Notes column is to have a place to share things that we're going to need to...
I can show you the world.

Vague Patch Notes: The problem with flight and flying maps in MMOs

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The other night, I found myself inevitably funneled into a mistake. There wasn't much I could do about it, sadly; Guild Wars 2 had decided...
Feelings felt

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...
Sulking.

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...

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