vague patch notes

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

Oh my.

Vague Patch Notes: Ethics, PR stunts, and the BlizzCon apology

Are you all really tired of talking about ethics and Blizzard in the same sentence? I am too, but a large part of that...
Back in time.

Vague Patch Notes: Does BlizzCon have a future in its current form?

BlizzCon 2018 was a pretty unnecessary disaster for Blizzard. It managed to demolish any hopes people had about Battle for Azeroth rounding the bend and...
Sometimes it's... pretty clear.

Vague Patch Notes: Scammers, grifters, and amateurs in the MMORPG market

There are two apparent truisms about scams in the MMO marketplace. The first is that players are quick to call anything that vaguely stinks...

Vague Patch Notes: Copies, blatant copies, and plagiarism in MMOs

So... this was honestly not the story that I had expected to have wound up coming out of Eternal Magic. I'd been expecting...
We don't mean anything bad!

Vague Patch Notes: Crime and punishment and intent in MMOs

Last week, we saw Blizzard explain its philosophy behind why some World of Warcraft bugs in which players got to get more...
Bart, stop creating a diversion!

Vague Patch Notes: Do video games really need trade shows anymore?

The past few years have seen some really big seismic shifts in the game industry. In the time that I've been working here alone,...
We're going to be here for a very long while, princess.

Vague Patch Notes: Timesinks, sunk time, and MMOs

Here's a fun question I asked myself a lot back in the day: Why, exactly, did leveling take so long in Final Fantasy XI? The obvious...
You won't believe the things I didn't bother telling you!

Vague Patch Notes: How MMO studio communication and player confidence really work

Here's the funny thing about communication from MMO studios: It's vital to the continued feeling of a healthy game, and yet at the same...
Doom approaches.

Vague Patch Notes: How time distorted what ‘hardcore’ means for WoW Classic

There's a contingent of players looking forward to the launch of World of Warcraft: Classic next week that is vocally thrilled about one...

Vague Patch Notes: Lazy MMO developers don’t exist (at least not the way you’re thinking)

The other night, I was reading the Final Fantasy XIV subreddit and came across that gem of all gems for people who love...
lol so randum

Vague Patch Notes: Random thoughts on randomness in MMOs

Here's a fun little trivia fact that you probably already know: Computers can't really do randomness. A random number is usually generated by pulling...
My God, it's full of nonsense.

Vague Patch Notes: Just stop pre-ordering video games

Look, you've probably heard this before, but it bears repeating now: Don't pre-order that game. Pre-ordering games is a bad idea. And this week,...
Go pew.

Vague Patch Notes: Keeping it simple, oversimplification, and MMO design

People who have read my work for a while know that I really like tabletop roleplaying, and I have copies of two of my...

Vague Patch Notes: Datamining, leaks, unforced errors, and messaging

So now that Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers has been released, basically everyone playing the game has completely forgotten that the expansion actually prompted...
Who could have seen this coming.

Vague Patch Notes: Why live MMOs struggle to onboard new players

There are, at the time I write this, two basic approaches for getting new players up to speed in existing MMOs. Both of them...

Vague Patch Notes: The curious case of the esports bubble

I've been thinking a lot about esports lately. This is not actually something I like to think about, mind you; my general attitude toward esports...
Oh bang.

Vague Patch Notes: Don’t take it personal, it just ain’t your (MMO) story

Here's an interesting fact of trivia for you for today: I am pretty much clocked out when it comes to news about H1Z1. The...
Even if our words seem meaningless.

Vague Patch Notes: On fans and fanboys in MMORPGs

When you play Final Fantasy XIV, you are going to be stuck playing one of an assortment of jobs, with no actual customization to...
So, bye.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs are not the same as your single-player games with servers

Recently, I've been trying to get into Bloodborne. This isn't a result of my disliking the Souls franchise as a whole, just that it's never...
Please, just... potter less.

Vague Patch Notes: It’s all right for MMO studios to stop trying

Let me tell you about last year's NaNoWriMo project. If you've never taken part in National Novel Writing Month, it's a great reason to...