virtual worlds

Not So Massively: The dos and don’ts of stealing from single-player games

In my last Not So Massively column, I looked at the right and wrong ways for other genres to steal from MMOs. But in...

Massively Overthinking: Reconsidering the all-in-one MMO

One of the forever-arguments MMORPG players seem to enjoy having is the one about niche MMOs. There are quite a lot of gamers out...

E3 2018: Bill Roper on gaming’s smoke and mirrors, Worlds Adrift, and building on SpatialOS

For MMO players, Improbable brought some interesting ideas to GDC this past spring. It also brought some games I wasn't expecting, and the ones I...

The Daily Grind: Will you try Wurm Unlimited?

I don't know what was going on with me during the week of September 16th, but I completely missed the news about fantasy sandbox...

MMO Burnout: Virtual bush flying with FSEconomy

I play a lot of flight sims. The Sturmovik series, DCS, X-Plane, and pretty much every similar title ever released has found its way onto...

The Daily Grind: Is the sandbox MMO resurgence the result of nostalgia?

This morning's Daily Grind question arrives from Kickstarter donor n3v3r3nder, who wants to talk sandboxes. Do you think of the recent emergence of sandbox MMOs is...

Working As Intended: Sex, love, and MMOs

In the ongoing, neverending sandbox-vs.-themepark MMO debate, the folks on the side of sandboxes want one thing: more. Actually they want a lot more. They want...
GTA Online

Ultraviolence, virtual worlds, and why I hate myself for loving GTA Online

OK, maybe that title is overly dramatic. Still, I feel guilty for liking Grand Theft Auto Online. I've touched on this before, as have...
There's a musical joke here between the layoffs and the big musical showstopper of Frozen, but I'll let you make that one yourselves.

Disney’s Club Penguin suffers layoffs

Club Penguin may not be one of the first games you think about when it comes to virtual worlds, but that's kind of a...
Star Citizen

Star Citizen’s SXSW trailer features the social module

Did you miss last weekend's SXSW Star Citizen presentation? If so, you also missed a first look at the title's social module, which debuted...
Star Citizen

Star Citizen promo focuses on Roberts, game depth

Have you seen that new Star Citizen promo from Western Digital? It's worth a look if you're a fan of the upcoming space sim...