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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...
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...
Carry that water.

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...
Oh look,

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...

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