Dead in the water.

Vague Patch Notes: When World of Warcraft breaks off your friendship

I spent a bunch of time post-BlizzCon thinking about why World of Warcraft personally bothered me. Not why its design pitfalls bothered me; that's...
Such meaning.

Vague Patch Notes: The meaning of ‘meaningful’ in MMORPGs

Ironically, the term "meaningful" has a long history of not meaning much of anything with MMOs. Back in 2015 I did a Perfect Ten about...
Well... it's a box, and one of the people in it is probably a skinner?

Vague Patch Notes: There’s more to Skinner boxes in MMOs than mere repetition

As I started watching the latest World of Warcraft video to whip people into a furor, I very nearly turned the thing off as...
Strap in, buckos.

Vague Patch Notes: How do you play MMOs when you know humans suffered to make them?

The original Star Wars film was a passion project for a then-young George Lucas, and it was a project that nearly killed Lucas from...
Dead in the water.

Vague Patch Notes: World of Warcraft, math, and making choices ‘interesting’ in MMOs

So if you somehow managed to miss it, let me recap: World of Warcraft's community manager Lore recently gave some feedback on the many complaints...
I'm important!

Vague Patch Notes: Trickle-down metagames in MMORPGs

A while back, there was an interesting set of data coming out of a discussion about Overwatch. The discussion was about the concept of...
Sorry, guy.

Vague Patch Notes: WildStar deserves its shutdown, even though we loved it

Last week, when we heard that WildStar was being shut down, I penned a truthful, heartfelt eulogy for the game as it could've been....
How do I start to say goodbye.

A eulogy for WildStar – a marvelous MMORPG and avoidable tragedy

Friends, readers, genre fans, lend me your eyes; I come to bury WildStar, not to praise it. But just like Marc Antony, I'm going...
It's a tiny little sprout thing. It might kill you.

Vague Patch Notes: Casual no longer means anything in MMOs

Every time I see someone write something about casual players - including me because heavens know I've done it too - I feel a...

Vague Patch Notes: On scaling and meaningful advancement in WoW and other MMORPGs

It seems like pretty much nobody is happy with how scaling is working in World of Warcraft at the moment. The game's scaling means...
This seems like more of a half-move.

Vague Patch Notes: On balance and differentiation in MMOs

Do you like fighting games? I don't. Let's talk about fighting games. But bear with me because you'll get where this is going. While I...

Chinese players review bomb PUBG on Steam over in-game VPN ads

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Valve said it was continuing to seek ways to crack down on review bombing, the practice of...