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WoW Factor is Eliot Lefebvre’s column on an MMO you’ve probably never heard of: World of Warcraft. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

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WoW Factor: The Shadowlands gameplay loop problem

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A friend and I were discussing World of Warcraft the other night, which is something we do fairly often. This is especially relevant for...
Eightfold path up ins.

WoW Factor: Oh no, not the Sylvanas redemption arc

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All right. So. Apparently people wanted to know my response to the new cinematic mined out from within World of Warcraft. Cool. That's...
All over again.

WoW Factor: The strange diegetics of the Shadowlands

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So hey, everyone may be totally immortal right now in World of Warcraft. That seems like a thing we should examine now, huh? I freely...
I circle the waterfront, I'm watching the sea.

WoW Factor: The five paths forward for WoW Classic

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Throughout its lifespan, WoW Classic has had an interesting relationship with the future. Not just because it is and always was an explicitly back-looking...
Point.

First Impressions of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, part three: Influences and summation

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One of the things that I generally like to avoid doing is comparing World of Warcraft to other MMOs on the market. Even as...
Burnsauce.

First impressions of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, part two: Endgame experience

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Once you get to max level in World of Warcraft, the game changes. This should not be a surprise, as it has been...
Fish.

First Impressions of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, part one: Story and leveling

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In a lot of ways, the problem with talking about World of Warcraft is the same problem when you try to talk about...
All over again.

WoW Factor: A wild theory for World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands

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I don't have quite as much as I would have expected to say about Shadowlands so close to its launch. Part of that is,...
Oh boy, not ready.

WoW Factor: Does Blizzard even know what it wants World of Warcraft to be now?

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Let's start by pre-empting someone who feels very clever. Yes, I hear you muttering "profitable" as an answer. That isn't accurate; that's answering what...

Why I Play: Exploring World of Warcraft as a free-to-play game

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A few weeks back, the Massively OP staff discussed, among other things, whether World of Warcraft's leveling revamp coupled with its continued...
Through the fire and the flames

WoW Factor: Ego, philosophy, and learning the right lessons in MMOs

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Picture the scene, if you will. The year is 2006, and I am working in a library with a number of people whom I...
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WoW Factor: Shadowlands has a release date… again

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I really thought I had written a column when World of Warcraft properly announced the launch date for Shadowlands. Alas, I apparently did not. But...
Actually call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft leveling experiences ranked, part two

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And we're back! Last time, we went through the four lower expansions in terms of ranking World of Warcraft's leveling experiences. This...
Today, in Bad Forward Planning Theater.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft leveling experiences ranked, part one

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Now that the pre-patch is here, you can level through any World of Warcraft expansion you'd like in the order your heart desires! But...

Taking a look at World of Warcraft’s new starter experience, Exile’s Reach

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While we are still in a holding pattern to know the launch date of Shadowlands, the good news is that you don't have...
I circle the waterfront, I'm watching the sea.

WoW Factor: The problem with World of Warcraft’s storytelling

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Back a long while ago, when I reviewed the prequel novel for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, I noted that my general policy has...
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WoW Factor: Shadowlands’ delay is a genuinely good thing – for everyone

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Well, this was a big old shocker for a Thursday night that's going to screw with a bunch of data! Also, it's a majorly...
All over again.

WoW Factor: The stuff I’m genuinely excited for in World of Warcraft Shadowlands

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For the first time in the past three expansions, I am not in the beta for World of Warcraft's next expansion. This is fine....
Eightfold path up ins.

WoW Factor: No, Shadowlands is probably not going to be terrible

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I've noted many times at this point that World of Warcraft does not seem to have done a great job with Shadowlands, at least from what...
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WoW Factor: Covenants have become a Shadowlands prison of Blizzard’s own making

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If there was any remaining question about what stage of the expansion development we were at with World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, this week marked...

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