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5 Books that Would Make Great MMOs

General -  Column

For the past year, my day job has required that I commute about 2 hours, each way, every single day. A necessary result of this is that I often end up spending 20 hours or more in my car every week just driving. This leaves a lot of time for thinking, listening to music, and, most recently, listening to audiobooks. This newfound idle time has rekindled my interest in fictional fantasy, something I stopped really reading over the last several years.Posted Apr 27, 2015 by David Jagneaux

Apr 26, 2015 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 487 of the Newsletter, we look at Marvel Heroes and all the rest of the news from the past week in MMOs.Posted Apr 26, 2015 by Michael Bitton

2015: An Eventful Year for Zynga

General -  Column

Those of you who follow me back at my home, MMO Fallout, will be aware that I’ve been paying special attention to recent happenings over at Zynga. To put the news as short as I can: Zynga is replacing their unpopular CEO with an unpopular ex-CEO, and their investors are not happy.Posted Apr 26, 2015 by Connor Wack's Grand Finals Starts in Warsaw, Poland

World of Tanks -  Event

Today marked the opening of the League World of Tanks Grand Finals, and boy was it grand. It began with pounding techno music, flashing lights, and super-macho trailer showing competitive tough guys ready to tank it out, and a huge digital display that counted down the seconds until show time.Posted Apr 25, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

Is Instancing Bad for MMOs?

General -  Column

Welcome back to another edition of Player Versus Player, the bi-weekly debate column that pits two MMO writers in a battle over the issues you care about. Like you, we at the MMORPG offices have been paying a lot of attention to Skyforge lately. Even though there is an awful lot players are excited about, the amount of instancing has players divided.Posted Apr 25, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Steam Plagued with Problems for RPG Gamers

General -  Column

Sometimes, you just want a new game. You’ve made your way through your backlog or scrolled through and found nothing that strikes your fancy. So, you turn to Steam, hit that RPG button and hope to find the next undiscovered gem. Except, it almost never happens like that. You’re hit with a wall of DLC; a torrent of 16-bit nightmares; and then you notice that even the featured games are mostly hybrids or completely misplaced in the genre. With an ecosystem so big, why is Steam so bad?Posted Apr 24, 2015 by Christopher Coke

Five Overlooked Features that Every MMO Needs

General -  Column

We’ve all got our must-have gameplay systems that absolutely need to be present to secure our patronage to a new MMO or RPG on the block. For some, it’s an in-depth crafting system that allows players to create the most powerful items in the game and corner the market with their wares. For others, it’s a fully realized PvP system that requires the use of different strategies and builds, with leaderboards and rewards to boot. Posted Apr 24, 2015 by Som Pourfarzaneh

How Can It Succeed with Such a Small Budget?

Crowfall -  Column

Crowfall may have been successfully funded on Kickstarter, but that $1.8 million raised is a drop in the bucket compared to what's needed to make a game these days. So what does ArtCraft have up its sleeve to still make a successful and polished MMO?Posted Apr 24, 2015 by Shawn Schuster

7 Optional Goals to Reach Before Heavensward

General -  Column

Aside from prepping for Heavensward’s release, here are 7 optional goals you can undertake while waiting for June. These goals are by no means required, but they’ll keep you busy while waiting for the expansion. Posted Apr 24, 2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

What is #IAMTSW?

The Secret World -  Interview

The Secret World Community Team recently started a new initiative called "#IAMTSW" that gives players a chance to participate in any one of several week's competitions. We had the opportunity to chat with Senior Community Manager Laurie Payne about #IAMTSW. See what she had to say and check out some of the amazing creations by the TSW community.Posted Apr 24, 2015 by William Murphy

Bloodshards, Ban Hammers & Beta Tests

General -  Column

Welcome back to another edition of Not So MMO, you’re one-stop shop for opinions, news and insight into the world of games that are almost MMO. Multiplayers, online games, MOBAs and other genres… you know, the ones that feature many of the things we like about MMOs, minus the thousands of players who are on at the same time. Posted Apr 23, 2015 by Beau Hindman

Something Evil this Way Comes

Neverwinter -  Column

I have an interesting relationship with Neverwinter. I used to host a live stream series on our Twitch Channel called the Foundry Focus. Some of you may remember it. Most of you probably not. One of my fellow writers on this site, Som Pourfarzaneh, used to join me when he was still a community manager for Neverwinter.Posted Apr 23, 2015 by Robert Lashley

A Missed Opportunity at Celebration

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

This past weekend saw the advent of Star Wars Celebration, the Star Wars version of BlizzCon or SOE Live, only bigger and let's be fair, better. Hosted in the same venue as BlizzCon in Anaheim, CA, SWCA featured more stormtroopers than you could shake a Jawa at, Star Wars celebrities ranging from Mark 'Luke Skywalker' Hamill to Anthony 'These aren't the droids we're looking for' Forrest. Posted Apr 23, 2015 by Jean Prior

The Plate Classes Revealed

Cabal 2 -  Preview

Over the past few weeks we've covered Cabal 2's Cloth classes, the Leather wearers, and finally it's time for the heavies in Plate. Read on for an exclusive look at the Warrior and the Force Shielder. Find out what makes each unique from the other.Posted Apr 23, 2015 by William Murphy

Specializations Define Roles in Heart of Thorns

Guild Wars 2 -  Interview

Specializations are one of the most keenly awaited features in ArenaNet's upcoming Guild Wars 2 expansion, Heart of Thorns. In light of today's big blog post on Specializations, we managed to wrangle Jon Peters for a chat about the new changes to professions and what they mean for the overall game.Posted Apr 23, 2015 by William Murphy

Black Widow Rework First Impressions

Marvel Heroes 2015 -  Column

Scarlet Witch’s level 52 review as well as Black Widow and Hawkeye’s quality-of-life reworks hit Test Center yesterday and I wanted to take this week’s column to discuss my first impressions of Black Widow as she somewhat recently became my new main on live. While I do understand that this is her first iteration on Test Center and as such nothing is final, I have to say that I’m overall disappointed with the changes, even though I get why a lot of changes were made. Posted Apr 22, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Nexus Is About to Get Loads More Customizable

WildStar -  Interview

INVASION: Nexus is primed to bring some fun and useful things to WildStar players. Chief among them are the new Customization features including a boatload of vanity pets and a new Wardrobe function. We chatted with Lead Systems Designer Joe Piepiora to find out more.Posted Apr 22, 2015 by William Murphy

A Disappointing Week

General -  Column

As any fan knows, part of loving video games is also being disappointed in them every now and then. This week on Tales from the Neighborhood we’re looking at four disappointed blog posts about Neverwinter, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, and MMO communities in general, along with a couple of very positive posts about RIFT’s new wardrobe system.Posted Apr 22, 2015 by Jessica Cook

A Little Rant on Motif-Gate

Elder Scrolls Online -  Column

Before I go any further with this rant, I need to explain something first, otherwise I’ll get Twitter/Steam/in-game messages asking why I’m still playing ESO. ESO is a great game, with a fantastic company behind it. But it just so happens that this fantastic company has blundered and has the community in a stir. With all the commotion that this blunder has created perhaps it will help Zenimax find better solutions to future endeavors. Posted Apr 22, 2015 by Ryan Getchell

Enjoyable, If Ultimately Unspectactular

Spirit Lords -  Review

Faster than you can say: “hey! Get those smudgy fingers off my screen”, we have another iOS action RPG teasing us all to smear-up our once pristine glass. Kabam’s Spirit Lords is a lot like all of those other games you’ve played - namely Torchlight and Diablo – but this time you can control affairs ala Tom Cruise in Minority Report; and that’s cool, right? Posted Apr 21, 2015 by Adam Tingle

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