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Isabelle Parsley steps into the Player Perspectives column at MMORPG.com, discussing topics important to her as a long time player of MMORPGs.

Bring Your Own Sand

General -  Column

One of the perennial arguments amongst MMO gamers is the one that centers around Theme Park vs Sandbox games. Proponents of one or the other draw battle lines and argue vehemently that "theirs is the best type" of MMO. In today's Player Perspectives, MMORPG.com columnist Isabelle Parsley takes a look at these two MMO types. She's got a lot to say about them so be sure to check out her article. Leave us your thoughts in the comments.Posted Feb 25, 2011 by Isabelle Parsley

Confessions of an Altoholic

General -  Column

"Hi. My name is Isabelle and I'm an altoholic." Sound familiar? In today's Player Perspectives, Isabelle Parsley takes a look at the travails of being an altoholic, a person who collects alternative characters the way some collect stamps. Check out the signs of being an altoholic and see if you are one too!Posted Feb 18, 2011 by Isabelle Parsley

Meaningful Travel: Make Your Own Meaning!

General -  Column

MMO travel is both bane and boon to those who enjoy gaming. It is bane to those with precious little time to game. It is boon to those who love the truly immersive and realistic experience that travel brings a game. In today's Player Perspectives, MMORPG.com columnist Isabelle Parsley talks about travel and how to make it meaningful for -you-. Check it out!Posted Feb 11, 2011 by Isabelle Parsley

PvP – The Agony & the Ecstacy

General -  Column

For many players PvP is not only the end-all, it is the be-all of MMO game play. Once PvE objectives have been completed, or maybe instead of even bothering with PvE, players enter into player versus player battles to "punch one another in the face". What MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley has discovered is that PvP can be thrilling and excruciating all at the same time. Check out her thoughts on PvP and then add a few of your experiences in the comments below.Posted Feb 4, 2011 by Isabelle Parsley

Guilds – What Have You Done for Me Lately?

General -  Column

In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley takes a look at guilds from the perspective of group-interest versus self-interest and the delicate balance of the two that is required to maintain a healthy guild in today's MMOs. Check out Iz's thoughts and then add a few of your own guild experiences in the comments below.Posted Jan 28, 2011 by Isabelle Parsley

I’ve been WoWed – sue me

World of Warcraft -  Column

In the MMO world there is one large elephant in the room: World of Warcraft. If forum postings were to be believed, there are those who love it and those who hate it with nary a soul in between. But, believe it or not, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley IS one of the in-betweens and she's got a few things to say about World of Warcraft since she's rejoined the game post-Cataclysm. Check out her thoughts and then give us your reaction in the comments below.Posted Jan 21, 2011 by Isabelle Parsley

MMORPG - Where's the RP?

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Hot on the heels of last week's forum discussion about whether or not most player still role play in their games, Isabelle Parsley's latest Player Perspectives column wonders where the RP is in MMORPGs these days. Isabelle has impressive role playing credentials from back in the good old days but admits to sometimes having difficulty role playing in MMOs. Read on and then tell us about your experiences role playing (or not) in MMOs in the comments below.Posted Jan 14, 2011 by Isabelle Parsley

Community a Bad Word? Really?

General -  Column

In Isabelle Parsley's latest Player Perspectives column for MMORPG.com, community is the center of the discussion. At times, it's easy to get sucked into an 'asshat' mentality or to surrender any kind of community to those same asshats. So what does a non-asshat do? Check out all of Isabelle's thoughts and then weigh in with a few of your own in the comments section below.Posted Jan 7, 2011 by Isabelle Parsley

Something Old, Something New

General -  Column

In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley revisits the "Uphill! In the snow! Both Ways!" column of two weeks ago and the discussion that, just maybe, today's MMOs are a tad easier than they used to be. Drawing on her extensive experience with MMOs, Isabelle backs up her assertion with personal stories and experiences. See if you agree and then sound off in the comments below.Posted Dec 31, 2010 by Isabelle Parsley

Have Character, Will Craft?

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Nearly every MMO has a crafting component included. In today's Player Perspectives column, Isabelle Parsley reveals her crafting background and the joy that it has brought her over the years. So why is she swearing off crafting? You'll have to read Player Perspectives to find out. Let us know what you think in the comments below.Posted Dec 24, 2010 by Isabelle Parsley

Uphill! In the Snow! Both Ways!

General -  Column

In her latest Player Perspectives column here at MMORPG.com, Isabelle Parsley takes on players who opine that things were 'harder' in the old days of the game, whippersnapper. But while this is sometimes true, Isabelle opines that the good old days weren't really as good as may be remembered. Check it out, take off your rose-colored glasses, and leave us a few thoughts below.Posted Dec 17, 2010 by Isabelle Parsley

Cataclysm-Me

World of Warcraft -  Column

In her latest Player Perspectives column, Isabelle Parsley reveals her love/hate relationship with World of Warcraft. After a two year hiatus, Isabelle is bac albeit in the form of a trial account. See what she thinks of Blizzard's World of Warcraft as it is today and then let her know what you think in the comments section below.Posted Dec 10, 2010 by Isabelle Parsley

Looking up from the Grindstone

General -  Column

In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley takes a look at what some call the 'grind' in MMOs and that, just maybe, it's not as bad as it's been portrayed. Whether it's collecting materials for crafting or finishing that 'kill 10,000 orcs' achievement, there is something to be said for 'grinding'. See if you agree...or not...and then leave a comment below.Posted Dec 3, 2010 by Isabelle Parsley

Shiny Happy MMO People

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In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's own Isabelle Parsley talks about in-game festivals and world events. Inspired by the American holiday, Thanksgiving, Isabelle takes on world events both raving and ranting about them. You won't want to miss this one, folks, so check it out and then leave us a comment!Posted Nov 26, 2010 by Isabelle Parsley

Can we talk?

General -  Column

In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley takes the issue of voice chat in MMOs. She discusses why she calls herself a voice-chatless fossil and how intrusive voice chat can sometimes be for those who just can't 'tune it out'. Read Isabelle's comments about voice chat and then let us know of your experiences by commenting below.Posted Nov 19, 2010 by Isabelle Parsley

The Tyranny of Items

General -  Column

In this week's Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley talks about the over-emphasis on the importance of items in MMOs these days. In Isabelle's opinion, items are emphasized at the expense of story. Read Player Perspectives to see if you agree or not. Let us know your thoughts on the forums.Posted Nov 12, 2010 by Isabelle Parsley

Content and Controversy

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MMORPG.com's columnist Isabelle Parsley is ready to get going on Player Perspectives. In today's column, Isabelle takes on the idea that many sites seem to focus content on opinions and less on information, passionately focused on the topic dujour. But is that a bad thing? Read Isabelle's Player Perspectives to find out what she thinks. Then, as always, give us your thoughts on the forums.Posted Nov 5, 2010 by Isabelle Parsley

O Hai Thar!

General -  Column

MMORPG.com has scored a brand new columnist to take over the Player Perspectives article series. Self-confessed 'altoholic', Isabelle Parsley brings a new voice to the MMORPG.com team, one that we're sure you will appreciate. Find out more about Isabelle "Ysharros" Parsley in her inaugural column and then say 'hi' on the forums!Posted Oct 29, 2010 by Isabelle Parsley

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