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The Devil's Advocate is a place where the MMO-Loving world can go to hear the unpopular opinion.

When Change Comes Knocking

General -  Interview

Change is never an easy thing to take though it is a frequent visitor to the MMO space. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at change and how the communities of the games in question have reacted. Read on before heading to the comments.Posted Nov 8, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

A Deep Sadness with Culture

General -  Column

There is little argument that MMO players represent a microcosm of the world at large. Occasionally, however, gaming becomes an escape from the forces that shape our lives. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at culture, gaming, sadness, escapism and more. Check it out and then leave us our thoughts in the comments.Posted Oct 18, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Sex & MMOs Part 1

General -  Column

Sex in MMOs is always a "hot" topic. In our latest Devil's Advocate, we tackle the subject with some interesting thoughts. See what we think before heading to the comments to add your own.Posted Oct 7, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Calamities and the Internet Response League

General -  Column

The world is rife with natural and man-made disasters. As the Internet has grown, so has the ability to keep informed. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at an organization, The Internet Response League. See what it's all about before tendering your thoughts in the comments.Posted Sep 27, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

A WAR Worth Fighting For?

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning -  Column

The news that Warhammer Online: Age of Recknoning is closing in December has come as a shock to some. In today's Devil's Advocate, we peer into the crystal ball to examine things that just might have prevented this sad happening. See what we think before leaving your own ideas in the comments.Posted Sep 20, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Sub Standard

General -  Column

The talk about subscription-based games has been ongoing for the past several weeks since several major titles announced their intentions to utilize subs. In our latest Devil's Advocate, we revisit the topic with a few additional thoughts about the revenue model. Read on and then leave your reactions in the comments.Posted Sep 13, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

The Petulant Child of PAX

General -  Column

It is no secret that the writers and creators of the Penny Arcade comic and the founders of the PAX convention series have been the center of several year's worth of controversy. In our latest Devil's Advocate column, we take a look at some of that controversy and offer a few thoughts. Read on before heading to the comments to add your voice to the discussion.Posted Sep 6, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

The 'Let's Play' FFXIV Impasse

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn -  Column

To today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at this summer's most anticipated MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and a topic that many players may not be aware of as they log into the game. Find out what you might be missing and then head to the comments to leave us your thoughts.Posted Aug 30, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

In Sickness & In Health

General -  Column

Illness is a fact of life and is occasionally introduced into the games we play. But what if it were more prevalent and had an effect on gameplay? In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at that notion. See what we came up with before heading to the comments to chat.Posted Aug 16, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Games Journalism

General -  Column

Games Journalism is one of the hot topics across the games space with its wide variety of opinions and voices. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the topic from our own unique perspective. See what we think and then leave your ideas in the comments.Posted Aug 9, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Developer Appreciation

General -  Column

Developers get a lot of flack from us players, and more often than not it's unfounded. Like yelling at a quarterback or point guard on your favorite team, we're just venting when something we love doesn't go as planned. In today's Devil's Advocate, Victor shares a novel idea: a feeling of developer appreciation.Posted Aug 2, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

When Power Diminishes Us

General -  Column

Rich and poor are facts of human existence. It's something we all know. But does that same disparity factor into the games we play? In this week's Devil's Advocate, we examine the notion and offer a few ideas. See what you think before lending your voice to the conversation in the comments.Posted Jul 26, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Enjoying r/Outside

General -  Column

Today's Devil's Advocate takes a slight detour to introduce our readers to "Outside", no, not that mythical land beyond your own front door, but, rather, a game that has captured our attention. Find out why and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Jul 19, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Making Stuff, Breaking Immersion

General -  Column

Immersion is always a hot topic when it comes to MMO players. Some want it desperately, others not so much. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the issue of player content and immersion. See what we've got to say before heading to the comments to discuss it further.Posted Jul 12, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Botting is a Weird Word

General -  Column

Botting is one of the dirty words in MMOs today. In our latest Devil's Advocate, botting is the subject du jour. See why we think "botting" is a weird word and then tell us what you think of the subject in the comments.Posted Jul 5, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

A Team Effort

General -  Column

As games today become increasingly "single-player friendly", the idea of group content seems to be fading away as an integral part of the story. In today's Devil's Advocate, we talk about the importance of grouping and much more. See what we've got to say before heading to the comments to continue the discussion.Posted Jun 28, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Commitment is a Strange Word

General -  Column

In the Age of Free To Play in the MMO space, commitment is indeed a strange word. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the notion of commitment and what it means in the gaming community. Read on and then leave your thoughts about commitment in the comments.Posted Jun 21, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Game Vision and Paying for It

General -  Column

Today's MMOs seem to fall into one of two categories: Games seeking a long-term audience that require long-term commitment on the part of developers and games seeking to entertain millions for short periods of time that require short bursts of development. In today's Devil's Advocate, we look at the way games seem to be getting developed these days. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Jun 14, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

A Game for a Mood

General -  Column

Sometimes, the right game speaks to the right mood even if it's not a "perfect" game. In today's Devil's Advocate, we examine why that is so. See what we think before telling us your "mood game" is in the comments.Posted Jun 7, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Neverwinter is the Devil?

General -  Column

Many games these days are labeled as 'evil' or somehow encouraging players to perpetrate horrendous deeds. In our latest Devil's Advocate, we take a look at one game and go through the process of seeing it as the devil. It's a fascinating read that you won't want to miss. Leave us your thoughts in the comments.Posted May 31, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

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