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

Reviews and the Bell Curve

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Reviews are always a sticky wicket because of the subjectiveness of the process itself. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at reviews from all angles. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted May 24, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Loving Rift's Shift

Rift -  Column

In this week's Devil's Advocate, Victor takes a look at the recent F2P announcement from Trion Worlds' Rift and why it's a good thing all around for everyone.Posted May 17, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Dead MMOs and Emotional Connections

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When an MMO 'died', most disinterested parties express a bit of dismay but the players who have invested what amounts to years of their lives into the game, the death is much more difficult to manage. We dissect this subject in today's Devil's Advocate. See what we have to say before telling us of your experiences in the comments.Posted May 10, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Sandboxes and Storybricks

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Sony Online Entertainment recently announced that EverQuest Next would be reworked into a true sandbox environment thanks to a new partnership with StoryBricks. In today's Devil's Advocate, we offer a few thoughts about that before asking you to head to the comments to continue the discussion.Posted May 3, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Darkfall’s Disgusting HOGGs

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It was recently revealed that many members of the Darkfall: Unholy Wars clan, HOGG, were banned from the forums for 'griefing' other players. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the kerfuffle surrounding HOGG and offer a few thoughts about it. Do you have thoughts to share? If so, head to the comments to continue the discussion.Posted Apr 26, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Seeking Abject Terror

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MMOs have embodied many of the world's favorite themes...except one: Terror. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at how a terror/horror mechanic might, in the right circumstances, fit quite well within the MMO-space. See what we have to say on the subject before lending your thoughts to the comments.Posted Apr 19, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

A Letter to Mr. Appleton

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Greed Monger has been much on the minds of many gamers lately, not especially for its status as an up and coming MMO. In today's Devil's Advocate, we post an open letter to Mr. Appleton with some thoughts to share about recent events. Read on before logging into the comments.Posted Apr 12, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Unintended Consequences

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As most of us realize, every system created by Man has unintended consequences, including those found in the games we love to play. In our latest Devil's Advocate, we take a look at some unintended consequences in gaming. Check it out before heading to the comments to chat.Posted Apr 5, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Cash 4 Gear

Dungeons & Dragons Online -  Column

Cash 4 Gear is a new phenomenon creeping into the MMO-space, most notably in Dungeons & Dragons Online. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the system and offer thoughts as to what it all means. Check it out and then take the discussion to the comments.Posted Mar 29, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

An Episode of Frustration

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It seems as if gamers often fall victim to corporate hype and have to put up with poor treatment by gaming publishers and companies. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at that phenomenon and offer a few thoughts. Read on and then take the discussion to the comments.Posted Mar 15, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

The Enticement

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MMO companies these days offer their players incentives to invest or to purchase "founder's" packages giving them extra perks for doing so. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the enticement that that fact brings. See what you think before airing your thoughts in the comments.Posted Mar 8, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Beta Do It Right

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In the "old days" (relatively speaking, of course), beta tests in games were literally to help developers find and squash bugs. Any more, beta tests seem to mainly be about generating hype. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at beta testing and offer a few thoughts. See what we've got to say before chronicling your beta experiences in the comments.Posted Mar 1, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Preview Panic

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One of the things that MMO players are used to more than nearly anything else is the very popular preview option that we are often treated to long before a game is released. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at this singularly unique feature of the MMO game space. Read on and then lend your voice to the discussion in the comments.Posted Feb 22, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Room for Many Realms

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There seems at times to be little agreement between users as to what defines a 'good' MMO. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at a recent pair of blog posts and try to find some common ground in the eternal argument. Check it out before heading into the comments.Posted Feb 15, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

I Failed... Now What?

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The issue of whether or not failure is something that should be included in an MMO is today's hot topic of discussion The Devil's Advocate. No matter what side of the issue you fall on, you'll want to read this piece and then hash it out in the comments.Posted Feb 8, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Practical Thoughts on Add-ons

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It is the sign of great intellect to admit that sometimes we don't actually know it all. In this week's Devil's Advocate, we take a further look into game add-ons with some new ideas and thoughts gleaned from you, our readers. Check it out and then add your voice to the comments.Posted Feb 1, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

You Can’t Argue With Add-ons

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Add-ons are those groovy little things we stick into our game files to make our lives in game just that much easier. In today's Devil's Advocate, we talk add-ons and much more. Check out our thoughts and then join the conversation in the comments.Posted Jan 25, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

When Kickstarter Works...

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Kickstarter is arguably one of the hottest topics coming out of 2012. There is, however, a curious thing that happens when a game funds: We are reminded of the past and commentary we may have made prior to a successful Kickstart. Check out today's Devil's Advocate and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Jan 18, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Don't Wanna Win

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There is a thought ghosting around the edges of the MMO community that somehow these massive games we play are supposed to be 'winnable'. But is that reasonable? Find out in today's Devil's Advocate why we don't think so. Join the conversation in the comments!Posted Jan 11, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Virality and Hype

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One thing that every game maker wants for their creation is virality, that word of mouth phenomenon that creates legends out of things that might not ever be. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at virality and its stepsister, hype. See what we've got to say before hopping into the comments to voice your ideas.Posted Jan 4, 2013 by Victor Barreiro Jr.