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

The Players and Their Choice

General -  Column

It's no secret that the winner of the MMORPG.com Players' Choice Award Game of the Year 2012 was a huge surpise and a big upset. Pirate101 scored a narrow victory over Guild Wars 2 and a huge discussion erupted in the official announcement thread. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at why some folks just don't get it. Read on!Posted Dec 28, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

The War Z - Feelin' a Bit Uncomfortable

Infestation: Survivor Stories -  Column

In this week's Devil's Advocate, we take on probably the hottest topic of the week: The Steam controversy that resulted in The War Z being removed from the game portal's stable. See what we've got to say and why the whole mess has us feeling a bit uncomfortable. Join the discussion in the comments.Posted Dec 21, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

The 'Teardown Mentality' Mailbox

General -  Column

In last week's Devil's Advocate, we took a look at the MMO community's proclivity to "tear down" games that aren't the current favorites. In this week's follow-up, we take a look at the community's reaction to Victor's column. See what YOU had to say and our thoughts about it. As ever, weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.Posted Dec 14, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

About the Teardown Mentality

General -  Column

In today's Devil's Advocate, we take on one of the most prevalent activities that many gamers like to participate in: Tearing down any game that isn't their "game of choice". See what we have to say before leaving your thoughts in the comments.Posted Dec 7, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Pausing before Pledging

General -  Column

There is no question that "The Rise of Kickstarter" is one of the biggest stories of 2012. In our latest Devil's Advocate, we take a look at recent changes in Kickstarter and why, just maybe, pausing before pledging is a good idea. Add your thoughts in the comments when finished reading.Posted Nov 30, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

The Burden of Freedom

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

Now that Star Wars: The Old Republic has presented players with a 'free to play' option, many are thinking of trying it out. But, as they say, caveat emptor. In our Devil's Advocate column today, we examine the 'F2P' option and offer some thoughts. Read on before joining the conversation in the comments.Posted Nov 23, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Learning from Old and New

General -  Column

The Devil's Advocate is ordinarily a place to argue for and against certain controversial issues in MMO gaming. In today's column, however, we take a look at who we are as gamers based on experiences in an old game and a brand new one. See what we're talking about before leaving your ideas in the comments.Posted Nov 7, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Levels are Great, Skills are Swell

General -  Column

Leveling up is how we determine how well we are doing playing the MMOs we love. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the nature of leveling and present pros and cons of the ways it's handled in most of today's games. Check it out and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Oct 24, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Concerning Newbie-Friendliness

General -  Column

The utilization of precious resources in game development is always of grave concern to developers and to fans alike. Often, players complain about this feature or that thing being underdeveloped in a game. So, is making newbie friendly games a priority? Find out in today's Devil's Advocate and then lend your voice to the conversation in the comments.Posted Oct 10, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

On MMOs Going Solo

General -  Column

According to our latest Devil's Advocate, there is an increasingly prevalent trend for many MMOs to incorporate solo experiences into what is supposed to be a social experience. Whether or not this is a good things will be left to you decide so keep reading! Add your voice to the conversation in the comments.Posted Sep 26, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

The F2P Misnomer

General -  Column

The argument seems to continue year after year about whether or not there is actually a game that is truly "free to play". In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the F2P designation and examine the argument from both sides. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Sep 12, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Is Guild Wars 2 The MMO Savior?

Guild Wars 2 -  Column

Arguably, Guild Wars 2 is one of the most highly anticipated MMOs coming this year. But can it, will it, live up to its promise? Time will tell. In the Devil's Advocate today, we take a look at that. Read on and leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Aug 29, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Wanting MMO Failure

General -  Column

Some of the most heated discussions on game forums anywhere happen between fans and 'anti-fans' of games, one side rooting for success, the other for failure. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at why it is that anyone would want a game to fail. Check it out and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.Posted Aug 22, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Where Work and Play Meet

General -  Column

The Devil's Advocate today takes readers on a roundabout journey that ends up asking gamers to 'repurpose' a single hour of game time in the pursuit of something else. Curious? You should be! Keep reading and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Aug 1, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Content Stagnation in MMORPGs

General -  Column

It's a common complaint among gamers that MMOs get old very quickly without frequent and -meaningful- updates. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at that notion and offer a few thoughts. Read on!Posted Jul 18, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

What's for Sale and What's at Stake

General -  Column

Cash shops in our MMOs are fast becoming the norm whether in free to play titles or in full blow subscription titles. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the phenomenon and its repercussions. See what you think and then discuss it in the comments.Posted Jul 4, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

The Vanguard Appeal

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes -  Column

Sony Online Entertainment recently announced that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes would be going free to play sometime this summer. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at that announcement and offer a few thoughts. See what you think before heading into the comments to leave your thoughts.Posted Jun 20, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Money, Dreams, and Kickstarter

General -  Column

Kickstarter campaigns seem to be all the rage any more for developers to bring the games -they- want to players without the pesky influence of publishers. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at this new trend and offer a few thoughts. Check it out!Posted Jun 6, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Doom & Gloom for Diablo 3?

Diablo 3 -  Column

In a rather ironic twist, today's Devil's Advocate takes a look at Diablo III and the rather difficult launch that players have been enduring since Tuesday and, just maybe, difficulties that will arrive down the road apiece. See what we have to say about the whole thing and then weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.Posted May 18, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

MMO Darwinism

General -  Column

A new credo has erupted in the MMO-space these days: Adapt or die. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at that premise. See what you think and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted May 4, 2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.