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Columnists - The Tourist

In this bi-weekly column, prolific MMO blogger Chris "GamebyNight" Coke takes a brief look at a different game each article, highlighting the goods and bads of a "tour" through every MMO out there.

Is Neverwinter Really an MMO?

Neverwinter -  Column

The Tourist is back and ready to roll in 2014. In this latest column, we visit Neverwinter and offer a few thoughts about its status as an MMO. Read on before heading to the comments to chat.Posted Jan 3, 2014 by Christopher Coke

Taking Flight in War Thunder

War Thunder -  Column

The Tourist heads to the wild blue yonder to check out Gaijin's War Thunder. See what he discovered and then leave your own impressions in the comments.Posted Dec 20, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Looking Back at Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft -  Column

The Tourist is our way of revisiting favorites of the past, recent and otherwise. In our latest column, we take a look at World of Warcraft's Mist of Pandaria expansion and what it brought to the game. Read on and the leave your memories of Pandaria in the comments.Posted Dec 6, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Terrible, Horrible Vertical Expansions

General -  Column

Vertical expansions, those pesky expansions that create barriers to entry for new players starting at ground zero. In our latest Tourist, we take a look at the phenomenon and offer a unique perspective. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Nov 22, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Spying On The Secret World

The Secret World -  Column

The Tourist returns with another jaunt into one of today's hottest games. This week, he takes a trip into The Secret World. See what he discovered before heading to the comments.Posted Nov 8, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Visiting Grand Theft Auto: Online

General -  Column

Grand Theft Auto Online has been making a big splash in the game space lately. The Tourist takes a look at the game from the unique perspective of a visitor. See what we discovered before heading to the comments.Posted Oct 25, 2013 by Christopher Coke

The Curious Case of Lord of the Rings Online

Lord of the Rings Online -  Column

Lord of the Rings Online is one of the more well-known MMOs, even given its advancing age. The latest expansion has come out but is time running out on Turbine's license? In today's Tourist, we take a look at LOTRO and implications for the future. Read on before heading to the comments to join the discussion.Posted Sep 27, 2013 by Christopher Coke

That's Not an MMO

General -  Column

Often when a game is listed at MMORPG.com, it is said by some to "not be an MMO". In our latest Tourist column, we take a look at that charge and try to offer a bit of a different perspective on the matter. See what we think before leaving your own thoughts in the comments.Posted Sep 13, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Back to Our Roots

General -  Column

The electronic great grandpappy of today's most advanced MMOs is, of course, the MUD, or Multi-User Dungeon. In our latest article from The Tourist, we take a nostalgic look back at the good ol' days. See how it went in an era of "awesome graphics, dude" before telling us your favorite MUD tales in the comments.Posted Aug 30, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Ashes to Ashes...

DUST 514 -  Column

Our intrepid Tourist is ready to take us on a journey through the EVE-connected world of DUST 514. See what he discovered about the world, the game and much more in this week's The Tourist. Leave us your thoughts in the comments!Posted Aug 16, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Taking on Tyria and GW2

Guild Wars 2 -  Column

In this week's Tourist, Chris Coke visits the hallowed grounds of Tyria as he pokes around Guild Wars 2 to see if the game can re-capture him after an early departure post-launch.Posted Aug 2, 2013 by Christopher Coke

The Death of Hardcore

General -  Column

In this week's Tourist column, Christopher Coke hearkens back to an age long since forgotten... the age of the Hardcore. Read on to see what happened to the Hardcore MMO, and how Chris thinks it could be making a comeback.Posted Jul 19, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Returning to RIFT

Rift -  Column

Now that Rift has officially hit free to play, it's only natural that our very own Tourist will once again darken Telara's doorways. See what he thinks of the new iteration before telling us of your experiences in Rift in the comments.Posted Jul 5, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Says Goodbye to Runescape 2.0

General -  Column

With Runescape 3.0 looming on the horizon, The Tourist began to wonder what the magic of v2.0 was and whether or not the venerable game would continue to compete in today's crowded market. See what he discovered and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Jun 21, 2013 by Christopher Coke

The Tourist Visits Vindictus

Vindictus -  Column

Each week, The Tourist visits a different MMO to offer a quality preview of what players can expect to find. In this week's installment, the travellers have visited Vindictus and offer their thoughts about the game. See what you think before adding your travelogue to the comments.Posted Jun 7, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Becoming a F2P Convert

General -  Column

The MMO free to play market has exploded over the last year or two with decent high-quality games making it into the MMO space. In The Tourist today, we talk about how becoming a fan of F2P is a good thing. Read on to see if you agree.Posted May 24, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Revisiting Vanguard

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes -  Column

With Vanguard's recent free to play conversion, many former players are revisiting their old friend. The Tourist is no exception. See what he discovered on reentering the game and then tell us of your own experiences in the comments.Posted May 10, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Traipsing in Agon

General -  Column

Darkfall: Unholy Wars is getting a lot of attention these days, including catching the eye of The Tourist. Check out our latest tourist's look at one of the day's hottest MMOs and then head to the comments to chat about it some more.Posted Apr 26, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Snarky About Defiance

Defiance -  Column

There is not an MMO that The Tourist isn't willing to visit for the weekly column. This week, The Tourist checks out Defiance and drops in on a conversation between a PC player and a Console player. It's one you won't want to miss! Read on before heading to the comments.Posted Apr 12, 2013 by Christopher Coke

Visiting the Wasteland

Fallen Earth -  Column

The Tourist is off again on another jaunt through an MMO of note. This time, we take a trip to the Wastelands of the Fallen Earth universe. See what The Tourist discovered and then leave your own remembrances in the comments.Posted Mar 29, 2013 by Christopher Coke

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