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Every week, Holder's Dominion author Genese Davis opines about MMO gaming, the issues the genre faces, and the power of shaping online worlds.

It Continues to Surprise Us Year After Year

World of Warcraft -  Column

“I don’t know how Blizzard does it every time, but they do it every time,” said GameSpot’s Chris Watters after the cinematic for Warlords of Draenor premiered at the Ace Theatre. The emphasis Watters had in that statement resonated with more than a thousand attendees who watched with bated breath as the event took place. Blizzard’s cinematics have always been state-of-the-art examples to the premium quality this company strives to achieve for each of their games.Posted Aug 19, 2014 by Genese Davis

San Diego Comic Con Action-RPG Panel Insights

General -  Column

The San Diego Comic-Con showcased quite a few of our exciting video game panels, one of which was focused on the Action-RPG genre. David Brevik (Gazillion Entertainment) visionary behind Diablo and Diablo II, Jared Gerritzen (Major League Gaming), David Eddings (Gearbox Software), James Schmalz (Digital Extremes), and Chris Lee (En Masse Entertainment) joined me on location to discuss the evolution of Action-RPGs. Posted Aug 8, 2014 by Genese Davis

San Diego Comic-Con eSports Panel Insights

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San Diego Comic-Con showcased quite a few of our exciting video game panels, one of which was focused on eSports. Sam “Samzorz” Hall, Scott “Gandhi” Lussier and John “ZeRo4” Hill, joined me on location to reveal how aspiring gamers can become professional eSports players. Although Ryan “Fwiz” Wyatt and Sean “Day[9]” Plott were unable to speak at the event, I caught up with them afterwards to capture their valuable insight for this special edition column.Posted Aug 4, 2014 by Genese Davis

Five Can't Miss Panels at San Diego Comic-Con

General -  Column

The mega San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) event is right around the corner, taking over southern California July 23rd-27th. SDCC celebrates every genre of the entertainment industry, bringing together over one hundred thousand attendees to celebrate epic fandom, esteemed creators, and breathtaking artwork. And our own Genese Davis will be there, representing on five star-studded panels.Posted Jul 18, 2014 by Genese Davis

Ten Most Voted Female Characters in MMOs and RPGs

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A few months ago, we had an exciting MMO Super Women discussion about what essential elements create memorable female protagonists. We asked you to name the women characters from MMOs that made an impression on you. As a result, we compiled your votes into the following ten MMOs and RPGs. Enjoy, and be sure to add any additional female favorite heroes in the comments below!Posted Jul 8, 2014 by Genese Davis

Twelve Famous Player-Driven MMORPG Moments

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MMOs offer a unique community where friends create a bond and a history. As players invest in communal gameplay they foster social relationships that drive these shared experiences. Moments of this nature continue beyond the game, because of the impact we have on each other. Which of the following events did you take part in, or do you remember? Check out the following list of famous player-driven moments.Posted Apr 30, 2014 by Genese Davis

e-Sports – Pro Competitors Share Their Experience

General -  Interview

We’re seeing a groundbreaking evolution happening in e-Sports as pro players become recognized as professional athletes who are awarded visas and salaries. However, the journey for them has not been easy and challenges are ever present. What does it take to become a pro gamer? Is a viable e-Sports career possible? Let’s meet three amazing pro competitors who were kind enough to lend their thoughts on the subject.Posted Apr 9, 2014 by Genese Davis

Rethinking the Pillars of MMO Design

General -  Column

RPG designers often refer to the four pillars when discussing a new game or concept. Their goals often aim to improve or reinvent one or more aspect(s). SWTOR emphasized the story pillar, while Wildstar showed interest in combat. There are MMOs that aim to invent new pillars like Everquest Next, while others focus on improving a variable within a pillar. Could these pillars of game design be stifling innovation or do they merely keep the design process grounded in what works?Posted Mar 26, 2014 by Genese Davis

MMO Super Women

General -  Column

Batman, Superman, and Spiderman are the most popular answers for the famous, who’s your favorite super hero? question. But what if you were asked to name your favorite female super hero? Icons such as Wonder Woman or Lara Croft may come to mind. What attributes make these super women feel truly real, but also truly memorable? For video games specifically it can be difficult to mention just one or two favorites. And it can be even more difficult to narrow down wonder-women characters from an MMO.Posted Jan 25, 2014 by Genese Davis

Extra Life Gaming

General -  Column

Extra Life's annual game play marathons brings in tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of revenue for children's charities around the world. In her latest column, Genese Davis talks about Extra Life and why it's a good thing for kids...and gamers. Read on!Posted Oct 31, 2013 by

The Crowd Funded MMO

General -  Column

Crowd funding game development has become quite common with the rise of KickStarter and other revenue generating sites. In her latest column, Genese Davis takes a look at some of the most successful crowd-funded MMOs. Read on before stopping in to leave your comments.Posted Oct 24, 2013 by Genese Davis

Q&A with QA

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QA, Quality Assurance, is one of the most overlooked aspects of game development yet, without them, our games would be so much worse for wear. In her latest column, Genese Davis takes chats with QA types to learn more about their work. Check it out and then head to the comments to talk it over.Posted Oct 17, 2013 by Genese Davis

League of Legends World Championship

League of Legends -  Column

Riot Games recently hosted a huge worldwide event for the League of Legends World Championship. Genese Davis was on hand to witness the event and has an interesting take on eSports, in general, and League of Legends' brand specifically. Check it out before heading to the comments.Posted Oct 10, 2013 by Genese Davis

Hearthstone: Applying the Blizzard Touch to the CCG

General -  Interview

Hearthstone is Blizzard's latest addition to its list of successful games. In her latest column, Genese Davis speaks to Lead Game Designer Eric Dodds about the game. See what he had to say before heading to the comments.Posted Oct 2, 2013 by Genese Davis

Day One (A Launch Tale)

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Launching an MMO is not an easy task. Take, for instance, the recent bumps that FFXIV faced. In her latest column, Genese Davis offers us a fictionalized account of launching a new MMO. Enjoy the tale and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Sep 26, 2013 by Genese Davis

Lore Novels

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Last week, Genese Davis profiled books that are about gamers and MMOs. In this week's column, she sheds the light on companion novels to some of our favorite MMOs. See what made her list and see how many you've read. Did she miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments.Posted Sep 19, 2013 by Genese Davis

Nine Recent MMORPG Novels

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As the games we play become more and more mainstream, they begin to appear in other places in our lives, literature, for instance. In her latest column, Genese Davis profiles nine new books based in and around the MMO genre. Read on and then let us know what you think in the comments.Posted Sep 12, 2013 by Genese Davis

Used Games and You

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The used game market is one of the most controversial topics in gaming today. Do players "own" or "license" their games? In today's column, Genese Davis takes a look at the topic and offers some history and opinion about used games. Check it out and leave your opinions in the comments.Posted Sep 5, 2013 by Genese Davis

Beginnings: Books & FFXIV

General -  Column

Last weekend's launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was a huge event, both for players and developers. The excitement over a launch is similar to that an author goes through when planning a start to a new book. In her latest column, Genese Davis looks at the parallels. See what she's got to say before heading to the comments.Posted Aug 29, 2013 by Genese Davis

Paul Dean, Champion of Arcade eSports

General -  Interview

eSports may seem like all the "new" rage in the games' space these days but, in truth, it's been around much longer. Genese Davis conducted a fascinating interview with one of the legends of eSports, Paul Dean. See what he has to say about his years in the spotlight and about the new generations' version. Posted Aug 22, 2013 by Genese Davis

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