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Every week, brings you a sometimes less than serious countdown related to the MMO genre.

5 More of the Worst Types of MMO Players

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Last week’s list of The Top 5 Worst Types of MMO Players was so successful, we decided to listen to you guys and put together another list of the other worst types of MMO players. We took some tips from the comments and have five more for everyone to read about and, more importantly, try to correct in games. With the impending launch of ArcheAge so close on the horizon now, an influx of new players and elite players alike will surely shape that community quickly.Posted Sep 1, 2014 by David Jagneaux

The 5 Worst Types of MMO Players

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When people can hide behind an avatar and fake screen name, it’s easy to indulge in your darker tendencies. Sure, everyone engages in a little new-player grieving, or hogs the loot for themselves every now and again, but some people take things way too far. They may not always be annoying, or even something that you really notice, but the types of people that make up this list are the types that can slowly contribute to the poisoning of an otherwise flourishing community.Posted Aug 25, 2014 by David Jagneaux

The 5 Best User Generated Content Systems in MMOs

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Over the years MMOs have become well-known for lots of different things. Endless hours of grinding, epic battles on a massive scale, and deeply immersive worlds immediately come to mind. One thing that you probably don’t think of however, is User Generated Content. By nature of the inherent design and network challenges associated with persistent online worlds, it’s difficult to create User-Generated content systems that actually work well.Posted Aug 18, 2014 by David Jagneaux

Four MMOs That Died Pre-Launch

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Over the past couple of decades, quite a number of MMOG projects have suffered the rather ignominious fate of being canceled during development. It's difficult if not impossible to say which ones didn't deserve to make it to launch. That said, here are four, listed alphabetically, that particularly interested me. I wish they had been able to overcome the issues that led to their respective early demises. Posted Aug 11, 2014 by Richard Aihoshi

5 of the Best Crafting Systems in MMOs

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For a lot of people, logging on to their favorite MMO isn’t about raiding, or PvP, or dungeon runs – it’s about creating great items and contributing to the backbone of an MMOs economy. I’ve never personally been a huge proponent of crafting in MMOs, but there is undoubtedly a certain type of players that loves the art of creation and trading. Posted Aug 4, 2014 by David Jagneaux

5 MMOs That Did Not Deserve to Die

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With hundreds and maybe even thousands of MMOs on the market, it’s extremely difficult to be competitive and stay profitable. With the move towards free-to-play structures, the genre has seen a revival as of late for many games that would have otherwise been shut down.Posted Jul 28, 2014 by David Jagneaux

5 MMOs to Play with Non-MMO Players

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By design, MMOs are more fun to play with your friends. Most of them encourage or even require grouping for a lot of the best and most rewarding content, which necessitates either being social in the game world, or coming into the experience with a pre-determined group of friends to play with. Sometimes though, it can be hard to find people. Whatever the case may be, every MMO player wishes X friend would play in their favorite virtual worlds with them.Posted Jul 21, 2014 by David Jagneaux

6 Enduring MMOG Beliefs I Just Don't Get

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The MMOG space has never lacked for differences of opinion. This isn't a problem; it would be pretty dull without them. What's more, we generally recognize that it's normal for at least some other people's views to diverge from our own. However, this is an expression of my rational side. At the gut feeling level, certain things with which I disagree are considerably harder for me to “get” than others. Posted Jul 14, 2014 by Richard Aihoshi

5 Singleplayer Games That Could Be MMOs

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As has become customary here at MMORPG, this week’s list is the reverse of last week’s! Previously, we covered five MMOs that we think could be turned into great singleplayer games. Now, we want to look at five singleplayer games that could be turned into great MMOs. With the extreme level variety the genre we know and love experiences in today’s industry, there is plenty of room for new concepts.Posted Jul 7, 2014 by David Jagneaux

The Top 5 MMOs That Could Be Singleplayer Games

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So many MMOs nowadays have evolved into an amalgamation of game modes and content – some stuff you can play alone, some of it requires strangers, some of it is best with friends, some is friendly, some is just for fun. Even though these experiences seem to be getting farther and farther away from what made the genre so exciting to begin with – adventuring in epic online worlds – it has led to creation of a term with both good and bad connotations: solo friendly.Posted Jun 30, 2014 by David Jagneaux

The Other Top 5 Hardcore MMORPGs

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There are lots of awesome MMOs out there. So many in fact, that in my previous list about the best hardcore MMORPGs, I felt like I wasn’t quite able to list them all. Sure, I stand by the 5 that I picked to grace that first list and they are undoubtedly the best, but what about the other games?Posted Jun 23, 2014 by David Jagneaux

5 Reasons MMORPGs Aren't More Enjoyable

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In case anyone doesn't know it already, my MMORPG background began back in the days when you could count all of them your hands and still have a few fingers left over. After playing them as well as observing how the genre has evolved for nearly two decades now, it strikes me that I don't find them to be as much fun as they once were – or perhaps more importantly, as I feel they should be. Posted Jun 18, 2014 by Richard Aihoshi

The Top 5 Hardcore MMORPGs

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Last week I covered the best casual MMORPGs, so it was only fitting that we shift our gaze this week towards the most hardcore games the genre has to offer. I define hardcore to mean games that are inherently designed to be difficult, unforgiving, and intense by design. By this definition, they just don’t make MMOs like they used to.Posted Jun 9, 2014 by David Jagneaux

The Top 5 Casual MMORPGs

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With so many options out there for an MMO to play, there is something for everybody. Whether you’re looking for an epic fantasy adventure, alternate history, sci-fi conquests, or maybe even a real-life simulator, you can surely find and MMO to satiate your unique hunger. Not everyone is a seasoned MMO veteran however. This is our list of the top 5 best casual MMOs on the market right now and each of these would be great choices for anyone looking for a more casual MMO gaming experience.Posted Jun 2, 2014 by David Jagneaux

5 Reasons You Should Play WildStar

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The most anticipated new MMORPG of 2014 is, without a doubt, Carbine Studios’ WildStar. The Elder Scrolls Online has had its time in the spotlight, bugs and all included, so now it’s time for that focus to shift to the new IP on the block. However, before the complete launch that will undoubtedly be full of server stability problems, balance issues, and complaints from the typical “I hate this game, yet I play it” players, let us bask in the glow of pre-launch hype just a bit longer. Posted May 26, 2014 by David Jagneaux

Ten Ways VR Could Make MMOs More Real

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At last week's Game Developers Conference, people were lined up to try Sony's new virtual reality tech and from all the hubbub, it appeared VR's become the new (old) brass ring in game development the way the Kinect and the PSMove were a few years ago. But how would throwing VR into the mix improve games beyond the possibility of making them more “real”? Posted Mar 30, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

5 Reasons You Should Play Warriors in MMOs

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Over the years players have had to make the important decision of which class to play the first time they boot up a new MMO. For some this decision requires weeks, or even months of research. Some just pick what's hot on the forums, and others have a harder time trying to name their characters. But let me tell you that you should just roll a Warrior. Always roll Warrior!Posted Feb 26, 2014 by David North

The Best & Worst Things About ESO

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If you've turned on a computer in the last week, you've probably heard the news: Zenimax is finally pulling back the veil on Elder Scrolls Online. Beginning with the lifting of the press NDA last week and now the total opening of the floodgates, MMORPG has been on the cutting edge every step of the way. I have remained silent, a member of the weekend betas and an occasional visitor to the 24/7 internal test, still bound to NDA. That time has come. Posted Feb 17, 2014 by Christopher Coke

The Most Wanted RPGs of 2014

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A couple of weeks ago, we took a look at six independently developed RPGs that are on the books for release in 2014. In today’s List, we take a look at ten promising single-player RPGs in development or already released by larger gaming studios. See if your favorite title made The List.Posted Feb 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Six Indie RPGs to Watch in 2014

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2014 has barely begun and it already looks like it will be a banner year for the single-player, or small group, role playing game. This level of RPG game development has been largely missing for the past decade but thanks in large part to crowd-sourced funding, both "big house" and independently developed RPGs are back in vogue. In The List today, we take a look at six independent RPGs that are set to debut this year. Posted Jan 27, 2014 by Suzie Ford