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Too Much Hand-Holding?


WildStar doesn’t hold your hand… it drags you by every body part in a million different directions and can leave you feeling absolutely torn on what it is you should be doing. My question for Carbine and you all is: does WildStar point the player in too many divergent directions or is more always better in an MMO trying to please so many playstyles?Posted Mar 10, 2014 by William Murphy

Can Funcom Blame Falling Numbers on F2P Competition?


This week, mega-publisher Funcom announced its profits were down considerably, and one of its explanations for the drop was heavy competition among free-to-play MMOs. While there's certainly a lot of noise out there these days, with new consoles, mobile games and a new MMO appearing every five minutes, can the company really say competition is the reason it's not doing better? Posted Mar 9, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

The Nesting Impulse: Why Do We Need Housing in MMOs?


All good heroes' journeys begin with a young man or woman settling down and living happily ever after. No wait—that's not how it goes. Generally speaking, few things are as unattractive to brave, danger-seeking types as domestic life. With that in mind, and since most of us play MMOs in order to feel heroic, why is it important to us to own an online home? Posted Mar 8, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Patch 2.0.1 - A Whole New Way to Play

Diablo 3

Last week, Blizzard released the 2.0.1 patch for Diablo III. While it has been in development for a long while, the team behind the update has been relatively quiet leading up to its release. It might be a good guess that the developers of this patch wanted to virtually 'see' players' faces on seeing all that had changed.Posted Mar 5, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Lion's Arch is Under Attack! ...Everyone Go About Your Business

Guild Wars 2

Yesterday I wrote a piece loosely arguing the importance of narrative to an MMO experience. With that in mind, I thought today I'd talk about the successes (and failures) of Guild Wars 2's latest Living World episode, Escape From Lion's Arch. Posted Mar 2, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Is There a Better Way to Enjoy an MMO?

Guild Wars 2

They say opposites attract, and that's definitely true of my husband and me, especially in regard to the way we play MMOs. He's the power-leveler; I'm the explorer. Our natural opposition has caused a lot of contention as we attempt to push our individual play styles onto one another. Try as we might, we continue to wrangle over the question: who's got the better approach to MMOs?Posted Mar 1, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Free-to-Play Fatigue Part II: Bad News for Game Design


Last week I discussed how the free-to-play model has altered both game industry business practice and the collective profile of the gaming public, neither necessarily for the better. This week, I'd like to talk about the negative effect free-to-play is having on the creative side of the game industry. Posted Feb 16, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Free-to-Play Fatigue: Are Micro-transactions Losing Their Appeal?

World of Warcraft

This week, Blizzard announced that its subscription base for World of Warcraft rose by more than 100,000. Since all logic says that a near-decade-old MMO should be tailing off, that's something of a surprise—especially since game industry augurs have spent the last year or so predicting the death of subscription-based games. Is the turnaround just a fluke, or could it mean gamers aren't as gung-ho about free-to-play as business analysts say they are? Posted Feb 9, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

What the Mature Rating Means for ESO

Elder Scrolls Online

"Mature Rating" is the Entertainment Software Rating Board designation of M (age 17+), and the official rating given by the ESRB to The Elder Scrolls Online. The game was just over 60 days from launch when they were struck with this news. In a post by Zenimax, they said, “While we disagree with the ESRB’s determination, we do not plan to challenge the rating, and we are unwilling to change the game’s content to achieve a different rating.” Posted Feb 5, 2014 by Ryan Getchell

Thoughts on the Collector's Edition Controversy

Elder Scrolls Online

It’s crunch time at ZeniMax Online Studios. The developers can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is a mob of consumers, some with pitchforks and torches, waiting to finally play their game. Due out on 4-4-14 for the PC and Mac version the Elder Scrolls Online is one of the most highly anticipated MMOs to come out in years. But you all already know that.Posted Jan 30, 2014 by Robert Lashley

WoW Clone - You Say That Like It's a Bad Thing

World of Warcraft

It’s no secret that World of Warcraft inspires many people to great heights of passion, both because of their affection for or antipathy towards the game. In the nine years since WoW launched, every subsequent MMO has been compared to it in one way or another, usually by those who mean that comparison as an insult to the developers who made the game.Posted Jan 6, 2014 by Suzie Ford

My Own Kobayashi Maru


It was recently spread across the Internet that Mark Kern, CEO and Founder of Firefall developer Red 5 Studios, had left the company he started. Today, in a Christmas Day exclusive here at, Mark's offering a statement towards that event, with perhaps a cryptic hint or two on what's next for him in videogame development.Posted Dec 25, 2013 by Mark Kern

Diving into A Realm Awoken

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

This week Square Enix finally added in the highly anticipated patch 2.1 known as A Realm Awoken. ARA is the first major content update for SEs reimagined Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Guild housing, player versus player combat, and a slew of new features made their way into the game with this update. Read on for our impressions of all the new content so far.Posted Dec 19, 2013 by Robert Lashley

A Guild Wars 2 Expansion Wish List

Guild Wars 2

Is it happening, or isn't it? Whether ArenaNet will admit it or not, we're hard-pressed to believe that a boxed expansion to Guild Wars 2 isn't coming in the next year or so. So today, we're listing out five things the staff of want to see in an expansion. Leave your thoughts in the comments!Posted Sep 23, 2013 by William Murphy

Hitting Its Stride in F2P


Rift has been officially free to play for a couple of weeks now. We've been playing the game as a F2Per and have some first impressions to offer up about our time in Rift. See what we think and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Jul 1, 2013 by Suzie Ford



In this bi-weekly comic, artist Blaz Klaric brings us his irreverent look into the foibles of the MMO worlds we love, and love to hate. Check out this week's installment, Whispers!Posted Jun 4, 2013 by Blaz Klaric

Why Titan Was Delayed and Reset

Project Titan

Yesterday's news that Blizzard had reduced its team charged with developing Titan, the next-gen MMO that's been in production for several years, came as a shock to some. We take a look at the news and specuate about why the decision was made. Join the conversation in the comments.Posted May 29, 2013 by Michael Bitton

On the Duplication Debacle


Last weekend was a rough one for Neverwinter developers and players alike as it was revealed that an exploit had essentially trashed the game's economy. In a new editorial, we take a look at the debacle and what it means for players. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted May 24, 2013 by Robert Lashley

The Beta Is a Lie


One of the more common occurences as more games go free to play is to see "soft launches", so-called open betas, where the team can hide behind the beta moniker but simultaneously profit by taking players' money for cash shop items. In his latest column, Bill Murphy takes on this troubling trend. Read on and then tell us what you think in the comments.Posted May 16, 2013 by William Murphy

Roccat's Ryos and the Power-Grid


Carolyn Koh attended the CES a few weeks back, and while there met with the folks at Roccat Hardware. They were showing off their new mechanical keyboard, and a fantastic set of tools called the "Power-Grid".Posted Jan 29, 2013 by Carolyn Koh