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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

Walking the Path of Exile

Path of Exile

Path of Exile, the long-awaiting Online Action RPG from Grinding Gears went into Open Beta last week. Now, after some time spent in the Open Beta, our Adam Tingle is reporting on his first impressions.Posted Jan 29, 2013 by Adam Tingle

Give BioWare a Break

Star Wars: The Old Republic

BioWare has been under fire most of this week for the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, that will bring the planet Makeb and same gender romances into the game (among other things). We have some thoughts to share about the controversy. See what we have to say and then join the respectful conversation in the comments.Posted Jan 17, 2013 by Suzie Ford

Review in Progress - Part Three

World of Warcraft

This week's Review in Progress for Mists of Pandaria covers the new Pet Battle System... and why it just might be the best part of Blizzard's latest WoW expansion.Posted Oct 20, 2012 by Garrett Fuller

Glory or Death - Part One

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Square Enix is preparing to relaunch Final Fantasy XIV nearly two years after the first iteration was disastrously panned by nearly MMO player on the planet. In part one of a two-part EDITORIAL at, we take a look at whether or not players should care. See if you agree with Adam and then add your voice to the discussion in the comments.Posted Oct 18, 2012 by Adam Tingle

How F2P Is Killing Gaming – Part Two


In our latest editorial, we continue our look at the notion that "free to play" games are somehow killing gaming overall. Be sure to read this thoughtful piece and then weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.Posted Oct 12, 2012 by Derek Czerkaski

A Veteran's Comparison - Part One

PlanetSide 2

In this two-part article,'s Derek "Cymdai" Czerkaski takes a look at the two versions of Planetside and compares and contrasts the two different designs. Read on for part one, and leave your comments below. Part two will come later this week.Posted Oct 8, 2012 by Derek Czerkaski