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2009's Most Interesting Stories, Part One

General

With December in full swing and the New year nearly upon us, MMORPG.com contributor Shannon Drake writes this look back at some of the most interesting stories of 2009.Posted Dec 4, 2009 by Shannon Drake

Important Aspects of the Franchise

Star Trek Online

MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood takes a look at the Star Trek franchise and identifies a number of elements that he would like to see replicated in Cryptic's Star Trek Online to help recapture the tone and feel of the IP.Posted Nov 13, 2009 by Jon Wood

Keeping the Market Share

World of Warcraft

MMORPG.com World of Warcraft Correspondent Dan Growns writes the ways that he feels that Blizzard is moving toward keeping its share of the MMO market and gives his opinions on what the gaming giant will have to do to maintain it in the future.Posted Sep 10, 2009 by Daniel Growns

World of CasualCraft?

World of Warcraft

MMORPG.com World of Warcraft Correspondent Eric Grucza asks whether Blizzard is now trying too hard to appeal to casual players as opposed to long-time subscribers.Posted Sep 9, 2009 by Eric Grucza

Balancing the Linear and the Sandbox

Aion

MMORPG.com Aion Correspondent Brandon Stiles writes this look at the way that the game's developers mix the design philosophies of a linear themepark with ideas taken from a more sandboxy approach.Posted Sep 1, 2009 by Brandon Stiles

What Dust 514 Means For Virtual Worlds

EVE Online

MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood makes use of this editorial to discuss CCP's recent announcement of Dust 51 and how that game, combined with EVE Online, has the potential to change the virtual world space.Posted Aug 19, 2009 by Jon Wood

A Plan For Effective Live Content

General

Carbine Studios' Senior Systems Designer Steve Williams shares some of his ideas on how live content could be effectively integrated into an MMO.Posted Aug 12, 2009

Another Perspective on Live Content

General

Last week, we presented former Matrix Online live team member Rachel Thompson's response to an article discussing the practical impossibility of live content. This week, former live team member and current Senior Systems Designer at Carbine Studios Steve Williams weighs in.Posted Aug 4, 2009

I'm Sorry WoW, I've Found Someone Else

World of Warcraft

In this correspondent editorial, Robert Duckworth analyzes the five reasons that he has decided to leave WoW in factor of the newer, younger, sexier Aion.Posted Aug 4, 2009 by Robert Duckworth

Why MxO Live Content Worked

General

In a response to a recent Staff Blog post by MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood titled "Crushing the Dream of Live Content," former Matrix Online Live Events Team member Rachel Thompson shares her views on why MxO Live Content worked.Posted Jul 27, 2009

Top Five Pre-Wrath Boss Fights

World of Warcraft

MMORPG.com World of Warcraft Correspondent Angela Lindsey writes this look at her top five boss fights before the launch of Wrath of the Lich King.Posted Jul 8, 2009 by Angela Lindsey

Twelve Possible Classes

Star Wars: The Old Republic

MMORPG.com's Michael Bitton writes this week's list with a rundown of twelve different classes that could be included in BioWare's upcoming MMORPG, Star Wars: the Old Republic.Posted Jun 23, 2009 by Michael Bitton

Improving Game Mechanics

Lord of the Rings Online

MMORPG.com Lord of the Rings Online Correspondent feels that the game's crafting and combat mechanics could use some tweaking and offers his own solutions to the problem.Posted Jun 18, 2009 by Andrei Harnagea

Top 10 Books That Should Be MMOs

General

In this week's list, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood takes a look at ten IPs from the world of books and literature that would make good candidates for future MMO projects.Posted Jun 16, 2009 by Jon Wood

It's All About Gameplay

General

MMORPG.com Correspondent Matt Plourde uses this article to take a look at a simpler form of MMO gaming and asks readers to decide if TomeNEt, a simpler ASCII-based MMO is really so much worse than the multi-million dollar AAA MMOs.Posted Jun 15, 2009 by Matt Plourde

Ten Most Misused Words in MMOs

General

In this week's list, Jon Wood gives us ten phrases that get thrown around to the point where they've almost lost their meaning.Posted May 26, 2009 by Jon Wood

Most Anticipated Games: Where Are They Now?

General

In this week's list, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood takes a look at past and present winners of MMORPG.com's Most Anticipated Game awards to see if, in hindsight, those much looked for games lived up to the hype.Posted May 20, 2009 by Jon Wood

Five Marketing Campaigns You'll Never See

General

MMORPG.com contributor Sanya Weathers takes over the top five list this week with a satirical look at MMO marketing departments as she counts down five marketing campaigns that players will never see.Posted May 12, 2009 by Sanya Weathers

Five 80s Cartoon That Would Make Good MMOs

General

In this week's Tuesday Top Five, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood writes this look at 80s television cartoons that would make interesting IPs for future MMORPG projects.Posted May 5, 2009 by Jon Wood

Top Five MMO Quotes

General

In this top five editorial, Sanya Weathers takes a look at the top five quotes surrounding MMOs and some of the history surrounding them.Posted Apr 30, 2009 by Sanya Weathers