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5 Ways to Make the Perfect MMO Holiday Event

General -  Column

It’s that time of the year again. Pumpkins are carved on doorsteps, turkeys are cooking in ovens, and families are gathering around for the “happiest time of the year.” With global events like the holiday season being upon us, MMO developers have always taken this opportunity to connect their games to the real world as much as possible. Posted Oct 27, 2014 by David Jagneaux

Catching Up with the Dev Team

Elite: Dangerous -  Interview

Elite: Dangerous is one of the most interesting and anticipated games coming out in the near future and it has recently entered the second beta phase. We wanted to find out what the team has been up to lately and how the game has changed recently. Check out our exclusive interview with Adam Woods and Chris Gregory.Posted Oct 27, 2014 by Garrett Fuller

Oct 25, 2014 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 462 of the Newsletter, we look at RIFT and all the rest of the news from the past week in MMOs.Posted Oct 25, 2014 by Michael Bitton

Ogres, Dwarves and an Impending Update

Landmark -  Column

Over on the Workshop show, it’s a battle between Dwarves and Ogres! Meanwhile in Landmark land, the team announces plans for multi-thread rendering and SLI support in the next update, among other things!Posted Oct 24, 2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Destiny Sales Prove Review Scores Wrong

Destiny -  Column

Too often, there exists a disparity between the feelings of game reviewers and game players. Such is the case with Destiny, the disappointing mega-hit we were told could only break our hearts with the letdown. What’s the deal, games industry? We answer that question, and break down the week’s biggest news, in this week’s RPG files.Posted Oct 24, 2014 by Christopher Coke

Naoki Yoshida on the Heavensward Expansion

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn -  Interview

During last weekend's Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn fan event in Las Vegas, Square Enix, Naoki Yoshida and the development team announced the first expansion for the game called "Heavensward". We caught up with Naoki Yoshida to find out more about Heavensward. Check out our exclusive interview.Posted Oct 24, 2014 by Chris Marlow

Selling Convenience vs. Content

General -  Column

As far as free-to-play monetization models go, there are a couple of different overarching strategies that dominate today’s market. You have games like ArcheAge, which offers convenience bonuses like elevated experience gain, increased labor points, and more. You can see titles like The Lord of the Rings Online steadily offering some convenience and cosmetic items in their cash shops but doing a great deal of business selling content through quests and expansions.Posted Oct 24, 2014 by Som Pourfarzaneh

Shadow of Revan - a First Look in to SWTOR’s Future

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Preview

We were invited to a first look at Shadow of Revan, the new expansion for Star Wars: the Old Republic. In it, players tackle the galaxy-threatening Revan in the third installment of his centuries-spanning story. The event focused primarily on the game’s story and future content rather than the nuts and bolts of any new game systems.Posted Oct 24, 2014 by Jean Prior

Herald of Loremageddon

WildStar -  Column

Loremageddon has come to WildStar, revealing many secrets of Nexus and the wider fictional universe. In this week’s column, Gareth Harmer rounds up the news, gets the latest on Drop 3-4, and finds out how the community is coping with Megaservers.Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Gareth Harmer

State of the Game: People Still Play That?

General -  Column

One issue that's near and dear to my heart is that of dedication to an MMO and MMO community. I wrote about loyalty a few weeks ago, and this goes hand-in-hand with that, but from a different angle. I have a five-stage period I go through when any new game launches. You might be able to relate.Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Shawn Schuster

Legion of Heroes: A Stunning Mobile MMORPG

General -  General

Legion of Heroes, a full 3D epic fantasy MMORPG optimized for all mobile platforms has launched on Google Play. This Free to Play app may change to way you get your MMORPG fix when you are away from your computer. Nexon M brings a huge fantasy based game where you a mysterious hero wielding strange powers and could be the key to the world’s salvation or its destruction.Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Franklin Rinaldi

Ten Reasons to Look Forward to WoD

World of Warcraft -  Column

I’m not really sure what sparked me to create a list for this week’s column. It probably had to do with all the David Letterman I watched last week, which is something I also never really do, but they had the Foo Fighters on all week as their house musical guests and had some tremendous performances. I’ve also been on a bit of a World of Warcraft kick since I logged back in last week to check out patch 6.0.2. Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Robert Lashley

Expanding into the Gilded Wasteland

Swordsman -  Preview

Gilded Wasteland is a new expansion launching tomorrow for free-to-play wuxia MMO, Swordsman. Perfect World Entertainment recently treated us to a demo tour of the new additions players can expect to find when it launches.Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Michael Bitton

Three Things Developers Can Learn from Vanguard

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes -  Column

A few columns ago, I offered an analysis of Vanguard after its sunsetting by Sony Online Entertainment. I presented my case that the game could be considered a success in its presentation of an amazing open world, three “spheres” of gameplay, and a plethora of races and classes. I also touched upon how Vanguard’s bug-ridden launch, lack of features to justify its long-standing subscription, and inconsistent leadership led to its inevitable demise.Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Som Pourfarzaneh

A Gorgeous Handcrafted Game

The Banner Saga -  Review

The Banner Saga began its life as a Kickstarter created by Stoic, a new company founded by former employees of Bioware Austin. That lineage is unsurprising; The Banner Saga is a story-driven, branching dialogue tactical RPG in the great Bioware tradition. Stoic has mentioned in Kickstarter updates that the Android release is imminent, but for the time being we took the opportunity to review the iOS version and evaluate what kind of fit this already critically successful RPG is on mobile devices.Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Pete Schwab

Crafting Writs - A Reason to Log In Every Day

Elder Scrolls Online -  Column

One thing that has always bugged me about The Elder Scrolls Online was the lack of a need to login to do something. As much as it bugs me to admit this, World of Warcraft did it right with dailies. Dailies give an additional reason to login every day, and give another avenue for players to feel like they are progressing. At least they had that in WoW, no so much ESO. However patch 1.5 is trying to change that.Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Ryan Getchell

Building the World of Moonrise

Moonrise -  Developer Journal

Some might ask, “Why bother with story? I just want to fight monsters.” I’ve always believed that good story can only help a game, even for players who don’t consciously pay attention to it. A cohesive, compelling world seeps into your unconscious mind, making the game more immersive, more intriguing, and ultimately more fun to hang out in for hours and hours.Posted Oct 22, 2014

Release 11: It’s Steamy!

Shroud of the Avatar -  Interview

I am quite literally just back from Austin as I sit down to write this latest update on Shroud of the Avatar. I wasn’t able to make it up for my typical week-before-release hangout with the guys, so today was pretty much a drive by. It’s well worth staying up past my bedtime to hack this article out, though. Despite the brevity of my visit, I got a load of cool information to share with you folks, and I’m excited to do it.Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Red Thomas

Sailing to Victory

Wind of Luck: Arena -  Preview

The time has come to hire a crew and battle for fame, expertise and piasters on your own war ship. As captain of a Caribbean, Mediterranean or East Asian vessel, you’ll head out to sea, get the wind in your sails, prime your cannons and engage in explosive naval warfare. Wind of Luck Arena (WoLA) is a Free to Play Multiplayer Battle Arena game by independent developers “Trazzy Entertainment”.Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Franklin Rinaldi

The Perfect MMO For Halloween

The Secret World -  Column

There really is no better MMO to play during Halloween than The Secret World. I’m even lucky enough right now to be playing in Kingsmouth thanks to Murphy’s Lawbreakers. Kingsmouth is of course forever stuck in Halloween. Not only is it actually Halloween there, see the pumpkins sitting on porches and a roadside stand as evidence of this. But the entire setting screams Halloween horror.Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Shannon Doyle