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Heartfelt Tribute Shows Community in MMOs is Still Relevant

General -  Column

When people talk about their experiences gaming online, especially in MMORPGs, it can often feel overwhelmingly negative. It’s not uncommon to hear that MMOs are irrelevant, too expensive, cash grabs, superficial, and at worst, have ‘communities’ in name only, full of either apathy or trolling. Take your pick. Yet, while the genre has seen shifts over time, there is still something about MMORPGs that remains unique, and brings out the best in online community.Posted Jan 5, 2015 by Christina Gonzalez

The Best MMOs with Sailing

General -  Column

Now that the bold new year of 2015 is upon us and we’re striking out into unknown territory, I felt like it was only appropriate that we take a look at MMOs that let you embark on grand voyages of your own. When doing research for this list, I noticed that there are shockingly few MMOs with robust sea-based content. As a result, some of the games on this list feature sailing as an extra feature, while some of the games have sea adventures as the primary gameplay mechanic. Posted Jan 5, 2015 by David Jagneaux

Jan 3, 2015 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 472 of the Newsletter, we look at Pathfinder Online and all the rest of the news from the past week in MMOs.Posted Jan 3, 2015 by Michael Bitton

The Astrologian, The Machinist, and Patch 2.5

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn -  Column

Victor discusses the Astrologian and Machinist and the pre-Heavensward plans of Yoshi-P for Final Fantasy XIV.Posted Jan 3, 2015 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

My Own 2015 Watch List

General -  Column

Rob recently penned his own “Looking Forward to 2015” article, and Shawn did his own take on what to watch in 2015, but since the year’s only just begun and we’re coming off a pretty underwhelming 2014 for new MMOs, we might as well take yet another peek at what the next year could bring us. Posted Jan 2, 2015 by William Murphy

Was Forged Alliances Really Necessary?

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

In their prelude to their current expansion, Shadow of Revan, Star Wars: the Old Republic spent five months giving us new big-picture epic content via four Flashpoints collectively known as Forged Alliances. I spent an afternoon playing all four of them back to back on solo mode now that it's possible to do so and have been left with some questions that remind me of another big-name scifi franchise's first movie: Is this all that there was? Was there nothing more?Posted Jan 2, 2015 by Jean Prior

MMOs As a Grown Up

General -  Column

Full-time jobs, children, spouses… It happens to all of us: the good things swoop in and steal game time right out from under you. It begs the question: are MMOs even for us anymore? We’ve been through the wringer and have your answer, and eight crucial tips to make sure you succeed. Posted Jan 2, 2015 by Christopher Coke

The Skies: Crucial Changes During Development - Are They for the Better?

General -  Developer Journal

Developing a game project of this size poses many challenges - from thinking over the backend architecture to the in-game economy system and more. Sometimes critical changes happen in the middle of development process. Are they for the better? It depends. Let me give you an example of several challenges we faced in developing "The Skies" world and, ultimately, our decisions.Posted Jan 2, 2015

Looking Ahead to 2015

General -  Column

Hello everyone and welcome to the new year. I’m writing this on the last day of 2014 and instead of looking over our shoulder and summarizing what has gone I’d prefer to look forward and talk about what is yet to come. Posted Jan 1, 2015 by Robert Lashley

Update 15 - A Valiant Effort from a Reduced Studio

Lord of the Rings Online -  General

While Lord of the Rings Online hasn't been around quite as long as other AAA MMOs, it's still been around long enough for the short attention span of the internet to proclaim it 'forever'. Launched in April 2007, the game has taken the Lord of the Rings story all the way to Gondor, with players getting to help Aragorn take on the Corsairs of Umbar. Update 15 also brings Beornings to the table, the first new class added to the game since 2008.Posted Jan 1, 2015 by Jean Prior

Four Things We Want from Hearthstone in 2015

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft -  Column

Hearthstone’s feature set remains somewhat barebones and the new year offers Blizzard many opportunities to expand on the game and perhaps make some changes to the way the approach certain aspects of dealing with its issues. This week, let’s take a look at a couple of ways Blizzard can improve the Hearthstone experience in 2015.Posted Dec 31, 2014 by Michael Bitton

Korra, Dorian & Bond - Moving Away from Center Stage

General -  Column

2014 will go down as a banner year for proponents of change in social tolerance. From the final episode of Legend of Korra to the announcement of a potential new James Bond to 'first of its kind' character in Dragon Age: Inquisition, we have borne witness to often overlooked segments of the larger society taking center stage in our television shows, movies and games.Posted Dec 31, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A Look Back at 2014

Elder Scrolls Online -  Column

Seriously, it’s the end of the year already? This year has flown by! It feels like it was just a couple of days ago I was helping to slay the werewolves of Camlorn and when it fact it was roughly 270 days ago. Time really flies when you’re enjoying every moment of it. Well almost every moment of it, waiting in the LFG queue is never an enjoyable experience. Within these 38 weeks since the game released, so much has changed and improved.Posted Dec 31, 2014 by Ryan Getchell

Into the Void

Warhammer 40.000: Eternal Crusade -  Column

Greeting and salutations, Crusaders, and may I say that we, here at, hope you all are enjoying a healthy and happy holiday season. This week we are going to take a look back at the final livestream of the year, Into the Warp, episode fifteen, which aired on the 19th of December. The big focus of this episode was the unveiling of about twenty or more minutes of actual game play using the current in-studio build of Eternal Crusade.Posted Dec 30, 2014 by Terry OBrien

Why Do MMO Kickstarters Fail?

General -  Column

While going on my weekly browse through Kickstarter I noticed an area of the video games subdivision that I had never noticed before. A section that boasts there are over 100 games on Steam that were once on Kickstarter. This is a great thing for Kickstarter to brag about! Kickstarter has made some amazing games possible. Of course most of them aren’t MMOs. Kickstarter has been a great platform for non-MMO indie games.Posted Dec 30, 2014 by Shannon Doyle

An Escape into a Virtual World of Adventure

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn -  Column

As my habits demand, I check on older MMOs periodically to see what’s new and to possibly download a new trial or even restart an old account. I do it with EVE Online, Ultima Online and other games that just scream nostaglia. Normally I find that the games have aged well but do not change so dramatically that I feel like I am playing a brand new game. Things were different with this visit to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Posted Dec 30, 2014 by Beau Hindman

The Great MMO Face-Off of 2014 - THE FINALS

General -  Awards

This is it, folks. The final round of this inaugural Great MMO Face-Off. Fans of LotRO and ESO have fought hard to get their games into the final round, while EVE and TSW are facing off for the third-place prize. Who will win? Click through to cast your vote!Posted Dec 30, 2014 by William Murphy

Dec 30, 2014 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 471 of the Newsletter, we look at The Repopulation and all the rest of the news from the past week in MMOs.Posted Dec 30, 2014 by Michael Bitton

Review in Progress #2 - Space. It's Big.

Elite: Dangerous -  General

Last time in this review in parts, I realised that I needed a flight stick. Fortunately I happened to have one buried in the house, left behind by my brother. Maybe I'll invest in something a little more fancy, but it did the job. It finally made me feel like a pilot, like I was competent. I went from viewing each docking with a mix of fear and dread to hotdogging them. From fitfully trying to slam my ship onto the pad and pray to gliding in on pretty fine vectors if I do say so myself.Posted Dec 29, 2014 by Jonathan Doyle

The Best of Tyria in 2014

Guild Wars 2 -  Column

Last week, looked forward to 2015 and what Guild Wars 2 would bring. This week, I'm going to go in the opposite direction and talk about my favorite pieces of content from 2014. How do they match up with yours?Posted Dec 29, 2014 by Jason Winter