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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

A First Look at Arkhona

Warhammer 40.000: Eternal Crusade -  Column

This week we are going to take a look at the single biggest character in Eternal Crusade! The planet Arkhona itself! While there is quite a lot about Arkhona we don’t, and can’t know, as part of the fun of playing Eternal Crusade is going to be discovering more about Arkhona and what is happening there; still there is a good deal of information about the planet available to the Eternal Crusade community.Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Terry OBrien

(Dry) Top of the Heap

Guild Wars 2 -  Column

In ArenaNet's last Points of Interest, the crew talked a lot about Dry Top and how its general design is the direction Guild Wars 2 zones might go in the future. “If you like the stuff in Dry Top, you're in luck,” said Living World Principal Content Designer Teddy Nguyen. “We always look at previous releases to see what worked and what didn't work. It's always a process of zeroing in on what you guys really want. It's one of our more successful maps in terms of, well, everything.”Posted Oct 20, 2014 by Jason Winter

Bedlam: It's Like Chess with Nukes!

General -  Interview

Skyshine Games is out to bring a new hybrid to the single player market with Bedlam, a roguelike RPG with a unique twist on both of those features. We posed a few questions to Skyshine to find out more about Bedlam and what makes it special.Posted Oct 20, 2014 by William Murphy

Numbers Up, Blizzcon & the Iron Horde

World of Warcraft -  Column

This week in All Things Warcraft we talk numbers, the pre-expansion patch and anticipate a look at the Warcraft film at BlizzCon. Posted Oct 20, 2014 by Reza Lackey

Top Ways to be a Better Person in MMOs

General -  Column

MMORPGs are perceived as being full of awful and terrible people. Whether it be an elitist that makes you feel terrible for being new to a game, or just a simple troll that makes everything insufferable, it’s seemingly impossible to play a single game for than a couple of hours without running into some of these players.Posted Oct 20, 2014 by David Jagneaux

Oct 19, 2014 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 461 of the Newsletter, we look at Heroes of the Storm and all the rest of the news from the past week in MMOs.Posted Oct 19, 2014 by Michael Bitton