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MMORTS 101: Class is in Session – End of Nations Overview

End of Nations -  Developer Journal

End of Nations is an MMORTS currently in development at Petroglyph Games. Co-Founder & Chief Creative Director Joe Bostick kicks off the inaugural End of Nations developer diary here at MMORPG.com with an examination of the defining characteristics of an MMORTS. The bell has rung and class has begun. Don't miss MMORTS 101.Posted Jul 21, 2010

Five Reasons to Avoid Beta

General -  Column

In this week's The List, MMORPG.com columnist Bill Murphy takes on beta testing and gives five compelling reasons why folks should avoid it like the plague. Agree or disagree, Bill's column is sure to start an excellent conversation.Posted Jul 20, 2010 by William Murphy

38 Studios: Kingdoms of Amalur

General -  General

38 Studios has finally announced the title of its single player RPG formerly known as 'Project Mercury'. Called Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, the first cinematic trailer is set to debut on July 22nd. MMORPG.com has a wrap up of the announcement and a few thoughts about Kingdoms of Amalur.Posted Jul 20, 2010 by Jon Wood

LARP & Player Generated Content

General -  Column

In this week's column, MMORPG.com writer Angie Webb tackles LARP, or Live Action Role Playing and the tie-in with MMOs. Angie calls "LARPers" the "geekiest of the geeks in the gamer world". She's got some fascinating thoughts about LARP, MMOs and player generated content. Check it out!Posted Jul 20, 2010 by Angie Webb

Jul 19, 2010 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 242 of the MMORPG.com Newsletter we introduce you to our new sister site, Game on Mac, and take a look at all the news from the world of MMOs.Posted Jul 19, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Questioning Cataclysm: A Look at Mount Hyjal

World of Warcraft -  Preview

In this week's World of Warcraft: Cataclysm preview, MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller takes a look at the Mount Hyjal zone. Mount Hyjal is probably the area that most level 80s will want to head to on the expansion's release. Find out what Garrett discovered about Mount Hyjal in his Cataclysm preview.Posted Jul 19, 2010 by Garrett Fuller

Three Positive Influences From Casual And Social

General -  Column

In this week's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com writer Richard Aihoshi talks about the positives coming out of the causual and social gaming trends. It is his belief that there are more positives than negatives. See if you agree by reading Richard Aihoshi's Free Zone.Posted Jul 19, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Disciples of the Hand Pt. 2

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward -  Preview

Last week, MMORPG.com correspondent Thomas Allegood wrote a preview of some of the crafting professions in Final Fantasy XIV, members of the Disciples of the Hand. He continues the crafting preview with a look at the Goldsmith, the Armourer, and the Woodworker.Posted Jul 19, 2010 by Thomas Allegood

All I'm Asking...

General -  Column

In this week's Player Perspectives, MMORPG.com correspondent Jaime Skelton discusses her wish to see MMOs become less 'vanilla' and more 'edgy'. Jaime's got what some would consider to be controversial ideas about how MMOs can grow and evolve into something new and innovative. See what she's got in mind!Posted Jul 16, 2010 by Jaime Skelton

Sword 2 First Impressions

General -  General

MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy has been spending some time playing Sword 2 and has some first impressions to share with those curious as to how the game plays. While Bill hasn't taken on the new political PvP system yet, he's got some thoughts about the K2 Network (GamersFirst) game that you won't want to miss.Posted Jul 16, 2010 by William Murphy

New F2P Screens

Lord of the Rings Online -  Media

Turbine has sent out several new screens from the upcoming free to play version of Lord of the Rings Online. The first group give players a look at the new 'locked quest' icon that will indicate a 'pay to play' quest line within the game.Posted Jul 15, 2010

A Beginner's Guide to Planet Calypso

Entropia Universe -  Interview

MMORPG.com Entropia Universe expert, Arno Laurman, has written a terrific guide for players just starting out on Planet Calypso. He gives some starter advice and goals to accomplish when starting the game. Read on to find out the best steps to take in Entropia Universe.Posted Jul 15, 2010 by Arno Laurman

Tritton Headsets

General -  Hardware Review

Tritton headsets are specifically aimed at gamers and MMORPG.com correspondent Carolyn Koh has written a review about two of the most popular styles offered: the Tritton AX 120 and the Tritton AX 720. See what a gamer thinks of these headsets in Carolyn's comprehensive review.Posted Jul 15, 2010 by Carolyn Koh

Revealing the Ranger

Guild Wars 2 -  Other

ArenaNet unveiled the third of eight classes for Guild Wars 2 today: the Ranger, and MMORPG.com's Michael Bitton returns to break it all down for you.Posted Jul 14, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Sometimes You Just Have to Grind It Out

General -  General

MMORPG.com columnist Michael Lafferty tackles one of MMO players' biggest complaints: THE GRIND. Michael has discovered that, as his title says, sometimes you just have to grind it. With this in mind, Michael talks to several game developers about the issue. Find out what they have to say about THE GRIND, leveling, starting areas and trying not to make games feel like work.Posted Jul 14, 2010

Five Reasons to be Wary of The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  General

Last week, Bill Murphy penned his Five Reasons to be Stoked for The Old Republic. The List generated a lot of feedback. This week, Bill takes the converse role in his latest List: Five Reasons to be Wary of The Old Republic.Posted Jul 14, 2010 by William Murphy

Thoughts on Game Testing

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Editorial

MMORPG.com Community Manager Michael Bitton has some thoughts about game testing. He offers insight into what it is, what it isn't, how to help when you do and, just maybe, reasons not to participate in game testing or beta testing your most highly-anticipated games. Posted Jul 14, 2010 by Michael Bitton

QA at WAR

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning -  Column

Angela Webb has an inside look at Quality Assurance for Warhammer Online. As she says, "It's a lot of fun, but don't get confused, it's a lot of work." Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the heroes behind the scenes in this terrific inside look.Posted Jul 13, 2010 by Angie Webb

Exclusive Screens

Vindictus -  Media

Nexon America has sent MMORPG.com a fresh batch of ten exclusive screenshots for your pleasure. Several of the screens feature a wicked looking and rather LARGE spider. The screens also show off the full body battle animations of Vindictus.Posted Jul 13, 2010

Design Doc: Northern Janost Forest

Runes of Magic -  Developer Journal

In MMORPG.com's exclusive Runes of Magic design document, developers take a look at the Northern Janost Forest, one of the ancient forests of Taborea. The Northern Janost Forest is home to beast men whose blood color gives the forest its alternate name, The Black Blood Forest.Posted Jul 13, 2010