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Fighting Talk: Old vs New MMOs Part IV

General -  General

In Part I, Part II and Part III of Adam Tingle's Fighting Talk: Old vs New MMOs, "experienced" games were pitted against "the new kids on the block" in categories including community, solo play, instances and more. In today's installment of the four-part look at Old vs New MMOs, Adam discusses Fluff, PvP and the End Game. See which group finally comes out victorious Let us know your thoughts, as always, on the forums!Posted Oct 4, 2010 by Adam Tingle

Comprehensive Preview

Ministry of War -  General

MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh has a comprehensive look at the upcoming MMORTS, Ministry of War. Developer Snail Games has provided Carolyn with a lot of information about the game including building/defense, growth/progress, PvP and conquering the world. Check out Ministry of War by reading Carolyn's preview.Posted Oct 4, 2010 by Carolyn Koh

Reading Comprehension

General -  Column

In his latest column for MMORPG.com, Managing Editor Jon Wood begins a discussion of reading comprehension with the Net-wide coverage of World of Darkness and the suggestion that permadeath would be included in the game. While the issue was discussed, it was discussed as a fan suggestion, not a developer inclusion in World of Darkness. Is this the first time something like this has happened? Read Jon's thoughts about the Net and the sound bite mentality. Then let us know what you think.Posted Oct 1, 2010 by Jon Wood

Eorzea Preview

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward -  Preview

Now that Final Fantasy XIV has officially launched, MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh has a first hand preview of Eorzea. In this comprehensive look at the new game world, Carolyn covers basic information about races, classes, the armory system, combat, harvesting, crafting, questing, travel and something called "old school gameplay". Check out Carolyn's impressions of her first day in her Eorzea Preview.Posted Oct 1, 2010 by Carolyn Koh

Lex Luthor & NY Comic Con Q&A

DC Universe Online -  Interview

Yesterday, DC Universe Online devs revealed Superman's arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor. After the screenshots showed off this ultra bad boy, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy sent over a few questions to Game Director Chris Cao. We've got more about Lex Luthor and a bit of a teaser about New York Comic Con. Check it out!Posted Oct 1, 2010 by William Murphy

The World As We Know It

TERA -  General

In his latest article, MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller takes a look at the lore behind the world of TERA. But while lore is interesting in its own right, Garrett surmises that the day-to-day circumstances of each character will determine one's satisfaction with the game. See if you agree in TERA: The World as We Know It.Posted Oct 1, 2010 by Garrett Fuller

Speculating on World of Darkness

General -  General

MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood has a few thoughts about recent revelations about World of Darkness. CCP finally shed some new light on the game that they, well, weren't developing during last week's Grand Masquerade. Blogger Jachilli wrote about a panel discussion where players were allowed to make suggestions to the team about what they would and would not like to see in World of Darkness. Jon's article spends time discussing the most interesting. Check it out!Posted Sep 30, 2010 by Jon Wood

F2P Survivor Guy & LOTRO

Lord of the Rings Online -  Column

MMORPG.com writer Adam Tingle has been on a quest to find great free-to-play games. Delving into our site's Game List, Adam has spent time playing F2P games, both good and not so good. This week, Adam takes time to look at Lord of the Rings Online, recently turned F2P by Warner Interactive and Turbine. See what Adam thinks of Middle Earth in its newest incarnation and whether or not it is worthy of your time.Posted Sep 30, 2010 by Adam Tingle

Highlights & Features

Marvel Super Hero Squad Online -  Interview

Recently, MMORPG.com's Joe Iuliani had the opportunity to meet and talk with Jay Minn, Director of Games at The Amazing Society. The pair spent time discussing Marvel Super Hero Squad Online and Joe had the chance to see the game in action via a tour conducted by devs. See what Joe found out about MSHSO, a non-traditional MMO coming soon to a computer near you.Posted Sep 29, 2010 by Joe Iuliani

Never Tell Me The Odds!

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

In his latest column covering Star Wars: The Old Republic, MMORPG.com Community Manager Michael Bitton takes a closer look at the Smuggler class. The Smuggler recently received some attention on the official SWTOR site with more information revealed about advanced classes, available ships for flight, companions and more. See what Mike thinks about the new information and then join in the discussion!Posted Sep 29, 2010 by Michael Bitton

Top 5 MMO Learning Curves

General -  Column

The List this week focuses on our favorite MMOs and the learning curves employed. How long it takes a player to pick up and play a game largely determines how long their tenure will be. Find out which games MMORPG.com's Bill Muphy thinks make it tough on the newest players and then add your thoughts on the forums!Posted Sep 28, 2010 by William Murphy

New Beta Screenshot

Earthrise: First Impact -  Media

The Earthrise team at Masthead Studios has sent us a brand spanking new screenshot from the game's ongoing beta. The screen shows a soldier in front of some type of structure. It appears to be some sort of transport device perhaps? What do you think? Let us know!Posted Sep 28, 2010

MMOs Need a Shot in the Arm

General -  General

In this feature, MMORPG.com guest writer Michael Lafferty addresses how developers can break away from the mundane and familiar and perhaps inject new life and connection between players and the games created through rethinking game-world elements.Posted Sep 28, 2010

Tips for Aspiring MMOG Writers

General -  Column

In his latest Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi has a few terrific tips for those of you who may want to try your hand at writing about the MMOG industry. While reviews, previews and interviews are the bread and butter for sites and publications about MMOs. Richard, however, has some thoughts about other ways to score writing about MMOGs. See what you think and then tell us your ideas.Posted Sep 27, 2010 by Richard Aihoshi

Sep 27, 2010 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 252 of the MMORPG.com Newsletter, we look at Dark Age of Camelot and all the rest of the news from the past week in MMOs.Posted Sep 27, 2010 by Michael Bitton

GDC Online 2010 Interview

General -  Interview

MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy recently had the opportunity to talk with BioWare Austin heads Richard Vogel and Gordon Walton. The discussion centered around the eight year history of GDC Online (formerly GDC Austin) and its unique place for MMO players. Other topics that the three touched on included social gaming, development budgets, the potential impact of iPad/iPhone games, developer awards and storytelling in MMOs. It's a terrific read so don't miss it!Posted Sep 27, 2010 by William Murphy

Playing Solo Together

Guild Wars 2 -  Column

In the latest MMORPG.com column examining Arena.Net's Guild Wars 2, Bill Murphy talks about the envelope-expanding nature of the dynamic quest line. Designed to cater to all type of players, from the casual to the hardcore, dynamic events are building on ideas from the past and taking them in new directions. Check out Bill's thoughts about what Arena.Net is doing with dynamic events and see if you agree with his conclusions. As always, let us know your thoughts on our forums.Posted Sep 27, 2010 by William Murphy

Reflections & Moving On

General -  Column

In this week's Player Perspectives column, Jaime Skelton reflects on the past year writing for MMORPG.com. She reminds readers that they can take care of themselves now and, with that, bids adieu to the column. So with sadness, we present the final Player Perspectives. Posted Sep 27, 2010 by Jaime Skelton

Fighting Talk: Old vs New MMOs Part 3

General -  Column

In Part I and Part II of Adam Tingle's Fighting Talk: Old vs New MMOs, "experienced" games were pitted against "the new kids on the block" in categories including community, solo play, instances and more. In today's installment of the three-part look at Old vs New MMOs, Adam discusses Guilds, Crafting and the Time Sink factor. See which group comes out victorious (for today)! Let us know your thoughts, as always, on the forums!Posted Sep 24, 2010 by Adam Tingle

PAX Update

Dungeons & Dragons Online -  Interview

At the recent PAX Prime convention, MMORPG.com writer Carolyn Koh had the opportunity to talk with Adam Mersky, Director of Communication at Turbine about Update 7 scheduled to arrive in October. Update 7 will bring Half-Elves and Half-Orcs online as playable races as well as the Devil Assault 12-man raid. Update 7 will be released on the public test server very soon. Check out Carolyn's update and then let us know what you're thinking on our forums.Posted Sep 24, 2010 by Carolyn Koh