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The Devil's Advocate

The Devil's Advocate is a place where the MMO-Loving world can go to hear the unpopular opinion.

A Team Effort

As games today become increasingly "single-player friendly", the idea of group content seems to be fading away as an integral part of the story. In today's Devil's Advocate, we talk about the importance of grouping and much more. See what we've got to say before heading to the comments to continue the discussion.


Commitment is a Strange Word

In the Age of Free To Play in the MMO space, commitment is indeed a strange word. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the notion of commitment and what it means in the gaming community. Read on and then leave your thoughts about commitment in the comments.


Game Vision and Paying for It

Today's MMOs seem to fall into one of two categories: Games seeking a long-term audience that require long-term commitment on the part of developers and games seeking to entertain millions for short periods of time that require short bursts of development. In today's Devil's Advocate, we look at the way games seem to be getting developed these days. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.


A Game for a Mood

Sometimes, the right game speaks to the right mood even if it's not a "perfect" game. In today's Devil's Advocate, we examine why that is so. See what we think before telling us your "mood game" is in the comments.


Neverwinter is the Devil?

Many games these days are labeled as 'evil' or somehow encouraging players to perpetrate horrendous deeds. In our latest Devil's Advocate, we take a look at one game and go through the process of seeing it as the devil. It's a fascinating read that you won't want to miss. Leave us your thoughts in the comments.


Reviews and the Bell Curve

Reviews are always a sticky wicket because of the subjectiveness of the process itself. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at reviews from all angles. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.


Loving Rift's Shift

In this week's Devil's Advocate, Victor takes a look at the recent F2P announcement from Trion Worlds' Rift and why it's a good thing all around for everyone.


Dead MMOs and Emotional Connections

When an MMO 'died', most disinterested parties express a bit of dismay but the players who have invested what amounts to years of their lives into the game, the death is much more difficult to manage. We dissect this subject in today's Devil's Advocate. See what we have to say before telling us of your experiences in the comments.


Sandboxes and Storybricks

Sony Online Entertainment recently announced that EverQuest Next would be reworked into a true sandbox environment thanks to a new partnership with StoryBricks. In today's Devil's Advocate, we offer a few thoughts about that before asking you to head to the comments to continue the discussion.


Darkfall’s Disgusting HOGGs

It was recently revealed that many members of the Darkfall: Unholy Wars clan, HOGG, were banned from the forums for 'griefing' other players. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the kerfuffle surrounding HOGG and offer a few thoughts about it. Do you have thoughts to share? If so, head to the comments to continue the discussion.


Seeking Abject Terror

MMOs have embodied many of the world's favorite themes...except one: Terror. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at how a terror/horror mechanic might, in the right circumstances, fit quite well within the MMO-space. See what we have to say on the subject before lending your thoughts to the comments.


A Letter to Mr. Appleton

Greed Monger has been much on the minds of many gamers lately, not especially for its status as an up and coming MMO. In today's Devil's Advocate, we post an open letter to Mr. Appleton with some thoughts to share about recent events. Read on before logging into the comments.


Unintended Consequences

As most of us realize, every system created by Man has unintended consequences, including those found in the games we love to play. In our latest Devil's Advocate, we take a look at some unintended consequences in gaming. Check it out before heading to the comments to chat.


Cash 4 Gear

Cash 4 Gear is a new phenomenon creeping into the MMO-space, most notably in Dungeons & Dragons Online. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the system and offer thoughts as to what it all means. Check it out and then take the discussion to the comments.


An Episode of Frustration

It seems as if gamers often fall victim to corporate hype and have to put up with poor treatment by gaming publishers and companies. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at that phenomenon and offer a few thoughts. Read on and then take the discussion to the comments.