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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.

The Enticement

MMO companies these days offer their players incentives to invest or to purchase "founder's" packages giving them extra perks for doing so. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at the enticement that that fact brings. See what you think before airing your thoughts in the comments.


Beta Do It Right

In the "old days" (relatively speaking, of course), beta tests in games were literally to help developers find and squash bugs. Any more, beta tests seem to mainly be about generating hype. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at beta testing and offer a few thoughts. See what we've got to say before chronicling your beta experiences in the comments.


Preview Panic

One of the things that MMO players are used to more than nearly anything else is the very popular preview option that we are often treated to long before a game is released. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at this singularly unique feature of the MMO game space. Read on and then lend your voice to the discussion in the comments.


Room for Many Realms

There seems at times to be little agreement between users as to what defines a 'good' MMO. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at a recent pair of blog posts and try to find some common ground in the eternal argument. Check it out before heading into the comments.


I Failed... Now What?

The issue of whether or not failure is something that should be included in an MMO is today's hot topic of discussion The Devil's Advocate. No matter what side of the issue you fall on, you'll want to read this piece and then hash it out in the comments.


Practical Thoughts on Add-ons

It is the sign of great intellect to admit that sometimes we don't actually know it all. In this week's Devil's Advocate, we take a further look into game add-ons with some new ideas and thoughts gleaned from you, our readers. Check it out and then add your voice to the comments.


You Can’t Argue With Add-ons

Add-ons are those groovy little things we stick into our game files to make our lives in game just that much easier. In today's Devil's Advocate, we talk add-ons and much more. Check out our thoughts and then join the conversation in the comments.


When Kickstarter Works...

Kickstarter is arguably one of the hottest topics coming out of 2012. There is, however, a curious thing that happens when a game funds: We are reminded of the past and commentary we may have made prior to a successful Kickstart. Check out today's Devil's Advocate and then leave your thoughts in the comments.


Don't Wanna Win

There is a thought ghosting around the edges of the MMO community that somehow these massive games we play are supposed to be 'winnable'. But is that reasonable? Find out in today's Devil's Advocate why we don't think so. Join the conversation in the comments!


Virality and Hype

One thing that every game maker wants for their creation is virality, that word of mouth phenomenon that creates legends out of things that might not ever be. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at virality and its stepsister, hype. See what we've got to say before hopping into the comments to voice your ideas.


The Players and Their Choice

It's no secret that the winner of the MMORPG.com Players' Choice Award Game of the Year 2012 was a huge surpise and a big upset. Pirate101 scored a narrow victory over Guild Wars 2 and a huge discussion erupted in the official announcement thread. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at why some folks just don't get it. Read on!


The War Z - Feelin' a Bit Uncomfortable

In this week's Devil's Advocate, we take on probably the hottest topic of the week: The Steam controversy that resulted in The War Z being removed from the game portal's stable. See what we've got to say and why the whole mess has us feeling a bit uncomfortable. Join the discussion in the comments.


The 'Teardown Mentality' Mailbox

In last week's Devil's Advocate, we took a look at the MMO community's proclivity to "tear down" games that aren't the current favorites. In this week's follow-up, we take a look at the community's reaction to Victor's column. See what YOU had to say and our thoughts about it. As ever, weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.


About the Teardown Mentality

In today's Devil's Advocate, we take on one of the most prevalent activities that many gamers like to participate in: Tearing down any game that isn't their "game of choice". See what we have to say before leaving your thoughts in the comments.


Pausing before Pledging

There is no question that "The Rise of Kickstarter" is one of the biggest stories of 2012. In our latest Devil's Advocate, we take a look at recent changes in Kickstarter and why, just maybe, pausing before pledging is a good idea. Add your thoughts in the comments when finished reading.