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MMORPG Columns

Player Perspectives

This column is dedicated to the players and readers of MMORPG.com, as much as it is written by them. Each column will be a member's views on a game, topic, or controversy in the MMO genre.

Guilds – What Have You Done for Me Lately?

In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley takes a look at guilds from the perspective of group-interest versus self-interest and the delicate balance of the two that is required to maintain a healthy guild in today's MMOs. Check out Iz's thoughts and then add a few of your own guild experiences in the comments below.


I’ve been WoWed – sue me

In the MMO world there is one large elephant in the room: World of Warcraft. If forum postings were to be believed, there are those who love it and those who hate it with nary a soul in between. But, believe it or not, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley IS one of the in-betweens and she's got a few things to say about World of Warcraft since she's rejoined the game post-Cataclysm. Check out her thoughts and then give us your reaction in the comments below.


MMORPG - Where's the RP?

Hot on the heels of last week's forum discussion about whether or not most player still role play in their games, Isabelle Parsley's latest Player Perspectives column wonders where the RP is in MMORPGs these days. Isabelle has impressive role playing credentials from back in the good old days but admits to sometimes having difficulty role playing in MMOs. Read on and then tell us about your experiences role playing (or not) in MMOs in the comments below.


Community a Bad Word? Really?

In Isabelle Parsley's latest Player Perspectives column for MMORPG.com, community is the center of the discussion. At times, it's easy to get sucked into an 'asshat' mentality or to surrender any kind of community to those same asshats. So what does a non-asshat do? Check out all of Isabelle's thoughts and then weigh in with a few of your own in the comments section below.


Something Old, Something New

In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley revisits the "Uphill! In the snow! Both Ways!" column of two weeks ago and the discussion that, just maybe, today's MMOs are a tad easier than they used to be. Drawing on her extensive experience with MMOs, Isabelle backs up her assertion with personal stories and experiences. See if you agree and then sound off in the comments below.


Have Character, Will Craft?

Nearly every MMO has a crafting component included. In today's Player Perspectives column, Isabelle Parsley reveals her crafting background and the joy that it has brought her over the years. So why is she swearing off crafting? You'll have to read Player Perspectives to find out. Let us know what you think in the comments below.


Uphill! In the Snow! Both Ways!

In her latest Player Perspectives column here at MMORPG.com, Isabelle Parsley takes on players who opine that things were 'harder' in the old days of the game, whippersnapper. But while this is sometimes true, Isabelle opines that the good old days weren't really as good as may be remembered. Check it out, take off your rose-colored glasses, and leave us a few thoughts below.


Cataclysm-Me

In her latest Player Perspectives column, Isabelle Parsley reveals her love/hate relationship with World of Warcraft. After a two year hiatus, Isabelle is bac albeit in the form of a trial account. See what she thinks of Blizzard's World of Warcraft as it is today and then let her know what you think in the comments section below.


Looking up from the Grindstone

In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley takes a look at what some call the 'grind' in MMOs and that, just maybe, it's not as bad as it's been portrayed. Whether it's collecting materials for crafting or finishing that 'kill 10,000 orcs' achievement, there is something to be said for 'grinding'. See if you agree...or not...and then leave a comment below.


Shiny Happy MMO People

In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's own Isabelle Parsley talks about in-game festivals and world events. Inspired by the American holiday, Thanksgiving, Isabelle takes on world events both raving and ranting about them. You won't want to miss this one, folks, so check it out and then leave us a comment!


Can we talk?

In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley takes the issue of voice chat in MMOs. She discusses why she calls herself a voice-chatless fossil and how intrusive voice chat can sometimes be for those who just can't 'tune it out'. Read Isabelle's comments about voice chat and then let us know of your experiences by commenting below.


The Tyranny of Items

In this week's Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley talks about the over-emphasis on the importance of items in MMOs these days. In Isabelle's opinion, items are emphasized at the expense of story. Read Player Perspectives to see if you agree or not. Let us know your thoughts on the forums.


Content and Controversy

MMORPG.com's columnist Isabelle Parsley is ready to get going on Player Perspectives. In today's column, Isabelle takes on the idea that many sites seem to focus content on opinions and less on information, passionately focused on the topic dujour. But is that a bad thing? Read Isabelle's Player Perspectives to find out what she thinks. Then, as always, give us your thoughts on the forums.


O Hai Thar!

MMORPG.com has scored a brand new columnist to take over the Player Perspectives article series. Self-confessed 'altoholic', Isabelle Parsley brings a new voice to the MMORPG.com team, one that we're sure you will appreciate. Find out more about Isabelle "Ysharros" Parsley in her inaugural column and then say 'hi' on the forums!