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MMORPG Columns

Scott Jennings

Scott Jennings is a veteran MMO designer and the Internet personality once known as Lum The Mad. Every Wednesday he provides us an insider's look at the MMO industry.

Crafting Gameplay

MMORPG.com's Scott Jennings turns his sights this week on turning raw data into processed data for fun and profit. Well, profit, anyway.


Great Expectations - SW:TOR

MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings takes this week's column inches to look at why Bioware's Star Wars: The Old Republic has the potential to be a disaster for the MMO industry as a whole.


Farmville Killed Gaming, V-Worlds, And Your Dog

The battle lines are being drawn between “social games” and traditional gaming, and the rhetoric is getting bloody. Today, MMORPG.com columnnist Scott Jennings takes a look at the issue.


Call of Money

Today, MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings devotes his column to a single thought: Activision lowers the boom on Infinity Ward, and illustrates a fundamental problem with game development.


Macrotransactions

MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings writes about the recent uproar over Allods Online's microtransaction prices.


The Quest For Gameplay

Outspoken MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings looks at the convention of questing in MMOS, how it works and whether or not it's really necessary.


STO - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings has been playing Cryptic's Star Trek Online and today uses his article to talk about the game, pointing out the good, the bad and the ugly.


Legendary Failures of Legend, Part Two

Last week, Scott Jennings used his column this week to remind us of "some of the most spectacular MMORPG flameouts." This week, he takes a step back and looks at how those failures were preventable.


Legendary Failures of Legend, Part One

MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings uses his column this week to discuss "some of the most spectacular MMORPG flameouts" in part one of a two part article.


Why I'll Play Star Trek Online

MMORPG.com Columnist Scott Jennings lays out the reasons, both good and bad, that he'll be picking up Cryptic's Star Trek Online.


Western MMOs and China

MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings responds to news this week that Google will be pulling out of China by taking a look at the western MMO industry's relationship with our friends in the East.


2010 A Year in Review

It's easy to look back on the year that was. Many different writers are recapping the year 2009. It takes a special kind of writer though to skip ahead into the future and recap the year ahead. In his usual tongue in cheek style, MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings looks into the future to recap the year 2010.


2009: That Horrible Year

Scott Jennings returns with his column this week to talk about the year that was, in 2009, and the trail of destruction that it left in its wake... at least where MMO development is concerned.


PvP Fail: How PvP Can Break Your Game

MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings writes this look at two ways that including PvP in your MMO can end in complete disaster.


Expounding on Expansions

MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings writes this look at expansion packs in the world of MMORPGs and how they can often be less of a blessing that one might first think.