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Developer Perspectives

Community Manager for Dominus, Sanya Weathers offers her unique thoughts on all things MMO from the developer's side of the equation.

On The Road Again

In our latest Developer Perspectives, Sanya Weathers offers her usual pithy commentary about the developer side of the game equation and the news that this is, at least for now, her final column at MMORPG.com. But there are good reasons why as you will see. Check it out!

Closing Time

This has been a rough week in game development with studios closing, developers being laid off and games being canceled. In today's Developer Perspectives, we get an inside look at how it all feels and what it means. Read on!

Less Bias Means More Money

In today's Developer Perspectives, we take a look at the idea of bias in game development. Bias is a super-charged word and we've got lots to say about it. Keep reading!

You Can't Always Kickstart Your Heart

Last week, PitchBlack Studios announced that it was shutting down production of Dominus and fans of the game began calling for a Kickstarter campaign, today's answer to funding woes. In our latest Developer Perspectives, we take a look at Kickstarter projects. See what you think!

Why Don’t They...

There’s a line in Robert Heinlein’s last novel that reads “Any question that starts out ‘why don’t they—‘ the answer is always ‘Money.’” And so begins our latest Developer Perspectives column. Intriguing, isn't it? Keep reading!

Translations in Community Management

Developers, in case you didn't know, have a secret language all of their own when communicating with their players. In today's Developer Perspectives, we take a look at what is said and what it just might really mean. Check it out!

Message Board Warts

Message boards are both bane and boon to gamers everywhere. In today's Developer Perspectives, we take a look at some of the forum denizens in their natural habitats and offer some thoughts. See what you think then leave your comments.

A Note to the Vocal Minority

We all know who they are...heck, some of us might -be- these guys. You know the ones we mean: The passionate followers of any game. In today's Developer Perspectives, we take a look at the 'vocal minority'. See what you think and then weigh in with your ideas in the comments.

The Beta Blues

Beta testing is just a quick way to get into our most anticipated MMO IMMEDIATELY...right? Right? Well, maybe not as today's Developer Perspectives opines. We mourn the loss of what used to be an actual testing period for games. Check it out and then add your thoughts in the comments....unless you're That Guy.

Why I'm Freaking Out Over SOPA/PIPA

In today's Developer Perspectives, we take a look at SOPA/PIPA, two pieces of legislation currently active in the United States Congress. We get a unique peek at why this is so alarming to those who make the games we love. Read on!

MMO Underbelly: The Takeaway

MMORPG.com columnist Sanya Weathers wraps up her tenure here at MMORPG.com with this column reflecting on the ideas that she would like to leaves us with.

“The Customer” Is Not Always Right

In this week's column, Sanya Weathers addresses issues raised in a colleague's column earlier in the week, stating that both "the customer" and "the developer" are misnomers.

Anatomy of a Live Event

Behind the scenes look at live events, what really goes on and how they're put together.

Social Media and MMOs

How MMOs do and should use social media to keep people up to date about the game and attract new people.

MMO Booby Prize

Marketing to men is a big way MMOs are sold. Sanya looks at how breasts are used by just about every game out there.