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Michael Bitton

MMORPG.com's Community Manager Michael Bitton gives us his thoughts and opinions on the happenings in and around the world of MMORPGs.

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Instead of opining on something this week, I thought I'd write about what I'll be playing this weekend! Weekends for me are the only time I really get to dig in and game these days. Sometimes I'll play a couple of different things, but this weekend I'll be focused on (hopefully) finishing my latest project: a replay of Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, using a fan mod called Valeria.

Unlikely Game Sequels I'd Like to See

It's been a wild couple of years on this front and while I'm mostly satisfied at this point, there are some games that still haven't (and probably never will) see sequels. These are just a couple of sequels I'd still like to see.

Marvel's Avengers' GaaS Tank is Running on Fumes

Marvel's Avengers dearth of content and recently announced delays have left its live service running on fumes. Mike offers his thoughts on the game's difficult situation.

Next Gen Decisions: What Are Your Plans?

A new generation in gaming! It's an exciting time full of possibilities, but also some decisions to make, unless you've got tons of cash burning a hole in your pocket and you can buy everything. These are my thoughts on the next gen options available.

The Final Fantasy XVI Reveal Blew My Mind, But Also Left Me A Bit Concerned

The long rumored Final Fantasy XVI was finally unveiled at the PlayStation 5 Showcase this week and there are lots of interesting aspects to the announcement. Beyond the topline fact that we are getting a new mainline entry to the Final Fantasy series (!), it's notable that the game is being developed by Creative Business Unit III, which is Naoki Yoshida's team.

Things That Bug Me About SWTOR

I recently penned a piece confessing some of my biggest MMO shames, which included the fact I’d never finished all of the class stories in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Aiming to knock one of those off of my list, I’ve returned to the game once again and while I’m enjoying playing my character(s) and continuing the story, there are some things that continue to bug me about the game to this day.

Mike’s Most Anticipated Games of 2020

The last time we talked I went through my favorite games of 2019, but it’s a new year and there are tons of games coming out this year that I’m super excited about. There are also some games that I’m watching with curiosity. This is the full list of everything on my radar for 2020 so far.

Mike's Best Games of 2019

2019’s been a pretty good year for gaming. There have been some real standouts for sure, but the highs don’t compare to what 2018 was for me. Still, there was a lot to love about gaming in 2019. These are some of my favorite games of the year.

Which MMOs Would You Want Remade?

Nostalgia’s been the name of the game over the last few years, not just in games, but in all of media, and even fashion. For games, this has meant countless remasters and remakes from Crash Bandicoot to the amazing Resident Evil 2.

Which MMO Features Would You Want IRL?

Part and parcel of the evolution of the MMO genre has been a drive to make things more convenient and efficient, for better and worse. But unlike MMOs, some of these features would be pure upgrades for real life. Here are a couple of MMO features I’d love to have IRL.

Mike's Thanksgiving Playlist

Once the yearly Thanksgiving ritual of consuming a ridiculous amount of food is complete, it’ll be time for a bit of gaming. I haven’t had tons of time to game lately, so I plan on taking full advantage of the extra time this weekend to work through my backlog.

Does Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Fill the Marvel Heroes Void?

Now that the game has been out for a couple of days, I’m not so sure. It’s a great looking game (even if the frame rate isn’t so hot). Team Ninja did an excellent job bringing an amazing roster to life. Unfortunately, I feel like the gameplay is a bit of a regression, even for its admittedly simple predecessors.

A Weekend of Gaming

It’s a holiday weekend here in the States and while I’ll be busy partaking in typical holiday festivities, I’ve also got plans to set aside some time for gaming. This is what I’ll be playing. Share your own holiday weekend (or just weekend) gaming plans with us in the comments below!

Mike’s Best of E3 2019

Another year, another E3. This time the show was a bit smaller than we’re used to, with companies like Sony opting to skip altogether. Thankfully, the folks at Nintendo, Square Enix and Microsoft impressed enough to make for a decent overall showing. These are my favorite developments of E3 2019.

Mike’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019

With 2018 now behind us, it’s time to look towards the year ahead. Fortunately for us, 2019 is shaping up to be another banner year in gaming and there are even some interesting things to look forward to in the world of MMOs. I recently shared a list of my favorite games of 2018, so let’s kick off the New Year with a list of what I’m looking forward to most this year.