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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.

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.

Mike's Best Games of 2018

2018 has been an absolutely insane year for gaming, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to play as much as I would have liked for variety of reasons, but I did play some things. These were my favorite games of 2018, listed in no particular order.

Mike’s Top Picks of Gamescom 2018

This year felt a bit different for me. There were a ton of new trailers and some key developments, but nothing truly awe-inspiring (well, except one thing, but more on that later). In any case, Gamescom 2018 did still tick some key boxes for me and these are my highlights listed in no particular order.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Take Over Marvel Strike Force

Another new movie, another new tie-in. I know that sounds like I’m unexcited, but I’m pretty much always excited for new MSF content. Truth be told, I don’t particularly care about Ant-Man or the Wasp as characters (though the Ant-Man movie was enjoyable and I look forward to the sequel), but their kits sound absolutely terrifying so I’ll be collecting both for sure.

Slay the Spire is a Time Vampire

I love card games and I love roguelikes (most of them, anyway), so when I learned indie dev Mega Crit Games was combining the two, my curiosity was piqued, to say the least. Truthfully, I’ve been disappointed with a lot of roguelikes over the years; FTL spoiled me too much. But Slay the Spire’s combination of FTL-style discovery, deck building, and turn-based combat checks all the right boxes for me and so far it’s been a bit of a time vampire.

CES 2018 Thoughts

I don’t typically write about technology here at MMORPG.com, but I do like to follow it. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the E3 of the technology world and I look forward to it each year. There’s usually a lot of junk at CES, but the cool stuff tends to set the stage for what we can expect in technology for the year and offer some exciting hints for the future.