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Fair Game

In this bi-weekly column, industry pundit Lisa Jonte muses on the major issues surrounding MMOs, gaming, and the world at large.

Guilds, How to Make Friends and Influence People

Guilds are an integral part of most MMOs but there is a right way and, conversely, a wrong way to go about putting a guild together. Read our latest Fair Game to find out more. Leave your thoughts on guilds in the comments.

DIY Leftover Warfare

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time to deal with the leftovers from the massive slaughter of a meal. In today's Fair Game, we offer a few ideas on how a gamer can deal with the day after. Read on!

Fight for Your Right to Cosplay

Cosplay is a growing industry withing the overall game space, and in MMOs in particular. In today's Fair Game, we take a look at how one can get started in cosplay. See what we have to say before revealing your plan in the comments.

Checking in with G.I.R.L. Scholarship Winner, Esther Wu

Every year, Sony Online Entertainment opens up the "Gamers in Real Life" (G.I.R.L.) scholarship contest. We managed to catch up to this year's recipient, Esther Wu, to find out more about her plans for the future. Read on and then tell us what you think in the comments.

The End is Not Remotely Nigh

People have been sounding the death knell for the MMO genre for years but is it a reality, a thing certain to occur somewhere in the misty future? In today's Fair Game, we take a look at the notion. See if you agree with our assessment before heading to the comments.


MMOs are a great training ground for this weird thing we call Life. Really. No, really. If you don't believe, you need to read our latest Fair Game column to find out how the games we play can teach us about Life and, just maybe, vice versa. Read on and then head to the comments.

Why Do We Play MMOs?

There seem to be several common reasons why we play the games we love. In today's Fair Game, we take a look at the most common of those reasons and expound on each a bit. See if you agree with our choices before heading to the comments.

When Your MMO Makes You MM-Motionsick

Ever had one of those way-too-real moments in gaming when the motion makes your stomach turn? We take a look at how to combat those real life symptoms in our virtual worlds in today's Fair Game. Read on and then tell us about your favorite remedies in the comments.

When Evil = DNA

Evil is an integral part of every MMO we play. Whether it's gnolls or trolls or demons, there is evil afoot in every game. In our latest Fair Game column, we take a look at the notion of evil. See if you agree before heading to the comments to chat it up.

Anticipating The Sims 4

It's hard to believe that The Sims is ready for its fourth iteration but it's true! In today's Fair Game, we talk about why this is a big deal and something to look forward to playing. No. Really. You'll have to read it to believe it before adding your thoughts to the comments.

How to Comic-Con

Any city's Comic-Con is a unique breed unto itself. Comic-Cons aren't just another gaming convention either. In our latest Fair Game column, we take a look at the best way to "Comic-Con". See what you think before heading to the comments to discuss the article.

A Noob’s Guide to Just About Everything

Let's face it: We were all noobs at one time or another. Is there a protocol that noobs should follow on entering a game? See what we think in this week's Fair Game. Let us know your noob stories in the comments.

An Open Letter to the Game Industry

The ongoing conversation among MMO gamers is whether or not their favorite titles have become to "dumbed down" and casual. In an open letter to the gaming industry, we vent on the issues that vex us the most in an attempt to make our voices heard. Read on and then add anything we missed in the comments.

Pop Culture in World Building

Pop culture defines much of our daily life, from the music we hear to the TV shows we watch to the games we play. But do games adequately represent pop culture? Find out what we think in today's Fair Game. Head to the comments to continue the discussion.

Stereotyping Men in Videogames

It's no secret that women's roles in the gaming industry and in games themselves have been a big part of the news this past year. But what about stereotypical males roles? In Fair Game today, we take a look at that. See what you think before heading to the comments.