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MMORPG Columns

Tingle's Touchy Subjects

Resident witty bugger Adam Tingle pontificates on a bi-weekly basis about the many ups and downs of the MMO world.

The Decline of MMORPGs

Give me a moment to get down dirty and all controversial. Think of this statement as a written, MMO-centric cousin to the Miley Cyrus 'twerk' or even the last howl of a man with nothing left to lose. Ready? The MMORPG genre is in decline. I'm sensing a thousand crazy eyes glaring in my direction, but like an intrepid adventurer I'll continue to pose my declaration of war.


A Year in Review

Now that the new year has officially debuted, it's time to take a look back at 2013 and the MMOs that we loved...or not. Read the latest from Adam Tingle to see what he feels are the highlights of the year 2013. Leave us your thoughts in the comments.


How to Review?

In Adam's latest Tingle's Touchy Subjects, he takes a look at the review process, how it works, when it doesn't and much more. It's a terrific read that you won't want to miss. Head to the forums to chat about it when you're finished.


Why No HD Remakes?

There are a lot of aging MMOs that are skipped over by many players simply because they lack a graphical look for today's world. In our latest Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we take a look at the need for HD remakes of some of the genre's classic titles. Read on before heading to the comments to leave your thoughts.


Your New Console

In today's Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we take a look at the brewing console wars. It's a battle royal and one we'd like to hear more of your thoughts on in the comments. Read on!


Endgame Smendgame

Ah, the much-maligned and ballyhooed end game conversation. One of our favorites, and that of our readers, to be sure. In today's Tinge's Touchy Subject, we talk about the most controversial of subjects. Read on before heading to the comments to thrash it out yet again!


Enough Elder Scrolls in the Online?

The Elder Scrolls Online will be arriving soon, much to the excitement of fans of the iconic IP. But some worry that there won't be enough Elder Scrolls in the MMO. In today's Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we opine about that subject and await your thoughts in the comments.


Damage, Healer, Tank

The Holy Trinity, both bane and boon to MMO players the world over. In today's Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we tackle the issue head on. Read it all before leaving your thoughts int he comments.


Forgetting the Multiplayer Bit

Any more these days, it seems that MMOs are developed, not for the MM part, but more for the single-player "O" part. In our latest Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we take a look at why that may be happening and why that is a bad idea. Read on before heading to the comments to chat!


The Ready Player One MMO

In today's Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we take a look at "Ready Player One". Never heard of it? Well then, this is definitely a must-read and a must-play. Find out more about what Ready Player One is before heading to the comments to tell us what you think.


The MMO Sequel

In today's world, it seems like sequels are all the rage in movies, television, books and, yes, even MMOs. In today's Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we take a look at that very issue. See what we think about game sequels and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.


I'm Not Special

In this week's Tingle's Touchy Subject, Adam rants about the desire most game makers have to force the player into the role of "The Hero" and why that's not always a good thing.


Talking with your Audience

It helps to know the composition of your audience when writing about games, to recognize the variety of voices that will join in the conversation after reading your work. In today's Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we take a look at what all that means and a bit more. Read on and then tell us what you think in no uncertain terms in the comments.


Second Bite of the Apple

Square Enix is getting an unheard of second chance to attract and maintain an audience for Final Fantasy XIV after a disastrous earlier launch. In today's Tingle's Touchy Subjects, we take a look at that notion for FFXIV and other games as well. See what we've got to say before joining in on the conversation in the comments.


Gaming Consoles

During E3, the MMO space was rocked by the announcement that several big MMO titles would be headed to next-gen consoles. What is the likelihood of success? We take a look at that today and hope you'll offer your thoughts in the comments after reading.