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MMORPG Columns

Player Perspectives (Archived)

Jaime Skelton has been playing MMORPGs religiously since Ultima Online and brings the unique voice of an experienced player to her weekly MMORPG.com column. It appears every Friday.

Reflections & Moving On

In this week's Player Perspectives column, Jaime Skelton reflects on the past year writing for MMORPG.com. She reminds readers that they can take care of themselves now and, with that, bids adieu to the column. So with sadness, we present the final Player Perspectives.


MMOs and Community

In this week's Player Perspectives, MMORPG.com columnist, Jaime Skelton, talks about communities. "Community," opines Jaime, "is the (game industry's) innards, not its skeleton." It is the very thing that gives an MMO its life and without a community, a game is sure to fail. See what else Jaime has to say about MMOs and community in this week's Player Perspectives.


Roll the Bones

In this week's Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com writer Jaime Skelton takes on the mythical and unseen beast present in every MMO: The nefarious RNG. Yes, the Random Number Generator has been the bane of many players' existence and Jaime has a lot to say about RNG. Read Player Perspectives and then add yours on our forum.


Holding out for One Million Heroes

In MMORPGs, being heroic is the name of the game right from the start. But are our favorite characters truly heroic? Can they be heroic when the Lich King respawns over and over rather than dying when slain by an intrepid band of characters? In this week's Player Perspectives, MMORPG.com columnist Jaime Skelton takes on that very issue. See what she thinks and then jump into the discussion on the forums!


I Think I'll Rest For Just a Moment

In this week's Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Jaime Skelton looks at the newly uncovered fatigue system scheduled for Final Fantasy XIV. The system has been the cause of a lot of consternation across the internet and Jaime offers some of her thoughts. Read Player Perspectives and then participate in the discussion on our forums.


Riddle Me This, Riddle Me FAQ

In the latest installment of her weekly Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Jaime Skelton tackles the age of information in MMOs. By this, Jaime discusses exploration vs in-game quest guides, for example. Is there such a thing as too much available information for players in today's MMOs? Read Jaime's article and let us know what you think!


What's In It for Me?

In this week's Player Perspectives, MMORPG.com columnist Jaime Skelton takes a look at the oft-times overlooked guild leader. Guild leaders are the creative and organizational forces behind the groups we choose to associate with online. Most times, they do it without reward or even thanks.


Through the Eyes of Our Children

In this week's thought-provoking column, MMORPG.com's Jaime Skelton takes a look at MMO gaming and how parents have the upper hand when it comes to keeping their kids safe and having fun. Check out Jaime Skelton's Player Perspectives and see if you agree.


Not In My Nature

In this week's Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Jaime Skelton takes on the issue of the free-to-play market and the contention made by some that it's in a player's nature to want to purchase items from in-game shops. Jaime tackles the microtransaction issue with compelling arguments against that thought. See if you agree.


MMOs and Storytelling

In this week's Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Jaime Skelton talks about the importance of storytelling in any game. But do MMOs tell the story in a way that leads players to discover things on their own, to feel like they are truly immersed in the story? Find out what Jaime thinks in her compelling article.


All I'm Asking...

In this week's Player Perspectives, MMORPG.com correspondent Jaime Skelton discusses her wish to see MMOs become less 'vanilla' and more 'edgy'. Jaime's got what some would consider to be controversial ideas about how MMOs can grow and evolve into something new and innovative. See what she's got in mind!


The Life of a Social Gamer

In this week's Player Perspective column, Jaime Skelton takes a look at the social gamer. Jaime's been spending time on what some would call the Dark Side: Social games on Facebook. See what she learned, if anything, during her adventure!


Majority Rules?

In her latest Player Perspectives article, MMORPG.com's Jaime Skelton wonders how the MMO universe could expand. Whether through platform MMOs or more sports MMOs, Jaime believes the MMO industry can grow. Read on!


A Pain in the RealID

MMORPG.com Player Perspectives columnist Jaime Skelton shares her concern over Blizzard's adoption of RealID.


Breaking Through the Press

MMORPG.com's Player Perspectives columnist Jaime Skelton writes her column this week on the sad state of gaming journalism.