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

My Love/Hate Relationship with Skyforge

Skyforge - Columns

Don’t get me wrong, Skyforge is a pretty fun game, but it’s obviously flawed in so many ways. So much so that my desire to keep plugging away at the Ascension Atlas, repetition be damned, is something that boggles my mind whenever I click play.Posted Jul 22, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Tavern Brawl is a Welcome Addition to Blizzard's CCG

Hearthstone - Columns

Is Tavern Brawl a worthy addition to Hearthstone given the team’s desire to keep the overall experience pared down to only the cream of the crop? It should come as no surprise to you that I’m a fan given the article headline, but let’s dig a bit deeper into the new game mode.Posted Jul 14, 2015 by Michael Bitton

The Singleplayer MMO Cometh

Star Wars: The Old Republic - Columns

Knights of the Fallen Empire signals a big change for SWTOR. This doesn’t mean that BioWare will be leaving out the “MMO bits” as it calls them, but it’s clear that things are changing. I still fully expect there to be new raids, flashpoints, and warzones, but these items appear to be sidelined in favor of a renewed focus on story.Posted Jul 1, 2015 by Michael Bitton

First Impressions of Kael’thas the Sun King

Heroes of the Storm - Columns

If you were looking for the other side of that squishy mage coin, the one that just wants to burninate everything, well you may want to get patching, because Blizzard just released Kael’Thas the Sun King – and this guy really brings the heat.Posted May 13, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Looking Beyond Age of Ultron

Marvel Heroes Omega - Columns

Thankfully, the massive package of new costumes and content themed around Age of Ultron is now out of the way and we can get back to some of these things throughout the rest of 2015. Posted May 6, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Blackrock Mountain Week Three Postmortem

Hearthstone - Columns

Week Three was only significant in that it opened up the potential for Dragon Paladin, but let’s still dig through it and talk about the wing and new cards.Posted Apr 29, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Black Widow Rework First Impressions

Marvel Heroes Omega - Columns

Scarlet Witch’s level 52 review as well as Black Widow and Hawkeye’s quality-of-life reworks hit Test Center yesterday and I wanted to take this week’s column to discuss my first impressions of Black Widow as she somewhat recently became my new main on live. While I do understand that this is her first iteration on Test Center and as such nothing is final, I have to say that I’m overall disappointed with the changes, even though I get why a lot of changes were made. Posted Apr 22, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Blackrock Mountain Week Two Postmortem

Hearthstone - Columns

Another week, another wing of Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain. Last week’s wing took us into the depths of the infamous Molten Core with a new trio of bosses to conquer and new cards for both the Shaman (who desperately needed some love) and the Warlock (who didn’t). Let’s dig in.Posted Apr 15, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Blackrock Mountain Week One Postmortem

Hearthstone - Columns

I’ve got a love/hate relationship with these Hearthstone adventure modes. Five weeks until all the goodies are unlocked? Ugh! Still, it’s been an interesting last few days with a couple of new cards in the wild leading to the rise of some fun decks. With week one out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the new developments.Posted Apr 8, 2015 by Michael Bitton

My Most Anticipated Blackrock Mountain Cards

Hearthstone - Columns

Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to crushing some dwarves when the first wing of the game’s second adventure zone, Blackrock Mountain, releases tomorrow, but it’ll be a couple of weeks until all the new cards are available. Unfortunately, that means some of my deck ideas will have to wait until all the wings are out. In the meantime, let’s round up some of the Blackrock Mountain cards we’re most excited for.Posted Apr 1, 2015 by Michael Bitton

PAX East 2015 Cometh!

General - Columns

Despite a few new additions to the schedule this year, PAX East still represents the official kickoff of the video games show season for me. Things have been relatively quiet after the holidays, but now it’s time for developers to show what they’ve been working on over the last few months. This week, we’ve rounded up a couple of games were most excited to see at the show.Posted Mar 4, 2015 by Michael Bitton

A Missed Opportunity in Marvel Heroes’ Limited Edition Costumes

Marvel Heroes Omega - Columns

Gazillion backed off their plans for 'Limited Edition' costumes due to the controversy surrounding their implementation. But should they have thrown out the baby with the bathwater? Posted Feb 25, 2015 by Michael Bitton

The Top Superhero MMOs of All Time

General - Columns

The superhero, or comic book-based MMO, is a subgenre that simply hasn’t gotten enough love through the years. There are hardly even enough games out there to even populate this list! Still, I thought it would be fun this week to highlight the experiences that are on offer and also talk about my hopes for the future in this area.Posted Feb 18, 2015 by Michael Bitton

The Bizarre Life and Death of Shadow Realms

Shadow Realms - Columns

The short period of time between Shadow Realms’ announcement and its subsequent cancelation has left me back where I started: scratching my head. I can’t help but wonder what went on internally to make for such a sudden shift within a couple of months. Posted Feb 11, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Favorite Darkest Dungeon Classes

Darkest Dungeon - Columns

With something like 30 hours under my belt in Darkest Dungeon at this point, there are definitely some classes I tend to favor more than others. Face it, some just get the job done better and aren’t as vulnerable to the sorts of chaos you’re sure to find while adventuring in the game. Posted Feb 4, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Marvel Heroes’ Team-Up Overhaul Sounds Promising

Marvel Heroes Omega - Columns

I have to say I was a bit surprised at how far Gazillion is planning to take the overhaul of Team-Ups. Sure, Team-Ups have flaws that needed to be addressed, but from the looks of it, Gazillion is planning to expand on Team-Ups such that they’re almost full-blown characters on their own. Posted Jan 28, 2015 by Michael Bitton

SOE’s H1Z1 and the Self-Inflicted Wound

Just Survive - Columns

If SOE had simply said, “Hey. We’ve got this really cool feature in airdrops. These are our plans. What do you think?” the message it eventually got would have been loud and clear and the crisis would have been averted. Posted Jan 21, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Heroes of the Storm Closed Beta Impressions

Heroes of the Storm - Columns

After roughly 10 months of alpha, Blizzard officially moved Heroes of the Storm into closed beta yesterday, and the update included a couple of new features and pieces of content among the expected round of tweaks and bug fixes. We spent some time with the beta version of the game and today we’re offering our first impressions of all the new goodies.Posted Jan 14, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Three Things We Want from SWTOR in 2015

Star Wars: The Old Republic - Columns

Star Wars: The Old Republic may never live up to the lofty expectations many had for it before it launched back in 2011, but the game seems pretty healthy despite all the initial setbacks. 2015 is a new year and with a new year comes new possibilities. Let’s take a look at some things we’d like to see in SWTOR this year.Posted Jan 7, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Four Things We Want from Hearthstone in 2015

Hearthstone - Columns

Hearthstone’s feature set remains somewhat barebones and the new year offers Blizzard many opportunities to expand on the game and perhaps make some changes to the way the approach certain aspects of dealing with its issues. This week, let’s take a look at a couple of ways Blizzard can improve the Hearthstone experience in 2015.Posted Dec 31, 2014 by Michael Bitton