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Columnists - Scott Jennings

Scott Jennings is a veteran MMO designer and the Internet personality once known as Lum The Mad. Every Wednesday he provides us an insider's look at the MMO industry.

Crafting Gameplay

General - Columns's Scott Jennings turns his sights this week on turning raw data into processed data for fun and profit. Well, profit, anyway.Posted Mar 31, 2010 by Scott Jennings

Great Expectations - SW:TOR

General - Columns columnist Scott Jennings takes this week's column inches to look at why Bioware's Star Wars: The Old Republic has the potential to be a disaster for the MMO industry as a whole.Posted Mar 24, 2010 by Scott Jennings

Farmville Killed Gaming, V-Worlds, And Your Dog

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The battle lines are being drawn between “social games” and traditional gaming, and the rhetoric is getting bloody. Today, columnnist Scott Jennings takes a look at the issue.Posted Mar 17, 2010 by Scott Jennings

Call of Money

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Today, columnist Scott Jennings devotes his column to a single thought: Activision lowers the boom on Infinity Ward, and illustrates a fundamental problem with game development.Posted Mar 3, 2010 by Scott Jennings


General - Columns columnist Scott Jennings writes about the recent uproar over Allods Online's microtransaction prices.Posted Feb 24, 2010 by Scott Jennings

The Quest For Gameplay

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Outspoken columnist Scott Jennings looks at the convention of questing in MMOS, how it works and whether or not it's really necessary.Posted Feb 17, 2010 by Scott Jennings

STO - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

General - Columns columnist Scott Jennings has been playing Cryptic's Star Trek Online and today uses his article to talk about the game, pointing out the good, the bad and the ugly.Posted Feb 10, 2010 by Scott Jennings

Legendary Failures of Legend, Part Two

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Last week, Scott Jennings used his column this week to remind us of "some of the most spectacular MMORPG flameouts." This week, he takes a step back and looks at how those failures were preventable.Posted Feb 3, 2010 by Scott Jennings

Legendary Failures of Legend, Part One

General - Columns columnist Scott Jennings uses his column this week to discuss "some of the most spectacular MMORPG flameouts" in part one of a two part article.Posted Jan 27, 2010 by Scott Jennings

Why I'll Play Star Trek Online

General - Columns Columnist Scott Jennings lays out the reasons, both good and bad, that he'll be picking up Cryptic's Star Trek Online.Posted Jan 20, 2010 by Scott Jennings

Western MMOs and China

General - Columns columnist Scott Jennings responds to news this week that Google will be pulling out of China by taking a look at the western MMO industry's relationship with our friends in the East.Posted Jan 13, 2010 by Scott Jennings

2010 A Year in Review

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It's easy to look back on the year that was. Many different writers are recapping the year 2009. It takes a special kind of writer though to skip ahead into the future and recap the year ahead. In his usual tongue in cheek style, columnist Scott Jennings looks into the future to recap the year 2010.Posted Dec 30, 2009 by Scott Jennings

2009: That Horrible Year

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Scott Jennings returns with his column this week to talk about the year that was, in 2009, and the trail of destruction that it left in its wake... at least where MMO development is concerned.Posted Dec 23, 2009 by Scott Jennings

PvP Fail: How PvP Can Break Your Game

General - Columns columnist Scott Jennings writes this look at two ways that including PvP in your MMO can end in complete disaster.Posted Dec 16, 2009 by Scott Jennings

Expounding on Expansions

General - Columns columnist Scott Jennings writes this look at expansion packs in the world of MMORPGs and how they can often be less of a blessing that one might first think.Posted Dec 2, 2009 by Scott Jennings

Morality, Controversy and Video Games

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Scott Jennings takes a lesson from Modern Warfare 2 and looks at how MMOs handle (or don't handle as the case may be) controversy.Posted Nov 25, 2009 by Scott Jennings

Real Money, Real Problems

General - Columns Columnist Scott Jennings returns this week to talk about the gold farming problem in MMORPGs and addresses three of the most common myths about gold farming and how MMO companies react to them.Posted Nov 18, 2009 by Scott Jennings

The Truth Behind Bugs

General - Columns columnist Scott Jennings focuses his column this week on the actual process behind bug in MMORPGs, having experience with the issue both as a player and as a developer.Posted Nov 11, 2009 by Scott Jennings

MMO Interview Survival Guide

General - Columns's newest columnist Scott Jennings kicks off his new series by giving potential video game designers tips on passing through the interview process.Posted Nov 4, 2009 by Scott Jennings