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Grinds My Gears: IP MMOs

MMOs based around some of culture's most enduring properties are less-rare than they used to be. Whether it's Lord of the Rings Online or LEGO Universe, MMOs based on our favorite iconic TV shows, comics, cartoons and movies are flourishing. But is this trend a good thing? Have those MMOs flourished? In today's Grinds My Gears, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood takes a look at just that. Read on!

Responding to a Call of Duty Subscription Fee

At our sister site, FPSGuru.com, Managing Editor Jon Wood responds to the news that Activision Blizzard will offer a subscription service for the upcoming FPS, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Joel Bylos and Dag Scheve Interview

MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood recently cornered Funcom's Joel Bylos and Dag Scheve to talk about The Secret World. As the floodgates are beginning to squeak open on all things TSW, Jon, Dag and Joel talked about The Secret World's story, missions and much much more. This is a must read and we've got an exclusive video diary that adds even more. Check it out!

Not a Meaningful Label?

In an open letter to readers, former LEGO Universe Online developer Ryan Seabury laid out his reasons for swearing off MMO development. One of his biggest complaints, that the MMO label simply isn't meaningful, got stuck in the craw of MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood's throat. Find out what Jon has to say in response to Mr. Seabury's contention. Leave us your thoughts when you're done.

Grinds My Gears: Can SOE Make It?

MMORPG.com's Jon Wood spends some time this week talking about the future for Sony Online Entertainment in a post-PSN hack world.

FPSGuru.com Launches!

The team here at MMORPG.com is pleased to announce the launch of our second sister site, FPSGuru.com Continuing the "Guru" franchise, FPSGuru will serve the First Person Shooter community by providing reviews, previews, interviews and more from your favorite FPS games.

Grinds My Gears: Critique Our Reviews

We here at MMORPG.com are always looking for ways to improve our service to you, our readers. One of the things that constantly crosses our minds is the way in which reviews are "done" here at the site. With that in mind, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood lays out some of his concerns with the review process and asks you for your thoughts. Be sure to weigh in!

Grinds My Gears: On the Subject of Indy Games

In last week's Grinds My Gears column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood placed developers' feet in the fire and indicted them for often releasing unfinished games. In the ensuing discussion, some felt that this indictment should be 'eased' for indy developers. In this week's Grinds My Gears, Jon talks about that feeling and why it is simply wrong. Check it out and then voice your opinion in the comments.

Grinds My Gears: An Unfinished State of Being

In his latest Grinds My Gears column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood takes a look at, among other things, the unfinished state that some games are released in and the promise of future patches to address issues that, frankly, should have been addressed before launch. And that's just one ground gear. Jon has other thoughts too about today's games. Check them out and then make your voice heard in the comments.

For Better or Worse

MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood has a thought or two about Star Wars: The Old Republic. The amount of money being used in the game's development will either serve as a warning for developers and publishers about the folly of big money investment should the game tank or it will be a shining example of what big money can do if it succeeds. Check out all of Jon's reasons behind these thoughts and then add your own voice to the mix in the comments.

A Future Vision - Commentary

After spending last weekend at the EVE Online Fan Fest, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood came away with a lot of new information both about the game as it is now and what CCP plans for the future. In today's article, Jon takes a look at "A Future Vision" as presented by CCP during Fan Fest. See what Jon has to say about it and then leave a comment or two below.

The Agency Cancelled

Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that along with the layoffs and studio closures that leaked onto the web today, The Agency has closed its doors.

Community Done Right

MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood attended last weekend's EVE Fan Fest. During his time there, Jon learned a lot about EVE developers, its players and the community that the two groups have built together. See what Jon has to say about EVE's community and then let us know what you're thinking in the comments.

Grinding My Gears: Monotheistic Gaming

It seems that there are nearly as many MMO types as there are gamers in the world today. But somehow the impression lives that there must be a 'holy grail' of all MMOs. In today's Grinding My Gears, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood takes that impression on and knocks it for a loop. Check out Grinding My Gears: Monotheistic Gaming and then leave us a comment or two.

Getting a Little Less Secret

In more of our first major coverage of Funcom's The Secret World, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood has a report about what he learned during last week's GDC. He's got information about the four pillars of the game, what he saw during the live demo, PvP, the skill system, events and guilds. It's a terrific read so be sure to check it out. Let us know what you think in the comments.