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Chris cut his teeth on MMOs in the late 90s with text-based MUDs. He’s written about video games for many different sites but has made MMORPG his home since 2013. Today, he acts as Hardware and Technology Editor, lead tech reviewer, and continues to love and write about games every chance he gets. Follow him on Twitter: @GameByNight

September 2009
Last Active
May 2024
The Curious Case of Lord of the Rings Online

Lord of the Rings Online is one of the more well-known MMOs, even given its advancing age. The latest expansion has come out but is time running out on Turbine's license? In today's Tourist, we take a look at LOTRO and implications for the future. Read on before heading to the comments to join the discussion.

That's Not an MMO

Often when a game is listed at MMORPG.com, it is said by some to "not be an MMO". In our latest Tourist column, we take a look at that charge and try to offer a bit of a different perspective on the matter. See what we think before leaving your own thoughts in the comments.

Botched Launches

Welcome back to another edition of Player Versus Player! Each week MMORPG pits two of its writers against each other in a battle to the death – or at least a spirited debate. Final Fantasy XIV relaunched last week and reminded us all of how disastrous the first days and weeks of a new MMO can be. This go-round, our combatants step to their podiums ready to duke it out on a topic you probably have first-hand experience with: MMO launches.

Back to Our Roots

The electronic great grandpappy of today's most advanced MMOs is, of course, the MUD, or Multi-User Dungeon. In our latest article from The Tourist, we take a nostalgic look back at the good ol' days. See how it went in an era of "awesome graphics, dude" before telling us your favorite MUD tales in the comments.

Subscription vs Free To Play

Welcome back to another edition of Player Versus Player. This is the column where MMORPG.com writers collide and debate the topics you care about. It’s easy to get drowned out arguing on forums and sub-reddits, so we step to the podium to represent your side of the issue before turning it over to you in the comments. Ready for another spirited debate? See what our combatants think of the ever-present subscription vs free to play issue before leaving your thoughts in the commments.

Ashes to Ashes...

Our intrepid Tourist is ready to take us on a journey through the EVE-connected world of DUST 514. See what he discovered about the world, the game and much more in this week's The Tourist. Leave us your thoughts in the comments!

Stylized Graphics

Welcome back to another edition of Player Versus Player. This is the column where MMORPG.com writers come to square off on the issues you care about, even playing the devil's advocate to make sure each side is represented. It's an arena battle of wits and words where only you can decide the victor.

Taking on Tyria and GW2

In this week's Tourist, Chris Coke visits the hallowed grounds of Tyria as he pokes around Guild Wars 2 to see if the game can re-capture him after an early departure post-launch.

The Death of Hardcore

In this week's Tourist column, Christopher Coke hearkens back to an age long since forgotten... the age of the Hardcore. Read on to see what happened to the Hardcore MMO, and how Chris thinks it could be making a comeback.

Game On - Bill Fisher on Rift F2P's Future

Rift's Bill Fisher on Rift F2P's Future and current successful transition.

Returning to RIFT

Now that Rift has officially hit free to play, it's only natural that our very own Tourist will once again darken Telara's doorways. See what he thinks of the new iteration before telling us of your experiences in Rift in the comments.

Says Goodbye to Runescape 2.0

With Runescape 3.0 looming on the horizon, The Tourist began to wonder what the magic of v2.0 was and whether or not the venerable game would continue to compete in today's crowded market. See what he discovered and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

The Tourist Visits Vindictus

Each week, The Tourist visits a different MMO to offer a quality preview of what players can expect to find. In this week's installment, the travellers have visited Vindictus and offer their thoughts about the game. See what you think before adding your travelogue to the comments.

Becoming a F2P Convert

The MMO free to play market has exploded over the last year or two with decent high-quality games making it into the MMO space. In The Tourist today, we talk about how becoming a fan of F2P is a good thing. Read on to see if you agree.

Revisiting Vanguard

With Vanguard's recent free to play conversion, many former players are revisiting their old friend. The Tourist is no exception. See what he discovered on reentering the game and then tell us of your own experiences in the comments.