The moon rising over Stormwind in World of Warcraft

When Is an MMO Really Dead?

One of my favourite scientific mysteries is the debate over what constitutes death. You might think that's a ...
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A group flashpoint in Star Wars: The Old Republic

Comparing MMORPG Group Content

MMOs are, at their heart, about playing with other people. Even as a mainly solo player, I acknowledge ...
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The Inn of the Prancing Pony in Lord of the Rings Online

Five MMOs with the Most Dedicated Communities

MMORPG players are, by nature, an unusually devoted bunch. You have to be to sink hundreds or thousands ...
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A legendary skin from Overwatch's ubiquitous lockboxes

How to Fix Lockboxes

Lockboxes. Oh, yes, we're talking about them again. The endless controversy over this most-maligned monetization practice has players ...
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A Norn thief in Guild Wars 2

Healing the Rift Between Player and Developer

Lately the gaming world is abuzz over the brouhaha involving Guild Wars 2 writers Jessica Price and Peter ...
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F2P is Individualism; P2P is Collectivism

In a genre dominated as much by raiding as it is by grinding for that next level, these ...
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The Impossibility of Playing Every MMO

An unfortunate reality core MMORPG fans have to deal with is that most of us will never have ...
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The updated city of Dalaran from World of Warcraft's Legion expansion

Five Ageless MMO Thrills

Some things just never get old. No matter how old we get, no matter how jaded we become, ...
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An Imperial agent character in Star Wars: The Old Republic

5 Most Influential MMO Innovations

You will often hear people complain that the MMO industry is stagnating. It's a criticism I myself have ...
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A player build in the late, lamented Landmark

The Case for Player-Created Content

It's been over a year now since Landmark shuttered, and lately, I find myself missing it a lot ...
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Path of Exile – Incursion League Sneak Peak

"It is a cruel joke that man was born with more intent than life." -Malachai The Preview Nearly ...
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A party of characters in World of Warcraft

Six Ways MMOs Can Make Leveling More Appealing

There has always been a vocal contingent of the MMO community that views leveling as nothing but a ...
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Rethinking MMO Death Penalties

Back in my day, dying was a complete disaster in any MMORPG. Anytime my health ticked down anywhere ...
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Character Skill vs. Player Skill

If there’s one key differentiator between MMO games and other genres it’s that character skill trumps player skill ...
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Executing an enemy in Star Wars: The Old Republic

Six Design Choices MMOs Should Retire

Often, tradition can be a good thing, but not always. Sometimes traditions can be onerous or destructive, surviving ...
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