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In a rather surprising move, Blizzard's Executive Producer Rob Pardo announced today that he is leaving the company. At this time he has announced no immediate career plans or subsequent goals, although he mentions a desire to spend the summer with his family and consider his next move. Pardo's for...

July 3rd 2014 at 2:40pm 0 Comments
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Koji Igarashi, longtime producer of the Castlevania series, announced his departure from Konami over the weekend. Igarashi's last day at the publisher was March 15, and marked the end of a career at Konami that spanned over 20 years. "I've decided to break out on my own to have the freedom to mak...

March 17th 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Games are a bit like children. You work with other people to craft them, to help them go from little more than a twinkle in your eye to something capable of surviving without you. Dean Hall created DayZ, but he's jumping ahead to the part where he metaphorically kicks it out of the house and tells...

February 24th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Chillingo founders Chris Byatte and Joe Wee have left Electronic Arts, MCV reported. The co-founding duo had a hand in launching the first Angry Birds and Cut the Rope games. EA purchased Chillingo in October 2010 for $20 million. The LinkedIn profiles for both Byatte and Wee corroborate the news,...

January 6th 2014 at 11:15am 0 Comments
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Sometimes, the biggest problem you face isn't whether or not you can find dramatic roleplaying but whether or not your character has a reason to keep subjecting herself to it. I ran into the problem recently in Final Fantasy XIV. As a player, I enjoyed what was going on with one of the many organi...

December 6th 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Roleplaying friendships are like any other sort of friendship. The person you started roleplaying with at the launch of the game may not be someone you want to keep roleplaying with through the whole of your time with the game. The question isn't whether or not this will happen; it's when it will h...

November 22nd 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Everyone leaves an MMO eventually. Sometimes it's a low-key affair; you realize you haven't logged on to Lord of the Rings Online in forever, you cancel your subscription if you have one, and you move on. Sometimes it's done in the heat of the moment, with one failed World of Warcraft raid leading...

October 26th 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Joseph Staten, Destiny's writer and design director, is leaving Bungie. According to an announcement posted to Bungie's official site, Staten is "leaving to tackle new creative challenges." For his sake, we hope those challenges don't include real-life hostile aliens. During Staten's 15-year stay...

September 24th 2013 at 6:23pm 0 Comments
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Sometimes you're just not into it, you know? That said, I always feel a mite guilty when I cancel a sub for one of my favorite MMOs. Yes, I know, subs are a rarity these days, but I nearly always spring for the "premium" membership tier on games that have gone free-to-play, both for the goodies...

August 7th 2012 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Star Trek Online Content Designer Dan "Gozer" Griffis announced that he'll be leaving his position at Cryptic Studios to head for another final frontier. The news leaked onto the forums after Griffis told a few friends over the weekend, and the subsequent mood by players has not been pretty. Gri...

June 26th 2012 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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All good things must come to an end. Roleplaying is all about creating a shared space for your character to inhabit with other characters. It's about crafting trials and challenges that can be overcome through narrative means; it's about building a set of experiences together. And all of the col...

April 20th 2012 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Beyond his brief stint in 2000 as a Jeopardy contestant, BioWare lead writer Drew Karpyshyn has spent the last 12 years of his life serving as a story lead on various BioWare franchises. From heading up writing on Jade Empire to creating the world of Mass Effect, Karpyshyn has shaped arguably the mo...

February 17th 2012 at 8:30am 0 Comments