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"Companies should just stop gold farmers." It's a consistent complaint in many games, with "gold" replaced by your game's currency of choice. As complaints go, it's right around "somebody should do something about all the problems" in terms of overall utility, but heck, no one likes the practice an...

November 20th 2009 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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If there's one thing that MMO gamers all agree on, it's the short list of things we almost universally hate: cheaters, gold (or equivalent currency) farmers searching for your credit card, and bugs. Oh, the dreaded bugs. They do so much damage to your gameplay experience, why doesn't the company...

November 12th 2009 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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It looks like Scott "Lum the Mad" Jennings started up a new column over at MMORPG.com granting players a rare peek behind the MMO industry curtain. His first article covers some of the things you can expect to be confronted with if you are ever lucky enough to land a game designer interview with an...

November 5th 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Scott "Lum the Mad" Jennings, well-known blogosphere participant and game designer, has recently been working on a game that is now sadly canceled. This is bad both for the natural sadness of a game having been canceled and the voyeuristic MMO fan impulse to ask, "Well, what was it going to be?" We...

October 30th 2009 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Richard Bartle wrote an interesting QBlog post on the art of quest design using WoW's Stranglethorn Vale zone as a model. This elicited a number of responses from various MMO bloggers. Scott Jennings had very few positive things to say about STV, while Tobold mused about STV's relevance in today's M...

May 22nd 2009 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Many MMOs with the "hardcore" PvP mentality are often argued as an experience that isn't for everyone -- something for a very set niche. Or in other words, these games aren't for people who prefer a little structure and intelligently crafted incentive to participate.Don't get me wrong, I love me som...

February 21st 2009 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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The Darkfall hype has shot through the roof these past few days. Since the NDA was lifted, many reviews have surfaced and they all say pretty much the same thing; Darkfall is technically sound but lacks content polish, and due to its core game design and griefing potential, will only really appeal t...

February 21st 2009 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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One of the greatest things about blogging is when an interesting back-and-forth conversation takes place across multiple blogs discussing the same topic. Blogger A makes an interesting post. Blogger B responds with his own slant. Blogger C leads the discussion in a new direction. And then Blogger B...

February 4th 2009 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Last week, you may recall our coverage on Tom Chick's "5 Ways MMOs are broken" and Scott Jenning's rebuttal article. This week brings a new story to the table of rebuttal with Trembling Hand's author Tim writing a post on his 10 ways to fix the problems with MMOs.Tim is in full agreement with Chick...

February 3rd 2009 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Tom Chick is a well known and (generally) respected games journalist probably best known for his contentious reviews and championing of the New Games Journalism movement. He also isn't a big fan of the MMO genre. At least he isn't today, in a writeup on his Sci-Fi Channel co-branded site Fidget. Th...

January 28th 2009 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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As Tabula Rasa approaches its end days, the anger, sadness and I-told-you-so sentiments are rising up more than ever. This week marks an interesting occasion where two former NCsoft employees each wrote detailed stories on their own perspectives regarding the sci-fi MMO's downward spiral.First we ha...

January 16th 2009 at 6:00pm 0 Comments