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Have you heard of the Newbie Blogger Initiative? It's only the latest and greatest craze to hit the MMO circuit. Basically, several experienced MMO bloggers decided to band together to encourage and support players in trying their hand at starting up a new blog. During the month of October, the NB...

October 1st 2013 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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I love me a good character name. Before I settled into the habit of using the same handful of names over and over again, I used to rely on a multi-page list of interesting names that I added to over the years. Many of these names would be chosen just because I liked the sound of them, but sometimes...

September 8th 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Let's begin with a little personal history. Back in 2008, I decided to get into the blogging scene by jumping on board the latest MMO hotness -- in this case, Warhammer Online. As I was growing increasingly tired of World of Warcraft, WAR seemed to offer a refreshing alternative: a darker world f...

July 12th 2011 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Massively Speaking Episode 105 returns to the news this week as Shawn is joined by LotRO columnist and news blogger extraordinaire Justin Olivetti, aka Syp. Discussion includes APB's launch day, Fallout Online, DDO Update 5, Global Agenda going F2P and much more. Have a comment for the podcasters?...

June 30th 2010 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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The Game Archaeologist is your spunky Tuesday column devoted to exploring the MMORPGs of yesterday. Enough is enough! No more looking back at history, talking to the players who have been there, or even chatting up the creator of the game -- it was time for the Game Archaeologist to man up and pla...

May 25th 2010 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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There's been discussion recently of the failings of "Dude, it's a beta!" as an argumentative device when someone makes a critical observation about an MMO during the beta process. Syp over at Bio Break takes the stance that people who say things like this are either considerable fanboys or have sev...

January 25th 2010 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Much like the Loch Ness Monster, the console MMO is a rarely-seen creature which nevertheless has captured the imagination of many. (Unlike the monster, console MMOs are not admitted hoaxes perpetuated by willing disbelief and a lakeside town's need for tourist revenue.) We've yet to see much progr...

January 19th 2010 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Massively Speaking Episode 82 returns from the holiday vacation with special guest Syp from BioBreak who joins Shawn and Rubi to discuss a bit of news from the last two weeks. But the main focus of this final episode of 2009 is to hash out the trends we've seen during the year, and what we predict f...

December 30th 2009 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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It's no secret that a lot of people in the MMO blogosphere are excited about Star Trek Online, considering that it's more or less a built-in home run from many of the same people who play MMOs. But there are certainly questions to be asked about any MMO due out soon, especially one with three more...

November 12th 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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You should most definitely not be playing Fallen Earth. How can you tell? Why, because Bio Break recently posted a long article explaining exactly why you shouldn't be playing it. And this isn't coming from a fan who's just disgruntled about a certain update or class rebalancing (though the latter...

October 18th 2009 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Fallen Earth is one of most recent titles to arrive on the MMO scene. If you weren't a beta tester, though, you might have some questions about the best way to progress in the game. Syp over at Bio Break put together some tips to help Fallen Earth players get a handle on the game, and hopefully poin...

September 26th 2009 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Syp over at BioBreak is working on an interesting gaming project. He is valiantly attempting to flesh out a timeline for all MMOs in the history... of MMOs. While working on this project, he came to a stunning, if not somewhat obvious realization: MMOs don't take as many risks as they used to and th...

September 1st 2009 at 1:00pm 0 Comments