Christina Lauro

Former Columnist
Tina "Tinabeans" Lauro is a bubbly, rather excitable ball of ideas, caffeine, giggles and energy. Her love affair with MMOs began with Guild Wars, and she has been in a perpetual state of grinding or gearing ever since. Tina's weekly MMO Mechanics column delves into the gameplay of all your favourite MMOs.Tina is also the Co-Director of indie game development studio Brain and Nerd, so games really are her bread and butter. When she's not gaming her days away, Tina is usually found painting her nails, singing whatever songs pop into her head, or reading an excellent book with a nice cuppa.

Articles by Christina Lauro

02.26.14
MMO Mechanics: Procedural generation is the future
02.26.14

MMO Mechanics: Procedural generation is the future

MMOs are infamous for the exorbitant amount of both time and money that is required to make a fanta...

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02.12.14
MMO Mechanics: Three old mechanics I want back
02.12.14

MMO Mechanics: Three old mechanics I want back

My column has typically heralded modern MMOs as superior advancements of the genre we all adore, bu...

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02.11.14
The Soapbox: Old content should stay relevant
02.11.14

The Soapbox: Old content should stay relevant

The archetypal themepark MMO model, as popularised by World of Warcraft, is a race to the level cap...

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02.05.14
MMO Mechanics: Comparing vertical and horizontal progression
02.05.14

MMO Mechanics: Comparing vertical and horizontal progression

MMO players strive to obtain some kind of tangible progression each play session, but the method by...

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01.29.14
MMO Mechanics: Encouraging the daily grind
01.29.14

MMO Mechanics: Encouraging the daily grind

I've written before about how developers use clever mechanics to lower the barrier to entry in orde...

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01.22.14
MMO Mechanics: Balancing game economies
01.22.14

MMO Mechanics: Balancing game economies

Most players won't need an economics degree to play an MMO, but strong mechanical forces under the...

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01.21.14
The Soapbox: The Raid Finder ruined raiding
01.21.14

The Soapbox: The Raid Finder ruined raiding

I don't typically limit myself to ranting about only one game at a time, but I decided to make an e...

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01.15.14
MMO Mechanics: Exploring death mechanics
01.15.14

MMO Mechanics: Exploring death mechanics

They say death must come to us all, and that inevitability extends to our characters in MMOs. The d...

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01.08.14
MMO Mechanics: Lowering the barriers to entry
01.08.14

MMO Mechanics: Lowering the barriers to entry

In the increasingly competitive MMO genre, games have to do all they can to keep you as a customer....

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