Kevin Murnane

Articles by Kevin Murnane

07.01.08
MMO MMOnkey: Why I stopped playing Age of Conan
07.01.08

MMO MMOnkey: Why I stopped playing Age of Conan

I like Age of Conan. I like the combat system that demands active engagement rather than the auto-at...

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06.19.08
MMO MMOnkey: The greed game
06.19.08

MMO MMOnkey: The greed game

Take a look at the world around you.Tell me, why is there so much need?Because of greed.Because of g...

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06.09.08
MMO MMOnkey: What to do when the Age of Conan servers are down
06.09.08

MMO MMOnkey: What to do when the Age of Conan servers are down

Your Tempest of Set has been set down and your Dark Templar's gone dark. You've really gotten into t...

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05.27.08
MMO MMOnkey: Age of Conan reinvents the early game
05.27.08

MMO MMOnkey: Age of Conan reinvents the early game

Like a damsel in distress, MMO players have been held captive by game openings that have relied hea...

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05.23.08
MMO MMOnkey: The rat Skinner, or negative reinforcement in MMOs
05.23.08

MMO MMOnkey: The rat Skinner, or negative reinforcement in MMOs

Like the wardens in Everquest 2 or the druids in World of Warcraft, reinforcement in MMOs is not alw...

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05.09.08
MMO MMOnkey:  MMOs as conditioned learning engines (Part 2)
05.09.08

MMO MMOnkey: MMOs as conditioned learning engines (Part 2)

In a previous column we looked at some of the many ways that game designers use positive reinforcem...

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04.24.08
MMO MMOnkey:  MMOs as Conditioned Learning Engines (Part 1)
04.24.08

MMO MMOnkey: MMOs as Conditioned Learning Engines (Part 1)

The behaviorists were like the orcs of psychology. Limited in vision, arrogant, belligerent and into...

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04.09.08
MMO MMOnkey:  Short Circuiting Social Stereotypes with MMOs
04.09.08

MMO MMOnkey: Short Circuiting Social Stereotypes with MMOs

I was playing Lord of the Rings Online one night when a player agreed with something mentioned in ge...

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