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John Romero Sees Free-to-Play as a killer of AAA studios. Is he right?

The creator of Doom sees… well, doom in the forecast for AAA gaming. And it’s all PC gaming’s and free-to-play’s fault. “With PC you have free-to-play and Steam games for five bucks. The PC is decimating console, just through price. Free-to-play has killed a hundred AAA studios,” said John Romero in an interview with […]

Added 2 days ago - 2014-07-29 - 20 comments

Word Play: Going To War With Heroes & Generals

I don’t usually start a discussion of a game by analyzing its trailer, but I do feel that’s appropriate here. Put simply, if you’re looking for the fast-action, charge-into-the-fray, bullets-be-damned, Call of Duty-esque experience seen above, you’ll be disappointed with Heroes and Generals, which hit Steam a couple weeks ago. That’s not a bad thing, […]

Added 6 days ago - 2014-07-25 - 17 comments

BattleCry: Hands-On First Impressions From QuakeCon

I suppose the sign of a good game is one that you wish you could play more. That was my first impression of BattleCry, the upcoming F2P action-combat game from BattleCry Studios, which I got to sample at last week’s QuakeCon. I only got in two matches but I can’t wait to try it in […]

Added 1 week ago - 2014-07-21 - 9 comments

Oh When The Orks Come Marching In: Eternal Crusade’s Free Trial Explained

Behaviour Interactive’s Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade isn’t a free-to-play game. It’s meant to be a one-time purchase with microtransactions but no subscription fee, akin to Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. But it will have a F2P option (“Free-to-Waaagh!”) for players looking to try the game out and get their killin’ on in open-world, four-faction […]

Added 2 weeks ago - 2014-07-17 - 18 comments

Extreme Makeover: MMOBomb Previews FireFall’s Launch Update

Forget everything you know about FireFall. Red 5 Studios has given FireFall so many identities over the years, that if you peeped in on the game’s progress any given year, you wouldn’t have recognize the game. Ever since the departure of Mark Kern in December, the direction of Red 5 Studios has done an 180 […]

Added 2 weeks ago - 2014-07-15 - 15 comments

Free-to-play Is Dying, Again – A Certain Type Of It, At Least

It makes for a good headline: “Free-to-play has a half life,” especially when it comes from someone as renowned and respected in the online gaming world as Richard Bartle, co-creator of the first MUD. (Side note: There are three words in “free-to-play,” so that headline means… Half-Life 3 confirmed!) But it’s one line taken roundly […]

Added 2 weeks ago - 2014-07-14 - 13 comments

A Wide Arc: Perfect World’s Plan For Warframe And F2P Gaming

Like it or not, Perfect World Entertainment is looking to carve out a major chunk of the free-to-play marketplace. Last week’s news regarding PWE’s intended purchase of Warframe developer Digital Extremes raised quite a few eyebrows, but it may just be the first of a number of high-impact moves being planned by the Chinese company. […]

Added 3 weeks ago - 2014-07-08 - 37 comments

Sunshine And Sandstorms: Hossin Around With The PlanetSide 2 Devs

The word for the day was “Hossim,” a portmanteau of “awesome” and the new continent of Hossin, which was released for PlanetSide 2 last week. Well, it was mostly released. That was the first topic of discussion during a livestream Q&A with the PS2 devs that we sat in on Tuesday. Labeled as an “Early […]

Added 4 weeks ago - 2014-07-01 - 4 comments

Toxic Players Must Die – Or Maybe Not: Robot Entertainment’s Curious Stance

Last week, Robot Entertainment found itself in a bit of hot water regarding their attitudes toward so-called “toxic” players in their upcoming MOBA-not-a-MOBA Orcs Must Die! Unchained. In an interview with Polygon, designer Jerome K. Jones issued the following cringeworthy statements: “There’s probably something good about the toxic players showing up and sticking with your […]

Added 1 month ago - 2014-06-30 - 26 comments

Word Play: Swordsman Online’s Dull Blade

Every man has his breaking point. Little smiley faces were mine. I wasn’t there in the beginning, but I imagine that the marketing for early MMOs consisted of the following: “It’s a 3-D game you can play with people on the Internet, any time you like.” That was it. End of sales pitch. In 2000, […]

Added 1 month ago - 2014-06-27 - 31 comments

Word Play: Defiance Is Free And Just Massive Enough To Work

Defiance is what The Elder Scrolls Online should have been. That might seem like an odd comparison to make, but hear me out. In my mind, the fundamental flaw of ESO was what was supposed to be its strength, and the strength of many other massively multiplayer games: There are tons of people for you […]

Added 2 months ago - 2014-06-14 - 39 comments

Dungeons & Freedom: Wizards of the Coast to Offer Free-to-Play Version of Basic D&D Rules

Dungons & Dragons is going free-to-play. Not Dungeons & Dragons Online. That’s been free-to-play for nearly five years. Actual Dungeons & Dragons. The physical version. Yeah, that’s a little weird. When the new Fifth Edition of D&D hits this summer, Wizards of the Coast will make available a “Basic D&D” pdf that will contain “levels […]

Added 2 months ago - 2014-06-02 - 7 comments

Word Play: War Thunder Ground Forces Open Beta Impressions

I didn’t want to keep making comparisons between War Thunder’s Ground Forces expansion and World of Tanks, but it was impossible not to. World of Warplanes and the base War Thunder game came out at nearly the same time, so I formed my opinions about both simultaneously. But after two years and a thousand World […]

Added 2 months ago - 2014-05-22 - 27 comments

Word Play: The Age Of ArcheAge Is (Almost) Upon Us

The hope of the next sandbox generation, ArcheAge, is finally here! Well, mostly. I’ve written and we’ve talked at length about the Early Access phenomenon that’s sweeping the gaming industry, and ArcheAge’s Early Access Alpha is as pointless as any of them. I crashed a couple of times, there were a few graphical glitches, and […]

Added 3 months ago - 2014-05-15 - 22 comments

Staying Abreast of Implants: Our Interview With The PlanetSide 2 Devs

It’s been a long trip along the development roadmap for implants in PlanetSide 2. Announced to the player base nearly a year ago, the idea was met with… shall we say, some skepticism? All one has to do is read the responses to the post on the PS2 forums to get an idea of the […]

Added 3 months ago - 2014-05-13 - 4 comments

Apocalypse Prep: Our H1Z1 Chat With SOE’s Jimmy Whisenhunt

We had the chance to sit in on a press roundtable with H1Z1 Senior Designer Jimmy Whisenhunt, who fielded questions about SOE’s post-apocalyptic zombie survival extravaganza. For fans starving for information, it helped to fill our food meter a bit, even if some of the answers were a little… unsavory. First steps. In his initial […]

Added 3 months ago - 2014-05-09 - 19 comments

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