Editorials

News Flash To F2P Developers: Monetization Is The Hottest Of Hot-Button Topics

For all the debates that players will have over mechanics, gameplay, graphics, and just general fun, the thing that will evoke the most heated...

Guns Blazing: Our Preview Of DCUO’s Munitions Power Set

Technology-powered heroes and villains are sorely underrepresented in DC Universe Online. There's the Gadgets power set, but if you're not aiming for a Batman-inspired...

Skyforge Beta Notes Show Forethought From Devs, But Will Gamers Agree?

The Skyforge dev team wrote up some extensive notes regarding the feedback they've received in the first few weeks of the game's beta test....

Do MMOs Have A Five-Year Expiration Date?

Star Trek Online recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. Then Perfect World Entertainment announced layoffs earlier this week, impacting members of the STO dev team,...

Time Is The Currency Of Free-To-Play Games

The game's free, so you might as well try it. What have you got to lose? That's the mantra you'll often hear from people suggesting...

Report: PC Gaming To Grow To $35 Billion Worldwide By 2018, Thanks To F2P...

PC gaming is dying -- or, maybe it's not. According to one group, PC gaming is on the rise and will continue to do so...

Unconventional Wisdom: F2P Games Don’t Automatically Attract Jerks And Bots

Free-to-play games and asshat behavior seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly... like Jay and Silent Bob... like black and blue –...

Are E-sports “Legitimate”?

It depends on who you ask and how you define words like “legitimate,” but at least one person thinks so – though he's got...

Preview: TERA’s Skycastles and New Dungeon

Late last week, I had the chance to sit down with TERA's Lead Producer, Patrick "Treeshark" Sun, and some of the PR team at...

Breaking Down The Daybreak Breakdown

I've been wondering for a while just how Sony Online Entertainment is doing, from a financial standpoint. Obviously, before this week, the talk was...

Musings About EQ2’s /Pizza Command And Other Possible MMO Product Tie-Ins

Apparently, February 9 is National Pizza Day. Naturally, that got me thinking about one of the weirdest things in the history of MMOs, EverQuest...

Awful Idea: Doing Away With Dungeons

Kill 10 rats and repeat ad infinitum until the level cap, then grind out dungeons and raids. We've seen it a million times before. Various...

Word Play: Battleline: Steel Warfare

Tank games are popular. MOBAs are popular. So why not combine the two? That might have been the genesis of the idea that gave us...

Word Play: H1Z1

By now, you're probably aware of what H1Z1 is: zombie survival post-apocalyptic PvP permadeath keyword keyword keyword. And you might wondering if it's worth...

Taking a Crack at The Free-to-Play Hall of Fame

It's that time of year in the sporting world where the talk turns to honoring the best of the best. If you follow Major...

E-sports In The Olympics? Rob Pardo Says Yes, We’re Not So Sure

Former Blizzard CCO Rob Pardo spoke to the BBC last week, saying that e-sports should be featured in the Olympics: “There's a very good argument...

Our Predictions For Free-to-Play In 2015

I could preface this by saying that 2014 was a wild year, and then list off all the crazy things that happened in gaming....

It’s A Trap! Our Sneak Peek At Landmark’s Big End-Of-Year Update

Today's a big day for Landmark. Or maybe tomorrow will be. Or perhaps Friday. Whenever the latest update goes live, it'll represent the biggest chunk...